For Margie Pullo, a Political Science alumna, working on a campaign trail catapulted her into a career filled with policy and politics. After graduating in 2014, Pullo joined Maura Healey's campaign for Attorney General, and worked as a Regional Field Director.
"I organized volunteers and outreach to voters everywhere south of Boston," Pullo said. "After the Democratic primary, I became Field Director for the entire state, and I joined the office when Healey was sworn in."
Making a difference with her career
Working as a Policy Assistant, Pullo helps develop and advance the Attorney General's legislative and policy priorities. "My favorite things about working in the office are the variety of issues we work on daily," Pullo said.
"By testifying in support of equality in public accommodations for transgender people, helping to prevent a foreclosure, or assisting someone taken advantage of by a fraudulent business, we are able to make sure everyone in our state has a fair shot."
Her undergraduate degree helped her succeed
Not surprisingly, Pullo recognizes that her success is a direct result of her Political Science degree at UMass Dartmouth. "Through experiential learning in local public schools, mock legislative sessions, and six weeks studying in Lisbon, I learned to frame issues at the state and local level in a broader context," Pullo said. "And I use the skills I learned at UMass Dartmouth on a daily basis."
The value of Margie's education
Margie Pullo believes in the value of her liberal arts education. "Classes in philosophy, in history, in women's and gender studies, and in political science challenge the way you think," Pullo said.
And for her, being able to examine issues from different perspectives is important both for working with the Attorney General's team and for thinking creatively to solve problems.
"These are incredibly valuable skills to have in any job, but especially if you're interested in working in government or some type of advocacy," Pullo said. "You need to be able to express yourself and articulate your positions clearly."