BenUC Santa Cruz Class of 2012

Major: Global Economics

“OTI reminds you that there are no easy answers to our complicated political questions. To make progress on these issues, you must understand them and the best way is to listen to and ask questions to people who are affected by these issues and also to people who influence these issues.This is the most important aspect that I took from OTI; they are experiences and skills that influence how I approach issues.”



After OTI:

I participated in the OTI 4 trip in 2011. After this experience, I co-taught a related course with two other OTI members at UC Santa Cruz.  As a student, I also studied abroad in China and participated in the UCDC program where I interned at the Center for American Progress. After I graduated from UC Santa Cruz, I worked for Obama for America — President Obama's reelection team — in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. I currently work at the California Department of Finance working on regulatory review.