Claudia Medina Wins Coro Fellowship
Claudia Medina of Los Angeles, a 2002 graduate of Occidental College, has been awarded a Coro fellowship to spend nine months in the city enrolled in the Fellows Program in Public Affairs.
The program starts in September and will give Medina, a sociology major while at Occidental, an opportunity to shadow elected officials, department heads and chief executive officers to learn how business gets done in the social, political and economic fabric of a city.
The John Marshall High graduate is one of 64 fellows who will serve in Coro centers in New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and San Francisco. Each fellow works in a series of assignments with a government agency, business, political campaign, labor union, media organization and non-profit group. Medina will receive an $8,000 stipend.
“Because I’m a community-oriented person, I hope the Coro Fellowship allows me to gain the knowledge and experience to make me an effective problem-solving leader in my community and others like it,” Medina said. Upon completing her fellowship, Medina plans to attend a postgraduate program in law and public policy.
Coro was founded in San Francisco in 1942 when W. Donald Fletcher, an attorney, and Van Duyn Dodge, an investment counselor, launched an exploration into the world of public affairs. Their premise was based on the realization that, unlike law, business or medicine, post-graduate training in the area of leadership was non-existent. The name “Coro” is the creation of its founders. It was a new word and one without association, invented to represent both discovery and exploration.