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.
Name: Morgan VanGilder Maloney
Hometown: Vienna, VA
College: Washington and Lee University
Degree Pursuing: B.A. in american history & Politics (with a Minor in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies)
What got you interested in politics?
In eighth grade, every student at my middle school had to complete community service hours for our Civics class. I spent a long time first complaining about the requirement and then trying to think about what I wanted to do. Finally, I decided to make calls for a Congressional campaign. Honestly, I chose the campaign mostly because the schedule worked around my soccer practices.
But, I quickly fell in love with calling and campaigning. I spent hours taking to voters about our candidate and the importance of flipping the district. Though my candidate lost, that campaign sparked my interest in politics. After that, I volunteered on the next Presidential election and then worked on a 2016 Presidential campaign. I have knocked doors or made phone calls around the country—from Minnesota to Virginia and New Jersey. I am so excited to continuing learning about a different side of politics here at Monument Policy Group!
What is your favorite Monument in Washington D.C.?
Without question, my favorite monument in DC is the Jefferson Memorial. I love the tidal pool, especially in the spring when it is surrounded by the cherry blossoms. Since it is slighty off the Mall, the Jefferson is usually less crowded and allows more room for contemplation than many of the other ones.
If you could check one thing off your bucket list what would it be?
I really want to go on a hot air balloon ride.
What is your favorite quote?
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
If I could go back in history, I would go to the Constitutional convention in Philadelphia. Some of the most brilliant minds in history were gathered together there, crafting the document that still defines our lives today. I would love to hear their debates as they forged the compromises that made our nation.