Lee Business School Graduate T.J. Wenzel Headed to White House, Then Wall Street

Tlamelo “T.J.” Wenzel
Dec. 21, 2015

Fall 2015 Lee Business School Economics graduate Tlamelo “T.J.” Wenzel has a lot to celebrate. In January, T.J. will join the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Legislative Affairs as an intern in Washington D.C.  In June, T.J. will relocate to New York City where he has accepted a position as an investment banking analyst with J.P. Morgan.

Legislative Affairs internship duties include monitoring and tracking legislation and committee hearings, processing Congressional correspondence, assisting with hearing prep and presentation materials, delivering reports to Capitol Hill, and other tasks as needed.

A 2012 graduate of Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, T.J. received a B.A. in Economics with a Minor in Finance from the Lee Business School.  While at UNLV, he served as the Director of the student run Rebel Venture Fund and was active in the UNLV Financial Management Association. Additional achievements include: UNLV Exceptional Economics Student, SJ Hall Outstanding Economics Student, Deans List (every semester), UNLV Excellence Scholarship, DaVita Foundation Scholarship, and Millennium Scholarship.

"Studying Economics at the UNLV Lee Business School has given me the training and knowledge to be a competitive applicant for almost any program - the amount of opportunity and support available at LBS has far exceeded my expectations. Through interning at the White House then returning to work in investment banking in New York, I hope to build a skill set and network that will allow me to make a positive difference on the economic and financial environment for the world around me," said Wenzel.

The OMB’s Office of Legislative Affairs works closely with White House Office of Legislative Affairs, Federal Agency Legislative Affairs offices, and Congressional offices on current legislative issues.  The office conveys information and strategies to the Director to inform decisions on Administration policies.  The office, in turn, disseminates budget materials, descriptions of relevant concerns, and statements to Congress to communicate the Administration’s positions. The Office of Legislative Affairs also advises the OMB Director and the organization on legislative issues and developments, provides expertise on the congressional budget process, oversees correspondence with the Hill, and manages the clearance and transmittal of the President’s Budget and the Administration’s Statements of Administration Policy.