What do you do at J-PAL? I am a Policy Co-op. I support the policy staff in developing our newer initiatives – specifically the State and Local Innovation Initiative and the Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition. I’ve undertaken a wide range of tasks to help with those initiatives, including research, outreach, and creating written material. I also write evaluation summaries on some of the studies undertaken by J-PAL affiliates.
What is the most interesting project you have worked on at J-PAL? The Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition. I started working here just as it was starting up, so I’ve essentially been involved with it throughout the entire process. I’m looking forward to seeing the exciting applications we receive from health care leaders across the country.
What drew you to want to work at J-PAL? Before college I expected to make a lot of money in my career, retire, and then do good things for the world. I’m now more interested in following a career path that allows me to do good things throughout my career, and J-PAL is an example of a place where that’s possible.
If you had to eat only once food for the rest of your life, what would it be? General Tso’s Chicken from Asian Spice in Washington D.C. Best I’ve ever had.
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Muhammad Ali in his prime. Obviously he was incredibly talented, but he was also hilarious and extremely witty. I think he would be a lot of fun to be around. I’ve admired his confidence and bravery for a long time, and it would be great to hear some of his stories first hand.