If it hadn't been for Paul Fabrizio and Tina Bertrand, Abel Romero ’11, might not be where he is today.
And where he is today is quite impressive. Abel now is the director of government relations at the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance in Washington, D.C. Abel grew up in Hamlin, earned a bachelor's degree in political science from McMurry, and then headed for the nation's capital. It's been quite a ride.
"There's nothing quite like being in Washington if you're interested in politics," Abel said.
In August 2015, Abel spoke to political science classes at McMurry about how he got from Hamlin to McMurry to Washington.
Abel came to McMurry in the fall of 2006 intending to get a degree in music. But he later changed his mind when he was introduced to political science and government. He quickly realized he had a keen interest in how the United States operates in the international community, especially in the area of defense policy. So, he began to concentrate on those areas as he sought his political science degree.
"After I finished," he said, "I decided to pursue that even further."
He got an internship in the office of a Texas Congressman and then with the National Nuclear Security Administration. In December 2014, Abel earned a master's degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University's Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, located in Fairfax, Va.
Abel then was named a Van Cleave Fellow with the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, where he now is employed.
Today, he spends most of his time visiting with staffers in the offices of members of key congressional committees. The agency he works for is known as an NGO or nongovernmental organization. According to the alliance's website, it is the "only organization in existence whose primary mission is to educate the American public about missile defense issues and to recruit, organize, and mobilize proponents to advocate for the critical need of missile defense."
Abel had a better way of saying it.
"It's a very complex problem," he said.