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Danielle Langton

Analyst in International Trade and Finance,
Presidential Management Fellow,
Congressional Research Service,
Library of Congress
2003-present

MA, International Relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 2003

BA, Economics, SUNY Geneseo, 1997

Prior Public Service
Peace Corps Volunteer, Ghana, 1997-1999
Research Assistant, United States Treasury Department;
Office of Domestic Finance: Summer 1995, Summer 1996;
Office of Multilateral Development Banks: Summer 2002

Summary of Current Duties
CRS provides nonpartisan research and analysis to Congress. As an analyst, I cover topics in international economics, usually related to Africa, trade and development, and international financial institutions. I respond to requests from members of Congress and their staffs through briefings and confidential memoranda, often within tight deadlines. I also write reports for Congress on issues of legislative interest, and anticipate future trends in congressional interest. In addition to following issues and writing, I maintain contacts on Congressional staffs, in the executive branch, in international organizations, and within private sector organizations such as think tanks and non governmental organizations. As a Presidential Management Fellow, I completed a two-month rotation with the U.S. Agency for International Development, West African Regional Program in Ghana, where I developed a performance monitoring plan for the economic integration team.

Rewards of a Federal Government Career
I do interesting work in my somewhat narrow field of interest. In addition to my own subject area, I have learned the inner workings of how the federal government works, especially the role of Congress. I have followed legislation from inception to passage, keeping in contact with staffers and providing them with insight on the key issues. I also have met an amazing group of gifted and dedicated professionals who have come from a variety of backgrounds.

Advice to Students
Take some time to experience the working world before rushing into graduate school. Don't assume that because you scored high on a graduate admissions test such as the LSAT or the GMAT that you should definitely go to law or business school. But also, be willing to take chances- you never know where you will end up.

Favorite Memory of Geneseo
Rowing on Conesus Lake with the Crew Club Team.

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