Alexandra "Alex" Wheatley '16 MPA '20, of Newtown, Pennsylvania, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major, graduated from Princeton in 2016 with a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. Proficient in Spanish, she is passionate about global health and is particularly interested in how public policies shape disease dynamics and environmental health at local, national and international levels.
During the summer of 2015, as the Frederick P. Hitz ’61 Scholar, she completed her SINSI internship at the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Wheatley worked with the Strategic Multi-Attribute Ranking Tool for Vaccines (SMART Vaccines) project, a tool designed to bring policymakers, public health experts, and vaccine manufacturers together to prioritize vaccine development. In summer 2014, Wheatley interned with the Conservation Clubs in Laikipia County, Kenya, where she taught ecology and conservation to primary school students at 11 pastoral schools. In the summers of 2012/13 she interned with the PennPIRG Clean Water Act and Farm Bill campaigns and The Food Trust, a nonprofit working to promote healthy eating and eliminate food deserts within Center City Philadelphia. On campus, Wheatley played on the varsity basketball team, worked as the medical transport vehicle student manager and was a member of the Princeton Women's Mentorship Program and the Greening Dining student group.
Wheatley's first SINSI rotation was in Atlanta, Georgia at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she worked with the Epidemiology Team (Division of Viral Diseases at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases). She began her second rotation in Washington, DC in February 2018, focusing on-Micronesia/Marshall Islands health policy issues at the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Global Affairs. Her third rotation took her to Anchorage, Alaska to with the Alaska Area Indian Health Service. She returned to Princeton to finish her MPA and has completed her degree in 2020.