Gov't ****down

Head into the weekend with Friday Happy Hour

Welcome to the Friday Happy Hour, a periodic commentary micopod from the hosts of ASPN. On this special Gov't ****down episode, Jenna Valente, the host of the Sea Change Podcast and full-time ocean policy advocate, sits down during this short, 101-style explainer to share how we got here, thoughts on the budget, and insights from federal employees about how this shutdown is impacting their lives.

Jenna Valente

A passion for conservation and appreciation for the natural world was engrained in Jenna at a young age. Her father was in the Coast Guard. This meant she always had the fortune of living near the ocean, including Hawaii, Washington State, and Maine. Both of her parents encouraged her to spend the majority of her time outside. As a result, she finds that she is most comfortable barefoot and exploring the coast, countryside, or mountains. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the sheer power of it all. Jenna joined the American Littoral Society as the Healthy Oceans Coalition Coordinator from the Chesapeake Research Consortium where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna completed her Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015 and also has her Bachelors in Communication and Journalism from the University of Maine.