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Meet our 2011 Summer Academy Fellows

Thursday, April 21, 2011

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naomiAhsan.jpgNaomi Ahsan, University of Rochester Twitter
Naomi is from Rochester, NY, where she attends the University of Rochester as a neuroscience major with minors in Spanish and clinical psychology. Originally of the class of 2011, she received a Take Five Scholarship to study mental illness in Middle Eastern women. She is involved on campus as a writing tutor and has trained as an EMT-B. Her policy interests are rooted in human-rights approaches to healthcare. This summer Naomi will be working with the Center for Community Change.

Lydia Austin.jpgLydia Austin, University of Michigan Twitter
Born in Massachusetts, Lydia has spent most of her life in Michigan, where she loves spending summers on Lake Huron. Lydia will be a junior at the University of Michigan in the fall, where she is studying Public Policy. She is active in Sigma Alpha Lambda, Gamma Rho Phi, the Michigan Independent, and she is happy to say that she will be President of the University of Michigan's Roosevelt chapter next year. Lydia enjoys reading and working on political campaigns, and she is interested in economic policy. This summer Lydia will be working with Campaign for America's Future.

Hannah Baptiste.jpgHannah Bapiste, Howard University Twitter
Hannah is a junior Political Science major and Community Development minor from Washington, D.C. studying at Howard University. Her policy interests include urban economic development, education reform, worker's rights and civil rights. She is Vice President of Howard Students for Progressive Action, co-founder of LOOP, a community building art and social justice collaborative, and is also a member of Howard University's Billiards Club. This summer Hannah will be working with Fair Elections Legal Network.

Leslie Bull.jpgLeslie Bull, Yale University Twitter
Leslie is from Arlington, VA and a member of the class of 2013 at Yale University, majoring in political science and concentrating in international relations. Her main policy interests lie in international development and U.S. foreign policy. She is the current Center Head of Yale's Roosevelt Center on international development and also participates in Yale's International Relations Association and various dance and community service activities. This summer Leslie will be working with NDN/NPI.

Matthew Clark.jpgMatthew Clark, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Twitter
Matt Clark was born and raised in Burke, VA. He is currently a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill double majoring in public policy and economics, with a minor in social and economic justice. His policy interests include health, poverty, and labor/economic. This year he has worked as a campus organizer for the Harvest of Dignity campaign with Student Action with Farmworkers. This summer Matt will be working the AFL-CIO.

Michael Finch.jpgMichael Finch, Middle Tennessee State University Twitter
Michael is from Nashville, Tennessee. He is a junior at Middle Tennessee State University, where he is majoring in political science with a concentration in public administration. His main policy interests are in the areas of civil rights/civil liberties, education, and green technology. He is the assistant editor of MTSU's student-run newspaper, Sidelines, and is currently helping to establish a MTSU chapter of the queer/allied fraternity Sigma Phi Beta. This summer Michael will be working with the National Consumer's League.

DiegoGuttierez.jpgDiego Gutierrez, California State University, Fullerton Twitter
Diego, of Orange County, California, is a senior political science major at California State University, Fullerton. He currently serves as Vice President of his school's chapter of the National Political Honor Society and is an active member of the Alliance of Students for an Equal Education, a campus organization that advocates for the rights undocumented students. His policy interests include urban planning and development, foreign policy, LGBTQ rights, and immigration policy. This summer Diego will be working with the Human Rights Campaign.

MariJarris.jpgMari Jarris, Wesleyan University Twitter
Mari is from Springfield, VA and is a freshman at Wesleyan University. She is a prospective College of Social Studies major, an interdisciplinary major in the fields of government, economics, history, and philosophy. At Wesleyan, Mari is a freshman representative on the student government, runs track, and is a member of the Wesleyan Roosevelt chapter. Her policy interests include health care reform, economic development, and renewable energy. This summer Mari will be working with the Chapter Services Coordinator of the Campus Network on the annual Hyde Park Summit and outreach for the Academy program.

Adam Jutha - UNC.jpgAdam Jutha, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Twitter
Adam, a proud Canadian in the Class of 2013 at UNC Chapel Hill, is majoring in Public Health - Health Policy and Management. After high school in Toronto, he pursued a gap year volunteering in Kenya, Angola, and Tajikistan. His major policy interests include access to health care, public health and preventative care, environmental issues, and a focus on Africa and Central Asia. Adam has spent his summers developing public health programs in sub-Saharan Africa. He loves the outdoors, news, reading, speaking French & Portuguese, and cheering on the Tar Heels! This summer Adam will be working with the National Academy on Social Insurance.

