Ayesha Upshur, MSSP’13

  • Special Assistant to the Director, Washington, DC Department of Employment Services

“After graduating from Spelman College in 2005, I began working for DC Superior Court; first as deputy clerk and later as an advocate for victims of violent crime. I have always had an interest in policy, especially as it pertains to social welfare and my time with the Court nurtured my desire to further my studies of that subject. After considering a number of MPA programs, including Fels, I felt MSSP offered classes that would allow me to focus upon the specific areas of social policy that interested me most while providing a solid foundation of policy analysis and related research methods. What a wonderful decision that was!

“One month after completion of my internship with the Philadelphia City Council and a month before my official graduation date, I was hired as Special Assistant to the Director of DC’s Department of Employment Services. While I had previous government experience, my ability to discuss program evaluation techniques and policy analysis gave me an invaluable edge over other applicants. I capitalized on my ability to serve in not only an administrative capacity, but as a researcher as well. I will be forever grateful for the knowledge and skills I gained through MSSP and the professional boost it has provided.”


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