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  1. Where Are They Now? A Quick Update on the 2019 Coro Fellows Class

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    Katie Bolton
    Quantitative Product Researcher,

    Taylor Brown
    Summer Associate,
    Meridian Pacific

    Kat Chevalier
    Seeking opportunities related to the 2020 elections

    Jason D’Andrea
    Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education,
    Double Nickle Advisors

    Brad Fingard
    Seeking opportunities in the public or nonprofit sectors

    Sophie Freeman
    Seeking opportunities in the 2020 elections and in a current elected’s office 

    Carmen Goséy
    Department of Neighborhood Empowerment,
    City of Los Angeles

    Clara Karger
    Summer Associate,
    High Lantern Group

    Ben LaZebnik
    Seeking opportunities related to the 2020 elections


    Susan Martinez
    Seeking opportunities in community development 

    Paris Patterson-Garner
    Special Services Employee,

    Jeshow Yang
    Seeking opportunities in the
    non-profit and labor sectors

  2. Where Are They Now? A Quick Update on the 2018 Coro Fellows Class

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    Since so many of you have been asking about the last Coro Fellows class, we wanted to share a quick update on where the 2018 Fellows have landed full-time/part-time jobs. Congratulations Fellows!

    Vivian Tejada
    Real Estate Development Associate
    Grapevine Development
    Fulbright, ETA Brazil – Feb. 2019

    Zeke Reed
    USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy

    Chance Kawar
    Operations Manager
    LA Parks Foundation

    Robert Jackson
    Deputy Director of Community Engagement
    Office of LAUSD Board Member
    Scott M. Schmerelson, District 3

    Jennifer Lesorogol
    Coordinator of Administrative Services
    Inglewood Unified School District

    Jake Itzkowitz
    GOTV Operations
    Katie Hill for Congress

    Chris Rudolph
    JD Candidate
    University of Wisconsin Madison

    Pete Rodrigue
    Master’s degree candidate in Computational Analysis & Public Policy
    University of Chicago

    Diana Raiselis
    Manager of Programs and Training
    Coro Southern California

    Michelle Ito
    Associate Project Manager,
    Meta Housing Corporation

    Vaneshia Reed
    LA Unified Fellow
    Los Angeles Unified School District

    Scott Schuler
    Associate Producer for Untitled Self Image Masculinity Series
    Freelance Video Editor

  3. Where Are They Now? A Quick Update on the 2017 Coro Fellows Class

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    Since so many of you have been asking about the last Coro Fellows class, we wanted to share a quick update on where the 2017 Fellows have landed full-time/part-time jobs. Congratulations Fellows!

    Hannah Levien
    Field Deputy
    Councilmember Mike Bonin
    City of Los Angeles, District 11

    George Hakopiants
    Field Deputy
    Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell
    City of Los Angeles, District 13

    Haley Broder

    Michael Ervin
    Assistant Deputy of Transportation
    County Supervisor Janice Hahn

    Maria Khan
    Carnegie Mellon University – M.S. in Public Policy and Management

    Bobby Kobara
    Independent Project Consultant

    Tori Kanhayuwa
    Regional CED Data Coordinator
    St. Joseph Center

    Maribel Garcia Ochoa
    Associate Planning Deputy, Office of Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr.
    City of Los Angeles, District 9

    Tanya Ortiz
    Project Manager
    1010 Development Corporation

    Adam Mohabbat
    NextGen Leadership Initiative
    Market Development & Product Strategy Associate

    Bridget Bones
    California Program Coordinator
    Teach Plus

    Dana Vanderford
    Homeless Policy Deputy
    LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger

  4. Where Are They Now? A Quick Update on the 2016 Coro Fellows Class

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    Since so many of you have been asking about the last Coro Fellows class.  Here is a quick update on where the 2016 Fellows have landed full-time/part-time jobs. Congratulations Fellows!

    Talar Alexanian
    Government Relations Director
    University of California Student Association

    Sean Fahmian
    Jr. Associate
    Mercury Public Affairs

    Julia Gould
    Legislative Deputy
    Councilmember Jeannine Pearce
    City of Long Beach, District 2

    Ross Green
    Summer Associate
    High Lantern Group

    Aaron Johnson
    Board Relations Associate
    Los Angeles Metro

    Rachel Keyser
    Digital Marketing Analyst
    ViewPoint Government Solutions

    Julia Kingsley
    Defense Representative
    Association for
    Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs

    Carlos Madrid
    Gardena Police Department

    Charles L.J. Turner
    Economic Development Deputy
    Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
    Second District, County of Los Angeles

    Breana Weaver
    Field Deputy
    Marqueece Harris-Dawson
    City of Los Angeles, District 8

  5. Kerry Morrison (FPPA ’81) awarded the Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation

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    The Durfee Foundation’s Stanton Fellowship provides up to six fellows with $100,000 each over a two-year period to think deeply about the intractable problems in their sector, and to tease out solutions that will improve life for the people of L.A. The Durfee Foundation seeks the most knowledgeable, inquisitive, ambitious, influential and highly networked leaders – the ones who are best positioned to identify and solve a thorny problem, if they could just clear the decks. The Stanton Fellowships buy leaders time to leverage their knowledge and contacts.

    We are looking for projects that propose adaptive strategies, not a technical fix. We assume that the Stanton journey may not be linear, will likely involve both known stakeholders and new partners, and that it will require patience, perseverance and flexibility. Whether or not the problem is solved, we expect Stanton Fellows to share their lessons learned with colleagues in the field, so others can build upon that knowledge.

    Congratulations, Kerry!


