Bronson Elliott Woods, Casey Fellow | President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

I was born and raised in a conservative and liberal Christian family in Indianapolis, IN. I graduated from Lawrence Central High School, where I served as a student athletic trainer and President of the 2001 Student Government Association. Directly after high school, I began school at both IUPUI and Indiana Business College, and served as a Congressional aide in the office of the late Congresswoman Julia Carson. I developed my calling to serve the community at large under Representative Carson’s wing.

After working closely with the Member for a period of time, Rep. Carson recognized my ambition to serve, and influenced me to build my resume by serving in the US Military. In 2003, post 9/11, I enlisted to serve in the United States Air Force. I served active duty for three years and then transferred to the Texas Air National Guard, where I served at the Ellington Field AG Base in Houston, TX. This allowed me to focus on finishing my undergraduate degree at Texas Southern University.

In my time in Houston, I had the opportunity to serve in the 18th Congressional District of Texas in the office of United States Congresswoman, Sheila Jackson Lee. As her Special Assistant/Senior District Liaison/Press, I directed all veteran affairs, military, EEOC, Social Security, Department of Education, Housing, and Immigration cases. In addition to cases, I was responsible for preparing speeches and handling press conferences in the Houston District offices. Along with the Member, I also had the opportunity to assist thousands of displaced persons in the post Hurricane Katrina and Ike aftermath.

My interest exists solely around serving the disadvantaged, whether it be in a community in America or a third world country. I recently spent 40 days in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia serving on a humanitarian mission at the Mother Teresa home for the dying destitutes as a volunteer physical therapist. In addition to serving the sick, I had the unique opportunity to study along side with the Senior Bishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

I am a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Congressional Black Caucus Associates, NAACP, Houston Urban League Young Professionals, Houston Health Museum Young Professionals, and the Association for the Study of African American Life & History. My current leadership role include Community Relations Director for the Student Christian League.

Currently, I’m in my second year of the Masters of Divinity Program at the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center. I’m studying Systematic Theology and Liberation. My plan is to pursue a Ph.D in either Humanities or Philosophy, and ultimately make my contribution in the world to the academy of higher learning.

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