Alumni Profiles

Pursuing A Lifelong Passion for Public Service

From a young age, Rheanne Wirkkala MA ’11 knew she wanted to work in government. The steps she’s taken since — from Yale to Capitol Hill to the Pentagon — have been in pursuit of that dream.

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For Service, Not Glory

Eddy Oketch MA ’16 is shaking up Kenya’s Senate in more ways than one. Not only is he paving the way for young Kenyans to engage in politics, he’s also bringing an increasingly pressing issue to the fore: climate change.

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Navigating Uncharted Territory

As a research manager at Google’s incubator Jigsaw, Beth Goldberg MA/MBA ’18 has gotten used to pivoting between disciplines and reinventing her role in a rapidly changing field. 

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Against All Odds: Jackson Alum Aims to Reform Politics in Brazil

Daniel José Oliveira MA ’15 came to Jackson with the lofty aspiration to reform Brazilian politics.  Four years later, Daniel represents the most populated state in Brazil as a member of São Paulo’s legislature and is making his dream a reality.

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A New Leadership Role

In a new essay, Jackson alumna Kristrun Frostadottir MA ’16 discusses her work as a recently elected member of the Icelandic Parliament. Learn more about the journey of her candidacy, the challenges she foresees, and how studying at Jackson prepared her for this new role.

Global Policymaking Across Sectors

Since graduating from Jackson, Agni Mishra MA ’18 has worked across the US and Canada at the intersection of public policy, finance, and global affairs, helping financial organizations navigate through major policy developments relevant to the financial sector, while also engaging with key policymakers and corporate leaders to advocate on key financial topics.

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