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Ana Maria Zárate Moreno

Quick Facts:

  • Currently, GW Regulatory Studies Fellow with the World Bank Doing Business Unit
  • Previously, Research Assistant at the GW Regulatory Studies Center 
  • Second year MPP student at the GW Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) with a concentration in regulatory policy

Second-year MPP student and former GW Regulatory Studies Center research assistant, Ana Maria Zárate Moreno, was recently selected for a highly competitive internship with the World Bank. She is gathering information for the Bank’s Doing Business Unit on measures to support its credit information indicator and will assist in preparation of comparative analysis related to credit indicators on a country by country and regional basis.

After excelling in her regulatory analysis coursework, Ana Maria worked with the GW RSC from May through December 2015, providing valuable analysis on domestic and international regulatory issues. She focused on cross-country analysis of regulatory reforms and best practices, examined international approaches to the regulatory process and analyzed data on regulation, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Before starting her graduate studies, Ana Maria worked for 5 years in the Colombian Government contributing actively to a new regulatory policy proposal and to the process of accession of Colombia to the Regulatory Policy Committee of the OECD. Her interests include comparison and adaptation of the best international practices for improving regulatory systems.

Ana Maria is thriving in her intellectually challenging role with the World Bank in part due to her experiences in the Trachtenberg School and the GW Regulatory Studies Center. Ana Maria will graduate from the GW TSPPPA in May of this year and we’re looking forward to seeing where her future career in regulatory policy takes her.  


PJ Austin

Quick Facts:

  • Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE)
  • Previously, Associate Director of Government Affairs for Citizens Against Government Waste 
  • MPA (2014) from the GW Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) with a dual concentration in budgeting and federal policy.

Because of PJ’s outstanding academic performance while a student at TSPPPA and his interest in regulatory policy, he was asked to submit a comment as part of the GW Regulatory Studies Center’s Retrospective Review Comment Project.  PJ’s comment focused on a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rule regarding the sanitary transportation of human and animal food, and broadly encouraged the FDA to commit to measuring the costs of the regulation after implementation.

PJ's legislative portfolio with Senator Fischer includes budget, tax, financial services, labor, and small business issues.  Prior to his current role in the Senate, PJ was a lobbyist for the non-profit group Citizens Against Government Waste, and also served in Daimler’s Office of External Affairs and Public Policy for North America and the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

PJ is certain that his TSPPPA coursework has been invaluable to his professional growth.  In his spare time, PJ enjoys playing soccer and watching his beloved Michigan Wolverines football team.

Tanner Daniel

Quick Facts:

  • Financial Services Policy Advisor at Third Way
  • Previously, Financial Services staffer for Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) 
  • MPP (2013) from the GW Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration with a concentration in regulatory policy and a focus in financial services
  • GW RSC Fellow in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) (Summer 2012)

Tanner started his MPP at Trachtenberg in 2010 knowing that he had a passion for politics, policy and Wall Street, but not knowing exactly how he was going to tie all three together.  With the support and guidance from Trachtenberg faculty, specifically Susan Dudley, Tanner found courses that fit his passions and created his own concentration in regulatory policy and financial services including an RSC fellowship at OIRA. 

After graduation in 2013, Tanner continued on the path of public service working on Capitol Hill. While there, Tanner worked for several members of Congress, most recently Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), where his portfolio included financial services, housing, tax, and small business. In addition to working for Rep. Peters' personal office, Tanner volunteered on the Congressman's successful 2014 re-election campaign.

Recently, Tanner took a new position at the centrist think tank, Third Way, where he is a Policy Advisor on their Economic Program doing research on financial services, securities law and housing policy. Tanner has been published covering topics ranging from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to the Federal Housing Administration. 

Tanner has no doubt that his experience at TSPPPA and opportunities like the RSC Fellowship at OIRA led him to where he is today. In his free time, Tanner enjoys spending time with his dog Ginger and newly engaged fiancée who is currently a 3L at Georgetown Law School. Tanner is also an avid runner, and loves to golf and fly fish whenever he gets the chance. 

Lindsay Scherber

Quick Facts:

  • Regulatory economist at the Office of Economic Research within the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy
  • MPP (2015) from the GW Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration with a concentration in regulatory policy
  • GW Regulatory Studies Research Assistant (‘14-‘15), RSC Fellow in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) (Summer 2014)

Lindsay chose the Trachtenberg School for her MPP in part because it is one of the few schools that offers a concentration in regulatory policy, and during her two years at GW she took full advantage of the opportunities available through the GW Regulatory Studies Center.  In the summer of 2014, after excelling in the Regulatory Comment Clinic, she was awarded a Regulatory Studies Center fellowship to work as an OIRA policy analyst.  The Center then selected her to be a Research Assistant for the following academic year, where she was an integral and valued member of the team, researching, writing, and submitting several regulatory comments. The knowledge she gained, combined with her outstanding analytic and writing skills, led to her position as regulatory economist with SBA Advocacy upon graduation.  

In her role with SBA Advocacy, Lindsay spends about half her time on regulatory research and the other half on performing economic analyses of regulatory proposals to evaluate their economic and regulatory implications for the small business community.  Her portfolio includes agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Lindsay is thriving in her intellectually challenging role with SBA Advocacy in part due to her experiences in the Trachtenberg School, the GW Regulatory Studies Center, and her OIRA fellowship. 

Joseph "Joe" Nye

Quick Facts:

  • Full-time policy analyst in the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)
  • GW Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, MPA '15
  • GW Regulatory Studies Center Fellow, Summer 2014

Joe was bitten by the regulatory policy bug while getting his MPA from the GW Trachtenberg School.  Following his successful completion of the core regulatory comment course, Joe was selected for the GW Regulatory Studies Fellowship opportunity to spend the summer of 2014 working as a policy analyst in OIRA.  He found the experience so rewarding—and coworkers were so impressed with him—that he was offered and accepted a full-time position with the agency upon graduation.

Joe's hard work and his GW experience have prepared him well for the demanding job of an OIRA regulatory policy analyst.  The challenging coursework involved in his Regulatory Policy concentration, combined with the invaluable on-the-job experience as a Regulatory Studies Fellow, have equipped Joe well for his new position providing what President Obama has called “a dispassionate and analytical second opinion on agencies actions.” 

Congratulations, Joe!