Think Tanks - An Overview and Panel of Professionals: Tuesday, October 26, 1pm-2:00pm ET

Hosted by the NASPAA Employer Relations Committee and part of the DC Virtual Trek Week:


NASPAA students and alumni: Join us for a panel of professionals working at think tanks. This event will start with an overview of the think tank eco-system by a staff member at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Overview of Think Tanks and Panelist:

Laura Koepsell
Program Manager with the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA)
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Laura Koepsell is a program manager with the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA) at CSIS. She is responsible for providing rising leaders at CSIS with training and learning opportunities in professional development, global issues, and leadership. Prior to joining CSIS, Laura worked at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), where she developed a career readiness workshop and networking series for college students and built the Alumni Relations department from the ground up to manage over 60,000 alumni. Laura holds a B.A. in political science from Christopher Newport University and an M.Ed. in counselor education—student affairs from Clemson University. She is also a certified career counselor and global career development facilitator.


Anna Barry
Research Associate
American Institutes for Research

Anna Barry is a Research Associate in the Education Systems Division at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). She provides research, analytical, and administrative support to multi-site evaluations and studies of education and after school programs. Prior to joining AIR, Anna worked as a project assistant at the Institute for Research on Poverty where she focused on promoting shared integrated cross-sectional data for Wisconsin state agencies. She also spent a summer in DC, interning in the U.S. Senate. Anna holds a B.A. in political science and an accelerated MPA from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Caitlin Chin
Research Analyst
The Brookings Institution
Caitlin Chin is a research analyst at the Brookings Institution's Center for Technology Innovation, where her policy interests include privacy, artificial intelligence, broadband, and Big Tech antitrust. She graduated from Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy with a Master of Public Policy and the University of Maryland with a BA in Government and Politics; Spanish Language, Literatures, and Cultures.

Rasheed Malik
Associate Director of Research, Early Childhood Policy
Center for American Progress

Rasheed A. Malik is the associate director of research for Early Childhood Policy at American Progress. His work focuses on child care infrastructure and supply, the economic benefits of child care, and bias and discrimination in early childhood policy. Malik’s research has been featured in or cited by The New York Times, Vox, The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, CNNBusiness, and CNBC, among others. Prior to joining American Progress, Malik was a government affairs and communications associate for the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, an organization with the goal of making the New York Harbor a shared, resilient, and accessible resource for all New Yorkers. Malik holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Baruch College. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two young children.

We will be asking speakers for permission to record the event. If that is approved, the recording will be sent to everyone who has RSVP'd.

DATE: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
TIME: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT
LOCATION: Zoom link to be emailed

See here for a list of NASPAA member schools/specific programs:

Email the following NASPAA Employer Relations Committee members with questions about this event:
Suzanne Grossman, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College
Marie Koko, La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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