Mike Brodo is rising junior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and hails from Holliston, Massachusetts. After spending his teenage years as a political activist and operative in his home state of Massachusetts, Brodo shifted his focus toward Washington, DC, where his studies center on African politics and development.

A graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School, Brodo became known in the Massachusetts political scene (#mapoli) during his time in high school, especially within Republican circles. He served as the state chairman of the Massachusetts Teenage Republicans from 2017-2018, and was a regional field director on the John Kingston for US Senate campaign in 2018. Additionally, Brodo has filled numerous political volunteer positions since embarking on his political career with Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign in New Hampshire in 2016.

In the fall of 2019, things came full circle when Brodo had the opportunity to spend the semester interning in Senator Rubio’s office on Capitol Hill. While Brodo is no longer as active in campaign and state politics, he still enjoys meeting up with his friends to discuss the latest in #mapoli.

Brodo’s new focus on African politics and development is only at its beginning, but has resulted in an internship at a USAID-funded public health clinic in Tanzania in the summer of 2019, as well as the aforementioned Rubio internship, where Brodo informed foreign policy staff on US-Africa policy. Brodo currently serves as a research assistant for the African Studies Program at Georgetown University, providing him with valuable research and policy experience.

Along with his focus on the African continent, Brodo’s other passion revolves around promoting productive, policy-driven discourse in politics, and specifically engaging young Republicans to chart a new vision for the GOP. Given this deep interest and desire to have a current impact on the political scene, he decided to found and chair “Gen Z GOP,” an organization dedicated to finding balance, formulating solutions, and focusing on the future.

Brodo hopes to pursue a career in US-Africa policy, preferably through a federal agency.