Megan Lieff.pngMegan Lieff, Montgomery College Twitter
Megan Lieff recently graduated with her Associate's Degree from Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. She is majors in women's studies & statistics with a pre-law focus, and plans on continuing these studies in the fall. A D.C. resident of almost four years, she is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia. A board member for Education to Empower, and AmeriCorps alumni, Megan has long been passionate about education. Her primary foci, however, are sexual violence and reproductive justice. To these ends, she is currently a crisis advocate and peer educator with the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, clinic defender and experienced conference presenter around street harassment. This summer Megan will be working with Search for Common Ground.

EliMarkham.jpgEli Markham, Yale University Twitter
Eli Markham is a sophomore at Yale University hailing from Brooklyn, NY. He's majoring in the interdisciplinary Ethics, Politics, & Economics program and studying the historical role of great powers in shaping the international states system. Predictably, he is interested in foreign policy, particularly in regards to U.S. involvement in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. Eli is a design editor for both the Yale Daily News and the Yale Globalist and plays club soccer. This summer Eli will be working with Progressive Congress.

JonathanMuniz.jpgJonathan Muniz, American University
Jonathan is from Staten Island, NY. He just transferred to The American University for the fall as a International Service and Business Administration with a minor in Spanish. His policy interest include United States Foreign policy and international development. He was extremely active on his last campus as Student Government Vice-President as well as a Resident Assistant. This summer Jonathan is working with the Chapter Services Coordinator and Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Mark Schmitt.

Sigourney Norman.Sigourney Norman, Tufts University
Sigourney is from Trumbull, CT and attends Tufts University, Class of 2012. As a Political Science major, Sigourney's policy interests are focused on Economic Development, Equal Justice, and Education. She has been involved in Roosevelt for the past two years, as the Co-Founder of the Tufts Chapter of Roosevelt. As a sophomore, she served as Co-President and Policy Director. In addition, Sigourney has served as a Peer-Advisor for the Africana Center at Tufts and will again serve as a Peer Advisor next year. Sigourney works at the Graduate Student Library of the Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy and has been involved in the Tufts China Care organization by modeling in their charity fashion show for the past three years. This summer Sigourney will be working with Progressive Congress.

raines headshot_2.jpgJeffrey Raines, American University Twitter
Jeffrey is a Political Science major at American University, Class of 2014. He is originally from Bloomington, Illinois. In Roosevelt, he serves as the Vice President, where he previously served as the Education Policy chair, but is also interested in Equal Justice and Defense and Diplomacy policy. Jeffrey has been honored as the Campus Network's featured student for April. Besides Roosevelt, he is in Phi Alpha Delta, a professional pre-law fraternity. This summer Jeffrey will be working with the Chapter Services Coordinator of the Campus Network on the annual Hyde Park Summit and outreach for the Academy program.

Chris Scanzoni.jpgChris Scanzoni, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Twitter
Chris, hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina, where he studies Public Policy, Mathematical Decision Sciences and History. He is particularly attracted to the security issues facing the Middle East, South Asia, and East Africa. Chris is a Senior Policy Fellow for the Defense and Diplomacy Center, as well as the Co-Director of the UNC Foreign Policy Center. Chris also co-facilitates a foreign policy course at UNC and is a resident advisor. This summer Chris will be working with the American Association of the Advancement of Science.

Martin Stern.pngMartin Stern, High Point University Twitter
Martin is a rising junior at High Point University in North Carolina studying history and secondary education. He plays for the varsity soccer team at HPU and is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta history honors society. He grew up in New Jersey but moved to Morristown, TN in 2010. He is interested in pursuing education and foreign policy with Roosevelt. This summer Martin will be working with the Chapter Services Coordinator of the Campus Network on the annual Hyde Park Summit and outreach for the Academy program.


CameronCox.jpgCameron Cox, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Cameron is from Springfield, MA and attends the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a senior studying Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice. His involvement on campus includes membership on the Executive Board of the Student Government Association. Cameron's policy interests are education and criminal justice reform. This summer Cameron will be working with the National Director of the Campus Network and Roosevelt | Pipeline

Nekabari Goka.jpgNekabari Goka, University of Georgia Twitter
Nekabari is a third year economics and international affairs double major at the University of Georgia. He is the current chapter president of the Zeta Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., past intern at the University of Georgia Center for International Trade and Security, and current International Center intern at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. His policy interests include international economic development policy and international trade policy. Nekabari is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. This summer Nekabari will be working with Roosevelt Institute Fellow  Mike Konczal.

