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Segal Fellow Bios

(alphabetical by first name)

Note: These bios represent information as of the time the Fellow was first selected, or since their most recent submission. These are not always current, nor do they always represent the most up-to-date information. We are working to update the Fellow bios.

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Aaron Chalek, 2012 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Aaron ChalekAaron Chalek works as part of the Government Affairs Department as a public policy manager for Tufts Health Plan. Prior to this, Aaron was on the Cost Trends Team for the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. He graduated with his joint M.P.P. and M.B.A. degrees from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2013. Aaron completed his summer Segal fellowship at The Urban Institute in Washington, DC while being coached by H.P. Goldfield, Vice Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group. With a focus on health care policy and management, Aaron's areas of interest include integrative health care delivery initiatives, payment and financing models, and health disparities. Before attending the Heller School, Aaron worked as the Director of Operations at Progressive Business Leaders Network (PBLN), where he was responsible for the daily operations of the organization as well as the coordination of sector-specific working group initiatives. Prior to PBLN, Aaron served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member as a Development Coordinator at the United Teen Equality Center in Lowell, Massachusetts, a nonprofit youth center which provides a safe haven for, and addresses the holistic development of “at-risk” and under-served youth. Aaron received his Bachelor of Arts in international relations and government from Clark University in 2006. Aaron was also recognized for his leadership potential by being accepted to the New Leaders Council of Boston in 2013.

Aja Antoine, 2015 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Aja AntoineAja Antoine's principal interests include using archival research as a tool for social change and activism with a focus on Women in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, education, equality and restorative justice. Aja recently completed a senior honors thesis on activist mothering during the Civil Rights Movement in Boston. Her award winning research has been supported by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and presented at conferences including the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society. This past May, Aja graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with degrees in Sociology and African and Afro-American Studies. Aja is absolutely thrilled to join the OpEd Project team at its headquarters in New York City in July and cannot wait to seek out and document stories of transformation from OEP participants as a Program Associate. 

Alan Ratliff, 2010 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Alan RatliffAlan Ratliff graduated from the Heller School in 2011 with a M.P.P. focusing on poverty alleviation and children, youth, and families. Prior to starting at the Heller School, Alan worked as the LGBT Outreach Coordinator for the Ohio Democratic Party. He also completed two years of AmeriCorps service as a Massachusetts Promise Fellow. During that period, Alan served at the Asian Community Development Corporation in Boston’s Chinatown where he managed a youth leadership program that taught young people about affordable housing issues and the importance of being civically engaged. Alan holds a B.A. from Ohio State University in political science and Asian American studies and a Graduate Certificate in nonprofit management from Northeastern University. His policy interests focus on promoting social and economic justice for people of color and the LGBT community. Alan is National Network Manager for the Gay-Straight Alliance Network in San Francisco.

Alex Montgomery, 2016 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Alex Montgomery

Alex Montgomery is a joint Master of Public Policy and Master of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Concentrating in behavioral health, their research interests center substance use, public health, and social policies and their intersections with the criminal justice system. Alex is the Co-President of the Master of Public Policy Student Association. Before attending Brandeis University, Alex served a one year AmeriCorps term with AIDS United doing HIV/AIDS work in Atlanta. There, they worked in a variety of departments at AID Atlanta, including education, volunteerism and outreach, case management, and testing and counseling services. Additionally, Alex engaged youth of all ages by mentoring student H.P.E.E.Rs (Health Promoters Educating (and) Encouraging Responsible Students) at Clark Atlanta University and speaking to middle and high school students across the Atlanta metropolitan area about HIV/AIDS awareness. Prior to their AmeriCorps service, Alex worked for two years in Washington, D.C. with the labor movement on various economic justice campaigns endorsed by the Alliance for Retired Americans and Working America, AFL-CIO. In 2012, Alex earned their bachelor’s degrees from Butler University in Spanish and Creative Media and Entertainment with a focus on Recording Arts as an Eli Lilly Endowment Scholar. While at Butler, they served in the Student Government Association as Vice President of Diversity Programming. They also participated in semester immersion programs engaging in academic and cultural experiences in parts of Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico. Alex is considering post-graduate scholarship in the future to continue research in the ways these arenas intersect.


Alex Thomson, 2014 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Alex ThomsonAlex Thomson graduated from Brandeis in Fall 2014 and works as a development associate at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. Alex spent his last summer as an Eli J. Segal Fellow at Northwind Strategies, a leading Boston public relations firm, and on the Finance Team for the Martha Coakley Campaign for Governor. His Segal Coach is retired U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Massachusetts, Nancy Gertner.

While at Brandeis, Alex majored in politics and public policy. He worked in the Office of the President for three years, served as a community advisor, was elected Student Representative to the Board of Trustees, and founded Brandeis Bridges, a partnership between the Black and Jewish communities on campus.

Amber Kornreich, 2011 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Amber KornreichAmber Kornreich earned her B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies and Near Eastern and Judaic studies at Brandeis University. She is currently pursuing her law degree as a Dean’s scholar at Florida International University – College of Law. Amber served as one of two 1L Representatives to the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Law School Chapter at her school. She is a Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) Representative  and completed her time at the Anti-Defamation League as their Summer Research Associate. Amber has a background in community organizing, recruitment, and service outreach. She is passionate about social justice, LGBT and Women’s Rights, disability awareness and the Democratic Party. Amber is also interested in projects for social change and providing professional service in Spanish. In 2009 at Brandeis, Amber co-founded Brandeis Buddies, a community service initiative within the Waltham Group that pairs student volunteers with adults who have developmental disabilities and work in the dining and residence halls on campus. For these and other achievements, Amber was chosen by her peers as a 2010 recipient of the Brandeis University Student Leadership Award.

Ameline Limorin, 2014 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Ameline LimorinAmeline Limorin is pursuing a double major in education studies and sociology at Brandeis University. She is the daughter of Haitian immigrants, and completed her primary studies in Fort Pierce, Florida, where she attended Fort Pierce Central High School and dually enrolled in Indian River State College. Ameline is passionate about increasing access to higher education for students of low socioeconomic status. She has a history of working with students to help them with the college application process. After arriving at Brandeis, Ameline was fortunate enough to team up with a group of passionate young women and became a founding member of BeSO Educated: Keepin’ It Real 101, a pilot program aimed at providing low income and minority high school students resources to aid them during the college application process. Ameline also serves on the Brandeis Black Student Organization executive board. Ameline’s Segal Program internship was for CollegeBound: Dorchester. Her Segal Coach was Segal Founder and Advisory Board Member Laura Gassner Otting.

Analissa Iversen, 2015 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Analissa IversenAnalissa Iversen is a dual candidate for a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Business Administration at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, concentrating in Children, Youth and Families. Before coming to Heller, Analissa served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA program evaluator for the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) in Lowell, MA. UTEC serves Lowell’s proven-risk youth population with a variety of workforce development, education, and support services. At UTEC, Analissa created systems for data collection and review. Her work ensured the growth of the organization’s culture of continuous learning and improvement. She also helped the organization obtain a $1 million grant from Strategic Grant Partners, which will be used to expand UTEC’s program model. As a 2011 Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities award winner, Analissa graduated from UMass Lowell where she worked closely with a tenured faculty member in the devel- opment of a research project that she presented at the Eastern Sociological Society’s annual conference. Analissa was recognized with this honor and many others for being an active on- and off-campus Citizen Leader. This includes her continued volunteer work as a Rape Crisis Counselor and for marshalling efforts to create a safe campus, focusing particularly on the issue of sexual violence. This summer Ana is interning at the Annie E. Casey Foundation being supervised by Segal Founder Jennifer Baratz Gross.

Andrew Nguyen, 2014 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Andrew NguyenAndrew Nguyen is a senior majoring in sociology and anthropology at Brandeis University. He is expected to graduate in May 2015. Andrew is a member of Students for a Just and Stable Future and co-founded the Brandeis Divestment Campaign, a movement to divest the university’s endowment from fossil fuel corporations. He was a member of Climate Summer, a program that travels throughout New England exclusively by bikes to support and connect local community groups and individuals on environmental justice and climate-change. This past summer, Andrew worked with Interfaith Worker Justice in tying together theology with economic justice organizing. Currently he is organizing around worker justice for Brandeis and Sodexo employees. He is interested in grassroots intersectional work at the nexus of race and class, seeking approaches that will bring together people from a diversity of movements. Andrew is from the suburbs of Philadelphia. During Andrew’s Segal Summer Internship, he worked at School of Unity and Liberation in San Francisco, California. He was mentored by Segal Founder Garen Corbett as his Segal Coach. 

Angelina Hwang, 2019 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Angelina Hwang is a passionate advocate and ambitious learner from La Habra in Southern California. Blessed to pursue a higher education, she is a third year majoring in Psychology and Education Studies with a minor in Legal Studies. In all that she has done and continues to do, she hopes to empower those that cannot voice their needs, especially the neurodiverse community. With her personal philosophy of empowerment via education, (she believes knowledge is power), Angie aspires to become the greatest special needs advocate she can become by academically and professionally challenging herself. She currently interns at the New England Center for Children, a school that specializes in students with severe autism, while continuing her studies in psychology and educational policy of neurodiversity. Even before working with children with special needs, Angie has always enjoyed working with youth and worked at Lemberg Children’s Center at Brandeis University. In the summers, she spends her time as a respite caregiver while working as a one-on-one specialist at an all-inclusive gym that prioritizes children with autism and Down syndrome. Through her academic and professional experiences, Angie has absolutely loved meeting various members of the neurodiverse community and cannot wait to continue exploring how to best advocate. As she learns more about neurodiversity advocacy, she grows more passionate and ambitious about what more can and needs to be done to achieve equity for this community, whether she pursues the legal or educational route. Angie is excited to educate others about neurodiversity and advocate even more avidly for those with special needs as a Segal Fellow.

Anicia Fernandes, 2009 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Anicia FernandesAnicia Fernandes majored in sociology and anthropology at Brandeis University, ’10, with a minor in African American Studies. She is a resident teacher in kindergarten at the public charter elementary school Up Academy in Dorchester, Mass. During her time at Brandeis, Anicia served her community by encouraging high school students to attend college through formal speaking engagements, and assisting in neighborhood health education and the administration of surveys to ascertain community health needs. Anicia was also a Community Engaged Fellow and participated in clubs such as the Women of Color Alliance and the Brandeis African Club.

Anita Yip, 2012 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow

Anita YipAnita Yip works as a Technical Support Specialist at MEDITECH where she combines her knack of solving problems and desire to help others, and she enjoys participating in hackathons. After winning the 2018 MIT/HUBweek policy hackathon for a proposal addressing the disproportionate opportunities and earning power in Boston, her team formed another group called Untapped Potential Boston that advocates for inclusive economic growth by facilitating opportunities for upward mobility.

In past, Anita co-founded the Jasmine Asian Women Giving Circle in response to foundations giving less than 1% of philanthropic dollars to organizations and programs assisting Asian women. She also served on the Board of Directors at Friday Night Supper Program, an organization that provides a warm nutritious meal to anyone in need in a safe and dignified environment every Friday night.

Originally from Boston, Anita holds a BA in environmental studies and media arts and sciences from Wellesley College and a MS in corporate and organizational communication from Northeastern University. 

Arianne McGinnis & Elliott McGann, 2010 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellows (pictured with 2008 AmeriCorps Fellow Rhonda Ulmer, center)

Arianne McGinnis and Elliott McGannArianne McGinnis and Elliott McGann abandoned comfortable career paths to create Hope Grows, a 6 and a half acre sustainable farm in Southeast Georgia that produces food for over 150 families. To call them farmers would be an understatement. These AmeriCorps alumni are also activists, teachers, and entrepreneurs. Each season, Arianne & Elliott teach 10 part-time apprentices and host hundreds of service learners eager to get their hands dirty. They regularly invite volunteers and community members to the farm to FEAST on the good ideas and food that Hope Grows:  pasture-raised poultry, eggs, and pork. Their annual Egg Hunt and Pig Roast is THE go-to event in Sylvania, Georgia and is a testament to their work to rebuild local agriculture and rural life.

Ashley White, 2019 Heller MPP/MBA Segal Fellow

Ashley White is an MPP candidate at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, concentrating in Poverty Alleviation. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the MPP Student Association, representing the 2020 cohort. She is originally from Stamford, Connecticut but grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and still considers herself a Yankee fan (shhh!). After graduating from UMass Amherst in 2012, Ashley went on to work at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. There, she learned about the many challenges that girls face in the city of Boston and the positive influence that mentoring relationships can have on their lives. In 2014, Ashley began working at State Street Corporation where she supported a workforce development initiative charged with creating employment pathways for Boston youth. Ashley was also a leadership committee member for State Street PRIDE, an LGBTQ+ network that supports internal employees through programming and partnerships with non-profits. Her mix of experience in both the non-profit and corporate sector, in addition to her recent studies at Heller, have exposed her passion for solving the issues that vulnerable and marginalized workers face in an increasingly exploitative labor market. Ashley is extremely excited to have been chosen as a Segal Fellow and looks forward focusing her energy on the issues that are close to her heart.

