Alexa Discepolo

2012 GOVERNMENT: PUBLIC POLICY

  • hometown

    Shirley, NY

  • lives in

    Cambridge, MA

  • current position

    Traffic and Project Manager,
    Mittcom


Why did you decide to attend Suffolk?

"I knew I wanted to be in one of the best cities in the country, and I visited several of them. I knew I wanted a medium-sized school because I wanted smaller class sizes. Then I looked at the government program and I thought it was a great school."

How did studying public policy at Suffolk lead you to a job in advertising?

"The thing about a public policy major is it’s so analytical and requires so much reading and so much attention to detail. I work for an advertising agency, but I’m a traffic manager, so a lot of those skills—that attention to detail, making sure that everything is followed through—apply here, too. My senior thesis and the research methodology courses, both taught by Associate Professor Rachael Cobb, were instrumental in learning how to do things from an analytical approach and how to do things from start to finish."

What do you like most about your current role?

"Everything that comes through, I have to schedule it, and it has to get done. I’m very much a part of the team here and very much relied on. A lot of my friends who went into the entry-level workforce don’t really feel like they’re part of something."

What are your goals for the future?

"I’d love to continue here and in a couple of years be an account executive. They’re trying to build a new-business program, and I would love to stay here and start it up."

How do you start your workday?

"I do the same exact thing every day: I run along Memorial Drive, go home, and eat a banana."


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