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Katie Scally ’11

Katie ScallyPolicy Aide, San Jose Mayor's Office

Majors: Political Science and Communication

The values I learned at UP led me to public service. I felt I was called to do something for the betterment of society and the city in which I live. And, I do this work with the help of others, which really makes a difference.

I support the transportation, arts and culture, economic development, and budget policy initiatives of San Jose’s mayor; and manage his social media accounts. I’m also working to expand the growth of manufacturing companies in San Jose to create both revenue for city services and thousands of middle-class jobs for residents. Public service, particularly at the local level, is inspiring to me because it is about ordinary people taking extraordinary action together.

As an undergraduate student, I spent two summers interning for Sam Liccardo when he was a councilman. I took part in the Washington Semester Program, which is offered through UP, and interned on Capitol Hill in Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office. I also became the ASUP vice president my senior year. This taught me about the importance of leadership, the good that can come from working with others, and that individuals can make a difference in their own community.

These experiences, the combination of political science and communication classes, which work very well together, and the values at UP influenced what I do today and what I want to do in the future. When I got roped into the San Jose mayoral race, I realized that I had a chance to serve my hometown and work toward a better future—so I took advantage of it.