We would like to announce the 61st class of Coro Fellows in Public Affairs, one of the longest running leadership development programs in the nation.

Kathryn Bolton
University of Southern California – B.A. Environmental Studies, Minors in Applied Analytics & Political Science
During her time at USC, Katie practiced dynamic advocacy for causes close to her heart: campus sustainability, support for low-income students, and political campaigns, eventually running her own successful campaign for a seat on the Student Senate. Katie also served as a research assistant for the Social Science and Inequality Lab, the Centre for Rainforest Studies and USC Dornsife. Additionally, Katie co-founded a business to sell graduation regalia at a fraction of university prices. After Coro, Katie intends to pursue a Master’s degree in public policy data analytics before entering a career in advancing more effective, data-driven policy.

Taylor Brown
University of California, Riverside – B.A. Political Science and Public Service
At UCR, Taylor served as the Elections Director, which gave her a unique platform to use her sphere of influence to create a positive impact at UCR. She also advocated on behalf of the University of California system in Sacramento, as a government relations intern during summer 2017 and worked as a legislative intern for Supervisor Chuck Washington in Riverside County. She is both a scholar and an athlete and was selected as a NCAA Woman of the Year nominee for track and field. Taylor hopes to use her skills gained from Coro to become an impactful public official in the Central Valley.

Kat Chevalier
The George Washington University – B.A. Political Science, Minor in Theatre
Kat’s interest in social justice and gender equality led her to The George Washington University where she conducted award-winning political science research on media coverage and the gender gap in political ambition. She spent college exploring her passion for art, environmentalism, and civil rights through internships at array of organizations, ranging from Center Theatre Group to the Office of Congressman Adam Schiff. While at GW, Kat facilitated fundraising and volunteer programs dedicated to eradicating childhood illiteracy. After Coro, Kat hopes to create positive change in high-need urban areas through empathy, policy planning, and service.

Jason D’Andrea
University of Connecticut  – B.A Political Science and M.A. Economics
After competing for the UCLA Bruins and UConn Huskies in NCAA D-I Baseball, Jason’s passion for public policy and international relations led him to Washington D.C., where he worked for U.S. Representative Brad Sherman. While there, Jason published his first journal article “The Lack of Civil Freedom in Egypt”, until his interest in economics led him back to UConn to pursue his M.A. As a graduate student, Jason penned studies on international trade and labor laws, in addition to working as a Research Assistant. After Coro, Jason aspires to attend law school and study public interest law.

Brad Fingard
University of California, Los Angeles – B.A Political Science, Minors in Public Affairs & Education Studies
At UCLA, Brad was an active leader, advocating for institutional reforms, supporting university fundraising efforts, and assisting in recruitment initiatives. In recognition of Brad’s commitment to the campus community, he received the 2017 Undergraduate Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. Brad’s passion for public affairs has led him to intern with a variety of political offices and nonprofits throughout Los Angeles. After Coro, Brad will serve as a Teach for America Corps Member while earning an M.A. in Education with a concentration in Urban Pedagogy. Brad hopes to become a leader in education reform through law, public policy, and governance.

Sophie Freeman
Yale University – B.A. Environmental Studies and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration

Sophie is interested in exploring the intersections of politics, race, and the environment. At Yale, she wrote a thesis on environmental conflict resolution, examining the process of mediating across diverse stakeholder groups to find creative solutions to natural resource disputes, and another thesis on finding conservative solutions to climate change. She was president of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition, a First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trip leader, a board member of the LGBTQ Co-op, and worked at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. She is committed to building new and unexpected coalitions that bring together people with different backgrounds, visions, and value systems.

Carmen Goséy
University of Wisconsin-Madison – B.A Political Science and Legal Studies, Certificate in Criminal Justice
At UW, Carmen worked in student government for three years, including serving as Student Body President. She has coordinated direct action events, lobbied legislators for students’ rights, and helped craft a Good Samaritan Bill at the Wisconsin legislature. During the Presidential election, she helped coordinate the first in-person absentee ballot polling location on campus, in order to increase voter turnout. She also advocated for a diversity and inclusion program which facilitates dialogue about systematic advantages and disadvantages with first-year students. She hopes to pursue law school in the future to further her understanding of race, law, and justice.

Clara Karger
Indiana University- B.A. History & Psychology
University of Missouri, St. Louis – M.A. Elementary Education
As a Teach for America Corps member, Clara served as an elementary school teacher for three years in St. Louis, MO, spurring her commitment to improving communities for all. Clara’s areas of expertise lie in early childhood education and literacy instruction.  She supervised the implementation of a school-wide literacy intervention program and coached developing teachers to improve instructional practices with young children. Clara is an advocate for educators, students, and their families and hopes to bring her keen insight to her work in local politics.

Ben LaZebnik
Columbia College – Columbia University  – B.A Urban Studies
A San Fernando Valley native, Ben graduated summa cum laude from Columbia, where he majored in Urban Studies and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. As an undergraduate, he completed internships in local government through the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, political communications through the Strategy Group, and youth civic engagement through the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. He was also involved in student activities ranging from College Democrats to LateNite Theater. After Coro, Ben intends to pursue a legal career with a focus on fair housing and economic justice.

Susan Martinez
University of California, Los Angeles – B.A. Sociology, minor in Anthropology
At UCLA, Susan was an active campus leader, often advocating for low income communities of color. Through her work as a Basic Needs Coordinator at the UCLA Community Programs Office (CPO), she served hundreds of community members on a daily basis through leading efforts to combat food insecurity. Additionally, Susan helped to organize several campaigns that addressed issues impacting students and community members who were low-income, undocumented, students with dependents, formerly incarcerated, veterans, and/or underrepresented. As chair of the CPO Women’s Collective, she has provided a cross-cultural space for women to discuss the issues that affect their communities. Susan aspires to continue her work as a social justice advocate for the most underserved communities.

Paris Patterson-Garner
University of La Verne – B.A. Political Science
During his time at the University of La Verne, Paris became a student leader on campus through his participation in student government and residential life. He has also been involved in state government, by working in the political offices of two California Assemblymembers. This past summer, he was named an Emerging Leaders Scholar by the Congressional Black Caucus, and served as a legislative intern in the Washington, D.C. office of Congresswoman Karen Bass. Paris hopes to continue working steadfastly with policymakers, to raise awareness of and resolve issues affecting low to middle income Californians.

Jeshow Yang
University of Florida – B.A in Political Science and Economics, Minor in Chinese
At UF, Jeshow served as the Chair of community outreach in the Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs Office, where he led initiatives to build stronger ties with Asian Pacific Islander communities outside of the university campus. He has interned for both the West Covina Office of Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez and the Taiwanese American Citizens League where he advocated for the passage of SB 1063, a bill to support equal wages. Additionally, Jeshow has a strong background in research and data collection, completing his honors thesis comparing the LGBT movement in Taiwan and South Korea as well as collecting national wage data for the Bureau of Economic Business Research.