Alumni Reflect on Life After the CWE: Jacob Fishbeck

| Jacob Fishbeck

I was a political science major at UWEC, and I worked in the Writing Center for two years starting in fall of 2010. Since graduating from UWEC in December 2012, I have held a few different jobs. The first was working at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do with my life (ha!). I thought I wanted to go to law school, so I also worked at a law firm in Roseville, Minnesota. I soon changed my mind about law school, though, and decided to explore a career in public policy, specifically in the nonprofit sphere.

In 2014 I was accepted into a young professionals’ program called the Koch Summer Fellows Program. I did my summer fellowship at a nonprofit in Logan, Utah, called Strata. Strata produces public policy research on environmental issues using a perspective based largely on public choice economics. After completing my fellowship, Strata hired me as a full-time policy analyst.

While I was at Strata, I managed a team of undergraduate student researchers as we produced policy reports and other research products. I believe my experience as a writing tutor at UWEC was integral in mentoring my team, especially since Strata’s student researchers work in every stage of the research and writing process.

In summer of 2017, I moved to Washington, DC, where I now live, and I work as a production editor at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Mercatus uses a free-market economics perspective to produce research on a wide variety of public policy issues. As a production editor, I do copyediting, typesetting, proofreading, and other tasks related to the publishing of Mercatus research. This job is a bit more technical than the previous job, dealing more with the mechanics of writing, but I still leverage my experience as a tutor all the time.