Emily Mella Alumni Profile
- Graduation Year: 2012
- Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology, Art History, and International Studies
After graduating from the University of Evansville in 2012, Emily Mella attended graduate school at American University. In May 2014, she earned her master’s degree in International Affairs, focused on the Middle East and peace and conflict resolution.
Emily is currently serving as a Presidential Management Fellow with the US Department of Health and Human Services. During her two-year fellowship, she will rotate to four different positions. In her first rotation, she is a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Her responsibilities include coordinating cross-agency work to improve connections between programs that serve children and families who are experiencing homelessness. She also reviews and assesses policies, programs, and projects of high priority for the ACF. In this role, Emily is enjoying learning about policy implementation in a Federal agency and being involved in important decision-making discussions.
While at UE, Emily’s favorite aspect of the Honors Program was living in the Honors community at Powell Hall. She notes, “I really liked having a quieter environment. I enjoyed being loud and fun as much as the next college student, but it was really nice to have a quiet place to come home to. I didn't feel disrupted when I wanted to study/sleep/relax, and the folks in Powell were always very friendly and polite.”
Emily credits the Honors Program for inspiring her to take advantage of opportunities above and beyond her typical coursework. She explains, “For my Honors Program project, I presented a paper on the development of Western European Ecclesiastical Architecture at a Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society) annual conference. Going to a conference was a great experience and wonderful item to add to my resume. Plus, the conference was in Orlando, Florida, in January which made it even more exciting. My Honors project motivated me to apply to the conference, and I am so glad that I went!”
In the future, Emily plans to pursue a career in public service. She looks forward to exploring different government offices during the remainder of her fellowship and determining the best path for continuing her career.