2021 - 2022 Coro Fellows in Public Affairs

Lindsey Aquino-Robles

Lindsey Aquino-Robles (she/her/hers) graduated as a first-generation student from Saint Mary’s College of California with a BA in Politics and a BA in Spanish Linguistics, Alpha Mu Gamma

Born in Santa Cruz, California, her roots are native indigenous from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Raised in a predominantly white community, she has seen the injustices BIPOC communities face on a daily basis, especially those who migrate from other countries. Lindsey has always been proud of and connected to her origin which has allowed her to advocate for the Latino community by being an active member of Senderos, a non-profit organization in Santa Cruz, that works on creating pathways for the Latino community in the County.

Lindsey looks forward to continuing her work and deepening her knowledge on how to best support underrepresented communities. After Coro, Lindsey will pursue a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Affairs.

Government Placement – Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Equity and Engagement 
Nonprofit Placement – Neighborhood Legal Services
Business Placement – 
Bridging the Gap Development, LLC
Innovation Placement – Idea Foundry
Final Placement – Welcoming Pittsburgh

 

Ilan Berkman

Ilan’s (he/him/his) commitment to social justice and fascination with language, storytelling, and education began with his upbringing in Amherst, Massachusetts. Ilan is a graduate of Vassar College, where he majored in Media Studies and Hispanic Studies, and enjoyed a semester in Valparaíso, Chile. His college career culminated in a thesis examining identity and immigration discourse through the lens of bilingual children’s television. 

Ilan has worked as an educator in a range of contexts. He has taught English in Spain, filmmaking in California, Ultimate Frisbee in Israel, and writing at the Common School, the Vassar College Writing Center, and the Great Books Summer Program. An avid language learner, writer, and digital media producer, Ilan is dedicated to making multicultural learning universally accessible, and connecting people across territorial, linguistic, and cultural borders. 

Ilan’s tireless curiosity spans across disciplines. He devotes his free time to studying languages (Spanish, French, and Hebrew), practicing photography, videography, graphic design, and creative writing, and learning new instruments. Ilan enjoys developing the cross-sectoral leadership skills necessary to create a more globally-minded and equitable United States.

Government Placement – City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Community Health & Safety
Nonprofit Placement – Arts Ed Collaborative
Business Placement – Digital Dream Labs
Innovation Placement – Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation
Final Placement – Entertainment Technology Center – CMU

Derek Blackwell

Derek Blackwell (he/him/his) is a native of Washington D.C., but Prince George’s County, MD is the place he likes to call home. Blackwell’s professional journey began with attending Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland. 

Derek’s time working for state and local officials catalyzed his love for Prince George’s County. He developed a key understanding of how leadership and policy affect peoples’ lives; those experiences also showed him that there is room for growth within himself. This is what prompted Blackwell to apply to the Coro Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Blackwell had the opportunity to enhance his soft skills and learn hard skills at his Coro placements while building communities and assisting vulnerable populations in the process.

Upon completing the fellowship, Blackwell aims to continue his education in a graduate school or law program. Blackwell hopes to use his newly gained knowledge and skills to build communities and bring out the best in people. In his spare time, he enjoys playing cards with friends, reading, and exercising. Blackwell’s passion for helping people and making a change is a welcoming challenge he takes on every day in his life.

Government Placement – City of Duquesne, City Manager’s Office
Nonprofit Placement – Action Housing
Business Placement – UPMC
Innovation Placement – MSA Safety, R&D Department
Final Placement – City of Pittsburgh Controller’s Office

Jonathan Casson

Jonathan (he/him/his) is a recent graduate of Cornell University, where he studied Government and History. Jonathan focused his studies on international affairs, national defense policy, and foreign conflict. While completing his degree, Jonathan worked as a National Security Intern at Government Accountability Project, and was heavily involved with the Cornell Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. Throughout his time at Cornell, he developed a deep passion for public service and veterans’ issues. Jonathan hopes to utilize his time as a Coro Fellow to explore his interests and gain the tools necessary to grow as a public servant. In the future, Jonathan is committed to tackling the challenges facing America’s veterans and military personnel.

