As an intern for Spark, Ms. Duchan supports several projects at a variety of levels. She brings to the position a desire to be agent of social change. Cassandra’s past research investigates the intersections between identity and economics. Her main interest is using an economic and social justice perspective to understand the implications of policies.
Prior to joining Spark, Cassandra was a full-time student who worked and interned in various settings. Her favorite position was with a funding board for the University of Colorado that worked to shine light on underrepresented cultures on campus. Through this work, she collaborated with fellow board members to allocate funding and support to student groups contributing to the university’s diversity. She also worked as a compliance analyst at an investment bank, an intern for a marketing firm, and a freelancer for a consulting firm.
As a student Cassandra conducted her own economic research, which she continues outside of her work at Spark with the intention of publication. She enjoys working with empirical data and statistical analysis to prove causation. She intends to pursue a Doctorate Degree in economics so she can conduct research at a more advanced level and contribute to greater social change.
Outside of work, Cassandra enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, yoga, coffee, dancing, and spending time with dogs. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.