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