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Emily Strange

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Bio

Dedicated to making homelessness rare, short, and one time, I have spent my time in education and early career learning about the best strategies in order to reach that goal. I am currently working in policy research, with the goal of obtaining a masters degree in either city planning or public administration. I hope to use this to be an important voice in government, since so often the people making decisions for others have no experience with the things they are deciding on.

Education

University of California-Berkeley

Master's degree program
2024 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Public Policy Analysis

University of California-Berkeley

Bachelor's degree program
2017 - 2019
  • Majors:
    • Sociology

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Government Administration

    • Dream career goals:

    • BVS and Training Coordinator, Fiscal Notes Analyst

      Washington State Department of Commerce
      2021 – 20221 year

    Sports

    Equestrian

    2001 – 201514 years

    Research

    • Public Policy Analysis

      Mathematica — Research Associate
      2022 – Present
    • Sociology

      UC Berkeley — Research Apprentice
      2019 – 2019

    Arts

    • Bay Area Discovery Museum

      Painting
      2012 – 2015

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Giant Steps Therapeutic Riding Center — Volunteer
      2013 – 2014
    • Advocacy

      Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund — Community Organizing Fellow
      2019 – 2020

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Politics

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Youth Equine Service Scholarship
    Winner
    My early life revolved around horses. Posters of different horses lined the walls of my bedroom, my youtube history was filled with gorgeous prancing ponies and magnificent mustangs. You really couldn’t get me to talk about anything else. I was, as one would say, the quintessential horse girl. I spent all day at the barn, working off my lessons by mucking stalls, babysitting pay clients’ children, or anything that anyone needed done. I genuinely thought that this was enough to continue riding. It wasn’t until I was 16 when my mom sat me down and discussed with me that we no longer could afford for me to ride. She explained to me that she had been cutting back everywhere she could, but our finances finally reached a point where horses had to go too. I was devastated. I felt a part of my identity had been taken away. I understood why this had to happen, but that didn’t change how I felt about it. When I turned 20, I scraped together enough money for a car. And with that, came the ability for me to consider horses again. Unfortunately, my finances couldn’t carry the burden of lessons either, but I was determined to be around them somehow. That’s when I discovered Giant Steps, a therapeutic riding center near me who was in need of volunteers. This was my first experience with volunteering for something that was just my decision. I wasn’t forced to do it for school, I didn’t do it with a group of people, it was just mine. And it changed my life. The people I met through this program were some of the kindest people I had ever known, both the riders and the trainers. I still remember a moment where one of the riders almost fell off, but I caught them before they hit the ground. I felt so proud of the work that I was doing that I knew that I only wanted to do something with my life that made me feel this way. Eventually, my life fully took me away from horses (though I’m fully determined to get back to it once I finish my education), but I’m still firmly rooted in the things I learned through that work. I spent a year volunteering for an advocacy organization, and I work now for a non-profit helping with grants. And after school, my plan is to continue working in the non-profit space. I want to use the tools I've learned to make the world a better place than I found it. And I hope one day to return to Giant Steps as a volunteer.