Jordan Arnold, MPA ’25, of Lexington, Virginia, graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a major in Economics and Political & Social Thought. After graduating, Jordan spent two years as a college adviser in Covington, Virginia with the College Advising Corps, helping low-income and first-generation students find a path for life after high school. She was one of nine college advisers, out of more than 800, selected to serve on the College Advising Corps CEO Advisory Council. Jordan also worked as a research associate for the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, authoring papers on middle mile networks and data-driven agriculture. While in college, Jordan interned with the Economic Research Office in the Small Business Administration, where she completed research on non-employer businesses and rural job destruction during the Great Recession.
Jordan was awarded “highest distinction” for her undergraduate thesis on the impact of municipally owned internet networks on rural communities. At UVA, Jordan was a Jefferson Scholar, an Echols Scholar, and a member of the Raven Society. She was awarded the 2019 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, given each year to two students in the graduating class who exhibit excellence of character and service to humanity.