What happens to UEP majors after they graduate?
Many go to graduate school, typically in public policy, urban planning, public health, social work, journalism and law school. UEP majors have a good track record at winning prestigious post-college fellowships, such as the CORO fellowship program in public affairs (a leadership training program in six cities around the country), the Public Policy and International Affairs program (a summer institute at several universities for students interested in graduate schools and public service careers), the California state fellowship program (a one-year fellowship working in state government), and others.
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A recent survey of graduates since the early 1990s reveals that UEP majors are now engaged in a wide variety of careers. Most are involved in some kind of public service, working in non-profit organizations, government agencies, grassroots advocacy groups, and media. They work as researchers, policy analysts, organizers and advocates, social workers, journalists, public interest lawyers, planners, and teachers.
Check out what some of the UEP graduates are doing now:
Last revised 10/19/2016
Lauren Breynaert is continuing her work with the Moving Forward Network at the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute for the summer and fall of 2016.
Stefan Johnson is doing sales and marketing for a company that produces acai, the "superfruit" berry from Amazon. This position and interest formed organically while studying abroad in Brazil. There are also several interesting dynamics concerning forest conservation and food justice that pertain to acai so Stef will always channel his UEP energy into those components.
Julia Kingsley is a recipient of a CORO Foundation Fellowship, a nine-month graduate-level leadership training program that prepares individuals for effective and ethical leadership in public affairs. She is currently working as a Defense Representative at the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs in Monterey Park.
Aric Ponce is currently a researcher at Children's Hospital Los Angeles working with the General Pediatrics division in collaboration with USC Keck and AltaMed on childhood obesity prevention strategies and best practices. He has submitted his first manuscript of original research to the American Journal of Public Health and awaiting publishing. The project examined whether or not the size of outdoor space at LAUSD elementary schools had any relationship to the overall fitness of the school’s students, and he has presented his findings at both the regional and national levels in recent months. Aric plans to apply to med schools in the near future. (Summer 2016)
Bianca Fonseca Cervantes interned with National Council of la Raza as part of the Truman Summer Institute program in Washington DC. She is the Academic Success Coordinator/Public Ally at Boys Hope Girls Hope in DC. She plans to attend graduate school within the next five years, but for now want to get familiar with the work force. (Summer 2016)
Gregory Earnest is now a Real Estate Private Equity Pre-MBA Intern for Carmel Partners. He was named Coro Fellows and was trained in the Public Affairs Program which is a nine-month, graduate-level leadership-training program that prepares individuals for effective and ethical leadership. He was also a recipient of Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowships in 2013; PPIA is a national program that prepares college juniors for an advanced degree and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. He participated in the program in Princeton. (Summer 2016)
Jessie Hernandez was accepted to the master’s degree program in City and Regional Planning at Pratt Institute in New York. (Spring 2014)
Kirstin Jensvold-Rumage is a field director working on a city council campaign for Josef Bray-Ali. (Fall 2016)
Sarah Lopez spent the summer in Washington, D.C. as an intern for AcademyHealth, a health services research organization.
Dani Lyons is studying for her master's in Food Studies at Chatham University. (Spring 2015)
Raquel Mason joined Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles in July 2015 as a Program Associate, where she supports PSR-LA’s Climate Change and Toxics programming and coalition initiatives. Previously, Raquel partnered with MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) – an antipoverty organization in Pacoima, California – to assist with their newly established Grow Together Program. (Summer 2016)
Morgan Mrohs is a Customer Success Manager at ServiceTitan. She previously was a client support specialist at CallFire, a software company in Downtown Santa Monica. Morgan lives in the financial district of Downtown Los Angeles with Devon Provo. (Summer 2016)
Devon Provo is the Project Associate at MIG, which is an urban planning consulting firm with headquarters in Berkeley, California and offices throughout the U.S. She received her Master's in Urban Planning Program at USC. Previously, she worked part time at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, and part-time in Entertainment at Disneyland. (Summer 2016)
Lila Singer-Berk is studying for her masters in urban planning at Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota. Previously, she was an Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Grinnell College and before that, a Coordinator/Creator Occidental College Green Tours which allowed her to share all that she learned about sustainability in her UEP classes and at Oxy! (Fall 2016)
Emily Strombom is currently a scheduler and legislative aide for Congressman Alan Lowenthal in DC. Previoiusly, she worked on Bruce Braley's campaign as a Regional Field Director in Iowa.
Alex Acuna is working at the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) as a community organizer. Previously, he was a Campus Organizer for CALPIRG. (Summer 2016)
Fatima Avellan attended University of Chicago's School of Social Administration with a full tuition scholarship in Fall 2014 and is now a Social Work Graduate Student. She was a Campus Project Assistant for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault in Pasadena. (Summer 2016)
Clarissa Boyajian is an urban forestry manager at TreePeople (treepeople.org) an organization that inspires and supports the people of LA to come together to plant and care for trees, harvest the rain, and renew depleted landscapes. She previously worked with Good Eggs (www.goodeggs.com/welcome) whose mission is to grow and sustain local foods system worldwide. (Summer 2016)
Tyler Brewington will begin her Health and Social Behavior program at UC Berkeley in the fall of 2016. Previously, Tyler was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala for two years, 2014-2016; you can read more about her Peace Corps experience at: http://brewskienguate.wordpress.com. (Spring 2016)
Jordan DeLano is now an Organizer at Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare. This committee works to grow union membership in the west coast region. He also Worked as an Occupational Health intern for the Service Employees International Union, United Service Workers West, as part of the Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP). He indicated occupational health hazards at the airport according to California's standards. (Summer 2016)
Elizabeth Dutton is currently living in Nashville, teaching high school math and received the Nashville Teaching Fellows. She was previously a community organizer with the Los Angeles Community Action Network, having worked with homeless population on Skid Row and organized the community around housing and food justice issues. (Summer 2016)
Emily George is a Youth Manager (YOLA) at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) which has allowed her to manage logistics for music education and orchestra program serving 250 K-12 students, develop and implement program policies and protocols, and support in the hiring of new faculty and administrative staff. She worked at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that builds stronger and healthier communities by creating small, accessible urban parks and gardens in park-poor areas of Los Angeles. She served as a research assistant and assisted community organizers and L.A. County officials with developing plans for future parks in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles. (Summer 2016)
Ben Kowalcyzk is currently the Summer Associate for Rothner, Segall & Greenstone. He is also a J.D. Candidate at UCLA School of Law and worked for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in the office of Policy and Legislative Affairs through the San Francisco City Hall Fellowship program. (Summer 2016)
Kiran Rishi interned at The Elizabeth Peterson Group, Inc. and after graduation was offered a full-time position as their urban planner. She is now a Planning Assistant for the City of Los Angeles. (Summer 2016)
Shylana Roman is a Garden Ranger at EnrichLA, which allows her to apply her dedicated community organizer skills. Prior to EnrichLA, she worked as an Educational Outreach Coordinator for LEAD (Leading through Empowerment, Action & Dialogue) and YouthBuild Charter schools to help students between the ages of 18-24 obtain their high school diplomas from an educational model that incorporates community action projects, dialogue, and critical race theory. (Summer 2016)
Allyssa Scheyer is working as a Field Survey Specialist at The RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. She is helping implement a variety of research projects, including a project that is examining the effects of alcohol advertising on thoughts and behaviors about alcohol use in kids 11-14 years old and one that is partnering with the Venice Family Clinic to examine the effectiveness of care coordination in primary care treatment of substance use disorders. She plans to pursue a law degree in public interest and a doctorate’s in Ethics. (Fall 2014)
Dylan Sittig now works for the City of Los Angeles within the Department of City Planning. He assists with Transit Neighborhood Projects through specifically station area planning and streetscape design, policy research and reporting and layout and design plans and presentation boards. He also works conducts Local Coastal Program research and update, writes and coordinates grant program with state agency, conducts issues assessment for a coastal zone neighborhood and prepares policies and plans to address coastal issues. (Summer 2016)
Jessica Welty starts her job as a community organizer for Enroll America in Chicago at the end of May 2014.
