Nexight Group is happy to welcome Brad Sinkaus to the team as our new Research and Communications Analyst. Brad is a recent graduate from the University of Pennyslvania. We sat down with Brad to ask him a few questions about himself, his views, and his new role at Nexight.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where I earned my BA in Political Science with a certificate in Spanish Language. While studying at Penn, I interned for the Mayor of Philadelphia’s Communications Office, the Australian Parliament, and the Embassy of Australia. I’m interested in how government policies—and politics in general—affect the daily lives of individuals both here and around the world. Originally from Scranton, PA, I enjoy visiting home to spend time with family and friends, and I’m looking forward to exploring the many museums and coffee shops DC has to offer.
Q: Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
I respect and admire people and organizations that have a commitment to solving complex problems. Nexight’s focus on addressing critical and complicated issues was one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of the company. I also found the intimate environment of the company appealing, and throughout the interview process I was impressed with the diverse backgrounds of the employees I spoke with and their passion for Nexight’s mission.
Q: Most of your education has been focused on studying policy. What do you think is the biggest policy challenge facing the nation?
I believe the nation’s biggest priorities should be addressing the detrimental effects of greenhouse gas emissions on our environment. From a policy perspective, there are challenges with enacting a national policy, particularly as lawmakers weigh what is best for the nation with constituent concerns. But as more time is spent debating how to respond, there is less time to safeguard our future by protecting against the impacts of climate change.
Q: What is the most important thing that you feel you got out of your program?
Through my program, I have developed an understanding and appreciation for how much work, time, and patience goes into tackling a policy problem and why sometimes a solution isn’t reached. With this knowledge, I have a greater appreciation for people who dedicate themselves and take the time to develop solutions to a problem, whether it is at the local or national level.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your new position?
Since much of my undergraduate work has been looked at through a policy lens, I’m most looking forward to gaining perspective on a range of issues and examining problems from a different angle. I’m also excited to learn about new topics and to broaden my knowledge on familiar topics. Most of all, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to the table.