Lucas Llanso Puente
Going to DC is an experience every college student interested in public policy and politics should have.
Lucas Puente is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Stanford University. His research interest lies at the intersection of finance and politics and his dissertation investigates how politics influence decision-making at central banks.
BBA, Finance; AB, International Affairs
Why I went:
I came to DC to gain hands-on experience in the policy world.
Favorite spot to visit:
The Library of Congress
Most memorable day:
September 25, 2008. My boss went to the White House with Senator Obama in a meeting with the most powerful politicians in the country to discuss how to handle the emerging financial crisis. I helped him prepare for this meeting and then fed him relevant information as it unfolded.
Why I'm glad I went:
It was a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience that has that has had a profound impact on my career. I’ll never forget my experiences that semester.