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2020-21 LSB Community Fellows
Jonathan Bowers
Jonathan Bowers
2020-2021 Fellow
Office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo

Economics Major and Political Science and International Business Minors
Home Town:  Seattle, Washington

What were your responsibilities at your internship with the Office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo?
My responsibilities included helping scale up a pilot blight reduction and unhoused engagement program by improving how we track and report our data. I also helped publicize the program through an informational video. In addition, I researched the practices of other cities on a variety of topics to help inform policy memos and operational decisions. 

In what ways do you think you made positive contributions to the Office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo?
I contributed to my department by thinking creatively about how our pilot program could overcome obstacles and inefficiencies. I also brought my data analysis and video production expertise to help accomplish some projects.

What would you recommend to LSB students who want to make a difference in the community?
LSB students who want to make a difference in their community should consider a career in public service. Government often has the greatest impact on a community through policy making and program implementation. The skills learned through our business curriculum are just as critical and in need in the public sector as they are in the private sector. Government programs require budgeting, investment, economic analysis, data science, marketing to the community, and innovation in order to function effectively and provide the services that support the lives of residents.