Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL.
School: Baldwin-Wallace College
Fields of Study: B.A., International Studies, French, Communication Studies; Minor: Political Science
Selected Honors: Milton T. Baldwin Award for Highest Academic Achievement in Graduating Class; Baldwin-Wallace College Outstanding Senior Award; Dayton C. Miller Society; Charles J. Stilwell Scholarship for Outstanding Internship Performance
Selected Activities and Community Involvement: Volunteer for the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence; President, Senator, and Committee Chair, Baldwin-Wallace Student Senate; President of Baldwin-Wallace College Democrats; Campus Coordinator in Berea, Ohio, and Volunteer in Berlin, Germany, Obama for America Campaign; President of Baldwin-Wallace French Club; Researcher (composed and presented various papers and projects on security studies, international politics, and French cultural issues)
Prior Work Experience: Intern in the United States Senate, Washington, D.C; Intern for MICEFA (The Interuniversity Mission for the Coordination of Franco-American Exchanges), Paris, France; Research and Course Assistant for Baldwin-Wallace College International Studies/Political Science Professor; 2009 Baldwin-Wallace College Summer Scholar
Why Baton Rouge is important to me: I speak French and desired to work in Baton Rouge to be immersed in Cajun French culture and perhaps learn the language. I also was attracted to the city (and state of Louisiana) because its laws are based upon French/Spanish legal codes instead of English common law and I wanted to gain insight into how non-Anglophone legal systems function. I further felt connected to Baton Rouge because of its diversity; as someone who grew up in Chicago and spent significant portions of college in Cleveland, D.C., and Paris, I feel at home in diverse cities and find them inspiring and didactic. Additionally, I have a penchant for African culture, primarily due to my studies of Francophone Africa, and living in Baton Rouge provides an outlet for this passion. Lastly, I believe that the city faces many issues similar to those of Cleveland, Ohio, and I hope to use some of my experience working in Cleveland to help address related issues in Baton Rouge.
Something unique about me: I collect maps, atlases, and history books, and hope to travel the world one day.
What I’m doing now: I’m pursuing a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute.