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Olivia Siemans


Fall '19, Public Policy

Award Year 

Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Olivia Siemens is a sophomore at Brown University concentrating in Public Policy with a focus on Government, Law, and Ethics. She is passionate about constitutional law, foreign policy, and criminal justice policy, and she hopes to integrate these interests to achieve comprehensive, evidence-based criminal justice reform in the United States. Olivia has a strong background in law-oriented community service. After her first year of college, she worked at a civil litigation firm in her hometown of Santa Barbara, where she managed client communications for a mass tort case following the devastating 2017 Southern California mudflows. She is also a volunteer tutor at the Rhode Island Women’s Correctional Facility and serves as Brown’s Title IX Council undergraduate representative. Olivia is involved on campus as the Managing Editor of the Brown Journal of World Affairs and the Senior Editor of Her Campus. After graduation, Olivia intends to pursue a career as a defense attorney and leading advocate for sentencing reform, nationwide re-enfranchisement, and the de-stigmatization of formerly incarcerated people.