Suzie Dershowitz is the most recent fellow to join POGO, and she’s working on public policy issues with Angela Canterbury, the Director of Public Policy. Suzie graduated in 2010 from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in political science. Since coming to POGO, Suzie has already gotten plenty done on the Hill: she’s helped shine a light on the defense budget, advocated for the STOCK Act and pushed for more oversight of service contracting.
The Watercooler spoke to Suzie about traveling, roast chicken, and of course, public policy.
Watercooler: What made you decide to come back to the District after attending college at Berkeley?
Suzie Dershowitz: After graduating I first moved to New York City for an international affairs internship at a U.N. watchdog organization. I quickly realized that although I love the Bay Area, New York and D.C. had more to offer in terms of jobs I found interesting. Since I grew up in D.C., it has been an easy transition back to the East Coast. I miss the mountains and the beach, but ultimately my interest in government and policymaking is what brought me back to the District.
Watercooler: What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
SD: I like going to concerts, being outside (camping, hiking, etc.), and reading lots of news. I also love movies—I just recently discovered E Street Cinema and they have a great selection of independent films.
Watercooler: What is your favorite place you have traveled to?
SD: This is tough. I studied in England at Oxford for a couple months and really enjoyed it, but I would probably have to say Istanbul, Turkey. I was only there for one day and I want to go back to explore more of the city.
Watercooler: How did you become interested in public policy?
SD: I come from a family with strong progressive social values, so I became engaged early on. I registered voters for the 2004 Presidential election and that was eye-opening. I became increasingly interested at Berkeley—I majored in Political Science and took public policy courses through the Goldman School like “Wealth and Poverty” with Robert Reich.
Watercooler: Do you have a strange/special/secret talent?
SD: I can make a great roast chicken, and I like to think I am good at Scrabble.