Alumni Involved with Beyond BYU: Blake Day

Tell us about yourself:
I am from Boise, Idaho, but also lived in Atlanta and Chicago growing up. I studied International Relations at BYU and also met my wife at BYU. We got married New Year’s Eve 2011 in the Los Angeles Temple. I currently work in campaign fundraising for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, but would like to work in foreign policy after this election cycle.

Why is it important for alumni to be involved with the BYUPAS DC Chapter?
The DC Chapter of BYUPAS is one of the easiest ways for BYU alumni from all different backgrounds to network and feel connected to their alma mater. It seems like DC is all about who you know, and the DC Chapter of BYUPAS is a great way to branch out, meet new people, and learn about new possibilities. It is also a great way to give back to students and recent graduates who might be struggling to get their footing in DC.

How did you get started in your career in DC?
I interned in Senator Hatch’s office in 2012 through BYU’s Washington Seminar program. Following that internship and graduation from BYU, I kept in contact with Senator Hatch’s chief of staff. When I was looking for a job out here in DC, I sent him my resume and he passed it along to the committee, eventually leading to this job. I’m a perfect example of the importance and making and keeping those connections!

Do you have a favorite DC spot?
After living in Atlanta I became a huge Braves fan and absolutely love baseball. Consequently, one of my favorite DC spots is Nationals Park; especially when the Braves are in town and beating up on the Nationals!

What’s your dream job?
I served a mission in the Philippines and have always been interested in diplomacy, so my dream job would be to serve as the United States Ambassador to the Philippines.