Tracy P. Glova
Master of Public Policy, Class of 2022
Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Personal interests: Cat-mom to Fig Newton, enjoys cozy coffee shops, yoga, backpacking, and long road trips with her partner
Tracy Glova applied to the Bloustein School hoping to gain work experience in county and state government, and through working at the school’s research centers – namely the New Jersey Policy Lab and the New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center – she has been able to achieve exactly that.
Her lived experiences as a first-generation Filipino-American, and time spent working for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Youth Services and Program Division sparked an awareness of and interest in politics and public policy. Through those events, she was introduced to systemic disparities at a very young age. As she grew up she became interested in ways to create a world where so many people don’t suffer from socioeconomic inequality.
In her second semester at Bloustein, she worked in resilience planning at the NJCCRC and became passionate about community-centered climate adaptation. She will be interning at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection during her final semester and is looking forward to helping communities prepare for and remain resilient against current flooding and future sea-level rise.
Advice to prospective students: Look into what research opportunities and graduate assistantships will be available in your first year. Bloustein’s research centers are amazing resources for students to gain real work experience in urban planning and public policy; it’d be a shame not to take advantage of them.