Audrey Etlinger Cohen, 2009 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Audrey Etlinger CohenAudrey Etlinger Cohen graduated from Brandeis University in 2010 with an M.P.P. degree with a health policy focus. She works at Westat as a research analyst. She served as a pro bono policy consultant for the Dan Berwick for Governor of Massachusetts Campaign. Previously, Audrey worked for over three years at RTI International as a public health analyst focusing on aging, disability, and long-term care. During Audrey’s Segal summer fellowship, she interned in Senator Kennedy’s Office as part of the Senate Majority Health Policy Office in the HELP Committee. Her Segal Coach was Segal Founder Mike McCurry. She has worked in almost every type of healthcare setting, including a Planned Parenthood clinic in Iowa, the Fenway Community Health Center, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. She also worked for a mobile healthcare company providing health services to the U.S. Military. Her health policy interests include state health policy, cost-effectiveness, and reproductive/sexual health policy. Outside of work, Audrey enjoys running marathons, traveling, skiing, cooking for friends, and learning about wine.

Beneva Davies-Nyandebo, 2012 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Beneva Davies 2018Beneva Davies-Nyandebo, is a rising 1L at Georgetown University Law Center, passionate about civil and human rights, womanism, Pan-Africanism, the diaspora and Africa on the rise. Beneva has recently returned to the Boston area after spending two-and-half years at Human Rights Watch in New York, where she was the Children's Rights Associate and Youth Representative to the United Nations, followed by two years in Guangzhou, China addressing vital issues such as: sex trafficking, discrimination, and immigration. Since returning to the U.S., Beneva has worked as an Immigration Paralegal at Casseus Law and is currently a Compliance Associate in the Office of Equity at Boston Public Schools (BPS), where she is assisting in investigations of allegations of bias-based conduct and sexual misconduct throughout BPS. After law school, she is interested in utilizing her J.D. in impact litigation and international arbitration, while lending her voice and skill-set to international advocacy and policy formation. Beneva is a 2012 Brandeis Undergraduate stream Segal Fellow and graduated from Brandeis in 2013 with a double major in Political Science, and Social Justice and Global Development and double minor in Legal Studies and Economics. In her final semester, Beneva worked for the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, while completing coursework in International Law at the Grotius Center for International Legal Studies at the University of Leiden Law School.

Bernice Appiah, 2017 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Bernice AppiahBernice Appiah recently graduated from Brandeis University, double majoring in African and Afro-American Studies and Politics with a minor in Legal Studies. She was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa until the age of six. She was the president of the Brandeis African Students Organization, an Admissions Ambassador and a member of African and diaspora dance groups.  Before Brandeis, Bernice worked as administrative clerk at a private consulting firm for four years while attending high school and college. Bernice’s experience in government, healthcare and cross cultural understanding have become great assets for her.  She hopes to work for an organization that focuses on government interventions and access to healthcare, as well as rights in underrepresented communities or legal-based organizations that work to consult members of that community. Bernice plans to continue working to be a productive community leader. Last summer, Bernice supported the Government Relations team of SAP in Washington, DC, as a Segal Fellow.  She studied abroad in Ghana for Fall 2017 and was asked to continue working for SAP in Accra after her internship.

Bria Price, 2016 AmeriCorps Alums Fellow

Bria PriceBria J. Price is from Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the College of Wooster with a degree in Theatre and Dance. As a 2016 AmeriCorps Alums Eli J. Segal Leadership Award winner, Bria served as an AmeriCorps member at City Year Washington, D.C from 2014-2016. In her first year, she supported an English and Language arts classroom where she tutored and mentored 5th grade students at DC Scholars Stanton Elementary. In her second year, she served as a team leader to provided support, perspective and insight on the AmeriCorps experience for first year AmeriCorps members. Bria continued to serve as an Impact Manager for City Year Washington, D.C. at John Hayden Johnson Middle School where she manages the school relationship and her team of first and second year AmeriCorps members. Bria believes that service is the gateway to consistent learning and growth because it ensures investment in community first, the world second and yourself third. She recognizes that she could not be successful at one unless she was successful at all, but to do so required personal growth as a leader. Bria is now a candidate for the Masters of Public Policy at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management and envisions a career that merges social justice, education, and the arts.

Brian Schon, 2009 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Brian SchonBrian Schon joined the Segal network through the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, where in 2011 he received his MPP and MBA degrees concentrating on health policy and nonprofit management. Brian then spent two years as Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives at Primary Care Progress, a national non-profit that engages medical trainees to promote primary care practice. He also spent 2011 co-directing the Boston New Leaders Council Institute with Segal Fellow Pem Brown. In 2012, Brian decided to seek an international focus, pursuing emerging market experience as an intern at the Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington, DC and then as a community and economic development Peace Corps volunteer in Pyriatyn, Ukraine. Brian’s work includes conducting seminars on finance and project management (for local residents, small businesses, and the Mayor’s office), grant management, and hosting a tri-lingual weekly internet program to promote shared culture, tradition, and work experience between the U.S. and Ukraine. After service, Brian intends to continue work in international development.

Brie McLemore, 2016 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Brie McLemoreBrie McLemore is a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy program. Her research focuses on incarceration and policing, critical race theory, and feminist jurisprudence. She became a Segal Fellow in 2016 while receiving a joint Master of Public Policy and Master of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Cali Cornacchia Moore, 2015 Corporation for National & Community Service Segal Fellow

CaliCornacchiaCali Cornacchia Moore is the Career & Education Manager at Service Year Alliance, where she works to create resources and opportunities to help service year corps members and alumni prepare for transition after service and be successful as young professionals. Prior to joining Service Year Alliance, she served as the 2015 Eli J. Segal Fellow at the Corporation for National and Community Service, where she spent a year working on special projects to support the agency’s many initiatives and programs. Cali graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2013 with majors in Sociology and Politics & Government. She has volunteered and worked in a variety of nonprofits, including serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, D.C., where she has lived for the past few years.

Damond Ford, 2011 City Year Bridge Builder Segal Fellow

Damond FordDamond Ford is the 2011 City Year Bridge Builder Award winner. Damond currently resides in Charlotte NC where he is the Regional Director for mental health start up serving under resourced youth. Damond has worked with and for a wide range of youth focused organizations including Boys and Girls Club, Department of Juvenile Justice, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and City Year. He is active in the Black Lives Matter movement and Charlotte Uprising.

Dan McConvey, 2016 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Dan McConveyDaniel McConvey is a dual MPP/MBA candidate at the Heller School with a passion for civic engagement and social impact. His leadership on campus includes formerly serving as a representative for the Heller Students Association and the co-chair of the LGBTQ working group. Prior to grad school he was an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader and then a program manager for an youth civic engagement AmeriCorps State program. He is currently a graduate intern with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in Boston. He has been focusing on community development, creative placemaking, housing policy, and re-entry programs for formerly-incarcerated and justice-involved individuals.

Darius Caffey, 2019 Americorps Segal Fellow

David DuhaldeDarius Caffey is from the south side of Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Missouri - Columbia (Mizzou) and is currently earning his Master of Public Affairs in Non-Profit Management. Throughout college, Darius served as a mentor and program assistant for the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative, which introduced freshmen black males to leadership, involvement, and development opportunities throughout campus through a dual academic curriculum and programming component. He also participated in the Ronald E. McNair Scholar internship, where he researched "Black Collegiate Males and the Influence of High School Experiences on Higher Education." After graduation, Darius spent two years serving through AmeriCorps in a public high school in Kansas City, Missouri, with the Missouri College Advising Corps, where he assisted students and families on navigating the complexities of the college admissions, financing, and planning processes. Darius’ passion for service and education is centered around the work that he does, and he will continue in his pursuit of bridging the educational gap for minority youth in higher education.

David Duhalde, 2012 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

David DuhaldeDavid Duhalde graduated from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management in 2014 with dual Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Policy. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. and works as the Senior Electoral Manager of Our Revolution, a Bernie Sanders inspired organization. The Segal Fellowship sponsored his public policy fellowship at the National Employment Law Project in New York City. Before joining the Segal Network in 2012, David graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine and worked in community and labor organizing.

Diana Epstein, 2006 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow

Diana EpsteinDiana Epstein grew up in California, majored in applied math-biology at Brown University, and then served in the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) for two years as a corps member and team leader at the Charleston campus. After her AmeriCorps service she earned an M.P.P. at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a Ph.D. in policy analysis at the Pardee RAND graduate school, where her doctoral dissertation examined the long-term impacts of AmeriCorps service on participants. She previously worked as a researcher and program evaluator at Abt Associates, the Center for American Progress, and the American Institutes for Research before becoming a research and evaluation manager at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). She is now the Evidence Team Lead at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she is working to strengthen evidence-based policy making throughout the Federal government.


Diondre Morales, 2019 City Year Segal Fellow

Diana EpsteinDiondre Morales is a mentor and educator from Denver, Colorado. Diondre earned his Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Colorado State University. His passion for education and mentoring grew from his own journey and from his belief that underrepresented students deserve equal access to resources and opportunities to successfully navigate within an education system that was created without them in mind. This past year, Diondre served as a City Year Denver Americorps Member. Throughout this year of service, Diondre was able to demonstrate how valuable building relationships with students can be. This upcoming school year, Diondre will continue his work with students as a middle school Restorative Justice Coordinator, where he will support student improvement academically, as well as through students' social - emotional learning.

Edith Suárez, 2018 Heller MPP/MBA Segal Fellow

Edith SuarezEdith Suárez is currently completing a dual Masters in Public Policy and Business Administration, with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Management, at The Heller School at Brandeis University. Edith is a Chicana who was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and began her academic career at Long Beach City College. She then transferred to California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and a minor in Public Administration. During her time as an undergrad, Edith found a passion in the areas of identity and culture. She then lived two years in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where she completed her Peace Corps service in Community Economic Development, working primarily with women and youth in her village. While in Burkina Faso, Edith was chosen to complete an Entrepreneurship training in Guinea called “Osez-Innover,” which she then adapted to the context of Burkina Faso and helped spread to over 300 volunteers and their hosts. At Brandeis she continues her passion in the areas of identity, culture and diversity by co-founding Sin Fronteras, the first Graduate Latinx organization at Brandeis, which focuses on community activism, professional development and the celebration of Latino culture. She is currently working as an assistant for the Chief Diversity Officer at Brandeis University, in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Edith is interested in developing effective strategies to organize Latino and other underrepresented communities. She is interested in strategically building relationships and collaborations among underrepresented populations that will help increase the social impact and growth in communities. In her free, time she enjoys dancing, working-out, and practicing speaking French and Portuguese. Edith is excited to learn more about effective strategies and community organizing in Latino communities as a Segal Fellow this summer. 

Elsa Vasquez-Flores, 2017 Americorps Segal Fellow

Elsa Vasquez-FloresElsa Vasquez-Flores joins the Segal Fellowship as the 2017 AmeriCorps Alums Eli Segal Leadership Award winner. She is an alumna of Aspire! Afterschool – an AmeriCorps program in Arlington, VA, where she currently works as a site coordinator, after serving a year in their AmeriCorps program and being promoted to Team Lead. Elsa is committed to serving the young people in her program, as well as building deep relationships with their parents and others in the community. Her biggest point of pride is when her students say, “I want to be the next Ms. Elsa when I grow up” and serve in AmeriCorps with Aspire. Her coworkers have echoed the impact that she has on inspiring her students. Elsa previously served as an appointed Board Member on the Governor of Virginia’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism, and is a 2014 graduate of Mary Baldwin University. For Elsa, being a Segal Fellow in the Segal Citizen Leadership Program means taking her leadership skills and her desire for helping low income communities in the education system to the next level by learning how to achieve her goals. More information about Elsa’s selection as a Segal Fellow and her inspiring experiences as an emerging citizen leader are available from AmeriCorps Alums.

