Resume

Danielle Pullan      
 224.280.6510         danielle.m.pullan@gmail.com

Education
American University, Washington, DC – August 2009 – May 2013, GPA: 3.64/4.0
B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy. Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies.
Honors: School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, Dean’s List, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honors Society, Phi Sigma Tau International Honor Society in Philosophy

University College London, London, UK – Study Abroad September 2011 – June 2012
Primary Department: Philosophy. Classes also taken in Greek Classics and School of Public Policy.


Experience
Teaching Assistant. School of Public Affairs Leadership Program: Washington, DC, August 2012 – May 2013
Mentor seven sophomores by meeting one-on-one each week to track the progress of their independently designed projects and offer advice and critique as necessary
Work with professors and teaching team to develop weekly lesson plans to teach sophomores leadership skills including public speaking, self-reflection, interview skills, and negotiation
Attend weekly class meetings and retreat with sophomores to aid professor in group activities and lead discussions
Manage with the teaching team the balance of academic and social pressures facing high-stress, high-achieving sophomores

Political Intern. EMILY’s List: Washington, DC, August 2012 – December 2012
Provide direct campaign services to endorsed candidates such as donor research, writing donor re-solicit letters and letters to the editor, and phonebanking as needed
Maintain EL Job Bank by ranking resumes on skill level for various campaign jobs and pulling resumes for potential employees as jobs on endorsed campaigns have openings.
Update daily the master spreadsheet of all EL endorsed races with latest polling and financial report information to be used in administrative meetings to assess candidates’ progress and make decisions on how much to donate to individual candidates

Temporary Field Staff. Democratic Party of Wisconsin: Kenosha, WI, November 1 – November 7, 2012
Voluntarily manage a staging location for Get Out the Vote weekend and election day in conjunction with EMILY’s List’s endorsement of Tammy Baldwin for senate, one of a team of about eight managing approx. 200-300 volunteers per day
Train canvassers and keep them updated as operations changed throughout the weekend, such as whether they would be working in semi-blind or targeted neighborhoods and which houses should be prioritized
Organize turf packets at the end of each day and track notes canvassers made, especially for people who need rides to polls; reset office for the following day with materials for next day’s operation

Director. Inter-generational Interactions: Washington, DC, September 2010 – April 2011
Design a program and curriculum to bring together students and senior citizens
Establish partnership with the Armed Forces Retirement Home; coordinate events with their staff and become familiar with their facilities and residents
Recruit student participants from American University to commit to the four month program; acquire support from the Community Service Coalition and Student Government
Execute monthly events January through April based on the previously planned curriculum
Match committed students and seniors into pairs; ensure that both parties will be able to attend events to spend time together by disseminating information and organizing alternate plans in case of conflicts
  
Stacks Assistant. American University Library: Washington, DC, August 2012 – present, January 2010 – April 2011
Shelve and maintain organization of books under the Library of Congress call system
Perform inventory of library’s collection  and organize data electronically
Pull and repair books with illegible call numbers on their spines
Assist with other tasks as necessary in various departments, particularly circulation
Participate in customer service training

Intern. Office of Congresswoman Judy Chu: Washington, DC, August 2010 – December 2010
Attend briefings on issues of concern to the Congresswoman and her staff and report back
Address constituents’ legislative questions; research hot-button issues and write letters to constituents accurately explaining the issue and the Congresswoman’s stance
Contact other congressional offices to acquire cosponsors for legislation the Congresswoman introduced; follow up with these contacts
Answer incoming calls and direct them promptly and politely as needed
Familiarize self with the general dynamic of Capitol Hill offices and important locations
Give tours of the Capitol to constituents visiting Washington

Intern. Office of Congressman Mark Kirk: Northbrook, IL, May 2010 – August 2010
Research constituent problems and prepare reports
Respond to constituents who have contacted our office in support or opposition to a bill
Answer constituent phone calls and direct problems to the proper experts
Work on other miscellaneous organizational projects

Human Rights Group Member. School of Public Affairs Leadership Program: Washington, DC, January 2010 – April 2010
Design and implement a project to help homeless people in the Washington, DC area
Research resources offered by shelters and soup kitchens; compile and organize information
Table at food distribution sites with fliers of our information, interacting with individuals , explaining our resources
Bridge the language barrier for Spanish-speaking people by conversing with them and translating fliers into Spanish

Intern. Kirk for Congress, 10th Congressional District, IL.  June 2008 – July 2009
Contact constituents via phone and canvassing to educate about the candidate and poll their preferences and concerns
Organize information from polls in order to identify key geographic areas of concern in the election
Research local officials and political climates throughout the state to identify potential supporters and volunteers outside of the congressional district.
Participate in various events, parades, and presentations, respectfully handling protestors and rallying public support for the campaign through the distribution of campaign memorabilia
Assist with general office projects as needed such as mailings, organization, and computer work


Skills
Proficient in NGP VAN, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, most Google utilities, Facebook, Pinterest. Familiar with LinkedIn, Twitter. Intermediate Spanish, beginner German.