Syracuse University, College of Law (J.D.)
What is it that you currently do? What are your major responsibilities?
As Chief of Staff, I oversee the day-to-day LSC operations working closely with the LSC President. We meet daily to review his calendar, to discuss pressing Corporation issues, and to discuss long-term objectives. I represent the President internally and externally in meetings that he cannot otherwise participate and provide necessary follow-up on his behalf. I help strategize and coordinate speaking, donor development and other outreach opportunities for the LSC President and the LSC Board of Directors. I also help oversee Corporation-wide initiatives like revising our Strategic Plan and internal budget process. Finally, I oversee the planning and execution of all LSC Board of Director quarterly meetings held across the country and serve as the primary point-of-contact for the LSC Board. I oversee all programming and content preparation, including speakers and panelists, drafting talking points and outlining panel discussions, as well as the coordination of all logistics and advance work.
What was your first position out of Colgate and what did you do in that role?
I immediately went to law school. During law school, I interned with (then) Senator Clinton in her Syracuse Central New York Office. During my last year of law school, I became the interim Regional Director for Central New York. I managed and oversaw all matters of 16-county region for Senator Clinton, including monitored all media and events, and composed memorandum to apprise her of noteworthy issues. I conducted meetings with regional business executives, community leaders, and elected officials. I helped to create, plan, and organize events for Senator Clinton, as well as advanced and assisted the Senator when she traveled to Central New York. Finally, I supervised all constituent matters arising in region.
How can students prepare themselves while at Colgate to work in your field?
Writing and communication are critical elements to my (and any) profession. It important to take advantage of the great Colgate professors to hone your writing (and grammar!) capabilities. Additionally, internships and real work experience are crucial. It is not only important to understand how to act professionally in the workplace, but also to create, build and sustain relationships with employers and colleagues who may be able to help offer advice or get your foot in the door following graduation.
What extracurricular activities, associated with your profession or not, were you involved with while at Colgate?
I was a member of the 2002 Washington Study Group. My internship in Senator Clinton's DC office opened every door I have had professionally since graduation. I was also a member of the Colgate Political Science Honor Society and the Colgate Political Union. I was a a member of Gamma Phi Beta and actively involved in New Member Recruitment.