Speakers and Presenters

Jessica Avery '15

Jessica Avery '15

Jessica Avery’s new position at the Massachusetts State House focuses on environmental and education policy. As a student, she was chair of the College Democrats and interned both at MotherWoman on the Earned Sick Time ballot initiative and with State Senator Eric Lesser.

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Pamela G. Bailey ’70

Pamela Bailey is president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). GMA is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage, and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.

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Naomi Barry–Pérez ’96

Naomi Barry-Pérez currently serves as the director of civil rights for the U.S. Department of Labor, where she's been responsible for administering the Internal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) programs and ensuring equal opportunity in the labor department's financially assisted and conducted programs.

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Kat Calvin ’05

Kat Calvin ’05 is the founder of DC Young Entrepreneurs, Michelle in Training, and UpliftTECH/BlerdLabs. Her work focuses on education, STEM development, and supporting entrepreneurs.

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Amy P. Celico ’91

Amy Celico is a Principal at Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), a premier strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm. Ms. Celico leads the China and East Asia practice in Washington, DC, bringing more than 20 years of experience on issues in the region to her work with clients.

Simrit Chhabra '13

Simrit Chhabra '13

Simrit Chhabra, currently a 2nd year Masters student at Columbia University’s School of Public and International Affairs, was previously employed as a Research Associate at The Delhi Policy Group where she was involved in a security-related project pertaining to India’s contribution towards ensuring political and economic stability in Afghanistan.

Sally Bliss Davis '69

Sally Bliss Davis '69

Sally Bliss Davis, a Vicki Schuck intern, taught history and English at Needham High School and then served Massachusetts state and local government, chairing the Needham, MA Board of Selectmen and serving as President of the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association and Chair of Women Elected Municipal Officials.

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Dianne Fuller Doherty ’59

Dianne Fuller Doherty has, since 1992, been the regional Director of the Western Massachusetts Regional Office of the MA Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC), which offers free and confidential business advisory services, training programs, and information and referral to small businesses.

Jillian Duclos FP'17

Jillian Duclos 'FP'17

Jillian is the vice chair of the Holyoke Democratic Committee, and a board member of the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) at the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. Her Lynk summer internship was with Senator Elizabeth Warren in Washington D.C.

Sharon F. Francis '59

Sharon F. Francis '59

Sharon Francis, a long-time environmental professional, has worked for two presidential administrations. She aided President Lyndon Johnson with the authorization of new national parks and wilderness protection, and during the Carter administration she served as director of public participation at the EPA.

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Mary V. Hughes ’74

Mary Hughes ’74 is a political strategist and founder of Hughes & Company, a political strategy and communications firm based in California, where she has designed campaigns to recruit women into running for public office.

Dr. Andrea Lange '71

Dr. Andrea G. Lange '71

Andrea Lange, PhD is the Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She works directly with students interested in integrative/experiential learning including job-shadowing, internships for academic credit and non-credit, and bench research on and off-campus.

Judith A. Lonnquist ’62

Judith A. Lonnquist '62

Judith A. Lonnquist is the former General Counsel to the Washington Education Association and in 1986, founded the Law Offices of Judith A. Lonnquist, P.S., a woman-owned business. Since 1966 she has specialized in employment and civil rights law with an emphasis on sex discrimination and sexual harassment law.

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Congresswoman Nita Lowey ’59 (D-NY)

First elected to Congress in 1988 and considered one of its most influential members, Representative Lowey is a champion promoter of women’s participation and leadership in politics, policy, and democracies world-wide.

Linda Melconian '70

Linda was the first woman to serve as the Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader, and led the Senate on public policy deliberations, authored nationally recognized laws on genetic testing, life and health insurance, and created the nation’s first state of the art secure battered women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence.

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Lourdes Melgar ’85

Lourdes Melgar ’85 was appointed Mexico´s Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons and a member of PEMEX Board of Directors in February 2014. She served as undersecretary for electricity from 2012 to 2014, and as assistant secretary for international affairs from 1998 to 2002, at the Ministry of Energy.

