Nexight Group is happy to welcome Kate McClaskey to the team as our new Communications and Research Analyst. She graduated with a BA in Communication and holds a JD from George Mason University School of Law. We sat down with Kate to ask her a few questions about herself, her views, and her new role at Nexight.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I have over eight years of communications experience, including working at Oxford University Press and Penguin Random House. This also includes my time during law school, which included serving as the Managing & Publications Editor for one of the school’s journals, becoming the Editor-In-Chief of the law school’s newspaper, and teaching first year law students legal research, writing, and analysis as a writing fellow. Prior to joining Nexight, I worked at a non-profit where I formulated communications strategy and policy recommendations for the organization. I also have experience disseminating complex data and providing insight into a variety of state and federal legislative and policy issues, from my time at the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Justice, and the U.S. Senate.
Outside of Nexight, I can be found traveling, reading some sort of fantasy book, enjoying a glass of wine, or running. (The last two do not usually occur in that order.)
Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
Ideas, information, and data can only facilitate action if they are communicated effectively, and Nexight Group provides me with the opportunity to do that. They also allow me to work on a broad range of topics and improve my own skills in a collaborative atmosphere, which really stood out to me as a company. Nexight Group not only provides personalized and tangible client solutions, but fosters a dynamic and passionate group of people who continually strive to do better work while showcasing the diverse skillset of each individual employee.
You worked in publishing and communications for a few years, then attended law school. What inspired you to go back to school, and how can this experience contribute to Nexight’s work?
I have always loved to write, which of course drew me to a degree in Communication and then to the publishing industry in New York. But I always knew I wanted to hone my skills in a more meaningful way. Going to law school and working in the D.C. Metro area combined those desires and opened the door to the opportunities I wanted, such as working with the federal government and for consulting firms. The education and experience I have gained allows me to utilize my critical thinking skills to problem-solve, multi-task, and successfully analyze and communicate client objectives, which translates well to the work I do at Nexight.
What are you most looking forward to about your new role?
I look forward to using my communications, legal, and policy experience to help clients find the most effective solutions to their issues.