Ashley Bliss-Herrera

Name: Ashley Bliss-Herrera Picture of Faculty/Staff Member
Alumni Of:
  • School of International Affairs
Degree(s):
  • B.S. EIA 2008
Current Job: Field Organizer for the Obama Campaign For Change
Biography:

How did Tech and INTA help you get where you are?

The INTA department does an exceptional job in creating an environment in which “non-tech” students can flourish. With the majority of my peers being engineers, scientists, and mathematicians, it was naturally harder to find opportunities that suited my interests. As a liberal arts student studying International Affairs and Economics at Georgia Tech, I was in the minority. However, Ivan Allen College pushes its students 100% to find internships, fellowships, jobs that best fit what they are looking for- and not only does the pushing, but also provides the resources and contacts. These factors all come down to the outstanding faculty and staff that work within the IAC- I can name at any moment the professors and advisors that influenced and pushed me to where I am now.

What advice you would give current students at Tech as well as the Sam Nunn School specifically?

Take advantage of the opportunities that the Sam Nunn School offers because they are all there. Don’t be afraid to search for the opportunity that suits your interests the best- you don’t have to settle- and especially don’t be afraid to ask for help from your professors and advisors.

What is something that you got from studying INTA at Tech?

A close-knit academic environment with a large university feel- since there are so few of us, I was able to build close relationships with my professors and INTA classmates.

Also, a brief description of what you are currently working on would be greatly appreciated.

I am currently in Cleveland, Ohio, working as a Field Organizer for the Obama Campaign For Change. Working here in Ohio has been an incredible experience as it is one of the most- if not the most important- swing state. It is my responsibility to organize my community, and make sure each member of the community gets out to vote. I will be in Ohio through Election Day.