2009-07-01 / Education

East grad receives political 'Rising Star' award

Amherst native Christopher N. Malagisi, 28, president of the Young Conservatives Coalition, received the Campaigns & Elections Politics Magazine "Rising Star" award.

One of the most prestigious honors in politics, the award goes to people age 35 or younger who have already made a significant mark in political advocacy. The magazine chose 10 Republicans, 10 Democrats and seven nonpartisan leaders this year out of a pool of several hundred nominees.

"Capping off an historic election year, we received a record number of nominations for this year's Rising Stars," said James Klatell, managing editor of Politics. "With so many exceptional young people working in politics today, this was an exceedingly difficult process."

The Rising Stars were honored in Washington, DC on June 12 during the 26th annual Campaigns & Elections "Art of Political Campaigning" conference.

"I am very honored to have received this award but it's more of a tribute to all the members of the YCC who have helped get our message out about the necessity of fostering youth activism within the conservative movement and Republican Party," Malagisi said.

Malagisi graduated from Williamsville East High School in 1999. He received his a master's degree in public affairs from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Public Affairs and his bachelor's in political science from American University.

He has worked on three U.S. presidential campaigns, is an adjunct professor at American University, and is director of political and online training at the Leadership Institute, a national conservative political training organization based in Arlington, Va.

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