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2018 Chancellor’s Award Winner Julia Alford

Julia Alford sees herself working with the federal government in the future.

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 7, 2018) — Julia Alford of Melville, Long Island, is a political science major with a double minor in philosophy and informatics.

Alford has served as president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, since 2017. She is the vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, and development director for the College Democrats of New York. She received the Great Dane Award in 2017 for exceptional leadership, service and involvement.

Alford was one of just 10 students across the country to be on the student advisory council for the American Association of University Women. She earned the President’s Award for Outstanding Women’s Leadership in 2016 and was political director for Great Danes for Israel and an ambassador for Elect Her.

While working for the UAlbany Student Association, Alford served as chair of the senate committee on rules and administration, was a senator-at-large and a member of the board of finance. She now serves as counselor to the Student Association.

She has been a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International since 2015 and is part of the Shabbos House Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center.

Alford has a strong interest in politics and is currently a staff assistant in U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer’s Albany regional office. She previously worked in Congressman Paul D. Tonko’s office and was a legislative assistant in the office of New York State Sen. Liz Krueger.

“I would like to see myself working on the Hill in Washington, D.C. in the next five years, maybe pursuing my law degree while I am in D.C.,” Alford said. “In 10 years, I would like to either go into government consulting for the federal government or lobbying.”

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