What began as an on-campus job in Emmanuel's student center transformed into a new career path for Jessie, one that brought her to Harvard University as a master's candidate in higher education administration.
While at Emmanuel, Christina took advantage of every networking opportunity that came her way. She believes that the relationships she built through her internships were essential to securing her current position as legislative director for Massachusetts State Representative Lori Ehrlich, who is also chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Export Development. In this role, Ascolillo serves as the point person on all legislative, political, policy and budgetary matters, as well as matters related to the Committee. She organizes and coordinates political strategy for the advancement of the Representative's legislative agenda, researches and analyzes legislative issues and identify potential policy areas of interest, drafts and files all legislation and amendments, and attends legislative and policy meetings, briefings and hearings, as well as meetings with advocates, lobbyists, local elected officials, government agencies and officials and other stakeholders.
Christina says that her Emmanuel experiences gave her an "unequaled" opportunity to develop communications, research, analytical and interpersonal skills, and these skills helped her stand out in her job search.
In addition to her on-campus coursework in political science and history at Emmanuel, Christina served as a legislative intern in the office of State Representative Steven Ultrino and as a government relations intern for O'Neill and Associates. This work led her to meet many leaders in politics and government, including Attorney General Maura Healey, Speaker Robert DeLeo, Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Governor Charlie Baker. It also gave her the chance to network with countless local representatives and senators, lobbyists and activists and leaders of interest groups and organizations. After graduation, she was hired as director of communication and constituent services for Massachusetts State Representative Linda Dean Campbell, and quickly progressed to a role as legislative director.