The vision of Rainier Scholars extends beyond college graduation by creating leaders who embrace the challenges facing our country and our world. Cultivating professional networks is a critical part of this process as our scholars build rewarding careers. The work of Rainier Scholars as a catalyst within our alumni circles creates meaningful opportunities and powerful moments.

Jamari Torrence (Cohort II, Howard University, political science grad) recently experienced such an opportunity – connecting with James Comey, the former FBI Director. The meeting was set up by Stella Choi, COO at BlackRock who has long been a supportive and engaged corporate partner with Rainier Scholars. Their company commitment in supporting internships, financial literacy and career development activities for our scholars has created a strong partnership.

Jamari is currently working at a political consulting agency in Washington D.C. and immediately seized the opportunity to connect with Director Comey. They had a great meeting and Jamari reported “I really enjoyed his openness and frankness. We talked about everything from the law enforcement community’s relationship with minority communities to politics 2018.”

Jamari and Comey exchanged contact information. Jamari hopes this new connection will support his future career ambitions as well as his desire to make a positive impact as a leader in this world.

Thank you Stella Choi, for creating the opportunity, and thank you Jamari for representing the vision and hope of Rainier Scholars.