After Lewis & Clark
- Nicole Godbout ’20 graduated with a double major in Environmental Studies and International Affairs and a minor in Political Economy. For the past two years she has been working at Seattle-based ESG Consulting company Snaplinc Consulting. Her role focuses on reducing product and operational environmental impact and improving social responsibility throughout the supply chain. She conducts greenhouse gas assessments and sets carbon reduction plans, enhances social responsibility and transparency, and leverages industry certifications and retailer requirements. Previously, she worked with the Fair Labor Association, advocating for labor rights in the apparel sector. She first learned about the organization through the FLA’s Student Committee.
- Cole Harris ’20 graduated with a major in International Affairs and a minor in Political Economy. During undergrad, he conducted Student-Faculty Collaborative Research with Dr. Elizabeth Bennett and Dr. Laura Vinson, received the Oregon Consular Corps Award for International Relations, became a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, and studied abroad in Tanzania. In 2020, Cole was confirmed as a Fulbright U.S. Student Research Scholar, however, the fellowship was delayed due to COVID-19. Upon graduating in 2020, Cole joined Beneficial State Foundation to help develop and manage industry buy-in of the Equitable Bank Standards and learn about financial institution divestment/reinvestment strategies. In November 2021, Cole commenced his Fulbright Research Fellowship in Uganda to understand the variation of community development programs that Pentecostal-Charismatic churches offer in Kampala. Cole interviewed over 50 Pentecostal-Charismatic religious leaders – some leading congregations with upwards of 15,000 members to explore how Pentecostal theologies of development impacted a church’s prioritization of community programs. In October 2022, Cole joined the Office of Kat Taylor, supporting Kat Taylor’s suite of priority areas around food sovereignty, regenerative agriculture, philanthropy reform, and financial systems change.
- Zane Dundon ’18 graduated with a major in Political Science and a minor in Political Economy. He will soon be starting work as a Data and Dues Associate for the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU, a labor union that represents resident physicians at hospitals throughout the country. For the past several years, Zane has been working for the California state government in the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), the state agency responsible for labor standards and workers’ rights. In his time at DIR, he has worked as a program analyst providing support to a labor enforcement task force that conducts inspections of businesses for labor law violations, as well as serving on a project team to make the department’s web content accessible to people with disabilities. Most recently, he has worked as a research data analyst calculating and updating prevailing wage rates for workers on publicly funded construction projects. Zane also previously worked for the California Department of Public Health, where he managed and analyzed clinical laboratory data.
- Ellen Schwartz ’17 graduated with a major in International Relations and a minor in Political Economy. She is currently the Director of Operations at Transparentem, a nonprofit organization that spurs companies to play a critical role in remediating abuses at the worksites where they source their products. Through in-depth investigations, strategic engagement with companies, and policy advocacy, Transparentem strives to drive change across entire industries. Since joining Transparentem in 2019, Ellen has held progressively responsible roles supporting, managing, and leading the Operations team. Prior to joining Transparentem, she interned at the Track II Environmental Forum at the Arava Institute in Ketura, Israel, where she supported Track II’s sustainable development projects in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. She previously worked as a Property Manager at Housing Unlimited, a nonprofit organization that provides permanent, affordable housing to adults in mental health recovery.
Calling all political economy alumni! What have you been up to since graduation? Start an interesting job? Discover a hidden talent? Used your liberal arts experience and degree to better the world? Publish an article? We’d love to know!