Center for Career and Professional Development
Careers in Politics: Policy and Journalism
LocationA. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center 205
Date & Time12:30pm - 1:30pm CST February 21
ContactSouthwestern University Center for Career & Professional Development
Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning, Ste. 140
12:30pm - 1:30pm CST February 21
A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center 205
Bailey Olderog ’14 graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Studio Art. Throughout her time at Southwestern she focused her studies on foreign affairs and support for the military community. Upon graduating, she took a job in the Texas State Capitol doing policy work for the House Defense and Veteran Affairs Committee. She soon moved over the Senate Veteran Affairs and Border Security Committee, where she was the Committee Clerk and primary Policy Analyst. Her passion for military policy led her to work for the Texas National Guard as Office Manager and Policy Analyst for their Government Affairs Office. In 2018, she became the Technical Writer for the Command Leadership of the Texas National Guard. She is responsive to the requests of five General Officers, and is the author of speeches and messages from these commanders. In addition to her writing and researching duties in this position, Olderog assists on large-scale projects for the organization, is the primary point of contact for all inquiries from congressional and state legislative staff concerning members of the Texas National Guard, and provides strategic messaging for the Government Affairs and Public Affairs Offices.
Will Seilheimer ’05 has a BA in History and International Studies and a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University. He has worked in multiple areas of state and national politics since graduating from Southwestern, such as a legislative aide at the Texas State Capitol, a fellowship at the State Department in Washington, DC, an Associate at consulting firm Booz Hamilton, a Budget Analyst for the office of Speaker Joe Straus, and a Budget Analyst for Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. He currently serves as a Senior Budget Analyst for the Texas State House of Representatives, where he focuses on policymaking and finding practical and implementable solutions.
Corrie MacLaggan is the Managing Editor of the Texas Tribune. Previously, the Austin native worked as a national correspondent for Reuters, writing and editing stories about Texas and nearby states and overseeing a network of freelance writers. Before joining Reuters, she covered Texas government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman, writing about everything from gubernatorial races to food stamp application backlogs. She spent her first year at the Statesman writing for the newspaper’s weekly Spanish-language publication. She has also worked in Mexico City, where she wrote for publications including the Miami Herald’s Mexico edition, Latin Trade magazine and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Her first reporting job was at the El Paso Times. Corrie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and Spanish.
Dya Campos ’02 is the Director of Government and Public Affairs for HEB.Upon graduation with a History major from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, Dya Campos joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as a Governmental Affairs consultant representing its attorneys and clients in the Texas legislature. In 2004, Ms. Campos was recruited to HillCo Partners, the top governmental affairs consulting firm in Texas, as the youngest lobbyist in the state at the time. After completing several successful legislative sessions, Campos was tapped by H-E-B to lead Public Affairs for the company’s San Antonio headquarters and the San Antonio/West Texas retail operations region. In her role at H-E-B, Dya oversees the charitable giving program, community affairs and serves as the director of media relations and spokesperson for the H-E-B headquarters. Dya also leads the Governmental Affairs division and H-E-B’s legislative efforts at the Texas State Capitol. In 2015, Capitol Insider named Dya one of the top corporate governmental affairs influencer in Texas.
Tamara Aronstein is a Policy Analyst and Staff Attorney for the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. In this role, she evaluates state agencies and relevant policies and makes recommendations to the state legislature on how to draft legislation to improve these agencies. Aronstein has a B.A. in History from the New College of Florida and JD from Emory University School of Law.
Southwestern University supports learning wherever it takes place. The Center for Career & Professional Development contributes to the Southwestern University Student Life MOSAIC initiative by providing advising, programming and resources to help students develop as a whole person. This event helps you to:
- Make Meaning of the Academic Experience
- Shape Your Professional Identity