Sarah is currently an academic outreach associate at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Previously she worked for the City of Orlando Office of Community Affairs as an AmeriCorps VISTA summer associate working with the Orlando Cares Cities of Service initiative. Sarah has also interned in the House of Representatives for Florida’s 18th district. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy with an emphasis in science and technology policy at the Schar School. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in sustainability from the George Washington University in 2019. As a Florida native, Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors hiking in Shenandoah and going for runs around DC.
Thomas is currently pursuing his Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Environmental Science and Public Policy. He previously attended Virginia Tech where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 2019. Thomas was born and raised in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, VA where he developed a love for the outdoors and playing soccer. He will start a fellowship with the Piedmont Environmental Council in Summer of 2021. Previously he worked with a professor within the Schar School as a graduate research assistant creating maps showing the affects of climate change both now and in the future.
Christopher Kernan-Schmidt, MPP Student
CESP Student Fellow
Christopher is currently pursuing his Master’s in Public Policy while working full-time as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. He has previously interned for the U.S. Department of State and has published works in E-International Relations and The Cipher Brief. Christopher earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Russian Studies from George Mason University in 2021. Outside of work and school, Christopher is a youth running coach and loves to mountain bike.
Joshua Hurlburt, MPP Student
CESP Student Fellow
Joshua is currently pursuing his Master’s in Public Policy with a concentration in International Governance and Diplomacy while working for United Community as a Public Policy Intern. He recently earned his Bachelor of Arts University of Richmond in 2020 with Political Science major and History minor while playing for the Richmond Spiders football team. He previously interned with Williams & Jensen PLLC under the International Relations and Energy Legislation teams.