In his free time, Jonathan is an avid outdoorsman. Originally from Colorado, he enjoys backpacking, rock-climbing, and skiing. He also has an interest in travel, and he loves exploring cultures and worldviews different from his own. After the Coro Fellowship, Jonathan hopes to continue his studies in a graduate program.

Government Placement – The People’s Office
Nonprofit Placement – NAMI Keystone
Business Placement – Whistle
Innovation Placement – City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance,  CityLab Program
Final Placement – Zero Fossil

Sushmita Das

Sushmita (she/her/hers) is a community-driven emerging professional. Her Bengali roots and first-generation work ethic have enabled her to succeed in both her personal and professional goals.

Sushmita’s unique perspective has led her to pursue a career in the legal advocacy field, combining the challenges she saw in her community with a passion for solving complex social dynamics. Her path led her to be the first in her family to pursue a degree, graduating from Temple University. Sushmita holds a BBA in Legal Studies and a minor in MIS with a focus in data analytics. While pursuing her education, Sushmita took advantage of opportunities to volunteer and intern with government agencies, legal associations, and nonprofits to ensure a well-rounded perspective of the industry.

Government Placement – The People’s Office
Nonprofit Placement – Global Pittsburgh
Business Placement – Common Cause Consulting
Innovation Placement – City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance
Final Placement – involveMINT

Noah Hellum

Noah (he/him/his) is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California where he studied environmental history with a focus on its implications for modern land management. At USC, Noah served as co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Scroll Historical Journal and studied abroad at the University of Cambridge, where he developed his passion for protecting American landscapes.

Noah’s honors thesis analyzed the impact of Henry David Thoreau’s writings on the current stewardship of Maine’s North Woods. While researching the region, he took note of the way outsiders often had more say over the landscape’s future than the local residents most affected by their decisions.

Inspired by the lessons from his thesis, Noah wants to spend his career helping communities revitalize towns affected by the dual crises of industrial decline and environmental exploitation. After the fellowship concludes, he will attend law school this fall.

Government Placement – Pittsburgh City Council District 4
Nonprofit Placement – Landforce
Business Placement – MSA Safety
Innovation Placement – Civic Champs
Final Placement – Roots of Faith

Jakob Hess

Jakob (he/him/his) attended Orange Coast College and studied Economics and Sociology while working a myriad of odd jobs. He transferred to Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he served as an executive member of the Mills Series, led the College Democrats, and earned statewide recognition with the Speech and Debate Team. He joined Organizing Corps 2020, a DNC-sponsored effort to recruit staff for the 2020 presidential election, and worked on the Biden-Harris campaign as a Field Organizer in eastern Pennsylvania. Following the election, Jakob graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Law and a minor in Anthropology and Sociology. After Coro, he hopes to work on a 2022 state-wide race and eventually earn a joint degree in law and public policy to inform his future public service.

In his free time, Jakob enjoys watching superhero movies, occasionally cashing in poker tournaments, and listening to political podcasts at 2x speed.

Government Placement – City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations
Nonprofit Placement – Trying Together
Business Placement – Ampersand Political Consulting
Innovation Placement – MSA Safety R&D Department
Final Placement – 

Jasmine Mao

Jasmine Mao (she/they) is a community builder and student of abolition originally from Virginia, unceded Manahoac land. 

Between their academic years at the University of Virginia, Jasmine served as a senior orientation leader with their university’s Summer Orientation Program, through which they grasped, for the first time, what community looks and feels like. Grounded in the power of community care, Jasmine organized students on campus and formed Asians Revolutionizing Together (ART), a political collective of Asian/Americans which centers love and care as the basis of radical transformation. 

Currently, Jasmine focuses on deepening their study and practice of transformative justice and (prison) abolition as a means to expand their capacity for care. After Coro, Jasmine hopes to pursue a Master of Social Work and continue their commitment to building a better, more just, more life-affirming world. 

