Professional Development Committee


The Professional Development Committee organizes and plans career development events such as salary negotiation, resume development, networking skills, interviewing skills, and career advancement events.  The committee is also responsible for developing a mentorship program.

Want to get more involved?  Email Amelia Faraco-Hadlock or Alexandra Weinroth for information on upcoming committee meetings or ways to get involved in planning our professional development events.

Co-Chairs: Emma Zafran and Sonia Norton


Emma Zafran is a current Legislative Assistant in the Office of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) where she handles a policy portfolio of issues pertaining to education, housing, nutrition, children and families issues, reproductive health care, and all women related policy issues including domestic violence and human trafficking.

She has been with the office for two years and previously was with the office of Congressman Ted Deutch, her hometown Congressman. Prior to working on the Hill, she received her M.Sc. in Gender, Policy, and Inequalities from the London School of Economics where she focused primarily on paid family leave policy and issues surrounding feminist economics.

She graduated from Tufts with a B.A. in International Relations and a concentration in Women and Security Studies.

Sonia Norton currently serves as the Legislative Aide & Correspondent for Congressman Kaiali‘i Kahele.

Originally from Southern California, she received her Bachelor’s in Politics with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Earlham College. Sonia previously served as a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant in Tamil Nadu, India before starting her congressional career as the Legislative Correspondent & Staff Assistant for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.

In her free time, she enjoys road tripping, reading, and taking care of her houseplants.

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