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Virginia Andersen

State Fiscal Project

Virginia Andersen is an intern with the State Fiscal Project. She grew up on a farm near Omaha, NE and studied abroad in Madurai, India for a semester during college. She holds a BA in sociology from Grinnell College and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Affairs from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prior to interning with CBPP, she coordinated a VITA program for a community action agency in Iowa for two tax seasons, worked for a children’s non-profit in Nebraska, and spent a season working on a Wisconsin organic CSA farm. She is interested in how states’ fiscal policies affects low- and moderate-income families.

Elizabeth Bounds

Legislative Affairs

Elizabeth Bounds is from Austin, Texas as will be beginning her Senior year at Vanderbilt University in the fall. Elizabeth is majoring in Political Science with a double-minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies. Past experiences for Elizabeth include an internship in the executive office of Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee and an internship for Texas State Representative Jason Isaac. Elizabeth plans on attending law school upon completion of her undergraduate studies.

Sean Campbell

Federal Fiscal

Sean is an intern in the Federal Fiscal Policy division. He is currently working on a double-major in Computer Science and Economics at Iona College in New York. At Iona, he has been involved in the school’s chapter of Democracy Matters, a national group that advocates for campaign finance reform. He is particularly interested in how political and economic institutions affect the well-being of society, especially those in poverty.

Samantha Carter


Samantha Carter is an intern with the Development team at CBPP. She is originally from Minnesota, and is participating in a 5-year BA/MA program at Johns Hopkins University. She just finished her first three years at the undergraduate campus, where she majored in International Studies and Economics, and will begin her studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) this fall. Samantha has previously interned at the Minnesota office of Senator Amy Klobuchar and at Mano a Mano International, a small non-profit based in St. Paul, MN. She is particularly interested in incentives and individual decision-making.

Adrienne Chung


Adrienne Chung is currently in her junior year at Pennsylvania State University pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Systems and minoring in Security Risk & Analysis. Recently she was an IT Service Desk Consultant at Pennsylvania State University. She is interested in computer software, hardware, and learning more about programming. When she graduates from Pennsylvania State University, she hopes to work for a company like Microsoft or work for an agency like the CIA.

Rose Garcia

Income Support- Data

Rose Garcia is an intern with the Family Income Support team at CBPP. She recently finished her Masters of Science in Social Work degree at Columbia University, in the area of Children, Youth and Family Policy. Prior to graduate school, she spent ten years in the non-profit sector, focusing on early childhood education, youth development and family economic success programming. She was an Elm City Fellow for Children, Youth and Families with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. After she completed her undergraduate work at Yale University, she taught Head Start for two years. Her professional interests include anti-poverty, youth development and early childhood policy, particularly the areas of income support, expanding access to child care subsidies, providing high quality after school programming and family leave policies.

Kathy Haines

DC Fiscal Policy Institute

Kathy is an intern with DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Originally from Waterbury, CT, she holds a Bachelors of Environmental Policy degree from Boston University and is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Benin 2004-2007). She has worked in finance and program management for an international public health firm, John Snow Inc. (JSI), and in direct social service case management with Catholic Charities DC, and is now a Master of Public Policy candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. A DC resident since 2007, she aspires to work on policies and programs that prevent the displacement of long-time Washingtonians. 

Nathan Harrington

DC Fiscal Policy Institute

Nathan Harrington is a native of Rockville, Maryland and a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. For the past eight years he has taught middle school and high school Social Studies in Prince George's County Public Schools. This summer he is interning under Soumya Bhatt at DC FPI as part of his Masters in Educational Administration and Policy at Howard University. He is a proud resident of Congress Heights, where he leads the Committee to Restore Shepherd Parkway and serves on the board of the Ward 8 Farmer's Market.

Kyle Hayes

Health Policy

Kyle Hayes is an intern with the Health Policy Team at CBPP. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy from American University and previously graduated from the University of Georgia with a dual-degree in Political Science and Social Studies Secondary Education. Prior to interning with CBPP, Kyle worked with Georgia State Representative Spencer Frye as his Director of Legislative Research focusing on health and education policy in Georgia. Kyle is interested in the intersection of economic, health and education policies that strengthen economic opportunity for low- and middle-income families.

Mona Hussein

Nutrition Assistance

Mona Hussein is an intern in the Food Assistance Division. She is currently a student in the Master's program in mathematics and statistics at Georgetown University and has a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. Mona previously interned at the Hispanic Health Council in Hartford, Conn. where she assisted with the review of a youth health education program.

Anne Jordan


Anne Jordan is an intern with the Media team at CBPP. A Cleveland, Ohio native, Anne currently studies at the University of Virginia. She is pursuing an accelerated BA/MPP through UVa’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Before joining CBPP, Anne worked in economic development at the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), where she conducted research on municipal tax levies and helped create a development plan for the Cleveland Lakefront. She is now focusing on the intersection of media and economic policy.

Kathleen Masterson

Nutrition Assistance

Kathleen is an intern with the Nutritional Assistance team. She is originally from New Jersey and graduated from The College of William and Mary with a dual major in History and Political Science. She also holds a Masters in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. She worked in China as an English teacher for a year and previously interned with the Arms Control Association. Her interests include nutritional assistance policy, gun control, and health care reform.

Tillie McInnis

Legislative Affairs

Tillie McInnis is from Salt Lake City, Utah and will be starting her Senior year at the University of Utah this fall. Tillie is pursuing an Honors Degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. In the past, Tillie has interned doing research at the London School of Economics and just completed an Honors Think Tank entitled “Middle Class on the Ropes”, evaluating economic inequality in Salt Lake and the nation at large.

Hugo Naulot

International Budget Partnership

Hugo is an intern with the International Budget Partnership. He holds a BA in Political Science from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Public Management at Sciences-Po’s Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). Hugo has previously interned at the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and the government relations firm Boury, Tallon & Associés, and he has conducted research for the United Nations World Food Programme. His interests include security studies and international political economy. During the fall semester he will work for the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI).

Paloma Monteros Newcombe

Health Policy

Paloma Monteros Newcombe is a Health Policy intern at CBPP. She is an MSPH candidate in Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and received a BA in Public Affairs from Seattle University. Prior to pursuing her Master’s, Paloma worked in grassroots and electoral organizing. Her interest in health care access disparities brought her to CBPP.

Jane Oliphant

Housing Policy

Jane Oliphant joined CBPP as the summer Housing Policy intern. As an MSW candidate from Washington University in St. Louis, Jane’s focus is in social and economic development with a specialization in policy. Jane’s interest in housing policy derives from her experiences in working with residents of subsidized housing and as a researcher on the effects of efforts to deconcentrate poverty. Before joining the Center, Jane interned with the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council to leverage banks in the St. Louis area to reinvest in low- and moderate-income communities and minority communities through Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance obligations. Jane holds a B.A. in Social Work, Psychology, and Sociology from the University of Portland.


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