Truman-Albright Fellows Program

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Stay in the nation's capitol following Summer Institute and be a part of this inspiring yearlong program. The Truman-Albright Fellows Program will take place from September to May of each year and is only open to recent graduates who have already won a Truman Scholarship.

Each Fellow should be employed in an entry level position by a public service organization and will have the opportunity to participate in both an educational and service component throughout the year in Washington DC. Organizations that have hosted Fellows in recent years include:

·       Appalachian Regional Commission

.       Center for Strategic and International Studies 

·       Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

·       Department of Agriculture—Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

·       Department of Agriculture—Office of Rural Development

·       Department of Education

·       Department of Health and Human Services—Administration for Children and Families

·       Department of Health and Human Services—Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

·       Department of Health and Human Services—Office of Rural Health Policy

·       Department of Homeland Security—United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

·       Department of Housing and Urban Development

·       Department of Interior—Bureau of Indian Affairs

·       Department of Transportation—Office of the Secretary

·       Department of Veterans Affairs

·       Human Rights Campaign

·       Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University 

·       Office of Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

·       Office of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

·       Office of U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)

·       Office of U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

·       Pew Charitable Trusts

·       US Supreme Court

·       White House - Office of Management and Administration

·       Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 

 

What follows are the names and bios for the 2020 Truman-Albright Fellows: 

 

Ryann Alonso (OK 17) currently serves as the program coordinator for Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy Initiative. In this role, they are supporting the work of training nonprofits and grantmakers on how to engage in advocacy. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ryann became engaged in public service when they attended the University of Arkansas, where they earned a BA in political communications in 2018. Before joining Bolder Advocacy and Alliance for Justice, they served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Catholic Charities in Denver, Colorado, and was of the first cohort of finalists for the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Peace and Reconciliation in 2019. In their free time, Ryann enjoys long walks around DC and cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evan Avila (MD 19) recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he studied economics and political science. He will be working this next year in the Department of Education’s Office of Finance and Operations. Evan won the 2018 iOme Challenge, a national research competition, for his policy solutions for gig workers who lack access to qualified retirement plans. He has since been invited to speak on the subject at several policy conferences, including one with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Evan regularly serves his community through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs which prepare free income taxes for local households. Previously, Evan interned at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, U.S. Senate, and U.S. Department of the Treasury. Evan intends to earn a dual JD/LLM in Taxation and pursue a public service career focused on tax and social insurance policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Boutros (TX 19) is a transportation specialist with the Federal Highway Administration. Previously, he interned at Perseus Strategies. He served as class president during his first two years at Johns Hopkins University and also chaired the student government’s Civic Engagement Committee, which advocates for student activism and community engagement. In this role, he led efforts to register students to vote via the TurboVote tool, an effort for which he was awareded the Student Government Association’s 2017-18 Student Excellence for Leadership and Service Award. Focused on efforts to support equity and inclusion among students, he worked with the Advocates for Disability Awareness and helped a Maryland nonprofit win a key legislative victory on behalf of LGBTQ youth across the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine Cartier (MI 19) is a recent graduate of Davidson College, where she majored in Arab studies and history. While at Davidson, she studied in Lebanon, Jordan, and Tajikistan. She speaks (and is continually learning) Arabic and Persian. As a grantee of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Catherine examined interfaith responses to deforestation in Lebanon. Her report has since been published in The Guardian, Al-Monitor, The New Arab, Syria Untold, and others. She currently works for the Center for Advanced Defense Study. Pandemic permitting, she will move to Morocco in January 2021 to begin a Fulbright Research grant. She is interested in pursuing a career in journalism. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kassandra “Kassie” Colón (WV 19) is the founder and executive director of La Resolana, a youth-led grassroots organization that expands educational opportunities by matching young people with culturally representative literature. Over the next year, Kassie plans to expand La Resolana’s reach by collaborating with DC students, educators, and community members to facilitate over 500 matches. Originally from South Florida, Kassie was awarded a full-tuition Policy Debate Scholarship to attend West Virginia University, where they obtained a BA in Latin American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Geography. A former policy debater, Kassie finds joy teaching middle/high school and undergraduate students how to debate through the integration of meditation, poetry, music, and grassroots organizing as mechanisms for advocacy. Kassie is committed to advancing social change and transformation through community-based action research and youth engagement. Their current project, Rootedness in West Virginia: Young Latinx Narratives of Community, Belonging, and Home, was awarded a 2020 West Virginia Humanities Council Fellowship and will gather 15 Latinx youth narratives from various parts of the state to better understand how these young people imagine home. In the future, they plan on pursuing a JD/MSW and PhD in geography.

