RECENT PSPA ALUMNI

Chris Warren
Chris Warren

Graduation Year 2011 with a BA in Communication / Public Relations and Minor in Political Science 

The UNF Political Science & Public Administration Department ignited my desire to pursue a career in public service.  As a result of the small class sizes and engaging professors, I was able to take full advantage of each opportunity UNF afforded to me. Since graduating, I have worked at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Department, the U.S. House of Representatives, and currently at Operation New Hope. It is a direct result of the real world experience I gained during my time at UNF.


I am wrapping up my current role in Congressman Ander Crenshaw’s office and I have accepted a job as Business Development Manager at Operation New Hope. I will be overseeing their efforts to keep their funding at the State and Federal budgets. http://www.operationnewhope.com/

   
Jessie Caudill Jessie Caudill

Graduated in  2014 with a BA in Political Science 

As the Assistant to the Chief of Staff for United States Senator Bill Nelson, I am actively engaged in the day to day work of aiding the Chief of Staff, serving constituents, and managing interns. Every day is filled with new and different opportunities to put my education to use.  Following my graduation from UNF, I completed a public policy fellowship in Washington, DC that provided me with real life experience by attending and summarizing congressional briefings, legislative research and aiding in the development of campaign strategies. Post fellowship, I served as the deputy field director and volunteer coordinator for a local municipal campaign where I was able to not only view our democratic election process first hand, I was able to have a hand in it. 

  

I would strongly encourage all UNF graduates to take advantage of the strong internship program and opportunities available to you as they will not only give real world context to the knowledge you have gained within an academic setting, but will provide you with an increased confidence to enter the workforce having gained a better understanding of the skills that are necessary to succeed within your chosen field.  

  

My professors at UNF didn't just give me snippets of information out of textbooks, they assisted me in making meaningful professional connections and further inspired me to continue on my journey to go out and change the world through meaningful public policy advocacy.



 Kevin Doyle


Kevin Doyle

Graduated in 1995 with a BA in Political Science with a Minor in History

My strong relationships and the support given to me by the UNF Department of Political Science professors combined with their encouragement to engage in internships and extracurricular activities provided me the foundation for what has been a successful career in the field of political science and public administration.


After graduation, I have been had the pleasure to be able to work for U.S. Senators Mel Martinez and Connie Mack of Florida, at the White House for President George W. Bush, as a political appointee for the U.S. Secretary of Labor, for the Florida House Speaker in Tallahassee and also had a couple of international postings in London, England working for the British Conservative Party and in Wellington, New Zealand working for the New Zealand National Party. Currently, I am the Managing Partner for Wexford Strategies, a government affairs consulting firm with offices in Jacksonville and Tallahassee.  Wexford Strategies is a Strategic Partner with the firm HBW Resources which has offices in Washington, Houston, Chicago, Denver and Calgary.  I am also the Executive Director for the Consumer Energy Alliance-Florida and serve on the Board of Directors for Career Source Florida, the state’s workforce development agency.

 

 Hampton Ray  Hampton Ray

Graduated in 2010 with a BA in Political Science


During my time at UNF I worked at the UNF Public Opinion Research Lab and participated in Greek Life as a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. One of the best opportunities UNF gave me was my participation with Marco Rubio’s 2010 U.S. Senate campaign. I contacted the campaign in August of 2009 and ultimately became an intern to the campaign and later a Policy Aide to then-candidate for the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio. In the fall of 2010, Senator Rubio won the election and asked me to join him in his Washington, D.C. office as a Legislative Correspondent.


Today, I am a Legislative Aide to Senator Rubio. I handle Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) issues and act as a liaison between Senator Rubio’s office and state and local communities when local governments are communicating with the FEMA. In addition to this role, I work with national security and veterans issues on behalf of the Senator. In this capacity, I make recommendations to Senator Rubio for votes on these issue areas and research legislative initiatives, condensing information for the Senator to consider.

I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Florida, but my Osprey roots are still well intact. My wife Jessica, also a UNF alumnus, and I have now lived in Washington, D.C. for over three years. Jessica founded the DC Ospreys’ UNF alumni club and we were proud to host UNF President John Delaney this past spring. 

 

 

 Jessica Faison Jessica Faison

Graduated in 2009 with a BA in Political Science with a Public Law concentration and Minor in History

 

After graduating from UNF, I was fortunate to quickly gain employment with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA).  Earning a degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Law gave me the requisite skills and knowledge to quickly climb the ladder within JALA.  Upon graduation from UNF, I was invited to be a member of the UNF Pre-Law Board of Advisors.  Through active engagement with the UNF’s Pre-Law Department over the past four years, I have been able attend functions that allowed me to meet notable people such as Kenneth Starr and Scott Turow.  More importantly, it has allowed me to network with professionals in Jacksonville’s legal community. In 2012, I was certified as a Florida Registered Paralegal through the Florida Bar Foundation.

 

Currently, I am employed within the legal department of Family Support Services of North Florida, Inc.; the lead agency for foster care, adoption and family preservation in Duval and Nassau counties. To be sure, I am indebted to the professors at the UNF for working so closely with me to aid in realizing my educational and professional goals. 

   
John Meeks John Louis Meeks, Jr.

Graduated in 1998 with a minor in Political Science


After graduation, I have held a position as a social science teacher at Duval County Public Schools.  I have continued with my studies with some graduate work at Jacksonville University also locally active in Public Affairs.