Alexandra LaMonte ’17 has started her career in public policy as a research analyst for the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) in Albany, where she will evaluate how state laws impact New York’s 62 counties, including New York City.
As part of the legislative team, LaMonte will research issues that are important to local government officials. Her work has included researching how a state constitutional convention could impact counties and helping county leaders to create proposals for the Governor’s Share Services Initiative.
LaMonte believes her internship at the New York State Assembly during the 2017 Legislative Session made her career move a possibility. “My experience at the Assembly familiarized me with NYS politics,” she says. Her interest in the New York State Assembly was sparked by an email sent from the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education in the fall of her senior year. She credits Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies Jessica Hayes-Conroy and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Kendralin Freeman with encouraging her to accept the internship at the New York State Assembly.
As an intern in Assemblyman Sean Ryan’s (D-Buffalo) office, LaMonte had the opportunity to work closely with the Assemblyman. She was most interested in the current issues being debated that session, such as Raise the Age, free SUNY/CUNY tuition and ride sharing.
As part of the Assembly Intern Program, she was required to write a research paper that provided a detailed policy and political analysis of a bill introduced during the session. LaMonte’s paper written about the Reproductive Health Act was selected to be published in the annual Distinguished Intern Report.
“I could not be more appreciative of HWS for my liberal arts education,” she says. “The public policy, sociology and political science departments, in particular, provided me with a deep understanding of a number of policy areas, such as education and criminal justice, and equipped me with the tools to analyze other issues that I have encountered in my job.”
Graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in public policy and minors in political science and sociology, LaMonte hopes to one day pursue a joint Juris Doctor and master of public policy degree.