Meet our Current MPP students!
Fall 2016 Cohort-
Julie Blust graduated in 2005 with a BA in Political Science and American Studies from Temple University. She is the Regional Communications Manager for 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union and has served in several other capacities for the SEIU and AFL-CIO. She also gained extensive experience in the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns.
Brian H. Clinton graduated with a BA in Communication from Villanova University in 2015. He was an Account Executive at the Renaissance Communication Group in Philadelphia and served as a Press Intern in the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Communication. At Villanova, he worked as a Facility Aid with the Connelly Center and led the public relations and fundraising teams for the Villanova Social Justice Documentary project, which focused on an impoverished family in Costa Rica. He has also served as a CYO basketball coach at his local grade school since 2011.
Natalie N. Cramer graduated with a BA in Political Science and Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University in 2013. She is the Global Enterprise Hub Program Coordinator at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, where she assists in large scale pilot programs that aim to increase economic development in West Philadelphia and Mt Airy. She has served internships at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, LIFT Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia office of U.S. Rep. Robert Brady.
Kyle A. Darby received his BA in Political Science in 2016 from Stockton University. He is currently the City Relations research director at S. R. Wodjak and Associates, and is the founder of a political consulting firm focused on millennials called “Nxt Generation Strategy. He has served as an intern in the Camden, NJ Office of U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker. He was also a field organizer for the Gloucester County Democratic Committee and Executive Vice-President of the College Democrats of New Jersey, where he co-founded the restructuring of the organization and oversaw much of the organization’s operations.
Andre Del Valle graduated cum laud with a BA in Political Science and Spanish from LaSalle University in 2014 and was the Vice President of Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honors Society). He serves as a Legislative Aide in the Office of Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, where he previously served as an intern and as campaign coordinator in her 2015 reelection campaign. He is also Senior Executive and Founder of NutShell Politics, a mobile application that promotes voter education among millennials.
Sara DeNault received her BA in English and Sociology from Fordham University in 2014. She is a Victim Assistance Coordinator with the Office of Victim Advocate (OVA), a state agency within the Department of Corrections and The Board of Probation and Parole. Sara is OVA’s first coordinator located in Philadelphia. She is currently working to improve the delivery of post-sentencing services to victims in Philadelphia by collaborating with local criminal justice institutions such as the District Attorney’s Office, community non-profits, and nearby state prisons.
Timothy Galbraith graduated with a BA in Political Science and German from Temple University in 2015. He is a Department Coordinator in Temple’s Continuing Education Systems and Summer Programs where he is involved in all aspects of their administration. He has earned a certificate in International Non-Profit Training and Leadership. He served as a German II Peer Teacher in the Diamond Peer Teacher Program and as a Junior Business Analyst in the TU Continuing Education Systems office.
Patrick Kerr graduated cum laude in Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies from the College of the Holy Cross in 2015. He is Executive Assistant at the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) in Philadelphia, a global non-profit NGO that specializes in measuring agricultural sustainability. Patrick wrote a Senior Honor’s Thesis, “Power Tangled in the Web,” and also spends time volunteering at Sarnelli House in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Ileana Matos received her BA in Political Science from Temple University in 2015. She is a secretary at the Haggerty Goldberg Schelifer and Kupersmith law firm, and an Administrative and Research Assistant at Thomson Consulting where she conducts research, proofreads and maintains a database for the Transit Cooperative Research Project. She served as an intern with the Education Voters of Pennsylvania.
Amanda Plunkett received her BA degree in Political Science from Temple University in 2016. She worked in the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s office as an assistant to an Administrative Coordinator, served as a Fundraising Intern for the Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs, and sat on the Dean’s Advisory Council. She also served as an intern with Wanner Associates, a lobbying firm in Harrisburg, PA.
Dashiell Sears received his BA in Political Science from Temple University in 2013. He is a Benefits Outreach Specialist at Benefits Data Trust, a firm that assists clients with applications for social welfare benefits. He also serves as an organizer for Pennsylvania Competes, an organization that promotes support for LGBT legislation among small business owners and faith leaders.
Krishna Sutariya graduated with a BS in Biochemistry from St. Xavier’s College in Ahmedabad, India and a Diploma in Financial Management from the B.K. School of Business Management. She is the co-founder and financial manager of Together in Development in Education (TIDE), an organization that aims to improve education amongst the underprivileged in India, and the founder of SKILLXR, which promotes skill-based and vocational training for the underprivileged. She was also a Program Coordinator at Sauhard, a non-profit involved in development, where she mentored the organization’s fellows.
Megan Zak graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Political Science from Temple University in 2015. She is a Student Services Coordinator in the College of Liberal Arts Center for Academic Advising and Professional Development, where she supervises 14 peer advisers, monitors student academic progress and collects and disseminates a variety of data related to CLA students. She served as a policy analyst in the Mayor of Philadelphia’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity and internships in the Office of Housing and Community Development and Project HOME.