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Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline Fellows Program
Meet our 2011-2012 Class of Pipeline Fellows!
Joseph Shure is co-founder and Associate Director of the Intersect Fund. He teaches business training classes and manages the organization's access-to-markets programs, its fundraising efforts, and its public relations. Shure graduated with honors from Rutgers University in 2009, earning degrees in History and Political Science. While there, he served as News Editor of The Daily Targum, and founded a chapter of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network. He spent summers working at New Jersey's Department of the Public Advocate and Message & Media, a sought-after political consulting firm. He writes about entrepreneurship and small businesses for Business News Daily, the Home News Tribune and the Courier News.
Jen Chau is the Founder and Executive Director of Swirl, an anti-racist organization that builds communities to engage in cross-cultural dialogue around race and identity. She is also an independent consultant focused on supporting non-profits with their efforts around organizational development, change management, building HR processes, diversity work, and executive coaching. Jen's perspectives on race and racism have been featured in such publications as The New York Times, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Racialicious, an award-winning blog on race and pop culture that she co-founded. Additionally, Jen has appeared on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and PBS's Asian America as an expert on topics surrounding diversity, race issues, and mixed race identity. Jen received her BA in Women’s Studies at Wellesley College and her MS in Organizational Change Management from Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy. She currently lives in New York City and writes about her experiences in activism, leadership, and life at The Time Is Always Right.
Dan Blue is a Roosevelt Institute veteran. After founding the Campus Network chapter at Michigan State University as a freshman, he went on to hold a variety of positions at the regional and national staff before graduating in May 2010. He considers his time with Roosevelt some of the most worthwhile he spent during the best four years of his life in East Lansing, MI. Shortly after graduating, he joined Mobile Accord, a small technology company with the mission to to drive global social good using the mobile phone. The opportunity has brought him to the front lines of information technology and its role in international development and US foreign policy. He looks forward to spending his year with the Pipeline program taking his hands-on experiences in the field and thinking through the challenges and enormous opportunities that the mobile device presents over the next decades. His quasi-professional passions include college football, nature, and his truck. He currently rents an apartment where he stores stuff in Denver, Colorado.
Lauren Servin has been working on issues of food security and sustainable development. She has dedicated the past six years to aiding in the development of the New Republic of South Sudan through education, health and agricultural development. While overseeing the construction of a girls secondary school, she initiated a 15-acre farm that provided for school meals and income generation. Currently, she works for the Sudan Development Foundation (SUDEF) as program development director where she is planning programming, building partnerships and mobilizing funds to implement an ecologically sustainable agriculture program in a rural village in South Sudan. She is also currently working as program manager for an Urban Farmers Association, which is a new community initiative to support the growth and sustainability of urban agricultural enterprises in NYC. Lauren has taken a firm interest in agriculture since attending the University of Vermont, where she did an intensive study abroad program that was a comparative study of development focusing on agricultural ecology and its relationship to the economy, public health, and the environment. She continues to see US agricultural policy as problematic both domestically and globally and would like to see this issue have greater traction in the media.
Amy Baralis a first-year law student at Boston University School of Law. After much soul searching, she realized that in order to make an immediate impact for those whose voices often go unheard in the policy debate, completing her legal education should be a top priority. While working through her legal curriculum, she plans on focus on public interest law, specifically education law, administrative law, and legislation. Currently, Amy is involved in a variety of activities and leadership roles at the law school. She serves as the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Education Law Association and the First Year Representative for the Public Interest Project. Additionally, she participates in the Public Interest Project Auction Committee, the Women’s Law Association Service Committee, and the American Constitution Society. In Boston, Amy is working on starting a Roosevelt Pipeline chapter and is beginning the process of becoming a Big Sister.
Amy graduated from Boston University in 2011 with her Bachelors and Masters in Political Science [Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude]. She participated in a year long research project through BU’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program in addition to serving as the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network’s Northeast Regional Co-Coordinator. While in college, she had the opportunity to participate in internships with Obama for America, St. Matthew’s Children’s Fund Ethiopia, the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission, the Roosevelt Institute Summer Fellows program, and the National Academy of Social Insurance. In the community, Amy tutored in the Boston Public Schools and through Breakthrough Cambridge.
Minjon Tholen was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in the Netherlands, and now lives in the United States. She holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and graduated cum laude for her Bachelor’s degree in Theater, Film and Television Studies from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She spent the year between her B.A. program and M.A. program working as a middle and high school teacher in her hometown. As a graduate student, Minjon primarily focused on international women’s rights and wrote her thesis on international adoption in relation to women’s rights and global reproductive justice. She was a senior teaching assistant for a women’s health class and founded the graduate student organization in her department. Minjon also attended the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women as a student delegate during a Practicum in Advocacy at the UN. During her program and after graduating, she was the project coordinator for young women’s outreach at the Wisconsin Women’s Network (a state-wide coalition of women’s organizations). In this position, she developed several initiatives to provide platforms for the voices of young women and to foster their critical thinking, communication, organization, and leadership skills.
