Most first year law students find the academic load exciting enough. Despite the challenges of starting law school, Public Law and Policy Program Fellow Kimberly Koops-Wrabek also participated in a year-long program with Emerge Oregon. Emerge Oregon identifies, trains, and encourages Democratic women to run for office.
Previously, Kimberly worked for and founded the young professionals’ network for the organization She Should Run, a national non-profit. She even took time out of her schedule in the fall of her first year to speak to women leaders in Southern Oregon and encourage more women to serve in public leadership.
Kimberly has built a robust public policy resume. Prior to law school, Kimberly worked for Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Planned Parenthood. During her 1L year, she worked as a legislative assistant in University of Oregon’s Government and Community Relations Department. This past summer, she was the Wayne Morse Fellow in Senator Wyden’s Office.
Kimberly cites that growing up in rural Oregon inspired her to give back to her community and her state. Her experience working on Capitol Hill further cemented her belief that everyone must get involved in public service. “We need to do more to ensure our most vulnerable are protected and that all people have an equal opportunity to get ahead,” she noted.