Marty Jordan graduated from Hope College in 2004 with a B.A. in political science, Spanish, and mathematics. A few of Marty’s undergraduate highlights include working with Dr. David Ryden on his book Of Little Faith: The Politics of George W. Bush’s Faith-Based Initiatives; promoting youth entrepreneurship while interning at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.; and traveling throughout India studying the worldview of its four major religions and their continued influence on politics. After graduating, he spent two years implementing micro-scale community and economic development initiatives with impoverished communities in El Salvador. Subsequently, Marty directed the Washington, D.C.-based Guatemala Human Rights Commission researching and advocating for improved human rights in Guatemala. He helped draft model U.S. legislation addressing violence against women, government corruption, and foreign-aid appropriations for Guatemala. To gain a fresh, business-oriented perspective and a more holistic approach to public policy, for three years prior to graduate school, Marty managed sales throughout Latin America for a Fortune Magazine Top 100 multinational corporation. This amalgam of academic and professional experiences has given Marty a unique lens through which to view and analyze political systems, public policies, and political behavior. Marty is interested in American politics—specifically researching public perceptions, political attitudes, and public policies regarding poverty and inequality in the U.S. and abroad.
Expected Completion: 2017