Clara Wheatley-Schaller is a POP Career Coach at NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. She was a paid fellow at a 40-week Conservation Corp working at the Parks Opportunity Program, a welfare-to-work transitional employment program, with the NYC Parks Department. She and other fellows helped develop roundtables with government officials and leaders in nonprofits, and tours of parkland and other city properties. (Summer 2016)
Nolan Borgman is now a Metro Fellow, Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI) at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) which selectively staffs the newly founded OEI. He previously was the Transportation Planner at the MTA. He is a recipient of the CORO Foundaton Fellowship and French Government Teaching Assistantship. (Summer 2016)
Asia Canady received the California Senate Fellowship and is now a 4th Grade Science Teacher for the The Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem. (Summer 2016)
Maddisen Domingo started her master’s program in early childhood special education at Vanderbilt University in Fall 2016.
Teresa Eilers is now a political organizer and a North American Representative for Proximity Designs. Previously, she was the Workforce Developer for The RightWay Foundation, an employment center for foster care youth located in Leimert Park. Before RightWay, she worked at SAJE (Strategic Actions for a Just Economy) for two years as their Equitable Development Associate enforcing Community Benefits Agreements with local developers (AEG, GH Palmer, and USC). She was proud to have been a part of the Raise LA campaign and made a public comment in front of a packed chambers at City Hall this past summer the day that Council approved to raise the minimum wage for hotel workers in LA to $15.37. (Summer 2016)
Morgan Flake is now the Associate Program Manager at Global Visionaries in the Lake Wasington Institute of Technology in the Greater Seattle Area. She is also an adjunct faculty instructor at LWTech. She completed her master's degree in public health program at Columbia University in New York City. She was a recipient of Davis Project for Peace working on her proposed project “Education and Empowerment Program” to increase the motivation and preparation of pregnant and parenting teens to pursue higher education and careers. (Summer 2016)
Kevin Hom is currently working with the United Food and Commercial Workers union, Local 770. Previously, he worked with the Unite/Here Local 11 Union in the boycott division.
David Telfort graduated from Yale Divinity School in May 2015 and joined Plymouth Church as Associate Minister through the Transition into Ministry program in June 2015. He plans to pursue his doctoral work in the field of Biblical Studies with the hope of becoming a professor as well as a parish minister. (Summer 2016)
Kaitlin Toyama currently works as a Legal Intern at Natural Resources Defense Council. She was a Program Associate at Community Water Coalition from 2013-2014 and attended University of California, Hastings College of the Law. (Summer 2016)
In 2012, Joellen Anderson traveled seven months around the world to Mexico, Hawai'i, US, Tunisia, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. After spendng early 2013 working at various shelters all over India, she is now living full-time in Delhi as a co-founder of the non-profit Worldly Wags (www.worldlywags.org). The organization is dedicated to increasing compassion, and is actively working to control the stray dog population in the area through sterilizations. They also do rescues for injured animals, letter writing campaigns, and vaccination drives. They plan on expanding into micro-loans for small post-surgery dog boarding businesses, compassionate-education programs for youth, and are starting a large animal sanctuary in Himachal, at the foot of the Himalayas. (Summer 2016)
Mackenzie Brown is a Middle School Math Advisor at the Aveson Global Leadership Academy. (Summer 2016)
Jessica Gelzer is a Communications Manager at The Children's Partnership, a national nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to health care for children through innovation. Prior, she served as a Senior Account Associate at RALLY, an issue advocacy and strategic communications firm. She worked to raise awareness and advance causes in the public health, gun violence prevention and environmental spaces. Her clients included: The California Endowment, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation and Sandy Hook Promise. Beginning in Fall 2014, she is proud to serve a four-year term on Oxy's Alumni Association Board of Governors and would love to hear from her former classmates on how we can make our alma mater be its best. Contact her here. (Summer 2016)
Kathryn Griffith is a Consultant in Santiago, Chile. Prior to that, she was a Paralegal Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project and a communications specialist at the Clergy Laity United for Economic Justice-Los Angeles (CLUE-LA). In 2012, she received the UEPI alumni social justice award in recognition for her contributions to insure human rights and strategies for empowerment for all people. (Summer 2016)
Kristen Leahy worked as a Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles Summer Intern before teaching a “Build Your Own City” class at a middle school in the Boston area. She moved to Dallas, Texas.
Warren Logan is an Urban Designer at Community Design + Architecture in Oakland. He received his master's in City Planning from UC Berkeley. He is a member of Berkeley's five-member team who have been working to develop "goBerkeley" and launched in 2013 a two-year pilot program designed to alleviate traffic congestion, pollution and parking problems. (Summer 2016)
Kelsey Longmuir is a 9th and 10th Grade Composition Teacher at KIPP Colorado Schools and is also the Argumentative Writing Chair. (Summer 2016)
Casey (Ogden) Sasser is an Event Planner in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked with LUNAFEST Events. Previous to that, she was an Administrative Assistant for for Save The Bay, a nonprofit organization that works to protect and restore the San Francisco Bay through education and environmental policy. (Summer 2016)
Emily Ritchie is now an Executive Director at Northwest Cider Association which combines her passion for cider and social justice for the orchard growth opportunities. Two weeks after graduation she was hired by Foodcorps, a new AmeriCorps program to work in Tillamook, Oregon for one year. She used her community organizing skills and the knowledge she gained as a member of FEAST while working at a junior high and high school. Emily continued to put her acquired skills working as the FoodCorps Oregon Fellow based at the Oregon Department of Agriculture in Portland beginning August 2012. She supports the Oregon's service members as they teach kids about healthy eating while in school gardens! (Summer 2016)
Jackie Salazar currently resides in downtown Los Angeles and is an Independent & Interdisciplinary Designer for JSM and a Media Assistant and Archivist for the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). She is also working towards completing her M. Arch 1 at SCI-Arc. In the past, she started her own entrepreneurial company, Six Statements and has collaborated with Shane Boland and other former Oxy Students on larger projects, such as web design and video projects. (Summer 2016)
Michael Sin is now a Planning Assistant for the City of Los Angeles. He completed his Master of Urban & Regional Planning program at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs where he wa a Researcher of Electric Vehicles Policy & Planning. (Summer 2016)
Since graduating from Oxy, Meredith (Maya) Abood has worked on legislation and policy reforms related to affordable housing, bank accountability, environmental health, and local agriculture. She is a Research Assistant for Massachusetts Institutite of Technology (MIT) where she also receiveed he masters in Urban Planning. She has served as a tenant organizer with Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) and worked to change City and County housing inspection policies. In 2012, she received the UEPI alumni social justice award in recognition for her organizing grassroots campaigns in communities across California. (Summer 2016)
Jordan Aura-Gullick is a Clinical Social Work Intern for the Occupational Therapy Training Program (OTTP). Previously, he was working as an Affordable Housing Case Manager and Eviction Prevention and Re-Housing Assistance Program Case Manager, at St. Joseph Center based in Venice. (Summer 2016)
Mary Carlton is the Director of Expanded Learning at Akili Academy of New Orleans, where she was also an Outreach Program Manager. Prior to Akili Academy, she was a Policy Associate for Orleans Public Education Network. (Summer 2016)
Felisia Castaneda is working with Recology San Francisco as an Education Specialist. She is responsible for engaging and teaching the community about composting, recycling, and resource conservation through tours and Recology's Artist-in-residence (AIR) program. Felisia previously worked as an Environmental Education Aide for the City of San Francisco at the Department of Environment, and for Kara’s Cupcakes, a green store with a strong commitment to environmental sustainability and the local economy also located in San Francisco. (Summer 2016)
