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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Rochelle Colburn

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining College to Congress, Rochelle was the Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer and the Executive Vice President of Policy at the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of American leading companies. No stranger to Capitol Hill, she also served as the scheduler for Congresswoman Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, former Chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee, and Congressmen Curt Clawson and David Jolly of Florida.

A Florida native, she is the former President of OnMessage Strategic Communications, a Florida-based political consulting firm specializing in grassroots fundraising, campaign management, voter outreach and issue advocacy. During her tenure at OnMessage, she worked on over 20 political campaigns, including David Jolly for Congress, Vern Buchanan for Congress and Boehner for Speaker.

Intern origins:  I didn't come from a highly privileged or politically connected family. My parents were working-class and our family had it's share of financial struggles when I was growing up. I had to work my way through college and often held down several jobs at once. Only now do I appreciate how well it prepared to keep up with the demands of working in Washington, D.C. and how much it's helped me to relate to the needs and struggles of the constituents I served while working in Congress. So much of my success can be attributed to hard work and a handful of people who gave me an opportunity to rise above my circumstances. When I first met Audrey and learned of College to Congress' mission, I instantly recognized that this organization is offering those opportunities to students who, like me, have always had to work just a little bit harder to get ahead, and creating a pipeline into public service that will serve to make Congress a more diverse and inclusive place.


Kasie Clark


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.


Alex Gaston

Development & Operations associate

Alex is helping empower the next generation of public servants by actively supporting C2C’s fundraising, operations, and alumni activities. 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 and hard-of-hearing. 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 management 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.

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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.


Brendon Henson

Communications Associate

Brendon is responsible for building and managing College to Congress’ social media presence. He runs our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. Brendon is also our novice in-house graphic designer. As a recent college grad of the University of South Florida, where he received his Public Relations degree, he was very eager to join the team, especially as a recent Pell Grant recipient himself. You could say C2C runs in the family, as Brendon is the brother of our CEO Audrey Henson.

Intern Origins: Brendon is living proof that internships are the first step into the staffing pipeline. As a senior at USF, Brendon joined the College to Congress team as the Social Media Intern. Because of his hard work, creativity, and proven results, we happily invited him to join the C2C team full-time!