As a concurrent student at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance as well as the Jackson School of International Studies, Isaac is earning a Master of Public Administration and M.A. in International Studies. His interest in global health was sparked as an undergraduate student living in Honduras for six months studying foreign aid and community development. Arriving in Seattle after completing a B.A. in International Development Studies, Isaac acquired a strong interest in East Africa while spending two years as a fundraising coordinator for a Somali community center on the border of SeaTac and Tukwila. In the summer of 2015, he interned for the United Nations Development Programme in Geneva, Switzerland, supporting its humanitarian response programs. As an intern at PATH last fall, supporting its Malaria Center of Excellence, Isaac developed a greater understanding of public health interventions across sub-Saharan Africa as well how international NGOs partner with governments.
As a fellow this summer, Isaac is conducting a policy analysis on how SCOPE’s model aligns with Ethiopia’s policies on maternal and child health. Through extensive interviews with a diverse group of stakeholders, he will identify achievements of the model as well as analyze how to position SCOPE’s interventions within the government’s broad strategic framework.