Meet The Experts in Public Policy and Legislation

Careers in public policy/legislation are elected positions who represent their various constituencies. Legislators enact laws, make policies, prioritize funding and allocate resources. Advocating and influencing public policy or reform to address the problems impacting the people they serve and securing the funding required to improve the condition of the issue is a critical part of their role. Legislatures are challenged when they are up against competing interests and have to work to persuade, influence, and negotiate to be effective.

The panelists below will share more about how they got interested in their field and provide advice and insight to UNL students looking to break into these fields.

Adam Morfeld (he/him/his)
State Senator, Nebraska Legislature
Executive Director and Founder: Civic Nebraska

What sparked your interest in this field?
My life experiences along with volunteering and internships in political, policy, and public service fields.

How did you gain experience when you were a student completing your undergraduate degree?
I took any and every opportunity to volunteer and intern while in undergrad in fields that I was interested in but was not sure that I would like.  Rarely is there another time in life where you get to work somewhere for just a few months and leave on good terms (while still gaining valuable experience)!

Who is someone that influenced your career and professional development?
My community college professor Jim Smorada taught me to be curious, not fear failure, advocate for others than myself and seek knowledge.

What is one important skill you’ve had to acquire and hone as you’ve grown in your career?
Perseverance – the ability to succeed, fail, learn and continue on.

 

Virginia Hill (she/her/hers)
Former Policy and Research Assistant for Senator Ernie Chambers

What sparked your interest in this field?
I am interested in understanding what drives people to make certain policy decisions.

How did you gain experience when you were a student completing your undergraduate degree?
I interned for Senator Vargas in the Legislature. I also worked in UNL’s athletic department as the Big Ten Diversity Intern.

Who is someone that influenced your career and professional development?
Working with Ernie Chambers greatly impacted my professional development because he’s shown me what it’s like to be a true advocate for “the least, the last, and the lost”. He always tries his hardest to help all Nebraskans – not just his constituents – that come and ask him for help. I really admire that about him because he was a perfect example of what it looks like to be a public servant.

What is one important skill you’ve had to acquire and hone as you’ve grown in your career?
The ability to look at a problem from multiple angles and to assess the impact of potential solutions.

Public Policy, Public Administration, Public Health and Foreign Service/NGO Meet Up

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021, 5:30 PM

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