Glenwood Springs native to work in White House
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A local woman is about to head off to Washington, D.C., to work for four months in the Obama White House.
Jaime Moore, born and raised in Glenwood, graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 2005 and went on to graduate with a double major from CU-Boulder in May 2009.
She learned in late November that she was selected for an unpaid internship at the Office of Management and Administration (OMA).
Moore leaves on Jan. 15, she said on Thursday, and she is still working on raising money to help defray the costs she will incur while living and working in the nation’s capital.
A combination fundraising event and goodbye party is planned for the night of Jan. 9, at Bad Billy’s nightclub in Aspen, where Jaime works.
Moore, 22, has been interested in politics and public service for some time, beginning when she was a little girl, said her mother, Marcia Moore.
Marcia recalled that, when Jaime was playing with friends, some times “she would look up at me and say, Mommy, we’re going to feed all the hungry children of the world.”
At the age of 17, she was a page in the U.S. Senate for a summer, and over the years, Jaime has traveled to Spain twice and to Cambodia once, in 2008.
The travel, Jaime explained, was partly to learn more about the world and partly to satisfy an appetite for learning languages.
Besides her native English, she speaks Spanish fluently, is learning Portuguese and plans to learn Arabic and Khmer, the language of Cambodia.
In Cambodia, Jaime worked as a volunteer at The Cambodian Children’s Painting Project, making use of her talents as an oil painter by helping kids to create their own art and then taking it out on the streets to sell to tourists. The income, she said, typically was the only source of support for the kids’ families, besides begging.
“It definitely did change my life,” she said of her work with the project in Cambodia. She explained that she witnessed a lot of wasteful duplication of efforts among the NGOs (non-governmental organizations) working in Cambodia and that she hopes to find a way to eliminate that duplication and waste.
She has since started, with her friend, Sadie Thimson, a nongovernmental organization that sent three interns to Cambodia last summer to expand the work of the project.
Moore also interned for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, in 2008, and has a website, http://www.jaimerose.us that expresses her views on life and offers a gallery of her art works.
The OMA, according to the White House website, handles a variety of managerial functions within the White House, including the Photo Office, the Visitors Office, White House operations and White House Personnel.
“It fits right in with what she wants to do with her life,” Marcia Moore remarked about the scope of the OMA’s activities.
Jaime told the Post Independent that she would eventually like to work on international foreign policy, “either for the State Department or the CIA.”
After her internship at the White House, Jaime plans to spend two years traveling and volunteering at similar children’s projects around the world, to learn as much as she can about nonprofit organizations, and how to make them sustainable and more efficient.
After that, she hopes to obtain a fellowship from the U.S. State Department and return to school for graduate work.
“I’m thinking about either international affairs or law school,” she said, explaining that she could specialize in human-rights law.
“I haven’t decided yet,” she concluded simply.
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