Jennifer Barton Boysko ’89 will be the guest speaker at Hollins University’s 176th Commencement Exercises, which will be held Sunday, May 20 at 10 a.m. on the school’s historic Front Quadrangle.
Boysko majored in psychology and French at Hollins, but found herself in politics immediately after graduation, working in the U.S. Senate office of Richard Shelby from her home state of Alabama. Later she took a job at a D.C. government-relations firm as a legislative assistant. Boysko paused her career to be a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters, but stayed busy volunteering for Democratic campaigns, including serving as the Virginia director for the 2004 presidential campaign of Howard Dean. In 2008, Boysko took a job as a liaison to the town of Herndon for a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. In 2016 Boysko won the election for the Virginia House of Delegates for the 86th district. She credited EMILY’s List—founded by Ellen Malcolm ’69—with providing financial and logistical help in both of her elections.