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 2019-2020 Truman-Albright Fellows: 

 

Judson Adams (Jud) (KY 17) holds a B.A. in political science with minors in Spanish and aerospace studies from the University of Louisville. While there, he was involved in the Air Force ROTC cadet wing, through which he earned a commission as a second lieutenant. He currently attends Georgetown Law on an educational delay from the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps and will serve as an Air Force attorney following graduation. At Georgetown, Jud is a member of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, is engaged with OutLaw (the LGBT+ student organization) and seeks out experiences at the intersection of civil rights, gender, and veteran's advocacy. In his free time, he is cooking his way through a Mediterranean cookbook and enjoys taking his corgi for long walks on Capitol Hill. 

 

Jeremy Allen (OK 16) graduated summa cum laude with BAs in economics, environmental sustainability, and Chinese from the University of Oklahoma. While at Oklahoma, Jeremy was also an active member of the university Ethics Bowl debate team, placing second nationally his sophomore year. Jeremy spent a year abroad in Beijing through the Boren Scholarship studying Chinese at Tsinghua University.  His academic interests surround how market failure generates social and environmental problems.  This past summer Jeremy interned and played with the office dogs at the Humane Society Legislative Fund. Currently, he works at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a director’s financial analyst. In his free time Jeremy loves cooking (but not baking) and perfecting his miso ramen recipe. 

 

Yesenia Ayala (CA 17) is the Program and Communications Assistant at the Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI). Prior to PNPI, Yesenia served as a Public Policy Fellow for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute where she worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions under Senator Murray. Yesenia holds a bachelors from Grinnell College. During her time in Iowa, Yesenia led college access initiatives and mentoring programs for non-profit organizations in the state. She is from Southern California and is extremely excited to be joining the federal higher education policy space.  

 

Andrew Boardman (RI 18) works at the Bipartisan Policy Center as special assistant to the president. He has nearly three years of experience working with federal, state and local governments. Andrew previously worked as a research assistant in economics at the University of Rhode Island, a mayoral fellow for the City of Providence, Rhode Island, and an intern for the Council of State Governments, the Rhode Island Department of Administration and a Democratic member of Congress. He served on the executive board of the Young Democrats of Rhode Island from 2017 to 2019, where he provided support to more than a dozen legislative and electoral campaigns. Andrew holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Rhode Island and is a Truman Scholar. At URI, he completed an honors thesis on the earned income tax credit in Rhode Island. 

 

Alfred Delena (NM 15) is a Public Health Analyst in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Among his duties, Alfred staffs the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. The Committee is a federally chartered independent citizens’ panel comprised of 21 members whose expertise cover a wide range of areas in the delivery, financing, research, and administration of health and human services in rural areas. Prior to joining FORHP, Alfred interned at the Emerson Collective, a social impact organization and served as an assistant Track and Field coach with the Zuni High School Thunderbirds. In 2016, he graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in human biology and a minor in education with honors. Alfred is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Zuni and grew up on the Zuni Indian Reservation in western New Mexico.

 

Jessica Depies (NM 16) is the Volunteer Coordinator at the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition, a nonprofit that provides free legal services to detained immigrants across DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Jessica graduated from Boston University in 2017, where she double-majored in International Relations and Economics, focusing her studies on sustainable development in Latin America. Following her graduation, Jessica worked at the World Bank Inspection Panel, conducting research and supporting programming in the field of international development accountability. She then moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to study community organizing and environmental protection through a Fulbright Research Grant. Jessica's favorite things include dancing, used bookstores, and the green chile in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

Justin Edwards (LA 18), a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, is deeply passionate about community development and economic justice. He is the Founder and President of the VISION Foundation in his hometown of Lafayette. Justin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics. During his time at Howard University, Justin was recognized as a 2018 White House Initiative on HBCUs Competitiveness Scholar. He also served as the Howard University Congressional Fellow in the Office of US Senator Kamala D. Harris. In addition to being an Eagle Scout, he is a member of the prestigious Institute for Responsible Citizenship. Dedicated to furthering his knowledge and experience in community development, Justin is working as a Program and Policy Associate with the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) as a Truman-Albright Fellow. Justin aspires to earn a J.D. and Masters of Urban Planning before entering a life of public service.

