RCLA Announces 30 Emerging Public Service Leaders Selected for Prestigious Fellowship
RCLA has announced the selection of 30 accomplished young leaders for a unique opportunity to build the knowledge and skills for rewarding careers in public service. The Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service, now in its seventh year, helps early career professionals strengthen their leadership abilities, enhance their awareness of the public service arena and engage in strategic career development.
Through bi-weekly sessions over the course of seven months, fellows hear from senior officials and nonprofit executives about their own career trajectories and receive ongoing guidance from accomplished professionals who serve as career guides. Past speakers include New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Brotherhood-Sister Sol Executive Director Khary Lazarre-White, and Human Rights Watch Director of Programs Iain Levine.
The fellowship was founded by Ellen Schall, dean of NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and is sponsored by NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action. It reflects RCLA's broader work to develop a deep and diverse pool of public service leaders.
"Reports from across the spectrum of public service organizations consistently point to the need for field-level leadership development to help young professionals take up leadership now and in the future, but few such programs exist," said FELPS Director Colleen Schwartz Coffey. "The fellowship offers young professionals structured leadership development and career guidance opportunities so they can make significant contributions now and over the long term. In addition, belonging to a cross-sector network of peers and mentors they can call on is one of the life-changing elements of the fellowship."
The fellows selected are from diverse backgrounds and have demonstrated a commitment to service, academic excellence and leadership. They work for a variety of nonprofit, government and philanthropic enterprises. This year's class includes representatives from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, the New York City Mayor's Community Affairs Unit, and Citi Foundation, as well as New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Doctors Without Borders and The Opportunity Network.
This year's Fellows are:
- Alyssa Aguilera, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
- Lorén Amor, New York State Assemblymember Aravella Simotas
- Christopher Blank, City Bar Justice Center
- Erin Burns-Maine, WHEDco - Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation
- Yoo Jin Cheong, New York City Department of Education
- William Colegrove, New York City Council Member Gail A. Brewer
- Abigail DeAtley, Asian Americans for Equality
- Pamela Dicent, Community Resource Exchange
- Denice Dorchak-Ochola, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
- Alexandra Fine, The Good Dog Foundation
- Anna Friedman, New York City Department of Education
- Reva Gaur, The Educational Alliance
- Zeest Haider, MDRC
- Lauren Hee, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
- Alicia Jay, The Atlantic Philanthropies
- Samantha Koller, CASES - Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services
- Deshaun Mars, Good Shepherd Services
- Scott McVittie, Jr., United Way of New York City
- Carlos Mendoza, City Year New York
- Megan Nestor, The Opportunity Network
- Gawain Patterson, Citi Foundation
- Diana Petty, New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications
- Deirdre Ramos, Community Service Society of New York
- George Simpson, Empire State Pride Agenda
- Donald Stuart, Uncommon Schools
- Shadoe Tarver, New York City Mayor's Community Affairs Unit
- Sydney Thomas, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
- Liza Van Gundy, The Legal Aid Society
- Lindsey Yoo, Public Interest Projects
- Annie Zhou, Doctors Without Borders