Kylie Dennis is currently residing in Redwood City in Northern California and works for CourseSmart, the largest provider for eTextbooks for higher education, as a Research Specialist in the marketing department and data analysis. She was also a Research Coordinator for CourseSmart. (Summer 2016)
Chandrika Francis is a Community Crew Leader with Student Conservation Association in the Oakland Area. Following graduation, she was accepted into the Fullbright ETA program in Spain to work at a high school in the northern region of Cantabria. She recently earned her masters in education, focusing on culturally relevant environmental education, and will be teaching environmental education with a vocational/experiential spin at a middle school south of Seattle that predominantly serves low income communities. (Summer 2016)
Shannon Kincaide is a Graduate Student from Duke Global Health Institute. She has worked as a Global Health Intern in RTI International, conducting cost-effectiveness analysis of three malaria screening and treatment strategies in Zanzibar. (Summer 2016)
Matthew Harter is an Account Executive at MH Music Licensing, a music licensing company he created and manages. He was an Intern for East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ). He also participated in the Israel birthright program in Summer 2010. (Summer 2016)
Daniel Lawler is now Staff Writer at The G.O.O.D.S Magazine LLC in Brooklyn. He was a Community Event Planner for the Young Folks Urban Farmers and a Community Food Intern for Just Food NYC. He started Young Folks Urban Farmers with friend and business partner Julia Carr. They received funding from the Kaiser Grant and are partnered with the L.A. Leadership Academy in Lincoln Heights run by Roger Lowenstein. The group is currently applying for further funding from the USDA Farm to School grants. (Summer 2016)
After playing football for an Australian team, Jason Lehman moved back to San Francisco and is currently working as a Senior Sales Manager for the solar company, SunRun, that is the nation's largest home solar company and help families switch their homes to solar without the high upfront costs. Alicia Egan ’09 also joined SunRun as an operations administrator. (Summer 2016)
Alfred (AJ) Mata is working in his hometown of Baldwin Park, California as a Program Manager at California Center for Public Health Advocacy. (CCPHA). CCPHA is a statewide nonprofit organization that raises awareness about critical public health issues and mobilizes communities to promote the establishment of effective state and local health policies. Visit the website at www.publichealthadvocacy.org. AJ is received his Masters of Public Administration from California State University-Long Beach in 2014. (Summer 2016)
Giulia Pasciuto received her Masters in Urban Planning at UCLA in the 2013 and is now an is a Research and Policy Analyst at Puget Sound Sage in Seattle, WA. Prior to starting graduate school, she worked as a Transportation and Food Access Coordinator at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute. (Summer 2016)
Allison Reimer was recently appointed the new planning commissioner to her hometown of Half Moon Bay, CA. She is currently working for the City and County of San Francisco as a city planning intern. Previously, she was the District Environmental Coordinator for the State Parks. She received her master's degree in community and regional planning from the University of Texas. (Summer 2016)
Helen Santos is currently an Occupational Therapist at Loma Linda University and received her Master's in Occupational Therapy in April 2014. (Summer 2016)
Derek Singleton is currently living in Austin, Texas and is a Product Manager, Applications at Software Advice, a small tech firm that helps businesses find the right software for their organization. The work was writing intensive and centered on web-marketing and search engine optimization (SEO). In his free time Derek enjoys spending time at Austin's multiple lakes or riding his new Ducati motorcycle (with a helmet of course). (Summer 2016)
Following graduation Alicia Egan interned for PHAT Energy before becoming their Rebates Coordinator. She later moved on to work for Real Goods Solar, Inc. located in San Francisco in their Internal Sales division and as a Solar Specialist. Alicia along with Jason Lehman ’10 are currently working for SunRun, one of the nation’s leading home solar service providers. Alicia is the Marketing Associate of Social Media at SunBasket, a healthy meal delivery service, and manages many different social media platforms as an outreach to food and lifestyle influencers and bloggers. (Summer 2016)
Colin Englesberg worked for Solid Ground in their JustServe AmeriCorps Program before it closed in September 2012. He was with a cohort of 30 other AmeriCorps volunteers who were placed at community organizations doing youth development and violence prevention re-entry programs for people getting out of prison, domestic violence support work, and some work with city organizers such as Seattle PD and Community Court. He is now a Youth Violence Prevention Program Assistant at Seattle Parks and Recreation. (Summer 2016)
After graduation Whitney Hawke moved back to her hometown of Portland to begin law school at Lewis & Clark in the fall of 2009. During the summer of 2010 she worked as an extern for Judge Sercombe at the Oregon Court of Appeals in Salem, OR. She also worked as a law clerk for the Multnomah County Attorney’s Office in Portland and was a freelance journalist for Willamette Week (Portland's alternative newsweekly). Whitney received her JD in Environmental Law and Land Use in spring of 2012 and is currently working as a research attorney at League of Oregon Cities. When she’s not working, she is watching the Portland Trailblazers games, reading about the Trailblazers, watching trailblazers.tv, or listening to sports radio analysts talk about the Trailblazers. She is also the Co-Founder and Business Manager of Brave Recs, an independent record label located in Portland. She can be contacted at email@example.com. (Summer 2016)
Taylor Kaplan is a Development Associate at Williams/Dame & Associates, Inc. in Portland, Oregon. She received her MLA in Landscape Architecture from University of Pennsylvania in May 2013. Previously, Taylor worked for the Holland Partners as a Real Estate Development Intern and the Arroyo Group as an Urban Designer + Planner.
Sarah Ritter is currently working in San Francisco as the Program Development Consultant in the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development and received her Master's Degree in City Planning at UC Berkeley. Previously, she was a Program Coordinator for Pacific Community Ventures and worked primarily on policy research regarding social impact investing for InSight. Before that, she worked for Restore Capital as an Associate. The firm invests in wetland mitigation banks and the emerging nutrient trading markets in the Chesapeake and the Willamette. Sarah conducted the majority of the research on the legislation/policy and market regulation. (Summer 2016)
Margot Seigle currently lives in Falls Village, CT at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center (hazon.org/isabella-freedman/) where she works as a Farming Fellow at Adamah, which is an information technology and services business around the world. A dreamer, weaver, and aspiring healer, she's helped to build ReGenerative Finance (www.regenerativefinance.org/), a radical finance project, Liberation Beyond the Woods: A Lefty Jew Shabbaton (www.facebook.com/groups/491886210934601/), a space for lefty jews to convene around the observance of shabbat, and Jews for Jackson (www.jewsforjackson.org/), a statement and fundraising platform in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Summer. She is also studying somatic healing through Generative Somatics (generativesomatics.org/), with hopes of bringing this modality to all of her work. (Summer 2016)
Erika Fick is a communications manager for the Clean Energy Climate & Energy Program at the Environmental Defense Fund in Austin, Texas. Previously, she was an assistant manager at The Veranda House in Nantucket MA, and the Marketing Coordinator for Braun & Gresham, PLLC as well as its sister company Plateau Land & Wildlife Management in Austin, Texas. Both companies seek to protect and preserve rural land. Erika was also a consultant for Greenline Multimedia which caters to private, public, and non-profit green businesses and also served as a Clean Energy Fellow with the Environmental Defense Fund. (Spring 2016)
Nidia Garcia received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles this past year. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Census Bureau as a Partnership Assistant. She informed hard-to-count communities, including Eagle Rock, about the importance of the census through a grassroots approach. Their goal was to form partnerships with local governments, community-based organizations, schools, media, businesses and others to work together to inform constituents.
Julia Granholm is working at the Health Research Association for a research position collecting data for a study about teen pregnancy prevention and STD rates in Los Angeles High Schools.