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Karen Middleton ’88

Karen Middleton is the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado where she works to keep abortion care legal and expand access to sex education and birth control options. Previously, Karen served as the president of Emerge America, a national organization that trains Democratic women to run for elected office.

Betsy Mullins '90

Betsy Mullins '90

Betsy Mullins is an independent consultant handling public affairs work for nonprofit and corporate clients. She is former President and CEO of Women’s Campaign Fund and She Should Run, the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to electing more women to office.

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Ashley O’Connor ’95

Veteran communications strategist Ashley O’Connor began her career over 15 years ago as a producer. Since then she has founded Red October Productions, led advertising for the 2004 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and served as partner at The Stevens and Schriefer Group, directing advertising for over 35 political campaigns.

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State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives ’99

Elected to her second term in 2014, Massachusetts State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives represents the First Essex District, which includes the seven communities of Amesbury, Haverhill, Merrimac, Methuen, Newburyport, North Andover and Salisbury.

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Ann O’Leary ’93

Ann O’Leary is Senior Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and co-founder of The Opportunity Institute. Ann was most recently the Senior Vice President of Next Generation and Director of Too Small to Fail and served as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where she wrote about work-family policies.

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Claude de Renty du Granrut ’48

Claude de Renty du Granrut was the first deputy mayor of Senlis, France where she served for over thirty years. She also served as Deputy Director of the Labor Department and a State Court of Appeal Judge.

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Meejin Richart ’09

Meejin Richart is the Advocacy Associate at the Center for Constitutional Rights and a member of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities. Her expertise is community organizing around police brutality and U.S. militarism, specifically in API and LGBTQ communities.

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Sandy Rosenthal ’79

Sandy Rosenthal founded the non-profit Levees.org while evacuated from New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Ever since, she has driven a campaign to ensure that the prevailing narrative portrays the flooding as due to the negligent work of the Army Corps of Engineers, not Mother Nature.

Peggy Rotundo '71

Peggy Rotundo '71

Representative Peggy Rotundo of Maine served eight years in the Senate before being elected to the House. She has served on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, which she currently chairs, as well as the State and Local Government Committee, and the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee.

Susan L. Shirk '67

Susan L. Shirk '67

Susan Shirk is the Chair of the 21st Century China Program and Research Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS, formerly known as the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies) at University of California, San Diego.

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Hannah Sistare ’66

Hannah Sistare ’66, a Victoria Schuck intern, has extensively addressed issues of public policy and public administration as a U.S. Senate staff member, as an executive with non-profit institutions, and as an adjunct professor at George Washington University and American University.

Alice Tetelman '62

Alice Tetelman '62

Alice Tetelman, a Victoria Schuck intern, served as a US Senate and House staff member, director of an organization of senior policy advisors to governors, and chief federal lobbyist for the State of New Jersey and the City of New York.

Charlene van Dijk '07

Charlene van Dijk '07

Charlene van Dijk is a subject matter expert in impact investing, small business lending, microfinance, and economic development issues in the United States. She is currently a portfolio manager at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund).

Mary Lee Warren '64

Mary Lee Warren '64

Mary Lee Warren served as an intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York (Manhattan) while in law school. The internship charted the course for her later service from 1980-1991 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in that office, where she prosecuted major Organized Crime and Narcotics Cartel cases.

Marcy Wilkov Waterman '71

Marcy Wilkov Waterman '71

Marcy Wilkov Waterman was attracted to Mount Holyoke College by the unique Washington Internship Program created by Professor Schuck. Upon graduation, her 1969 internship with the Democratic National Committee led to a paying job and a chance to work on the 1972 Democratic National Convention.

Carol Heinsius Wire '68

Carol Heinsius Wire had a long career in children and family policy and planning, beginning at United Way and then leading two county Commissions on Children and Families. She became the Deputy Director of the State Commission on Children and Families and worked closely with legislators and the Governor’s Office.