 

 

 

 

 

Loandria “Andi” Dahmer (KY 18) graduated summa cum laude, majoring in economics, international affairs, Spanish, and Asian religions and cultures from Western Kentucky University. While at WKU, Andi served as both student body president and student regent, and studied abroad in nine countries across six continents. Following university, Andi worked with the nonprofit, Emerge Kentucky, a candidacy training program for Democratic women and as an intern in the Washington office of Congressman John Yarmuth. Over the past two years, Andi co-authored two Chinese-language publications, 25 English-language publications, one book chapter, and a peer-reviewed article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. She is a 2019 Truman Foundation Democracy Fellow and currently works as the exchange program manager at the World Affairs Council. In her spare time, she loves to salsa dance, explore new hiking trails, and volunteer on political campaigns for womxn candidates of color. She aspires to a career in Kentucky politics, working to mitigate inequality and promote economic opportunity in the Commonwealth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin Edwards (LA 18) is the policy and program associate for Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future, working with Congress, HUD, and other federal and state agencies to build support and remove barriers to the preservation and production of high-quality affordable rental homes. He also supports SAHF’s efforts towards its strategic goal of playing a leadership role in diversifying the affordable housing development and finance workforce at all levels. Prior to joining SAHF, Justin served as the Howard University Congressional Fellow in the Office of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris and the Howard University Fellow for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Justin majored in in political science and economics at Howard University. During his time at there, he was recognized by the 2018 White House Initiative on HBCU Competitiveness. He is also a member of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship. Justin is interested in community and economic development, and is interested in pursuing a MPP, MPA, or JD after his time at SAHF. Justin is deeply passionate about his Christian faith and empowering underserved communities.

 

Madalyn Farrar (IL 18) currently works as the government relations assistant for The Food Industry Association. She has been living and working in the Washington area for nearly ten months and enjoys exploring the bike trails in the DMV. Maddie is passionate about food insecurity and has worked with food banks and food pantries to build partnerships and coordinate volunteers. She has also worked with SNAP programs to address clients’ educational needs. With her background in biology, anthropology, and public health, Maddie seeks to focus her many interests into next steps towards her graduate education and career goals. She is interested in pursuing a master’s in international development and public policy, and would love to eventually work in government or in the nonprofit sector at the nexus of food supply, hunger, nutrition, and/or agricultural development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karinna Gerhardt (WA 19) graduated in May 2020 from Macalester College in Minnesota, where she double-majored in political science and international studies with concentrations in legal studies and human rights & humanitarianism. This past summer, she participated in the Truman Foundation’s Summer Institute as an intern with Perseus Strategies, a DC-based international human rights law firm. She has conducted extensive research on far-right extremism and modern white supremacist movements, primarily through an academic analysis of the manifesto documents and communications associated with recent perpetrators of far-right-affiliated violence. Previously, Karinna spent six months in Amman, Jordan, studying Middle Eastern politics and working with the Jordan Red Crescent Society on community public health and humanitarian projects. At Macalester, she worked for two years as a community organizer, researcher, and legislative policy intern with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Now, Karinna works as a Program Associate at the Public International Law & Policy Group, a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to states and governments involved in peace negotiations, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and prosecuting war criminals. 

 

 

 

 

 

