Tyler K. C. Rines

My passion for public service was sparked immediately upon arrival at Keene State College in the fall of 2008. While being marched through the iconic Appian Gateway at the first-year student convocation ceremony my new school's motto (carved into each side of the arch): "enter to learn; go forth to serve" struck a chord—one that still resonates today through a commitment to public service & civic engagement.

I grew up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and recently moved to northern Virginia to pursue a Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) at James Madison University. I'm currently employed as a graduate assistant in JMU's department of political science, a role that allows me to assist core faculty with research, publishing, and teaching. I hold a B.A. in sociology with minors in criminal justice studies and political science from Keene State College, where I graduated in May of 2012 with Summa Cum Laude honors. While earning my undergraduate degree, I served as Chairperson of the KSC Student Assembly (a role similar to Speaker of the House), Representative to the class of 2012, Research Assistant, and President of my campus's chapter of the International Sociology honor society. I was fortunate enough to be recognized by my alma mater for my commitment to public service, and am a recipient of an Outstanding Senior Service Award, co-recipient of the Leo F. Redfern Outstanding Citizenship Award, and co-recipient of the Sociology & Anthropology Department Faculty Award for excellent academic performance and service to humanity. Soon I hope to be working in a communications, operations, or development capacity in the public sector or for a policy-centered nonprofit organization.