Alexandra Priest '13

Political Science Major | Political and Economic Affairs Officer

What are some of your strongest memories of UNH?
I have so many great memories from my time at UNH, but my involvement with the UNH College Democrats really sticks out in my mind. By getting involved with the College Dems, I made lifelong friendships with other students and faculty and was able to go to events around the Seacoast that solidified my interest in politics.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?
Studying at UNH opened doors for me that I never would have imagined. The opportunities that I took advantage of while studying at UNH, like The Washington Center and getting involved with the UNH College Democrats, gave a jump start to my career and has led me to where I am today.

Tell us about your career path.
Throughout my time at UNH and The Washington Center, I was able to build relationships and meet people that have helped me in my career. After graduating from UNH, I moved right down to Washington, D.C., to work for U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Working in the U.S. Senate was an experience I’ll always cherish. I’ve also worked on Hillary Clinton’s #FITN campaign in the NH Seacoast and was sent onto Nevada for the caucuses, where I witnessed a caucus tie be determined by a high-card draw. While in D.C., I was involved in the UNH D.C. Alumni network — it was always great to meet fellow Wildcats in our Nation’s Capital! Since 2018, I’ve been back in New England to work at the Consulate General of Canada in Boston as a political and economic affairs officer and have met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on an official visit to Boston.