Andrew Riley, 2010

Since graduating from Lewis & Clark, Andrew Riley has worked as a political advocate for a variety of community-based organizations.  His first job out of college came from a connection he made as a co-chair during the Ray Warren Symposium.  Andrew met his future boss at a panel during the symposium.  After hitting it off in a conversation he was offered an internship and a full-time job once he graduated.  As a SOAN major Andrew learned how to weigh theoretical approaches with the lived experience of folks who are directly impacted by policy.  He uses this skill along with participant-observation, semi-structured interviews, and literature review skills on a daily basis.  He credits these aspects of the major to helping him become an adept comparative policy researcher.  Andrew currently works as the Communications Coordinator for the Amalgamated Transit Union 757, the labor union representing bus drivers, mechanics, and dispatches in Oregon and southern Washington.  Many of the jobs Andrew has held he found by word-of-mouth and previous connections.  He is happy to meet with soon-to-be-graduates for informational interviews.  If interested, his email is