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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | New York City Public Policy Expert Michael Allegretti ’97 Takes on Political Journey
    demonstration projects such as a year long program to reduce crime in some of Detroit s toughest neighborhoods Though the Poly alumnus has always been motivated by making the quality of life in cities better for people he also believes the economy should be more diversified Enter the intersection of technology cities and government Until the end of January 2016 Allegretti was the senior manager for public policy at Uber Technologies Inc Uber a car sharing app known for disrupting the taxi industry from coast to coast has a love and hate relationship with government oversight but it was at Uber according to Allegretti that he was able to translate his public policy expertise and passion for cities into something that would positively impact individual lives My work at Uber cut across so many policy issues from transportation and city planning to economic opportunity and regulatory reform Allegretti said At Uber we were challenging the status quo and had to find innovative ways to push back against a dated regulatory regime while at the same time ensuring that the product and the service met 21 st Century needs for both riders and driver partners It was a great big puzzle and I loved trying to solve it every day So where exactly did this eagerness for politics begin When Allegretti was 16 and entering his junior year at Poly he served as a House Page for the House of Representatives a program operating since 1891 which according to its website places young people to observe and participate in the legislative process in the People s House It was a transformative experience he said I saw how government actually worked I always believed and still believe that government can be a force of good to move beyond ideology and work on real issues Allegretti said that he yearned to learn more about the substance of public policy so after graduating from Poly in 1997 he enrolled in Boston College to study history After receiving his BA in 2001 spending his junior year of college at the acclaimed French university SciencesPo to receive his diplome in International Studies he returned to New York City to work as a public policy analyst for an investment banking firm For the next few years before making the decision to return to school Allegretti would work on the campaigns of Rosemarie O Keefe former aide to Rudy Giuliani and State Senator Martin J Golden as well as taking on the deputy field directorship for Mayor Michael Bloomberg Then in 2004 he was accepted into Harvard University s John F Kennedy School of Government for a Master s degree in Public Policy It was here that Allegretti would hone his public policy skills For me it s all about the intersection of cities and the public policies that shape life in cities One approach coming out of grad school was to look at how to make sure cities continue to be places of growth he said Allegretti

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Park Cannon '09, Women's Wellness Advocate, Wins Seat in State Legislature in Georgia
    being elected to the Georgia House of Representatives What is the first issue you will address Now that I have been elected to the Georgia House of Representatives with 59 of the February 16th Special Election Runoff I am ready to fight against the so called religious liberty bills they re up for vote very soon that threaten to negatively impact Georgian families Then I will continue advocating for Medicaid expansion and raising my voice in support of Georgia s public schools Do you have any political inspirations role models mentors Simone Bell the previous holder of my seat has mentored me throughout this entire process and I look up to her as a professional role model Beyond that Shirley Chisholm the first black woman elected to the U S Congress has inspired me since I learned about her in elementary school You will find both of these incredible women on my social media pages from time to time How do you incorporate your outspokenness with identifying as queer into your politics I incorporate my identity into my politics because it informs my platform No conflict between being outspoken and being queer exists at least for me How was your experience at Poly Is there anything from your time here that still sticks with you Aside from hosting the debut of my first political dance piece in support of President Barack Obama s 2008 campaign Poly taught me the beauty of independence and teamwork I thank Poly for showing me that even as a young person I can affect positive change by embracing my outspoken curious and goal oriented demeanor Now I am proud to say that I coordinated my own team for a political campaign It feels nice to know that Poly was there for me then and is still here for me now In 2015 I came back to Poly to speak to Middle School students about the issues happening around them What made you decide that you were interested in running for office While my experiences growing up have always guided me towards advocacy and a career in social justice it was working with Simone Bell that helped me realize my potential in public service as an elected official She confided in me that I was her pick to fill her seat and it changed my whole world What is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and why are you opposed to it The Religious Freedom Restoration Act RFRA before the Georgia legislature right now is actually two bills One in the Georgia Senate Senate Bill 129 and one in the Georgia House House Bill 837 While similar they have important differences but both ultimately threaten Georgians best interests The Senate Bill would enshrine in law vague language allowing for businesses and individuals to challenge nondiscrimination policies and law on the basis of religion Experts tell us this could open the floodgates to legal discrimination with claims of religious liberty used as coded lingo to veil prejudice While

