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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. Follow the Fellows

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    Don’t have Instagram? No problem. Click here for updates on new #FellowsBeLike posts from our three Fellows and the many others who are participating far and wide. Join in on the interaction! If you are a Fellow or alumni (from any center), please show us the cool things you do on the day-to-day and hashtag #FellowsBeLike. Happy posting!

  6. Thank you for attending the Venice Alumni Mixer at the Lantern House!

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    Thank you for attending Coro’s Venice Alumni Mixer!

    We had over 75 people in attendance on Saturday evening. The event space was magnificent! A special thank you to Scott Mayers for hosting us at the Lantern House, the Coro Alumni Committee for their outreach and planning efforts, and Whole Foods for providing the charcuterie, exquisite cheeses, drinks, and dessert.

    The evening was also a perfect opportunity to meet the 2016 Coro Fellows class. Only one month into the program, Dr. Sadie Moore charged the Fellows with the task to facilitate an interactive activity for those in attendance. They led an intimate discussion exercise that sparked conversations for the rest of the evening.

    Please subscribe to Coro Southern California’s email newsletter to learn of future events (see right column)!     

  7. 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

  8. Sign Up to Become a Coro Ambassador Today!

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    Do you have an eye for talent?  Do you have a sixth sense for people who will be successful leaders in the future?  Coro is asking ALUMNI, FRIENDS, and SUPPORTERS who know or have access to people with exceptional talent and passion for public affairs to help us recruit the top candidates for the 2016-2017 Coro Fellows Program.

    Are you surrounded by people ready to take the next step in their career and professional life?  Are you constantly meeting new people you think would make excellent Coro Fellows?  Don’t miss this opportunity to share about how Coro can develop and connect emerging leaders to our vast network in Los Angeles!

    5 ways to find out if you’d make a perfect Coro Ambassador:

    1. Do you have access to university students, programs, or faculty?
    2. Have you met any graduate students looking for the next opportunity?
    3. Does your westside office–complete with the open floor plan–attract their fair share of hipster Millennial appeal?
    4. Are you a member of other civic organizations, professional associations, and community groups ripe with raw talent?
    5. Can you name at least 3 high-caliber people that you think should apply for Coro right now?

    If you answered “YES” to any of the following questions, then we need YOU to become a Coro Ambassador!  Recruitment season for the 2016-2017 Coro Fellows class is underway and we need your help identifying qualified candidates to apply!  

    Become a Coro Ambassador today! CLICK HERE.


    Tu-Han Phan

    Tu-Han Phan

    Coro National Recruiter

    (213) 346-3219

  9. We’re now on Instagram!

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    We have just launched on new Instagram account today.  Now stay up-to-date with all things happening in the Coro universe.  Be our friends and follow us today @CoroSoCal!

    Stay in the conversation with these hashtags!

    #CoroLA General
    #applyCoro Recruiting
    #CoroAlumni Alumni
    #FellowsBeLike Fellows
    #CoroFellows Fellows

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  10. Three UCR Undergraduates Honored with the Coro Fellowship

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    RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Undergraduates at the University of California, Riverside have already achieved a series of victories in competitive awards this year:  Two Goldwater Scholarshipsthree Strauss Fellowships and twelve Gilman Scholarships.  Now three Coro Fellowships add to their impressive total.

    “Four years ago we launched a program in the Office of Undergraduate Education aimed at mentoring students who want to pursue prestigious scholarships and fellowships,” said Steven Brint, the vice provost for undergraduate education at UC Riverside.  “Our team spends time with our student candidates, getting to know them and their professional goals, and giving them advice that will help them to be competitive.  But, most important, UCR has a large pool of talented students—as good as any you can find anywhere in the country.  Some awards like the Coro and the Strauss are oriented to public service, and it helps for those awards that so many of our students are committed to giving back to their communities.”

    Keyva-ClarkAaron Johnson, Sean Fahmian and Keyva Clark are the recipients of the nine-month Coro Fellowships.  Coro trains ethical, diverse civic leaders nationwide, with the fellowship providing a living stipend based on financial need.  Throughout the nine months, each fellow participates in a series of full-time projects across a variety of sectors in public affairs – such as government, business, electoral politics, organized labor, media, and non-profit/philanthropy – and a final independent project.

    This is the fourth year in a row that UCR will be represented in the Coro Fellowship Program.  More than 10,000 Coro alumni currently serve as leaders in local, regional and national/global businesses, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and elected public office.  Coro programs take place in the context of a specific community, such as a city, geographic region or neighborhood.

