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Nicholas Pataki

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Nicholas is a third year graduate student pursuing a M.A. in International Policy Studies and a M.P.P. His concentrations are International Economics and Finance. Nick worked as a staff assistant to U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (Oregon) prior to graduate school and entered Stanford University focused on international security, specifically the United States’ role in a dynamic global theatre. A class on the most recent financial crisis clarified the extent to which national security and markets are interconnected. He has been immersed in international economics and finance ever since.

Nick is a teaching assistant for Micro and Macroeconomics and is developing content for Stanford’s Intro to Economics MOOC. He is also a research assistant at SIEPR and currently works with California pension data. Last summer he was a FISCal Fellow, and conducted regulatory and financial analysis on San Jose's $6 billion bond portfolio. During the summer of 2012 Nick worked in the Philippines with Innovations for Poverty Action on a mobile phone savings platform.

Nick was born and raised in Papua New Guinea and has traveled extensively throughout the globe. He loves the outdoors, especially skiing fresh powder. After earning his degrees in Spring 2015 he hopes to work in the Bay Area in investments and portfolio mangement. In the long run he plans to run for political office and be of service.

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