Today marks my tenth day as the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation’s newest communications associate, and my eleventh day in Washington, D.C. I haven’t yet had a chance to adjust to the humidity, but I’m already diving head first into managing the Center’s web presence and social media outlets, working collaboratively with the nuclear community, and creating engaging graphics for our issues.
Word around the office is that I have big shoes to fill, but I’m feeling up to the challenge. Last year, as I finished my senior year of college, I served as an intern at Ploughshares Fund in San Francisco. Over the course of my time there, I went from 0 to 60 on nuclear weapons policy and gained broad experience in communications at a national security organization. Most importantly, though, I became addicted to this fulfilling work, and to the everyday gratification that comes with doing one’s part to make the world a safer place.
In June, I graduated with summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Santa Clara University in the Bay Area, where I studied political science, French, and history. I also have a particular issue area of interest, having written my 60-page honors thesis on changes in Iran’s foreign policy since 1979.
Just two weeks ago, I jumped at the amazing opportunity to join the Center. I have so much to learn from Center staff, board, and the security community at large here in D.C. I’m thrilled to be a part of this impressive team and to contribute to the Council and Center’s tremendous work.
I look forward to working with you all.