Priscilla Pelli
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Delany McBride, Legal Clerk (Law Student)

Priscilla Pelli is a former Capitol Hill staffer who is proud to call Philadelphia her home. Originally from Madison, CT, Priscilla earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin before going on to pursue a four-year career on Capitol Hill for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. As his staffer, she played a wide variety of roles ranging from office management to legislative assistance. This work equipped Priscilla with an in-depth knowledge about the inner-workings of Congress and creation of regulations on a grand scale.

While working for Senator Reid, Priscilla also earned her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Her program’s focus on policy analysis provided her with analytical tools to critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative data in the field of policy and political management. She was able to put both her academic and practical policy skills to work when her team’s policy proposal was selected as a top ten finalist in a national public policy competition hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. Her team’s proposal, “VidaSana” sought to facilitate a heart-disease preventative care program for Latino and Spanish-speaking patients in the District of Columbia. Through the use of technology and social media, the program sought to address language barrier issues within the city’s healthcare system that would ultimately reduce hospital readmissions and reduce significant healthcare costs. During her time at Georgetown, Priscilla also served as President of the Women’s Public Policy Initiative, an organization dedicated to developing exceptional female policy leaders and increasing awareness of issues disproportionately affecting women in the field.

Priscilla’s aspirations for law and public policy are what brought her to the City of Brotherly Love. As a current third-year law student at Temple University, she has participated in various volunteer efforts to serve her local community including providing translation services for indigent Spanish-speaking clients and participating in Temple Law’s Criminal Expungement Project.

During her law school career, she has interned with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. She has also worked as a legal clerk at different civil litigation firms, and participated on Temple Law’s National Trial Team. Priscilla seeks to become a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office after graduation.