Political Science Alumni Participant Bios
Read about the 2018 alumni participants’ biographies and work histories.
Sarah Bucci '09
Sarah studied Political Science and Environmental Studies and played on the women’s lacrosse team while at Muhlenberg. Two seminal college experiences were spending a semester working for an environmental advocacy group in Washington, DC and taking the first political science department seminar in Bangladesh. After graduating, Sarah completed a two year fellowship program with Environment America, a national federation of state-based, citizen funded environmental advocacy groups. She’s been working with the organization in several roles for the last 8 years and has been the State Director of Environment Virginia since 2013. In this position, Sarah lobbies Virginia decision makers for environmental protections, acts as a spokesperson for the organization in the media, raises money from foundations and donors to grow the organization’s staff and campaign work and mobilizes citizens.
Luis Campos '99
Luis Campos currently serves as City Administrator for the City of Easton, Pennsylvania. As City Administrator, Luis is the Chief Administrative and Operating Officer of the City of Easton. Luis’s responsibilities consist of managing all aspects of City Government and works closely with both the Mayor and City Council. An appointed position Luis was unanimously confirmed by City Council in July 2016. Prior to his current position Luis served as Director of Administration for Northampton County working closely with the County Executive managing a $360 million budget with a work force of over 2,000 employees and 11 unions. Luis has worked in The Governor’s Office of the Budget, The Governor’s Office of Administration and The Small Business Development Center at Lehigh University. In addition to his public sector experience, Luis has served in leadership positions for various private sector companies. From 2008 to 2014, Luis served on The Work Force Development Board for Lehigh and Northampton Counties serving as Co-Chair of the Industry and as member of the Executive Committees. Luis is currently on the Board of Governor’s for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, where he also serves on the Executive Committee, and is currently the Chairperson to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chair of the Fe Foundation. Luis contributes monthly as column writer for the GLVCC publication “Connections”. In 2014 Luis was asked by Mayor Bob Donchez to serve on an advisory panel for the City of Bethlehem providing recommendation on issues facing the Latino community. In 2003, Luis was appointed by Governor Rendell to Chair the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. In 2011, Luis had the honor of being recognized by the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal in its ‘20 Under 40’ publication for top professionals. Luis earned his B.A. degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, and his M.A. at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Luis has presented his graduate thesis: Latino Political Mobilization: the Enfranchisement of Bethlehem’s Latino Community at conferences for the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute and the PA Political Science Association; he has completed graduate course work at New York University’s Real Estate Institute. Luis has been recognized by the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute as a National Merit Scholar.
Andrew Chew '11
Andrew is a public policy, urban planning, and economic development professional and a native of Lehighton, PA. He currently works at The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development, where he collects and analyzes data, conducts surveys, and writes plans and studies. Andrew has previously held positions at the Somerset County, NJ Planning Board, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, and Lehigh Valley Research Consortium. He got his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Muhlenberg in 2011. Andrew originally intended to pursue law school after graduating, but taking the class on urban planning at Muhlenberg helped to redirect his career path. After leaving Muhlenberg, he moved on to Rutgers University where he earned a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning.
Laura Eldon '11
Laura Eldon leads the Business Development and Policy Operations for the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace, the health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for small businesses. Prior to joining the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Laura was the Manager of Political Affairs for the National Association of Health Underwriters, a trade association representing over 100,000 health insurance agents and brokers. Originally from New York, Laura received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Muhlenberg College and her Master of Arts degree from Lehigh University.
Jacy Good '08
Jacy Good is a nationally known and awarded advocate and public speaker for cell-free roads. In May of 2008, both of her parents were killed and Jacy was herself severely injured on the way home from her graduation ceremony from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The devastating wreck was caused by a driver distracted by a cell phone conversation. Ms. Good has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, of Maria Shriver at the 2010 Women’s Conference, and of United Nations former Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Jacy has been featured in dozens of print and television profiles nationwide including CNN, People Magazine, Say Yes To The Dress, and on Al Jazeera America. Jacy and her husband Steve have cross-crossed the country sharing their story at high schools, colleges, conferences, and corporate events speaking to over 700 audiences since 2011. An August 2016 AT&T PSA starring Jacy went viral, with over 250 million views across social media.
Mitch Hanna '14
As leasing representative, Mitch Hanna is responsible for leasing City Center Lehigh Valley’s retail space and its co-working space, Velocity. He joined City Center in 2015 as events and marketing manager, having previously served as Hamilton District Main Street Program manager for the Allentown Chamber of Commerce. Mitch serves on the boards of several downtown Allentown organizations, including The Baum School of Art, Liberty Bell Museum and Friends of the Allentown Parks. He is also a member of the Old Allentown Preservation Association and a proud downtown Allentown homeowner, having participating in the city’s Live Near Your Work housing-incentive program, of which City Center is a sponsor. Mitch is a graduate of Muhlenberg College, where he took courses in urban planning and design, urban sociology, the history of cities and placemaking.
