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Ameshia Cross

Master's in Public Administration graduate with a flair for politics wins title as Miss Black Chicago

Posted: 08/06/2012
Six months ago, Ameshia Cross (MPA, ’12) appeared on CNN, talking about a course she was taking on the Occupy movement with Roosevelt University Associate Professor of Political Science Jeff Edwards.

Today, the Roosevelt graduate is Miss Black Chicago and a public affairs assistant for Democratic political strategist David Axelrod and his public affairs and consulting firm, ASGK Public Strategies.

“My education at Roosevelt University has given me an opportunity to learn about public policymaking and to experience on the ground what is going on in the policymaking arena,” Cross said.

An intern in 2009 at the White House who worked under President Barack Obama’s former press secretary Robert Gibbs, Cross has worked on election campaigns for Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.
“In order to be a successful government policymaker, you need to understand both sides of an issue,” said Cross, who received that kind of training in Roosevelt University’s Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) program.

“It was very important to me to have professors who actually have worked in the government field and for them to share their knowledge about policymaking,” said Cross, who, as Miss Black Chicago 2013, is currently working at the grassroots level in Chicago on gang and gun violence prevention.

Cross credited the Occupy Everywhere course she took in the spring at Roosevelt with increasing her understanding of the history, organization and evolution of social movements.

“It was a very interesting experience in which I got a better sense of how social movements are organized, how they get started and how their leaders emerge,” she said.

Cross will compete for the title of Miss Black Illinois later this fall, and if she wins she could compete next year in the Miss Black USA competition. However, her ultimate goal is to be a successful community organizer, and to one day run for public office.

"I want to be effective in working across the community against gangs, guns and violence,” she said.

For more information, visit Cross’ Miss Black Illinois fundraising page at: