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Career in Politics

insert img here Larry Broussard
Chief of Staff
Office of Assembly Member Sandré Swanson (D-16)

Mr. Broussard graduated from of the University of California Riverside with BA degree in Political Science and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He is the former Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions & Special Programs at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry and former Director of Special Projects at the University of California School of Medicine Davis.

Mr. Broussard is also the former Legislative consultant and aid to Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, Senate Pro Tem David Roberti and Chief of Staff to Congressman Matthew Martinez. Currently he is the Chief of Staff for Assembly member Sandré Swanson, Democrat 16th Assembly District representing the cities of Alameda, Oakland and Piedmont.

insert img here Brian Ebbert
Assistant Chief Clerk and Assistant Parliamentarian
California
State Assembly

Brian Ebbert (B.A. 1992 Political Science/Public Service, UCD; M.A.,2006 Government, CSUS)

As a Bay Area native, Brian began his Capitol career in 1991 as an intern in the nonpartisan Assembly Chief Clerk's office and rose through the ranks over the ensuing 18 years. Brian now advises legislators and Capitol staff on parliamentary procedures, publishes books and pamphlets on state government and the legislative process, and is in charge of the paid internship program. He also works on historical research and archiving projects, and is the Assembly's filing officer for the Fair Political Practices Commission. Brian is an active Aggie: in addition to recruiting UCD students for Capitol internships, he also participates in many alumni events, including Take an Aggie to Work, Take an Aggie to Lunch, Aggie Diner, Capital networking functions, etc.

insert img here Shannon Shellenberg
Deputy Director
California State Senate Office of International Relations

Ms. Shellenberg has worked for the California Senate since May, 1998. She has served in several positions in the Senate’s Office of International Relations, including her current role of Deputy Director since February, 2001. The Senate’s Office of International Relations is charged with all protocol and program planning for visiting foreign dignitaries to the Senate, as well as the planning and staffing of all official Senate delegations abroad. Before coming to the Senate, she worked for the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Ms. Shellenberg serves as an officer of the California International Relations Foundation, a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, established by the California Senate to further the exchange of economic, educational and cultural information between government leaders of foreign countries and Members of the California Legislature. She also is the Vice President of Programs for the World Affairs Council Sacramento Chapter, a non-profit/non-partisan organization that engages the public in an exploration of issues that transcend borders.

Ms. Shellenberg has a BA with honors in International Relations and French from the University of California at Davis. She has studied in Japan and Belgium, and traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and South America. Aside from traveling, she enjoys yoga, scuba diving and skiing.

Introduction by Ken Barnes

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Larry Broussard's Presentation:

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Brian Ebbert's Presentation:

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Shannon Shellenberg's Presentation:

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Question and Answer Section


Question 1: Is it a good idea to have experiences from the outside world before starting a career in politics?

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Question 2: What advice do you have for people who are unemployed and can not find a job?

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Question 3: Is it better to go for a Master's degree or is it better to get more work experience?

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