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Alums spotlighted as stars of Florida politics

Look just about anywhere in the Florida political scene and you will find an alum from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. Whether they come from political science, public administration, public health, international affairs or our master’s program in applied American politics and policy, our alumni are engaged, accomplished, influential political movers and shakers who bring to life the college’s motto: “Engaging Today’s World, Producing Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

The most recent issue of the Florida magazine Influence amply illustrates this in its spotlight on some of the leading figures and rising stars in the state’s political arena. Here are the COSSPP graduates (and FSU alums currently enrolled in our programs) spotlighted in the issue. You can read their full profiles at this link.

Freshmen legislators

Dan Daley
(B.S. ’10 Political Science)
House District 97 
Michele Rayner
(B.S. ’03 International Affairs/Political Science; M.S. ’06 International Affairs)
House District 70

Lobbyists

Gus Corbella
(M.P.A. ’96 Public Administration)
Nick Matthews
(B.S. ’06 International Affairs; M.S. ’08 Applied American Politics and Policy)

Stars on the Rise

Alexandra Abboud
(B.S. ’12 History/Political Science; M.S. ’13 Applied American Politics and Policy)
Nick Alvarez
(M.S. ’17 Applied American Politics and Policy)
Cyrus Calhoun III
(M.S. ’20 Applied American Politics and Policy)
Lauren Schenone Cassedy
(B.S. ’15 Social Sciences)
Katie Doughty
(B.S. ’19 Political Science)
Macy Harper
(B.S. ’18 Political Science; M.S. ’19 Applied American Politics and Policy)
Jena Kingery
(B.S. ’14 Political Science)
Makenzi Mahler
(B.S. ’17 Political Science)
Grant Phillips
(B.S. ’18 Political Science, currently enrolled in Applied American Politics and Policy)
Lina Rojas
(B.S. ’17 International Affairs)
Tyler Russell
(B.S. ’14 Political Science)
Derek Silver
(B.S. ’16 Political Science)
India Steinbaugh
(B.S. ’16 Political Science; M.P.H. ’18 Public Health)
Jared Williams
(FSU Biology grad currently enrolled in Applied American Politics and Policy)
Ivey Rooney Yarger
(B.S. ’15 Political Science; M.S. ’16 Applied American Politics and Policy)