Emily Bishop, 2011 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Emily BishopEmily Bishop graduated in 2012 from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management with her M.P.P. with a concentration in children, youth, and families. This program reflects her broader interests in developing policy that grants economic independence to low-income women and their families and policy that helps both men and women balance the demands of work and family. Emily grew up in Tewksbury, Mass. and attended college at the University of Vermont where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in political science and sociology. While a student at the University of Vermont, she worked with former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin on her book, Pearls, Politics, and Power. She also interned for Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign and, after graduation, went on to spend three years serving as a Legislative Assistant in his Washington, DC office. Emily was the Coordinator of Principal and Major Gifts at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, based in New York City. She is now the Manager of Board Affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Estela Lozano, 2015 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Estela LozanoEstela Lozano is from San Jose, California and will be a senior at Brandeis University in the fall. As a daughter of parents who came to the US from Mexico, Estela has worked tirelessly to bring awareness of the obstacles immigrant’s face by promoting equality in deportation issues and access to education. Last year, as co-president of the Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative (BIEI), a campus awareness organization, she met with Brandeis administration to discuss the school’s policy against admissions of undocumented students. Being bi-lingual in Spanish, Estela provided translation services at the San Francisco’s District Attorney Office in the Victim Services department. She has supplemented her studies in Health: Science Society and Policy and Latin American and Latino studies with years interning throughout California and Massachusetts. In 2011, she was selected by Students Rising Above for her ability to strive for her dreams as a Citizen Leader. This summer, Estela is working at the National Council of La Raza on the immigration policy team for Laura Vazquez.

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Gabby Zilkha, 2014 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Gabby ZilkhaGabby Zilkha is majoring in business and psychology with a minor in Eastern Asian studies at Brandeis University. Gabby’s passion is her interest in business and social justice. Gabby is very active on the Brandeis campus. She is a co-coordinator of Kindness Day, president of TBA (her improvisational theatre troupe), and a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team. Additionally, Gabby is an ambassador for the Brandeis Admissions Department, a teaching assistant for Financial Accounting, an orientation leader, and part of the Microfinance Chapter of Global Brigades. She is a member of the Big Siblings program through the Waltham Group. Gabby loves being an involved community member and is dedicated to her many extracurricular activities.

Gabby’s hometown is New Hyde Park, NY where she attended Herricks High School. In High School, she discovered her passion for business through a club called DECA where she was an international finalist in her category. During summer 2014, Gabby completed her Segal summer internship at Time Warner, Inc. in their Corporate Responsibility department. She was mentored by Segal Founder Steve Silverman who gave her helpful insights on how to merge her love for business into her interest in developing a Corporate Social Responsibility background. 

Gabby attributes her success to her family. Her mother and father, both escapees from Baghdad helped her understand why it is so important to be kind and have pushed Gabby to explore every opportunity, and she has three very supportive older brothers.

Gabriel Fontes, 2018 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Gabriel FontesGabriel Fontes is an educator/activist from western Massachusetts who studied English and African & Afro-American studies at Brandeis University. Gabriel is committed to equalizing educational opportunities for youth and plans to use community organizing and public advocacy to pursue these goals. Gabriel sees education reform as deeply interconnected with housing justice, racial justice, and sexual violence prevention, and his activism reflects that holistic approach. In 2015, Gabriel received the Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship to study at Brandeis University for his leadership on sexual consent education and racial justice initiatives at Amherst Regional High School. At Brandeis, Gabriel continued his sexual violence prevention work by facilitating bystander intervention trainings and by volunteering at Reach Beyond Domestic Violence, a local domestic violence agency. In 2017, Gabriel helped lead the 3rd annual “Justice Jam” Symposium on Urban Education under the mentorship of Professor Derron Wallace and received the Social Justice World of Work Fellowship from the Hiatt Career Center to intern at New York Communities for Change (NYCC) in Brooklyn. At NYCC, Gabriel worked on campaigns to protect tenant and workers’ rights, fight gentrification developments, and prevent the wholesale theft of public property by private investors. Throughout all this, Gabriel has continued his practice of youth development by volunteering in an 8th grade classroom in Amherst, tutoring and mentoring an 8th grade student from a Waltham middle school, and teaching a literature course to rising 9th grade students at an academic summer camp in New Orleans. In the fall of 2017, Gabriel honed his Portuguese and Spanish fluency while studying abroad at the Universidad de Habana in Cuba. In 2019, Gabriel will teach young people organizing skills at St.Stephen's Youth Programs through the Jewish Organizing Institute and Network (JOIN) Fellowship.

Gabby Fish, 2012 City Year Bridge Builder Segal Fellow

Gabby FishGabriela Fish has taught generations of students in Southeast, Washington D.C. for close to a decade. Her impact on education includes leading professional development for educators and launching a Design Thinking Fellowship for 10-17-year old’s across the District. Starting this summer at the University of Pennsylvania's Education Entrepreneurship program, Gabriela is excited to sharpen her skills as an entrepreneur for social change. She seeks to amplify the voices of black and brown youth in undervalued, yet resilient, communities.

Gabriella Sanchez-Stern, 2010 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Gabriella Sanchez SternGabriella Sanchez-Stern, Brandeis Class of 2012, majored in politics. For her Segal summer internship, Gabi worked at Demos in Washington, DC where her focus was researching the role of civic engagement in immigrant day workers’ centers across the country. One of the highlights of her time at Brandeis was when she spent a summer semester in Mississippi studying the local civil rights history and researching how segregation was institutionally maintained in the Mississippi towns of Natchez, Philadelphia, and Jackson. After graduating from Brandeis she spent seven months working as a field organizer for the Martin Heinrich for Senate campaign in New Mexico.

Gabi lives in Seattle and is the communications organizer for Washington Community Action Network, a statewide grassroots organization that works to achieve racial, social and economic justice. She plans to take the LSAT and apply to law school sometime in the next couple of years.

Gauris Frias, 2012 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Gauris FriasGauris Frias graduated from Brandeis in May of 2013 with his degree in business and economics. He is currently a financial analyst at Constant Contact in Waltham, Mass. Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. to Dominican parents, Gauris has always demonstrated an interest in the advancement of underrepresented ethnic minorities. His other passion is baseball. Last summer, he combined both his interests when he interned as a youth baseball coach at Harlem RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities). At this nonprofit organization, he taught inner-city kids reading comprehension and also coached a youth baseball team. Realizing the need for more ethnic diversity in baseball management, he aspires to work in this field and pave the way for more ethnic minorities who have an interest in pursuing similar career paths.

Grace Vaughn, 2011 Brandeis MPP Segal Fellow

Grace VaughnGrace Vaughn is a kindergarten teacher in Lexington, Mass. She graduated from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management with a Master’s in Public Policy focused on children, youth, and families. She is interested in creating better, more equitable access to high-quality early education and care for young children and families. She hopes to use progressive policy, advocacy, and community-based collaboration to pursue these goals. Previously, Grace lived and worked in Charleston, S.C. at the Charleston County School District under the Office of the Superintendent. There she worked on grant writing, community organizing and nonprofit development for a local initiative offered through the U.S. Department of Education. During her time at Heller, Grace was an assistant teacher at the Lemberg Children’s Center. She recently completed another Master’s in Teaching from Lesley University where she won the June Fox award for promoting equity in education.

Heleena Mathew, 2013 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Heleena MathewHeleena Mathew, Brandeis Class of 2015, is majoring in international and global studies with a minor in English. She was born in Akola, India but immigrated to the U.S. when she was six to pursue an American education. During her freshman year at Brandeis University, Heleena worked as a grassroots organizer for the campaign to reelect President Obama and built support for him on campus. Over the summer, she passed on her knowledge to a team of community organizers and staffed events for the President and First Lady. She went on to become the Co-campus Director for Massachusetts in the Obama 2012 Presidential campaign. In this position she managed approximately 200 students and built college teams from the ground up to campaign throughout New Hampshire. She spent an academic year abroad in South America.

Heleena is passionate about rights for immigrants and women and hopes to work towards progress for both these groups. During her 2013 Segal Citizen Leader Summer Internship, Heleena worked at NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. Segal Founder Carolyn Casey was her Segal Coach.

Imani Islam, 2019 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Imani Islam is an artist and activist born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A proudly identified Afro-Caribbean. She is a junior at Brandeis with a double major in Sociology and African-African Americans Studies. Imani is Vice-President of the Caribbean Culture Club, as well as a member of the Poetic Justice Slam Team 2017-2018, and a part of the Bridges Cohort 2018-2019 as well. Imani has interned/volunteered at the Lower Eastside Girls Club summer program in Manhattan, New York mentoring and supporting young girls through middle and high school in varied programs including arts, sciences, and STEM, while also empowering them as young women of color to have their voices represented. As a poet and dancer, Imani believes the arts provides a great sense of therapy for those suffering from mental illness, (i.e. anxiety and depression), especially for people of color. Imani believes that the arts are a building stone in dialogue for those dealing with mental illness to express themselves and be acknowledged, but also as an overall positive force for change within society. Imani is excited to get more involved with being a mental health advocate, and understanding the related public health policies surrounding it as well as being more involved with art/media programs and education.

Iris Dooling, 2010 Corporation for National & Community Service Segal Fellow

Iris Dooling 2018Iris Dooling is the Senior Specialist for US Affiliate Policy at Habitat for Humanity International. She is passionate about affordable housing and has been involved with Habitat for the past 15 years as a staff member and a volunteer. Her previous positions at Habitat include work as an Organizational Development Consultant for Thrivent Builds and Neighborhood Revitalization and as an AmeriCorps Program Specialist, where she managed Habitat’s AmeriCorps program in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. She has also served as a board member, committee member, intern, and construction volunteer at multiple Habitat affiliates. She was honored to be the 2010 Eli Segal Fellow at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and later to serve on the Advisory Board of the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program. After completing her fellowship, she continued to work in disaster services and performance measurement at CNCS. She attended NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where she graduated with a M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Management in 2014. While attending graduate school, Iris worked for AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), Taproot Foundation, and as a teacher’s assistant for financial management.She also participated in the FELS Public Policy Challenge, where her team was a school finalist for their proposed policy solution about gun control and mental health. A proud AmeriCorps Alum, Iris has served in Teach for America, Indiana Reading Corps, and Summerbridge/Breakthrough Collaborative. She graduated magna cum laude from DePauw University in 2006 with a B.A. in English Literature and French and a Conflict Studies minor.

Jade Eckels, 2016 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Jade EckelsJade Eckels is a master's student at Brown University studying Urban Education Policy. She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University in May of 2018, where she double majored in African and African American Studies and English with minors in History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Through her work, she seeks to empower youth voices. Her interests lie in the intersection of youth development and education equity. She is particularly passionate about facilitating the positive growth and development of minoritized youth. Through the Segal Fellowship in the summer of 2016, Jade collaborated with the America Forward team (the policy arm of New Profit, Inc.) in their DC office to work on higher education access for non-traditional students by helping implement two town halls across the country to effectively use college students’ voices to inform policy.

Jaila Allen, 2019 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Jaila Allen is an activist who was born in Atlanta, GA. She is currently a sophomore at Brandeis University as a Posse Scholar, double majoring in Health: Science, Society & Policy and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. During her time at Brandeis, she has been active in the cultural groups on campus, joining the e-board as secretary of both the Brandeis African Students Organization and the Caribbean Culture Club. Along with having jobs at the Office of Student Financial Services and the Campus Center Team since her freshmen year, Jaila is great at managing her extracurriculars, school work and jobs. Last summer, she volunteered with Breakthrough Manchester, working to promote the educational growth of minority rising seventh graders by teaching advanced mathematics and origami. In addition to teaching both of these subjects, she was also on the Leadership Board where she worked directly as a liaison between the director of the program and the other teaching fellows, and the Team Events Committee where she assisted in designing programming that helped engage the community through social events. As an avid activist, Jaila hopes to one day work in healthcare policy promoting health equity for queer and minoritized people.In Fall 2019, she will be abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where she hopes to participate in research opportunities surrounding work in public health, be exposed to leading healthcare professionals and take full advantage of all the new food that Denmark has to offer. Along with all of her advocacy and academic interests, Jaila loves to read science fiction and crime novels, listen to old school R&B music and binge watch shows on Netflix. Jaila is excited to learn more about the impact of LGBTQ+ and minoritized rights on American culture as a Segal Fellow this summer.

James Ward, 2006 City Year Bridge Builder Segal Fellow

James WardJames Ward is an associate at Artemis Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on growth and buyout investments in industrial technology markets. At Artemis, James is involved in the sourcing and analysis of new investment opportunities including due diligence, market research, deal structuring, and financial analysis. James also works closely with Artemis’s portfolio companies, providing analysis and advice on market, operational, product development, and financial strategy. James joined Artemis in 2011 from Odeon Capital Group’s investment banking team, where he worked with public and private companies from a variety of industries including financial services, software, aerospace, and defense. James is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. Now married and living in Boston’s South End, James proudly served as a City Year Boston corps member from 2004-2005 and as a City Year Louisiana senior corps member from 2005-2006. James’s two brothers also served with City Year Boston. He is also on the City Year Boston Board.

