Alumni Spotlight

Alumni 2021

McKinely Mueller (’21)  I am a Staff Assistant in Senator Michael F Bennet’s office!
Jenna MayerJenna Mayer (’21) I am currently getting a Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England.
Olivia Allen (’21) I have started working with Teach for America in Oahu Hawaii! I am teaching 7th and 8th Grade math in an inclusion classroom at a Title 1 school. I am also getting my teaching licensure from John’s Hopkins University.

Alumni 2020

Nick StellaNick Stella (’20) Since graduating I have been working on Democratic campaign causes, first on a US Senate campaign in Kentucky during the 2020 primaries and then a PAC during the general. I am currently the Political Director of the Cape May County Regular Democratic Organization and I am the Finance Director for the Mazzeo Armato and Fitzpatrick for District 2 campaign in South Jersey.

Lexi Webster

 Lexi Webster (’20)   I have been, and currently still am, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville,   working on my Master’s degree in Public Policy & Administration. I will be graduating from my   Master’s program in Spring of 2022.

Alumni 2019

Liz StrandLiz Strand (’19) I work for Deloitte’s Government & Public Services consulting practice in Washington D.C./Northern VA area. My client experience includes: supporting the US Department of Agriculture stand up a grants and loans program for rural broadband and internet connectivity across the country, working for the New York State Department of Labor to support the surge in unemployment claims during COVID-19 (implementing CARES act policies, training call center agents to process claims, tracking public data such as social media to gauge claimant’s concerns), and helping the State of California implement a statewide welfare technology system. My current client is the Bureau of Prisons, developing strategies for improving staffing, employee wellbeing, and driving positive culture change. I also work for the Wake Forest recruiting team and onboard new Rosslyn analysts to the firm within the government practice.
Jacqueline Collie (’19) After graduation I worked for Congressman George Holding (NC-02), then in 2020 I started working at the Office of Science & Technology Policy at the White House. This past April, I began another new position back on the Hill as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01).I handle healthcare policy, immigration reform, intelligence, telecom and internet, and judiciary issues. I have also just begun part-time law school at American University.

Alex Roegge (’19)Alex Roegge Initially worked as an organizational strategy and total rewards analyst at Korn Ferry. Just joined Emory University as an Internal Auditor.

Austin Melville (’19) From June 2019-March 2020 I served as a legislative fellow on both the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade, as well as in Congressman Albio Sires office. From May 2020-June 2021 I worked as a Staff Assistant for the Bockorny Group, a bipartisan government affairs firm in Washington DC that covers a broad client base ranging from Fortune 100 companies to new start-ups. Policy areas ranged from education, health care, agriculture and trade. In August 2021 I started law school at Seton Hall University School of Law.
Drew FinleyDrew Finley (’19) Upon graduation from Wake Forest in 2019, I worked full-time for the City of Hendersonville, NC in the Water & Sewer and Engineering departments. I served as a Fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Lead for North Carolina program. Lead for North Carolina is a two-year fellowship program headquartered at the UNC School of Government that places recent college graduates in full-time, paid positions in local governments across North Carolina. Following the completion of my fellowship, I was promoted to the position of Assistant to the Utilities Director with the City of Hendersonville. I currently serve in this role on a part-time basis while I am pursuing my Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at Appalachian State University with a concentration in Town, City, and County Management. At the Appalachian State Local Government Alumni Association Conference last week, I was awarded the North Carolina City and County Management Association Scholarship, which is a $3000 grant for a current MPA student pursuing a career in local government management. I am excited to continue serving communities at the local level and am grateful for the tremendous educational foundation that my undergraduate degree provided me!
Nicolette DeLorenzo (’19) After graduation I worked for two years as an Economic Consultant at Edgeworth Economics in Washington, DC where I analyzed data for labor and employment litigation. I was promoted to Senior Economic Consultant in October 2020. This fall, I began law school at the George Washington University and will graduate in Spring 2024.
Larry Brett (’19) I have been attending Georgetown Law since graduating from Wake Forest. I will be graduating in May and starting my legal career at a large law firm in Washington, DC.
Kellie ShanaghanKellie Shanaghan (’19) Immediately after graduation I was an au pair in Spain. Professionally, from January or 2020 through December of 2020, I was the call time manage with Betsy Sweet for US Senate and then finance assistant with Tom O’Halleran for Congress. Now I am the Development Assistant at 314 Action, an organization that helps elect scientists.
Rand Fisher (’19)  I used to work at a consulting firm advising biopharmaceutical companies on PR, social media, and governmental affairs. Currently, I work for a sports marketing company doing experiential marketing events for BMW
Daniella FeijooDaniella Feijoo (’19) I served as the Campus Life Fellow at Wake Forest University during 2019-2020. In this role, I worked in the Office of Wellbeing creating and implementing programs for students, faculty and staff centered on the 8 dimensions of wellbeing: social, emotional, intellectual, occupational, financial, spiritual, environmental and physical. I also coordinated the Campus Life Advisory Committee and the Campus Life Program Staff Committee, advising and mentoring student leaders and leading campus life collaborative efforts such as Deliberative Dialogues and nutrition education programs. Currently, I am pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington and will graduate in May 2022. I serve as Graduate Advisor for Community Engagement, work with the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Civic and Community Engagement Program, and work in the Walter Center for Career Achievement at IUB. I am also pursuing a philanthropic studies graduate certificate at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.
Sanaa Jain (’19) Going to law school in DC. Will be working at Kirkland NY next Fall.

