Leanne Giordono

Leanne Giordono completed her PhD student in the School of Public Policy at OSU in 2018. Her graduate studies are focused on the policy and governance changes related to employment services and supports for adults with intellectual and developmental disability. She received her MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School (2000) and subsequently spent almost fifteen years conducting program evaluation and applied research for public agencies and non-profit organizations until her return to graduate school in 2014. She was a postdoctoral scholar at OSU working with Hilary on the Smart & Connected Kids for Sustainable Energy Communities project. She is now an Assistant Professor (Visiting Faculty) in the School of Planning, Public Policy & Management at the University of Oregon.

Anna Karmazina

Anna Karmazina completed her Master of Public Policy at OSU in 2016. She was born and raised in Tomsk (a Russian city also known as the Siberian Athens, so called because of its numerous universities and huge student population). Anna was a research assistant for the OSU Policy Analysis Laboratory project “Renewable Energy Siting in the West” where she examined the main principles of stakeholder collaboration in the process of wind energy development. Away from the books, she enjoys listening to live music and exploring new places. She is now a PhD student in the School of Public Policy at OSU.

Mahmood Muttaqee

Mahmood Muttaqee is a Ph.D. student at the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. Hailing from Bangladesh, one of the countries worst affected by climate change, Mahmood developed a passion and zeal to acquire research capabilities in the field of environmental issues and sustainability. Before starting his Ph.D. at OSU, Mahmood completed two Masters, in Economics and Development Studies, and an undergraduate degree in Economics. His research interests center around the environmental problems that climate change is expediting and how to counter these impacts, particularly through the adoption of sustainable clean energy technologies. He is working with Hilary on a project exploring community perceptions of microgrids.

Stephen Gunther

Stephen Gunther completed his Masters of Public Policy at OSU in 2018. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from James Madison University. Prior to coming to OSU, he worked at a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for nearly five years. He now works for the Center of Sustainable Energy in San Diego on issues related to distributed energy resources.

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Sadaf Farooq

Sadaf Farooq hails from Pakistan and did her undergraduate work in Politics & International Relations. She earned her master’s in Development Studies from the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics. During her master’s, she worked with UNICEF on a project focused on Universal Birth Registration in Pakistan. For her PhD, Sadaf is interested in studying the social and cultural contexts of child marriage, its health impacts on young mothers, and how cultural and social norms impact the policy of preventing child marriage in Pakistan.

Jos Grandolfo

Jos Grandolfo enrolled in the Master of Public Policy program at OSU shortly after completing his BA in Sociology at SUNY New Paltz in 2012. At OSU, he participated in the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies summer institute in Bologna, Italy, and interned with a number of local agencies, including the City of Corvallis, League of Women Voters, and the Corvallis Environmental Center. His research assistantship on the USDA-funded project exploring renewable energy siting in the Western United States proved especially influential. This experience led to his essay on community response to wind farm siting proposals in Klickitat County, Washington, which he successfully defended in June 2015. His research interests include renewable energy policy, agricultural policy, and sustainable development, particularly in a rural context. Outside of the university, he enjoys gardening, cooking, and road trips.

Muhammad Aatir Khan

Muhammad Aatir Khan was born and raised in the coastal city of Karachi, where he completed his undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and Liberal Arts from IBA, majoring in Political Science. During his final year, he started a research internship at the School Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh, where he eventually joined as a Research and Development Coordinator after graduation. Working at the provincial education department has been the highlight of his career since it enabled him to better understand the issue of literacy and education in more nuanced ways. While it was overwhelming and frustrating to deal with the numerous issues related to bureaucracy, corruption, and poverty, it was also an amazing learning opportunity. Having developed a deep interest in education policy, he decided to pursue a master’s degree from SZABIST, where his research was focused on education in Sindh. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at Oregon State University under the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. His dissertation is focused on educational reforms in Sindh, particularly looking at how policy priorities are set; how interventions are planned and implemented in the field; and how various stakeholders, primarily local and international developing partners, impact the entire process.

Hilary Boudet

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