Graduation Year 2011 with a BA in Communication / Public Relations and Minor in Political Science
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/
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.
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.
Graduated in 2010 with a BA in Political
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. My wife Jessica, also a UNF alumnus plus founder of the DC Ospreys’ UNF alumni club, lives in Washington, D.C. with me. I have my Master’s degree in Mass
Communication from the University of Florida, but my Osprey roots are still
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 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.