Krista D’Amelio joined NACBA in April 2017 as Director of Government Affairs and Communications. D’Amelio’s work will focus on strengthening relationships and increasing advocacy reach with elected officials and government agencies to enhance their understanding and support of NACBA’s issues. Prior to joining NACBA, D’Amelio served as Global Government Affairs Coordinator at Airlines for America where she assisted to increase advocacy reach and lobbying capabilities of the organization. Previously, she was the Associate Director of College Partner Relations at the Center for Student Opportunity where she helped first-generation students on the road to and through college. A native of Connecticut, D’Amelio began her career in the Office of Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele and on gubernatorial campaigns. She received duel Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
The MSSP program prepared me to think outside the box in terms of social policy, which has allowed me to make quick, upward career moves. While my studies during the program focused on education policy, I am currently in a career that focuses on consumer policy. The MSSP program taught me how to see the intersection of both issues and apply critical thinking to be a strong advocate on federal, state, and local levels. The tools I gained through the program not only enhanced my critical thinking and analytical skills, but also allowed me to learn how effective programs are created and supported to tackle a number of issues communities face. What makes the MSSP program stand out are the amazing faculty members who are true experts in the world of social policy.