Senior Associate, Research & Policy AnalysisParker McCarthy holds a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis on International Relations in the field of Political Science. She obtained her degree from Northern Kentucky University; one of our member schools.She has varied experiences both in and out of Washington, DC. Throughout her undergrad she worked in the Office of Government and Community Relations at her now Alma Mater. She aided in projects such as: producing policy briefs regarding education, environmental, health & economic issues for dissemination to the University’s executive leadership team; tracking KY state legislation & providing updates to the Office’s senior leadership; drafting & executing strategic plans for various university/community advancements including a state-of-the-art Informatics facility which will be opening Fall ’11 & an innovative Health Professions facility; engaging stakeholders & facilitating relationships between potential donors & the University and co-managed & co-directed the Office’s internship program during KY state legislature’s General Assembly. She also values the experience she gained from facilitating & leading immersion opportunities for the Office’s interns. In the summer of 2010 she interned at the Department of Education in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs. After spending time in DC she decided to make her dream a reality and move back to the city upon graduation. During her years as an undergrad she held two state level internships through the innovative internship program that Northern Kentucky University offers. She was placed in the Governor’s office for the 2009 General Assembly session and in a Kentucky State Senator’s office for the 2010 General Assembly Session. As an undergrad she stayed actively involved in her campus community. She was in a number of organizations including: Student Government Association; Ambassador for the Office of the University President; Phi Alpha Delta (Pre-Law Honor Society); Xi Omega (Political Science Honor Society); Kappa Delta Sorority, Inc. She is looking forward to leaving an imprint on AASCU, as she believes the organization will foster an environment that facilitates growth both professionally and personally in her life. She has future plans to enroll in a graduate program in the fall focusing on government policy with a concentration on education.
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