CCPS Staff


Hannah Purkey

Program Coordinator, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies

Hannah serves as the Program Coordinator for the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at the School of Public Affairs. In this role, she is responsible for the administrative and operative functions required to carry out the research, events management, financial management and administrative and staff support for CCPS. Hannah has worked for American University since April 2017, holding positions at the Washington College of Law: Program on Law and Government, and at the Office of Development. Hannah is from Pittsburgh originally and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Communication and Rhetoric. She is currently working towards her M.A. in Education, Education Policy and Leadership at American University.

Elisabeth St. Onge

Assistant Director, Campaign Management Institute

Elisabeth St. Onge is the Assistant Director for the Campaign Management Institute. She aids the Director in developing syllabi, organizing online course administration, and managing coordination of guest speakers. Prior to joining CCPS, Elisabeth has worked at various organizations within the political sphere. She held an Art and Marketing Fellow position with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party; worked as the Director of Communications for the American University Undergraduate Senate; and interned in the offices of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, British MP David Lammy, and the Senate Rules Committee. Elisabeth also currently serves as the Energy Program Communications Intern at World Resources Institute. Elisabeth recently graduated with her B.A. in Political Science from American University and will graduate with her M.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Applied Politics from American University this winter. 

Sophie Frantz

Assistant Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute

Sophie Frantz is the Assistant Director of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute and has been a part of CCPS since January 2020. In this role she helps the Director organize workshops and courses discussing ethical lobbying and political influence in advocacy. She also works to coordinate guest speakers, develop a schedule of events, and works with SPA to manage and execute PAAI. Previously, Sophie has worked in both state and federal politics, working for the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, the US Senate, and working on a Congressional campaign. She has also held positions working in the non-profit and private sector, interning for Planned Parenthood, the Maine Women’s Lobby, and Unum. Sophie is currently a BA/MA student at American University pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration after receiving her BA in Political Science with a specialization in Public Policy in December 2021.