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Beonica (pronounced Bianca) hails from the Windy City--Chicago, Illinois. After observing the ills of gentrification and experiencing the joys of community activism, she became passionate about developing public policy that shapes communities and families. She exercised this passion when she founded and managed a mentorship program for incarcerated teenagers called at Pere Marquette Juvenile Prison. She developed a comprehensive curriculum targeted at improving core academic competencies and recruited students from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) to mentor the teens. During the program, many of the teens obtained their GED and one teen enrolled in a university upon her release from prison.
Beonica is currently a third year law student at Rutgers School of Law. During her first and second years of law school, she interned for an Appellate Judge, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, and the New York City Law Department. Prior to law school she attended Graduate School at the University of Illinois where she researched the most efficient and effective ways to execute public policy. She implemented her research, presentation, and policy skills when she worked alongside the Legislative Director for a Labor Union and the Legislative Liaison for a Finance and Real Estate Association. During this time, she assisted in the passage of the Illinois KidCare bill, a bi-partisan bill that guaranteed healthcare to all children.
She aspired to have a greater impact at the state level so she pursued and obtained a position in the Legislative Affairs Division of the Office of the Governor. She organized and handled the legislative agenda of forty state agencies. Beonica also became a respected adjunct faculty member at SIUE, Lewis & Clark Community College, and St. Louis Community College where she taught Political Science to our future leaders for three years.
She is excited to be a part of the Computer and Technology Journal. She looks forward to researching and writing about how technology can advance government and public policy. Beonica resides in Princeton, New Jersey with her spouse, Eric and their three children.
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