STACY PARKER LE MELLE is the author of Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House (Ecco/HarperCollins). She is the communications director for the Afghan Women's Writing Project and chronicles stories for The Katrina Experience, an Oral History Project. She served as primary contributor to McSweeney's Voices from the Storm: The People of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath and contributed to To Light a Fire: 20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project. Her recent nonfiction appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Apogee Journal, Cura, The Atlas Review, The Nervous Breakdown, The Fem, Entropy, and the The Florida Review where she was a finalist for the 2014 Editors’ Prize for nonfiction. She is the founder of Harlem Against Violence, Homophobia, and Transphobia and the co-founder of the First Person Plural Reading Series. As a GWU student and graduate she served for five years in the Clinton White House, first as a long-time intern in George Stephanopoulos's office, and later as an assistant to Paul Begala. She also worked as a presidential advance person, preparing and staffing presidential and First Lady trips abroad, including visits to Abuja , Ho Chi Minh City, Okinawa, New Delhi, Ankara, Cologne, Merida, London, Moscow, Tokyo, St. Petersburg, & Addis Ababa.