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Anna Michele Friedman
Alison is a first year MPP candidate at the Kennedy School studying urban policy. She is particularly interested in urban economic development, with an emphasis on technology and innovation. Before coming to Harvard, Alison worked as a Macroeconomics Research Associate at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. She has also worked on economic development projects for the City of Burlington, Vermont, where she helped conduct research for a book on community economic development. Alison graduated from Amherst College with a degree in economics and enjoys running, cooking, and traveling. Her favorite experience at the Kennedy School so far has been helping to run an entrepreneurship contest in Chile as part of a class that supports communities recovering from the 2010 earthquake.
Born to a father from Jalisco, Mexico and a Puerto-Rican American mother, Alicia grew up in a small rural farming town in the Central Valley of California. Her experiences in this poor and mostly Latino community have been the main driver of her pursuits in higher education and a career dedicated to serving marginalized communities.
After receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010, she worked for an Oakland-based research and advocacy nonprofit Urban Strategies Council (USC). At USC, Alicia worked to reduce housing, criminal justice, health, employment and racial disparities in impoverished communities.
While at HKS her interests include business and government, public finance, and local and state government. She plans to return to California to work in the area of workforce and business development within low income communities and communities of color.