Career Conversation with Maryann C. Calia

In case you missed last semester’s Career Conversation, check out the following recap from one of the students who attended:

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Maryann C. Calia is the Statewide Community and Government Liaison for the Committee for Public Council Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts Public Defenders agency.  After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from BC in Political Science and Speech Communications and a Master’s degree in Public Relations from BU, Maryann served as the chief of staff to the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.  Maryann noted that her BC undergraduate education, coupled with experience earned in government on the state and federal levels, have prepared her well for the demands of her current position. A typical day in her job includes extensive media research, drafting legislation, coalition building, and promoting the CPCS legislative agenda among chief and general counsels by lobbying for new policy and tracking pertinent budget initiatives.  Maryann focuses on legislation affecting legal representation to indigent persons in criminal and civil cases, and administrative proceedings in which there is a right to counsel.  A few of her many career successes in policy advocacy have come with her work on the Massachusetts Health Care Act, Green Communities Act, Stem Cell Research Act, and the Film Tax Credit Act, as well as the revision of the MA Juvenile Court policy on shackling juveniles.

Maryann is an excellent resource for any student considering a career in government or policy-making at the state or federal level.  As a BC grad herself, is more than willing to offer advice to BC students.

-Mackenzie Cunningham, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2013

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