Kisshan Sankar is an MPP candidate at the Jackson School of Global Affairs, where he is focused on international development and development financing. 
Kisshan graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2015 with a BS in quantitative economics.  At USNA, he first explored the intersection of policy and finance while serving as the Economics Honors Society (ODE) President and leading a roundtable for the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference as the subject matter expert on terrorist financing. 
Before coming to Yale, he spent six years in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Operations Officer, 1st Lieutenant, and Weapons Officer on the USS GLADIATOR, stationed out of Manama, Bahrain, where he led sailors in planning and conducting mine countermeasure operations throughout the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Additionally, Kisshan served as an Engineering Division Officer on the USS CARNEY, stationed out of Rota, Spain, where he led sailors on multiple deployments and international exercises to strengthen the NATO alliance throughout the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, and Baltic Sea.
During his transition from active duty, Kisshan gained experience working in the banking industry, shaping his desire to use policy in leveraging private sector resources and innovation to address public sector goals in economic development for emerging markets and conflict regions.