Government Placement – Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Equity and Engagement
Nonprofit Placement – YouthPlaces
Business Placement – A. Martinez, Works
Innovation Placement – Riverside Center for Innovation
Final Placement – Sprezzatura

 

Tatiana Martinez

Tatiana V. Martínez (She/Her/Ella) emigrated at age 20 from southern Perú. Upon graduation from the University of Vermont (UVM), Tatiana joined the UVM’s Mosaic Center for Students of Color (MCSC) as their Office Manager. During her tenure, she supported and empowered several generations of students of color. She created and developed multiple community programs and staple events for the benefit of marginalized communities. She spearheaded the relocation, renaming, and rebranding of the center and was the “nuts and bolts” person of the operation being budgetary, HR, and operations guru at the center. Always wearing multiple hats simultaneously, Tatiana oversaw capital expenses that led to needed ADA renovations at the center while she mentored students. Those students also became her mentors.

Tatiana holds her MBA from Champlain College. Her Capstone project was a proposal for a study abroad program managed by the MCSC in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences with a curriculum focused on students of color. 

Tatiana is a traveler who loves getting lost in unknown cities and finds Pittsburgh quite charming. She believes that the best community building and business deals happen around food. She becomes friends with those who love Cheetos and/or Chocolate. 

Government Placement – City of Duquesne, City Manager’s Office
Nonprofit Placement – New Voices for Reproductive Justice
Business Placement – Self-Care Senoritas
Innovation Placement – Connect Wolf
Final Placement – Pittsburgh Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Khadajah Muhammad

Khadajah Muhammad (she/her/hers) is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh where she graduated with a bachelors of the arts in Political Science, a minor in Administration of Justice and a Global Studies certificate in Peace, Conflict, and Security. Khadajah originally hails from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and exhibits passions and a commitment in social justice for marginalized communities locally and internationally.

Khadajah’s interest in local politics and public affairs has been showcased through her work within the Pittsburgh City Council under councilman R. Daniel Lavelle. Her interests also encompass foreign policy and international development as she has worked as a virtual intern with the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). While there, she collaborated on a project that analyzed the state of racial justice both domestically and transnationally. 

Government Placement – City of Pittsburgh  Commission on Human Relations
Nonprofit Placement – YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Business Placement – MSA Safety, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Office
Innovation Placement – The Forbes Funds
Final Placement – Deep Local

Ryan Shen

Ryan (he/him/his) is a New Jersey native and a recent graduate from New York University’s Stern School of Business. There, Ryan investigated the relationship between businesses and society before transitioning to a more intensive focus on marginalized populations. He prized being able to interact with the beneficiaries and victims of social policies that influenced options for humane living. Through is work as a small-business consultant, sociologist, and GED tutor, Ryan observed the direct impact of policy on individuals.

After graduation, he worked for two years in various capacities within fashion merchandising. Each of these experiences expanded Ryan’s capacity to act with a morally sensitive conscience. In the coming months, Ryan wishes to leverage Coro’s partnerships with social institutions as he transitions to a career that broadens the nation’s commitment to scientific literacy within its most underfunded locales.

Government Placement – City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Community Health & Safety
Nonprofit Placement – Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Business Placement – Fourth Economy
Innovation Placement – Stronghold Digital Mining
Final Placement – The Forbes Funds

The Coro Pittsburgh Fellowship in Public Affairs specializes in helping civic-minded professionals take their career to the next level.

Here’s why, our leadership accelerator, is the right fit for you.

What You’ll Do: For 9 months, you will join a diverse cohort of degreed professionals from across the country. We’ll immerse you deep into the dynamics of leadership and the sustainable impact through a nonpartisan lens.

You’ll explore the government, business, nonprofit, and innovation sectors, where you will work alongside Pittsburgh’s top leaders to accomplish your most important work yet.

