As a self-described “nerd,” Selden has an insatiable curiosity, especially when it comes to the question, “what led us to this point?” Her passion for history is a common thread in her life, informing the research she puts in for many JS client projects.
It all started with her name, which links back across the generations to her early ancestors in the U.K. Regular childhood trips with her grandmother to visit museums and historical sites fueled an interest in Civil War History, which expanded to U.S. History and the Cold War as she grew older.
After graduating as high school valedictorian in Augusta, Ga., Selden set off for Vanderbilt University, thinking her affinity for languages would point her to a career in the Foreign Service. Ultimately, she stayed on the history track, graduating magna cum laude, with a dual major in U.S. History and Latin American Studies. Her Vandy resume includes six months learning about politics and culture in Santiago, Chile and three years serving as an undergraduate writing consultant.
During college, Selden spent two summers archiving collections at The Augusta Museum of History. One involved an antique bottle collection; the other documented personal recordings and memorabilia from the James Brown Estate, which made her a fan for life. After college, she interned in Edelman’s consumer practice before joining us to work on campaigns for Toyota, Coca-Cola and higher education clients.
When she’s not reading historical fiction, Selden enjoys gardening on the terrace of her Atlanta apartment. But, her story is just getting started. This Phi Beta Kappa is a sure bet to pursue a graduate degree someday, staying true to the motto, “love of learning is the guide of life.”