Deeneaus “D” Polk is currently a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to his time at HKS, D served as the Director of the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program, a registered apprenticeship initiative seeking to better link business/industry and education. His chief responsibility is operating as an ambassador of vocational education within Mississippi, highlighting the benefits of apprenticeship while also positioning MAP as a strategic partner for companies. This role was directly connected to research he undertook as a German Chancellor Fellow, where he researched the German vocational system in Bonn, Germany. He is a proud Mississippi Gulf Coast native, and graduate of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of Mississippi.