Minjon moved to Washington D.C. in the summer of this year to intern at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (one of the nation’s leading women’s think tanks), and to participate in the New Leaders leadership training program from the Center for Progressive Leadership and the women’s leadership training institute from the National Council for Women’s Organizations. She currently works at Cook Ross Inc. (a consulting firm specializing in diversity and inclusion, leadership, cultural competency, and organizational development).
Minjon’s greatest passions are social justice, gender equality and women’s rights, racial justice, youth empowerment, reproductive and sexual health, and international human rights. As a Roosevelt Pipeline Fellow she is very excited for the opportunity to bring these perspectives to the national table.
Rae Charnelle Wright, German born, Southern reared, currently works with a Chicago based public affairs and political consulting firm specializing in campaign finance and compliance. Previously, Wright worked with the national AFL-CIO at the Chicago Federation of Labor during Labor 2010 and the historic 2011 City of Chicago Municipal Election. Rae worked as a lobbyist with a statewide legislative advocacy organization in support of comprehensive sexual health education and an organizer in 4 Illinois congressional districts during the 2008 election. Rae is a Truman National Security Project Midwest Partner and a civil society fellow in the Young Turkey/Young America: A New Relationship for a New Age exchange program through the U.S. Department of State. Wright enjoys traveling, the arts and cooking.
Suzanne Kahnis a graduate student working towards a PhD in American history at Columbia University. I am about to begin my third year, during which I will complete comprehensive oral exams and then begin work on my dissertation. My work focuses on women’s social movements and public policy, especially related to the women’s credit access. Prior to graduate school I worked on the Service Employees International Union’s healthcare campaign in New Hampshire and Washington, DC. I earned my B.A. in history at Yale where I wrote my senior thesis on the intersection of the women’s labor movement and women’s suffrage campaigns in the early 20th century. I also worked extensively on local New Haven politics, running an aldermanic campaign, and helped found the Roosevelt Institution, now Roosevelt Campus Network.
Darius Grahamis the Co-founder of DC Social Innovation Project, a non-profit that identifies and invests in creative, new ideas tackling pressing social issues in Washington, DC. He received a B.A. summa cum laude from Florida A&M University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley - School of Law. Prior to launching DCSIP, Darius was an associate in the corporate restructuring practice group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He has served on the board of directors of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship in Washington, DC and the Donald P. McCullum Youth Court in Oakland, CA. Darius was selected to serve as a judge for Tom’s of Maine’s inaugural 50 States for Good initiative where he helped select innovative local non-profits to share a $100,000 prize. In 2010, Darius was appointed by the mayor to serve on the District of Columbia Commission on National & Community Service. Darius is author of the award-winning book, Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World.
Caitlin Howarth currently works on the human security documentation team of the Satellite Sentinel Project at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, coordinating report production on human security threats in the southern border regions of Sudan. In addition to completing a Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Howarth serves as Political Director for the Boston chapter of the Truman National Security Project. Prior to moving to Boston, she served as Special Assistant to the President of the Roosevelt Institute, where she helped the Institute launch the Four Freedoms Policy Center's first major initiative on financial reform in 2009. Howarth also worked as Policy Director of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network; the 8000+ member network of college students produces public policy for local, state, and federal government across the United States. A native of Washington, DC, Caitlin took her BA from the University of Virginia, where she earned high distinction for her Political & Social Thought thesis on the form of violence in mass atrocities. An occasional blogger, Howarth's articles on Millennial generation politics can be found on Huffington Post, PolicyMic, AlterNet, New Deal 2.0, and Future Majority.
Nate Maton says, ‘I am curious about what motivates people and make games & technology solutions to inspire & teach them. I’ve been teaching for ten years and making technology products for five. I have worked with communities as an organizer, taught individuals one on one and through media as a writer, marketer, advertiser, game designer and interactive experience manager. I write and publish articles on educational technology, national identity, digital education, political belief development and more in research and policy journals.”
Nate has worked for: Google, Foursqure, Pew, NYU, Penn State University, Northern Virginia Community College, YouthBuild DC Public Charter School, Nike, The Economist, National Geographic, Red Bull, Zagat, Samsung, Nokia and more. Nate wants to live in a world where people feel free to express themselves and inherent differences are respected. Where violence is not the answer to a difference of opinion. Where problems are solved by communities and citizens look out for each other instead of segregating themselves by nationality, class, color, or creed.
Kristen Tullosis a third-year student at Emory Law School. Originally from Valdosta, GA, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia with degrees in Economics and International Relations. While at UGA, Kristen was a founding member of the Roosevelt chapter and later served as Domestic Issues Center Director and President. She worked as the Teaching Assistant for an Honors Public Policy class and as a Legislative Fellow in the D.C. office of Senator Johnny Isakson.
