JMontalvo2020

Javier Montalvo

University of Maryland, School of Public Policy
Class Year: 2020
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I was born in New York City, and raised in Closter, New Jersey. After high school, attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Initially, I was interested in pursuing a career in English, but after taking my first comparative politics class, I became interested in studying political science. Within the subject area of political science, I took special interest in foreign policy and international relations. I was also interested in the formulation of trade policy and I studied economic as my minor concentration. While in college, I participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentorship Program, where I planned and implemented educational activity for two children, developing friendships along the way. In addition, I was a collegiate sprinter in track & field, where I helped my sprint relay team achieve second team all-Canadian merit for two consecutive seasons. During my summers, I worked in a New York City political campaign where I utilized my Spanish skills to sway voters. I also worked for a legal startup company, where I conducted in person outreach in communities that lacked affordable legal resources.

After graduating from college, I moved back to New York City to work as a government contracts assistant for a non profit organization geared towards social services. While at this position, I helped process contract documents to fund after school programs in low-income neighborhoods in New York city, and gathered statistics from databases to track rate of participation and enrollment. I also worked with city officials to ensure that they were in compliance with health and safety regulations. I am honored to be selected for the Robertson Fellowship and believe that it would allow me to pursue a long term career in international affairs. While at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, I plan to study international security and economic policy. I hope to continue to show my commitment to improving communities.

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