Colleen Wachenfeld is originally from Basking Ridge New Jersey and currently attends American University where she is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Public Relations and Strategic Communication. At American University she is involved in several groups and leadership roles. Currently, in her second year in the SPA Leadership, she has already completed a group social action problem addressing food insecurity in D.C. and is now working on an individual project addressing water safety and risks of drowning for children with autism. She is also a member of the SPA Leadership program steering committee where she serves as networking and alumni relations coordinator. In this role she is in charge of running professionalism workshops, alumni reunions, and a mentorship program that connects current leadership students with professionals in D.C. Colleen is an AU Ambassador where she gives tours to prospective students, speaks on panels about student life, works at and runs events for students visiting campus, and hosts prospective students overnight. As a member of Delta Gamma, a social sorority, she holds the position of director of alumnae relations and is responsible for keeping alumnae updated on what the chapter is doing and its fundraising successes. She is also in charge of planning and putting on a collumnae event that allows alumnae to speak to current students, giving them advice and support. Finally, Colleen is a founding member of the new AU club swim team. She is on the AU club swim executive board as secretary and social media and marketing chair.
Colleen’s decision to come to American University and pursue her double major and various other activities stems from her desire to give back to her community. She hopes to work in D.C. in the future as she is very passionate and interested in politics and the political system. Combining her political science and public relations majors will give her the experience necessary to work in political communications. She is also very passionate about problems facing children, especially those with special needs. She has spent a long time volunteering with programs that help teach special needs children how to swim, as well as successfully interact with their peers. She intends to keep these experiences and passions in her thoughts as she works to create a career in politics.