In law school, Kristen is pursuing a public interest career providing civil legal services to indigent persons and working to alleviate homelessness in Atlanta. In 2010, she organized a conference on poverty issues and their manifestation in Atlanta neighborhoods. This year, as President of the Emory Public Interest Committee, she is working to build support for students who want to become public interest lawyers.
Kristen has interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Savannah, GA; the Federal Trade Commission in Atlanta, GA; the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty in Washington D.C.; and the Legal Aid Society of Atlanta, GA. Kristen volunteers at the Georgia Law Center for the Homeless and various homeless shelters in Atlanta. She is currently working on several research projects related to housing and community development.
Nick Santos is the founder and Executive Director of The Environmental Consumer, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that develops actionable information and resources for consumers looking to take the next step to reduce their impact. Nick is also a Junior Specialist at the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis where he develops GIS-based software and databases to help analyze and understand environmental impacts and indicators. In the past he has worked with the UC Sustaintable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP), as a Policy Fellow at climate campaign 1Sky (now merged with 350.org), and as an Americorps member with the Regional Climate Change Program at the Sierra Nevada Alliance. While in school, Nick worked extensively with the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network (then called the Roosevelt Institution). In his free time, Nick likes biking, frisbee, pictures, his family, and working on projects that develop access to information and restore trust in government.
Cory Connolly is a Research Associate at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC where he focuses on climate change, carbon markets, and environmental policy more generally. An alumni of James Madison College at Michigan State University, in May 2010 Cory graduated with honors with a degree in International Relations and with specializations in Environmental Economics and Policy and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
While on campus at Michigan State, Cory was involved in the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network as a center director for energy and environment, a member of the national student advisory board, and as a senior fellow for energy and the environment.
Following graduation, Cory spent time living in South America while working on carbon offset project development in Argentina with an environmental NGO called Fundacion Biosfera. While with Biosfera, Cory attended the climate change negotiations in Cancun as a member of Biosfera's two person delegation. He has also worked as a researcher/consultant for the Michigan-based energy and environment consulting firm 5 Lakes Energy. Most recently, before starting at ELI, Cory lived and worked in Detroit for 5 months helping organize, facilitate, and execute an environmental community service training program called the Green Economy Leadership Training (GELT)--a program of Global Exchange. During the program, located in a severely under-served community, Cory worked with local kids, community members, and young people from across the country as the solar project lead and as a core-staff member.
Cory has passed the NABCEP entry level exam for solar installers, been an organizer for components of regional and national Powershift conferences, written as a contributor for Americans for Energy Leadership, and, before moving away from Detroit, he helped found Detroit's Roosevelt Pipeline Chapter. Cory loves traveling, the Great Lakes, exchanging ideas, and basketball. Cory's excited to work on local, regional, and national ideas to help protect the environment, to help people, and to advance a clean energy economy.
Jack Madans is the Program Coordinator at Code for America - a Fellowship program that recruits talent from the tech industry to bring innovative technology to local governments across America. He is also the Founder of the Digital Citizens Project - a misfit group of techno-progressives that build tools, share concepts and start crowds to help individuals use technology in the public interest.
Jack interned at the White House where he assisted with policy production and engagement in the Office of Urban Affairs andlocal outreach to the nation's Mayors in the office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
Jack cut his teeth as a community organizer over a meal of pumpkin soup, roasted broccoli, and lasagne when he founded the pilot project of FoodCyle while studying at the London School of Economics. The project achieved an output of 200 three-course meals a week at an average cost of 50 cents a meal. FoodCycle now sustains 11 projects, including the effort at LSE.
Jack graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Political Science. As President of the Roosevelt Chapter at UC Berkeley, he facilitated a lecture series and policy workshop on California policy and politics at the Goldman School of Public Policy.
Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline establishes infrastructure for young professionals to advance the progressive movement by creating change as thought leaders and activists on a local and national stage. To achieve this mission, Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline is committed to identifying and empowering a group of young change-makers to impact the political dialogue and create progressive change through the Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline Fellows Program.
The Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline Fellows program is designed to provide a platform capable of launching the careers of young progressive thought leaders and activists through media training, publishing opportunities, direct mentorship from leading progressives in their field, connections to leaders in their communities, outlets for local leadership, and a place on the national stage as a writing and media fellow at the Roosevelt Institute all in tandem with their career or graduate study. This platform will be a stage from which a young professional can advance their unique perspective on an issue, promote their innovative ideas for progressive change on an issue area, and amplify their voice as a progressive change-maker.
Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline fellows will play an integral role in advancing Roosevelt's mission by inserting young voices into political debates at the state, local, and national level, while also providing a venue to highlight their innovative ideas in writing and on camera. Upon being chosen, fellows will participate in a four-day training session, will be given a year-long writing and media fellowship at the Roosevelt Institute, and will receive the support and promotion of the Roosevelt Institute in building their brand, promoting their ideas, and amplifying their voice. We are looking for young professionals who are committed to creating change in their communities, increasing their impact, and interested in promoting an innovative approach to policy issues of importance to the progressive movement.
Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's fellows class! Check back in May 2012 for next year's application.