Causal Design would like to extend a warm welcome to our 2018 fellows: Nathaniel Rupp, Saori Iwamoto, and Milagros O’Diana! Congratulations on your selection, and we look forward to having you on the team!


Causal Design 2018 Impact Fellow: Nathaniel Rupp

Nathan is a recent graduate from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University where he received his MPP in urban and economic development policy. Before coming to Causal Design as an Impact Fellow, he worked with the city of the District of Columbia to better understand the ways in which public transit impacts affordable housing. Additionally, he was a research fellow at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. After receiving his BA in philosophy at Eckerd College, Nathan lived in South Korea, Baton Rouge, and Charlottesville where he taught English, organized community gardening projects, and was an AmeriCorps VISTA. In his free time, Nathan is an amateur poet and linguist as well as was the the founder and editor-at-large of the GWU policy podcast, WonkCast.


Causal Design 2018 Summer Fellows: Saori Iwamoto & Milagros O’Diana

Saori is a Master’s of International Development Policy (MIDP) candidate at Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy with a focus on rigorous quantitative assessment methodologies. She joins Causal Design as a Summer Fellow. She has 8 years of experience in international development, most recently as a contractor for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). She managed community orientation programs for groundwater development projects, conducted surveys, and implemented orientations in Zambia and Tanzania. In addition, she has experience working in humanitarian aid projects and served as a JICA Volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic. She studied International Relations for her undergraduate degree at University of Wales, Swansea.

Milagros is an economist with experience in poverty alleviation and productive development policies. She is a graduate student in the Master of International Development Policy program at Georgetown University. Her research interests are focus on data analysis and visualization, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and policy design. Her professional experience in the Peruvian Government includes the design of a national survey for enterprises, the evaluation of training programs for entrepreneurs, and the design of a national strategy for urban poverty reduction. She joins Causal Design’s Cambodia office as a Summer Fellow after working as an evaluation graduate assistant at Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice.