Katherine Dillon is a candidate for the Master of Public Affairs (DC Concentration) at the LBJ School. She majored in international relations and economics as an undergraduate at California State University, Chico.
Prior to graduate school, Dillon worked at the University of California, Davis on a federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant which encouraged students at Title I K-12 schools to pursue secondary education (whether trade school, community college or four-year university).
At LBJ, she is taking the Political Economics of American Poverty to develop a better understanding of how to measure social policies geared toward poverty reduction.
Dillon is interested in the intersection of education policy and economics, particularly the impact of poverty on K-12 educational attainment. She hopes to find a Policy Apprenticeship at an advocacy or nonprofit organization or in a legislative office working on developing policy to alleviate poverty in rural areas, particularly within the education space.
Policy interests: Education for low-income students in rural schools; poverty alleviation