I’m Marcee. I tend to ramble sometimes, but I am a wholehearted believer in the importance of editing. More often than I would like to admit, I rewrite, reshape, and reorder my work and my life: from military service to higher education, working for congress to starting a non-profit – I constantly strive to serve the community in which I live.
I have a touch of perfectionism, am extremely ambitious, completely passionate, and have a relentless desire to serve a greater purpose.
I am trained and experienced in multimedia production – photography, film, and design. In the past couple of years, I have pursued my master’s degree in strategic public relations and public policy advocacy. I think the public relations profession is a dynamic field that allows talented and creative individuals to serve in a variety of challenging roles. I am exceedingly interested in the potential that the profession has in effecting change on political engagement and activism – especially for the veteran community.
As a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, I am passionate about advocating for veterans and have spent my life after service researching and learning new ways to engage, communicate, and affect positive change for this diverse population.
I am a true Southern Californian, through and through. Currently, I work as a VA Certifying Official and Financial Aid Advisor in the University of California System. I am a strong advocate for the over 4,000 military-connected students currently in the UC system. I am knowledgeable of many federal and state benefits, legislation, as well as public university policies implemented to help fund a traditional education for veterans and dependents – and how those work in conjunction with the myriad of complicated VA benefits structures in place on both a federal and state level.
I am looking for an opportunity that aligns with my graduate research, policy advocacy, as well as my current work with veterans in higher education.