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Young Alumni Career Panel

Date: 10:30am PST December 6, 2014 Location: Albany


Alumni from the class of 2010 share their job paths with current students. Careers represented include non-profit, tech, education, economics, political science, and more. Brunch included.


The panelists:

Sam Balter ’10
Currently, Sam works as a marketing executive for a tech company that does mobile messaging and is based out of San Francisco. While working at Waterfall, he pursued a master’s degree from McCombs School of Business in Austin, Texas. Before that he got a job working for a financial research startup through his connections with L&C’s intellectual history professor, Dr. Chana Cox.


Brad Elkins ’10
Brad currently serves as a political aide to Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland. Prior to signing on with Governor O’Malley, Brad spent four years at the Truman National Security Project. During his tenure at the Truman Project, Brad designed the organization’s strategy to build influence across the country and advised hundreds of federal, state, and local candidates on security messaging and organizing strategies. Brad is also the Chief Operating Officer and Political Director for 4D (Diplomacy, Democracy, Development, and Defense) PAC, an organization focused supporting candidates who stand for tough, legitimate, and principled national security strategies. He is also a Co-Founder and Principal of America Innovates, a political action committee launched to support candidates with the courage, imagination, and political skill required to take on our nation’s most difficult challenges. Brad started his political career by rewriting the ASLC constitution.


Stephanie Locke ’10
Right after graduating from L&C, Stephanie was a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Slovakia for a year. Then she went into academia for three years – she earned her master’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and went on to the University of Chicago for Ph.D. work. She is currently on a leave of absence from the University of Chicago, and works for the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, a non-profit organization, as their Youth Programs Coordinator. 


Andrew Merriam ’10
After graduating from L&C, Andrew worked online and traveled. In 2011, he found a position with a local entrepreneur, ICANNWiki as an editor and community manager. He worked with his boss through a transition from the wiki site to a new domain name registry (.wiki, .ink, .design as opposed to .com or .org) called Top Level Design LLC. He does anything and everything as they expand and find the right people to grow with.


Claire Monteiro ’10
Claire’s first job after graduation was teaching 7th grade math through Teach for America in DC Public Schools. She later worked as an economics research associate at a think tank, a position she got because of her internship during a L&C Fall 2008 Washington, DC off-campus program. Claire will graduate with a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University this May 2015. During her program she has interned at the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the Senate Budget Committee. She begins a position as an economist with the Department of Commerce this December.


Simone Wren ’10
Simone works at Social Venture Partners of Portland (SVP). SVP is an organization made up of venture philanthropists - they invest their time and money in local nonprofits to help build their capacity and improve their impact in the community. They are currently focusing all of their investments on early childhood education, specifically kindergarten readiness. Simone took an internship in her senior year of college that taught her the skills she needed to be hired at SVP. She also worked hard to build a network in Portland so that when she was looking for a job, she had many people that she could reach out to for advice and help. She continues to tap into the L&C alumni network and take any opportunity she gets to meet new people in the community.