Bryce McKibben is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. He has a background in state and federal education policy, with a focus on issues of postsecondary access and retention. Bryce’s graduate studies concentrate on the role of urban politics and economic development to improving school outcomes. In the summer of 2012, he was selected as a Michael S. Dukakis Fellow to serve on the policy team of Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD). Prior to Harvard, Bryce worked as a lobbyist for the Association of Community College Trustees, advocating for congressional funding to financial aid and workforce development programs, and also served as legislative aide for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor. Bryce began his career as an advocate for public baccalaureate students in Washington State and was elected President of the Washington Student Association, the only group representing student interests before the State Legislature. His efforts to strengthen advocacy capabilities and financial resources of that organization earned him a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Bryce graduated with honors from the University of Washington, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Law, Societies, and Justice. He currently plans to return to a career in federal education policy in Washington, DC.