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Clinton Cosper

Clint is a first year graduate student from Albuquerque, NM. He graduated from UNM in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a minor in religious studies. After graduation he volunteered with the Johnny O Perea foundation to help raise awareness of asbestos and its dangers, which sparked an interest in public policy. His interest was further shaped by spending a year teaching English as a second language in Japan that lead to a passion for foreign policy and diplomacy. He plans to use the skills and knowledge gained through the program to work abroad on a variety of policy issues. You can follow his policy blog here!
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Efraín Ibarra

Efraín was born in Juarez, Mexico and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 11. Efraín received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of New Mexico in the Spring of 2013 and upon graduating, started working for the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department as a Research Economist. Throughout his time with the Department he has had the opportunity to work closely with legislators, lobbyists, and the Governor’s Office in drafting legislation. His background and professional experience has instilled in him a passion for public policy. He is very excited to be part of the program and to apply his knowledge as he continues his career. Follow his policy blog here!
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Paige Knight

Paige is a first year graduate student from Apple Valley, Minnesota. Paige graduated with a Bachelor in Arts degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 2012, where she majored in Economics and minored in Spanish and International Studies. Since graduating, Paige has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations, including a year as an AmeriCorps member. Her work with non-profits has increased her interest in public policy issues, and more specifically, economic development. In addition to her graduate studies, Paige enjoys hiking, camping, and biking around Albuquerque and New Mexico. Follow her policy blog here!
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Isaac Romero

Isaac was born and raised in Albuquerque and is a first year graduate student. In 2015 he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from UNM's Anderson School of Management. As an undergraduate, Isaac served in many roles as a student leader including student body president. His student leadership positions led him to become interested in policy and shortly after graduation he was hired to work for the Legislative Finance Committee as a fiscal analyst. Isaac is responsible for developing budget recommendations for many state agencies as well as policy recommendations, which are presented to legislators. Isaac looks forward to applying the skills and knowledge of this program to his current work. You can follow his policy blog here!