UConn alumna Jaime Cheshire (POLS ’99) has been busy this spring: As CIA Director of Congressional Affairs, she was hard at work helping the Senate in its review of President Trump’s newest nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel; Cheshire also played a key role in helping to ensure that her former boss, Mike Pompeo, was confirmed as the next Secretary of State.
Meanwhile in Storrs, four undergraduate students (Jori Houck, Lauren Graham, Caio Goncalves and Leann McLaren) accepted the ’99 Jaime B. Cheshire Endowed Internship award from Jaime’s father, Michael Cheshire. Each year these awards go to high-performing undergraduates. Rarely, however, do the award recipients have the chance to personally thank the donor responsible for endowing the award. And while most of the names on these awards are relatively unknown, that was not the case this year, as Jaime Cheshire’s profile has risen so dramatically.
Her career in government – Jaime worked for Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT) and Rep Buck McKeon (R-CT) – was featured in the UConn Alumni newsletter four years ago. At that time, she said one of the most rewarding parts of her job had been to help UConn students launch their own public service careers. The winners of the award that carries her name may follow that path as well.