Fritz struggled with confidence early on during her time as an undergraduate student and experienced an “imposter syndrome, feeling like everyone's going to find out that you don't know what you're doing or talking about.” To curb that feeling, she advised college students to follow their passions with a mind open to possibilities. “At the end of the day, the only way to learn about something you don't know how to do is to do it.” Fritz said. “Say yes to it. Even if you don't have all the information, or even if you don't know what you're doing.”
Fritz graduated from the University of Delaware in 2018 with a degree in media communications and political science and a minor in legal studies. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at The George Washington University and was recently selected to be one of the women’s leadership fellows within the program. Proclaiming herself to be a “political nerd,” she listens to podcasts such as Pod Save America, The Daily and The Journal almost every day.
Along with being a part-time graduate student, Fritz works as a government affairs coordinator for Expedia Group. In the months leading up to Election Day, Fritz and her colleagues launched “Expedians Vote 2020,” a civic engagement campaign designed to educate and inform US-based employees, particularly first-time voters. Their online civic action center drew significant traffic and engagement.
“It's exciting from a data perspective how much I personally am able to move the needle by directing this program for Expedia employees.” she said.
More than 1,000 employees attended a “Power of the Ballot” panel discussion, organized by her team and hosted by CEO Peter Kern. They organized a poll worker volunteer recruitment drive, and employees received time off to vote or volunteer on Election Day. Fritz also served as a poll worker in the Washington D.C. area in November.
“I think it's easy, coming from my walk of life to judge people who might not vote,” she said. “But what I've learned from this experience of running this Get Out the Vote campaign is a lot of people just don't have an interest in politics. They don't understand it, and they don't think that it impacts their day-to-day life. And therefore, voting isn't important to them. What I'm trying to do now is just make voting accessible to the people within my immediate network.”
According to Fritz, it is not a question of whether the new U.S. president can do his or her job at a national level, but whether communities can come together to form grassroots advocacy groups. “We can see how much the local government has a say over the criminal justice system and over the police department. As we've seen with the Black Lives Matter movement, state and local elections do matter.” Fritz said.
Moving forward, Fritz said she is “cautiously optimistic” about what the future holds. “I hope that, regardless of what happens, our country is going to start to focus on the issues that impact people the most.” she said.