Victoria Maloch, from Magnolia, Arkansas, is interested in rural development and the impact various policies have on rural communities like her own. She was drawn to the course for its ability to broaden her knowledge of social policy areas while also allowing her to apply a rural focus through her research. Most recently, Victoria received an MPhil in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge where her policy research included an analysis of the digital divide between rural and urban areas of the US and an assessment of the UK social impact bond provider market for the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Prior to her studies at Cambridge, Victoria worked as a Truman-Albright Fellow in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, she has held internships at the US House of Representatives, US Department of Agriculture, and the White House Domestic Policy Council under the Obama Administration. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences from the University of Arkansas.