Emily Minster Leadership Portfolio

School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, American University


Emily Minster

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20016 ·em1702a@student.american.edu – (978) 810-7985


American University, Washington, DC May 2024

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Law, Economics and Government (CLEG)

Minor: Spanish, Sociology

GPA: 4.00, Dean’s List




Director of Political Affairs, Leading Women of Tomorrow AU, Washington, DC         May 2021-present

  • Organize events, trainings, and workshops designed to empower women to become future political leaders attended by 50+ participants
  • Collaborate with other departments in effort to launch lobbying strategies, social media campaigns, and develop action items on issues such as Title IX, women’s health, and voter outreach
  • Create effective marketing campaigns to promote events and action items to the general membership body
  • Develop the political agenda of the AU chapter of LWT through research of current political issues and creation of policy briefs and opinion pieces distributed in a regular newsletter


SPA Leadership Teaching Assistant, American University School of Public Affairs, Washington, DC         May 2021-present

  • Guide a team of first-year leadership students in their research, presentations, and social action project
  • Provide mentorship in navigating students’ first year of college and helping them build connections within the leadership program and the university community as a whole
  • Lead by building trust among teammates to ensure that each person is held accountable and contributing equally and meaningfully to the group
  • Facilitate problem-solving and conflict resolution 


Public Affairs Policy Lab Research Assistant, American University, Washington, DC         May 2021-present

  • Analyze and coding members of Congress’ tweets, press releases, and floor speeches according to important factors related to progressive ambition such as emotional content, the degree to which messages fit with party-directed messaging campaigns, and Members’ propensity to talk about local versus national issues
  • Aggregate and sort data to train a computerized algorithm
  • Collaborate with 3 other research assistants to problem-solve and examine specific cases 
  • Report to a team of graduate students and faculty to work together and analyze the extent to which these speeches predict progressive ambition


Title IX Researcher, American University Student Government, Washington, DC         April 2021-present

  • Review the current procedures of the American University Title IX office, including reporting and investigation standards and prepare and distribute digestible materials to convey these guidelines
  • Maintain familiarity with national Title IX guidelines and how they impact our current functions
  • Work with the Committee on Preventing and Handling Sexual Assault to suggest areas to strengthen our current Title IX office to better support students through the presentation of a report on sexual assault on our campus
  • Engage with students on what they would like to see from the Title IX office


Deputy Director of Programming, American University College Democrats, Washington, DC January 2021-May 2021

  • Communicated and networked with various experts in their fields and political figures to organize events, including FEC commissioners, members of Congress, and local politicians
  • Coordinated scheduling and publicity efforts to reach over 100 people, ensuring events were attended by 50-100 students and faculty
  • Collaborated with different departments to encourage students to take action on specific issues such as voting rights



Server, Farmers and Distillers, Washington, DC March 2021-June 2021

  • Welcomed and provided high quality service to over a hundred guests each night
  • Balanced multiple tables while taking orders and ensuring drink and food items are entered and delivered correctly
  • Guided customers to drink and food recommendations based on preference and pairings while introducing them to new menu items and specials to successfully build customer relationships
  • Developed in-depth knowledge of the cocktail/bar/food menus to effectively answer customer questions
  • Assisted and supported colleagues to ensure quality service and experiences for all guests


Community Based Research Scholars Program, American University August 2020-present

  • Worked with community nonprofits to conduct qualitative and quantitative research with over 100 people to develop suggestions for changes and improvements to programs that we presented to the organization’s board members
  • Partnered with local high school students from the Maryland Multicultural Youth Center to teach them about community based research and needs assessments so they could help conduct a needs assessment and further research
  • Wrote grant proposals to apply to American University Eagle Endowment grants for $1,000


School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, American University August 2020-present

  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research on immigration and refugee rights shared with freshman classes to enhance understanding of these issues
  • Crafted literature reviews, policy memos, and annotated bibliographies to summarize findings and presented research in a symposium to the School of Public Affairs dean’s office
  • Planned and facilitated a social action project to raise awareness about the experiences of local refugees and raise over $200 for a DMV based organization


Serve/Host/Bus, 1640 Hart House, Ipswich, MA           August 2017-August 2020 

  • Communicating with, serving, and hosting over 100 customers and handled over $1000 nightly
  • Problem-solving and planning large parties and events
  • Adjusting and reacting quickly to new and changing situations including handling staffing issues
  • Filling in for and assisting other positions when necessary including serving, event preparation, and scheduling
  • Suggesting plates and beverages based on customers’ likes and dislikes, preferences, allergies, etc. 


Sales Associate, The Paper Store, Beverly, MA           May-August 2019 

  • Communicating effectively with multiple colleagues of different ages to provide excellent customer experiences and service
  • Displaying creative problem-solving skills and attention to detail 
  • Promoting merchandise and relevant sales


Intern, Allison Gustavson for State Representative, Massachusetts June-September 2018

  • Inputting data and using of a variety of online campaign software such as Votebuilder and Minivan
  • Reaching out to voters and canvassing, recording and communicating constituent concerns
  • Researching local issues and compiling reports and stories of constituents to determine relevant issues and ideas


Volunteer, Hillary for America, Portsmouth, NH July-November 2016 

  • Communicated daily with voters through phone banking and canvassing efforts
  • Keeping records and inputting data for canvassing and phone banking conducted by myself and others
  • Reached out to involve others, including recruiting volunteers, get out the vote efforts




Next Generation League Member, League of Women Voters, Hamilton-Wenham, MA March 2016-May 2019

  • Organizing civic engagement events for students, faculty/staff, and community members
  • Researching and synthesizing information on various issues to lobby at local, state, and national levels
  • Reaching out to and registering new voters and providing information on voting access


National Competitor, DECA International Career Development Conference, Orlando, FL May 2019

  • Developed a new cause-based marketing strategy for a small, local business
  • Presented a comprehensive plan and budget to a variety of business executives and judges
  • Networked with other students, businesspeople, and leaders


Captain, HW Mock Trial Team, Hamilton, MA August 2018-February 2019 

  • Developed and presented both prosecutorial and defense cases, including direct and cross examinations and opening and closing statements
  • Assisted in the writing and presentation of witness testimonies
  • Coordinated and planned budget, transportation, and competition schedules with other leaders


Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Rotary International, Charleroi, Belgium         August 2019-March 2020

  • Learned a new language and experienced a new culture while living with a host family in southern Belgium
  • Developed a deeper understanding of cultural differences 
  • Adapted to an unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable situation 



  • Computer: Microsoft Word, Excel, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, WordPress, Google platforms
  • Language: Spanish (advanced written and spoken), French (intermediate conversational)

View Resume as a PDF: Emily Minster Resume