Coro Pittsburgh Fellows Have Served At 100+ Organizations Such As:

  • City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office 
  • Fourth Economy
  • InnovatePGH
  • Remake Learning
  • The Heinz Endowments 
  • PPG Industries
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • Health Monitoring Systems, Inc.
  • The Forbes Funds
  • Sustainable Pittsburgh
  • Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education
  • 1Hood Media
  • Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network
  • A+ Schools
  • Tree PGH

What You’ll Gain: With experiential training, high-level connections, and tailored coaching along the way, we’ll make sure you have exactly what YOU need to sustain a fulfilling and impactful career leading change.

Choosing Pittsburgh:

  • Innovative tech companies such as Duolingo, Digital Dream Labs, and Meta
  • 4,000+ local, regional, and national nonprofits serving 2.3 million people
  • 50+ universities including University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University
  • 130 municipalities diverse in population, demographics, and structure
  • A pivotal swing state with 19 electoral college votes and elections every year

 

Success After The Coro Fellowship 

Our alumni go on to work at amazing places such as:

  • City of Pittsburgh
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Google
  • United States Congress
  • The Forbes Funds
  • Warner Bros Entertainment
  • Deloitte 

Our alumni earn advanced degrees at prestigious universities including:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Harvard University
  • UCLA
  • The New School

Coro Pittsburgh has a partnership with Carnegie Mellon Heinz College and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Affairs and School of Social Work. Each program offers Fellows alumni scholarships towards a Masters Degree. 

Alumni of the Coro Fellowship who enroll in any of the master’s programs at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy are eligible for a scholarship of a minimum of 50% of tuition per semester. Prospective students can connect with CMU today or learn more about the application process. You may also email David Eber, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at deber@cmu.edu.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree as of 8/2022
  • Passion for civic engagement & working with diverse communities
  • An exceptionally strong work ethic
  • Excellent relationship-building skills & ability to work effectively in a team-based environment
  • Eligibility to work in the US

Benefits:

  • Equitable monthly stipend (based on need)
  • 50% tuition discount on masters programs at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
  • Build a portfolio of cross-sector impact

Decision Timeline:

  • Application Deadline: January 11, 2022
  • Selection Day (Virtual Interviews): March 2022
  • Offer To Participate: April 2022
  • Program Start: August 2022

To Apply: Visit http://www.corofellowship.org/apply-today/ by 1/11/2022. 

Question/Comments: contact us at recruitpgh@coropittsburgh.org

Fellows Class of 2021-2022

Lindsey Aquino-Robles (she/her)
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Education: B.A., Politics & B.A., Spanish – Saint Mary’s College of California, 2021
Government Placement – Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Equity & Engagement
Nonprofit Placement – Neighborhood Legal Services
Business Placement – Bridging the Gap Development, LLC
Innovation Placement – Idea Foundry
Final Placement – Welcoming Pittsburgh

 

Ilan Berkman (he/him)
Hometown: Amherst, MA
Education: B.A., Media Studies & B.A., Hispanic Studies – Vassar College, 2019
Government Placement – City of Pittsburgh, Office of Community Health & Safety
Nonprofit Placement – Arts Ed Collaborative
Business Placement – Digital Dream Labs, Inc.
Innovation Placement – Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corp.
Final Placement – Entertainment Technology Center – CMU

 

Derek Blackwell (he/him)
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Education: B.S., Political Science – Bowie State University, 2021
Government Placement – City of Duquesne, City Manager’s Office
Nonprofit Placement – Action Housing
Business Placement – UPMC Health Plan
Innovation Placement – MSA Safety, R&D Department
Final Placement – City of Pittsburgh Controller’s Office

 

Jonathan Casson (he/him)
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Education: B.A., Government – Cornell University, 2020
Government Placement – The People’s Office
Nonprofit Placement – NAMI Keystone
Business Placement – Whistle, LLC
Innovation Placement – City of Pittsburgh, Department of Innovation & Performance, City Labs
Final Placement – ZeroFossil

 

