FELPS 2007 Career Guides
Developing the Next Generation of Public Service Leaders
2007 Career Guides
The FELPSPublic Service Fellowship Program Career Guides provide guidance and support to a cohort of FELPSPublic Service fellows. They hold a variety of positions in the public sector.
Gibbons Public Interest and Constitutional Law Fellow
Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione
Melanca D. Clark is a Gibbons Public Interest and Constitutional Law Fellow for the term of 2006-2008. Prior to joining Gibbons, Ms. Clark was a Skadden Fellow and Assistant Counsel in the Economic Justice Group of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. Ms. Clark's experience included litigating the remedy phase of Thompson v. HUD housing litigation. She was also involved in policy and advocacy work related to the challenge of employment barriers for the formerly incarcerated. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Ms. Clark was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and then served as law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey.
During law school, Ms. Clark was a board member of Harvard's Tenant Advocacy Project and a senior editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Ms. Clark also served as an intern at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.
Cohort: Gina Anzaldua, Megan Guzman, Jacob Massaquoi, Leslie Powell, Sumin Sohn, Emily Tsiang
Keita de Souza
Women's Prison Association's Institute on Women & Criminal Justice
Keita de Souza was born in Trinidad & Tobago and received a bachelor's degree from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in the Political History of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2004. This interdisciplinary approach to education allowed Keita to examine the reciprocal relationship between politics & government and literature, history & language. Keita's interest in how decisions are made in the government led her to her current position as a Policy Associate with the Women's Prison Association's Institute on Women & Criminal Justice.
Although Keita's professional interests include women & children, economic development and immigration, the unifying principle is her interest in understanding how systems affect each other. Keita believes that it is primarily through this understanding that the underlying factors that have contributed to many social, political and economic ills can be solved. While at New York University, Keita Vice Chaired the Student Senators Council. In this capacity she pioneered a new system of making budget allocations for New York University's 250 all-university student clubs and introduced a culture of customer service with the clubs they funded. In addition, Keita chaired the second Senior Class Legacy Program and was the architect for the program model for years to come. She was also a Resident Assistant and president of I-n-I, a spoken word, dance and live music collective. Keita received the President's Service Award for her work as a Resident Assistant with first year students and an award from the Gallatin School for contributions to the community, upon her graduation. Keita hopes to pursue a JD with a focus on public service in the fall of 2007.
Keita has sat on the benefit committee for various non-profits, including the Caribbean American Center of NY and the Restaurant Opportunities Center of NY. She was also a 2005 Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in New York City.
Cohort: Sanayi Beckles, Jonathan Bigelow, Stefanie Block, Orly Clerge, Sutton Kiplinger, Pam Pradachith, Adrian Saldana
Deputy Director & Political Director
New York League of Conservation Voters
A native of Manhasset, NY, Mr. Klainberg joined the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) as a volunteer in the fall of 1995 and was hired as Political Director in January 1996. In 2005, he was assigned the additional role of Deputy Director.
NYLCV is a non-partisan, policy making and political action organization that works to make environmental protection a top priority with elected officials, decision-makers and the voters by evaluating incumbent performance and endorsing and electing environmental leaders to office in New York State.
Prior to joining NYLCV, he was involved in local political campaigns in the Town of North Hempstead in Nassau County, NY. Immediately following college, he served in the inaugural class of AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps).
Joshua Klainberg holds a BA in Urban Environmental Studies from Brandeis University and a Masters in Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.
Cohort: Michael Casertano, Carey Greenberg-Berger, Christian Sanchez
Graham Macmillan is Director of Scojo Foundation, an international social enterprise working in five countries and focused on distributing affordable reading glasses through micro-franchises to improve economic development. Mr. Macmillan has had previous experience managing international development programs most recently with Helen Keller International as Director of Business Development for the ChildSight program.
Mr. Macmillan serves on the Board of Directors of the FISH Hospitality Program and is a member of the Micro-franchise Development Initiative at Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management. He was a 2006 Fellow at the Global Social Benefit Incubator at Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society. Mr. Macmillan has been an invited judge with NYU Stern's Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies business plan competition as well as the Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service's Catherine B. Reynolds Undergraduate Scholarship in Social Enterprise competition.
Mr. Macmillan received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and History from Colby College and his Master of Science in Management of International Public Service Organizations from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service.
Cohort: Micah Carr, Claudia Flores, Tina Huang, Patrick Mangan, Young Rhee, Elana Shneyer, Jasmin Thankachen, Jessica Walker
J. McGregor Smyth
Project Director, Civil Action Project
McGregor joined The Bronx Defenders in October 2000. He is the Project Director and Supervising Attorney of The Bronx Defenders' Civil Action Project. McGregor also directs Reentry Net (www.reentry.net). McGregor established the Civil Action Project in 2000 and has extensive practical experience helping clients cope with the consequences of criminal proceedings and facilitating civil-defender collaborations. On behalf of his clients, he has advocated or litigated in nearly every venue in New York City - administrative, state, and federal. Prior to joining The Bronx Defenders, he graduated from Yale Law School, where he represented clients for two years as a student director of the Community Legal Services clinic. He then served as a law clerk for the Hon. Charles P. Sifton, then-Chief Judge of the Eastern District of New York. He received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He is a recipient of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship, the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award, and the Skadden Fellowship. He also serves on the New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Proceedings, the New York County Lawyers' Association Task Force on Criminal Courts, the Social Welfare Committee of the New York City Bar, and on the Advisory Board of the New York City Policing Roundtable.
Cohort: Daniel Arking, Gregory Bangser, Genia Blaser, Ryan Dodge, Rebeca Gamez-Djokic, Jessica Horan-Block, Takuro Noguchi
Director of Community Education
Asian Americans for Equality
Frances Yen, Director of Community Education, currently oversees Asian Americans for Equality Community Center's programs from program development to implementation. She served as the Outreach Coordinator of AAFE's RGP program responsible for outreaching to the residents of Lower Manhattan and supervising the Mobile Application Team through public education forums, tenant meetings and canvassing the neighborhoods. She also coordinates the organization's advocacy and community education efforts around housing, immigration and healthcare. She coordinates and mobilizes the Asian American community to participate in the decision making process by getting them involved in civic participation and organizing them to speak out on different issues.
Before arriving at AAFE, Ms. Yen was the Development Coordinator at Community Services Society of New York and graduated from NYU Wagner with a Masters in Public Administration. Ms. Yen received a Bachelor's in Science in Psychobiology from SUNY at Binghamton.
Cohort: Allison Cohen, Aria Finger, Tushar Kansal, Mark Lee, Tiffany Tucker
Other RCLA Projects
- 21st Century Leadership Project
- Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellowship
- Avi Chai History of the Future Project
- Avi Chai Teacher Mentors' Knowledge Project
- Leadership Academy, Administration for Children's Services
- Past Projects
FELPS Project Assistant Position Open to Wagner Students!