Second-year student Brady Ruffin has joined Cooley Public Strategies, a public affairs firm based in Nashville, Tenn., as the Director of Research and Policy. CPS provides C-level strategic public policy consulting, community engagement, research and media relations to some of the nation’s top companies and nonprofits.
Ruffin will lead research projects in support of public policy objectives. This work will include intelligence-gathering, budget analysis, issue analysis, media monitoring, oversight of external contractors, and other research-related activities.
“I wouldn't have been able to even apply for the job without my experience in the classroom and through field service projects,” Ruffin said. “In my opinion, this position is the perfect culmination of everything that I've learned through my personal and professional life and every aspect of the Clinton School of Public Service.”
Last summer, Ruffin worked with Nashville International Center for Empowerment to perform an evaluation of NICE's Youth Education curriculum. In the Fall 2019 semester, Ruffin completed a fellowship at Vital Voices Global Partnership (VVGP) in Washington, D.C., conducting research and an evaluation of the interaction, strength and effectiveness of the VVGP global network of women leaders.
Ruffin, a native of Clinton, Miss., earned his bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing communications from the University of Mississippi where he served as coordinator for the McLean Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.
“From the Practicum to IPSP to Capstone and the Field Research Methods course to the Program Planning and Development course, I will be able to utilize every lesson and experience I've gained from the Clinton School,” Ruffin said. “I couldn't be more thankful. I look forward to serving as a new addition to the Clinton School network of alumni and hope that this new position will bring about new opportunities to talk about the Clinton School and everything that it has to offer, while opening up opportunities for potential collaborations in the future.”
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