Namrata Kolla

Namrata Kolla

Graduate Student | Evans School of Public Policy

I am interested in using data and technology to unlock the policymaking process for underrepresented voices, especially environmental scientists and those community members disproportionately impacted by climate change. I became passionate about this problem after receiving my Bachelors in Earth Sciences at Georgia Tech, with my research focused on modeling ocean acidification of the California coast. I saw first-hand how much expertise there is in climate science that is not being successfully translated to policymakers. I also noticed an environmental justice dimension that has been barely addressed by our political leaders.

Since coming to UW, I've been exploring how data and tech might begin to solve these problems through my Masters in Public Administration candidacy and involvement in Open Seattle, a local chapter of Code for America. My professional background spans the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. I worked environmental issues at the United States House of Representatives, The Nature Conservancy, a green start-up called Coeio, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

I look forward to sharing my experiences through talks to local community groups, as well as taking PCC courses and connecting with fellow students and faculty. If you're interested in talking -- let's get in touch!