 

Jill Ferguson (VA 16) works at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, where she researches energy policy and technology for rural America. She earned a B.S. in material science engineering with a concentration in nanotechnology from the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. Jill is passionate about spurring rural economic development and energy independence through broadband-enabled energy efficiency and renewable energy. She has worked as a Science and Technology Fellow for the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, conducted photovoltaic research as a visiting scholar at MIT, and has spoken at The White House about STEM education. She volunteers in K-12 STEM outreach and helps organize the MIT & UVA Policy Internship Program which connects budding engineers with a policy internship in DC. In her free time, she loves hip-hop dancing and sharpening her survival skills.

 

Annika Freudenberger (VT 17) graduated from Barnard College in May 2018, where she studied strategies to develop more environmentally, economically, and socially just cities. She is currently a Fellow and Project Associate at Meridian Institute, a non-profit consultancy that helps partners develop and implement solutions to a range of environmental problems in the U.S. and globally. Prior to Meridian, Annika has worked on youth leadership and reproductive health education in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar (where she lived from 1998 to 2009). In the United States, Annika has worked in government and the nonprofit sector on affordable housing policy and criminal justice reform. In her free time, you can find Annika exploring D.C. by bike, discussing her love for public transit, and eating lots of Ben & Jerry’s in honor of her hometown of Burlington, Vermont. Annika is interested in pursuing studies and a career in urban planning. 

 

Lamar Greene (VA 18) is a graduate of Emory University with a BA in human health and a concentration in health innovation. He has dedicated his time at Emory to addressing health disparities. He volunteered annually during the open enrollment period to help some of Atlanta’s most vulnerable residents navigate affordable health insurance options. With the support of the Office of Health Promotion, Lamar expanded the reach of Emory’s PrEP clinic for HIV prevention and worked to educate clinicians around stigma on sexuality and race. Lamar has published a paper focusing on HIV criminalization in Georgia with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Also, he conducted social epidemiology research focused on racial differences in maternal mortality in senior year. Lamar recently completed a summer internship with the Center for Reproductive Rights. During the Truman-Albright program, he will be serving as a public health analyst with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. 

 

Kate Groesbeck (NV 18) is a proud Nevadan, and she graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a BS in Business Management in May. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on the federal legalization of marijuana. During her last year at the university, she served as the Chief Justice of the student government. She is interested in politics and has interned at the Nevada State Senate as well as the U.S. House of Representatives. She is passionate about the judiciary and worked at the National Judicial College for two and a half years during undergrad. She plans to pursue a Juris Doctor and one day run for office. Kate's three favorite things are dogs, donuts, and democracy.

 

Anne Hall (ND 18) is a Lao American women’s health advocate who was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She graduated from Tufts University with a B.S in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies (Culture, Spirituality, and Female Adolescent Health). During her time at Tufts, she received the 2019 Senior Award and the Association Of Tufts Alumnae 75th Anniversary Award. She also achieved “Highest Honors” for her senior honors thesis on narrative identity of female Lakota adolescents. As a Truman-Albright Fellow she will be working at the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy within the Department of Health and Human Services. After her time in DC, Anne plans to attend both medical and divinity school to integrate her interests in spiritual care and medicine. 


Kathleen Hannick (MO 18) graduated summa cum laude from Seattle University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Public Policy. During her time at Seattle University, Kate held various roles in Student Government of Seattle University, including President and Civic Engagement Chair; volunteered for the YMCA’s Youth and Government Program; and was active in Campus Ministry. Kate is passionate about equitable public policy and spent the past year working as a policy and research fellow for WEPOWER, a non-profit startup that partners with Black and Latinx folks to build political and economic power and advance systems change in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Kate is now working as a research assistant at the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy at The Brookings Institution. She plans to attend graduate school to study social policy and economics.  

