Fellows

Christina Syriani

Position: Research Assistant, Pepperdine UniversityHometown: Hayward, CA Christina’s academic areas of interest include political economy, international relations, and fair policy practices. With nearly 10 years of working experience as a technology development Project/Program Manager, she is leveraging her industry expertise into a research-based approach that examines the widespread socioeconomic impacts of certain technological advancements with a particular…

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Eric Henson

Position: Policy Advisor, City of San Diego, Council District 4Hometown: San Diego, CA Eric Henson developed his passion for community development and city planning after learning land use policies that have environmentally discriminated against historically overlooked communities. Since attending his first community planning group at the age of 19, his interest in planning has led…

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Amer Rashid

Position: Legislative Aide, Office of Assemblymember Eloise Gómez ReyesHometown: Sacramento, CA Amer Rashid is a Legislative Aide in the Office of California State Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes where he analyzes, advises, and leads the Assemblymember on salient policy issues that focus on The California Budget, early childhood education, and health, and human services. Prior to…

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Russell Lee

Position: Staff Member CA Assemblymember Phil TingHometown: South San Francisco, CA My name is Russell, and I’m a wilderness explorer- just joking. I’m Russell and currently I’m a rising third year student at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science. I applied for this fellowship since the city council member I work with recommended it to…

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Lesley Milton

Position: Public Affairs Officer and City Clerk, City of SeasideHometown: Seaside, CA Lesley Milton-Rerig enjoys her work as the Public Affairs Officer and City Clerk for the City of Seaside, California where she actively works to create an inclusive relationship between government and her diverse community through the implementation of programs, communications and policies. She is…

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Shaniqua Williams

Position: Auburn University Public Administration and Public Policy Doctoral StudentHometown: San Diego, CA Shaniqua Williams is a student in the Public Administration and Public Policy doctoral program at Auburn University. Her research interests include social justice and equity, election administration, as well as traditional and non-traditional forms of political participation amongst minorities. Her main research…

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Elizabeth Dallman

Position: Legislative Aide to San Mateo County Supervisor Don HorsleyHometown: San Mateo, CA Elizabeth ‘Ellie’ Dallman has worked in local government for 5.5 years and is currently a Legislative Aide for San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, in addition to being on a 1 year special assignment with the San Mateo County Parks Department. She…

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Ana Yeli Ruiz

Position: Master of Public Policy student at the School of Public Policy, UC RiversideHometown: Mundelein, Illinois Ana Yeli Ruiz is a Master of Public Policy student at the School of Public Policy, UC Riverside, with an interest in criminal justice policy and poverty and inequality. As a first-generation immigrant, she grew up in the suburbs…

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Jessica Rosalita Bank

Position: Program Manager for the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship ProgramHometown: Berkeley, CA Rosalita Bank, who goes by Jess, is the Program Manager for the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship Program housed at San Francisco State University. She has spent the last five years serving primarily first-generation and low-income students in support of achieving higher…

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Jon Wizard

Position: City CouncilmemberHometown: Seaside, CA Jon Wizard lives in Seaside, California, where he serves as an elected member of the city council. Jon holds an undergraduate degree in public relations, a master’s degree in humanities, and is now pursuing a Master of Public Administration. His current focus is on affordable housing policy, criminal justice reform,…

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