Michael Best Strategies’ Associate Abby Walsh recently spoke to Illinois State Senator Sue Rezin’s Youth Advisory Council. Senator Rezin holds the event twice a year to give students a sneak peek into careers in government and a look into the legislative process.
Walsh talked to them about how she got involved in politics and government, her current role at Michael Best Strategies, and tips on how to get involved and explore careers in the political arena.
“I became interested in the political process in high school when a family friend was running for county office,” said Walsh. “I walked in parades and knocked on doors. I enjoyed the experience so much that when I went to college, I joined The College Republican National Committee.”
Walsh was elected president in her senior year at Illinois State University, and served on the McLean County GOP Executive Committee. During that time, Walsh interned with Illinois State Senator Bill Brady, which led to her role as the assistant to the finance director for Brady’s exploratory committee for governor. Given Walsh’s experience, tenacity, and passion, it was a natural fit when the position of chief of staff became available.
“I love sharing my story because it shows today’s youth that exploring options like internships and volunteer opportunities when you are young can influence the path you take,” commented Walsh. “It will help you figure out if that particular career is interesting and if it could be an area you want to devote your professional life to. It’s a way to not only build a resume, but also find your niche.”