Hallie grew up in Edgewood, New Mexico and graduated from UNM in 2018 with degrees in Sociology and International Studies. After graduation, Hallie served as a Community Health Specialist in The Gambia with the United States Peace Corps, where she worked on a wide variety of health and nutrition projects. After being evacuated from her Peace Corps service due to COVID-19, Hallie began to work for the Village of Tijeras as the Deputy Clerk in April 2020. In August of 2020, she was promoted to Clerk/Manager role, where she is responsible for overseeing 6 municipal departments, grant writing and administration, financial management of the municipal budget, and promoting transparency in local government. Outside of school and work, Hallie enjoys spending time outside and soaking up the natural beauty of New Mexico.
Tyler was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. He graduated from UNM in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Sustainability Studies. After graduating, Tyler started an ornithological field biologist position with the Bureau of Land Management and the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts. He later returned to be the project manager of the ongoing study to determine efficiency of conservation efforts in bird populations specifically in piñon-juniper woodlands. Tyler now works for UNM as the Sr. Academic Advisor for the Biology Department. He hopes to strength his skills through the MPP program to further his work in the field of environmental policy. Outside of his university work, he enjoys taking his two dogs on adventures, travelling, and spending time with his friends.
Abbe was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Harvard University in 2021 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. While at Harvard, Abbe ran for their cross country and track teams, and will continue to run at the varsity level for the Lobos while pursuing her Masters degree in Public Policy. Abbe is interested in immigration and criminal justice reform in the United States and looks forward to learning how to best advocate for marginalized communities through the MPP coursework. She is excited to explore the beautiful outdoors in the Land of Enchantment!
Elsa grew up in Kansas and received her BA in Latin American Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has made her home in the Southwest since college, first as a Mennonite Voluntary Service participant in Alamosa, Colorado, where she spent two years with an immigrant resource center. This thread led her to the border, where she lived in community at Annunciation House, a hospitality network in El Paso for people in migration. Elsa currently works as a legal assistant at ACLU-NM and supports litigation focused on immigrants’ rights and mass incarceration. A lifelong walker of trails – be it prairie, forest, alpine, or desert – Elsa also holds a strong interest in environmental justice and climate change mitigation. Elsewhere, you may find her frequenting the local library or playing her fiddle with local musicians!
Shine grew up in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). In 2020, he graduated from Concordia College with a degree in International Studies (Development Studies). After graduating, he worked at Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA) Myanmar where he was involved with various impact evaluation research regarding rural Myanmar. Currently, he is working as a Research Assistant for the Institute of Social Research (ISR) while pursuing his master’s in Public Policy. Shine is primarily interested in rural development policies.
Born in Guatemala and raised in Albuquerque, Caitlyn attended the University of New Mexico where she graduated with her undergraduate degree in Sociology with a minor in Political Science. Her interest in equitable access to education was sparked by her work with El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, where she worked alongside immigrant youth in advocating and organizing for the passage of the DREAM Act. After graduating from UNM, she spent one year as an AmeriCorps service member working with a team on launching a community school for immigrant and refugee students in the International District of Albuquerque. She spent the last two years at a local nonprofit where she supported young people aging out of foster care in developing career and education goals. Being that access to education has been a through-line in her work as a student and as a professional, Caitlyn is now interested in pursuing this work through a policy lens. Outside of graduate school, Caitlyn enjoys her early morning jogs and afternoon walks with her dog Gigi.