Young Alumna of the Year 2020: Amy (Baker) Baddley ’14

by | Sep 12, 2023

Amy (Baker) Baddley ’14, an English major with an economics minor, completed her Bethel degree in Washington, D.C., through the American Studies Program with hopes of kickstarting a public policy career in the nation’s capital. That summer, she participated in the American Enterprise Institute’s Summer Fellowship program before accepting full-time employment in the House of Representatives. For three years, she served as a legislative assistant for a congressman from Oklahoma and cut her teeth in federal policy, legislative drafting and congressional procedure.

When her husband was offered the opportunity to obtain his Master’s in Theological Studies at Harvard, they moved to Cambridge, Mass., and she accepted employment at athenahealth, a health technology company. She first served as a product associate, managing a technology-enabled physician workflow, and later transitioned to become the company’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Senior Associate. In this capacity, she used her prior experience in federal policy to advocate for legislation and regulations that promote technological innovation and enable better patient outcomes.

Five years of experience in public policy confirmed her passion for our nation’s legal and legislative processes, so she decided to pursue legal education at Vanderbilt Law School to continue growing in this field. She is currently a Juris Doctor Candidate at Vanderbilt Law.

“At Bethel, I was exposed to psychology, history, literature, philosophy, theology, economics, languages, and fine arts. I was taught to interweave these disciplines, think critically and communicate effectively about them, consider new perspectives, and develop informed thoughts and opinions. In short, I learned well how to learn well.”

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