Elisa Beneze ’09

Elisa Beneze

Washington, D.C.

Career: Confidential staff assistant to the U.S. Special Counsel
Major: Politics and international relations
Graduate studies: Vanderbilt Law School, fall 2013

Elisa Beneze enjoys solving problems, a big part of her workday as confidential staff assistant. And if she doesn’t know the answer to something, she knows how to get it, something she credits to her Scripps education. “Scripps provided me with a skill-set to approach new problems and find answers,” she says.

Elisa Beneze softballScripps instilled in her a sense of social consciousness, and she sought a job where she could “advance federal workers’ rights and promote justice.”

Beneze has served for the last two years as a political appointee in the Obama administration, assisting U.S. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner. She works within the agency to protect federal employees from prohibited personnel practices, especially reprisal for whistle-blowing.

“We honored whistleblowers as Public Servants of the Year, and an honoree thanked the agency’s attorneys for saving his life,” says Beneze. “Those life-altering moments make the daily tasks of work worthwhile.”

Previously, Beneze was a project associate at a political consulting firm, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, where she conducted qualitative and quantitative research for senate, congressional, and mayoral campaigns.

Beneze will attend Vanderbilt Law School this fall, and plans to focus on public interest law “so I can build on the work I’ve done at OSC.”


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