Devron Brown is the Leadership Staff Assistant for United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). He has been a part of Harry Reid's congressional staff since January 2012. He currently works and lives in Washington, D.C. Devron was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science.
What is the most interesting aspect of what you do?
Working in the Senate itself…I'm privileged to have a first-hand view at how our government functions. The ability to watch a live filibuster, stay late for hundreds of roll call votes, and work through a government shutdown have been priceless learning opportunities.
What is your best memory of UNLV?
Simply the campus, I think it is awesome that within the busy urbanized city of Las Vegas there lies a place between Pida Plaza & the Rose Garden where decade old trees sit along the grass. I've always felt that UNLV is unlike anywhere else in the city. Also, the friends I met during the freshman orientation play fair. I was able to visit in the student union, share classes, and walk through the tunnel of Thomas & Mack with these same people. There is more to college than classes and exams; it's healthy to socialize and be involved.
Who were your role models?
At the University, it was Dr. Deanna Davis from the University Student Support Services Center. We met my freshman year and she was my advisor throughout college and was always available for guidance or to answer questions. Dr. Alexis Kennedy was also helpful with pushing me to focus on my professional development. I'm sure I could go on listing people, but I'll end with my mother.
If students are interested in following in your footsteps, what is the best way to proceed?
Internships, internships, internships, and internships. It's a sacrifice of time, but it can truly introduce you to a field and start the lifelong process of building a network. Also, it is very important to build relationships with your professors and advisors. I always strived to be more than a name or L/NSHE number.