Research Specialist and Communications Manager
Virginia graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honors and English. As a Plan II Honors student, Virginia not only completed work on a lengthy honors thesis, but also took several required liberal arts courses with strenuous research and writing components. In addition to being invited to join Orange Jackets, the official hosts of the University of Texas at Austin, and serving on the executive council of her sorority, Virginia spent her “free” time in college as a rhetoric and writing tutor, offering structural feedback and copyediting advice on humanities research papers and honors theses for upper-division students.
Since July 2011, Virginia has worked for Rice University historian and bestselling author Douglas Brinkley as his researcher and project manager in Austin, Texas. In this capacity, she has performed primary and secondary source research, proofread, and devised the art and photo programs for Cronkite (published May 2012), House of Earth (published February 2013), and FDR: The Renewal of America (expected pub. date 2014). Virginia has also drafted, fact-checked, and proofread numerous articles for Dr. Brinkley that have appeared in Vanity Fair, Time, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Texas Monthly, and the New York Times.
Virginia joined Northington Strategy Group on a part-time basis in November 2011 as its research specialist and communications manager. In this role, she is primarily responsible for performing substantive policy research on a variety of industry issues and overseeing the writing and editing of the firm’s press releases and work product.