Loyola University New Orleans has been selected to host a Call to Serve Speakers Bureau member this semester to promote public service to Loyola’s students, alumni, faculty and staff.  On Thursday November 3, 12:30 p.m. in the Audubon Room of the Danna Student Center, the Career Development Center will host an interactive discussion with Lauren Donnelly, where she will share personal background and give insight into what it is like to serve in the federal government.

Lauren Donnelly is an Industry Economist with the Federal Railroad Administration, an agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation. In this position, she performs regulatory evaluations (Cost-Benefit Analysis) for railroad safety regulations. Additionally, she has worked on several special projects including one a high-profile project that involves evaluating grant proposals for $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funds to be dispersed for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Prior to working at the DOT, she was a Contract Specialist with the U.S. General Services Administration, where she spent two years working on the City Pair Program negotiating prices for the Federal Government-wide mandatory airfare program, in addition to several other job functions. During her time with the GSA, she went to graduate school part time at The George Washington University and received her Master’s of Public Policy in May 2008.  She graduated from Bucknell University in May 2005 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Spanish, and a minor in International Relations.

In addition to the afternoon discussion, Lauren will also be participating in several classroom sessions and will be the guest for The Office of Student Affairs’ Sophomore Initiative lunch/dinner series.

The discussion is open to the Loyola University campus and is part of the Loyola Week festivities.  Contact Tamara Baker at tbaker@loyno.edu for more information.

Events sponsored by the Career Development Center

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