Meet the Student Coordinators!

Emmett Adam

I am a Junior at St. John’s University. My majors are Political Science and History with a Pre-Law track. The upcoming academic year will be my third year involved with the McCarthy Center. As a first-year, I volunteered weekly, was a member of the Mentorship Program, and transcribed a project on Senator McCarthy. Last year, as a sophomore, I helped lead the McCarthy Center Mentorship Program with Liam Miller '23. I am currently on the Programming team. I joined the MCC to work alongside a group of peers with goals interrelated with mine. The Student Coordinators and Team are very bright, believe in the mission of the Center, and have a vested interest in improving our community. This year, I look forward to working with the Programming Team and offering dynamic opportunities to engage students with public policy and civic engagement. I look to collaborate with different campus stakeholders, seek new bold opportunities, and learn more with my peers.

On campus I am the Academic Affairs Representative on the Saint John’s Senate, an Opinion Editor for The Record, a member of the United Politics club, a Research Assistant for the CSB/SJU Political Science Department, an Orientation Leader, and part of Johnnie Brothers. Outside of school I have worked as an Appointments Intern for the Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, a Campaign and Legislative Office Intern for Representative Dave Pinto, MN House (64B), and a Political Fellow for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. In my free time, I enjoy listening to podcasts, exercising, reading, spending time outside on campus, and keeping in touch with friends/family. A fun fact about me is that my birthday is 03/02/01!

Claire Boettcher

I am a Junior at the College of Saint Benedict double majoring in History and Political Science. I wasn't able to work with the McCarthy Center before due to Covid, so this is my first year as a student coordinator. I work on the Programming team. The McCarthy Center is an incredible organization that is able to do so many great things in the CSB/SJU community. They get to bring some amazing people on campus and organize events that help inform students and offer them new perspectives. The McCarthy Center engages with the community in the hopes of bringing people together and learning, and that is the type of organization that I am proud to be a part of. I am excited to work with the amazing staff at the MCC and to plan events and programs that benefit the community. There are so many awesome things I can't wait to do!

Outside of the McCarthy center, I am in Women's Choir, the Women's Choir Rehearsal Assistant, in the Tegeder-Berg Society, and a YMCA Camp Counselor. In my free time I enjoy traveling, watching documentaries, and being with friends/family. A fun fact about me is that I am studying abroad in Rome during the Fall semester!

Kate Fenske  

I am a Junior at the College of Saint Benedict. My major is Integrative Science with a focus on Public Health and minors in Political Science and Global Health. This is my first year as a student coordinator. I've volunteered with the McCarthy Center's CSB/SJU Votes Coalition in the past and was also part of the mentor program my freshman year. When possible, I also try and make it to Politics and a Pint. I am part of the Programming team at the McCarthy Center. I wanted to be part of the McCarthy Center because I wanted to help diversify the staff and the programming events outside of only political science majors. It is important to show that civic engagement is for everyone and public policy issues impact all fields of study. I'm really looking forward to having in person events again! I also hope to make a lot of new partnerships with other clubs and organizations that the center hasn't previously worked with.

On campus I've served on CSB Senate as a Club Auditor and as the Underclass Representative, am a co-social media and marketing director for the Peer Resource Program (PRP), the treasurer of the Global Health Affairs Club, and a Hynes scholar. I also spent the summer interning in Washington D.C with the CSB/SJU internship program. I love all things in the outdoors and always enjoy drinking copious amounts of coffee. A fun fact about me is that I’ve been to 19 countries!

Landon Peterson 

I am a Sophomore at St. John’s University. My major is Political Science with minors in Peace Studies and English. This is my first year serving as a student coordinator, however, last year I volunteered with the Center doing some video editing, creating highlight videos, etc. for MCC events. I will be working on the Media team. I've wanted to be a part of the MCC ever since I toured my senior year of HS. There are so many opportunities for connections and learning, and I'm looking forward to helping inform students of the complex topics surrounding politics and helping with in-person events at the MCC after COVID didn't allow them last year. I also look forward to continuing expanding the McCarthy Center's online and social presence alongside Lizbet.

On campus, I am the Op/Ed Editor of The Record, a member of the baseball team, a member of Johnnie Brothers, an Orientation Leader, and also serve as an Athletic Media Relations Assistant. In my free time I enjoy getting outdoors with my friends, biking, and watching Formula 1 with my brother. Fun fact: Nope.