Katie Romaine is a government affairs intern at the Vandenberg Coalition. She is a recent graduate from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she majored in political science and history. During her sophomore year she helped found a chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society and served as the chapter’s president her junior and senior years. Through the various events and opportunities AHS availed her to, Katie developed a much richer understanding of American foreign policy and the importance of strong, principled leadership. This appreciation led her to work on a senior thesis titled “Statesmanship Preceding War: FDR’s Entry into World War II.” She examined Roosevelt’s efforts to move public opinion to prepare for WWII during a time where isolationist sentiment was at a high. These efforts, coupled with a novel interpretation of presidential power, allowed the US and its allies to properly prepare for war against the Axis Powers.
Her passion for national defense and readiness came from her summer 2021 internship with The Heritage Foundation where she focused on the defense budget, publishing commentary in the Daily Signal and supporting research on naval capabilities for the 2022 Index of U.S. Military Strength. Following this, she was selected for the Ronald Reagan Institute – Alexander Hamilton Society National Defense Fellowship, where she participated in a four-day defense bootcamp, hearing from various leading defense experts. This was followed by attendance at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California.