Jarvis Nash, 2015 City Year Bridge Builder Segal Fellow

JarvisNashJarvis Nash is the 2015 winner of the Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder AmeriCorps Member of the Year award. He was selected out of nearly 3,000 City Year AmeriCorps Members.
 Jarvis served as a City Year AmeriCorps member in Washington D.C. from 2013-2015. During his first year with City Year, Jarvis tutored and mentored second grade students, created a school-wide positive behavior incentive system (PBIS), recruited over 400 D.C. public school students for an alternative spring break called Camp City Year, and was the recipient of the Comcast/NBC Universal Leadership award. Jarvis completed his second year with City Year as a Team Leader of 9 AmeriCorps members at a new City Year school site and his team was honored for their work with this site. As a Team Leader, he represented and advocated for his site as a member of City Year’s Dean’s Council and continued to serve as one of his sites recruitment leads for Camp City Year and Summer Leadership Academy. Jarvis plans to continue his work at City Year as a Washington D.C. Program Manager. He is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and graduated from Florida A&M University with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in history.

Jason Gray, 2009 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Jason GrayJason Gray is a graduate student at Harvard Business School. Previously, he worked at Deloitte Consulting as a strategy consultant to public sector clients. Jason also worked on President Obama’s 2012 campaign, helping to build the field program in Wisconsin. Jason graduated summa cum laude with a M.A. and B.A. in politics from Brandeis University, where he also served as student government president.

Jennifer Recinos, 2013 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Jenn RecinosJennifer Recinos graduated from Brandeis University in 2014 with a B.A. in Film and International Studies. She is passionate about travel, arts and culture. As a youth Jenn benefited tremendously from local non-profits that provided her mentors through Americorps programs so after graduating she decided to spend a year of service advising under-served students like herself in her hometown of Providence, RI. She worked full time as a High School College Adviser with the Brown University College Advising Corps housed through Swearer Center for Public Service. Jenn also volunteered part time as an Artist Mentor teaching youth to work with digital media at a local nonprofit, New Urban Arts. Now after completing her year of service, she has relocated to Boston as an Admissions Assistant at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is eager to explore her own creativity through multimedia arts. She spent her Segal summer internship at the Gay Straight Alliance Network in San Francisco, where her supervisor was Segal Fellow Alan Ratliff.

Jerry Saunders II, 2009 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Jerry Saunders IIJerry Saunders, Brandeis Class of 2011, participated in a number of activities in the fields of science, research, and medicine. Jerry was a participant in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at Yale University, where he learned about the field of medicine by shadowing doctors. Jerry also participated in a research and technology program in high school. He is on a full scholarship to the University of Rochester in the M.D./Ph.D. program.

While at Brandeis, Jerry served as Treasurer of the Brandeis Black Student Organization, and he dedicated his time to working with Live Campus, which encourages colleges and universities to hold benefit concerts to support African villages. He has worked as a Science Mentor, advising freshmen with pre-med interests. Jerry has also volunteered to raise awareness and funds for programs such as the American Cancer Society and the AIDS Walk.

Jess Kent, 2008 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Jess KentJess Kent completed a Masters in Organizational Behavior and has been working in the marketing department for a real estate developer. Since moving back to Buffalo, NY, she is eager to redefine her path. 



Jessie Stettin, 2012 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Jessie StettinJessie Stettin completed his B.A. in business in 2013 from Brandeis University. He chose to continue his studies at the Brandeis International Business School, graduating in 2014 with his M.A. in international economics and finance. As a Brandeis student, Jessie was part of the Sun Life Financial Rotational Leadership Development Program in Waltham, Mass. He plans to use the business tools he learned in class to start a business in the “green sector”. Already demonstrating his ambition and entrepreneurial spirit, Jessie successfully created an on campus bike-rental program for Brandeis students and expanded the already existing daily-rental program. One of his specific interests within the environmental field lies in sustainable agriculture, which led him to his a summer internship with the Queens County Farm located in his hometown of Queens, N.Y. Through hands-on farming experience, Jessie learned specific organic farming practices as well as the marketing and sales that goes along with running an agricultural organization. Jessie was a 2011 recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship which allowed him to study art history and film in Amsterdam; he also had the opportunity to travel to Cuba with 30 members of the International Business School to review an economy in transition. 

Jessie Zimmerer, 2011 Brandeis MPP Segal Fellow

Jessie ZimmererJessie Zimmerer earned a joint M.P.P. and M.A. in women’s and gender studies from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2012. Before finding her home in Boston, she worked as a victim advocate at a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center in La Grande, Ore. where she also served as an elected City Councilor. Jessie’s commitment to advancing women's political and economic interests includes working professionally to address violence against women, homelessness, poverty among women and children, volunteer work with at-risk teens, and academic research on feminist mentorship in academia and women’s organizations. She has worked in various positions for elected women leaders and currently serves as a State Advocacy Manager at Community Catalyst.

Jessica Christian, 2012 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Jess Christian

Jessica Christian completed her Master of Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health and was a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Fellow at UMass Medical School’s Shriver Center in 2017. As a first-generation Indian-American from Brooklyn, Jess brings an understanding of a diverse lived experience and a deep passion to eliminate disparities in health access among racial and ethnic minorities. Jess’ research and advocacy are dedicated to the understanding of the intersections between violence, racial discrimination, and health outcomes. Previously, she worked at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health contributing to the overarching goals of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, and increasing equitable access to health care services for women worldwide. Community engagement, coalition building, citizen leadership, and mentorship are at the core of her professional and personal goals. Dedicated to mobilizing communities of color to bring about positive health outcomes, Jess serves through her passion for people and insistence on a restoration of justice.

Jimmy Duong, 2009 City Year Bridge Builder Segal Fellow

Jimmy DuongJimmy Duong works in the development department for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools where he helps raise the organization’s budget while overseeing stewardship of accounts.  He aspires to become an Executive Director for a nonprofit organization. During his time at City Year, Jimmy led a team of corps members at Hollenbeck Middle School.  Prior to joining the Partnership for LA Schools, he worked with the California Participation Project and on various capacity building projects for different nonprofit organizations as a freelance consultant.  He holds a B.A. in history from UCLA and was a graduate of the Coro Public Affairs Fellowship Program.

John Enterline, 2006 Corporation for National & Community Service Segal Fellow

John EnterlineJohn Enterline is currently a Senior Compliance Officer at the Sierra Club, having previously served as Assistant General Counsel and Grants Director and Director of HR & Administrative Services at the League of Conservation Voters. John, who also goes by Johnny, received his J.D. from Northeastern University in 2011 and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. In 2005 he joined the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), and during his 10-month term he served with several nonprofits focusing on housing and the environment, as well as working at a Red Cross facility in Louisiana assisting Hurricane Katrina victims. He was selected to be the 2006-2007 Eli Segal Fellow for the Corporation for National and Community Service, during which time he continued work on national service’s response to Hurricane Katrina and helped with the launch of the first AmeriCorps Week.

John Valinch, 2018 Heller MPP/MBA Segal Fellow

John ValinchJohn Valinch is a dedicated and passionate activist and former youth leader. As a lifelong resident of Chelsea, Massachusetts, he is guided by a principled commitment to justice, equity, and building community power and voice through intersectional community organizing and public policy. John is pursuing a dual Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration at the Heller School at Brandeis University, where he is the Co-President of the Master of Public Policy Student Association.  He currently serves as a Private Equity Research Analyst for UNITE HERE, an International Union representing over 270,000 hotel, gaming, and food service employees. In addition, John has played a pivotal role in the creation of Hospitality Employees Advancement and Training, (HEAT) Inc., a new workforce development organization in Miami, FL designed to provide hospitality workers with the training and skills needed to earn sustainable living wages, benefits, and jobs with dignity in South Florida. Within his community, John serves on the Board of Directors for GreenRoots, an environmental justice non-profit organization. He is working with a local group of organizers to establish a Community Land Trust in Chelsea in order to develop and maintain affordable housing in perpetuity. During election seasons, John can be found behind-the-scenes and in the streets, providing support and uplifting the voices of his fellow community leaders through electoral campaigns. John graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy, receiving the Roger Feinstein Award in Public Policy. 

Jon Ostrowsky, 2011 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

John OstrowskyJon Ostrowsky graduated from Brandeis with a B.A. in politics and history with a minor in journalism. While at Brandeis, Jon served as News Editor of the campus newspaper The Brandeis Hoot and also as Co-President of the Brandeis Haiti Initiative, an organization that raises funds for and educates people about health, education and poverty issues in Haiti. In 2010, Jon interned on Mass. Governor Deval Patrick’s re-election campaign. Jon was the Policy and Issues Director for the 2014 Steve Grossman Campaign for Governor of Boston. Now, Jon is the Policy Director for State Treasurer Deb Goldberg. 

Jonah Seligman, 2008 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Jonah SeligmanJonah Seligman graduated from Brandeis in 2010 with a B.A. in history, and in 2019 received his J.D at Tulane Law School. Through the Segal Program, he interned in Washington, D.C. in Sen. Ted Kennedy's health policy office. Following graduation, Jonah taught for four years teaching in New Orleans public schools as a Teach For America corps member. In 2015, he spent a year as a Fulbright fellow teaching English in a rural community in Malaysia. Jonah currently is a law clerk for the Honorable Judge James L. Dennis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Jordan Rothman, 2008 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Jordan RothmanJordan Rothman is a dedicated litigator, who has extensive experience handling cases throughout New Jersey and New York.  Over the course of his career, Jordan has managed hundreds of lawsuits, including personal injury matters, commercial disputes, class actions, and many other types of cases. Jordan earned his B.A. degree from Brandeis University in 2009, where he graduated magna cum laude with honors.  He also completed an M.A. degree in American history during his senior year of college through a rigorous, four-year B.A./M.A. program. Jordan earned his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2012. Jordan founded The Rothman Law Firm so that he could build a law practice based on everything he learned while working at large and smaller law firms.   He currently focuses his practice on commercial disputes and personal injury cases, but he also handles many other types of matters

Julie Livingstone, 2007 Corporation for National & Community Service Segal Fellow

Julie Proulx  Julie Livingstone is a Development Manager at The HYM Investment Group, LLC, a real estate company in downtown Boston.  She is responsible for over $500M of development work in Boston.  She is dedicated to creating dynamic places to live and grow and make memories.  Before joining HYM, Julie was Deputy Chief of Staff at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and worked on national service strategy and operations as an Eli Segal Fellow from the Office of the CEO at the Corporation for National and Community Service in DC.  She also served as an AmeriCorps NCCC member in Gulf Coast communities after Hurricane Katrina. Julie has a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from M.I.T. and a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School.  In 2019, Julie was recognized by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as the Emerging Executive Pinnacle Award Recipient.  She is a member, and former Advisory Board member, of the Eli J. and Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program, previously served as a Board member of the Massachusetts Service Alliance and is currently on the Board of the Commonwealth Children’s Center.  Julie, her husband, and two boys live in Boston.

Justin Roias, 2016 City Year Fellow

Justin RoiasJustin Roias graduated from Rhode Island College in 2009 with his Bachelor’s in Social Work. Upon graduation, Justin joined City Year Rhode Island as an AmeriCorps member, where he supported four 7th grade math classes at the Gilbert Stuart Middle School. Justin's focus with these students was to help strengthen their academic and social-emotional skills. In his second term as a Team Leader with City Year, Justin led a team of 10 first-year AmeriCorps members through a challenging school transition with new administration as well as through an internal team transition without a primary manager. Justin ultimately helped reestablish City Year’s partnership with the Gilbert Stuart Middle School, leading him to be recognized with the 2016 Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder Award for City Year’s national AmeriCorps Member of the Year. In addition to his work with City Year, Justin is Rhode Island’s State Director of Wolf PAC, an American non-partisan political action committee formed in 2011 with the goal of ending corporate personhood and publicly financing all elections in our country. As State Director, Justin played a key role in helping Rhode Island make history by becoming the fifth state to pass legislation calling for an Article V Convention to propose an amendment to the constitution that would end the corrupting influence of money in politics. Justin currently works at the College Crusade of Rhode Island, where he serves as an advisor to Central High School students. He is also one of the co-founders of Peace in Providence, a community group whose mission it is to create safe positive platforms for inner-city youth to build community, promote peace, and encourage non-violence.

Justus Davis, 2018 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Justus Davis is a junior from Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in Digital Art & Culture at Brandeis University and studying abroad in Singapore this semester. His service work includes working with a college access program called “College AIM” that is based in Towers High School, a high school located in Decatur, Georgia. In 2016, he volunteered as an Art Teacher’s Assistant at Stanley Elementary school in Waltham, MA. Justus is interested in how an interdisciplinary arts education can be used to maximize resources in underfunded schools. As a public relations intern for Cartoon Network, Justus researched opportunities for his employer to improve its efforts in increasing STEM education interest among its younger viewers. 

