Nina Jankowicz
Nina Jankowicz
Government Relations and Communications Officer
Washington, DC

Nina joined NDI in 2013, working for two years on the Institute's Russia and Belarus programs. In Fall 2015, she joined the Government Relations and Communications team, bridging her passion for democracy assistance and social media. Nina received her MA in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies from Georgetown University and BA in Russian and Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. 

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Why the SOTU Made Me Proud to Work in Democracy Assistance

Caption: President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden (left) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (right), delivers his eighth and final State of the Union (SOTU) address. In addition to listing his policy goals and accomplishments, the President provided a counter-narrative to hyperbolic election-year rhetoric and a reminder of the strength and resiliency of America’s democratic political system.

As a politics nerd, there was no question that I would spend Tuesday night on my couch, listening to the State of the Union (SOTU) address. As someone who has made a career in democracy assistance, the speech held even greater significance: it was an example of democracy in progress.

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