The Monument Team would not be complete if it was not for our awesome Fellows Program. Former fellows have gone on to work for the Administration, think tanks, Members of Congress, law firms, and more. Our fellows serve an important role as contributors to our work here in the government relations, communications, and public affairs space. We are excited to introduce you to one of our amazing Fall fellows: Madeline Polese.

Name: Madeline Polese
Hometown: WENHAM, MA
Degree OBTAINED: B.A. in economics

What got you interested in politics?

Perhaps later than most, I decided I wanted to work in politics at some capacity the spring semester of my senior year at Colorado College. I was writing my thesis, titled Fueled by Food: The Impact of the National School Lunch Program on Colorado Students’ Academic Performance, when I realized that instead of analyzing existing policies, I wanted to work progressively towards implementing preventative public health policy.

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be a Behavioral Economist, like Dan Ariely. As an Economics major, I am fascinated by how human behavior contradicts classical theory. I would love to design experiments and games where I could test those contradictions. More realistically, my most up-to-date career aspiration is to run a public health nonprofit. Following the previous question, I would like the nonprofit to do work in an advisory role to help schools implement policies which encourage healthy behaviors and practices at a young age.

What is your favorite Monument in Washington D.C.?

My favorite monument is the Washington Monument. When I was younger I had the opportunity to walk the steps to the top and experienced its sheer size up close. Now, every morning I can see the Monument in the distance from my apartment and I am reminded of how lucky I am to live in this city. Near or far, I always find the Washington Monument so striking and powerful, but my favorite interaction with it so far was playing kickball with my friends in the field right below it.

If you could check one thing off your bucket list what would it be?

I studied abroad in Denmark in college and it’s been on my list ever since to go back again, whether that be for graduate school or for travel. I find the culture fascinating, the landscape so gorgeous and their health policies to be some of the most successful programs in the world. I would be interested to see which aspects of their policies could be implemented in the US.

What is your favorite sports team?

The Boston Bruins!