 

Rachael Johnson (IA 17) is a third generation Iowan with a passion for serving her state. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in elementary and middle level education. Rachael also serves as a Regent for the State of Iowa; she is only the tenth student in Iowa to serve in this capacity. Through serving on the Board of Regents, she has come to appreciate higher education and the many multi-faceted issues affecting institutions of higher education across the nation. In addition to serving on the Board of Regents, Rachael is a committed volunteer. To help promote service and volunteerism across the state, she serves as a commissioner for the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. In the coming year, she will work for the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation as the Resident Scholar. After, she plans to attend graduate school for Master’s Degrees in public administration and higher education administration.

 

Kelly May (IA 18) was born and raised in Cedar Rapids. Kelly just finished his Truman Summer Institute Internship with the Center for Law and Social Policy. He worked on research and advocacy for the expansion of Pell Grant funding for underserved and nontraditional students. Kelly is passionate about the intersection of antipoverty and educational policy. After working for a few years, Kelly hopes to pursue a JD and continue advancing educational and socieoeconomic equity. 

 

Emily Moss (MA 18) is a Research Assistant with the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative at the Brookings Institution. Passionate about ensuring equal access to opportunity for people and communities, Emily has previously researched economic security and social 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 with individuals experiencing homelessness as well as through various campus civic engagement efforts. Emily holds a BA in economics and political science from Wellesley College where she graduated magna cum laude with honors in economics. She intends to pursue graduate studies in economics or public policy.

 

Danielle Neighbour (KS 16) is a Foreign Affairs Officer with the US Department of State, where she serves as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Previously, she was a Schwarzman Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ China Environment Forum, where she researched wastewater and water policy in the US and China. She holds a Master of Global Affairs from Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman Scholars program in Beijing, China, and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Arkansas. In her spare time, Danielle loves running, trying out new vegan recipes, and geeking out about planetary science. 

 

CJ (Caleb) Pine (CO 16) works as a peace process and programming contractor at the Department of State, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.  He graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 2017 at the University of Notre Dame with majors in Arabic and peace studies, and a minor in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE). CJ interned at the Department of State, Office of UN Political Affairs during the 2017 Summer Institute and previously at the Office of Religion and Global Affairs. CJ grew up for 18 years in Tianjin and Lanzhou, China, where he attended elementary school in Mandarin and was then homeschooled through high school. He studied for a semester in Jerusalem spring 2015 and in Amman, Jordan spring 2016. He was on the Board of Directors for a non-profit Road to Mafraq from 2014-2017 that raises funds to support education for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan. CJ is motivated by the intersection of religion and justpeace - and wonderful friends and family.

 

Paige Rudin (IN 18) 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 May 2019 with a B.S. 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. 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. After Truman-Albright, Paige plans to begin veterinary school in Fall 2020. 

 

Shyheim Snead (CT 17) is a Program Analyst on the My Brother's Keeper Alliance team at the Obama Foundation. Daily, he coordinates communications, grantee compliance, internal milestone tracking, and the provision of direct resources and technical assistance to community leaders across the country working daily to expand outcomes and opportunities for boys and young men of color. In his role, he works directly with the 19 non-profit organizations who won the inaugural MBK Alliance Community Competition, resulting in direct grant awards totaling $5M. Before that, he received a BA in political science with a minor in education studies from American University. His most central interests are in the power of strategic partnerships, cross-sector approaches to school and community improvement, and in community-based solutions to complex problems. He graduated from the Honors Program, the prestigious Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program, and received the 2018 President's Award, the highest distinction presented to a graduating Senior. Shyheim is also a 2017 Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at Princeton University. 

 

Sravya Tadepalli (OR 18) graduated magna cum laude with a BS in political science and journalism from the University of Oregon. While at Oregon, Sravya was president of the university Foreign Policy Forum, a nonpartisan club dedicated to constructive debate and discussion on foreign policy and national security issues. She also placed second at the 2015 USA World Schools Debate Invitational in high school. Sravya spent a semester abroad in Amman through the Rutherford Middle East Initiative scholarship conducting research and studying international relations and Arabic at the School for International Training. Her academic interests surround foreign policy and education policy. This past summer, Sravya interned at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the investigative/enforcement team. Currently, she works at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a management and program analyst. In her free time, Sravya enjoys reading, writing plays, and making chocolate chip cookies. 

 

 

 

If you have any questions, please email Kelsea Cooper at kcooper@truman.gov or call her at 202.395.7432.