Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Undergraduate degree: Washington University in St. Louis
Current position: Director of Global Operations for MassChallenge. Based in Jerusalem, he works on behalf of MassChallenge headquarters in Boston, Mass., to improve global operating systems and to provide direct, targeted support to its Israel and Switzerland programs.
What Jordan says: “The Clinton School has helped to accelerate my current career path by facilitating three outcomes-oriented work experiences during my course of study, each of which contained an element of what I thought I wanted to do post-graduation. This in turn afforded me both focus on what I wanted my next professional step to be, as well as credibility with prospective employers.”
Hometown: Hot Springs, Ark.
Undergraduate degree: University of Georgia
Current position: Global Social Impact Manager for Starbucks in Seattle, Wash., where she manages Starbucks tea ethical sourcing strategy and coffee development programs, including the One Tree for Every Bag program.
What Mattea says: “The Clinton School is a venue to explore your passion for service, think big, and design your own roadmap to drive transformational change. Faculty, speakers, and special events enabled me to have a global mindset and engage with leaders who inspired my work in coffee and tea global social impact.”
Hometown: Prescott Valley, Ariz.
Undergraduate degree: Birmingham-Southern College
Current position: Resettlement Case Manager for the International Rescue Committee in Sacramento, Calif. Her responsibilities in this position include providing holistic case management services for refugee families and individuals, assisting them to reach self-sufficiency after resettlement to the United States.
What Haylee says: “The Clinton School – including staff, students, and community members both domestically and internationally – truly provided me with the tools, experience, and education needed in order to excel in my desired career field. I appreciate the opportunity I was given to complete my International Public Service Project working with program development in Johannesburg, and my Capstone project working with refugees in Arizona.”
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
Undergraduate degree: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Current position: Program Coordinator on the Human Rights team at Vital Voices Global Partnership based in Washington, D.C. Her responsibilities include coordinating implementation of the Justice Institute, an international training model used to build capacity among professionals working on combatting domestic violence, and sexual assault.
What Jennifer says: “I feel as if the Clinton School helped me build stepping stones to get to where I am today. Through my Capstone project at Vital Voices, I used skills gained previously and utilized more quantitative research skills to conduct an evaluation on the effectiveness of the Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence – the program which I now coordinate. The Clinton School helped me create a path that led me to the position I’m in today and I am forever grateful for all of the support I received along the way.”
Hometown: Louisville, Miss.
Undergraduate degree: University of Mississippi (Harrison also earned his Juris Doctor through the Clinton School’s concurrent JD program from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law)
Current position: Public Policy Associate Attorney for Squire Patton Boggs, LLP, in Washington, D.C., where his responsibilities include policy monitoring and analysis, regulatory research and filings, and representation of clients before United States Congress and numerous federal agencies.
What Austin says: “The skills gained through the Clinton School’s field projects have helped me in working with others, no matter the background. I had the opportunity to work for the United States Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, for my International Public Service Project and developed a comprehensive policy analysis on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Because of these experiences, I now work in international policy arena, with a specific focus on European Affairs.”
Hometown: Starkville, Miss.
Undergraduate degree: Auburn University
Current position: Co-founder/Deputy Director of Advocacy at Mississippi First, an education policy nonprofit. He leads MSF’s advocacy and engagement work and serves on the Board of its spinoff nonprofit, Teen Health Mississippi.
What Sanford says: “My Education Policy and Communication classes, and the professors who taught them, were very helpful with an education advocacy project I worked on while at the Clinton School. In my Practicum, International Public Service Project, and Capstone projects, my focus was on youth-serving organizations, specifically in under-served areas. These projects allowed me to develop skills in partnership building, seeking common ground, and navigating the challenges associated with the restrictions of nonprofit organizations and government agencies.”
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Undergraduate degree: United States International University
Current position: Co-founder of ISOS Group, a full-service sustainability consultancy firm based in San Diego, Calif., that provides certified trainings across the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa for CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, and the Global Reporting Initiative. She teaches graduate-level courses on sustainability and global context at Arizona State University.
What Nancy says: “The Clinton School provided the right balance of structured course work and open lab-type space for students to explore their own interests, while testing out what they learned in the classroom. The hands-on approach complemented by lessons learned shared by recognized leaders supported my learning style and gave me the confidence to embark on my own path of igniting change.”
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
Undergraduate degree: Rhodes College
Current position: Regional Recruitment Manager in the South Region for City Year. In this position, she travels to colleges, high schools, and other community organizations recruiting young people to spend a year working with students who need help to succeed and graduate from high school on track and on time.
What Jasmine says: “So many pieces made the Clinton School experience for me. I willingly jumped out of my comfort zone with my International Public Service Project and I learned so much about how capable and strong I am, and how much I loved living in such a different part of the world. That experience gave me my own opinions and a firsthand knowledge of the conflicts in the Middle East, and it will forever be one of the most life-changing times of my life.”
Matt Orr (’14)
Hometown: Texarkana, Texas
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Texas
Current Position: Program Officer, Asia Operations Coordination at The Asia Foundation in San Francisco, Calif., where his responsibilities include providing various types of operational support to the Foundation’s network of 18 offices in Asia, as well as designing and implementing meetings, trainings, and workshops for country office leadership and United States-based staff.
What Matt says: “My time at the Clinton School was truly transformative, both personally and professionally. While living and working in Asia for six months with Sarus as part of my Clinton School field work, I was serendipitously introduced to a Foundation staff person in Yangon, Myanmar. Eight months later I applied for a position and the rest is history.”
Hometown: High Point, N.C.
Undergraduate degree: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Current position: Executive Director at Court Appointed Special Advocates of East Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. She leads her team to be a voice for abused and neglected children and is responsible for overseeing the CASA program and administration, as well as managing fund development, building community awareness, and providing strategic direction.
What Britney says: “My time at the Clinton School of Public Service directly impacted my career and I continue to employ the skills I learned there in my work each day. I took away a much deeper understanding of not only how to better create change in our world, but also the tools and capacity to adapt and succeed in my chosen career path.”
Hometown: Underwood, N.D.
Undergraduate degree: University of North Dakota (Utecht also earned his Master of Business Administration through the Clinton School’s concurrent MBA program with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Sam M. Walton College of Business)
Current position: Director of Sustainability and Market Development at Phigenics, LLC, in Fayetteville, Ark., where his responsibilities include market leadership communication, corporate sustainability, and metrics management.
What Kellen says: “The Clinton School and Walton College dual degree program set me on my current career path. During my Capstone project I was introduced to Phigenics as we sought to identify market opportunities for its water safety testing technology. It was the combination of having a skill set that included project design, management, and financial analysis along with knowledge of corporate sustainability that helped me become a member of the Phigenics team.”