James Zanghi is a sophomore 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, a minor in Business Administration, and a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies. 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.
James plans to utilize his passion and skills for public policy implementation, specifically education, international relations/trade, economics, and veterans affairs, in the public and private sectors, forging a stronger bond between the two sectors to cohesively work together. He hopes to work for both sectors during his career, with the goal in mind of always making government even more accountable and responsible, strengthening its core duties and responsibilities. James also has an interest in journalism and books, 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. This included policy proposals and initiatives for expanding the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority),