Introducing our new communications vice chair: Jordan Franklin, ab'12
We hope you will join us in welcoming Jordan to the alumni board!
Jordan Franklin, AB’12, majored in political science and international studies at UChicago and moved to Washington, DC, just one week after graduating in 2012. She is originally from a town called Truth or Consequences, NM — named after a game show in 1950 — and always used that as her go-to fun fact when she had to introduce herself in HUM or SOSC classes. Jordan spent half of her summers in college interning in DC, first for then-United States Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and later at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she did research and writing on policy issues in Latin America. Upon graduation, Jordan returned to DC to live and work full time. She ended up spending six years working in the United States Senate for senators from her home state, most recently as a legislative aide with a focus on consumer protection, housing, small business, and LGBTQ issues.
Jordan spent most of her time at UChicago working in the Office of College Admissions as a tour guide. Maybe because she was so used to thinking and talking about UChicago, she immediately sought out the alumni community when she moved to DC. “I’ve been impressed by how welcoming and engaged the alumni community is here. Running into old classmates and having events to attend throughout the year made settling into a new city so much easier,” she said. She became a regular attendee of Harper Lectures (and even got to relive John Mearsheimer’s class) and started volunteering at young alumni events like Phoenixphest. She also participates in the Institute of Politics (IOP) Summer in Washington program, where she gets to talk to current students interning in DC. “As a political science major, it drove me crazy that the IOP didn’t exist when I was at UChicago, so it’s been fun to be able to take advantage of it here,” she said. She’s excited to join the Alumni Club of Washington DC’s board as a part of the communications team.
Please feel free to reach out to Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to talk more about getting involved with the local alumni club.