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Micaela Coleman ’10  Furthers Career and Education in D.C.

Micaela Coleman ’10 Furthers Career and Education in D.C.

By Alli Bates ’16

Micaela Coleman ’10 began the journey down her career path while majoring in international studies and economics at Otterbein. Her first internship, with the Ohio House of Representatives, was the first of many steps that led to her most recent position as assistant manager of communications and investor educator for the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) and her role as a graduate student at American University.

As a student, Coleman was a summer intern and page in the Ohio House of Representatives and a summer intern in the office of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.  After graduating, she worked as a senior legislative aide for Representative Tracy Maxwell in the Ohio House of Representatives and a campaign assistant for the re-election of Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Michael Coleman.

Micaela Coleman made her move to Washington, D.C., in 2011, to become a staff assistant in the economic studies program at The Brookings Institution’s Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform. In 2013, she became a press assistant, legislative correspondent and special assistant in the Office of U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty. She has been to the White House for meetings and briefings and traveled to Silicon Valley to visit with leaders in the start-up and tech industry.

In 2015, she moved to her new role at NASAA.

“Working at NASAA to me means empowering investors to invest smartly, supporting the great work of our national securities regulators, and engaging with investor education professionals, stakeholders and advocates through social media and outreach efforts. I hope to empower and educate regular ‘mom and pop’ investors on the importance of being financially savvy, on how to approach investing for first-time investors and the steps needed in order to raise capital for a business,” said Coleman.

As Coleman moved along in her career, she also took two courses at American University: the WeLead Women and Leadership Program and the Global Business Graduate Gateway Program. Now, she has enrolled in graduate school at American University to earn her master’s degree in business administration.

“I enjoyed the two other programs I recently completed there. I have excelled with the academic portions of the programs; connected to the faculty, staff and greater AU community; was selected for numerous scholarships and honors; conducted and contributed original and unique research; met with thought leaders and power players within my industry of interest; been afforded once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities; and been given access to an unparalleled network of individuals and organizations,” said Coleman.

Coleman’s advice to current Otterbein students is to never turn down any opportunity.

“Jump right in and hold on for the ride! Many times we fear the unknown, but when a door opens it opens for a reason and we need to replace fear with faith. Have faith that you are equipped with the skills, abilities, and knowledge to create the future you envision. You are what you believe and if we as individuals operate in a space of trepidation, we often overlook amazing and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities,” said Coleman.

Coleman hopes to take all of her knowledge throughout life and incorporate it into her personal life as she prepares for a long term career as an entrepreneur and business owner.


Read more about Otterbein’s Business, Accounting and Economics Department majors on their website.

Learn more about the Global Studies major in the Department of History sand Political Science.