    “This year’s recipients exemplify the attributes of a Coro Fellow; they have a commitment to service, the leadership skills to make change happen as demonstrated by the impactful changes they have made in leadership roles on campus,” said Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz, the director of student success programs in the Office of Undergraduate Education. “Most important, these students genuinely care about making positive changes for the benefit of others.”

    Johnson graduates this weekend (Commencement 2015) with a bachelor’s degree in political science, emphasis in international affairs. Since discovering his passion for politics in high school, he considers himself to be a politics enthusiast.

    “I enjoy following our nation’s competitive elections and staying informed about both domestic and international events by consistently reading and watching the news,” he said.

    As an undergraduate, he served the student body for two terms: first, as a CHASS Senator from 2013-2013, and, second, as president pro tempore from 2013-2014.  In the latter position, he led the student senate to pass more legislation than any other prior elected group.  In summer 2014, he served as a mentor for UCR’s EAOP Senior Summer Mentorship Program, which helps the Inland Empire’s best high school students prepare for the college application process.

    He applied for a Coro Fellowship because it promised an “extraordinary introduction to the public policy field.”

    “The Coro Fellows Program monumentally impacts my life plan,” Johnson said.  “It will expand upon the inroads I have already made, while allowing me to discover which field I am best suited for.  Further, camaraderie built with my co-fellows will challenge and widen my perspective and beliefs.  After the Coro Fellowship, I plan to obtain an entry-level position in the communications or public sector.  In the long-term future, I aspire to hold an elected office at either the state or federal level.”

    Johnson will work in Los Angeles for the duration of the fellowship.

    Fahmian graduates this weekend with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.  He has worked as an ASUCR Senator for the Bourns College of Engineering, where he received the Michael T. Sullivan Outstanding Student Representative Award.  He is currently working as a research assistant in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, working as the chair of the Highlander Union Board of Governors, and as the vice chair of the Student Services Fee Advisory Committee.   He is keenly interested in learning from Coro the connection between engineering and the local and state government and the effects that engineering will have on the local/state communities.

    “Engineers will be working closely with politicians in the near future to tackle problems such as water and energy production, and I hope to be there when they do,” Fahmian said.

    His career goal is to work in the chemical engineering industry, being interested in energy and water, and future forms of their production.  Fahmian applied for the Coro Fellowship because he felt it would be a “great opportunity to learn how the city and state government works cohesively with local communities and businesses.”  He, too, will work in Los Angeles for the duration of the fellowship.

    “The fellowship will provide me with a broad understanding of different sectors of Los Angeles and allow me to further my career goals with what I learn,” he said. “This fellowship is right for me because with the growing issue of energy and water, there will need to be engineers with knowledge of public affairs that will understand how to work with city leaders in order to efficiently and effectively implement working systems for the community. Engineers offer a unique perspective and way of thinking on various issues, and I believe that with my past experience I will be able to further develop and hone my leadership qualities.”

    Clark graduates this weekend with a bachelor’s degree in political science, emphasis in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies (a research paper she worked on recently focused on women in the Gulf region of the Middle East, specifically on their social, political and economic mobility). She is a transfer student who came to UCR in 2013 to immerse herself in the community.

    Her participation in the UCDC Program in her first spring gave her leadership skills that helped her recruit other students to the program. She serves as an Advancement Ambassador, Student Alumni Association Executive Board Member, and an African Student Program Mentor.  She plans to attend law school and tackle a dual degree program to acquire her Juris Doctor degree and Ph.D. in political science. Her goal is to not only practice law but enter academia where she intends to bring innovative ideas to the classroom.

    “I would like to practice law for a few years and then take my experience and apply it in academia as a professor at a university,” she said.  “After Coro I plan to go on to professional school where I plan to expand myself and use the new experiences Coro gives me to make all my goals and dreams come true.”

    Clark believes the Coro Scholarship is right for her professional goals of bringing unconventional styles and ideas to her future job.

    “I do not want to be the kind of professor who studied for years only to teach what she learned,” she said.  “I would like to use my experience and knowledge to help students become more conscious about how their educational knowledge will, and can be, used in a present day setting.”

    Clark will work in Pittsburgh, Penn., for the duration of the fellowship.

    Coro began in San Francisco in 1942 to train young veterans in the leadership skills necessary to assure that a democratic system of government could more effectively meet the needs of its citizens.  More about Coro here.

    Originally posted in UCR Today by Iqbal Pittalwala on JUNE 11, 2015

    Learn more about the Coro Fellowship