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Alumni 2013

Emily SchemperEmily Earle Schemper (’13) Director, Corporate Partnerships, Susan G. Komen
   Focused on making transformational impact through multifaceted partnerships, cause marketing, and integrated fundraising campaigns. Served as a strategic advisor for leading causes and their corporate partners including the American Cancer Society, Feeding America, UNICEF USA, Easterseals, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and Rotary International.

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Stan Meiburg

 In 2017, Dr. Stan Meiburg (’75) became the Director of Graduate Studies in Sustainability at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, following a 39-year career with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Meiburg served as EPA’s Acting Deputy Administrator, the agency’s second highest position.

 Before becoming Deputy Administrator, Dr. Meiburg served in senior career positions as EPA’s Deputy Regional Administrator in the Southeast and South Central regions of the United States, as well as in EPA offices in Research Triangle Park and in Washington, DC. He received EPA’s Distinguished Career Service Award, EPA’s Gold Medal for his work on the Clean Air Act Amendments, the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army, and the Distinguished Federal Executive award, the highest civilian award for a Federal senior executive.  He is currently chair of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, a member of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Dr. Meiburg holds a B.A. degree from Wake Forest University, and masters and doctoral degrees in political science from The Johns Hopkins University.


Mark Hoover

Mark Titus Hoover (’10) is the Counterterrorism Strategy Advisor with the Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) Task Force in the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement at the U.S. Department of State.  Hoover leads the interagency task force effort to ascertain and mitigate risks to USG interests posed by MANPADS and affiliated systems if under the control of terrorist non-state armed actors.

Between December 2015 and July 2021, Hoover served as a Stabilization Advisor at the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO where he served domestically and at Embassies in Uganda, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Chad, and the Holy See.  In that role, Hoover led U.S. Embassies in Uganda and Cameroon in their analysis, diplomatic engagement, and observation of elections.  Hoover provided management and technical support to almost $5 million in countering violent extremism programming between 2020-2021.  During his time with CSO, Hoover developed several new positions based overseas and in Washington as well as pioneering the USG’s first peacebuilding initiative directed towards building grassroots capacity to support a peace process in Cameroon related to the conflict within the Anglophone region.  Hoover drafted multiple interagency strategies, addressing electoral violence in two countries, stabilization concerns in a third, and led efforts to update the U.S. Strategy for Countering Boko Haram. 

Hoover is a former Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), a former Robertson Fellow for Government, and Rosenthal Fellow in International Relations.   As a PMF, Hoover spent four months detailed to the Department of Treasury’s Office of Terrorism Financing and Financial Crimes.  Hoover completed his bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest University and completed his Masters at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.  Before working for the Department of State, Hoover worked as an auditor at the Government Accountability Office, worked for Wake Forest University’s Office of Admissions, and spent one year teaching English as a Fulbright Fellow to Andorra.  Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya, Hoover is a fluent French speaker.  He has also studied, to varying levels, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, and Kiswahili. 

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