Saints Spotlight: Christina Ascolillo '17

While at Emmanuel, Christina took advantage of every networking opportunity that came her way. She believes that the relationships she built through her internships were essential to securing her current position as legislative director for Massachusetts State Representative Linda Dean Campbell. In this role, she analyzes legislative issues and identifies potential policy areas interest, as well as related advocacy initiatives; researches and develops plans for the Representative regarding the Massachusetts State Budget including statewide and local earmarks; researches, drafts and files legislation and amendments; and attends legislative meetings, including briefings and hearings, meetings with advocacy groups, lobbyists, local elected officials, government agencies and another stakeholders of local and state policy.

Christina says that her Emmanuel experiences gave her an "unequaled" opportunity to develop communications, research, analytical and interpersonal skills, and these skills helped her stand out in her job search.

In addition to her on-campus coursework in political science and history at Emmanuel, Christina served as a legislative intern in the office of State Representative Steven Ultrino and as a government relations intern for O'Neill and Associates. This work led her to meet many leaders in politics and government, including Attorney General Maura Healey, Speaker Robert DeLeo, Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Governor Charlie Baker. It also gave her the chance to network with countless local representatives and senators, lobbyists and activists and leaders of interest groups and organizations. After graduation, she was hired as director of communication and constituent services for Rep. Campbell, and has forged her path at the State House ever since.

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