Robin Hamilton is an Assistant Director of Admissions at UCLA where she also received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration. Before the move, she worked as the Assistant Director and Coordinator of Multicultural Initiatives at Beloit College. In her travels for work, she got a chance to see Shannon Sullivan and Christopher Pitcher in Chicago where they attend graduate school. She also advises the Kappa Alpha Theta chapter at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where fellow swimming alumni Nancy Moore ‘09 and Michael Wade ‘09 live. (Summer 2016)
After returning from Senegal in November 2010, Kether Hayden worked as an Administrative and Research Assistant for R. G. Ford Consulting Company, an ecological consulting company in Portland, Oregon. Their projects included bird population impact studies in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as well as a study on the impact of ship traffic on marine mammals. Kether moved to Quebec City in September 2011 to start an MSc. in International Development and Humanitarian Action Management at the School of Business Administration of Laval University. Previously Kether worked as a pedagogical advisor and teacher trainer at the regional in-service teacher-training center of the Senegalese Ministry of Education. Kether published two articles for which one of the links can be found here (www.e4conference.org/dakar/papers/24). The first is from her work during summer Richter/Anderson research as an undergrad, and was published in the Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa (Volume 11, No.3, 2009). The other, on gender-responsive pedagogy and teacher training in Senegal was presented at the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative E4 Engendering Empowerment: Education and Equality conference, May 2010, and is based on research she and her co-authors conducted last year in Senegal. She is now a Country Director for Action for Enterprise, a nonprofit organization, in Senegal. (Summer 2016)
Sua Iris Hernandez is currently working with W.O.R.K.S. USA, a non-profit organization specializing in building affordable housing developments that are financially sound and thoughtful in design. Previously, she worked with Larry Gross at the Coalition for Economic Survival and was a consultant for A La Brava, a small non-profit which promotes local film makers and their endeavors. Sua married in August 2008 and has two children.
Sonia Huizar received her Master’s in Liberal Studies at Occidental College in May 2009.
Ian Johnson taught English in Sao Paulo Brazil and worked for a real estate company interested in taking on a more sustainable development approach with their projects. He then served as an Americorps volunteer and worked with the Utah Conservation Corps preserving BLM land. He was recently accepted for a position with American Youthworks/Casa Verde Builders in Austin, TX and will help to build green and affordable homes. Ian plans to return to school to pursue a Masters in Community and Regional Planning, with a focus on Sustainability.
Laura Knuttunen received a Fulbright award and taught English in South Korea from 2008-2010. She currently resides in Massachusetts and worked as an instructor for Camp Fulbright, a summer English camp. She then lived in Korea for two years, teaching English at an elementary school in Gimcheon and Cheongju. Laura returned to Boston and received a M.Ed. in Elementary and ESL Education through Lesley University. She is now a Clerk for the Boston Korean Adoptees Inc. (BKA) and teaches a 4th and 5th grade SEI class in Boston. Laura joined BKA when she returned from Korea in 2010 and joined the Board in 2013. She is interested in collaborating with other adoptee and Asian Pacific Islander organizations. In addition to serving on the Board, Laura volunteers with the Tufts University Korean Student Association as a mentor for Korean adoptee kids. She helps organize monthly events with BKA members, local Korean college students, young Korean adoptees and their families. (Summer 2016)
Victor Lopez is the founder and executive director of the Learner’s Chess Academy that seeks to facilitate social development and leadership skills in youth through the game of chess. The Academy is a summer chess class for kids in grade K-6, focused on using the game of chess as a medium through which we can teach various thinking skills that will enhance intellectual maturity. Victor also remains fairly involved in politics and serves as the treasurer for New Mexico's first openly gay state senator and the youngest-ever Democratic state senate caucus chair, Jacob Candelaria. Prior to this, Victor worked as a substitute teacher within the Albuquerque Pubic School Systems and served as the president and co-founder of Vaya Verde (Spanish for Go Green) Solutions in Albuquerque, NM. Their mission was to lower carbon pollution by directing capital towards projects that increase the energy efficiency of New Mexico’s buildings. The start-up is currently inactive but seeking additional resources to start again. (Summer 2016)
Phil Barney who now uses his Hebrew name, Pesach Chananiah, recently returned from a Taglit trip to Israel and two weeks volunteering in the West Bank. He is in his second year (2013) in a graduate program in depth, community, liberation, and ecopsychology at Pacifica University. He had volunteered his summer after graduating from Oxy with Common Ground in New Orleans and worked for ACORN in Las Vegas until April 2008, mobilizing and empowering residents around issues of community development and safety. He then worked as an Americorps VISTA for 9 months - first with Communities in Schools and then the Urban League. He worked as a Case Manager for Summer Youth Jobs at NV Partners. He's been working with a group of congregations to form an interfaith community organization, to be part of the IAF network. He also worked to create an all ages community center to provide a safe place for Las Vegans to share and build together.
Alexandra Cooper recently received her MPH from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She traveled all around Central America and Ecuador for four and a half months in 2008.
Kira Fatheree loved her experience as a City Year LA corps member in Boyle Heights. After two years of CYLA, she moved to Pittsburgh for the Coro program and attended grad school in public policy at Carnegie Mellon. She has been at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. for four years, and is currently a Program Examiner responsible for child welfare programs and the WIC program. She has worked on the WIC EBT regulation policy work. "Much of what I learned at Oxy and through UEP planted the seeds for my current work and interests." (Summer 2016)
Tahanee Fisher is a temporary Accounts Payable Clerk for the apparel business Splendid. She has worked as a Financial Aid Administrator at the Los Angeles Film School. Previously, she was an Assistant Recruitment Coordinator at the Academy of Business Leadership in Rosemead. (Summer 2016)
Krystal (Krys) Freeman is now a Digital Producer for Koder IT. She was the director of Systems Technology at GreenBiz.com in Oakland. Previously she was a web content manager at Sustainable Life Media in Burlingame, CA and worked at New Orleans: A Labor of Love, a grass-root, multi-media, public awareness campaign to mobilize 5,000 volunteers to participate in reconstructing the city in 2008. She is also the founder of Hella Rides and The Definition which looked to organize community membership. (Summer 2016)
Lindsay Hagan attended USC for a two-year graduate program at the School of Public Policy and Development and in 2008 received a Master's in City Planning as well as Planning and Development with a concentration in preservation and the built environment. She is now an Associate Planner at City of Mountain View in the San Francisco Bay Area. (Summer 2016)
Caroline Nasella moved to the Bay Area in August 2007 and attended the UC Davis School of Law. She has worked as an Honors Legal Intern for the California Attorney General’s Office in the environmental law and natural resources division. Last summer Caroline served as an Extern to the Honorable Garland E. Burrell in the United States District Court, the Eastern District of California. She is now an Associate at Goldfarb & Lipman LLP, a law firm based in Oakland, California. (Summer 2016)
Vanessa Robinson pursued a master of arts in French through the Middlebury College program in Paris.
