Elliot Meyer, Candidate for Director of Communication

Elliot Meyer, Candidate for Director of Communication

Master’s student, Public Policy, Schar School of Policy and Government (full-time student)
Expected date of graduation: May 2023

At what campus is your academic department located?
Arlington

At what campus(es) do you attend classes, work, and/or reside? 
Fairfax/Arlington

Biography and Candidate Statement

I am applying to serve the George Mason University community as the Director of Communication for the Graduate and Professional Student Association. I believe my public affairs experience, excellent critical thinking and interpersonal skills, and intrinsic motivation to contribute and improve graduate student life at George Mason University will benefit GAPSA. Before beginning graduate school, I served in public relation capacities as the Communications Director for the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association and as the Press Assistant in the Office of Virginia Governor Terence McAuliffe. In these professional roles, I published monthly newsletters, annual reports, success stories spotlighting our members and their work, and press releases. Additionally, I managed the social media platforms for both offices and assisted with graphic design on various projects. In both roles, I worked closely with leadership and learned a tremendous amount about effective advocacy in larger bureaucratic organizations. I am currently earning my Masters of Public Policy from the Schar School of Policy and Government and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Sustainability Management from the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. To support my academics, I work two part-time jobs as a Crew Member at Trader Joe’s (32 hr/wk) and as the Clerk for the Fairfax County History Commission (5 hr/wk). These jobs have provided me the flexibility to prioritize my coursework. However, I am currently applying for professional assistantships for the upcoming academic year to streamline my schedule to be on the Fairfax Campus. My goal is to transition into a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy, either in the spring or fall semester of 2023, and ultimately begin my career in higher education. I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with engaged and enthusiastic peers to advocate for the needs of Mason’s graduate community. As a student that began my Masters during the pandemic, I gained a unique perspective into the emerging challenges for graduate education, which underscored how critical student leadership and community building is for student success. My academic passion and career ambitions were transformed through the community of peers and faculty I found at Mason. I hope to help foster that community for my fellow students to ensure that they feel connected, heard, and supported in their graduate school experience. Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy for the position, and for your leadership.

Will you be able to meet the time commitments and expectations of the position? Describe your probable availability for the 2022-2023 academic year, as well as other on-going time commitments (e.g., classes, work, organizational involvement).