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Casey Stanton, MDiv, Duke University

Lydia Anderson-Dana, JD, UC Berkley School of Law

Helene Holstein, MA, American University

Meredith Ulle, BA, University of Notre Dame

Grace Pettey, BA, University of Notre Dame

Meg Mannix, BA, University of Notre Dame

Sara Plasencia, BA, Lafayette College

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Hello! My name is Rachel Rubino and I am from Philadelphia, PA. I am a rising senior at Lafayette College and possess a dual major in English and French. A couple of my passions, in addition to the study of languages, are writing and photography. I am looking forward to spending my summer in DC and working with everyone at DCS!


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Hi! My name is Colin Kibbe and I am a second-semester Junior at the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Information Technology Management with a concentration in Business Analytics. I was born and raised in South Bend, IN, and I have lived only a few minutes away from Notre Dame’s campus my whole life. Needless to say living in a new city, especially one like DC, is going to be an incredible experience! I am eager to apply my business education to my DCS internship this spring, and I can’t wait to learn more from this amazing opportunity!


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We the people.

Watch President Obama's full State of the Union Speech here.

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After leaving DCS in 2011, she worked as the Program Liaison for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Washington, D.C., where she coordinated 100+ visits per year from ICRC officials on issues of international humanitarian law.

She then returned to her native West Coast in 2013 to begin law school at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she has worked on asylum and other immigration issues in the International Human Rights Law Clinic and the California Asylum Representation Clinic. She is currently the Senior Executive Editor for the California Law Review and spent the summer working at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in Portland, Oregon (where she grew up).

She loved working for DCS, which gave her a great set of writing, editing, and client relationship skills that have helped her enormously as she begins her legal career.
After leaving DCS, Pia Nargundkar interned at the Center for American Progress and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee before landing in political polling – first at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, and currently at Anzalone Liszt Grove Research.

As a political pollster, Pia has provided messaging and targeting guidance to Democratic campaigns up and down the ballot, from President to State House, and all across the country, from Hawaii to Virginia. But she is proudest of her work to move public opinion on various progressive issues, including marriage equality, women's health and economic rights, and criminal justice reform.

Pia is incredibly grateful for the 1.5 years she spent at DCS, under the tutelage of Gerry and Colleen Kavanaugh, and the guidance they have provided throughout her career.
Go on vacation or take up Senate highway bill- Really?

Read more here.

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DCS is happy to announce the launch of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty's new website!

Not only can her constituents navigate her sleek new website on their desktop, but they can also do so easily on their smartphones or tablets using the mobile version of the website!

Check out Congresswoman Esty's new website and contact us today to get your own mobile ready website!

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Delighted to hear that Sen Bill Nelson had a successful surgery and is already back to working hard for Floridians and the nation!

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I left DCS to go to law school. After I graduated from law school, I clerked for two federal appellate judges -- Judge Bernice Donald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (in Memphis, Tennessee), and Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (right here in D.C.). I now work for the D.C. office of an international law firm called Goodwin Procter LLP, where I serve as a litigation associate focusing on appellate litigation and consumer financial services law.

I truly enjoyed my time at DCS. Colleen is someone I consider a close friend and mentor, and Gerry is an inspiration. Even as an attorney, I get asked questions about things I learned at DCS (database management, for one), and the invaluable experience and skill set you gain in working with wonderful clients is portable for so many different fields, including the practice of law.
“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”- it only took 239 years but finally this includes our brothers and sisters in the GLBT community.

Happy 4th of July to all!

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Finally got it right.

After leaving DCS Erin became a digital officer for the United Nations Foundation where she oversaw online advocacy effects to promote and build support for a a strong U.S.-UN relationship. Additionally she oversaw the UN foundation social media channels and spearheaded social media strategy for the launch of #GivingTueday, Rio+Social and +SocialGood.

In 2013 Erin headed to Tanzania where she worked with two children's rights advocacy organizations - promoting and raising the profile of the rights of children through UNICEF.

Most recently Erin moved to New York City where she serves as the Engagement Manager for USA for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. In this role Erin is helping to rethink the way we talk about refugees through audience targeting, rebranding, storytelling and building grassroots support in the U.S.

Erin has DCS and CEO Colleen Kavanaugh to thank for much of her success. DCS was Erin's first job out of college and provided her with the necessary skills to navigate Washington, DC and the world beyond.

Never been more proud to be Irish-American. The Irish lead the way!

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Flotus gives new meaning to “never let them see you sweat” — you go girl!

To see Michelle Obama's work out video, click here.
There can be no peace without justice- for people of color, for the LGBT community, for all of us.
In September of 2014, Gerry Kavanaugh accepted the role of Senior Vice Chancellor at UMass Dartmouth, where he exercises his talent and experience in strategic management to create a campus and organization that serves and strengthens all of the diverse communities of the Southcoast.

To read more about Gerry's new role, click here.

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If we had known that our children would give us grandbabies , we might have been more tolerant of them as teenagers!


"For all my years in public life, I have believed that America must sail toward the shores of liberty and justice for all. There is no end to that journey, only the next great voyage. We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make."

“This is the greatest lesson a child can learn. It is the greatest lesson anyone can learn. It has been the greatest lesson I have learned: if you persevere, stick w/it, work @ it, you have a real opportunity to achieve something. Sure, there will be storms along the way. And you might not reach your goal right away. But if you do your best and keep a true compass, you'll get there.” 
“The state of a family's health should never depend on the size of a family's wealth”
“For all those whose cares
have been our concern,
the work goes on,
the cause endures,
the hope still lives,
and the dream shall never die.”- Edward M. Kennedy, Democratic convention 1980

As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of Selma  it is fitting to also remember to words of Fr. Ted Hesburgh, former President of the University of Notre Dame and  the 1st Chairman of the Civil Rights commission who passed away last month.

“The second phase of this civil rights revolution is still largely before us, and is more difficult, because it requires the passage from national to inpidual conscience in recognizing all these rights, and also involves the assumption by all Americans, whatever their color, of the long-range responsibility of living what we profess: to make full, responsible, and intelligent use of these rights, to do in the privacy of each of our lives what we profess in public as Americans. The second phase is largely educational, while the first phase was largely protest. The first phase gave quick results. The second phase will call on all our religious, educational, and social resources to come to full fruition. And it will call for much more courage, patience, perseverance, and understanding. The second phase must move family by family, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city, state by state to accomplish on the local scene what has been proclaimed on the national scene. This is where each of you comes in, as responsible, educated, inpidual human beings. This is why each of you is so terribly important. You may or may not have been among the chosen few who moved the first phase of this revolution. The second phase cannot move without each of you. You must become involved or the second phase will fail.”

—Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C.