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  1. Announcing the 69th Class of Coro Fellows

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    Coro Fellowship
    James Weinberg Coro National, Chair james@fusecorps.org


    (NEW YORK CITY, PITTSBURGH, ST. LOUIS, SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES): One of the longest running and most prolific leadership development programs in the nation’s history, Coro is tremendously proud today to announce the emerging leaders who have been selected for its 69th class of Coro Fellows in Public Affairs. Selected from among a highly competitive pool of hundreds of top college graduates, the 64 participants in the 2015-1016 class of Coro Fellows hail from a wide array of universities from across the country.

    The Coro Fellowship uses the community as a classroom to train the next generation of change makers. Today’s complex urban environments present constantly evolving challenges and opportunities, creating an increasing need for versatile leaders with the ability to forge connections and lead across the non-profit, business and government sectors. Competitively selected applicants will join an intimate cohort of 12  to 16 participants for the nine-month program, with each cohort encompassing a wide range of communities, interests, ideologies and experiences.

    The Princeton Review said of Coro: “Every group has its ultimate challenge, an experience that defines those who participate as the most talented in their field. Track-and-field enthusiasts have the decathlon. Whiz kids have the Odyssey of the Mind competition. Fitness freaks have the Iron Man Triathlon. And aspiring public servants have the Coro Fellows Program.”

    More than 10,000 alumni have graduated from Coro programs over the past 70 years. These alumni are currently serving as leaders in national/global businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and elected public office. The United States Senate alone includes three Coro alumni including Diane Feinstein (CA), Tim Kaine (VA) and Michael Bennet (CO). For more information about the program, visit: http://www.corofellowship.org

    The following list, grouped by city, includes those selected for the 2015-2016 Coro Fellows Program and the universities from which they graduated:


    Coro Southern California (in Los Angeles)

    • Talar Alexanian, California State University Northridge
    • Sean Fahmian, University of California, Riverside
    • Julia Gould, Occidental College
    • Ross Green, University of Alabama
    • Aaron Johnson, University of California, Riverside
    • Jess Kent, Brandeis University, Claremont Graduate University
    • Rachel Keyser, Pomona College
    • Julia Kingsley, Occidental College
    • Heather MacDonald, University of Southern California
    • Carlos Madrid, Brigham Young University, University of Southern California
    • Charles Turner, Saint Louis University, Lindenwood University
    • Breana Weaver, University of California, Los Angeles

    For Information regarding the Coro Southern California Fellows Program contact Executive Director Wesley Farrow at wfarrow@coro.org.

    Coro Pittsburgh:

    • Robert Burack, University of Michigan, Flint
    • Kevya Clark, University of California, Riverside
    • Cameron Hunter, Dartmouth College
    • Annie Jhun, Columbia University
    • Fatema Juma, Juniata College
    • Nicolas Marlton, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Eric Martin, West Virginia University
    • Christine A. Marty, Muhlenberg College
    • Alex Sandoval, Bucknell University
    • John Shifalacqua, University of Virginia
    • Alyson Shaw, University of Pittsburgh
    • Ciera Young, Chatham University

    For Information regarding Coro Pittsburgh Fellows Program contact Executive Director Greg Crowley at gcrowley@coropittsburgh.org.

    Coro Northern California (in San Francisco)

    • Arianna Bankler-Jukes, UC Berkeley
    • Daniela Bayon, UC Santa Barbara
    • Connor Clausen, Wake Forest University
    • Nadeem Farooqi, Claremont McKenna College
    • Omar Gonzales, University of Southern California
    • Maria Hernandez, Willamette University
    • Heidi Hirvonen, Wesleyan University
    • Ayushi Roy, Columbia University
    • Shayan Said, UC Davis
    • Damion Scott, Webster University
    • Arsen Shirvanyan, UC Berkeley
    • Camille Totah, University of California, Los Angeles

    For Information regarding Coro Northern California Fellows Program contact Executive Director Susan Shain at sshain@coronorcal.org.

    Coro St. Louis

    • Alexis Costales, Loyola Marymount University
    • Jason Garcia, University of Massachusetts Boston
    • Ryan Halvorsen, Washington University in St. Louis
    • Nebu Kolenchery, Saint Louis University
    • Robert Krosley, Anderson University
    • Aaron Lerner, University of Washington – Seattle
    • Shireen (Breigh) Montgomery, Dickinson College
    • Nedia Morsy, Amherst College
    • Nathan Reynolds, Occidental College
    • Helen Rodgers, Pitzer College
    • Jay Scheinman, Southwestern University
    • Delia Shen, Washington University in St. Louis
    • Eliza Straim, Skidmore College
    • Katherine Sutherland, Pitzer College
    • Jamala Wallace, Saint Louis University
    • Will Wilder, Washington University in St. Louis

    For Information regarding Coro St. Louis Fellows Program contact Michelle Miller, Director, Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, St. Louis, michellem@focus-stl.org.

    Coro New York

    • Eden Berdugo, University of California, San Diego
    • Avinoam Baral, University of California, Los Angeles
    • Seth Bynum, Vassar College
    • Cory Epstein, Vassar College
    • Folasade Famakinwa, Cornell University
    • Chante Harris, American University
    • Elaine Roghanian, Villanova University
    • Shoshana Seidenfeld, Yeshiva University
    • Daniel Sheehan, Elon University
    • Prerna Sinha, The College of New Jersey
    • Fatoumata Waggeh, New York University
    • Onika Williams, Tufts

    For Information regarding Coro New York Fellows Program contact Executive Director Scott Millstein at smillstein@coronewyork.org.

    Learn More About Becoming a Fellow Today!

    About Coro: Coro began in San Francisco in 1942 to train young people in the leadership skills necessary to assure that our democratic system of government could more effectively meet the needs of its citizens. Since its founding, Coro has grown to include Coro Centers in six cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles (1957), St. Louis (1972), Kansas City (1975), New York (1980), and Pittsburgh (1999). More than 400 participants a year go through a variety of Coro programs nationwide.  At least 10,000 program alumni are currently serving as leaders in local, regional and national/global businesses, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and elected public office. Coro is a non-profit, non-partisan educational institute supported by foundations, corporations and individuals.