Name: Staci Martin
Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Texas and Wisconsin.
Where do you currently call home? Virginia Beach
Occupation: Tourism Economic Development, Virginia Tourism Corp.
Adjunct Faculty—English, Old Dominion University
Favorite part about the job: Assisting rural localities and small businesses diversify their revenue streams; teaching college students how to think and not what to think.
Your first job ever: Burger King
Favorite Book/Currently Reading: All-time favorite book is "Dune" by Frank Herbert. Favorite non-fiction "Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson
Comfort Food: Oyster Stew--no potatoes!
What’s playing in your car right now? 80’s dub step dance remixes
Addicted to podcasts? What are the top three you listen to? Nope.
Next journey? New York City; meeting high school exchange student friends from Germany for our 30th reunion.
Favorite Virginia destination? Everywhere and anywhere in Virginia She’s got it all.
First political memory? Ronald Reagan's Challenger Space Shuttle speech. I now use it in class to teach rhetorical strategy compared to George Bush's Columbia Space Shuttle speech.
Best advice you ever received? "Donate time; not money."--Alvin Jones, Governor Allen appointee and "Enough is as good as a feast"--Laura Ingalls Wilder
If you could have dinner with anyone currently living, whom would it be and why? Frank Herbert. The tripod of politics, environment, and religion reflected in Dune is exactly what we are dealing with in the modern era.
One thing most people would be surprised to learn about you? I rarely watch television
Ambition, political or otherwise? Working on a great American novel and laying the groundwork for executive service and/or elected office.
Favorite part about the PLP so far? Learning different perspectives and the complexities of governance.