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Kareen Sanchez, 2017 Service Year Alliance Segal Fellow

Kareen SanchezKareen Sanchez (pronounced Karen in English and Spanish) joined the Segal Program as a 2017 Service Year Alliance Segal Fellow. As a bilingual, first generation Mexican-American, Kareen has used her passion for national service to work with youth-oriented organizations. She served in her hometown as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Los Angeles, where she tutored and mentored high school students, partnered with teachers and administrators, planned and managed educational events and co-led an after-school program. She then became a Peace Corps Masters International student, where she studied at the University of Miami and served from 2014-2016 as a youth, families and community development promoter along the Dominican Republic and Haitian border. She also led a college credit course with 11 students in Peru that combined Spanish immersion classes with community service in the Amazon Rainforest and Sacred Valley. As a Segal Fellow, Kareen conducted policy research with Service Year Alliance who is dedicated in making a service year a cultural expectation and common opportunity for all Americans. Most recently, she uses her national service experience to develop policy options with the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. Kareen received her B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Riverside and a M.S.Ed in community and social change from the University of Miami. While an undergraduate, she received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study Latino youth gangs in Barcelona, Spain, an experience that reinforced her passion for working with youth.  

Kate Tull, 2008 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Kate TullKate Tull is a Program Manager at the University of California, San Francisco, working on strategic planning, communications and change management initiatives. Past professional experience includes working as Associate Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum and holding a variety of positions at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. She received her M.P.P. from the Heller School at Brandeis University and her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She is a member of the Segal Program Advisory Board.

Kate’s volunteer experience includes serving as volunteerism co-chair for the Kirkham Child Development Center’s Parent Advisory Committee in San Francisco, serving on the Paulist Center Social Justice Advisory Board in Boston, co-founding the Heller School's student-run journal, and participation in hunger/homelessness ministries in San Francisco and Boston.

Kayla Scire, 2017 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Kayla ScireKayla Scire is a dual MPP and MBA candidate at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, concentrating in Health Policy. Kayla is an Altman Fellow for Health Policy and Management and is interested in combating health disparities. Before coming to Heller, Kayla served as U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey’s (D-MA) Senior Aide for health and environmental issues in Boston. Over the span of four years, Kayla advised Senator Markey on issues related to health, the environment, and energy in Massachusetts. Kayla graduated cum laude from Wellesley College in 2012. She majored in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies, and she received the Wellesley College Department of Political Science Woodrow Wilson Award for American Politics & Political Theory for her work applying lessons from Massachusetts health care reform to the Affordable Care Act. Kayla is originally from Medford, Massachusetts and is a proud alumna of Medford High School. In the summer of 2017, as a Segal Fellow, Kayla supported MA Representative Jeffrey Sanchez as he chaired the Joint Committee for Health Care Financing and moved on to chair the House Ways and Means Committee. In the fall of 2017, Kayla worked on Medford Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke's successful reelection campaign. Currently, Kayla works for the MA Health Policy Forum and for DMA Health Strategies while completing MPP and MBA coursework.

Khadijah Sawyer, 2017 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Segal Fellow Khadijah SawyerKhadijah Sawyer recently graduated from Brandeis University where she studied Computer Science and African and Afro-American Studies. She is interested in the intersections of social theory and technology. Her research both pressures the promises of tech and explores the radical potential of this digital era to mobilize social change. In 2016, she was awarded funding to integrate underrepresented people of color into nationwide conferences such as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and was recognized for designing an application prototype that helped foster environmental consciousness. As a Segal Fellow, Khadijah hopes to continue to mobilize digital activism and Afro-futurism as a lens to think about coalition building and citizen leadership. Last summer, as a Segal Fellow, Khadijah joined the Roxbury Innovation Center team to explore and support their community partnerships and summer programming within the Boston neighborhood.

LaShawn Simmons, 2017 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

LaShawn SimmonsLaShawn Simmons recently graduated from Brandeis, majoring in African and Afro-American Studies with minors in Anthropology, Art History and Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST). LaShawn has developed skills in arts programming, cultural work, and curating in order to deepen community understanding of diverse social issues. At Brandeis, she initially incorporated this passion by founding and publishing an anthology of poetry entitled “Ebony Axis” that centers the complexities of Black womanhood. She serves as Brandeis University’s Intercultural Center’s (ICC) curator. As the ICC curator, she created spaces where young artists at Brandeis are empowered to use their selected pieces as a way to provoke dialogue about social issues they deem significant. In fall 2016, LaShawn collaborated with both the Rose Art Museum and CAST program in order to design art salons with artist in residence Jane Sapp that incorporate artistic expression as a form of social change. In fall 2017, LaShawn accepted the Sherman H. Starr Family Curatorial Internship position at the Rose Art Museum, where she focuses on educational outreach and exhibition-related programming. Last summer, LaShawn supported local Boston youth in expressing themselves artistically with the Transformative Culture Project as a Segal Fellow.

Lauryn DuValle, 2016 Inaugural Service Year Alliance Fellow

Lauryn DuValleLauryn Imann DuValle is a native Tennessean who has served two years as both an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) and VISTA Leader at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, at the North Mississippi VISTA Project, managing the largest AmeriCorps VISTA site in the state. She helped develop service learning and sustainable volunteering opportunities ranging from cultural inclusion programming, college accessibility, early childhood development, and health awareness initiatives. She also played an active role in establishing the largest annual University road trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute where she encouraged School of Education students to explore the historical and racial implications of segregated teaching in the Deep South.

Most notably, in 2011, as a cinema/documentary student at the University of Mississippi, Lauryn was selected by MTV Productions to assist Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, TN, compete in the White House’s Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. To enter the competition, Lauryn worked with MTV to produce a film which chronicled the students' tremendous academic achievements while overcoming adversities. Of the numerous entries submitted from across the nation, the film was selected as the winner by President Obama. As a result, the graduating class at Booker T. Washington High School was honored with the 2011 commencement address delivered by President Obama during his first trip to Memphis as President. Shortly thereafter, Lauryn received the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Media Advocacy Inc. award for Female Alumnus of the Year.

These diverse experiences helped reinforce her dedication and commitment to nonprofit and policy sectors. In addition, it has bolstered her enthusiasm for community relations and outreach. She received a BA in History from Grambling State University, LA, a minor in Cinema/ Documentary at the University of Mississippi, MS, and pursued graduate studies in policy at New York University, NY.

Leah Igdalsky, 2013 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Segal Fellow Leah IgdalskyLeah Igdalsky graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis in 2014, with majors in psychology and Hispanic studies and a minor in social justice & social policy. Leah works as the Evaluation Coordinator at the Center for Community Health and Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital.  Formerly, she was a Development Associate and Grantwriter at Greater Waltham Arc, a nonprofit that serves persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Waltham, Mass. community and a research associate at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School. Leah intends to use her knowledge of disability, research and policy-making to make meaningful change in the field of disability policy, strengthening the connection between research findings and action. In her spare time, Leah volunteers with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters. Leah’s 2013 Segal Citizen Leader summer internship was at Special Olympics International in Washington, DC. She worked with Segal Founder Sarah Lichtman Spector as her Segal Coach.

Leah Sakala, 2015 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Leah SakalaLeah Sakala is a policy associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, where she focuses on criminal and juvenile justice reform. She manages projects to identify and address the drivers of state prison populations, evaluate juvenile justice reform efforts, and develop strategies to broaden public safety investment to include community partners and more effectively respond to local priorities. Before joining Urban, she was a senior policy analyst at the Prison Policy Initiative. She led research projects to document the impact of mass incarceration on issues ranging from voting rights to family communication, and she worked with government officials and other stakeholders to develop policy solutions. Leah is passionate about working to improve criminal and juvenile justice policy, especially by addressing the racial and economic disparities that are predominant throughout the U.S. justice system. Originally from Massachusetts, Leah has a B.A. in American Studies from Smith College and dual Master’s in Public Policy and Master’s in Business Administration degrees from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Leah Shafer, 2019 Heller MPP/MBA Segal Fellow

Leah Shafer is an MPP candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University concentrating in Children, Youth, and Families. She is committed to creating equitable learning opportunities and career pathways for young people, and is passionate about bridging the divide between academic research and practice. At Brandeis, she teaches a course on skills for college and career success and tutors writing with the Student Support Services Program (SSSP). Before coming to Heller, she wrote for Usable Knowledge at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, making education research more accessible for teachers, school leaders, and families. She also served as a City Year AmeriCorps member in Boston from 2014-15, transitioning to chapter books and learning the times tables with third graders. Leah graduated magna cum laude from Dickinson College in 2014, where she majored in English and American Studies and received departmental honors in both disciplines. She is originally from Simsbury, Connecticut, and is an avid reader, amateur knitter, and admirer of Julia Child. This summer, Leah is excited to learn more about research and evaluation in youth development programming.

Leila Quinn, 2018 Heller MPP/MBA Segal Fellow

Leila Quinn is a dual Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration candidate at The Heller School at Brandeis University. Before coming to Heller, she worked as a Policy Director for Boston City Councilor Andrea J. Campbell, where she focused on public safety and criminal justice. Leila previously acted as Advocacy Manager for Generation Citizen, a national action-civics education non-profit, where she advised youth civics projects on a wide variety of issues. This work inspired her to jump into the field of policy analysis. Leila has significant political campaign experience and is passionate about getting good women into office. She believes government should work for the greater good so that people can choose where they want to live and not worry about access to a good education or quality food. Leila originally hails from New York City and graduated from Hastings High School. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelors' in environmental studies from Mount Holyoke College in 2012. While not at work, she can be found bicycling the streets of metro Boston. 

Le'otis Boswell-Johnson, 2018 City Year Segal Fellow

Leotis Boswell-JohnsonLe’otis Boswell-Johnson was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. He Graduated from Florida State University (FSU) with a degree in Criminology and Psychology and is attending the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University as of Fall 2018. While in college, Le'otis was a founding member of the non-profit program Sons of Sophistication, a mentoring program for young men of color at a high school in Tallahassee, FL. After graduating from FSU, Le’otis applied to City Year Jacksonville and was selected to be a first year Team Leader. He was awarded as the 2018 Eli J. Segal National Bridge Builder and AmeriCorps Member of the Year by City Year. He is passionate about working to better the experience of “at risk” youth. Many kids growing up with lower socioeconomic statuses are often written off or looked down upon unless they are one of the “exceptional” kids who deserve a chance. He wants to create a system that allows kids, even the ones who make mistakes and end up in the system, to have a fighting chance to discover and utilize their potential to be successful despite what their circumstances might be. He seeks to do this on two fronts, through advocating for juveniles as a juvenile defense attorney and as advocating for academic and juvenile justice reform.

Lila Givens, 2010 City Year Bridge Builder Segal Fellow

Lila GivensOriginally from Atlanta, GA Lila Givens attended the University of Georgia where she studied English and Psychology with the goal of being a high school English teacher. Her career took a slight detour when she joined City Year, an AmeriCorps program, in San Antonio, TX after graduating from college. After her two years of service, she then worked for three years working as a Program Manager with City Year in Washington, DC and then Manchester, NH. Lila is currently working in Belmont, MA for The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience. PEAR works to support schools and afterschool organizations to meet the social emotional development of their students. She May 2018 with her MPA and hopes to spend her career working towards promoting education equity in our public schools. She loves the area of East Somerville, MA where she currently lives with her partner, her sister, and their three dogs where, as you can imagine, there is lots of snuggling. However, she looks forward to moving back to her home state of Georgia to continue her career there and to be closer to family. She love rock climbing, mezcal, and playing Super Mario Brothers on the “old school” Nintendo.

Lys Joseph, 2013 Brandeis Undergrad Segal Fellow

Lys JosephLys Joseph graduated from Brandeis University in May 2014 with a B.A. in politics and health: science, society and policy. Then, he became the Associate Testing Coordinator for Partners HealthCare. Lys plans to pursue a career in health policy and management to regulate and mitigate healthcare cost drivers in the United States. He strives to increase access to quality health care for individuals of low socioeconomic status. In past summers, Lys developed a firsthand understanding for issues in his community through internships with New York City Council Member Letitia James and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer.

At Brandeis, Lys was the Junior Representative to the Student Union’s Provost Advisory, Public Safety, and Undergraduate Curriculum Committees. He was Health Policy Representative to the Brandeis Health and Fitness Club, where he reviewed and proposed healthy food options to the Brandeis student body.

In his spare time, Lys participated in the Brandeis Boxing club, Men of Color Association and as student ambassador for the Brandeis National Committee. In addition, Lys mentored a young male of color in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y. Lys is always seeking to help underprivileged students from inner cities pursue their goals. Lys spent his Segal summer internship in Boston at Health Resources in Action.