RainaJacques.jpgRaina Jacques, Bates College
Raina is from Boston, Massachusetts and is a Politics major at Bates College, class of 2013. She is a Bonner leader, which is a group of students dedicated to civic engagement. Through Bonner, Raina works with Maine's People Alliance in the downtown Lewiston-Auburn area. She has a passion for social justice especially when it reflects civil rights and economic justice. This summer Raina will be working alongside the Deputy Director of the Campus Network on strategic planning for the upcoming school year. . 

AmyLittleton2.jpgAmy Littleton, Harding University Twitter
Amy, originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, is a junior and Vice President of the Roosevelt chapter at Harding University. Double majoring in Political Science and French, Amy is a passionate advocate of international development, human rights, and enjoys keeping up on many different facets of domestic policy. Upon hearing about Roosevelt her freshman year, she jumped on board quickly and has loved being involved ever since. While not working on tasks for Roosevelt, Amy likes to spend her spare time reading, going to the theatre, and traveling wherever and whenever she can. This summer Amy will be working along the Field Director of the Campus Network and do some event planning!

Brittany McMahoan_0.jpgBrittany McMahan, Harding University Twitter
A true Tennessean at heart, Brittany currently lives in Clarksville, and is now a rising junior at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. She is majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration, and expects to graduate in May 2013. Brittany plans to attend law school after graduation and pursue a career on Capitol Hill, seeking success in progressive policies. Furthermore, she is extremely committed to civil rights to which she upholds her true passion. Her policy interests include equal justice, defense and diplomacy, as well as education. This summer Brittany will be working with the Roosevelt Institute Communications team.



Olivia Cohn.jpgOlivia Cohn
As Chicago Academy Coordinator, Olivia oversees Chicago's Roosevelt fellows in their work for the City of Chicago departments and agencies and serves as a liaison between Roosevelt Campus Network and the City of Chicago Green Staff leading City sustainability work. Olivia has been an active member of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network since serving as a founding member of her chapter at Michigan State University (MSU), directing the Center on Energy & Environment emphasizing clean energy, distributed generation, and community renewable energy models in her research and policy proposals.

Olivia is currently managing climate change mitigation and adaptation performance measurement for Chicago's sustainability plan, the Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP), for the Global Philanthrophy Partnership at the City of Chicago Department of Environment.  In this role, she supports development of a CCAP continuous improvement strategic vision, assesses greenhouse gas reduction and performance indicators; presents climate change mitigation and preparedness progress; prepares performance templates for the public, partners, and oversight; and collaborates with climate change planning and action stakeholders and thought leaders. Email Olivia.

Saad.jpgSaad Asad, University of California-San Diego 
Born and raised in Southern California, Saad Asad is now attending the University of California, San Diego. He is a currently a sophomore and is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Economics. On campus, he is a Senior Staff Writer for the school newspaper, the Guardian, and an active participant in Model United Nations. His policy interests include budget analysis, international relations, and economic policy.  This summer Saad will be working with the Chicago Department of General Services.

Lydia Bowers.pngLydia Bowers, Mount Holyoke College Twitter
Lydia is a rising senior at Mount Holyoke with a self-designed major in American studies and a minor in Complex Organizations (management). She grew up in a small rural town in Connecticut raising sheep, which is where her interest in agriculture and environmental policy developed. Along with Deputy Director of the Mount Holyoke chapter of the Roosevelt Campus Network, she is a varsity swimmer and enjoys hiking and cooking. She is thrilled to be working in Chicago with the Roosevelt Campus Network this summer. This summer Lydia will be working with the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

Solomun Colvin-Jones.jpgSolomun Colvin-Jones, Applachian State University
Solomun is a junior at Applachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where he is majoring in sociology with a concentration on legal studies and minoring in appropriate technology.  He is a senator in Student Government and a part of AUSES (ASU Sustainable Energy Society).  The 2010/11 school year was his first at Appalachian after transferring from community college.  Solomun's minor in appropriate technology focuses on sustainable sources of energy such as Photovoltaic solar technology and biofuels.  This summer Solomun will be working with the Chicago Department of Aviation.

MatthewHarris.jpgMatthew Harris, Oberlin College
Matthew was born in Pasadena California but most recently has been a resident of Douglasville Georgia. Matthew attends Oberlin College and will be graduating during the spring of 2012 with majors in Politics and Sociology. Matthew is interested in environmental justice and sustainability while also focusing on issues of poverty and social change. He is the Associate Liaison for the Oberlin Student Senate and also serves as the Forwards Captain of the Oberlin Men’s Rugby Team.  This summer Matthew will be working with the Chicago Department of Environment.

