Jillian joined the Academy as a Research Associate for the Strategic Initiatives Team in December 2020. In this role, she conducts research for the Grand Challenges in Public Administration campaign and helps produce the Management Matters podcast. Jillian realized she had a profound interest in working at the Academy when she interned there in the Summer of 2020, where she contributed to studies for the Office of Space Commerce and the National Park Service.
Jillian recently graduated from the University of Maryland with a Master of Public Policy after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics and a Minor in Creative Writing. During her undergraduate career, Jillian was selected as a fellow of the Global Fellows Program, which gave her various opportunities to learn from experts specializing in international relations and conflict resolution. She also interned at the United States Census Bureau where she recorded and analyzed data from the 2017 Criminal Juvenile Resident Placement Survey. In Fall 2018, Jillian interned with the USCIS where she supported efforts to formulate DHS emergency preparedness plans. Jillian is looking forward to continuing to help NAPA achieve its mission and is excited to be working on the Strategic Initiatives Team.