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"Democracy Careers," a Walter Center career event

Explore careers in democracy with the Walter Center for Career Achievement in this online discussion with College alumni. This program is moderated by Mark Fraley, associate director of IU’s Political and Civic Engagement Program (PACE). This event will not be recorded.

Zoom Link: https://iu.zoom.us/j/91401811573

Panelists:
Jonathan Blanks: POLS Class of 2006 | Contributing Editor, Clause 40 Foundation
Clause40 Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and policymakers about due process rights and the need to reinforce constitutional protections of individuals at every stage of the criminal justice process. Blanks writes about current events and other emerging issues related to due process, as well as communications work for it and its sister organization, the Due Process Institute.

Blanks is also Visiting Fellow in Criminal Justice, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP, pronounced “Free Op”). FREOPP is a non-partisan, non-profit think tank dedicated to expanding economic opportunity to those who least have it. He researches, writes, and gives public comments on a range of criminal justice issues, but is focused primarily on policing and civil rights.

Reagan Gamache: BA POLS & ECON PACE Certificate Class of 2018 | Account Manager, Coverdale Consulting
Gamache comes to Coverdale Consulting with experience and passion in political campaigns — including strategy and grassroots operations at the local, state, and federal levels. Her professional experience includes debate prep, grassroots, campaign management, and digital advertising.

Katherine Hitchcock: POLS & HISTORY Class of 2019 | Legislative Correspondent, Office of U.S. Senator Todd Young
As a legislative correspondent, Hitchcock facilitates communication between the Senator and his constituents by drafting correspondence on select issue areas. She also assists Young’s legislative team as needed with researching and developing policy proposals.

Ryan Myers: IMP/CMCL Class of 2014 | Policy Communications Writer, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (Minority staff)
Ryan Myers serves as a policy communications writer for Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate HELP Committee. In his role, he works as a part of a larger communications team to develop and execute a press and communications strategy that further the Senator’s priorities, particularly on health and retirement issues. He also coordinates closely with policy staff to prepare materials for hearings, bill introductions, and more. He previously worked at the PR firm Clyde Group, which he joined shortly after its founding, where he helped bring on new clients, serve existing ones, and navigate a broad range of communications challenges.

Cherrish Pryor: CJUS Class of 1993 | State Representative: Indiana House of Representatives
Representative Pryor serves the constituents of district 94 in the Indiana General Assembly. She is the Democrat Floor Leader (second in leadership for House Democrats), Current member and Former Chairwoman of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, and member of the POWER Caucus. She is also the State Director of two organizations: National Foundation of Women’s Legislators and and the Women Legislators’ Lobby. In addition to her legislative duties, Representative Pryor works full-time as the Chief Deputy for the Marion County Treasurers Office.

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