Sushmita Das (she/her)
Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ
Education: B.B.A., Legal Studies – Temple University, 2021
Government Placement – The People’s Office
Nonprofit Placement – Global Pittsburgh
Business Placement – Common Cause Consulting
Innovation Placement – City of Pittsburgh, Department of Innovation & Performance
Final Placement – involveMINT

Noah Hellum (he/him)
Hometown: Park Ridge, IL
Education: B.A., History – University of Southern California, 2021
Government Placement – Pittsburgh City Council, District 4
Nonprofit Placement – Landforce
Business Placement – MSA Safety
Innovation Placement – Civic Champs
Final Placement – Roots of Faith

 

Jakob Hess (he/him)
Hometown: Tenafly, NJ
Education: A.B., Government and Law – Lafayette College, 2021
Government Placement – City of Pittsburgh, Commission on Human Relations
Nonprofit Placement – Trying Together
Business Placement – Ampersand Political Consulting
Innovation Placement – MSA Safety, R&D Department
Final Placement – 

 

Jasmine Mao (she/they)
Hometown: Hamilton, VA
Education: B.A., Global Development Studies – University of Virginia, 2021
Government Placement – Allegheny County, Department of Human Services, Office of Equity & Engagement
Nonprofit Placement – YouthPlaces
Business Placement – A. Martinez, Works
Innovation Placement – Riverside Center for Innovation
Final Placement – Sprezzatura

 

Tatiana V. Martínez (she/her/ella)
Hometown: Arequipa, Perú
Education: B.C.S., Public Relations – Universidad Nacional de San Agustin, 2004;
B.A. Economics – University of Vermont, 2012;
M.B.A. – Champlain College, 2018
Government Placement – City of Duquesne, City Manager’s Office
Nonprofit Placement – New Voices for Reproductive Justice
Business Placement – Self-Care Senoritas
Innovation Placement – Connect Wolf
Final Placement – Pittsburgh Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

 

Khadajah Muhammad (she/her)
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Education: B.A., Political Science – University of Pittsburgh, 2021
Government Placement – City of Pittsburgh, Commission on Human Relations
Nonprofit Placement – YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Business Placement – MSA Safety, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Office
Innovation Placement – The Forbes Funds
Final Placement – Deep Local

 

Ryan Shen (he/him)
Hometown: Green Brook, NJ
Education: B.S., Marketing & Statistics – New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, 2019
Government Placement – City of Pittsburgh, Office of Community Health & Safety
Nonprofit Placement – Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Business Placement – Fourth Economy
Innovation Placement – Stronghold Digital Mining
Final Placement – The Forbes Funds

 

Fellows Class of 2020-2021

Priya Arya (she/her)
Hometown: Exton, PA
Education: B.S., Cell & Molecular Neuroscience – Temple University, 2015;
Certificate of Sustainable Design – Jefferson University, 2019;
Masters, Sustainable Engineering – Villanova University, 2023 (anticipated)
Government Placement – City of Pittsburgh, Department of City Planning, Sustainability & Resilience Division
Nonprofit Placement – Latino Community Center
Business Placement – MSA Safety
Innovation Placement – MSA Safety
5th Cycle Placement – 

Adelyne Bejjani (she/her)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: B.A., Political Science & Sociology – University of Pittsburgh, 2020
Government Placement – Partner4Work
Nonprofit Placement – GlobalPittsburgh
Business Placement – 12th Round Studios
Innovation Placement – Civic Champs
5th Cycle Placement – Allegheny Health Network

 

Lita Brillman (she/her)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: B.A., Women’s Studies – University of Michigan, 2017;
MPA, Social Policy – University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. 2023 (anticipated)
Government Placement – Sharpsburg Borough Council
Nonprofit Placement – Professional Women’s Network
Business Placement – RustBuilt Pgh
Innovation Placement – Family Tree Market
5th Cycle Placement – 

