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 2018-2019 Truman-Albright Fellows: 


Judson Adams (Jud) (KY 17) is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville where he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science with minors in Spanish and aerospace studies. Growing up in a military family in rural Kentucky, he experienced firsthand the ways that military policies and decisions affect communities. While at the University of Louisville, he was involved the Air Force ROTC cadet wing, serving as a squadron commander and mission support group commander. This year, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and conferred an educational delay from the Judges Advocate General’s Corps. In the fall, he will use the Truman Scholarship to continue his studies at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. with an ultimate goal of serving as an Air Force attorney and working in military justice and policy.


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) recently graduated from Grinnell College in the state of Iowa with a double major in sociology and Spanish with a Latin American studies concentration. During her time at Grinnell College, Yesenia engaged in issues of education inequities affecting low-income communities of color working primary with Latino families. Her work involved assisting non-profit organizations’ missions statements to provide access to higher education to underserved students both nationally and internationally. During Summer Institute Yesenia worked at the United States Department of Citizenship and Immigration services as a research analyst where she learned how issues of immigration work at the federal level. Currently, Yesenia is a public policy fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and her first placement is at the Postsecondary National Policy Institute. For her second placement next spring, she hopes to join an education or immigration committee at Capitol Hill. Yesenia hopes that her nine months in D.C. with the fellowship will allow her to learn more about how our government functions and the role of public policy in education, immigration, and many of the issues that affect communities of color.


Rashaun Bennett (NC 15) is a Senior Program Associate at the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC). NYEC seeks to improve the lives and outcomes of 5.5 million young people who are out of school and out of work, through advocacy, policy and capacity-building. Rashaun had previously spent two years working as a policy analyst for the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he worked within the Division of Economic Support for Families. His portfolio at HHS included homelessness, employment, and paid family leave. On his free time, Rashaun enjoys traveling, volunteering and cooking. In the future, he hopes to continue his public service in urban planning and economic development.


Allyson Carpenter (OH 16) is a political appointee of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and a recent graduate of Howard University with degrees in political science and community development. At age 18, she was elected to serve as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the District of Columbia, making her the youngest elected official in the history of the nation’s capital. After serving as a commissioner, Allyson studied government and foreign policy at the University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall as a Luard Morse Scholar. Upon her return to Howard, Allyson was elected as the Student Government Association President. She proudly served on the National Organizing Committee of the Women’s March on Washington, coordinating the march’s logistics. Allyson has been profiled by MSNBC as a rising star in politics and featured in the Root’s 25 under 25: Young Futurist list. She hosted a digital series for BET, called What’s At Stake, which highlights social justice and political issues in the black community.


Adam Cohen (ME 15) is a Policy and Program Associate at Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), 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 has held past positions with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, and Community Housing of Maine. Adam graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a degree in urban studies and was a recipient of the 2017 Humanity in Action John Lewis Fellowship.


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.


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. Her senior year, she conducted original research for her thesis on the outdoor-second hand clothes markets of Madagascar, where she lived for 11 years in her youth. Professionally, she has worked in government and nonprofits on issues including affordable housing policy, criminal justice reform, and youth leadership and engagement. Her belief in interdisciplinary, community-based planning and problem-solving led her to the Meridian Institute, a nonprofit that works on a range of policy issues to design and facilitate collaborative solutions. Following her two-year fellowship at Meridian, Annika is interested in pursuing a master’s degree in urban planning. In her spare time, you can find her talking about bikes, public transportation, or maps and eating lots of Ben & Jerry’s (in honor of her hometown of Burlington, Vermont).


Jed Hanson (ND 16) is a policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he works on safety, environmental, and permitting issues related to surface transportation. He previously worked as a staff assistant in the Office of U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and interned with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Enforcement. He graduated cum laude from the University of North Dakota with a BS in public administration and a BA in political science, where he took leadership in local efforts to protect, educate, and turnout youth voters. He intends to pursue a Master of urban and regional planning in the future, with a long-term goal of working in state or local government to improve user experience across transportation modes.


Anmar Jerjees (NC 17) was born and raised in Mosul, Iraq. He is interested in understanding how migration, non-state violent groups and state building intersect and interact in narratives of migration. A graduate of Davidson College, Anmar majored in political science with a minor in Arab studies. While at Davidson, he participated in the QuestBridge Scholars program and founded Davidson Refugee Support, an organization designed to uplift refugee population in the Charlotte area. This past summer, Anmar interned at the Critical Threats Project as a Yemen Portfolio Intern. Currently, he is a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in the Middle East program.


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.


