Our Team

 
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Audrey Henson

Founder & CEO

Audrey was inspired to create College to Congress after her own experience landing and navigating her first congressional internship. She works directly with C2C’s partners, mission investors, and mentors our interns.

Applying her background in politics, Audrey brings a broad base of knowledge from across the political spectrum. After volunteering in the 2012 presidential race she realized her love for public service and political campaigns which lead her to work as an aid in the House of Representatives. Shortly after, she joined the team at Strategic Partners and Media (SPM), to aid in their 2014 mid-term success. SPM’s final tally included wins in five competitive Governor's races, one Senate seat, two historic House seats, an Attorney General race, and multiple Independent Expenditures. During the 2016 election cycle, Audrey was the Deputy Campaign Manager for a highly contested yet successful congressional race.

Audrey frequently speaks on the importance of diversity and inclusion initiatives within government at venues such as The US Congress, American University Women & Politics Institute, WeWork Creator Awards Events, as well as various student organizations and advocacy groups. Audrey has been recognized as on DC Inno’s Founders on Fire and the Most Influential Leaders Under 40 by Washington Life magazine.

Intern Origins: Audrey first interned in the House of Representatives in the summer of 2012. This experience opened many doors, including the opportunity to intern for her home-state Senator and eventually helped her secure a full-time position on Capitol Hill.

 
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Kasie Clark

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Kasie works directly with students who continuous inspire her with their passion for serving their communities. Her love for education led Kasie to teach 6th & 7th grade STEM and 8th grade choir in her hometown in Hawaii. She earned her Bachelor of Art degrees (Film & Media and Political Science) from Southern Methodist University. She also received her Master of Education degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Intern origins:  At the start of her career, Kasie interned for a modeling and talent agency, an estate planning law firm, and finally at the Superintendent at the Hawaii Department of Education where she wrote memos and completed policy research.

 
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Alex Gaston

Program associate

Alex manages the alumni program, connecting C2C interns with full-time staff opportunities on Capitol Hill. She also supports development, operations, and communications. Her love for American Sign Language and the Deaf community led Alex to attend graduate school at Gallaudet University, a college designed for the Deaf. There, she earned her Master of Public Administration, while also attending American University for her Graduate Certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership. Prior to that, she received her business degree from Texas A&M University.

Intern origins: Throughout high school, college, and graduate school, Alex interned for a variety of organizations, including NASA, Peace Corps, and United Way. Through these opportunities, she gained invaluable experience that kick-started her career.

 

Domonique James

CommunIcations Director

Domonique is responsible for spreading the word about our work to build a more representative and effective Congress. As a former Pell-grant student herself, she understands how important it is to create systems for people from lower socio-economic backgrounds to actualize their full potential. Domonique got her start in politics as a field organizer for President Obama's campaign, ultimately serving as Deputy White House Liaison to the EPA. She's worked on a range of campaigns and causes across the country, notably with the nonprofit Girls Who Code. Domonique holds a bachelors in International Studies and Spanish from Spelman College.

Intern origins: Domonique is a true believer in the power of internships. Thanks to a company called INROADS she was able to hold paid internships with First Data Corporation and MillerCoors Brewing Company. She developed a passion for people-facing roles, including in sales, marketing, and community outreach.