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Adjusting Course for Success
To be truly effective in this kind of work, to be a change agent, to make the world a better place, you've got to be flexible.
Keith Barnes
Community Development and Action
M.Ed. '15
Policy Manager
Benefits Data Trust

Keith is the Policy Manager at Benefits Data Trust, a national nonprofit committed to transforming how individuals in need access essential benefits and services. There, Keith works with the government and other stakeholders to increase access to programs like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through improved policy, process, and technology.
The interdisciplinary nature of the [CDA] program and the fact that it's not tied to any particular professional dogma. To be truly effective in this kind of work, to be a change agent, to make the world a better place, you've got to be flexible. People often become indoctrinated into looking at the world a certain way, which I think that can be a hindrance if you want to think creatively. A big benefit of the CDA Program is that we weren't tied to any type of dogma. With the reflective-generative practitioner model, the goal is to go in as educated as you can be but be willing to reassess and adjust your course. I think that was a really good thing that came out of the program that I don't think you would get anywhere else.