Nastassia Toruno has been a teacher for Los Angeles Unified District since 2014. She resides in El Monte and is the owner of Toruno and Associates. She was an instructor at the East San Gabriel Valley ROP/TC and is a certified pilot/flight instructor at Freelance since 2012. Previously, she worked as an EMT for AmbuServe Ambulance as well as the BLS Coordinator in their Human Resources department. (Summer 2016)
Margot (Turkheimer) Rosen worked at ESPN and Disney Media Networks in the affiliate marketing department. She is now the Vice President of Marketing and Director of Global Marketing at Saban Brands. (Summer 2016)
Christine Wagner received her JD from the law school at Loyola in Los Angeles and a masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in Pacific Oaks College. She is currently working as a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in two private practices in the Greater Los Angeles Area. (Summer 2016)
Maritza Agundez began Law School at Southwestern University in Los Angeles in 2011. Prior to beginning school she worked at California State University, Dominguez Hills as the campus-wide Grant Administrator for the Title V Federal grant--a five year, multi-million dollar grant that serves all graduate programs across campus. The grant, PEGS-Promoting Excellence in Graduate Studies--is a multifaceted program that helps Hispanic, other underrepresented and low-income graduate students bridge the achievement gap and function in a global community. Previously, she spent several years working in corporate development and communications at LINC Housing, a nonprofit housing developer based in Long Beach. She most recently was a Judicial Extern for the U.S. District Court. (Summer 2016)
Anna G. Boone lives and works in Seattle, where she is a Principal at Gallatin Public Affairs. Anna has been with Gallatin, a regional, full-service public affairs firm, since 2011. Gallatin represents a variety of business clients, and Anna’s practice focuses primarily on local government relations, coalition building and stakeholder outreach and activation. Previously, she served as the Political Director for U.S. Congressman Norm Dicks, who represented Washington’s 6th CD from 1977 until his retirement in 2013. Anna sits on the Board of Directors of Seattle Works, an organization that creates volunteer and leadership opportunities for young professionals, as the VP of Board Development. In 2009, Anna completed a fellowship with the Institute for a Democratic Future, a leadership program for young professionals to engage with local elected officials and issues relevant to Washington state. She lives with her husband, Wills Mitchell ’08, in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. (Summer 2016)
Jacob Dubail is in his seventh year doing full-time freelance web design and development (jacobdubail.com). Previously, Jacob worked at the Northwest Center, a non-profit in Washington State that works with people with disabilities. He worked in the IT department, but was working on building a business plan to cover their 100,000 square foot rooftop with solar panels and flower beds. One of his most exciting side projects was with the Whidbey Ecollaborative (www.whidbeyecollaborative.org), a non-profit educational organization that supports their society's transition to a sustainable culture. They launched a four-day hands-on conference in the summer of 2009, the ReEnergize Convergence in Whidbey Island, WA. (Summer 2016)
Fidel Estrada married Emil Czechowski on April 16, 2011 in Santa Monica. The couple honeymooned in Tahiti and lives in Santa Monica with their dog, Teddy. Fidel taught third grade general education at Eagle Rock Elementary School for two years and is now an early childhood intervention specialist in the LAUSD. Fidel completed his master's at Cal State LA. (Summer 2016)
Andrew Grinberg lives in Washington D.C. He is currently is the National Campaigns Special Projects Manager at Clean Water Action (cleanwateraction.org), a national environmental nonprofit which he has worked with since October 2006. Before taking on the role of the program coordinator, Andrew organized field canvassers to knock on more than 25,000 doors in Virginia in the weeks before the election. He was very excited to host all his Oxy friends who came to town for the inauguration. He celebrated Burning Man where other Oxy Alum built a geodesic dome in the Nevada desert. In 2011, he rode segways around Chicago with Sam Kline and Nate Upham and successfully completed 35 cartwheels. (Summer 2016)
Windyn Hines was a recipient of the generous FLAS (Foreign Study in Asian Language) fellowship and received her Master’s in Asian Studies from the University of Utah. She previously worked a couple of years at a school for street youths in Jakarta, Indonesia. She did research and outreach with homeless youth as part of a project at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. She is now married and a Food Producer at Howling Tempeh while also teaching for Baking is Fun: A Cooking School in Columbus, Ohio. (Summer 2016)
Dan Hoffman married Catherine Packer '06 in 2013 in North Carolina. The couple currently lives in Estes Park, Colorado where Dan is Curriculum Specialist at Voyager Academy where he is also an AP US History/Entrepreneurship Teacher. He completed a a year-long teaching fellowship (through Public Allies) at The Eagle Rock School, an innovative learning program, from 2008-2009. Previously, Dan worked as a social studies teacher at Voyager High School, a charter school in Durham, NC. At Voyager, he started and Outdoor Education program, served as the head swim coach, and was one of three curriculum specialists in the high school. Prior to that, Dan joined Catherine in Nepal and traveled throughout South and Southeast Asia and Australia. Before that, he worked for Americorps running an after-school program at a charter high school in San Francisco. (Summer 2016)
Bryden Johnston currently is an Associate at The Sarah Samuels Center for Public Health Research & Evaluation in Berkeley. She previously held the position of Development Associate at The Trust for Hidden Villa where she interned. She also worked as the Garden Learning Instructor for Collective Roots, an educational garden in East Palo Alto. Previously, she traveled with fellow Oxy alums, including Lindsay Hagan '06 throughout South America. (Summer 2016)
Kelsey Lewis did well in the Post-Baccalaureate/Pre-med program at Bryn Mawr College. She took the MCAT in late May 2008 and attended medical school at USC.
Leslie Mahley received her JD from the UCLA School of Law and currently resides in Los Angeles. While attending UCLA, she volunteered with the Los Angeles County Public Defenders Office, The California Appellate Project in San Francisco, and the HIV and AIDS Legal Services Alliance. Leslie was admitted to the California State Bar in 2009. She is an Associate Attorney with WJH Law Group. In her free time, she is a volunteer with the LACBA Immigration Legal Assistance Project. (Summer 2016)
Caroline Murray moved to Oakland, after spending two years in Spain working and getting her Masters Degree in Public Management of Social Problems from the Universidad de Granada. She is a Spanish Teacher at Presentation High School in San Jose, California and has taught Spanish as a lecturer at St. Mary’s College of California. She has received her Graduate from Boise Sate University and her M.A. from San Jose State University. Previously she worked for an industrial filtration company called New Logic Research selling environmental compliance systems internationally. The job incorporated aspects of UEP that she never knew impassioned her and she really loves living in the Bay Area. (Summer 2016)
Jade Nguyen pursued her master’s in Action for a Viable Future program at Sonoma State University. Previously, she was a program services coordinator at the Office for Religious & Spiritual Life at Occidental College. She is now a Development Assistant for the NALEO Educational Fund with a penchant for California native plants and local ethnobotany. (Summer 2016)
During a month long road trip visiting 10 national parks in the western U.S., Midori Niikura met David Griswold '84, president of a Fair Trade and organic coffee importer (Sustainable Harvest Specialty Coffee Importers) and accepted an intern position. She worked mainly in their offices in Peru, Guatemala and Mexico-moving frequently and returning to Portland about every 3 months. For the second half of 2007, however, she was based in Oaxaca, Mexico which was a pleasant experience. Midori worked mainly in the coordination of the company's annual supplier-roaster gathering event; providing communication materials for the roaster clients; and maintaining accounts for assigned supplier groups and developing/facilitating relationships with their roaster clients. She truly enjoyed the work, however, resigned from her position after 2 years to return to Los Angeles, where she married Mark Hartford '06 and helped coach the Oxy Women's Ultimate Frisbee team. Additionally, she worked for a non-profit working with low to moderate-income business owners, providing counseling and training. Midori reconnected with Griswold, who invited her back to be on the team in Portland. She is now the Manager of Coffee Operations at Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers. (Summer 2016)
Catherine Packer married Dan Hoffman '06 in 2013 at Camp Pinnacle in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Catherine received her MPH with a concentration in International Women’s Reproductive Health from John Hopkins University in May 2011. She currently lives in Durham, NC working for the large global public health NGO, FHI 360 where she is a Research Associate II, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. She spends a lot of time in different African countries working on social and behavioral science related to family planning, HIV and safe abortion. Prior to graduate school she lived in the Bay Area and worked for The Greenlining Institute as their Health Policy Director. Her work focused on developing a racially equitable framework in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (Summer 2016)
Olivia Prebus finished her BS in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. She is now a Registered Nurse at Cook Children's Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas and was also a RN at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia working in the Hematology and General Pediatrics divisions. She is currently in grad school at Drexel working towards her BSN. Olivia is also an active member of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association as a member of their Government Relations Committee and PAC. In keeping with her interest in food access, she has volunteered with a program called City Harvest in Philadelphia. Her local community garden partners with an organization called Ready Willing and Able that works with formerly incarcerated men on GED completion, job training and placement. Participants program come weekly to help garden and harvest produce donated by gardeners which they then take back to the chef at the program house who incorporates it into their meals. (Summer 2016)