Ashlie Koehn (KS 15) is currently an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies where she is analyzing defense budgetary data. After graduating high school, she enlisted in the Kansas Air National Guard, where she served as an intelligence analyst and worked three years on active duty orders on drone operations followed another three years as a traditional guardsman in a cyber and physical security testing squadron. Ashlie attended the University of Kansas where she majored in economics and international affairs with a minor in environmental studies. She studied abroad three times, including a year in the Kyrgyz Republic. Following graduation, she worked as an economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics and concentrated her research in renewable energy employment. She then received her master’s degree emphasizing in business and economics from Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University. Ashlie is passionate about drones, data, and the environment and hopes to one day work in the intersection of these interests. In her spare time, she enjoys fly fishing, playing mandolin, and cuddling her cats, Pushkin and Asimov.


Ciara Malaugh (AL 16) is a Program and Research Assistant at Center for Study of Social Policy, where she supports Project DULCE, a pediatric-care based intervention that uses a Community Health Worker and Medical-Legal Partner to address social determinants of health. She graduated from University of Alabama in 2017. While in undergrad, she was involved with student-labor organizing with international garment workers and intercultural exchange programs.


Killian McDonald (SC 17) is a recent Clemson University graduate and is working at the Feminist Majority Foundation in Washington DC. Killian is passionate about equal rights, with a focus on women’s rights. She plan to work in Washington for two years before starting law school in 2020. After law school, she hope to work at a nonprofit advancing equal rights. 


Danielle Neighbour (KS 16) works as a Schwarzman Fellow at the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum, where she researches water policy. Prior to coming to DC, she graduated with a Master’s of global affairs from Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman Scholars program in Beijing, China. She is also a proud alumna of the University of Arkansas, where she received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. Danielle is passionate about increasing global access to clean water. She has developed water systems in Ecuador's indigenous villages, evaluated rainwater catchment techniques in Vietnam, and researched water purification methods for disaster relief in developing urban areas. Within the United States water sector, she has worked with non-profits, private organizations, and the government, including Xylem, Incorporated and the U.S. Department of State. In her spare time, Danielle loves running, trying out new vegan recipes, and geeking out about planetary science.


Kathleen Nganga (WY 17) is a graduate of Northwestern University where she studied political science and history minor. In addition to her major and minor, she draws upon sociology, African American studies, and African studies in her research. Kathleen is committed to improving political and educational outcomes for underserved groups. Her research focuses on marginalization, policy responsiveness, as well as political mobilization and conflict. She was named a 2018 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace James C. Gaither Junior Fellows and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow in 2016. She studied Swahili as a 2016 FLAS recipient and was a Posner Research Fellow in 2015.


Alex Paterson (MT 15) holds a BS in economics from Montana State University and spent the past year serving as  the resident scholar at the Truman Foundation. In the past, Alex served as a Truman-Albright Fellow in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His research at HHS focused on economic self-sufficiency and workforce development. Outside of his lifelong goal of empowering LGBTQ youth to become the fabulous leaders they were born to be. Alex loves to dance, eat bagels, and rollerblade. 


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.


Thomas G. Roberts (MN 15), of Morris, Minnesota, is a space policy researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS) Aerospace Security Project. His research focuses on civil and commercial space, space security, and international relations in science. Thomas is the host and executive producer of Moonstruck, a podcast about the history of human spaceflight. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in astrophysical sciences and an undergraduate certificate in Russian language. Outside of his research at CSIS, Thomas enjoys giving tours of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum as a volunteer docent.


Shyheim Snead (CT 17) is currently a Fellow on the My Brother's Keeper team at the Obama Foundation. 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. Shyheim has experiences exploring these topics in New Orleans, Newark, and in Washington, DC. Shyheim has been an Associate with the District of Columbia Public Schools and an intern in the Executive Office of the DC Mayor. Recently, he led AU’s adoption and programming for a DC public school. As AU's student trustee for two years, Snead was the only undergraduate member of the University's presidential search committee. Shyheim also led a team of 20 as Director of the Kennedy Political Union, AU’s 50-year old, non-partisan, speakers’ bureau. He graduated from the Honors Program, the prestigious Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program, and received the 2018 President's Award. Shyheim is also a 2017 Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at Princeton University.


Taylor Zabel (KS 17) is currently employed as a Public Health Analyst and Truman-Albright Fellow at the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) in the Department of Health and Human Services. He is a recent graduate of the University of Kansas where he obtained a bachelor's degree in biochemistry. Prior to his employment at FORHP, Zabel interned for several federal agencies, including the CDC Office of Minority Health, the NIH IDEA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), and USDA Rural Development. Drawing from his roots as the fifth generation to grow up on his family's farm in rural Kansas, Taylor is particularly interested in policies and careers related to rural health. He plans to attend medical school and practice medicine in a setting that serves rural communities.




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