Each year, the McCourt Policy Innovation Lab selects a new group of passionate and skilled students to propel its mission.

The 2017-2018 Policy Innovators are:

Catherine Lyons - Co-Director

Catherine is a first-year Master's in Public Policy student at the McCourt School. She comes to Washington, DC from Los Angeles, California, where she was Southern California Director for FWD.us, a bipartisan nonprofit advocacy organization focused on passing immigration reform. Previously, she led the housing and community development policy work for a business-led nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also served as an AmeriCorps member in New Orleans after graduating from the University of Southern California. 

Edward Weizenegger

Edward is a first-year student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. He arrived at Georgetown after five years working on behalf of low-income youth and families in the non-profit sector in Minneapolis. While there he was part of a project designed to reduce teen pregnancy rates by connecting young people to their communities through service projects. He's thrilled to join the Innovation Lab and to continue exploring novel solutions to contemporary challenges.

Moha Thakur

Moha is currently a Master of Public Policy candidate at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. She has experience in financial reporting and management of public grant funding, and was most recently a research assistant in the area of critical infrastructure and cyber security. A graduate of the Australian National University in Canberra, she's enjoying the new experiences of daily life on the other side of the world and hoping her insights can be applied here too. Her interests are focused in urban infrastructure and planning policy.

Anna Vasylytsya

Anna is a first year graduate student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Her areas of study are international development, environmental policy, and the intersection of both. After interning for a community development organization in Hanoi, she experienced firsthand the importance of understanding the local context in community development. She has lived in the DC metropolitan area for the past sixteen years and is excited to participate in the work of the Innovation Lab in the local community. Anna enjoys hiking and backpacking and can often be found exploring the forests and parks in the area.

Harper Sutherland

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Harper Sutherland moved to D.C. this year to attend graduate school at Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy. She graduated in 2014 from Harvard University, where she concentrated in South Asian Studies, learning Hindi, Urdu and Bengali, and wrote her senior thesis on the post-independence experiences of Indian royal families. Following that, her research took a sharp turn into public transportation. Harper received a Fulbright-Nehru Student Research scholarship to study the consumer experience of public bus passengers in New Delhi. In her free time, Harper loves handcrafts, particularly knitting, and reading mysteries.

Katie Baskett

Katie, a native of Louisville, KY, is a Master of Public Policy student at McCourt. She first explored urban social and economic topics through internships in education reform in Washington, DC and with a downtown development organization in Kentucky. Subsequently, she spent three years working in client relations for a marketing firm. She's excited to combine skills learned from previous experiences with the MPP training in order to approach the complex urban issues faced by DC communities.

Meg Pursely

Brent Howell

Seth Steinhoff

Surya Khanna