Field Representative Office of Assemblymember Rudy Salas
Athena Skapiniakis was a Maddy Legislative Intern in the Bakersfield office of Assemblymember Rudy Salas in the Spring of 2017. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications at CSU Bakersfield where she was Editor-in-chief, Features Editor and Reporter of The Runner and also served as a Public Affairs and Communications Specialist for the President’s Monthly Update and CSUB Magazine.
The Maddy Institute internship allowed me to gain invaluable experience in policy and legislative affairs in a state-level office. After my internship, I was later offered a position as a field representative in the same office. Beginning as an intern allowed me to transition smoothly as new full-time staff. Both experiences have helped immensely in developing my professional growth and journey in government.
In 2015, she pursued a MPA at CSU Bakersfield while also serving as a Police Department Intern at Bakersfield Police Department. After obtaining her MPA, she joined the office of Assemblymember Rudy Salas full time.