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Hilary Olson

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A Public Policy and Management PhD student at Price, Hilary also earned her Master of Public Policy and Certificate in International Policy and Planning from Price. Passionate about international development and social finance, she is currently doing research on community bail funds and social impact bonds. Previously, she interned with the Center for the Future of Aging at the Milken Institute, a think tank, and with Charity Brands Consulting, a firm which fosters public-private partnerships. Through Price’s summer international lab, she was a member of a student team which consulted with the Italian Civil Protection Agency for two weeks to help them devise a social media strategy for their disaster management activities. For her MPP Practicum project, she was also a member of a student consultant team which worked with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs to assess the transferability of local program strategies and innovations.

Prior to returning to graduate school, Hilary worked as an immigration legal assistant for three years and a civil and litigation paralegal for one year. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs with a minor in Economics from Occidental College. While at Occidental, she interned with the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations and was a member of the College’s microfinance club. An aspiring world traveler, she has an intermediate proficiency in French, basic proficiency in Spanish, and spent a semester studying abroad in Rome learning conversational Italian. In addition to traveling, in her spare time, Hilary also enjoys reading, crafting, biking, hiking, and doing yoga.