Jackney Prioly

Jackney Prioly knows a thing or two when it comes to public policy and the inner workings of government. She gained experience in city hall by working in the trenches alongside one of Boston’s longest-serving mayors, and then by joining forces with one of the city’s up-and-coming council members, someone whom she admired even before starting her career. And she accomplished all this while earning her master’s degree from Northeastern University.

Now that she’s graduated, Prioly is applying what she’s learned, both from the classroom and from city hall, to her new career. Prioly is the director of an educational program that helps kids from middle school to high school prepare for college and career.

As director, Prioly is constantly on the go, meeting with high-ranking community members, administering her organization’s website, fundraising, blogging, producing podcasts and also serving as a link between the often convoluted educational system and parents.

But for her, it’s all worth it. She learned to successfully juggle a variety of projects when she simultaneously held jobs and attended classes as a working student at Northeastern University.

“One thing for me is, I love a challenge. I found a lot of what we talked about in the classroom, the classes, the teachers, they prepared me for the work I’m doing,” she said. “If you want something that’s applicable, not just theory, and to learn from professors in the field — in politics or government — and to apply learning to the job you are in, then you’ll find that at Northeastern.”




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