Amy Chong (she/her)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Education: B.S., Public Policy – University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy, 2019
MPA – University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy, 2020
Government Placement – City of Pittsburgh, Sustainability & Resilience Division
Nonprofit Placement – First Tee Pittsburgh
Business Placement – Bridging the Gap Development, LLC
Innovation Placement – Health Monitoring Systems
5th Cycle Placement – The Luma Institute

Talor Crawford (she/her)
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Education: B.S.B.A., International Business & Economics – Xavier University, 2018;
MSW, Community & Organization – St. Louis University, 2020
Government Placement – Allegheny County Department of Economic Development
Nonprofit Placement – Tri-COG Landbank
Business Placement – Fourth Economy
Innovation Placement – Fourth Economy
5th Cycle Placement – NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania

John Dominguez (he/him)
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Education: B.S., Labor & Industrial Relations – Cornell University, 2020
Government Placement – Borough of Bellevue, Office of Administrative Services
Nonprofit Placement – Pittsburgh Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Business Placement – The Political Jungle TV Show
Innovation Placement – Digital Dream Labs
5th Cycle Placement – Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Natalie Lalama (she/her)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: B.A., Political Science & Government – George Washington University, 2020;
J.D. – New York University School of Law, 2024 (anticipated)
Government Placement – Borough of Bellevue
Nonprofit Placement – Somali Bantu Community Organization
Business Placement – ASC Executive Group
Innovation Placement – MSA Safety
5th Cycle Placement – 

 

Gabriella Malave (she/her)
Hometown: Queens, NY
Education: B.A., Culture & Communication – Ithaca College, 2018
Government Placement – Allegheny County, Office of Economic Development
Nonprofit Placement – Catapult Greater Pittsburgh
Business Placement – Dignity & Respect Campaign
Innovation Placement – Riverside Center for Innovation
5th Cycle Placement – Black Urban Gardeners & Farmers of Pittsburgh

 

Naeisha McClain (she/they)
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Education: B.A., Sociology – Oberlin College, 2020;
Ph.D. Sociology of Education – University of Pittsburgh, 2026 (anticipated)
Government Placement – The People’s Office
Nonprofit Placement – Assemble
Business Placement – Remake Learning
Innovation Placement – mkr
5th Cycle Placement – The Pittsburgh Film Office

 

Roshni Mehta (she/her)

Hometown: Phoenixville, PA
Education: B.S., Ethics, History, & Public Policy – Carnegie Mellon University, 2020
Government Placement – Wilkinsburg, Office of the Mayor
Nonprofit Placement – Neighborhood Allies
Business Placement – The Power Collective
Innovation Placement – 
5th Cycle Placement – BeamData

 

Nathaniel Pettit  (he/him)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: B.A., Public Policy – Brown University, 2020
Government Placement – Partner4Work
Nonprofit Placement – E.A.T. Initiative
Business Placement – MSA Safety
Innovation Placement – Social Entrepreneur Shimira Williams
5th Cycle Placement – Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media

Christina Schwartz (she/her)
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Education: B.A., Communications – Brigham Young University, 2019;
Ph.D., Marriage, Family & Human Development – Brigham Young University (anticipated)
Government Placement – The People’s Office
Nonprofit Placement – Local Government Academy
Business Placement – Circle of Intrapreneurs
Innovation Placement – Connect Wolf
5th Cycle Placement – 

Fellows Class of 2019-2020

Sophie Abo (she/her)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: B.A., Anthropology and B.S., Biology – Washington University in St. Louis, 2019
M.S., Public Policy Management – Carnegie Mellon University, 2022 (anticipated)

Cycle 1 Placement: Saw Mill Run Watersheds; Cycle 2 Placement: Neighborhood Allies


Gisele Betances (she/her)
Hometown: Gettysburg, PA
Education: B.A., Political Science and Law/Policy – Dickinson College, 2019

Cycle 1 Placement: Southside Community Council; Cycle 2 Placement: City of Pittsburgh Office of Community Affairs


Daniel Davis
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Education: Grinnell College

