As a student at Wheaton, Olympia Sonnier ’10 began her senior thesis with a quotation from Mario Cuomo, “You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.” Little did she know at the time how those words would come into play in her work life after college.
Now, as the deputy press secretary for Mario Cuomo’s son, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Sonnier helps make the “prose” of government understandable for the everyday New Yorker. And she is getting noticed for it: City and State in June named her one of the “40 Under 40” Rising Stars of New York Politics.
Sonnier has a wide range of responsibilities, including drafting press releases and speeches, responding to media inquiries, traveling across the state with the governor and his staff, and organizing events. She also helps coordinate the rollout for high-priority initiatives. During the last two and a half years, Sonnier has helped produce events such as all three of the governor’s state-of-the-state addresses, executive budget presentations, and economic development conferences. [Read more...]