Antioch University New England (AUNE) and the U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) have chosen Nellie Condee, a student in Environmental Studies, to serve as AUNE’s 2013 U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus Fellow.
Nellie brings focus, energy, and outstanding communication skills to this fellowship experience, said Abigail Abrash Walton, chair of the CPC Fellowship Selection Committee. This year’s fellowship builds on the momentum achieved by previous fellows now serving in key positions with the caucus, at the state legislative level, and with advocacy and organizing positions nationally.”
This summer Condee will work in the office of Congressman RaÃºl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), co-chair of the CPC and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. The fellowship, a collaboration between AUNE’s Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability (ASJS) concentration and the 80-plus member CPC, began in 2007. Unique in the country, the fellowship allows an ASJS student to work in Washington, D.C., with the caucus and its members each summer.
About Nellie Condee
Condee, a student in the ASJS concentration in the Department of Environmental Studies, lives and works in Newport, Vermont. She is the marketing and publicity director at the Newport Natural Market and Cafe and organizing community events for writers, artists, and nonprofits. Following her passion for sustainable agricultural policy, Condee entered AUNE in 2012. She is a charter member of Nuke Free Antioch, an affinity group working to achieve the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.
Condee grew up in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, and attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she received her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature in 2011. During her undergraduate career, she tied her interest in sustainability issues into her literature studies by doing research on the portrayal of meat in the media. Her resulting paper served as required reading for UMass freshmen during the 2011-2012 academic year.