Marquita Little (’09)
Marquita Little (’09) is a senior policy analyst at the Arkansas Department of Human Services where she is responsible for coordinating activities across divisions and organizations around policy initiatives as well as looking for ways to improve existing policies and programs.
She has worked on initiatives to reform Arkansas’s health care system and has helped launch efforts to improve behavioral health systems and support for children throughout the state. Little completed her final Clinton School Capstone project with the Department of Human Services and credits that experience with helping her land a full-time job in state government.
“The Clinton School provided me with the opportunity to express my personal passion for service through my vocation and allowed me to transition my direct service experience into a career path in programs and policy,” Little says.
Mike Townsend (’07)
Mike Townsend (’07) works in the Global Village Department at Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, Ga. As a volunteer engagement specialist for Africa and the Middles East, Townsend manages 50 volunteer trips a year – a total of 600 volunteers traveling to 14 countries.
Townsend has worked to increase participation among Habitat for Humanity volunteers in Africa and the Middle East through staff training and resource development. Because of these efforts, group trips to the regions are up 25 percent and resources are up 40 percent. Before taking his current position, Townsend worked as a Habitat for Humanity construction manager in post-Katrina New Orleans.
“The Clinton School provided me with a diversified education, across multiple sectors and a great deal of field experience,” Townsend said. “I certainly believe that the school helped me advance in my career significantly. I am able to contribute at a very high level in all aspects of my current role, whether it’s program development, planning, management or leadership.”
Emily Fischer (’10)
Emily Fischer (’10) Upon graduating from the Clinton School, she was named a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. The competitive two-year fellowship introduces recent graduate students to the federal government through a series of assignments.
During her first year in the program, Fischer spent four months in the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, managing the annual strategic planning process in the PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief) Coordinator’s Office. She also spent time working for the Director General of the Foreign Service in the Office of Policy Coordination in Washington. When looking back on her Clinton School experience, Fischer says she learned how to put her passion for public service to good use.
“The Clinton School teaches you how to be a catalyst of change,” Fischer says. “As students and graduates, it is our responsibility to help individuals, organizations and communities realize their potential and put visionary ideas into practice.”
Chad Williamson (’10)
Chad Williamson (’10) is the co-founder of Noble Impact, a non-profit organization committed to introducing the intersection of public service and entrepreneurship to K-12 students. Founded in the summer of 2013, Noble Impact is piloting programs in elementary, middle and high schools through summer and year-long curriculum.
Noble Impact officially launched in Little Rock, July 2013. Welcoming 32 high school students to the Clinton School of Public Service, Noble Impact conducted an intensive 2-week institute that introduced students to concepts and practices of public service and entrepreneurship.
“The Clinton School has meant everything to what we’ve accomplished,” Williamson says. “From our first meetings and then launching at the Clinton School, Noble Impact has strived to be a reflection of philosophy at the k-12 level. We believe that public service should be introduced to primary and secondary students in the same fashion that it’s introduces at the graduate level.”
Jay Thompson (’09)
Jay Thompson (’09) serves as deputy director for program and service at City Year Milwaukee, one of 20 sites across the country where City Year engages young people ages 17 to 24 in a year of full-time community service. As a member of the senior leadership team, Thompson helps oversee five staff and 60 AmeriCorps members. His department is responsible for City Year’s “Whole School Whole Child” service model, which supports off-track students around attendance, behavior and course performance at partner schools across the city.
Thompson has a long history with City Year. Previously, he was deputy start-up director for City Year London, the organization’s second international site. Before attending the Clinton School, he served a year with AmeriCorps and then worked for a year in City Year’s national office as a program director for an initiative targeting high school students. He says his Clinton School experience helped him focus his efforts as a senior staff member with City Year.
“I had been active in the public service arena for several years prior to graduate school, but my experiences through the Clinton School helped me to become much more intentional regarding learning, leadership and how I can make a difference in the world around me,” Thompson says.
Rina Meutia (’07)
A survivor of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, Rina Meutia (’07) of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, attended the Clinton School through the Fulbright Scholars program as a Bush-Clinton Fellow. With the tsunami and Indonesia’s 28-year civil war before it, Meutia grew up surrounded by conflict and determined to dedicate her life to public service. At age 19, she began working for the United Nations in Aceh, assisting humanitarian efforts surrounding the war. The Clinton School helped Muetia further that work.
While at the school, she completed her final Capstone project with the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery in Washington, D.C. Currently, Meutia works as a disaster management technical adviser for the government of Timor-Leste and says her Clinton School education has played an important role in her disaster management work.
“The school inspired me to be a social change agent and motivated me to choose the types of jobs that can potentially serve more people and help to create a bigger impact, especially in reducing peoples’ vulnerability to the negative impacts of natural disasters,” she says.
Malcolm Glover (’06)
Malcolm Glover (’06) is a reporter and anchor for KUAR radio, a National Public Radio member station in Central Arkansas. As local host of NPR’s Morning Edition, Glover is responsible for editing and producing six radio news broadcasts, as well as interviewing newsmakers.
Glover has recently produced an award-winning series titled “Impact of War,” about the hardships and triumphs of U.S. Armed Forces veterans. His reporting has been lauded by several organizations including the Associated Press and the Alliance for Women in Media. Glover says his Clinton School experience inspired him to be an “innovative public servant.”
“The hectic pace of news and events, coupled with the time-consuming nature of my job, can seem daunting,” he says. “Yet, I learned at the Clinton School to never let a trying academic schedule hinder me from championing causes I care about. Now, more than ever before, I try to use my time and talent to make a difference.”
Idonia Trotter (’09)
Idonia Trotter (’09)is the executive director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, a public agency dedicated to improving access to quality health care for all Arkansans. After joining the commission in July 2009, Trotter engineered a five-year plan to redirect commission resources and refocus efforts to ensure that Arkansans, regardless of ethnicity, have equal access to quality, affordable health care.
A mother of three, Trotter was the first student to complete the concurrent MPS/JD program with the Clinton School and the UALR Bowen School of Law, and she credits her experience in the unique program for preparing her for a career in state government.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this degree prepared me to do great work in public service throughout the state of Arkansas and beyond,” Trotter says.
David Watterson (’11)
David Watterson (’11) is senior manager of community programs at The Music National Service (MSN), a San Francisco-based nonprofit that supports music as a strategy for social good through programs, public education and advocacy, and leadership development. Watterson’s job is to engage the public in community-based service and education events that showcase the power of music as a social resource.
Watterson landed his job with MSN after partnering with the organization for his final Clinton School Capstone project, in which he implemented a major Martin Luther King Day of Service event that engaged more 200 San Francisco Bay Area community members together to paint murals and learn, perform and record Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me” within the course of a single day.
“My Clinton School experience has made me think much more critically about what it means to serve the public and the decisions I can make to reap the greatest impact,” Watterson says. “As a professional, I believe I will be able to provide mindful, reasoned leadership that places high priority on civic engagement and utilizing community based assets.”