Chris Gustafson (H2010)

Placement: Houston Fire Department, Office of Planning and Homeland Security

Projects: I assisted the Assistant Chief on coordinating a number of information streams. I developed a recruiting strategy and a plan for evaluating recruitment efforts. I helped to coordinate the creation of a database that will track Fire Department applicants through the entire process and tie into their academy profile. I digested information for the Houston Fire Department’s upcoming accreditation recertification process for my Command and evaluating the Command based on compliance with the upcoming requirements. Additionally, I helped to prepare transition documents and briefing materials for the new Mayor and Council who took office in January,  partway through my Fellowship year.

Hometown: North Richland Hills, TX

School: Arizona State University

Field of Study: Political Science & History

Selected Honors: Summa Cum Laude

Selected Activities and Community Involvement: Student Government Senate President; Vice President of Policy for Student Government

Prior Work Experience: Intern, United States House of Representatives; Intern, Arizona State Legislature, responsible for researching and explaining legislation to Democratic Members of the State Senate.

Why Houston is important to me: As a native Texan, I am excited about the opportunity to achieve two of my greatest passions: my home state and serving in government.

Something unique about me: As a college student, I led groups of students into Nogales, Mexico to help build houses for needy families.

What I’m Doing Now: I’m studying for my Master’s at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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