BFA, Graphic Design, American University of Beirut, 2010
MS, Package Design, Pratt Institute, 2012
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2019
Project Manager – International Policy at World Animal Net
Living My True Passion –Interview with Maha while a student in the MAPP program, January 2019
Maha Bazzi, MAPP ’19, joined the MAPP program to transform her passion for animals into a practical career. “I believe that my skill set will be best put to use in lobbying, where I can translate my love for animals into a language that legislators can understand.” Read more here
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
Before entering the program, I was teaching English as a Second Language at a private language school in Manhattan, NY. I also have my own online business selling handmade décor for events.
I volunteer weekly at Bideawee, a local animal shelter, helping with cat and dog adoptions.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I had known for a while that I wanted to switch career paths and work with animals, but I hadn’t established the exact trajectory until I found the MAPP program. I was excited to find a program that would allow me to use my existing communication skills and build on them in order to advocate and speak for animals. I was especially drawn to the focus on public policy and learning how to drive change through policy making.
Interests in and experience with animals
I grew up with cats, hamsters and gerbils in my house, and chickens in my backyard. Animals have been a constant throughout my life and I cannot picture a home without them. In 2016, I volunteered with an organization helping elephants in Thailand. That experience solidified my conviction in that I had to be working with animals. I have volunteered at several animal shelters in NYC.
What are your outside interests?
I am an aerial dancer, I run and I love to read. I enjoy being outdoors, going on hikes in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. I am passionate about traveling and exploring the world.
Number of pets? What?
I have two cats, Reese and Rayna. I adopted them both from shelters in New York City. Reese was born blind and Rayna is his best friend and protector. They bring endless warmth and joy into our home.
MAPP Externship: World Animal Net in New York, NY – International Policy Intern