Max Podemski graduated from Columbia University in 2013 with a Master’s in Urban Planning. He is currently working as a planning director at Pacoima Beautiful in the North San Fernando Valley and is responsible for creating a master plan for revitalizing and building park space along the Pacoima Wash. (Summer 2016)
Vikram Shankar joined the Peace Corps and served in Togo, Africa working with the Community Health and AIDS Prevention (CHAP) program which works in the domains of HIV/AIDS, malaria, malnutrition, family planning and hygiene and sanitation. He now works as an Independent Non-profit Organization Management Professional in Portland, OR. (Summer 2016)
Natalie (Simon) Champion married Marcus Champion ‘06 in 2009 and lives in Compton, California. She is now a Program Coordinator for California Black Women's Health Project and a consultant for South Bay Cities Council of Governments. She previously worked for the City of Compton, uplifting the community and facilitating economic development. She worked on several projects including showcasing Compton's developments over the course of 2009 through Southern California Neighborhood Partners and Town Hall Meetings (www.newsweek.com/id/190871?GT1=43002). She also worked on a Community Participation Plan which focused on using community participation and feedback as a scorecard for Performance Measurement of political initiatives and directives by Compton's City Council. In addition to bringing a Farmer's Market to Compton, Natalie worked on a Marketing Plan for Compton's Enterprise Zone, in which Compton was one of 18 other municipalities who won the prestigious designation allowing for the economic development of Compton. (Summer 2016)
Lydia Avila is the Senior Organizing Coordinator at California Calls (www.cacalls.org/who-we-are/mission-statement/) where she works supporting Anchor organizations in the Central Valley and Central Coast with all aspects of their civic engagement programs. Lydia also assists with staff management and Anchor training and capacity building. Previously, she was the director of community organizing for Inner City Struggle and a community organizer with the East LA Community Corporation that advocates for economic and social justice in Boyle Heights and Unincorporated East Los Angeles. (Summer 2016)
Shaina Campbell is the Director of Student Life & Leadership at Rio Hondo College. Since 2013, she has been the Director of Veterans' Resource Center at Los Angeles City College while also holding the postion of Adjunct Instructor. She was the Domestic Violence Program Coordinator with Peace Over Violence (formerly known as L.A. Commission on Assaults Against Women), a non-profit, feminist, multicultural, volunteer organization dedicated to a building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. Prior to her position with the non-profit, Shaina served as their emergency services coordinator during which period she was responsible for their 24-hour emergency services and response to hospitals and police stations for victim support. (Summer 2016)
Grant Canary was awarded an ICETEX Full International Scholarship to attend Universidad de La Sabana for graduate school. He received his M.S. in Engineering with a concentration in Design and Management of Processes in 2009. During this time he successfully launched two businesses: an extended stay hostel in Bogota called La Casa Terraza and an innovative animal feed company that uses organic waste to create protein for feed using fly larvae. The latter, called BioSystems Design has the potential to rescue the U.S. aquaculture and catfish market by providing cheap protein. He is now the CEO of DroneSeed (www.droneseed.co/), which offers full lifecycle services for forestry management by using an efficient, cost-competitive fleet of drones to reduce reliance on manual labor. (Summer 2016)
Molly Franson received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Her interest in the field of Landscape Architecture evolved from her agricultural experiences in Los Angeles and Latin America. Previously, she was a program associate with Amigos de los Rios in the City of El Monte. She did research and policy writing on the Open Space Element of the General Plan. Molly also worked with Community Services Unlimited in South Central with Neelam Sharma. The organization focuses on food security and obesity prevention. She ran programs with youth and seniors at the Exposition Park Intergenerational Community Center Mini-Urban Farm. She received the Strauss Scholarship in 2003-04. Molly is now a Designer in the San Francisco Area where she worked for Arterra and as a freelance consultant. (Summer 2016)
Huong Q. Hoang received an MBA at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in 2015. Before starting business school, she spent the summer in the Bay Area working for a tech company. She is now an Organizational Designer & Talent Strategist for Visa, Inc. She has worked for Cisco and Liberty Mutual Insurance. (Summer 2016)
Juliean (Alexis) Jiles received her Master’s in Liberal Studies from Occidental College in 2006. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is working for Team Legacy, Inc. and KIPP LA Schools.
Caitlin Lynch is the Office Manager for The Dodo, a digital brand for everyone who loves animals and cares about their wellbeing. She was on the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon Policy Center as their Event Planning Intern. She also worked for the city’s Bureau of Environmental Services as a Community Service Aid II and assisted with community outreach for the neighborhood tree planting program. In 2010, she served as a Human Rights Accompanier for the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA). She hopes to continue her travels in Spain, Papua Nui Guinea and New Zealand. (Summer 2016)
With the aid of a generous fellowship in 2013, Alessandro Morosin has begun the sociology Ph.D. program at UC Riverside, where he will specialize in political economy and global social change. He recently wrapped up his teaching job at Fusion Academy Pasadena and co-presented a paper on Latin America at the conference of the California Sociological Association in November. He received his Masters of Arts in Global and International Studies from UC Santa Barbara. While at UCSB he has been involved in the group SB Anti War (see "Karl Rove Chased Out of UCSB" on YouTube) and played guitar in a local Latin Rock band called Xue (pronounced schway). Alessandro conducted research for his Master’s thesis on the impact of federal health and social development programs in the Sierra Gorda region of Mexico during the summer of 2010. He participated in the World Social Forum in Tunisia and is releasing a new album with his L.A. Latin Alternative band, Alarma. (Winter 2014)
Clayton Perry graduated from John F. Kennedy University SOL in Orinda CA and was admitted to The State Bar of California in April 2010. He worked as an Associate Attorney for Kampf, Schiavone and Associates, APC in San Bernardino and represented injured workers in Workers' Compensation proceedings. He has started his own law firm, The Clayton Perry Law Office for Injured Workers, APC, located on 2000 Marengo St. Ste. F in Los Angeles, CA (www.KnowYourRightsAtWork.com). He is now a Member of the Board of Directors for California Applicants' Attorneys Association. (Summer 2016)
Eli Reisman is currently the Director of Partnerships for SASB – Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, a non-profit organization engaged in the development and dissemination of industry-specific sustainability accounting standards. Previously, he worked with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a Manager of the Community Membership Relations department. The USGBC is the author of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system. Eli is also pursuing his MBA from the George Washington University School of Business. (Summer 2016)
Ellen Roggemann is working as a Project Manager & Compliance Specialist at McEvoy of Marin, LLC. based in Petaluma, CA. The ranch has 3.5 acres of flowers, fruit and vegetables. Her work ranges from recipe development to assisting growers with applications for organic certification. In addition, Ellen works as a local foods cook, Consultant and Event Coordinator for the Radical Radish. Before her move to Petaluma, she helped run Alemany Farm, a 5.5 acre volunteer-based urban farm in San Francisco, co-founded the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance. Prior to this Ellen worked for 1 1/2 years in Thailand for a community-based study abroad program on development issues and social movements. As a program facilitator for the CIEE Thailand program, she mentored and challenged students, helping them learn from and work in solidarity with local Thai NGOs and village movements. Her work since college has also included organizing speaking tours for Thai farmers, writing articles about the political situation in Thailand, and organizing the promotion of fair trade Jasmine rice. Since college she has authored a number of publications and is finally started writing a story inspired by her relationship with her husband, Guadalupe Arambula Aguirre, and their struggle with the immigration process. (Summer 2016)
Molly Russell has completed her third year of Ayurvedic training (traditional East Indian medicine) at Vedika Gurukula and is now a Ayurveda Health Practitioner. She still owns and operates 100% Organized, a Bay Area Business which provides a sustainable hauling service for her customers' purged items and also networks with community organizations, recycling and repurposing items. She previously worked as a job developer at Employment & Community Options, an agency based in Oakland which helps adults with disabilities find and obtain meaningful employment, after which she volunteered at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in downtown Oakland. The IRC supports refugee resettlement for people coming from Iraq, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Somalia. (Summer 2016)
Brandon Smith is currently with Child & Family Guidance Center where he works as a Business Development and Communications Manager. The Center serves vulnerable and at-risk children, as well as their families, and provides a continuum of quality mental healthcare, supportive social services and links to needed resources. Previously, he worked as a Resident Services Resource Developer with LINC Housing Corporation. His duties included program development, funding development, and program implementation and management of a $300k+ budget to operate the many programs and opportunities LINC offers their residents of affordable housing. (Summer 2016)
Erin (VanDenburgh) Mahn received her MS in Student Affairs in High Education from Colorado State University in 2011. Erin is now the Assistant Director of the Student Involvement & Leadership Center and a Campus Programs Coordinator for Boise State University. (Summer 2016)
Anna Berzins studied Planning, Growth and Regeneration at the University of Cambridge. In summer 2009, Anna participated in a study abroad program in China for 5 weeks through Cal Poly Pomona. Previously, she was a director of International Travel Programs with The Brighton Foundation. Back in 2004, she and Colleen Callahan '04 traveled to Portland, OR and worked for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) on the voter registration campaign. Anna received a Mellon Environmental Research Grant in 2002-2003.
