Hello! I’m Haley Hamza and I graduated from UC San Diego with a BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. During my time at UCSD I was a member of the women’s swim and dive team, where I specialized in the distance events. I am from Livermore, California, home of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where I worked for two years after graduating. While there I worked primarily on metrology and fabrication of microscale target components for the National Ignition Facility (the world’s most energetic laser). At LLNL I was surrounded by people with incredible passion for their work and it pushed me to pursue a graduate program that would allow me to learn how to more effectively bridge the gap between scientists and policymakers.
Spending the last three years experiencing first-hand the devasting effects of record-breaking wildfires has inspired me to expand on my skills as a scientist. I hope to make tangible changes to the country’s climate policies, especially federal forest management. I am so excited to be a part of EMAP class of 2023, I look forward to making new connections and getting to live and learn in Washington, DC.