Fiscal Policy Analyst, WV Center on Budget and Policy
Graduation Year: 2010
What makes you most proud of being an Eberly graduate?
What gives me a great deal of pride in being an Eberly graduate is seeing all the amazing things my fellow Eberly graduates have done in their lives and careers, as well as what they accomplished at WVU. My Eberly colleagues have achieved everything from holding public office to advancing the fields of science and medicine. It’s truly an honor to be a part of such a distinguished group.
Was the education you received valuable to you in the career path you have taken?
The education I received from the Eberly college has been absolutely invaluable to to my career path. Not a day goes by at my job as a policy analyst at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy that I don’t use something I learned during my time at WVU.
How has your Eberly degree contributed to your professional career?
My degrees from the Eberly college have not only opened doors for me in my career, they also lend a lot of credibility to the work I do. The opportunities available at the Eberly college allowed me to coauthor two articles for academic journals before I graduated, and the internship opportunities from the Eberly college led to the career path I am on now. Now, when I write a policy analysis or testify to the West Virginia legislature, people know I am an Eberly graduate, and I enjoy the challenge of living up to the college’s reputation.
What advice would you give to incoming students or students thinking about coming to WVU?
I would recommend any student thinking about coming to WVU to do it, if you do it right, you won’t regret it. For incoming students I would recommend taking advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Study abroad, take classes outside of your comfort zone, join a student organization. For the rest of your life you will never again have the number of opportunities, experiences and resources that are so easily available to you at WVU.
What additional news would you like to share?
I am coming up on my 2 year anniversary at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy and I look forward to continuing to work on issues that affect the state budget as well as working families in the state. On a personal note, my wife Heather and I welcomed our first child, Liam, in June of this year and he has brought plenty of excitement to our lives.