Cameron Hass '11
Cameron Hass is a Program Analyst at Mathematica Policy Research, a nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving public well-being through policy research, data collection, and data analytics. Cameron graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2011 having majored in Political Science and Art History. Cameron completed a Masters degree in Political Science at Villanova University in 2013. He lives in Philadelphia with his fiancé and his dog.
Gabe Hurtado '13
Gabe Hurtado ’13 graduated from Muhlenberg with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minor in Mathematics. After Muhlenberg, Gabe attended Lehigh University as part of the Community Fellows and Political Science Master’s programs. Through his fellowship, he worked for the West End Alliance, a community development organization in Allentown’s West End Theatre District. In 2014, Gabe started work at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission as an intern, and later, Community Planner. As a planner, he reviewed land development projects, supervised the collection of regional transportation infrastructure performance data and managed multiple public outreach efforts. In August 2016, he was hired as the College’s Enrollment Data Manager & Analyst. In this role, Gabe serves as a primary departmental data expert, responsible for campus integration and analysis of admission and financial aid data.
Angela Lucci '10
Angela Lucci ’10 was a double major in History and International Studies during her time at Muhlenberg. Since graduating, Angela has remained the perpetual student. She earned both her Master of Public Administration degree and Policy Analysis and Evaluation Certificate from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012. She is currently enrolled at the Widener University School of Law in pursuit of her Juris Doctorate degree with an expected graduation of May 2017. She was named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 semester and received a CALI award for the highest grade in her Contracts II class. In addition to her academic endeavors, Angela has developed her professional life as well. Since 2010, she has held numerous positions with the Pennsylvania State Senate, including work with the Legislative Redistricting Commission. In 2015, she began working in a position with the Governor’s Budget Office as an Executive Budget Specialist and Legislative Lead. Beyond work and school, Angela enjoys giving back to those organizations that made her the person she is today. She currently serves as the President of the South Central Pennsylvania Alumnae Chapter of the Phi Mu Fraternity. She also loves serving on Muhlenberg’s Young Alumni Council and visiting campus whenever she can get a chance. In recent years, she has attended the Reality MC Networking Reception and the First Year Candle Lighting Ceremony. Angela resides in Harrisburg, where she enjoys spending time at home and exploring all that the Capital Region has to offer, including its many historical sites.
Larissa Noto '00
Larissa is currently working at Nationwide Financial in the Individual Products and Solutions Group. Larissa came to Nationwide in 2009, after working 9 years in New York City, at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, American International Group, Inc. and Primus Asset Management in various legal and administrative capacities. Larissa also had the privilege of interning with Family Division Judge SallyAnn Floria, through the Superior Court of NJ’s Mediation program as well as in the Superior Court of District of Columbia with Judge Stephanie Duncan-Peters. In her spare time, Larissa consults on a freelance basis on Human Resources and Employment related matters, including career consulting and resume writing. Larissa also works as a Parent Support Guide with Hands and Voices Guide By Your Side, which supports families of children who are diagnosed with deafness/hearing loss. Larissa earned her BA from a Muhlenberg College in Political Science, History and Education, her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law, and her HR Management certification from Cornell University.
Sara Richwine '09
Sara is a 2009 graduate of Muhlenberg College and a 2012 graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law. Her legal focus, together with her passion for college sports, led her to a career in college athletics. Sara has worked in Division I at Central Connecticut State University and is currently in Division II at the University of Bridgeport. She handles all NCAA compliance which includes areas such as recruiting, eligibility, and playing and practice seasons.
Adrian Shanker '09
Adrian Shanker (He/Him/His) has been an activist, organizer and an advocate for the LGBT community for more than a decade. He serves as Executive Director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and previously served as President of Equality Pennsylvania where he led successful campaigns to advance non-discrimination and relationship recognition ordinances in municipalities across Pennsylvania. And before that, he served a three-year term on the Human Relations Commission of the City of Allentown, PA, an agency charged with enforcement of the municipal civil rights law. Adrian’s volunteer service includes serving on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity Advisory Board, The ACLU of Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors, and serving as Co-Chair of the Community Advisory Committee for LGBT Healthlink, a CDC-funded disparity network addressing LGBT tobacco and cancer disparities. In May 2017, he will receive his Graduate Certificate for LGBT Health Policy & Practice at The George Washington University and he earned his B.A. in Political Science and Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College. He has received numerous prestigious honors, including the Bar Association of Lehigh County’s ‘Liberty Bell Award’, the City of Allentown’s ‘Human Relations Award’, Anne Frank Center USA’s ‘Spirit of Anne Frank Award’, and GLSEN Hudson Valley’s ‘Leadership Award’. Lehigh Valley Business named him to their inaugural ‘40 Under 40’ list in 2013. He was named ‘Person of the Year’ by Philadelphia Gay News in 2012 for his success advancing LGBT equality in municipalities across PA and Adrian was one of six LGBT speakers at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: The National Action to Realize the Dream.