O’Neill Alumni Spotlight

Madison Crow is a Government and Public Services Consultant at Deloitte in their Washington D.C. field office. She graduated from O’Neill in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs, majoring in Law and Public Policy. She received her Masters in Public Affairs in 2020, with a concentration in Public Management and International Development.

Can you tell our students a little bit about yourself?

Madison is an Indiana native! At Indiana University, she began her career as a political science major. Once she joined the Civic Leaders Center, she fell in love with O’Neill and the more hands-on approach to policy. At O’Neill, Madison studied abroad in Greece and London, and interned for Senator Joe Donnelly during the Washington Leadership Program. She graduated in 3 years and pursued her Master’s in Public Affairs with a concentration in Public Management and International Development. Currently, Madison works as a Government and Public Services Consultant where she works with national security and defense clients. 

What did your professional journey look like from college to your position today? 

Throughout school, Madison had a policy interest in national security and defense. In the Washington Leadership Program, she interned for Senator Joe Donnelly to learn more about the workings of the public sector. However, she decided that she likes policy processing more than implementation, which takes place in the private sector. She likes the flexibility and versatility of the private sector which allows her to work with different clients. This peaks Madison’s interest in having different advancement opportunities while maintaining her policy interests and federal government work. 

What skills are most important in your role? 

Madison’s role revolves around working with other people. She needs to work with people who have differing political views and must be flexible since circumstances change all the time, utilizing her soft skills. When communicating with others, she makes a note to know the audience she is speaking to when giving. Madison has to be mindful of who receives what information, leads phone calls, and reads people to perceive their needs. She has to be receptive to feedback and be open to making changes in her work. In her work, she has strong organizational and time management skills to prioritize which tasks need tending to first.   

Our school’s motto is “Lead for the Greater Good,” what does this mean to you?   

Madison believes that to Lead for the Greater Good is to act with compassion in all aspects of your life. Great leaders bring others along in their successes and notice when others need help. Leading for the greater good means doing the best to serve others in your job. 

By Sophia Hottois
Sophia Hottois Peer Educator