"When you’re passionate about something, the pieces of the puzzle get put together easily. Every class at the Clinton School – which is what I really, really enjoyed about it – builds itself from the ground up. I needed this class for the next class, and they all connected in some kind of way. The curriculum and how it is set up was definitely impactful for me in my education."What is Nora doing now? Owner & Operator at NowaraCo
Nora Bouzihay will complete her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) at UA Little Rock in 2020. In addition to concluding work on her doctorate, she is a tutor and First-Year Experience Instructor at UA Little Rock, Director of the North Little Rock Works Mentorship Program, volunteer with the Little Rock School District, and the owner and operator of her own online scarves boutique, NowaraCo.
"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."What is Austin doing now? Public Policy Associate Attorney at Squire Patton Boggs, LLP
Austin Harrison is a 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.
"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."What is Jennifer doing now? Program Coordinator at Vital Voices
Jennifer Guzman is a 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.
"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."What is Haylee doing now? Resettlement Case Manager at International Rescue Committee
Haylee Fletcher is a 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.
"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."What is Mattea doing now? Global Social Impact Manager at Starbucks
Mattea Fleischner is working in Seattle, Wash., where she manages Starbucks tea ethical sourcing strategy and coffee development programs, including the One Tree for Every Bag program.
"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."What is Matt doing now? Program Officer at The Asia Foundation
Matt Orr works as a 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.
"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."What is Britney doing now? Executive Director at Court Appointed Special Advocates of East Tennessee
Britney Sink is the 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.
"I came into my job with all these project management skills. The Clinton School is so great at that. I came in with all the professional side stuff heavily developed. "What is Christine doing now? Scientific Officer at Royal NZ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Christine Sumner, who recently completed her Ph.D. in Applied Animal Biology/Animal Welfare at the University of British Columbia, is working in New Zealand with the Royal NZ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She began her position in the NZSPCA’s Science and Education Department in September 2018.
"Not only do you have the academic program that will prepare you and get you that degree, but you also have these three incredible field experiences that offer you opportunities that no other program in the country offers you. You graduate not just with a degree and academic knowledge, which are important and valuable, but also this resume that is already significant."What is Fernando doing now? Senior Associate at The Cohen Group
Fernando Cutz was recently announced as a senior associate with The Cohen Group after spending the previous six years in various government positions, including tours of the White House under both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. Headed by former Senator and Secretary of Defense William Cohen, The Cohen Group is a global consulting firm offering advice on tactical and strategic opportunities in various market.
"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."What is Jasmine doing now? Regional Recruitment Manager at City Year
Jasmine Medley is the 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.
"My international project was working with a series of schools in Kenya and helping them redesign or revive their science curriculum. That was incredible. Let me think of every best practice I have from being an American science teacher. Let me slam it against your curriculum in Kenya and let’s see how we can better communicate these ideas and concepts to rural schools who have very limited resources."What is Patrick doing now? Specialist, Diversity and Inclusion at Caleres, Inc.
Patrick Banks currently works as a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist for Caleres, Inc., an American footwear company that counts Famous Footwear and Dr. Scholl’s among its 17 brands. Banks previously worked in education, both as a science teacher in St. Louis with Teach For America and as TFA's Director of Alumni Affairs.
"I think the most valuable experiences for me are the relationships that I’ve built. I have lots of stories about people that I met through or at the Clinton School. There’s just so many of those types of stories and connections, and through them I’ve been able to build this network of great people. The faculty, the dean, everyone has continued to be helpful throughout my career."What is Marquita doing now? President & CEO at Urban League of Arkansas
Announced as the new President and CEO of the Urban League of Arkansas in October 2018, Marquita Little is in the early stages of a new role that is the culmination of her nearly 20-year career in public service. A civil rights organization with a mission to assure that all Arkansans have equal access to opportunities, the Urban League of Arkansas focuses on four key areas: health and wellness, housing, jobs, and education.
"These projects allowed me to develop skills in partnership building, seeking common ground, and navigating the challenges associated with nonprofit organizations and government agencies."What is Sanford doing now? Co-Founder/Deputy Director of Advocacy at Mississippi First
Co-founder/Deputy Director of Advocacy at Mississippi First, an education policy nonprofit, Sanford Johnson leads MSF’s advocacy and engagement work and serves on the Board of its spinoff nonprofit, Teen Health Mississippi.
"The Clinton School provides a unique experience in public service. The program helped bridge the gap in my experience between the public and private sector."What is Tina doing now? Manager, China Services Group at Grant Thornton, LLP
Tina Tian is managing the China Services Group at Grant Thornton, LLP, an accounting firm in Toronto where she deals with China-related clients.
"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."What is Nancy doing now? Co-founder at ISOS Group
Nancy Mancilla is the 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.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.