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | The Political Fabric of Social Care: Q&A with Emily Rubin ’03 on Social Work
    Aid Society influenced your work as a therapist and vice versa Working in foster care is incredibly challenging and demanding as it can be at times a 24 7 job and it is an emotionally exhausting job With that said I think it is such an important job especially for newer social workers to the field or college graduates interested in doing social work I believe working in foster care has made me a more compassionate well rounded therapist uniquely suited to serve the New York City population as so many of our families are touched by foster care in a multitude of ways How did your work as a social work intern for Comprehensive Family Services and P S 3 influence your profession I am very grateful to the very strong supervisors that I got to work with in each of those placements While doing the work with the families and the children in the school and starting to learn about my own social work style and comfort levels in this field I am most grateful for the amazing lessons and knowledge I learned from these mentors What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in the foster care system Pick an agency with a good reputation and ask lots of questions because it is impossible to know everything or to do everything correctly from day one It is a field in which you learn on the job but having a social work background can help as well as good mentors supervisor or supports in place to learn from and aspire to be like The first six months are the most difficult but if you can make it through that then you can make it to a year and beyond In what ways did Poly influence your decision to follow this as a career path I remember taking a one semester Intro to Psychology class either my junior or senior year with Louise Forsyth P 03 and I was hooked I wanted more of psychology social work to learn how and why people think the way they do I also had a really great English teacher throughout high school who was obsessed with symbolism in novels as well as themes like light and dark and learning when to read off of the page about a character I think I have used a lot of those theories both getting through graduate school as well as working with people and listening for themes in my clients sessions week after week I currently am president of Poly s War Child club and volunteer with disabled children Through being a part of these communities I have become aware of the random and harsh injustices in the world How has being a social worker affected you personally and in what ways What is the hardest part about your job Let me congratulate you on already taking on this difficult and emotionally challenging population and being able to handle the pressure and

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | From Computer Science to Sports Management, the Life of Commissioner Gregg Kaye ‘83
    able to encompass their academic and educational experience he told The Polycam Prior to joining the CCC Kaye spent six years with the Sunshine State Conference SSC a nine member NCAA Division II conference based in Orlando Florida He also continues to be a member of the NCAA Division III Baseball Committee for which he has represented the New England region from 2010 to 2014 At the CCC Kaye oversees 15 different sports When you look at a typical Division III student athlete they are students first It s not uncommon that you ll have a Division III student who may miss a game because they have an exam or lab they take it seriously but it s not the only thing that they are on campus to do he continued It was never Kaye s intention to pursue a path of sports management as a career Though he did work as a varsity football manager following his freshman year at Poly When he received his bachelor s degree in computer science from Rollins College in Winter Park Florida in 1987 a degree that was really taking off in the late 80s Kaye assumed he would follow his other passion crunching code and statistics I never thought of sports management as a career until I got to graduate school he said It s a different animal than someone going into that field right now At Rollins I was involved in doing the same thing I did as a football manager at Poly lots of publicity writing stories any job to be done at an athletic event I was the person to do that Kaye was accepted into graduate school not long after graduating from Rollins In 1990 he earned his master s degree in sport management from Ohio State University

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Gala 2016 Entertainment is Announced!
    Technology Sustainability Diversity Library Policies Health Safety Explore Poly Prep Summer News Calendar News Daily Calendar Athletics Calendar Photos Videos Poly Publications Parents Bus Schedules Lunch Menus Alumni Performing Arts Home Admissions Welcome to Poly Upper School Middle School Lower School Tuition Financial Aid Meet the Admissions Staff Take a Virtual Tour Giving Giving Guide Poly Fund Tower Society Matching Gifts Give Online Performing Arts Poly Fund 2015 16 Search Cristina Cote 05 Colin Quinn 1 2 Gala 2016 Entertainment is Announced 1 27 2016 Poly Prep is thrilled that the masquerade themed Gala evening will feature comic genius Colin Quinn known as the Quinn tessential New Yorker and Poly alumna Cristina Cote 05 as the evening s emcee Colin Quinn a writer and stand up comedian from Brooklyn has performed on a number of shows From MTV s Remote Control to NBC s SNL to Comedy Central s Tough Crowd Quinn has also performed on Broadway with his show Colin Quinn Unconstitutional His debut book The Coloring Book is now out from Grand Central Publishing Cristina Cote 05 is a comedian and actor who got her start on the Poly stage She hosts and produces the sold out comedy

