Ashley Stephens graduated from SHSU with a degree in POLS in 2000, but she returned last month as a Distinguished Alum. Since graduating, Ms. Stephens has worked for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and, more recently, President Barack Obama. Although she was a featured speaker at the Alumni gathering, she joined POLS students for a smaller gathering in the Holcombe Room.
She was introduced by Dr. Tamara Waggener and the LEAP Ambassadors, along with several other students, were on hand to greet Ms. Stephens and to learn from her experiences. In 2014, she moved from working with Representative Nancy Pelosi to the White House, where she serves as Special Assistant to the President and as Communications Director for the Cabinet.