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Alum Connection: Turning Passion into Policy Advocacy with Cachavious English

Thursday, March 30, 2023
3:00-4:00 PM
Off Campus Location
Cachavious “Chay” English currently serves as a Policy Strategist and Managing Counsel for Ford Motor Company with a primary focus on policies related to trade, supply chain resiliency, critical minerals, ESG, tax and economic incentives. Most recently he served as a Vice President at BGR Group, a premier DC lobbying firm, where he focused his work on similar issues. Prior to BGR, Chay served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), a senior Member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Cachavious has said before that sometimes you have to test different roles and industries early in your career to determine what you want or don’t want. By allowing himself to pursue his interests and passions, Cachavious found a way to marry those passions, interests, and developed skills into specific opportunities . Join Cachavious English (’07 AfroAmerican and African Studies) as he explains how he went about crafting a career built around the passions he developed as an undergrad -- and how you can too. Cachavious will also explain how he went about choosing opportunities that were best for him.

You should attend this session if you are:
- An LSA undergraduate.
- Interested in building a career in law, government relations, or public policy.
- Curious about working within the federal legislative branch or learning about legislative processes.
- Thinking about law school after your undergraduate degree.

What you will gain by attending:
- Open your mind to career possibilities and potential opportunities within government and the private sector.
- Gain insights into the different roles available within a congressional office.
- Learn ways in which you can advocate for people in your community.
- Learn how multinational corporations determine and represent their policy interests domestically and abroad and balance it with societal well-being.

RSVP NOW to reserve your spot. By signing up, you will receive an email with details on how to attend this workshop the morning of the session.

About Cachavious:
Chay is originally from Selma, Al and received his BA degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After graduation, Chay attended the University of Alabama School of Law where he was active in the National Black Law Students Association and the Trial Advocacy Competition Team. He received his JD and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 2010. Chay is active in the local DC community and enjoys volunteering with various organizations.

Chay joined the private sector after nearly a decade of working and advocating on Capitol Hill for bipartisan solutions and legislation that promoted economic development, social equity and innovation. As one of Rep. Sewell’s key advisors, he was responsible for managing the staff, advising on issues, implementing legislative strategies and managing Rep. Sewell’s duties as Chief Deputy Whip. He also managed her involvement in the Congressional Black Caucus and New Dem Coalition.

Virtual Event accessibility statement:
The LSA Opportunity Hub aims to deliver inclusive and accessible experiences and welcomes all LSA students to participate. This event will be hosted on Zoom (learn more about Zoom accessibility) and can be accessed by phone or computer. Presentation materials may be shared in advance if requested, and live captioning will be provided. To request other accommodations please contact LSA Hub Events at or 734-763-4674 so we can make arrangements.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Alum Connections, Alumni, First-generation Students, Lsa Opportunity Hub, Professional Development, The College Of Literature, Science, And The Arts, Transfer Students, Undergraduate, Undergraduate Students, Virtual
Source: Happening @ Michigan from LSA Opportunity Hub