About the Authors


Beatrice Fuchs is a Master of Public Policy student at the Price School of Public Policy at USC. She works as a research assistant at the USC Center on Educational Governance studying K–12 public education reform and public school choice. She will be an Education Pioneers Fellow in the summer of 2013.

Jaclynn J. Guilfoyle received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Florida in 2003. Her seven-year career in the Department of Defense began with three years in the U.S. Air Force as a budget programmer and human resources specialist.

Joanna Kabat is a Masters of Public Administration student at the Price School of Public Policy at USC. The author has a background in non-profit management and strategic planning, with a focus on international development, refugee issues, and interfaith community organizing.

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Laura Martinez was born and raised in northern California and received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from California State University, Sacramento in 2010. She spent a year as a Capital Fellow at the California Emergency Management Agency in 2011 and is now pursuing her MPA and Homeland Security and Public Policy Certificate while doing research at the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events.

Dan Mirakhor is a Master of Health Administration student at USC. He’s interested in features of the Affordable Care Act that require providers to reform how they administer care.

Paulina Ong is a recent UCLA graduate currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University. As a disability studies advocate, she hopes to raise awareness about autism as an important sociocultural issue through her future work in public health and medicine.