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Anna Hagler

Anna (Hagler) Cullen

Where’s home?

Graduation Year (AU):
May 2012

What is/was your major?
Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) 

What school do/did you attend?
School of Public Affairs

What is the name of your High School?
Marist School

What are you passionate about/interested in?
I am passionate about consumer health care protections and moving my state to a nonpartisan redistricting process to create competitive politics.

Your childhood ambition?
I wanted to be a ballerina. (That didn’t work out)

Your career ambition?
I want to continue finding the most effective way that I can work to made my state a better place to live.

Where was your internship and what do you do there?
I worked for the Disability Policy Collaboration and participated in the research and push for the American with Disability Amendment Improvement Act which was passed during my time there.

What are you doing now?
I left DC in 2014 to be a part of the Senate race in Georgia. After the election, I knew I needed to stay in my hometown and apply my Capitol Hill experience to the changes I wanted to see made in Georgia. I am the Communications Coordinator for Georgians for Healthy Future. We are a small consumer health advocacy nonprofit.

Your inspiration?
Our government. It’s ups and downs – even its “failings,” I’m constantly inspired by the government our founding fathers gave us.

What did you do for fun in D.C. and on the weekends?
When I lived in DC I loved hanging out on Capitol Hill and the National Mall, there's always something fun and interesting going on! I'm a big believer in taking advantage of the city you live in - you live in an amazing place! See the monuments, museums and festivals!

What do you want the world to know about WMP?
WMP kids are the future movers and shakers in Washington. They’re there because they don’t want to just go to school; they want to get ready for their future.

Who is/has been the biggest influence on your WMP experience so far?
I owe Professor Crouch my career direction. His introduction to the Legislative Correspondent in former Congressman Andrew’s office was the key to every opportunity that has followed. I wouldn’t be where I am without him.

Your hobby/hobbies?
I'm a personal trainer and my husband and I rock climb a couple times a week. When I stop moving, I'm on the couch reading historical fiction.

Favorite food and why?
Southern food. It's one of the best things about being back home.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned here so far?
Always go above and beyond in your internships. DC is the land of interns and they see them come and go all the time. Very few of them are actually remembered. You want to be one that’s remembered.

Who has had the strongest influence on you and your life and why?
I know it’s cliché but my family and the confidence they’ve instilled in me. None of them have any political background but they have been so supportive as I figure it out. They’ve taught me that I can achieve anything I set my mind to and that a little politeness and a smile goes a long way in any situation.

Favorite city and why?
DC! It’s where our government operates. If you want to be a part of it you have to be here!

Your biggest challenge so far?
Leaving DC and figuring out what a career outside of Capitol Hill looked like. I was lucky to find a great position in a non-profit that operates in the public policy world.

How did WMP change your life?
It changed everything for me. My internship with a Legislative Correspondent opened my eyes to all the opportunities on the Hill and deepened my love for the legislative branch. After I graduated, I got a job at that same office and worked my up from a staff assistant to legislative correspondent to legislative assistant. I wouldn't be where I am today without that experience.

Anna (Hagler) Cullen, WMP Alum 2008

How did WMP change your life?

It changed everything for me.  My internship with a Legislative Correspondent opened my eyes to all the opportunities on the Hill and deepened my love for the legislative branch.  I was there for almost a year the staff in that office helped me get my current internship with the House Armed Services Committee

Anna Hagler, WMP Alum 2008