We would like to announce the 60th class of Coro Fellows in Public Affairs, one of the longest running leadership development programs in the nation.

Michelle Ito
Occidental College – B.A. Politics

Michelle has worked for the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C. and for the Los Angeles Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. She has conducted original research in Okinawa, Japan, culminating in an honors thesis that explored the intersection of international relations and social movements affecting military base policies. Additionally, while at Occidental, Michelle launched a campus-wide social media campaign highlighting the diverse college experiences lived by students of color. She has also advanced public-private partnerships for the philanthropic sector at Southern California Grantmakers.

Jake Itzkowitz
McGill University – B.A. Political Science and Georgetown University Law Center – J.D.

Jake served as Student Society president at McGill University and worked as a regional director for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign in Georgia and Florida. After working on several political campaigns, he served as campaign manager for Margaret Chin’s successful New York City Council race and then as her Chief of Staff, where he helped create the Chinatown Business Improvement District and advocated for funding for senior and low-income housing. He spent the past two and a half years as a litigation associate at Akin Gump.

Robert Jackson
University of California Los Angeles — B.A. African-American Studies

As a South Los Angeles native from a single parent household, Robert worked full-time supporting his family while also attending community college. In 2014, Robert transferred to UCLA, where he founded Bruins for Black Empowerment, a group that supports residents of Los Angeles to pursue employment or higher education. As a Student Ambassador with the Olive Tree Initiative, a university-based organization that promotes conflict analysis and resolution, he has taken trips to Israel and Palestine, which have helped shape his world views on conflict resolution.

Chance Kawar
Pitzer College – B.A. Political Studies

Chance has a passion for public policy and local government and has interned in a variety of political offices throughout California. In college, he was an active campus leader, serving as Senior Class president, chairman of the student programming board, and founding member of the Middle Eastern Student Association. As an openly gay man, Chance has been a committed advocate for equality issues, including volunteering for a transgender rights group in Ecuador and working for San Diego’s regional LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce.

Jennifer Lesorogol
Pitzer College – B. A. Environmental Analysis and International & Intercultural Studies

As an undergraduate at Pitzer, Jennifer designed and implemented two independent study projects exploring community-based conservation approaches in Kenya and Madagascar, investigating their impacts on rural communities and the environment. During her final year, she completed a senior thesis exploring the results of these two research projects. Jennifer aspires to address social justice and climate issues impacting communities, locally and globally, through creating thoughtful and impactful change.

Diana Raiselis
Northwestern University – B.A. in Communications (Theatre) & Certificate in Civic Engagement

At Northwestern, Diana served local communities through internships at LIFT-Evanston, 826CHI, and Chicago-area theaters. Post graduation, Diana entered Steppenwolf Theater Company’s Professional Leadership Program, where she researched the impact of their institutional mentorship initiative. She continues to combine arts practice with civic dialogue on a variety of issues, focusing in particular on climate change with global festival ArtCOP21 and the California-based Common Vision. She seeks to build a career in sustainable urban development.

Ezekiel Reed
University of Virginia – Political and Social Thought; Cognitive Science

Zeke’s academic interests range from sociology to urban planning and neuroscience. In his final year of college, Zeke completed an honors thesis on the different stakeholders shaping Detroit’s future. Zeke has also completed internships in urban design through UCLA’s CityLAB, advocacy and education through the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and holistic healthcare through the Los Angeles Veterans Administration. Zeke intends to pursue a career in academia studying community development from an interdisciplinary perspective. Zeke hopes to make a tangible difference for underserved populations.

Vaneshia Reed
Harvard College – B.A. History and Science

Vaneshia has committed to service both at home and abroad: mentoring immigrant youth in Boston, teaching street children in the Philippines, painting Hurricane Katrina victims’ porches, and building latrines in Bolivia. To explore policy, she participated in Public Policy and International Affairs, interned with Congressman Charles Rangel, and published foster care policy recommendations through the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. She spent the year after graduation in Salvador, Bahia, exploring how Brazilians understand and combat racism. Vaneshia aspires to utilize brain development research to inform policies and programming for disadvantaged youth.

Pete Rodrigue
Kenyon College – B.A. Economics, Minor in Statistics

Pete graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Kenyon College and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist. As a research analyst at the Brookings Institution, he developed a macro perspective of the nation’s economic challenges while authoring data-rich reports on poverty and inequality. As an organizer and volunteer, he advocated for D.C. city government to divest its pension funds from fossil fuel companies, helped map lead contamination in the city water system, and worked with local leaders on affordable housing issues.

Chris Rudolph
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse – B.S. Political Science & Public Administration

As an undergraduate, Chris managed local political campaigns, coached his university’s mock trial team, and worked for the La Crosse County Health and Human Services Department as a Justice Support Services Specialist, monitoring criminal defendants upon their release back into the community. Chris secured grant funding to conduct research on the pretrial justice system, where he explored the efficacy and racial bias of actuarial risk assessments used by judges when making pre-trial release decisions.

Scott Schuler
New York University Tisch School of the Arts – B.F.A. for Film & T.V.

Scott is a producer/director, whose short-form series about digital privacy received success as part of the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Film Week & Screen Forward Labs. Scott has sought out projects that explore social issues, such as ‘Straight/Curve’ – a documentary about female body positivity. Scott has also trained with the NYCLU to become a community organizer and gained experience working with the campaign to Close Rikers & Build Communities. After Coro, Scott hopes to develop and standardize a bridge between scripted filmmaking and issue-based organizing.

Vivian Tejada
Bryant University — Bachelors of Economics: International Political Economy

As an undergraduate, Vivian conducted ethnographic and economic research in Chile, Argentina and Cuba. Seeing a need for the professional development of Latino youth, Vivian co-founded and served as president of the Association of Latino Professionals on campus. As a member of the Student Advisory Council she advocated for the needs of domestic students of color. In her senior year, Vivian planned and executed the I Am an Immigrant Campaign. Her passions for immigration reform and restorative justice have influenced Vivian’s plans to attend law school after Coro.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

JOB UPDATE ON THE 2017 CORO FELLOWS