WGR Featured Member: Aryenish Birdie

Aryenish Birdie
Regulatory Testing Policy Specialist, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Favorite DC Restaurant: HipCityVeg (in Chinatown)
Fun Fact: I grew up in Kansas and love Jayhawk basketball!
About Aryenish: I promote human-relevant alternatives to the use of animals in toxicity tests for chemicals, cosmetics, pesticides, and other products through outreach to legislators (as a lobbyist), industry, federal agencies, and other stakeholders at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. I am also, pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Management at Johns Hopkins University, and was recently awarded the prestigious Bryce Harlow Fellowship, which is given to graduate students pursuing careers in professional advocacy through lobbying and government relations.

What attracted you to WGR and how has it helped you personally & professionally? 
I am still new to WGR but all the events that I have attended have proven to be valuable. The work WGR does is vital for young women entering the field (like myself). The broad scope of professionals creates a culture where a diverse group of opinions and viewpoints can be heard and shared, making events and networking opportunities all the more interesting – and fun!

What originally brought you to Washington?
I had been working remotely for the Physicians Committee in a more administrative capacity, but realized I wanted to move to Washington to be closer to the Hill and get involved with government affairs work.

What advice do you have for young women entering the field?
My advice for young women entering the field is to simply jump in! I initially felt stuck trying to get all the information beforehand but soon realized that the best way to learn is by doing.

What is your favorite part of your day or job?
I am grateful to do something I truly believe in and love and that helps make the world a better place for both humans and animals.

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