Leslie Finnan
Leslie Finnan
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Religious Studies, Anthropology (Asian Studies)
Current Job:
Senior Legislative Analyst at AASA: The School Superintendents Association
Current City:
Washington , D.C.
Study abroad (India)
Post Graduation:
Peace Corps Volunteer, Kyrgyzstan (ESL teacher), George Washing University "" Masters of Public Policy , National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (Research Ass't)
Activities while at Skidmore:
Skidmore Democrats

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After graduating from Skidmore, I joined the Peace Corps, where I spent two years in Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia) teaching English in fifth through eleventh grade classes and leading girls' leadership clubs.

After leaving Kyrgyzstan, I moved to Washington, D.C. I first worked at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) as a research assistant. I discovered a love of working in policy, but wanted to go back to working on behalf of children and education.

I then went to the George Washington University to pursue a Master's in Public Policy, focusing on education and social policy.

After a few education-related internships during school, I started working at AASA: The School Superintendents Association, first as a policy analyst focusing on research, then as a senior legislative analyst splitting my time between research and lobbying for public schools at the federal level. I travel the country to speak to state or regional conferences about the state of federal education policy.

To maintain my sanity, I also do a lot of yoga and spend time with family and friends.