    Kerry Morrison

    is the Executive Director of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance, managing two Business Improvement District, where she maintains liaison with local government, homeless service providers and community organizations. During her tenure, she has become intimately acquainted with many of the chronically homeless, severely mentally ill people living on the Hollywood streets, and has worked with a coalition to seek transformation in the lives of a few.

  6. South Park BID Earns International Award

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    South Park has experienced a tremendous transformation in the last decade. Now the South Park Business Improvement District, which promotes the neighborhood and runs its clean and safe programs, has won a prestigious prize. The International Downtown Association this month announced the BID has earned what is called a Downtown Pinnacle award for its efforts to repair broken sidewalks, create new public art and cultivate the street’s landscape. The award recognizes improvements to a neighborhood’s urban design, function and economic value. The BID conducted the work, dubbed the “Streetscape Strategic Plan,” with a $90,000 budget, according to the organization. “We were able to accomplish a high-impact, replicable project with a relatively small budget and on an abridged timeline by building high-quality partnerships,” South Park BID Executive Director Jessica Lall said in a prepared statement. The award comes at a fitting time: The South Park BID is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. To view the original LA Downtown News article, click here.

  7. You Are Cordially Invited to the Logic Study Presentation in Santa Monica

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    Dear Alumni,

    The 2015-2016 Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is underway and the twelve Fellows are in Santa Monica for this year’s Logic Study.  The Logic Study presentation will be on Tuesday, September 15th at the Council Chambers in Santa Monica City Hall from 2:00-3:00PM.

    The 58th Class of Coro Fellows Southern California presents:

    Santa Monica:
    Navigating Progress & Privilege 

    Through a series of interviews with community leaders, residents, and public figures, the Coro Fellows Southern California have been investigating life in the charming, yet complex Santa Monica, California. In the process, we have gained a deep understanding of local public affairs as well as the value and challenges of thriving here. We hope you will join us in this exploration on Tuesday, September 15th, for a presentation and discussion on our findings. This event is free and open to the public.

    Santa Monica City Hall
    Council Chambers
    Tuesday, September 15th
    2:00 – 3:00 PM
    1685 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    (310) 393-9975

    map and directions
    *Metered parking is available nearby along Main St.

    Please consider joining us on Tuesday for the Logic Study presentation.  This is always a fun way to “introduce” the new Fellows to Coro inquiry.  This is your opportunity for you to give them feedback on their presentation.

    The presentation and reception will be a total of an hour and a half.  Your presence would be invaluable.  Please let me know if you can make it.

    Thank you!


    Dr. Sadie Moore
    Director of Training
    Coro Southern California


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  8. A Quick Update on the 2015 Coro Fellows Class

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    TOO SOON? We don’t think so. It has only been three months since the 2015 Fellows graduated from the program and we already have an update for the Coro community. Check out where the 12 Fellows have landed full-time/part-time jobs. Congratulations Fellows!

    Shelbi Augustus
    Office Manager
    Senator Holly Mitchell, District 30

    Jordan Dias
    The Kanner Group

    Liam Dow
    Government Affairs Coordinator
    Falcon Waterfree Technologies

    Shan Gupta
    Director of Strategy
    Yellow Cab

    Sean Kiernan
    Finance Director
    Brad Sherman for Congress

    Tran Le
    Legislative and Press Deputy
    Office of Councilmember David Ryu
    City of Los Angeles

    Estrella Lucero
    Campaign Staff
    Katherine Perez-Estolano
    for State Senate

    Nella McOsker
    High Lantern Group

    Jennifer Pope
    Policy Analyst, Infrastructure
    Office of Mayor Garcetti, City of LA

    Tejeswara Reddy
    Fulbright Scholar, Greece
    Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    Ellen Riotto
    Program Manager, Bixel Exchange
    Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

    Aaron Taxy
    Deputy Regional Political Director, Southern Pacific
    American Israel Public Affairs Committee

  9. New Long Beach City Clerk announced

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    IMAG0437Maria de la Luz Garcia, a senior project coordinator in the Elections Division of the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office, will serve as the next city clerk in Long Beach, it was announced Monday.

    The City Council selected de la Luz Garcia among more than 30 candidates, and pending a formal vote, de la Luz Garcia will take the city clerk post Aug. 31.

    De la Luz Garcia, a resident of Long Beach, replaces Larry Herrera-Cabrera, who retired April 30 after 12 years in the office.

    “Maria Garcia is an outstanding choice for City Clerk, and the council and I have full confidence that she will provide strong and inclusive leadership at the Clerk’s office,” said Mayor Robert Garcia, in a statement. “Her extensive experience in election oversight, voter outreach, and the use of technology is a perfect fit for Long Beach.”

    Along with the city manager, the city clerk is one of two employees hired by the City Council. The city clerk keeps records, including minutes and actions of the council and all boards, commissions and committees. The clerk also oversees elections and posting ordinances, and can also perform civil marriages and register voters.

    In a statement, de la Luz Garcia, who is not related to the mayor, said, “It will be my honor to serve the people of Long Beach, a city I call home and a city that I love. I’m grateful to the City Council and mayor for trusting me with this tremendous responsibility, and I am looking forward to working with all of them.”

    De la Luz Garcia will supervise a staff of 15. She previously was director of voter engagement for the NALEO Educational Fund. She is a Dean’s Merit Scholar and Master in Public Administration candidate at the Price School of Public Policy at USC. In 2008, de la Luz Garcia won an Emmy as an associate producer for an elections public service announcement.

    Originally posted in Press-Telegram on July 27, 2015