Field Guide: Political Science Alumni Panelists

Each of these alums will be participating in the Field Guide: Political Science alumni discussion on Thursday, November 1 at 5pm in Atwater Dining Hall. You can for that event register here.

Charlie Arnowitz, Middlebury class of 2013

Charlie Arnowitz ‘13
Senior Legislative Assistant,
US House of Representatives


Charlie Arnowitz serves as Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman André Carson (D-IN), serving as the Congressman's primary advisor on healthcare, immigration, education, and other issues. He previously worked in the office of Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Charlie graduated from Middlebury in 2013, where he was a political science major and Chinese minor. He was also involved in Student Government, Hillel, College Democrats, and the Admissions Office.


Kelly Dennis, Middlebury class of 2007Kelly Dennis '07
Of Counsel Attorney,
The Law Offices of Tela L. Troge, PLLC

Kelly is an attorney specializing in Federal American Indian law and has represented her tribe and others on matters such as land rights, civil rights, cultural and natural resources protection, as well as tribal governance and business development. She is a tribe member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation of New York and Hassanamisco Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts.

Born and raised on the Shinnecock Reservation, Kelly is committed to protecting and preserving her Native American culture through traditional dances, songs, crafts and ceremonial practices that she often shares with artists at Watermill and the local community. She continues to represent individual tribe members on educational law, family law, and small business matters. Kelly integrates her legal background with her passion for the arts through social justice advocacy efforts for the rights and welfare of indigenous peoples. Kelly earned her BA in Political Science at Middlebury College and her JD law degree at the University of New Mexico School of Law.


Tarsi Dunlop, Middlebury class of 2009Tarsi Dunlop ‘09
Local Progress Policy and Program Manager,
Center for Popular Democracy

Tarsi manages membership and programming for Local Progress, a network of hundreds of progressive local elected officials across the country dedicated to shared prosperity, equal justice under law, sustainable and livable cities, and good government that serves the public interest.

Prior to joining CPD, Tarsi served as the program and operations manager for the Learning First Alliance, a national coalition of education associations committed to strengthening public schools for all children where she oversaw the organization's operations and supported program efforts to raise the visibility of members and education professionals. Tarsi got her start in the nonprofit progressive organizing world with the Roosevelt Institute, where she helped build the national campus network, and served on staff as Director of Operations and Communications for two years after graduating from the network. Tarsi holds a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College and a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University.


Brian Fung, Middlebury class of 2010Brian Fung ‘10
Reporter,
The Washington Post

Brian Fung has covered business and technology (including telecommunications, media, cryptocurrencies and competition) for The Washington Post since 2013.

Before joining The Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.

He speaks two dialects of Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and is a native of the nation's capital.

Brian has an MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science from Middlebury.


Ben Labolt, Middlebury class of 2003Ben LaBolt ‘03
Partner,
Bully Pulpit Interactive

Ben LaBolt is a partner at Bully Pulpit Interactive who oversees strategic communications services. He also co-founded The Incite Agency, which became part of BPI in 2016.

His prior work includes serving as the national press secretary for President Obama’s re-election campaign, press secretary for then-Congressman Sherrod Brown’s campaign for Senate, communications director for Rahm Emanuel’s first campaign for Mayor and White House spokesman for the efforts to confirm Justices Sotomayor and Kagan to the Supreme Court. He also serves as an adjunct instructor in crisis management at NYU's School of Professional Studies.

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