Ajenai Clemmons will pursue a PhD in political science to research the impact of minority political caucuses on bringing about beneficial public policies for marginalized populations in the U.S. and Europe. Since 2010, Ajenai has served as policy director for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, a Washington, DC based association. Ajenai leads a team that keeps lawmakers apprised of legislative trends and best practices. She also collaborates with the Hispanic, Native American, and Asian caucuses. Previously, Ajenai served five years as an ombudsman helping establish a civilian government agency within the City and County of Denver. The Office of the Independent Monitor oversees investigations of law enforcement misconduct. She also spent two years as a bilingual paralegal in a Hispanic workers’ compensation law firm. Ajenai earned her BA with honors in international relations, Latin American History, and Spanish from Drake University and her master of public policy from the University of Denver.