In 2010 Colleen Callahan completed her MA in Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently works for the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation as their Deputy Director and as an Instructor for the Leaders in Sustainability graduate core course. Colleen is also the Co-founder and a Board Member of the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative. She previously worked as the Manager of Air Quality Policy for the American Lung Association, the leading public health organization fighting air pollution and global warming. Colleen advocated for policies that would reduce toxic emissions from transportation, energy and industrial sectors. As such, she was a member of Green LA’s Port Work Group, which UEP faculty, Martha Matsuoka, coordinates. She previously worked at the American Lung Association as a health educator doing outreach, research and volunteer recruitment related to environmental health issues. In Fall 2008, Colleen took a break from environmental health policy work to travel and volunteer in South Africa. (Summer 2016)
Natalie (Deutsch) Brisbin spent two years as a corporate media relations specialist for DMJM Harris, a global architecture and engineering firm headquartered in Los Angeles. Natalie received the member of the year award from WTS Los Angeles chapter which focuses on promoting women in the engineering industry. She placed articles featuring various public works projects including infrastructure construction in California and education facility construction in Florida. She is now living in San Francisco, where she worked on the trade floor of Barclays Global Investors, America's largest money manager which provides structured investment strategies such as indexing, risk-controlled active products, and exchange traded funds to investors worldwide. Most recently, she worked as an UAT Manager for an Apple Online Store. Natalie's philanthropy commitments include serving as Vice President of the Junior Committee of California Pacific Medical Center as well as membership to the Junior League of San Francisco. (Summer 2016)
Chris Green received his Masters in Urban & Regional Planning at Eastern Washington University. He worked as a City Planner for the City of Spokane from 2008-2010 before becoming an Operations & Policy Analyst for the Oregon Department of Energy. He is currently an Associate Planner at City of Salem. (Summer 2016)
Justine Lewis received her MBA in Marketing from the Mills College Graduate School of Business in 2012. In July she became the Marketing Coordinator for the 3D Group in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is now a Consultant for 3D. She is now the Director of Marketing and Communications at Marin Horizon School and also serves as a member on the Board of Maybeck High School. Prior to starting graduate school, Justine worked for six years as an education administrator at Redwoods Day School, an independent school in Oakland, CA. Just before returning to her studies, she embarked on a trip around the world for seven months, traveling extensively in India and Europe, and completing a 450 mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. She is a mother of a 2 year old and lives with her husband in El Cerrito. She also runs a small literary arts non-profit with her husband called Lip Service West, serves on the board of the Girls Leadership Institute from 2012-2013. (Summer 2016)
Becky (Lewis) Thiess was awarded her Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University in 2008. Before attending grad school she worked as a budget policy analyst at OMB Watch, a non-profit organization that evaluated the federal government on behalf of low-income Americans. While in graduate school she interned for HUD focusing on the MTW Program. Upon completing school Rebecca worked for New America Foundation as a Policy Analyst on the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. She has served as a Policy Analyst for the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. She is now the Senior Associate at The Pew Charitable Trusts. (Summer 2016)
Evelin Montes is the deputy director of Training at Liberty Hill (www.libertyhill.org/evelin-montes). Her main responsibility is running the Wally Marks Leadership Institute, in addition to providing capacity-building training to a couple of Inland Empire groups as part of an initiative in conjunction with The California Endowment. She had served as the interim executive director of Collective SPACE (Social Power through Action & Community Education) located in the MacArthur Park/Westlake community. As director, she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of community-driven direct action campaigns to improve the quality of life of area residents. In 2005, Evelin was awarded the Los Angeles Public Allies Change-Maker Award for her organizing work with MacArthur Park residents. Evelin sits on the board of the Eviction Defense Network and has served this past year as a commissioner on the 912 Neighborhood Council Review Commission through an appointment by First District Councilmember Ed P. Reyes. She received a Strauss Scholarship in 2002-03. On her spare time, Evelin enjoys long walks with her beagle (Charlie). (Summer 2016)
Maria-Isabella (Izzy) Yani (Prack) is currently on her 8th year of working as an account manager for Cisco Systems for the cities, counties, school districts, and universities in Arizona, where she primarily serves as a Partner Account Manager. She specializes in communications for schools and public safety. She participates in Toastmaster's International as a Competent Leader and is a member of the Arizona Road Runners. She previously was a special projects coordinator for the California Association of Realtors in Los Angeles and the assistant director of SCORE! Educational Center in San Pedro. She is a working mom with daughter Sara Noelle (born Nov.13, 2009) and son Thomas Xavier (born April 3, 2013). In June 2010, Izzy, husband Terry and Sara went to Europe to meet her great grandmother and experience Austrian culture and the family of four now resides in Phoenix, AZ. In 2015, she co-authored the book Maternity Leave Survival Guide, Birds of a Feather at 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. (Summer 2016)
Carla Saporta received her Masters in Public Health through the Oregon Masters in Public Health Program at Oregon Health Sciences University and Portland State University. While in school, she worked part-time as a policy advisor for an Oregon state senator, Laurie Monnes Anderson, who chairs the healthcare policy committee. Carla relocated to the Bay Area in 2009 to work on her practicum at the Greenlining Institute, where she looked at ways to implement state level policy similar to the Community Reinvestment Act, with a focus on biotech firms and the insurance industry. She previously worked for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee where she ran a campaign with the Kaiser facilities in Hawaii. In 2007, Carla completed a Spanish Immersion course in Cusco, Peru and traveled all over Peru and Ecuador for about five months. She is now a Health and Human Services Legislative Consultant for the California State Senate in the Office of Senator Jim Beall. (Summer 2016)
Guadalupe (Lupe) Solis is working at Small Schools Alliance of Green Dot, assisting with their outreach and community organizing efforts. She previously worked for Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH).
Abby Wheatley lives in Berkeley and attended graduate school at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, where she pursued a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation with an emphasis in Gender, Ecology, and Society. She spent the summer of 2009 in Panajachel, Guatemala volunteering with Maya Traditions, a fair trade organization that works with weavers around Lake Atitlan, Guatemala providing social programs in health and education. Other latest travels include Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Croatia, as well as a month in Italy staying with family, where she reunited with the Italian language. She completed her coursework for a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology and will be advancing to candidacy.
Callie White is currently attending CalStateTEACH earning a multiple subjects teaching credential, where she enjoys facilitating students’ learning experiences. In the past, Callie worked as a legal researcher with Hadsell & Stormer, Inc. in Pasadena, working on human rights and employment issues.