Claire Hellwig.jpgClaire Hellwig, Trinity College Twitter
Originally from Chicago, Claire currently attends Trinity College as a part of the class of 2012, in Hartford, CT.  Claire is double- majoring in Global Studies (Sustainable Development) and Modern Languages (French and Italian) and minoring in Urban Studies. On campus, she is a manager at Cinestudio, Dream Camp Mentor and President of the Italian Club. Some of her policy interests include alternative energy systems and improving public transportation and primary health care.  This summer Claire will be working with the Chicago Transit Authority.

Haley L.jpgHaley Leibovitz, Roosevelt University Twitter
Haley Leibovitz is entering her final year at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She will finish up in spring of 2012 with a degree in History and minors in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. As the president of Roosevelt Institute on campus, she enjoys the unique challenge and awesome experience of being a Roo’er in an urban, often nontraditional environment.  She also loves political campaigning, labor organizing, and being a feminist.  This summer Haley will be working with the Chicago Public Schools.

May.pngMay Mgbolu, University of Arizona
Growing up along the US /Mexico border in Tucson, Arizona has been a constant motivator for May to learn about social justice and policy issues, such as racism, environmental justice, and immigration reform. Her experiences have led her to study how political narrative affects communities across diverse cultural and racial landscapes at the University of Arizona. May currently serves as an activist through the YWCA Racial Justice Program, is a Young People For Fellow and is actively involved in the African American Students Affairs on campus. May is one of 40 students selected nationwide to participate in the PBS Student Freedom Ride, from May 6 to May 17, 2011.  She will be traveling with the original Freedom Riders from DC to New Orleans, engaging in discussions and learning about direct action and social justice!  This summer May will be working with the Public Building Commission of Chicago.

AshaPhadke.jpgAsha Phadke, University of Richmond Twitter
Asha Phadke is from Naperville, Illinois, studying at the University
of Richmond in Virginia.  She is a rising senior, double majoring in Geography and Environmental Studies.  At the University, she has been involved in organizing service-learning trips to New Orleans.  She also spent a year studying abroad in New Zealand and India.  She is especially interested in environmental-related social justice issues.  This summer Asha will be working with the Chicago Department of Transportation.
DavidPilenski.jpgDavid Pileski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Twitter
David is a rising Junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hailing from Roselle, Illinois. Majoring in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in Political Science, he is focusing on neighborhood revitalization and eco-development within communities of poverty and diversity. On campus David was elected Student Body President for 2011-2012 and held previous leadership positions on Business Council and Illini-Democrats.  This summer David will be working with the Chicago Department of Environment.

Claudia Ramirez.pngClaudia Ramirez, California State University, Long Beach
Currently, Claudia attends California State University, Long Beach where she willl soon receive a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Chicano Studies. Claudia has found her voice through grassroots organizing on her campus and in the community. She has been active with several student led organizations like: Future Underrepresented Educated Leaders (FUEL) a support group for undocumented students. Conciencia Femenil, a Chicana Feminist collective of people whose focus is on uncovering a rich history of women led activism and providing a safe space for many marginalized communities to develop as leaders. Claudia's strength and passion comes from the committment to her community and a strong belief that we all deserve the right to an education. The future holds many things for her. For now, graduate school in community planning is where she plans to be soon.  This summer Claudia will be working with the Chicago Department of Water Management.

Frank Romo.jpgFrank Romo, Loyola Marymount University
Frank Romo is a senior Chicana/o Studies and Urban Studies major at Loyola Marymount University.  He is the leader of Students for Labor and Economic Justice (SLEJ), which is a community organizing organization that focuses on workers' rights on college campuses.  Over the past year he has been working on a labor organizing campaign with LMU's food service workers.  Workers recently won a vote to join the union and now he seeks to continue making progress with other workers on campus as well as spreading the labor organizing to other campuses to fight for dignity and respect in the workplace.  This summer Frank will be working with the Chicago Park District.

MaryWaller.jpgMary Waller, University of Southern California Twitter
Mary Waller, from Chicago, Illinois, is a student at l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest taking French courses. She will be attending a university in the United States next year majoring in Public Policy, graduating in 2015. On campus, Mary is involved with Scouts d’Europe as a boy scout leader, and she also plays the flute. Mary is interested in environmental, educational, and non-for-profit related policy.  This summer Mary will be working with the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Josette West.jpgJosette West, Tufts University Twitter
Josette is very excited to attend the Roosevelt Summer Academy this summer! She is from Northfield, MN and attends Tufts University in Medford, MA. Josette is a freshman planning to major in Arabic and International Relations. Her policy interests include environmental justice, education, and equal justice. On campus, Josette is a member of Amnesty International, Students Acting for Gender Equality, the Queer Straight Alliance, and of course the Roosevelt Institute.  This summer Josette will be working with the Chicago Department of Public Health.


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