Madison Matthews, 2018 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Madison Matthews is a junior majoring in Economics at Brandeis University, with minors in African and Afro-American Studies, as well as French. At the core of everything she does is her desire to lift up marginalized voices. She enacts this in and outside of the classroom. Madison has a radio show titled “Stay Saucy,” which is the first show hosted by two Black women on Brandeis’ WBRS 100.1 FM radio station. Through this platform, she collaborates with a wide range of people in the Brandeis community to broadcast dialogue on topics ranging from politics, gender, race and economics, to sexuality and philosophy. She is the co-founder of the Brandeis Legal Empowerment Global Brigade, which provides access to financial and legal resources that would not normally be available to disenfranchised women and families in rural Honduras. Madison envisions herself creating revolutionary ways of using economics to expand resources and solve issues for marginalized communities. Her academic specialization is the hybridization of economics, gender and race. She wants to use her vision of using economic theory, statistics and data-analysis to create cost-effective, just, and sustainable solutions. After writing various research papers about economic equity inside the classroom, she continued this passion through working with Prosperity Now, an organization that creates asset growth for low income communities. Last summer she was their Applied Research Intern, where she used her economic and financial prowess to write a paper that will be published on why Black and Brown people have bad or no access to credit. She also interned for the Office of the D.C. Attorney General, Karl Racine, where she used quantitative skills to research and analyze delinquency cases, which served as a catalyst to increase funding for rehabilitation programs for youth in the D.C. area

Manoo Sabety-Javid, 2013 Brandeis Undergrad Segal Fellow

Manoo Sabety JavidManoo Sabety-Javid, Brandeis class of 2014, graduated with dual degrees in politics and economics. After living in England, Iran, and France, he decided to return to his country of citizenship for college as a Lerman-Neubauer Fellow. He has since cofounded a Brandeis Amnesty International chapter, revived the formerly defunct Brandeis Economics and Finance Review, and served as President of the Brandeis Business Club. Manoo completed his summer Segal internship at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and had cyber security expert Alan Paller as his Segal Coach. Additionally, Manoo has interned at the United Nations and the Massachusetts Export Center, and worked as a research assistant at Brandeis’ Politics Department.

Manu Fairley, 2014 City Year Bridge Builder Segal Fellow

Manu FairleyManu Fairley was a Founding AmeriCorps Member of the City Year Orlando site in 2012. Before joining City Year, Manu graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in international relations and affairs. In his first year at City Year, Manu served as a corps member in a 6th grade English/Language Arts class at Memorial Middle School in Orange County, Fla. He worked with nine “off-track” students, who, by the end of the year, were all “on-track” and excelling in class. In addition, Manu spearheaded his signature event, the “March Madness Program” – a week-long, positive school climate initiative designed to engage a group of more than 30 male middle school students with programs and activities that stimulated intrinsic motivation. The program created a support system that empowered the young men of Memorial Middle School to take on emotional, mental, and physical challenges with poise and dignity, and helped them become positive role models in their communities. Through a series of workshops featuring motivational guest speakers, and through the sponsorship of the Universal Orlando Foundation, Manu was able to provide programming that overhauled the negative behaviors that took place at Memorial Middle School.

At Meadowbrook Middle School, also in Orange County, Florida, Manu served as a Team Leader in the Pine Hills community.  Manu worked closely and tirelessly with grade-level deans to implement an original, innovative idea known as City Year Alternative Day – an initiative that replaced out-of-school suspension with an immersive, intensive, full-day of rigorous intervention with City Year to drive instructional delivery and character-development skills with students.

To continue the March Madness legacy, Manu secured a $3,000 DSW grant to ensure his students at Meadowbrook also received resources.

In 2014, Manu moved to Boston to start at the Boston Teacher Residency Program.

Marcelo Brociner, 2017 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Marcelo BrocinerMarcelo Brociner is an activist/artist who was born and raised in Somerville, Massachusetts. He proudly calls himself a “Juban,” as he is of both Jewish and Cuban descent. He graduated from Brandeis with a double major in Anthropology and International and Global Studies and a minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST). Marcelo worked for three years as a student advisor at the Hiatt Career Center, and was also a member of the Brandeis Undergraduate Library Council, the Festival of the Arts Committee, the Men of Color Alliance, and was a studio volunteer at the Waltham Boys & Girls Club. As a 2016 Sorensen Fellow, Marcelo worked at Work Room Four, an art studio in Hanoi helping to empower contemporary Vietnamese artists. He returned to Hanoi in May 2017 to organize and host an exhibition of his grandfather Rene Mederos’ anti-war posters which are based on what he witnessed while traveling throughout Vietnam (often under U.S. bombing) during the late 1960s and early 1970s. As an avid rapper, photographer, and event producer/promoter, Marcelo deeply believes in the power of the arts to create positive change in the world. Last summer, as a Segal Fellow, Marcelo supported the Engagement and Community Center at Larkin Street Youth Services in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. There he facilitated a hip-hop group once a week and worked in other ways with homeless youth seeking drop-in support at the Center. Having just graduated from Brandeis, Marcelo plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Education at Boston University while working as a fourth grade teaching fellow at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Somerville, where he was a student for three years.

Margaret Levy, 2008 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Margaret LevyMargaret Levy grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan. After serving as the Public Health Policy Analyst for a Massachusetts State Senator and as a teacher at a computer center for children living in public housing in Brookline, Mass., Margaret received her M.P.P. in 2009 from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Margaret then received a Presidential Management Fellowship, a highly competitive fellowship for graduate school graduates to gain leadership experience in the Federal government. She went to work at the U.S. Department of Education. Margaret is an analyst for the Department’s Budget Service in Washington, DC. Her work involves providing assistance to staff regarding program policy and funding decisions, preparing budget justifications to Congress, and reviewing regulations and legislation. Margaret’s volunteer activities include tutoring for the Horton’s Kids program, a community-based organization that serves 500 children, grades K-12, living in an isolated neighborhood in Washington, DC. Horton’s Kids’ mission is to empower at-risk children and prepare them for successful and healthy lives through educational opportunities and comprehensive programs tailored to their needs. They provide a holistic, research-based continuum of academic, enrichment, and basic needs supports designed to empower children to succeed.

Marianne Sierocinski, 2014 Corporation for National & Community Service Segal Fellow

Marianne SierocinkiAs a Program Officer with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Florida State Office, Marianne Sierocinski supports two types of federally-funded national service grantees -- AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps. Prior to this position, she served for two years as the AmeriCorps Program Manager with Tennessee’s state service commission, Volunteer Tennessee. Her other experience in National Service includes serving as the 2014 Eli Segal Fellow at CNCS in Washington, DC, in addition to two terms of service as an AmeriCorps State/National member with City Year Miami. Marianne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from The College of Wooster, where she graduated summa cum laude. As an undergraduate, she wrote a thesis about education policy in Miami-Dade County, secured a grant to engage in post-Katrina relief work in New Orleans, and contributed to the launch of an award-winning service-learning program in Bangalore, India.

Marisa (Daniel) Lovaincy, 2012 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Marisa DanielMarisa (Daniel) Lovaincy received her M.P.P. and M.B.A. degrees with a concentration in children, youth and families at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2013. Marisa completed her Segal summer internship with Mayor Menino’s Urban Mechanics Program focusing on the re-zoning of Boston Public Schools.

Originally from New Hampshire, Marisa moved to Boston to attend Boston College, where she majored in Political Science and Hispanic studies. Before joining the Segal Program, Marisa completed two years of AmeriCorps with Friends of the Children, a mentoring and tutoring program, and City Year Boston, a national education nonprofit focused on eliminating the dropout crisis. While attending Heller, Marisa worked with the Growth and Development Department at City Year Headquarters to develop a new site location in Orlando.

After graduating from the Heller School, Marisa worked as a public sector consultant for Public Consulting Group for two years. She currently works as an internal consultant in Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Auto Claims Department focused on improving operations and business processes.

Matthew Schmidt, 2010 Brandeis Undergrad Segal Fellow

Matthew SchmidtMatthew Schmidt is originally from Washington State, but he now resides in Boston. Growing up surrounded by the natural resource economies of the western United States, he is interested in natural resource management, including economic solutions to environmental conflicts. He completed his B.A. in politics and economics at Brandeis University in 2011. During this time, he organized several successful campaigns to improve the environmental sustainability of the university and spent his Segal Internship working on energy and environmental initiatives for U.S. Representative Ed Markey. His Segal Coach was Segal Founder Chris Murphy. He now works as a Research Analyst for the environmental economic consulting firm Industrial Economics Incorporated.

Megan Andrews, 2013 City Year Bridge Builder Segal Fellow

Megan Andrews 2018Megan Andrews graduated with a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. Before attending graduate school, she served as a Corps Member with City Year from 2011 to 2013 in Miami, Florida and Little Rock, Arkansas. Previously, Megan worked for Upward Bound, Boys and Girls Club, as well as a community mental health organization and domestic violence shelter. In April of 2016, she was recognized by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders for exemplary student service. Currently, Megan is a bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist in Denver, Colorado. She works with children between 1 and 18 years old focusing on a variety of needs including speech sound disorders, language disorders and delays, stuttering, literacy, and early intervention. She will be transitioning to work in a home health setting in June of 2018.

Melissa Nalani Ross, 2011 Brandeis MPP Segal Fellow

Melissa Nalani RossMelissa Nalani Ross received her M.P.P. with a concentration in poverty alleviation in 2012 from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Before attending the Heller School, Melissa was the Communications Project Associate at the California Immigrant Policy Center, providing technical support to and developing media strategies for organizations focused on immigrant rights. She worked as the Director of the Campaign for a United America, a national initiative of the Center for New Community. Additionally, Melissa served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and worked on issues such as police brutality and women’s rights. Melissa has a B.A. in sociology and political science from The University of Arizona. Melissa lives in Los Angeles and works as a senior policy analyst at the Advancement Project.

Michael Perloff, 2010 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Michae PerloffMichael Perloff currently serves as a law clerk on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  He graduated Brandeis University in 2012 and Harvard Law School in 2017.  As a student, Michael interned with the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and the office of Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott.  Passionate about promoting civil rights, civil liberties, and police reform, he will begin working as a legal fellow with ACLU-DC n fall 2018.  Outside of his professional interests, Michael enjoys running and is an aspiring salsa dancer. 

Molly O'Donnell, 2014 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Molly O'DonnellMolly O’Donnell is an Associate Partner at New Profit, a national venture philanthropy firm based in Boston. Molly leads work with two portfolios of grantees on the Reimagine Learning Fund and in the Personalzied Learning Initiative. In her work with the Personalized Learning Initiative, Molly supports five grantees through ongoing capacity building and coaching support and supports the learning community for personalized learning grantees. Prior to joining New Profit, Molly worked for Root Cause, a non-profit research and consulting firm in Boston. While at Root Cause, Molly assessed nonprofits on organizational and programmatic best practices and provided strategic recommendations and support to implement these practices. She also managed a collective impact working group providing training to 300 youth workers across the City of Boston and developing survey and assessment tools for all summer youth workforce programs in Boston. Prior to her work at Root Cause, Molly worked at an alternative school program called Open Schools NW in Portland, OR. While at Open Schools, she worked closely with teachers, school leaders, and families to develop strong support systems to keep students engaged and on track in school. As a liaison to Portland Public Schools, she co-created interventions and systems to support students identified as most at risk of dropping out. She also worked as a member of Equity Team and the Collaborative Action Research for Equity (CARE) team. These two teams worked to train educators on creating culturally relevant curriculum for students of color. Molly holds a Master’s of Public Policy and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Heller School at Brandeis University and a B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College. Molly is a 2014 MPP Segal Fellow. During her Segal Fellowship she worked at Root Cause and was paired with Segal Coach and Founder Margaret McKenna.

Molly Pearlman, 2015 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Molly PearlmanMolly Pearlman is studying sociology, environment studies, and social justice & social policy at Brandeis University, class of 2016. After high school in Cooperstown, N.Y., Molly spent a year traveling the southwestern United States working at various nonprofit and government organizations as a member of the Corporation for National and Community Service Program, AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). In her spring 2015 semester at Brandeis, Molly studied language, culture and sustainable community service in the Dominican Republic.

Molly co-founded Students against Mass Incarceration, which works to raise awareness and combat the racism and prejudice involved in the U.S. judicial system.

Criminal justice has become Molly’s greatest passion. Last summer, she worked at the Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty in New Orleans. She has supplemented her academic understanding about this large-reaching system by acting as a legislative intern in Mass. State Senator Michael Barrett’s office and at the Schuster Institute of Investigative Journalism. Molly hopes to work as an investigator in the future. For summer 2015, she wants to combine her experience, passion and skills to work on prison reform by assisting a New York organization working with those in the criminal justice system by investigating and researching.