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | How Poly Helped College Volleyball Player Elizabeth Semmens ’06 Establish Herself at University of Penn
    with athletics and extracurriculars At Poly academics came first and athletics second which is exactly how it was as an athlete at Penn Poly also encouraged students to be well rounded in their endeavors and to be involved in many different types of activities outside the classroom I think that particularly helped me at Penn because the time management skills I used as a student athlete at Poly were the same skills that I used while playing volleyball at Penn What was your greatest support system during your time at Poly My family was a huge support system when I was at Poly as were my friends teachers and coaches Since many of my friends at Poly were multi sport athletes while also taking challenging classes we were able to be a great support system for one another How did your weekly schedule as a Division I athlete compare to your weekly schedule as a student at Poly My weekly schedule at Penn was very different than Poly as I had less class time every day but more practice and conditioning for volleyball especially when we were in season and traveling for matches on most weekends Did athletics enhance your college experience Definitely I loved being an athlete at Penn My teammates became my best friends like my second family How did your experience being a female athlete at Poly compare to being a female athlete at Penn My experiences were nearly identical as both schools were very supportive of female athletes What was your experience with balancing athletics with other extracurriculars in both high school and college In high school even though volleyball was my favorite sport and I knew that I wanted to continue playing in college I was still able to play other sports like basketball track

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | On Running: Q&A with Gettysburg College Track and Field Runner Thomas Clark ’14
    me into high school I played soccer in the fall and ran track in the spring I loved the Poly track and field program and once I started running at Poly I knew I could be competitive on a college level When did you realize that you were pretty good at track Well I first realized I was fast when I was at soccer tryouts in the 3 rd grade The coach made us do a time trial to see our speed and that was the first race I won How many miles have you run per month in the last three months I have been in preseason for the past few months so I have been running a lot Between long distance runs sprints and mile trials I would say I run about 28 30 miles a month Do you prefer trail track or road Or a combination of them all I love running on a track with my spikes on However going to Gettysburg College I have the opportunity to run on beautiful trails of the battlefields that the Civil War was fought on What keeps you inspired to stay running I think the thing that keeps me inspired to stay running is just my love for track and field Seeing my improvement over the past years makes me want to continue to run and train I can t imagine what I would do if I wasn t on the track and field team Random but why not What s your favorite running shoe My go to running shoe brand is Asics I really like the way they fit and feel You seem to come from a family of athletes How did this happen Was this something you guys did as a family or do you all just

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | News Archive
    2016 Poly Alumna Follows Film and Design Passion Changes Careers Read More Stephanie Georges Comfort 81 Visits School Chapel To Open Women s History Month 3 31 2016 Poly Alumna Speaks at Upper School Chapel on March 1 to Discuss Years Long Career and Journey Read More Untangling the Western Genre Film Columnist and Screenwriter Henry Parke 72 Takes Us To the American West 3 31 2016 Poly Alumnus Discusses History of the Western Film Genre From Favorite Movies to Today s Genre Revival Read More February I Marched in Selma Dr Charles Plotz 37 P 73 Recalls the Historical Day Over 50 Years Ago 2 24 2016 93 Year Old Poly Alumnus Shares Story of Historical Civil Rights March in Alabama Read More Experiments in Change On the Importance of Community Organizing a Q A with Jordan Redell 10 2 24 2016 Poly alumna with background in visual arts tackles the Mayor s office in Burlington VT Read More Journey to the Hill Peter Rocco 03 on Working in Washington D C 2 24 2016 Poly Alumnus Returns to the Capital After Graduate School to Fulfill a Political Career Read More New York City Public Policy Expert Michael Allegretti 97 Takes on Political Journey 2 24 2016 Former Uber Executive and Republican Congressional Candidate on 15 Year Career of Campaigning for Political Change Read More Park Cannon 09 Women s Wellness Advocate Wins Seat in State Legislature in Georgia 2 24 2016 24 Year Old on Being First Black and Openly Queer Identified Candidate to Win Seat in State Legislature Read More The Political Fabric of Social Care Q A with Emily Rubin 03 on Social Work 2 24 2016 Poly Alumna Explains Importance of Compassion and Steadfastness in Social and Foster Care Read More January From Computer Science

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