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Student Association

Association of Public Policy Students (APPS)

The Association of Public Policy Students (APPS) is the official student association of the School of Public Policy at LSE. 

Our remit involves connecting current students with alumni, developing students’ career potential, engaging the student body in the local community, coordinating social activities and organising a formal Ball at the end of the Lent term.

Our goal is to help all SPP students make the most of their time at the LSE and form meaningful connections with their fellow classmates, SPP faculty and staff, and the broader LSE community.

Meet the APPS Executive Committee

President

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Sarah Wildi

Sarah Wildi is an MPA student from Switzerland. She pursued a Bachelor of Arts at the George Washington University, in Washington D.C. where she double majored in International Affairs and Political Science. After graduating, she worked in corporate communications at the World Bank. 

Sarah chose LSE’s MPA program in order to learn the quantitative skills necessary to ultimately pursue her interest in economic growth and sustainable development. As APPS President Sarah aims to foster a greater sense of community and help all students at the School of Public Policy maximize their time at LSE.

MPA Vice President

Anne Lieber

Anne Lieber

Anne Lieber is an MPA student from Potomac, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C. She holds a Bachelor's in Business and Politics from Brandeis University. Prior to joining the MPA programme, she worked in political campaigns, ESG, and government consulting. After LSE, she hopes to go on to a career in ESG or Impact Investing.

 As MPA Vice President, Anne is responsible for coordinating the SPP's student buddy system and representing MPA students. 

Treasurer

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Gabriela Coddou

Gabriela is an MPA student from Santiago, Chile. She holds a bachelor's degree in Economics form University of Chile. During her undergraduate career, Gabriela interned at COES Think Tank, specifically for the research line on Socio-economic Dimensions of Conflict.

Prior to LSE, Gabriela worked for the Santander’s Corporate and Investment Banking division. During her time in Santander, she had the opportunity to participate in the financing of several public infrastructure projects in Chile, such as hospitals, the Santiago airport, and interregional motorways.

Gabriela aims to help create opportunities for the SPP and collaborate in new initiatives and projects. 

 

Communications Co-ordinator

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Caitlin McIlwain

Caitlin McIlwain is an MPA student from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She grew up in Seattle, Washington and has a Bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in applied mathematics from the University of Washington in Seattle. She also spent a year at LSE in the General Course Programme during her third year of university. Prior to returning to school, she worked at EY as an economic analyst of international tax law (transfer pricing). She has always been passionate about public policy and focused her academics on public economics and healthcare policy specifically, hoping to bring a quantitative lens to policy. Through her participation in the interdisciplinary honours programme at the University of Washington, she was able to take courses focused on poverty and inequality. Upon returning to LSE, Caitlin intends to use her quantitative background to drive policy creation and analysis. She spent the summer between her first and second year working for the Harvard Growth Lab in Windhoek, Namibia to create opportunities for effective economic growth. 

In her free time, she loves to run, read, and dote on her two cats who are waiting for her back in Seattle. She looks forward to actively engaging with the SPP community and creating a fun and friendly space for the cohorts to come together.

 

Careers and Alumni Co-ordinator

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Ana Abad

Ana is an MPA student from Mexico City and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Economics from The George Washington University. Prior to LSE, Ana worked as a Latin America Associate at political risk consulting firm Eurasia Group working on issues related to fiscal policy, economic growth and other political economy-related issues impacting corporate and financial clients. Ana has also worked in issues related to economic development in the south of Mexico working with Mayan communities to enhance education and health outcomes and is passionate about education policy, economic development and social impact. 

At the LSE Ana joined the MIINT team an impact investment competition working with social entrepreneurs in the mental health field and worked on a research project with the SPP working to redefine the welfare state in Europe. In her free time Ana enjoys salsa dancing, kayaking and reading historical fiction novels. 

Community Engagement Coordinator

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Patricio Díaz Romo

Patricio Díaz Romo is an MPA student from Mexico City that holds a Bachelor´s in Political Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Prior to LSE, he worked as a civil servant in the Mexican Senate and the Ministry of Social Development focusing on public economics and fiscal budgeting. He came to LSE to pursue his interest in designing development strategies to foster inclusive economic growth for developing economies. Throughout his LSE journey, he specialised in Development Economics and worked for the Mexican Embassy in the UK using Economic Complexity to diversify international trade between both countries. He believes that large-scale transformations in public organisations need to prioritise evidence-based research to improve public service delivery. As Community Engagement Coordinator he will work to promote conversations and shared experiences from LSE professors and students to tackle poverty, inequality, and climate change.

MPA Social Co-Chairs

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Maddison Dietrich

Maddison Dietrich is an MPA student from Chelan, Washington, and received her bachelor's degree in Political Science and Law, Societies, & Justice from the University of Washington, Seattle. Before attending LSE, she worked as an incubation and emerging markets program manager for digital marketplace tech start-up, Convoy. Additionally, Maddie worked as a campaign finance team member for various state and local campaigns, including Governor Jay Inslee and Congressional Representative Kim Schrier.

Hoping to merge her love for electoral campaigning and interest in the power of technology and AI to create positive change, Maddie came to LSE to pursue technology policy and election security. Benefiting immensely from connection with her peers in the School of Public Policy during MPA year one, Maddie is excited to spend next year as APPS Social Co-Chair where she can facilitate opportunities for students to come together and exchange ideas. 


Erin Fleming

Erin Felming

Erin is an MPA student from Albany, New York. She holds a bachelor's degree in Public Policy & Management with a concentration in International Affairs from the State University of New York at Albany. During her undergraduate career, Erin interned at the New York State Legislature and supported various state and local electoral campaigns. 

Prior to joining LSE, Erin served as Deputy Legislative Director in the New York State Assembly, where she worked toward the enactment of legislation related to environmental protection, criminal justice reform and gender equality, and participated in the State's COVID-19 response. Erin oversaw the operation of the Local Governments Committee and facilitated the passage of municipal policy and budgetary priorities. Erin was an active volunteer at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) and other refugee resettlement organizations in upstate New York.

During her first year in the MPA program, Erin has most enjoyed the opportunity to meet and connect with her cohort and all members of the SPP community. She looks forward to working with her APPS colleagues to create exciting opportunities for continued connection both within and between cohorts, to celebrate the diversity within our community and immerse ourselves in all London has to offer.

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