Daniel Sanchez '10
What is your current job?
I'm a research assistant in housing finance and policy at the Center for American Progress, a progressive public policy organization in Washington, DC. Primarily, my job is to analyze and advocate for policy, all while trying to make sense of our nation's broken housing system.
Why did you choose this profession?
I wanted a career where I could continue to engage intellectually with the world while also working for causes I believe in.
What more do you wish to accomplish in your professional career?
In the short-term, there is a lot I have to learn about policy, about the political process, and about how various jobs and organizations impact the world. In the long-term, I hope to leverage whatever skills I have to create the most positive social change, likely through policy or community development.
Tell us about a decision or change you made that turned out to be a positive career move.
After Haverford, I recieved a master's degree in Sociology from Cambridge University. While I love sociology, I realized in graduate school that I wasn't suited to be a full-time academic or researcher. Unsure of what to do next, I took an internship at a low-income and budget policy organization in DC. While it felt like a step back at the time, this decision set me on the path towards a career that I have immensely enjoyed.
How has Haverford influenced your professional career?
The intellectual curiosity and sense of social justice I acquired at Haverford inspired me to pursue a career that values both of these things. Additionally, I have learned a lot from watching my brilliant and passionate friends navigate their post-college lives, whether they're in graduate school or working.