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Prior to arriving at GW, Sharon McCoy served as an Associate Director in the White House Presidential Personnel Office, where she contributed to the recruitment, placement, and retention of political appointees at national security agencies. From 2014 to 2016, Ms. McCoy was a Press Assistant in the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Before her work in the Federal Government, she was a Research Fellow at GovLoop and served as a Program Assistant for the Washington, D.C. semester programs of the University of Georgia (UGA) and New York University (NYU). From 2013 to 2015, she volunteered as a staff member for the group, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). A speaker of Spanish, she has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, including the countries of Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Uruguay. Ms. McCoy received a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Affairs and Spanish from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego.