Madeline Sweeney is a Legislative Assistant at Mehlman Castagnetti. In this role, she supports the firm’s Democratic team and works with clients to execute their strategic long- and short-term goals in Washington. She handles daily scheduling operations, preparing background materials on legislative priorities, managing coalitions, and organizing panels, travel and fly-ins. She also handles Democratic fundraising and special events.
Before joining Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Madeline served in a variety of intern positions: with the Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco; in the Constituency Office of Andy Slaughter, Labour member of United Kingdom Parliament’s House of Commons; in the Global Europe Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and with the U.S. Department of State, serving as summer intern to former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Matthew Barzun. Most recently, Madeline worked as a legislative intern for Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke [D-NY-09] in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Of special significance for Madeline has been her work with Aspen Network in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked five consecutive summers as a camp counselor for young people with social differences and anxiety disorders, including autism spectrum behaviors. She was very passionate about introducing campers to the beauty of the natural wilderness in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. When not at camp, she assisted with leading weekly social and living skills support groups for teens and young adults with spectrum behaviors.
Madeline earned a bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of San Francisco, where she was president of the Model United Nations team. She also has a master’s degree in International Relations from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where she was a member of the women’s and co-ed water polo teams—a sport she has played since childhood. There her studies focused on homegrown radicalization and counter-radicalization in Western Europe and North America, as well as on weapons proliferation and international security.