Monica Keenan, 2018 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow

MonicaMonica Keenan is an MBA candidate and Trinity Fellow at Marquette University. She completed her undergraduate career at Rockhurst University, earning a degree in Nonprofit Leadership and English, as well as her Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. After graduation, Monica joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest as a Jesuit Volunteer and AmeriCorps Member and served in Montana and Oregon as both Academic Support and as a Children’s Program Specialist in her two years of service. Monica hopes to use her education and experiences to bridge gaps between the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors to provide better holistic services and care.

Morgan C. Goins, 2008 DeVos Sports Management Segal Fellow

Morgan GoinsMorgan Goins received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Central Florida and earned her Master’s of Sport Business Management degree in 2008.  She has worked in marketing and communications including positions with the Phoenix Suns, ISP Sports, Coca-Cola Company and Orlando Magic.  Morgan has also been involved with the Hope for Stanley Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, UCF President’s Leadership Council and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.  In addition to being named an Eli Segal Fellow, in 2006 she received the Order of the Pegasus, Dorothy Shaw Leadership Award and UCF Alumni Association Fellows Scholarship. Morgan is Associate Development Director at the Emerald Youth Foundation in Knoxville, Tenn.

Nathaniel Rosenblum, 2009 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Nathaneil RosenblumNate Rosenblum completed his Segal Program summer internship at Campus Compact.  After graduating from Brandeis, class of 2010, he became a residential college director & co-coordinator of the Social Justice Center at Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied politics and business. During his undergraduate years he was very involved with community service, crew, admissions, and orientation at Brandeis. He went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his Master’s in Higher Education. He is particularly passionate about issues of social justice and college student mental health.  Nate is originally from Louisville, Ky.

Nicole Hart, 2014 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Nicole HartNicole Hart is an M.P.P. candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, with a concentration in children, youth and families. Prior to attending Heller, Nicole spent four years at Year Up, a national nonprofit that prepares talented urban young adults for family-sustaining jobs and higher education. She pioneered the organization’s efforts to raise students’ awareness of post-secondary options, managed scholarships, and provided college counseling to students and alumni. Nicole has served two Americorps VISTA terms and is passionate about enhancing non-traditional students’ access to and persistence in higher education. Originally from a small town in coastal Maine, she has also lived and traveled extensively in India. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and education from Bowdoin College. She completed her Segal Program internship at the GreenLight Fund and Segal Founder Maureen Curley was her Segal Coach.

Olivia McNulty, 2017 City Year Segal Fellow

Olivia McNultyOlivia McNulty completed her year as an AmeriCorps Member serving with City Year Chicago in 2017. While serving, Olivia worked with 9th graders with the highest need for additional supports at Collins Academy High School in the North Lawndale community of Chicago, IL. She is deeply committed to public education because she believes every student should have the opportunity for a quality education regardless of their socioeconomic status. In the 2018-2018 school year, she continued at Collins as a full-time teacher. Olivia was named the 2017 City Year AmeriCorps Member of the Year because of her deep dedication to the City Year value of "Students First, Collaboration Always." She strives to create safe spaces for students to express themselves and serves to empower young people to hold true to the values of knowledge, love, and human connection. Originally from New Orleans, LA, Olivia moved to Chicago pursue a career in public education. She received her B.S. from Spring Hill College in Secondary Education and Social Science. During her time in undergrad, she supported the local high school and volunteered in the University of Alabama Children’s and Women’s’ Hospital for four years.

Olivia Nichols, 2018 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Olivia NicholsOlivia Nichols is a sophomore at Brandeis University majoring in Sociology and minoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Raised in Apple Valley, Minnesota, Olivia now works as a staff member at the Intercultural Center on campus and has also worked as a Japanese language peer tutor at Brandeis. She engages with the Brandeis community through serving as the outreach chair for the Japanese Student Association, through activism as the vice president of the Brandeis Asian American Task Force, and through performance and creative expression, as both a musician and a poet. During her freshman year, Olivia spent her spring semester as a community engagement fellow at Organizing for Action. She also became involved with the U.S.-Japan Council through a student leadership conference that was held in Boston.This summer as a Segal Fellow, Olivia is excited to learn more about advocacy work that centers the intersection of LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights.

Paul Vancea, 2012 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Paul VanceaPaul Vancea, Brandeis class of 2014, majored in business, economics, and film studies. Paul moved to the United States from Romania with his family when he was 14. In high school, Paul was MVP of his football, wrestling and track teams while working full-time with his family’s business and maintaining a nearly perfect GPA. In his freshman year at Brandeis, Paul and a roommate initiated a student health and fitness club. In their first event, the club hosted a panel of experts to discuss various aspects of healthy lifestyles, i.e., fitness, nutrition, sleep and stress management. In addition, in his sophomore year, Paul and another roommate started an international media production company through which he hopes to use his filmmaking skills, passion for health, and economics/business knowledge to promote positive actions and socially conscious business models. Most recently, Paul was a start-up tech intern at IRIS.TV in Los Angeles. Paul completed his Segal summer internship with Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington, DC. Paul has spearheaded the creation of the Eli J. Segal pilot documentary.

Paula Katrina (PK) Drago, 2012 Corporation for National and Community Service Segal Fellow

PK DragoPaula Katrina (PK) Drago, the 2012 CNCS Segal Fellow, is currently the Volunteer Services and Corporate Partnerships Manager at Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. A native New Yorker, PK started her career by serving three consecutive terms with AmeriCorps: two with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and one with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. Her service allowed her to master the art of parallel parking a 15-passenger van, accumulate library cards from 5 different states, learn how to build a house, and meet a diverse group of people across the country, solidifying her life-long dedication to national service. PK has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University. 

Pem Brown, 2010 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Pem BrownPem Brown, Heller M.P.P. ’11, completed a joint Master’s in Public Policy and a Master of Arts in women’s and gender studies at Brandeis University. Pem completed his Segal summer internship with the National Partnership for Women and Families and his Segal Coach was Segal Founder Josh Gottheimer.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pem first moved to Massachusetts to attend Amherst College, where he majored in French and European studies. After graduating in 2006, he moved to Boston, where he worked for NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts (NARAL PCM), specializing in fundraising and communications.

He works for M+R, providing online advocacy and online fundraising consulting to a range of progressive nonprofit organizations. Pem has also volunteered for numerous political campaigns and worked with organizations promoting LGBT equality, economic justice, and workers’ rights.

Peter Murray, 2002 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow

Peter MurrayPeter Murray is the founder of the Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL), the nation’s largest progressive political training institute. Since 2003, CPL has provided comprehensive training, coaching, and mentorship to over 6,000 progressive political and policy leaders across the country. Prior to founding CPL, Peter was the President and Founder of the Empowerment Group, Philadelphia’s largest minority and bilingual entrepreneurship training organization. Peter was also Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President of the I Do Foundation, a national social justice foundation, and CEO of Image Contractors, a community-based construction company in Philadelphia. For his leadership in the nonprofit sector, he received the Eli J. Segal Entrepreneurship Award in 2002 and the Eugene Lang Community Service Award in 1999, and was selected for Fast Company Magazine’s 2002 “Fast 50,” which honors 50 leaders from around the world who are reshaping their sectors.

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Qiong Lin, 2010 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Qiong LinQiong Lin is currently a third grade teacher in New York City. She graduated from Brandeis in 2011 majoring in Politics, and Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP). After graduation, she taught high school English in Queens, New York as a Teach For America corps member. She worked in health care administration at Memorial Sloan Cancer Research Center briefly before finding her way back into the classroom as an elementary school teacher while completing her Master's in Teaching from Touro College. Qiong is passionate about supporting urban education and improving educational outcomes in disadvantaged communities.

Rachael Weiker, 2012 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Rachael WeikerRachael Weiker earned dual M.B.A./M.P.P. degrees at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. A Wisconsin native, she completed her B.A. in cultural anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, where she earned the title of Outstanding Young Philanthropist from the Madison Association of Fundraising Professionals. Rachael is passionate about supporting social entrepreneurship and economic development. She has been involved in all aspects of nonprofit development, management and policy coordination for organizations like Downtown Madison Incorporated, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and New Profit. She has also supported the development of startups like SheGivesBoston, Main Street Partners, and New Politics. She currently works with the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington DC. Rachael is also a Board Member for Main Street Partners and an events volunteer with the Washington Area Bicyclist’s Association.

Rafey Munir, 2016 Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) Fellow

Rafey MunirRafey Munir was the 2016 CNCS Segal Fellow. He joined Segal after spending a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Prior to AmeriCorps, he spent 3 years as a Project Manager at NAXION, a market research consultancy. Rafey is currently working on the recovery from Hurricane Irma as a Task Force Leader for FEMA.


Raquél Lynn Peréz, 2019 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow

Raquél Pérez is a full-time Registered Nurse at Women & Infants Hospital and a part-time Social Media Assistant for the small business, half full, llc. As an RN, Raquél helps people, and as a Social Media Assistant, she highlights people. A 2017 graduate from the University of Rhode Island, Raquel’s first “real world” experiences began when she joined AmeriCorps right after graduation. By joining the Rhode Island program, Accessing Home, Raquél acted as a Resident Services Coordinator for families living in affordable housing owned, developed, and managed by Smith Hill Community Development Corporation. After her year of AmeriCorps service, Raquél continued to work for Smith Hill CDC as their Community Outreach Supervisor, where she trained the next AmeriCorps members and facilitated community connections. Raquél aspires to one day run for Congress using her experiences in the nonprofit, for-profit, and healthcare sectors, to be a representative for all. 

Renée Gaillard, 2019 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow

Rachael WeikerRenée Gaillard was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, and then lived in Boston, MA, for 8 years before moving to Washington, DC, in 2018. At her foundation, Renée is a nurturer, relationship builder, and community resource broker, focused on the intersections of youth and community development, art, education, and culture. After graduating from Boston University, Renée first worked in international education and then served in AmeriCorps for two terms. Renée served with Mass Mentoring Partnership to help build capacity in mentoring across Massachusetts, through managing a teen mentoring program at her host site, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, a resident-led, community-based planning and organizing entity in Roxbury, MA. Currently, Renée lives in Southwest DC and works as a Program Manager at Critical Exposure, which aims to train DC youth to harness the power of photography and their own voices to fight for education equity and social justice. Renée credits her time in AmeriCorps for introducing her to her purpose of serving young people and their communities. She hopes to combine this with her love of libraries and her belief that libraries are the most publicly accessible resource we have and, therefore, can serve as the blueprint and vehicle to move forward in youth and community development.

Rhonda Ulmer, 2008 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow

Rhonda UlmerThe late Rhonda Ulmer was the Founding Director of University for Parents. She was determined to keep her vision, passion and entrepreneurial spirit alive while leaving “No Parent Behind.” As the 2008 AmeriCorps Alums Eli J. Segal Entrepreneurship Award recipient, Rhonda had the opportunity to share the Van Bokkelen Elementary School Family Network success story across the country. In addition, it allowed the network to expand into University for Parents (UfP). The goal of UfP is to help parents support their children to be successful in school. UfP received a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting American Graduate Initiative to address the high school student dropout crisis. Being a Fellow helped Rhonda to have a lifetime of service and serve with other emerging leaders. Rhonda received a new partnership with the U.S. Dream Academy. Additionally, she was invited to speak on Capitol Hill with a celebrity mom panel alongside the mother’s of Kevin Durant, Robert Griffin III, Michael Phelps and Mark Ingram.

Ruth Galaviz, 2016 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Ruth GalavizRuth Galaviz is from Los Angeles, California majoring in Art History and minoring in Architectural Studies at Brandeis University. She is a first-generation Mexican-American and the first in her family to attend a 4-year University. She graduated from the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP) in 2013. During her sophomore year, Ruth served as the coordinator of the Queer People of Color Coalition. Over the past year, she has grown to become the Coordinator of Triskelion, the LGBTQ organization that oversees the 5 branches of clubs on campus. Ruth’s passions focus on promoting social justice for queer and trans people of color and low income people living in urban areas with minimal access to healthy food and stable housing. Particularly, she enjoys learning about how various issues, such as transportation, development, housing, economic growth, education and healthy food outlets, within under-resourced areas intersect and the ways we can systemically empower the communities in our cities and urban areas. This summer, Ruth hopes to explore these issues further and make an impact in a city. 