André Gonzales (NM 19) is a proud New Mexican and recent graduate of The George Washington University, where he earned his degree in political communication with a minor in music. Currently, André is a staff assistant in U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich’s Washington office, and participates in the nonpartisan Get Out the Vote Fellowship with Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project. In 2016, he was elected as an At-Large Delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and worked on behalf of New Mexicans to ensure young and other underrepresented voices were included in the process. André also assisted in flipping New Mexico’s second Congressional District in 2018 and securing a Democratic trifecta in New Mexico’s Roundhouse. He is a 2019 Truman Foundation Democracy Fellow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Grady (ME 19) will serve this year as a public health analyst with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy within the Health Resources and Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Previously, he worked in partisan politics with the Maine Democratic Party, more broadly with Maine’s Congressional delegation, including U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Senator Angus King, and Representative Jared Golden. Pat is interested in a range of policy issues, but specifically rural healthcare access, as well as care for people who use drugs. His immediate future plans are to continue to work on public health issues while exploring the graduate school options. Eventually, he would like to serve the people of Maine, where he plans to work on public health issues throughout the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praise Hall (MN 19) is an education advocate dedicated to expanding opportunities for marginalized communities of color. Originally hailing from Minnesota, she is a first-generation college student who knows all too well how often students of color – who are bright and worthy of a challenge – are overlooked or disregarded. In high school, she pushed administration to mandate cultural awareness training for all staff and faculty. This experience initiated a desire in Praise to continue seeking and learning how she could use her voice to create opportunities that bridge gaps between students of color and bodies of authority. At Bowdoin College, she spent the better half of her time leading an organization dedicated to breaking down the college application process for other first-generation high school students, and communicating with parents and guidance counselors about ways they might help their students. She also conducted NSF-funded research on the theory of care in the classroom and its impact on student performance and attainment levels. Praise currently works as an auxiliary programs fellow at Sidwell Friends School. Though always evolving, her work often centers around community engagement, programming, equity and justice work, and as of late, planning for the upcoming school year. 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Hannick (MO 18) is a senior research assistant at the Brookings Institution. She works in the Economic Studies program at the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, where her work focuses on national health care policy and reform. Before Brookings, she attended Seattle University, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in economics and public policy, along with minors in Mandarin Chinese and East Asian studies. She has worked for Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal, as well as for WEPOWER, an organization in St. Louis dedicated to building political, economic, and social power among Black and Brown communities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samia Ismail (AR 19) is a recent summa cum laude graduate from the University of Arkansas, having earned a degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in Arabic. On campus, they dedicated time to stem cell engineering research, completing an honors thesis defining the genetic differentiation pathway from an adult stem cell to a smooth muscle cell. Beyond academics, Samia created events and campus policy that promoted diversity and inclusion through leadership positions in the Associated Student Government, Chancellor’s Commission on Women, and the Distinguished Lectures Committee. Off campus, Samia was highly involved in Arkansas state politics, having undertaken organizing work in four Democratic campaigns over the 2018 and 2020 election cycles. During their time as a Truman-Albright Fellow, Samia will be working as a public health analyst for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They hope to continue their education by pursuing a dual MD/MPP degree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Kamen (DC 18) graduated from Dartmouth College, where she majored in human geography and global health. Her academic and professional work operates at the nexus of global health, humanitarianism, and security in resource-limited contexts. Sydney is a 2018 Boren Scholar and the founder of an internationally-acclaimed nonprofit, So Others Are Protected. At Dartmouth, Sydney was a Great Issues Scholar, War and Peace Fellow, and U.S. Army ROTC Cadet. She also worked for the Center for Social Impact and rowed for the varsity women’s crew team. As a 2019 Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow, she will be joining the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer after completing an MPP. At the Harvard Kennedy School, Sydney is pursuing a concentration in international and global affairs, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her languages include Swahili, French, Hindi, and Arabic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose Lang-Maso (RI 19) majored in history and public policy at Brown University. As a Truman-Albright Fellow, she serves as the social media monitoring manager at Common Cause, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to hold government accountable and ensure that democracy works for everyone. Focused on election protection, she is responsible for recruiting, training, and managing volunteers to identify disinformation on social media, as well as creating resources and educational programming for state election protection tables nationwide. Rose understands voting rights and election protection as a continually evolving part of the fight for civil rights in the United States. Eventually, Rose intends to pursue a joint JD/MPA with a focus on anti-discrimination and civil rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bennett Lunn (SC 19) is a program specialist with the Institute for Education Sciences. He recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in legal philosophy and education policy. During his time there, Bennett worked with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office to launch the state’s Restitution Task Force. Passionate about democratic institutions and education equity, Bennett has also interned with the Rule of Law Collaborative, House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, The Institute for College Access and Success, and the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center. He will be attending Columbia Law School in the fall of 2021 and hopes to work in civil rights litigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jared Melville (ND 18) serves as a program analyst with the American Flood Coalition, a nonpartisan group of political, military, business, and local leaders that have come together to drive adaptation to the reality of higher seas, stronger storms, and more frequent flooding. Melville works across the Coalition’s policy, outreach, and strategy teams, and spearheaded its recent initiative to help community leaders coordinate a proactive response to flooding and hurricanes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his free time, Melville volunteers as the Director of Research with American Model United Nations International. Before moving to DC, Melville served as president of the North Dakota Student Association, where he advocated for the interests of North Dakota’s 45,000 public college and university students and led the creation of a first-in-the-nation student data privacy bill of rights for higher education. Melville was also appointed by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum to serve two terms as a board member of the state’s Economic Development Foundation. Melville graduated summa cum laude with a degree in business administration and political science from North Dakota State University in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debora Menieur Nunez (PR 19) is a communications strategist at Excelencia in Education, where she supports the organization’s mission and efforts to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. Debora also serves as director of operations of the Puerto Rico chapter of The Hope for Us Charity. An author (Movilidad Estudiantil en Acción), entrepreneur, and student leader, Debora recently completed a dual degree in business administration at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo, majoring in entrepreneurial and managerial development and human resources, with a minor in psychology. She is the first Truman Scholar from her campus and is committed to pursuing a career in public service. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Moss (MA 18) is a senior research assistant for The Hamilton Project in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Previously, Emily researched social and urban policy issues with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the New Economy Project, and the City of Boston. She has also applied her research interests to service, volunteering as an advocate for individuals experiencing homelessness and for survivors of sexual violence. Emily earned a degree in economics and political science from Wellesley College. She intends to pursue doctoral studies in economics or public policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Àngel Ortiz-Siberon (PR 19) is a health policy fellow at the Weitzman Institute, a national research center dedicated to improving the quality of primary care for underserved populations. Using community-engaged research methods, he will examine the health-related social needs of youth experiencing homelessness, particularly LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color. Ángel earned his degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Mellon Mays Fellow. He previously worked with Ceiba, a coalition of Latinx-led nonprofits in Philadelphia, to enhance housing services for the local Latinx homelessness community. He has met with members of the U.S. Congress, City of Philadelphia officials, and nonprofit executives to advocate for community-based interventions, leading to millions in government funding for homeless services. Ángel also worked for Guidehouse LLP, advising federal agencies on health policy implementation. His research focuses on racial and ethnic inequality and social policy. In 2019, he co-authored a study examining the differential use of homeless services by the Latinx population, compared to other racial and ethnic groups. Ángel has presented his research at academic conferences in Canada and the U.S. His work has been featured on NBC and El Nuevo Día, a major newspaper in Puerto Rico. Ángel is a Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassador and member of the Puerto Rican National Student Coalition. He enjoys playing Latin percussion instruments in various music groups and teaching Afro-Puerto Rican music to Philadelphia youth.

