James Zanghi is a junior at American University in Washington, D.C. majoring in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government, an interdisciplinary major in the School of Public Affairs represented by the acronym CLEG, and a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies with the School of Public Affairs (SPA) Leadership Program. James was also just recently accepted as a Graduate student at American University for the Combined Undergraduate/Masters Program, pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree. James was born and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, an industrial, historical, and innovative city of 62,000 just outside Boston, and is the first in his family to attend a four year college, as well as receive his bachelors and masters degrees.
James plans to utilize his passion and skills for public policy implementation, specifically education at the domestic, as well as international level in developing countries. He also has a passion for veterans affairs. He hopes to work for the United States Government, with the goal in mind of always making government even more accountable and responsible, strengthening its core duties and responsibilities to the citizens it serves. James also has an interest in journalism, books, and the art of telling stories and news from all over the world hoping to one day work for The Economist Newspaper, or 60 Minutes, to provide in-depth policy analysis to stories. He believes in a world where everyone can achieve what they deem possible, as nothing is impossible with goals and a purpose.
During his time at Massachusetts State House, a total of four summers from 2013 – 2016, he analyzed specific public policy proposals regarding transportation, education and healthcare policy, researching specific models to advise the Representative by attending hearings and private briefings.