My name is Brian McDermott. I’m a senior student at American University studying communications, legal institutions, economics, and government. I’m a part of the School of Public Affairs’ Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars Program as well as the school’s Leadership Program.
I am deeply committed to becoming an accomplished leader, as I have demonstrated through a number of the positions and recognitions that I achieved in college and high school. As a Boy Scout, I spent seven years pursuing the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting. To achieve this, I had to demonstrate strong citizenship, character, and dedication. In the Boy Scouts, I spent one year serving as Senior Patrol Leader. As the SPL, I spent countless hours managing all aspects of my large troop, learning about my own strengths and leadership style, and developing the troop’s future leaders. Also in high school, I began participating in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, earning promotions with the group each year until I became an Executive Student Director in 2016, overseeing programming and logistical aspects of this weekend-long leadership development opportunity for approximately 150 Massachusetts and Rhode Island high school students.
I am also dedicated to growing as an active citizen and advocate. Last school year, I served as the Energy & Environment Policy Coordinator for the Roosevelt Network, the country’s largest student-led public policy think tank. In this role, I supported and empowered students across Roosevelt’s 10,000+ student network to make meaningful progressive policy change. At Roosevelt’s chapter at American University, I oversaw a project to build support for the District of Columbia to put a price on carbon emissions. I have interned in the offices of US Senator Ed Markey and Massachusetts State Senator John Keenan. Currently, I intern with the Democratic staff of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
I continue to pursue new opportunities to grow as a leader and active citizen everyday now in Washington, DC, participating in events with the American University College Democrats, the Roosevelt Institute at American University, and other organizations.
I hope to continue to use my skills and knowledge to improve the world around me.