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Steven Anderson is a Junior at The University of Mississippi. He is a double major studying Political Science and Philosophy. While at school, Steven has been involved in Young Americans for Liberty promoting students’ rights on campus. He also serves on Ole Miss’s Associated Studnet Body senate aiming to increase the rights and awareness of students and transparency of the school administration. He is hoping to gain tools in organization and activism from Common Cause that can be taken and applied to his own activism efforts on campus.
Kristen Caruana is a double major in Government and Theater at Connecticut College. Previously she has worked with Child Abuse Prevention Program, a nonprofit in New York which uses workshops to teach children how to recognize and resist abuse. She has also been very involved with Connecticut College’s annual production of The Vagina Monologues; this is not only a performance, but a fundraising initiative for the women of Haiti, the DRC, and the Women’s Shelter of Southeastern Connecticut that spans several months. Kristen is originally from Westfield, NJ.
Kelly Farrell is originally from Chicago and as apolitical science major at Boston College I am excited to have the opportunity to work for Common Cause. In addition to interning I play volleyball on the weekends and take courses at Georgetown during the week. I am excited to intern in DC because I get the opportunity to contribute to many of Common Cause’s efforts like working to maintain corporate accountability and keeping money out of politics.
Hannah Finnie is a student at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is pursuing a joint degree in Math and Political Science. In addition to interning at Common Cause’s national office this summer, she is also the Southeast Regional Organizer for STAND, a student-led anti-genocide organization.
Corey Goldstone is currently working for Common Cause to try and expose the roadblocks to democracy that prevent everyday citizens from accessing electoral politics. Since 2009, Corey has been a Syracuse Orangeman, braving the harsh winters to study American Political Science with a Concentration in Public Policy and the Legal System. Over the summers and on campus, Corey has volunteered for a local Obama reelection movement, interned for the Federal Affairs office of SX, and worked for New York State constituents at Senator Charles Schumer’s CNY Office.
Taylor Henley is a rising junior at Duke University, where she is majoring in political science and pursuing minors in history and Spanish. While at school, Taylor is actively involved in Duke Club Running, Duke International Relations Association, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, Duke Catholic Center, and intramural sports, and she fundraises for Circle K International, a volunteer service organization. Prior to joining Common Cause, she interned in the office of Senator Blumenthal (D-CT). She is originally from Danbury, CT and is studying abroad in Madrid, Spain in the fall. Taylor is looking forward to working with Common Cause to promote American democracy through reforming campaign finance laws and protecting voter rights.
Nicholas Mager is a senior at the University of California, Davis, pursuing a degree in Managerial Economics. He is currently an intern at the Common Cause national office, where he hopes to contribute to the organizations efforts towards corporate accountability and gain practical experience within the national political arena. In addition to his internship, he is also taking classes over the summer at the UCDC center as a student in the UC Davis Washington Program.
Saman Marji is currently Interning at Common Cause Washington DC Office. He is working closely with office staff aiding in the fight to regain American democracy helping in programs such as ALEC Exposed, Amend 2012, Voter Protection projects through legal research, as well as Campus/Youth Outreach Program. Saman previously worked with multiple non-profits in their youth outreach and fundraising efforts such as Strive for College, The American Cancer Society, The American Red Cross, and Operation Dream Catchers. He is currently an active member of his college campus working closely with leadership as a part of multiple student organizations serving the community as well as creating a mentorship initiative aimed to help disadvantaged students. He is currently in the process of attaining a B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy&Management at New York University. He is hoping to pursue Masters in Public Administration and Juris Doctor Degrees
Sumer Marquette joined Common Cause as a 2012 summer intern at the national office. She attends the University of California, Berkeley where she majors in Political Science. As an intern she will be working to promote the pro-democracy agenda and creating active citizens for generations to come. Prior to joining Common Cause, Sumer interned for Generosity Water, where she worked with the nonprofit organization to bring clean water to third world countries. Sumer plans on attending law school and studying social justice.
Kristy Minielly is a junior at the University of Michigan, who is double majoring in English and Political Science. This summer, she is interning at Common Cause’s national office in Washington D.C. She is currently working on projects involving research about Citizens United, voting laws, and writing posts for the blog. In the past, Kristy has been involved with residence hall government, service work, and writing for the University of Michigan’s online magazine.
Jack Mumby is a 2012 graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Policy and campaigned for wage justice and other progressive causes. He is currently working as an intern with Common Cause’s national office
Haley Pohlman is a Common Cause intern for the summer of 2012. She is currently working on projects which hold politicians and large corporations accountable by separating big money from politics. She is involved in the Corporate Responsibility project, researching the funds of various corporations and tracing them back to different political candidates and legislation. Haley is a senior International Relations/Political Science major and Spanish minor at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has had the opportunity to study and volunteer in various foreign countries including: Chile, Peru, the Gambia, France, Ireland and El Salvador. After graduation she plans to pursue and job in either the Department of State or as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer.
Vikram Ramesh is a Political Science/Pre Law major from the University of Iowa where he is actively involved in Student Government, the President’s Council on Teaching, the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee and the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. A Senior, he is interning over the summer with Common Cause’s DC office to work on issues he is passionate about such as Campaign Finance and Corporate Accountability. Originally from Bangalore India, he likes playing Tennis and Soccer when he isn’t busy catching up with the 24 hour news cycle.
Eric Renslo is a Common Cause intern for Summer 2012.He attends UC Davis as a pre-law student majoring in Political Science. His hobbies include playing tennis and Texas hold ‘em, and in his free time he enjoys long, cliché walks on the beach (if only there was a beach around him…)
Alison Roth is an intern at Common Cause for the summer of 2012. A native Nashvillian, she has relocated to New England to study Environmental Geosciences and International Studies at Boston College. Alison is particularly interested in sustainability and conservation policy as well as protecting voters’ rights. She also enjoys serving as a tour guide and panelist for BC’s Admission Program and volunteering at Haley House, a soup kitchen in downtown Boston.
Andy Van Wye is most interested on the topic of money in politics and campaign finance laws. Andy became interested in politics around his sophomore year of high school. However, he was fairly idle in politics, outside of taking classes on it, until he started college. Here he began taking a large number of classes on politics and began working in the industry. Andy has interned at the Office of Senator Al Franken (MN), Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD). Andy also interned for former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold’s Political Action Committee, Progressives United, an organization dedicated to taking money out of politics and overturning the Citizens United Case. Andy is an upcoming senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is set to graduate in December. He will be getting his B.A. in Political Science and in History.
Jeniree S. Vasquez - Before relocating in Washington, DC, Ms. Vasquez worked for three years as a Visa Assistant and Assistant to Consul General at U.S Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. She studied Literature and Philosophy at Universidad Catolica Andres Bello and Universidad Catolica Santa Rosa (Caracas, Venezuela) until 2011. Prior Joining Common Cause, Jeniree published several articles regarding U.S.- Venezuela relations at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian, and is currently studying International Business at Virginia International University.