Jamie Keene was an Undergraduate Scholar in 2014 when she interned for the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Where are you from?
Seattle, Washington

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I attended Smith College, where I studied American government and public policy. In 2015, I studied political sociology as a visiting student at the University of Oxford.

What was the best part of your internship?
Interning at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness helped me crystalize my focus on extreme poverty in the United States. I had the opportunity to work with policy directors and the communications team on a wide range of issues related to family and veteran homelessness. The internship propelled me forward to three more internships at the Center for American Progress, in the U.S. Senate, and the White House Domestic Policy Council.

What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
Always say yes to more responsibility. Attitude, more than ability, is what makes a great intern.  

What are you doing now?
Recently, I served in the front office of the Council of Economic Advisers for the last year of the Obama Administration as a political appointee. I am now a policy analyst in the Mayor’s Office in Washington, D.C. where I focus on ending family homelessness in the District and strengthening the child welfare system.  

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
I hope to have earned a master’s in public policy and law degree, and work as a policymaker at the federal level in D.C. I plan to continue to work on poverty, economic mobility, and the social safety net.

What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
I just finished re-reading my favorite book of the last few years, $2.00 A Day, by sociologists Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer. The book pioneered new ways of analyzing poverty in the U.S., and focuses on the 1.5 million American households that live on less than $2.00 a day in cash income. It is a must read.

Tell us a fun fact!
I love to row crew, and learned how to at Oxford!

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