Cycle 1 Placement: MSA Safety; Cycle 2 Placement: Economic Development South


Sadaf Delawar (she/her)
Hometown: Scranton, PA
Education: B.A., International/Global Studies and B.A., Government – St. Lawrence University, 2019
M.A., Global Studies – University of California, Santa Barbara, 2022 (anticipated)

Cycle 1 Placement: Brookline Teen Outreach; Cycle 2 Placement: 1Hood Media


Kara Lowry
Hometown: LaGrange, KY
Education: B.A., Political Science and B.S., Biology – Western Kentucky University, 2019
M.S., Public Policy and Management – Carnegie Mellon University, 2022 (anticipated)

Cycle 1 Placement: Allegheny County, Office of County Manager; Cycle 2 and 3 Placement: Remake Learning; Cycle 4 Placement: Computer Reach


Kalyani Singh (she/her)
Hometown: Parsippany, NJ
Education: B.A., Political Science & Theatre – Lehigh University, 2018
M.A., Political Science – Lehigh University, 2019

 

Cycle 1 & 2 Placement: InnovatePGH; Cycle 3 Placement: New Voices for Reproductive Justice; Cycle 4 Placement: The Heinz Endowments


Will Stewart
Hometown: Grosse Ille, MI
Education: B.A., Public Policy – University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, 2019
M.S., Public Policy and Management – Carnegie Mellon University, 2022 (anticipated)

Cycle 1 & 2 Placement: Urban Redevelopment Authority


Mark Williams (he/him)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Education: B.A., International Studies and German – Butler University, 2019
M.A., Law and Diplomacy – Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, 2022 (anticipated)

Cycle 1 & 2 Placement: PPG Industries, Inc.; Cycle 3 & 4 Placement: Brother’s Brother Foundation

Fellows Class of 2018-2019

Nybria Acklin (she/her)
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Education: B.A., Sociology – Smith College, 2018

 

 

Celina Culver
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Education: B.A., Latin American Studies & B.A. Dance – Princeton University, 2015

 

 


Maria Victoria Diaz-Gonzalez
Hometown: Queens, NY
Education: B.A., African & African American Studies – Stanford University, 2018

 

 


Capri Gaines
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Education: B.A., Political Science & Government – University of Pittsburgh, 2018;
J.D. – Howard University, 2023 (anticipated)

 

 


Monique Newton
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Education: B.A., Politics & B.A., Law & Society – Oberlin College, 2018;
Ph.D. Political Science – Northwestern University (anticipated)

 

 


Nathan Ober
Hometown: Hagerstown, MD
Education: B.A., Humanities & History – Villanova University, 2013
Fulbright Scholar – Aarhus Univ
ersity


Daniel Pieratt
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Education: B.A. Religion/Religious Studies – Maryville College, 2015;
MPA Public Policy Analysis – University of Pittsburgh GSPIA, 2021

 

 

 

Taina Quiles
Hometown: Woodhaven, NY
Education: B.S., Psychology – Fordham University, 2018;
Ph.D., Community Psychology – University of Virginia, 2024 (anticipated)

 


Vishmayaa Saravanan
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: B.S., Biological Sciences – University of Pittsburgh, 2018;
M.D. – Medical College of Wisconsin, 2023 (anticipated)

 

Mariam Sayeed
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Education: B.A., International/Global Studies – Loyola University Chicago, 2017;
MPP – University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, 2021

 

 

Anna-Bella Sicilia
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Education: B.A. Philosophy & History – University of Maryland, 2017;
Ph.D., Philosophy – University of Arizona (anticipated)

 

 

Benjamin Stern
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA 
Education: B.A., Global Environmental Change & Sustainability – Johns Hopkins University, 2018;
Master of Environmental Management – Yale University, 2022 (anticipated)

 

 

Fellows Class of 2017-2018

Tina Al-khersan
Hometown: Northville, MI
Education: B.A., International Studies & Arabic – University of Michigan, 2017
J.D. – University of Michigan Law School, 2022 (anticipated)


