Meet the Summer 2016 Interns!

This summer, Metropolitan Group hosts four exceptional interns in our Portland office. As part of the MG team, interns will get to strategize with staff on client projects, support new business development work, explore social change initiatives, and much more. Interns receive the entire Life at MG experience, get real-world practice in their areas of study, and make new connections. Take a moment to meet the team and learn more about them. Each intern answered the question “who is your hero?” below.

Aaleyah Patterson

Intern Photo of AaleyahAaleyah is a Portland area native and a third year student at Warner Pacific College. She is a student leader and Act Six Scholar pursuing a degree in social justice with a focus in public policy and sociology. Aaleyah is passionate about education equity, racial conciliation, and human development. In her time with MG, Aaleyah hopes to gain knowledge in organizational development in order to be a better leader for underrepresented communities. She is excited to learn how to develop innovative strategies and be a change agent to serve the growing diversity of Portland.

Who is your hero?: One of my hero’s is Shirley Chisholm. She became the first African-American congresswoman in 1968. Four years later, she became the first major-party black candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency as well as the first woman to run for the Democratic Party nomination. She was also one of the founders for the feminist movement and bridged the ongoing black freedom struggle with the women’s movement.

Luz Reyna
Luz Reyna InternBorn and raised in Salem, Oregon, Luz is passionate about ensuring a better quality of life for communities in her state. Luz is a Kemper Scholar and rising senior at Willamette University, with strong interests in transnational politics, human rights and immigration policy. Her interests in government and environmental sustainability led to a previous internship at the Oregon State Capitol and a research assistant position at the Environmental Science Department. At MG, Luz aspires to learn more about how creative and strategic communication can be a tool to drive sustainable social change and build networks that advance the goals for an equitable society.

Who is your hero?: My mother is a hard working person with a big heart. She has taught me to fight for my dreams, to build resilience during tough times and to be positive. Thanks to her support and encouragement, I am who I am today.

Zach Ward
Zach Ward InternOriginally from the mountains of Montana and raised in Medford, Oregon, Zach is a senior at Willamette University studying theater and politics. He is a Kemper Scholar and a member of the Willamette University Chamber Choir. Although theater performance drew Zach to the arts sector, his curiosity is continuously sparked by how arts and culture affect peoples’ everyday lives. He believes art and creative expression are two of the best ways to bring people together to create change. Zach is incredibly excited to gain experience on how to support and build public will for the arts.

Who is your hero?: My hero is definitely Elon Musk. Rockets, Teslas and vision – what’s not to love?

Jesse McGinty
Jesse McGinty PhotoJesse’s vision for public health and her profound love for the environment have impacted her educational path alongside her career aspirations. Jesse recently graduated from Oregon State University and will return in the fall to pursue a Master of Public Health where she will focus on environmental and occupational health. Her interest in public health was sparked while volunteering for Be The Match, a national marrow donor program, where she was inspired by connections and relationships that save lives. Jesse is eager to continue her work in public health and gain additional experience and knowledge on the intersection of health and environmental conservation during her time at MG.

Who is your hero?: My hero is my grandfather, my Opa. He is a resilient prisoner of war survivor, an Indonesian immigrant and a family man.