Career & Leadership Development

Life on Tap: Public Policy, Federal Government, and Politics

Fast-paced. Ever-changing. The most important issues discussed and debated daily. Public policy, the federal government, and politics in general are filled with clashing ideologies, where finding success — and holding onto one’s soul — is a tough route.

Within all this, Christendom alumni work hard daily to bring the true, the good, and the beautiful back to the forefront of American public discourse. With their liberal arts background in political theory and philosophy, they know how to make it through the weeds of comments and properly inform the public on the issues most important to people today.

At Christendom’s Life on Tap alumni networking series, successful alumni in these fields have returned to campus to speak on how they used their liberal arts education and the career preparation they received at Christendom to find post-graduate success.

Watch these talks below.

Defense of Life

Christendom welcomed back alumnae Melody Wood and Maura McMahon to campus to speak about their work defending life. Wood works on the national level for religious liberty as part of the Heritage Foundation, writing prolifically on pro-life issues in order to better inform the public. McMahon, on the other hand, works with the Front Royal Pregnancy Center. She has worked with mothers and children in crisis, impacting her local community and beyond.


Federal Government and Civilian Military

Alumni Joe McFadden, Alyssa Lombardi, and Jesse Gallante, all working for the federal government or civilian military, returned to campus for Life on Tap. McFadden served in the United States Marine Corps before joining the federal government, working in IT for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lombardi, on the other hand, joined the United States Coast Guard as a program analyst, using her skills to help promote the Coast Guard’s mission to protect the environment in ports and navigable waterways. Finally, Gallante earned his B.A. in political science and economics, and now serves as a consultant for Blue Mantle Technology and as an intelligence analyst for BAE Systems.

Working in Washington

Three of Christendom’s most successful alumni in the fields of public policy and law — John Mavretich (’09), Tyler Lowe (’11), and Lauren Merz (’10) — returned to campus for Life on Tap. Mavretich earned his B.A. in political science and economics in 2009, and is now an associate with Venable LLP, one of the largest downtown law firms in Washington D.C. Lowe, on the other hand, works as the director of online education at the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy in DC. Finally, Merz earned her B.A. in philosophy and is now the director of strategic partnerships for Live Action.


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