by Billy Clouse
If you followed Thunderground when we first launched, then you know Kate Beaudoin. She was last year’s Operations Manager at the University Journal, and she was one of three staff members who made the newspaper once again relevant on campus. You can read the article about Beaudoin from the beginning of the semester here.
In just over four months, a lot has changed in Beaudoin’s life.
For the R. Scott Phillips City Council campaign, she started out as the Communication Director and after a short time, she became the Campaign Manager.
“My main roles within the campaign primarily consisted of communications — building websites and social media presences — but I also worked on constituent outreach and other campaign details,” she said.
Phillips is a friend of Beaudoin’s family, so when the opportunity to work on a campaign presented itself, she took it. Beaudoin was also the Campaign Manager for Maile Wilson’s reelection campaign. Both campaigns were successful.
“I was available at the time and agreed to help out,” she said. “As the campaigns went on, my role developed into Campaign Manager. By the end, I was so satisfied by the work I did and had such a good time doing it that I wanted to pursue it as a career. In college, I lived in DC and interned in the Senate, so I’ve always had an interest in politics.”
Beaudoin was originally planning to return to New York to pursue a Ph.D. in communication in fall of 2018, but she will start working toward a Master’s in Political Management in the coming spring.
“I’m going back to school because it’s a great excuse to get back to DC,” she said. “Seriously, though, it’ll be my second master’s degree, and I really love school.”
Beaudoin said she hopes to start working early in her degree.
“Going to school will help me get a foot in the door on Capitol Hill, where I plan to work full time starting in January,” she said. “ It’s an extremely exciting and volatile time to be in politics, and I can’t wait. I don’t think I could have pursued this at any other point in my life, though; I wouldn’t have been ready. But now I’m ready.”