The Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador Program is a unique opportunity for Saint Anselm College students of any major to be involved in supporting the Institute's various events and activities.
Ambassadors are highly motivated, dedicated students who work closely with the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) staff on public programming and civic engagement work. They assist in event promotion, welcome guests and VIPs, and serve as greeters and ushers. In addition, the non-partisan student ambassadors often moderate question and answer periods, facilitate book signings, and lead other post-event activities.
As speakers and candidates visit the Institute, student ambassadors often get special opportunities to meet guests behind the scenes. During election cycles, ambassadors have been able to serve as stand-ins on local and national debate sets and assist media outlets in covering the first-in-the-nation primary.
Student Ambassador Program Co-Chairs: Julianne Plourde '20 and Jenifer Wallitsch '21
Julianne Plourde is a politics and criminal justice double major from Berlin, New Hampshire. Her favorite part of being an ambassador is being able to meet important political figures and work with news networks without even leaving campus. A fun fact about Julianne is she was recently interviewed on set by WMUR-TV about what college students want in a presidential candidate.
Jenifer Wallitsch is a politics major from North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Her favorite part of being an NHIOP ambassador is having the opportunity to hear numerous perspectives due to it being a nonpartisan institution. This gives her the resources to hear talks and participate in discussions with individuals on both sides of the aisle. A fun fact about Jenifer is that she once got to go to a taping of The Ellen Show and dance with Ellen!
Civic Engagement Committee Co-Chairs: Melanie Fey '20 and Brendan Flaherty '21
Melanie Fey is a politics major from Franklinville, New Jersey. One of the main reasons she decided to come to Saint Anselm College was the Ambassador Program. Her favorite thing about being an ambassador is working and attending the New Hampshire Institute of Politics events from the CNN town halls to the Bookmark Series speakers. She loves having the ability to constantly learn outside of the classroom by listening to experts in the field while also having certain speakers compliment class content. A fun fact about Melanie is that she fed a baby giraffe this summer and learned they only sleep 20 minutes a day!
Brendan Flaherty is a politics major from Nashua, New Hampshire. His favorite part about being an ambassador are the opportunities to meet with all sorts of people involved in politics from media personalities to presidential candidates. Recently, he played a major role in helping 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang find his way to the NHIOP for an interview on CBS’ Face-the-Nation.
Communication Committee Co-Chairs: Sarah Murphy '20 and Bethany Smith '22
Sarah Murphy is a politics and communication double major from Braintree, Massachusetts. Her favorite part about being an ambassador is the 60 second interview segment that her committee started. It gives ambassadors the opportunity to ask candidates and other NHIOP guests questions firsthand. A fun fact about Sarah is that she got to be the stand-in for Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg for the CNN town halls here at Saint Anselm.
Bethany Smith is an international relations major with a minor in Asian studies from Dover, New Hampshire. Her favorite parts of being an ambassador are the connections she makes with politicians and activists as well as working with her fellow ambassadors who make every event fun and memorable. A fun fact about Bethany is that she’s aiming to master three languages by the time she earns a master’s degree: Chinese, Korean, and French.
Community Outreach Committee Co-Chairs: David Chairez '22 and Hayley Morgan '20
David Chairez is a politics major with minors in communication and peace and justice studies from West Covina, California. His favorite part of being an ambassador is having the opportunity to meet and interact with a wide array of politicians and seek advice from them. A fun fact about David is that he has never traveled outside of the country before.
Hayley Morgan is a politics major with a history minor from Norfolk, Massachusetts. Her favorite part of being an ambassador is all of the incredible opportunities she’s had like meeting some of the many presidential candidates who have come through the NHIOP. A fun fact about Hayley is over the summer she interned in Washington, D.C. at the office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
Events Committee Co-Chairs: Matthew Solomon '20 and Olivia Teixeira '20
Matt Solomon is a politics and peace and justice studies double major from North Attleboro, Massachusetts. His favorite part about being an ambassador is helping his community become more civically engaged. A fun fact about Matt is that he is a licensed officiant and officiated his sister’s wedding!
Olivia Teixeira is a politics major with minors in campaign management and gender studies from Attleboro, Massachusetts. Her favorite part of being an ambassador is being able to attend exclusive events and meet speakers. A fun fact about Olivia is she teaches voice and piano lessons as a side job in her hometown!