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Grad School Panel Part 2 July 2010

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Published on Jan 23, 2011

"Going to Grad School"

Wed, July 7
6 -- 7:30 pm
Capitol Visitors Center
Congressional Meeting Room -- North

Co-Sponsored by:

Congressional Asian Pacific Staff Association (CAPASA), Congressional Black Associates (CBA), Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA), The Congressional LGBT Staff Association & Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA)

Speakers:

Cassandra Young (M.P.A.)

Cassandra Young is the Legislative Director for Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05). She first started in the District office focusing on Immigration, Justice, Postal, and Homeland Security casework matters. Cassandra then pursued an MPA (Master's in Public Administration, emphasis: policy) through the prestigious KU MPA program and completed the program in two academic years while working full-time. In the spring of 2008, Cassandra was promoted to Senior Legislative Assistant handling the Congressman's primary Committee Assignment, House Financial Services. Cassandra graduated from the University of Kansas with a dual B.A. in English (Honors) and Women's Studies.

Cristina Antelo (J.D.)

Cristina Antelo handles a diverse range of legislative, regulatory and policy issues before Congress and the executive branch for the Podesta Group. Prior to joining the Podesta Group, Cristina worked with the government affairs practice of a Washington, DC, law firm and was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs & Co for several years. Cristina was a Legal Fellow on the Senate Democratic Steering Committee chaired by former Sens. Hillary Clinton and Tom Daschle, where she focused her work on Latino outreach and constituent issues. Cristina is a founding member and Vice President of the Hispanic Lobbying Association and serves on the board of the Hispanic Bar Association of DC Foundation. Cristina also worked for the Senate and is a CHCI alumni.

Irene Lin (M.P.P.)

Irene Lin is a Legislative Assistant for Representative Betty McCollum (MN-04). She handles agriculture, environment and energy issues. Previously she was at the Department of Labor and the National Family Farm Coalition. She has also worked as a communications director for Stender for Congress and as the research and policy director on Claire McCaskill's 2006 Senate campaign. In 2005, she was a congressional fellow for the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee. She has an B.A. from Amherst College and M.P.P from Johns Hopkins University's Institute for Policy Studies.

J. Saleh Williams (M.P.A. / M.Ed)

J. Saleh Williams is a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Meeks (NY-06). His policy coverage focuses on education and homeland security. Along with his policy duties, J. is the President of the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association (CMSA). J. has earned Masters degrees from Stanford University School of Education and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs. J. is a native of Los Angeles, where he attended UCLA for undergraduate studies and then taught special education for several years at an inner-city high school prior to graduate studies.

Melody Gonzales (M.P.P)

Melody Gonzales is the Director of Member Outreach for Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Xavier Becerra (CA-31) and a former Congressional Hispanic Staff Association Vice President. Prior to life on Capitol Hill, Melody was a writer/producer for San Diego's NBC affiliate and General Manager of her local Convention & Visitors Bureau. During the 2008 presidential election, she campaigned in seven states and worked for the Colorado Campaign for Change. She is a founding member of the "New Latino Movement", a network of over 1,000 supporters in 30+ states helping to engage, train, empower and connect young progressive Latino community organizers. Melody earned her Master of Public Policy in International Development at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and recently earned an Outstanding Young Alumni award from her undergraduate alma mater, UC San Diego.

Brian Wang -- moderator (J.D.)

Brian is a Policy Fellow at the House Democratic Caucus and has been an educator for the past 10 years. He passed the California Bar on his first attempt and taught the bar exam at UC Hastings College of the Law, where he was the student body president. In 2008, he was elected as a pledged delegate for Barack Obama, one of three from Nancy Pelosi's district in San Francisco. Brian is currently the City Chair of DC's Young & Powerful and a co-founder of Sulu DC, a community of Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and activists.

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