"In the aftermath of the 2016 election, I took a hard look at what I was doing with my time and where I saw my best avenues for making change. I started as an intern for then-Senator Claire McCaskill's campaign for reelection, and after I graduated from the University of Washington in 2018, I worked as a field organizer for the Missouri Democratic Party.
That experience was incredibly impactful, showing me the ability of people to come together to unite around shared values and make a difference in their surroundings."Noah Bardash
"While we were unsuccessful in winning that race, its impact led me to continue working in politics and in the policy sphere. I returned home to Virginia and started working for State House candidate Delegate Dan Helmer. He won his seat in the General Assembly and helped flip the state legislature from Republican to Democratic for the first time in decades, and we passed bold legislation on climate, voting rights, gun safety, and more to move Virginia forward. Now that I am at SPIA, I'm excited to continue to build community and learn more from my peers from all over the country and the world about how we ensure the future of democracy. I love connecting over the importance of voting and being engaged citizens. The right to vote is such a powerful tool, and those of us who have it have a responsibility to use it."