Being part of the Health for America fellowship was one of the best experiences of my life. After graduating from the fellowship in August of 2013, I finished the last semester of my master's degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management and Government. I also started an internship program at the Human Rights Campaign in Membership Development.
Then I left Washington, D.C. to return home to the city of Lexington, Kentucky to continue making an impact. My first stop was with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass as the Development Director. There, I was responsible for event planning, grant writing, membership development and fundraising.
After making a difference for the many children we serve in this area, I pursed an opportunity within state government and accepted a position with the Legislative Research Commission. As a Constituent Services Analyst, I work for all 138 legislators for the State of Kentucky. My specialties are Veterans’ issues and working closely with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to make sure people have their health needs addressed.
To continue engaging the creativity and design thinking abilities I gained from the fellowship, I recently opened a full event and design planning company called Epoch Affairs. We pride ourselves on our creative abilities to make your inspiration our design for your special event needs.
Thinking back on the fellowship, I can truly say that this experience was one that prepared me for the many opportunities I’ve pursued. I have used my critical thinking skills, conceptual design experience, and networking talents to truly make a difference in every position I have held.
In saying all of this, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t encourage you to vote this November—not just for the President but also for your local officials who make a difference in the laws constructed today. Electing officials who care about the issues that are important to you is the key to designing our country's future. Regardless of party, this is about who you think is best to lead your community and our country. Educate yourself on the issues, and do your civic duty by voting November 8th, 2016!
Glenn L. Means III is a currently a Constituent Services Analyst for The Legislative Research Commission as well as a Summer 2013HFA fellowship alumnus. Read more Alumni Voices blogs here.