 

 

 

 

Paige Rudin (IN 18), a research assistant at the RAND Corporation, is a veterinary health systems engineer designing sustainable solutions to complex problems at the intersection of animal, human, and environmental health. A proud Boilermaker, she graduated with honors from Purdue University in 2019 with a degree in multidisciplinary engineering and a minor in global engineering studies. Resulting from a track record in engineering research and science outreach, Paige blends analytical techniques and design principles with public health and development policy for global health security and disaster recovery in marginalized communities. International agricultural and engineering experiences in Haiti, Peru, and Spain as a project lead and Romania as a Boren Scholar position her to structure and communicate solutions to the world’s major challenges with a technical perspective. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Sorbe (SD 19) is a born-and-raised South Dakotan interested in the intersection of communications with education, nonprofits, and government. Currently, he serves as the development and communications officer at the Truman Foundation, giving back to the Truman community through programming and outreach. Prior to joining the Truman team, he spent his summer as an education support specialist at the U.S. Department of Education. In May 2020, Josh graduated with degrees in economics and political science from the University of South Dakota, where he served as student body president, conducted the state’s student legislative relations, wrote and submitted a thesis for publication, and served as team captain for the NCAA Division 1 South Dakota Coyotes swim team. In his free time, he loves running, lifting, interior design, and cooking. Josh would like to continue gaining experience in public affairs and communications before pursuing graduate school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alisa Winchester (DE 18), a native of Delaware, is deeply determined to provide a voice for those who feel silenced, and to serve as a positive role model for African Americans and young women in her community. Alisa graduated magna cum laude from Delaware State University with a degree in English. She also commissioned and now serves as an officer in the United States Army Reserve. After graduating, she served as an intern for the Obama Foundation and the U.S. Senate. As a Truman-Albright Fellow, she works as a staff assistant for U.S. Senator Chris Coons, the 1983 Truman Scholar from Delaware. Alisa aspires to earn a JD before entering a life of public service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions about the program, please email Ellen Dunlavey at edunlavey@truman.gov.