Ryan Sarafolean, 2012 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow

Ryan SarafoleanRyan Sarafolean is a community organizer, educator, and proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For four years, Ryan worked at an after school program that served the at-risk and homeless community in Madison. Upon graduation, Ryan became an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow with Project SUCCESS, a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis. Ryan now serves as the Founder and Executive Director of the KGSA Foundation, a nonprofit organization that reduces poverty and gender inequalities in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. KGSA Foundation works closely with local leaders in Kibera to provide free secondary education, artistic programming, and athletic opportunities to over 130 young women each year. The core of the Foundation’s work is to build and harness the unique strength of women to lead their communities out of poverty. Ryan is in a graduate program in development management at American University in Washington, DC, where he is focusing on gender studies and community development. Ryan is also co-director of OurCity DC, a nonprofit that uses live music as a way to build and bridge communities and expose citizens to local organizations and causes within their neighborhoods.

Shawn Rubin, 2009 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow

Shawn RubinShawn Rubin is the Director of Technology Integration at the Highlander Institute in Providence, R.I. managing the Institute’s blended learning and technology integration professional development programs. Shawn is also the co-founder and CEO of Metryx, a start-up software company building flexible formative assessment tools for educators to use on mobile devices. Shawn began his education career in 2000 as a founding faculty member of the Highlander Charter School, teaching a range of grades including four years in kindergarten.

Shawn Wilds, 2018 AmeriCorps Alums Segal Fellow

Shawn WildsShawn Wilds is from a small town in eastern North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, DC, to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Reading Partners. She served with Reading Partners for two years as a Volunteer Coordinator, where her passion for education and youth was reinforced by the opportunities to build partnerships with local high schools and other organizations. The importance of service to others was instilled in Shawn at a very young age and has been a major focus in her personal and professional life. Shawn is currently the Post-Secondary Program Coordinator at For Love of Children and supports high school seniors as they unlock opportunities and identify what success looks like for them after high school. In addition, she advises current post-secondary students as they navigate through college and continue into their careers. Shawn aspires to become a high school guidance counselor so that she can continue to support youth from underserved communities.

Sohaima Khilji, 2019 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Sohaima Khilji is a Junior at Brandeis University with a double major in History and International and Global Studies. Sohaima has worked as a member of the Brandeis University 2018 Orientation Core Committee, and is on the executive board of the Brandeis Muslim Student Association. Sohaima is deeply interested in exploring the power of allyship in community organizing.

Stephanie Johnson, 2011 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Stephanie JohnsonStephanie Johnson received her B.A. in politics from Brandeis University in May 2013. She also minored in legal studies and social justice and social policy. Stephanie hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., where she continues to volunteer at The Possibility Project, mentoring youth and organizing community service projects for at-risk teens.

On the Brandeis campus, Stephanie was a co-coordinator for the WATCH Housing Advocacy Clinic, a primarily student-run program that helps Waltham, Mass. residents learn about their rights as renters and find affordable housing. She also worked on an advocacy campaign designed to pass a DNA access law in Massachusetts. Stephanie received one of the selectively awarded MLK & Friends Scholarships at Brandeis University. During her last semester at Brandeis, she interned in the Office of Representative Jay Kaufman until she graduated and began working as Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Segal Founder Chris Murphy, and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Executive Office of Vincent Gray, Mayor of Washington, DC.

Stephen Larbi, 2013 City Year Bridge Builder Segal Fellow

Stephen LarbiStephen Larbi graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2011 with a B.A. in sociology. During his time on campus, he became the first community service/mentoring chair for Brothers On a New Direction (B.O.N.D), and President in his senior year. Upon graduation, Stephen joined City Year Rhode Island as a team leader and received The Greatness Award for Rhode Island’s Corps Member of the Year. In his second term with City Year, Stephen led a team of seven corps members in helping with a successful turnaround of the school’s culture and climate by implementing numerous small initiatives and large events throughout the school year leading him to be recognized as one of the two recipients of the 2013 Eli Segal Bridge Builder Award for City Year’s national corps member of the year. During 2013 Stephen was also a fellow of the New Leaders Council of Rhode Island and was a Program Manager for City Year Rhode Island for two years. He is currently a Nation Urban Fellow and M.P.A. Candidate at Baruch College. 

Sylvia Stewart, 2017 Heller MPP Segal Fellow

Sylvia StewartSylvia Stewart is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management concentrating in Poverty Alleviation. Before starting at Heller, Sylvia served two years with the North Mississippi VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Project. In her first year, she worked to expand United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County's outreach strategy, developing a communications plan, creating promotional materials, and training community partners how to best utilize new media to mobilize donors and volunteers. In her second year, Sylvia served as the project's VISTA Leader, focusing on building resources for the members she led and building a community of support and collaboration. Sylvia also served two terms as a VISTA Summer Associate while pursuing her bachelor's degree in International Studies with a focus in International Governance and Politics at the University of Mississippi's Croft Institute. Through her years living, serving, and studying in Mississippi, she gained a passion for rural development and poverty alleviation, especially as it relates to communities of color across the American South. She hopes to foster a better, more prosperous future for Southerners of all races, sexualities, genders, creeds and ethnicities though cross-sector collaboration, coalition building, and community empowerment. Last summer as a Segal Fellow, Sylvia joined the Farm Aid team, based out of their offices in Cambridge, MA, on an exciting grant-making project to support black farmers across the U.S.  Farm Aid hired Sylvia to stay on in a staff role on the project after her internship.

Tam Emerson, 2008 City Year Bridge Builder Segal Fellow

Tam EmersonTam Emerson is a 2008 Eli J. Segal City Year Fellow and joined the Segal Program Team as a Management Fellow in 2012. Tam was Director of the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at the Center for Youth and Communities between 2012-2017.

Prior to her work with the Segal Program, Tam served for two years at City Year Boston and was part of the start-up team for the City Year London site. Tam earned a B.S. in an interdisciplinary program with math/science as well as elementary education with a minor in juvenile justice and youth advocacy from Wheelock College.

Additionally, Tam completed a research fellowship through the American Cancer Society at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Pediatric Oncology Department. She was named as one of the 100 most influential people for the Latino community in 2016 by the prominent Boston Latino newspaper, El Planeta. Tam is enrolled as an MBA student at the Haas School of Business, University of California - Berkeley. She is the student government Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Tanika Lynch, 2016 AmeriCorps Alums Fellow

Tanika LynchTanika Lynch is a 3rd grade teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from Columbia University in May 2015, she interned at the U.S. House of Representatives. There, she learned about the policy making process, but also realized that her interests lie more in community based activism. She began working in the Baltimore City Public School System in various roles, ultimately beginning a classroom teaching position in September 2017. She seeks to use culturally responsive teaching and restorative practices to empower her students to make changes in their lives and communities. She is interested in exploring career paths, including teaching, that allow her to make the greatest impact on students of color in low-income communities.

Tia Renier, 2018 Corporation for National and Community Service Segal Fellow

Tia Renier Tia Renier is dedicated to social service initiatives that break down barriers to community safety and family preservation. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s in social work. Tia participated in her university’s first cohort of undergraduate Title IV-E students, where she made a commitment to serve families impacted by poverty, substance abuse and violence. Tia provided direct case management to over 150 children and families involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice system to address child safety concerns, create plans to reunite children with their parents and provide holistic strategies to keep youth out of the court system. After a service project in the Philippines, her passion for disaster relief was ignited, and she joined AmeriCorps-FEMA Corps. She served with a national incident management team, carrying out exercises to prepare for national response. During her year of service, she deployed to record floods in South Carolina, as well as the aftermath of a typhoon on Guam. Tia is inspired by the thousands of citizens, young and old, who devote themselves to improving the lives of others through CNCS programs. She hopes to gain a better understanding of how decisions are made at the federal level and be a voice for how these decisions impact both service members, as well as recipients of program services. She intends to leverage her experiences in social services to examine program efficacy and accessibility. Tia was born and raised in Wisconsin.


Toni S. Burke, 2009 Center for Youth and Communities Segal Fellow

Toni BurkeToni Burke is Vice President and Executive Director of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley. She leads 74 AmeriCorps members serving in seven schools, impacting more than 3,600 students every day. Toni came to City Year with extensive experience in building successful nonprofits and managing high-performing teams.

As Management Fellow and then Director of the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program, she led a growing Network of nearly 500 Segal Founders and Fellows in 10 different states. During her tenure she helped establish the organization’s three-year strategic plan, established partnerships with leading national organizations, mayoral and state capital offices, Congressional offices, federal agencies, and the White House. These connections have supported efforts to promote national service and citizen leadership around the country. Previously, she served as a Policy Fellow in Atlanta advancing the rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina and also helped create a federal policy agenda for rural America.

Toni completed her Master's in Public Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut. She currently resides in San Jose with her husband, Mark Burke.

Victoria Roomet, 2008 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Victoria RoometVictoria Roomet graduated from Brandeis University in 2009 with a B.A. in psychology. She interned with the marketing team at College Summit in Washington, DC. Looking back, she realizes that her placement at College Summit was a perfect fit, as her interest in helping youth thrive during college has only increased since graduating from Brandeis.

Victoria is the Vice President of CARP, an organization dedicated to supporting Unificationist life on college campuses. Amidst the wide variety of tasks that come with nonprofit management, Victoria feels the best part about her job is that she gets to have coffee breaks with college students (as well as prospective students), and help them pursue their passions and interests.

Will Chrysanthos, 2011 Corporation for National and Community Service Segal Fellow

Will ChrysanthosWill Chrysanthos served four years as an AmeriCorps member with the Breakthrough Collaborative, Teach for America, and Hands On Mississippi.  He considers these years to be the most positive and transformative of his life and hopes that one day, all Americans who choose to, can serve their country through AmeriCorps.

Will’s Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Eli J. Segal Fellow award led him to Washington, DC, where he served at the CNCS as a Special Assistant to the Director of AmeriCorps.  He served as the New York Section Chief for AmeriCorps operations in the hurricane Sandy response, and FEMA mission assignment administrator on eleven other federally declared disasters.  Prior to his work in DC, Will served four years in the hurricane Katrina recovery effort in Mississippi, during which he was named to the Mississippi Commission on Volunteer Service to manage the state's largest AmeriCorps VISTA program. 

Will received his B.A. in history from Tufts University, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Service Alliance.

Wil Jones, 2016 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Wil JonesHaving worked within Urban Resilience and Sustainability for the last two years of his undergraduate career, William Jones is interested in continuing to work with and learn more about municipal infrastructure. While developing the City of Boston’s Resilience Strategy during his time with the Mayors Office of Resilience and Racial Equity, he learned to listen, engage, and collaborate with community members. Organizing community outreach events and managing the offices website and social media profiles granted him experience with diverse methods of stakeholder engagement, and strengthened his ability to turn community feedback into initiatives which later became central components of the “Collaborative, Proactive Governance" section of the Resilient Boston Strategy. In his subsequent internship at The 100 Resilient Cities Initiative - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) where he interned with the North American Core Practice Management team, Wil was able to get a top down view of strategy production - in all its stages - across all 27 North American cites, including those in Canada and Puerto Rico. This experience equipped him with an adaptable analytic framework, as well as perspective on what other cites are doing to increase their resilience. As a recent graduate, Wil is hoping to gain experience in the field of Urban Planning.

Witney Christie, 2015 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Witney ChristieWitney Christie is a third-year student at Brandeis University and she’s passionate about education. She is majoring in Education Studies with a minor in African and Afro-American Studies. While at Brandeis, Witney graduated a semester early from the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP). Additionally, she is the president of the Brandeis Black Student Organization (BBSO) where she co-founded “BeSO Educated 101”, a pilot program aimed at providing low-income and minority high school students with resources to aid them during the college application process. The pilot, started in Waltham High School, will be instituted fully as a credit-bearing elective course. Witney also works at the Lemberg Children’s Center and has been a Teaching Specialist with BeSafe in Boston. Additionally, she spent five years working part-time at To Our Children’s Future with Health, a community health planning non-profit in Philadelphia. Witney’s focus con- tinues to be on urban education and youth development. She has made it her life goal to strive for educational equality in her community and beyond. This summer, Witney is interning at America’s Promise, supervised by Melinda Baskin Hudson, creating an DC Education Policy Map and will be coached by Asim Mishra, Chief of Staff for the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

Yvonne Perez, 2011 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Yvonne PerezYvonne Perez is Mexican-American, born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. Yvonne graduated in 2012 with a B.S. in health: science, society, and policy, as well as a minor in women’s & gender studies. Yvonne was the co-founder and treasurer of the Brandeis Chapter of the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. She was also the co-president of AHORA!, a campus organization devoted to celebrating Latino traditions and culture, and an official peer mentor to four first year students through the University’s Student Support Services Program. In 2011, Yvonne was selected as one of fourteen Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars, an award that allows her to participate in a comprehensive summer program focused on health policy and leadership. She is now a Teaching Fellow at Citizen Schools in New York.


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