My name is Emily Pasi and I am the newest addition to NAHRO’s Washington, D.C. office. During the summer months, I will be working with NAHRO as an intern dabbling in congressional relations, policy and programs, and media outreach. This fall, I will be beginning my senior year at Penn State University. With a major concentration in public relations, I am also working on completing two minors in business and political science.
During my years at Penn State, I have been actively involved with Penn State’s Lawrence G. Foster chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). As the 2011-2012 Event Planning Chair, I look forward to a year of exciting collaborations between PRSSA and local State College organizations. I am also an active member of Happy Valley Communications, Penn State’s only student-run public relations firm. As a member of HVC, I worked with client, Penn State EcoCAR, to provide advocacy, outreach, and media coverage. EcoCAR: The Next Challenge is a three year multi-collegiate engineering competition sponsored by GM and the U.S. Department of Energy. The goal of the competition is to design and build a working fuel efficient hybrid vehicle that meets current safety standards as well as consumer acceptability. In addition, I enjoy giving back to the generous local community by volunteering at a student coffee shop as well as doing service and other philanthropic events through my sorority Gamma Sigma Sigma.
This summer, I will have the opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to work to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities for Americans, especially those with low to moderate-incomes. With only a week under my belt, I have already been assigned numerous tasks and learned so much. I even had the opportunity to listen to the hearing recently held by the House Financial Services Committee on the HOME program. I look forward to seeing what other exciting ventures are in store for me during the coming months.