Rashida Polk

Biosecurity Fellow, Congressional Track

Rashida is doing a congressional fellowship with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (majority staff).


Rashida began her career as a registered nurse. She is board certified in critical care and cardiovascular diseases. Her work as a clinician centered on strengthening health care systems and promoting evidence-based care. As a nurse, she has worked with children and adults requiring anything from simple vaccinations to organ transplants. She has extensive experience in nursing leadership, education, infectious diseases, and public health emergencies. In her post graduate studies, Rashida’s research focused on tropical diseases, global health, and pandemic preparedness. She also worked on various projects providing health services to rural, refugee, indigenous, and other historically marginalized populations. Previously, she worked overseas as a humanitarian nurse. She holds a BA in History from Columbia University and a BS in Nursing from the University of Miami.