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Tamara Garcia
Education: B.A. in English/Philosophy, Northeastern University, 2007 M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2011 J.D., Georgia State ...
May 17, 2018

Education:
B.A. in English/Philosophy, Northeastern University, 2007
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2011
J.D., Georgia State University College of Law, 2013

Current Position:
Attorney at Law, Providence, RI

What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
I was finishing up my undergraduate degree at Northeastern and working as a research assistant in the Department of Philosophy & Religion, looking at social justice issues in the U.S. I also did a summer internship at Farm Sanctuary, where I helped feed/socialize rescued livestock.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I was very interested in learning about, and understanding, the underlying mechanisms that result in massive animal suffering.

In what ways do you use your Masters in Animals and Public Policy degree in your current position?
Although I don’t do animal work, MAPP gave me a foundation for conversing intelligently on policy issues. It also taught me a lot about how issues are framed by stakeholders, and how to navigate that. A lot of what I learned at MAPP is valuable now; for example, the quantitative component helped me a lot because I work with Excel in my current position. In a broader sense, I think it made me more reflective and attuned to differing viewpoints.

Tell us about your MAPP project or preceptorship. In what ways did it help you form your career goals?
I worked with the National Park Service and evaluated their loggerhead sea turtle nesting program by analyzing nesting data and conducting site visits in barrier islands off the coast of South Florida. It was a really fun project. It helped strengthen my program analysis skills, which I use now in my current position when I analyze the efficacy of our policies.

What did you like most about the MAPP program?
The people—other students, professors, and outside speakers. It’s a great community.

What are your outside interests?
Cooking, sustainable food, gardening, canning/preserving, dog-venturing through the city.

Number of pets? What?
A rescued puppy mill breeder mama French Bulldog, a retired racer greyhound, and a bearded dragon. I really want chickens!

MAPP Capstone Project: Biscayne National Park’s Loggerhead Turtle Conservation Program in South Florida: An Analysis.

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