Jasmine Costello (she/her)
Hometown: Amherst, MA
Education: B.A., Political Science – Temple University, 2014
M.A., Education – University College of London, 2019

 


Sanjana Dayananda
Hometown: Franklin, MI
Education: B.A.Sc., Neuroscience & English Literature – University of Pittsburgh, 2017
M.D. – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2022 (anticipated)


Zachary Grewe
Hometown: Jasper, IN
Education: B.A., Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies &  B.S., Psychology – University of Pittsburgh, 2017
J.D. – University of Iowa College of Law, 2022 (anticipated)


Jad Hilal
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: B.A., Political Science – University of Pittsburgh, 2017;
M.D. – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2022 (anticipated)


 

Hannah Locop (she/her)
Hometown: Royal Palm Beach, FL
Education: B.A., Political Science and Government – University of Florida, 2017


 

 

Kyle Miller
Hometown: Collegeville, PA
Education: B.S., Public Health & Sociology – Saint Louis University, 2017
M.U.P. – Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2021
M.P.H., Environmental Health – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2021


Juliette Rihl
Hometown: Langhorne, PA
Education: B.A., Political Science & Nonfiction Writing – University of Pittsburgh, 2017
Master’s Degree, Investigative Journalism – Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 2022 (anticipated)


Maria Rose (she/her)
Hometown: Harrisonburg, VA
Education: B.A., Environmental Studies – Vassar College, 2015


 

 

Daad Sharfi
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Education: B.A., Economics & B.A., Ethnicity, Race & Migration – Yale University, 2017
J.D. – New York University School of Law, 2023 (anticipated)


Shayna Solomon
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Education: B.A., Political Science – Dickinson College, 2016;
M.S., Comparative Social Policy – University of Oxford, 2017


Harinee Suthakar
Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ
Education: B.S., Rehabilitation Science – University of Pittsburgh, 2016
M.A., Gender & International Development – Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, 2017

Fellows Class of 2016-2017

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Sarah Amick
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: B.S., Urban Studies & International Relations & Politics – Carnegie Mellon University, 2016;
M.S., Software Development and Algorithm Design – IT Universitetet i Kobenhavn, 2019


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Darryl Edwards (he/him)
Hometown: East Orange, NJ
Education: B.A., Political Science – Morehouse College, 2015;
M.P.P., Urban Policy – The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, 2020


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Joanna Hernandez
Hometown: Mexico City, MX & Harrisonburg, VA
Education: B.A., Hispanic Studies & B.A., Sociology, The College of William & Mary


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Reena Naik
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Education: B.A., Political Science – University of Pittsburgh, 2016;
J.D. – Temple University, 2021


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Emily Neff (she/her)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: B.A., English – Allegheny College, 2012;
M.A., Education Policy Analysis – Teachers College, Columbia University, 2016


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Satvika Neti
Hometown: Enola, PA
Education: B.S., International Relations & Politics – Carnegie Mellon University, 2016
M.S., Public Policy & Management, Data Analytics – Carnegie Mellon University, 2021


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Brian Rhindress
Hometown: King of Prussia, PA
Education: B.S., Computer Engineering – University of Pittsburgh, 2016
M.S., Public Policy & Management – Carnegie Mellon University, 2020


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Sofia Sandoval
Hometown: Houston, TX
Education: B.A., Studio Arts, B.S., Natural Sciences – University of Pittsburgh, 2016


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Manjot Singh (he/him)
Hometown: Valencia, CA
Education: B.A., Global Studies – University of California, Los Angeles
J.D. – University of California, Berkeley School of Law – 2024 (anticipated)


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Laier-Rayshon Smith
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: B.A., Political Science – Point Park University, 2015
M.U.P. and Master in Design Studies, Risk & Resilience – Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2021


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Paul von Autenried
Hometown: West Windsor, NJ
Education: A.B., Politics – Princeton University, 2016
J.D. – University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2020

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