Amal Muse is a first-year Master of City and Regional Planning student at the Bloustein School, where she is focusing on transportation, environmental, and land use planning. Amal grew up in the vibrant city of Minneapolis, Minnesota where she received a dual degree in Political Science and Journalism at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is a first-generation college student that is very passionate about creating equitable development. Amal worked in various government agencies and lobbying firms where she learned the importance of civic engagement and policymaking. In 2016, she was appointed, by former Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, to the Young Women’s Initiative Cabinet to create policies that decrease gender inequality for young girls across Minnesota. After graduating from college in 2019, Amal studied and conducted qualitative data research on Chinese residents and their experiences with rapid urban development and the environmental impact it will create in various cities in China. After graduate school, she is hoping to work in environmental planning abroad and focus on environmental impact assessment in East Africa and Asia.