Michelle Ashley completed her RN program at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007 and went on to complete a joint degree program and received her MS in Nursing as well as a MPH in 2010. While in school Michelle worked as a nurse case manager for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. She was awarded a Schweitzer Fellowship for 2009-2010 and volunteered at a free clinic for the uninsured providing cancer education. Michelle is now an Oncology Nurse Navigator at LibertyHealth Jersey City Medical Center and is a Certified Navigator-Breast Nurse and Tobacco Treatment Specialist. (Summer 2016)
Regina Clemente is currently the Director of Campaigns at Brave New Films (bravenewfilms.org). She has held several public health and social justice positions working as a Program Coordinator for the Community Health Initiatives at St. John’s Well Child & Family Center; a Field Director for the non-profit, Freedom to Marry; a Client Manager for Blue State Digital in Los Angeles; a Project Director of Vote for Equality, the organizing arm of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center; a Public Affairs Manager for Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County; a Field Manager for the No on 85 Campaign for Teen Safety; and a Community Organizer for ACORN. Additionally, she spent time in South Dakota working to defeat their state abortion ban and in Ohio to elect several new pro-choice legislators. Phone: 818-239-2070 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Summer 2016)
Deanna Furman is now the Vice President, Regional Government Affairs at Magellan Health Inc. in Sacramento. Previously, her position as a Legislative and Community Advocate for the California Nurses Association allowed her to frequently testify before the California Legislature and lobbyon behalf of legislation that is important to the members of CNA - including single payer healthcare and workers' rights. She also works extensively liaising between elected officials and CNA in the Legislature and local governments and ensuring elected officials and our members are on message for press event, strikes, and other CNA events. Deanna previously worked as a Legislative Consultant with State Senator Alex Padilla after completing a year-long Fellowship with State Senator Richard Alarcon. She covered a variety of topics for Senator Padilla including, women's issues, budget human services, housing and transportation. (Summer 2016)
Bethany Graham works as a Director Institutional Sales for INTL FCStone Financial Inc. Prior to her current position, she was an Accounts Executive before becoming a Client Relations Manager for Rosenthal Collins Group. She purchased her first home in 2008 and received her MBA from Elmhurst College in 2006. Starting in January 2015, she has been a STAC Board Member for the Security Traders Association of Chicago (STAC) and a Chairwoman of the STAC Women's Collective. (Summer 2016)
Mia Gutfreund received her Master’s in Social Work from Smith College in Northampton, MA in 2009. She currently works as a Clinical Case Manager for the Richmond Area Multi-Services Clinic in the Bay Area. In addition to connecting youth and their families to local services, she provides adjunct psychotherapy to youth ages 12-18. Since 2004 she has also practiced massage therapy for non-profits, clinic-based setting and private practices. Previously, Mia worked as a research associate on the UCSF HPV Natural History Study and a program associate and special projects coordinator at The University of California, Maternal and Child Health Program, School of Public Health in Berkeley.
Sarah Lapin received her Master’s from University of Southern California Social Work program in May 2008 and currently lives in Seattle, Washington. She previously worked with the San Mateo County Library system as their Community Outreach Program Specialist, responsible for program development and coordination for the adult and family literacy education programs. Before that, she worked with Peace Games, an agency that empowers students to create their own safe classrooms and communities by forming partnerships with elementary schools, families and young adult volunteers, and also at St. Anne's transitional housing facility for recently emancipated youth from the foster care system in Los Angeles. She’s worked in the Family Literacy Program, which is designed to educate and support pregnant and parenting teen moms. Sarah received a David L. Boren Scholarship in 2000-01.
After graduation, Ingrid Melendez and Michelle Ashley '03 finished their documentary on SweatX – the non-sweatshop company in LA – and distributed it to anti-sweatshop organizations around the country.
Kim Pham lives in Florida and owns a tea lounge called Kaleisia Tea Lounge in Tampa with her cousin Lan Ha in 2005. The pair is currently looking to expand their business to North Carolina. Kim was featured on WEDU-TV’s “Small Business Academy” and offers tips to those who want to start a business, especially on a small budget (WEDU is the PBS station for west central Florida). (Summer 2016)
Hetty Wong received her JD from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada- William Boyd S. School of Law in May of 2008. She has earned two CALI Awards during her time at Boyd and an invitation onto their school's moot court program, Society of Advocates, and represented the school in the 2007 National Moot Court Competition in fall 2008. She previously was at a law firm, McCormick, Barstow, Wayte, Sheppard & Carruth, LLP, as a summer associate. Since July 2008, she has been a Deputy District Attorney in Clark County District Attorney's Office. (Summer 2016)
Flaherty (Wright) Ward is a Senior Development Manager at Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara which is an agency that assists about 17,000 households through the federal rental housing assistance. From 2008-2014, she was a Senior Project Manager at Charities Housing Development Corporation in San Jose, which provides affordable housing to very low-income individuals and families. She previously worked as a Project Coordinator for EHC LifeBuilders as well as a project manager at Shelter Partnership, Inc. Shelter Partnership is a non-profit group in Los Angeles that helps expand resources and provides technical assistance to non-profits, for profits, and local, state and federal government agencies providing services and housing/shelter to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. (Summer 2016)
Vanessa Bopp attended graduate school at American University's School of Public Affairs, to pursue an MS degree in Justice, Law, and Society.
Nicole Drake has been reappointed to Berkeley's Housing Advisory Commission. Previoiusly she was elected to the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board from 2008-2012, a Berkeley City Councilmember, and vice Mayor Linda Maio’s Legislative Aid. She also acted as the community liaison to Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson. Before re-locating to the Bay Area, Nicole worked for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) for two years post graduation on a living wage impact study, "Examining the Evidence: The Impact of the Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance on Workers and Businesses". (Spring 2015)
Maggie Fleming moved to the rural town of Sebastopol to fulfill her dreams of country living and pig ownership. She currently owns chickens and goats, but no pig. From 2013-2015, she was a co-director of Transition U.S., a national nonprofit that supports communties in building resilience in the face of challenges. She enjoys her time outside as well as exploring new fermentation techniques. Previously, she was the Executive Director at EarthTeam in the East Bay community. She was responsible for overseeing the nonprofits’ annual fundraising goal as well as their media outreach and branding. She also worked with Obama for America as a community organizer and attended his Presidential Inauguration in 2008. Following graduation from Occidental in 2002, Maggie taught English for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program then worked with Earthjustice, an environmental law firm in Oakland, CA. She completed her MA in Ecopsychology in 2013. She is now a Program Planning & Evaluation Analyst for the Department of Health Services at County of Sonoma. (Summer 2016)
In 2011, Miriah (Mortimer) Van Duuren received a certificate of completion of a mini MBA from the University of Saint Thomas School of Business in Minnesota. She worked as an Academic Advisor at Capella University and held the position of Customer Care Professional with Medica Health Plans. She is the owner and creative director at ME on Life Designs and currently lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Summer 2016)
After completing her first year of law school at Whittier Law School in 2004, Emma Garcia received a public interest law grant to work for Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, a non-profit law firm. She has worked as a Senior Housing Investigator I at the Housing & Community Investment Department (HCIDLA). Previously, she worked for the Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley. Emma was admitted to The State Bar of California in December of 2005 and practices law for Los Angeles County District 2. (Summer 2016)
Samantha Hults received her JD from the University of New Mexico in 2005. While in law school, she was awarded a summer fellowship to work at the National Labor Relations Board office in LA. For two years she has worked as the corporate compliance officer for Presbyterian Medical Services, a non-profit health care provider in New Mexico that serves low-income patients, including those without health insurance. Following law school she worked as an Associate Attorney for the firm Jackson Lewis, LLP. Samantha married in September 2007 to a fellow New Mexico attorney, Danny Jarrett, and is the proud stepmother of two wonderful children. As of October 2014, she has worked for the City of Albuquerque as a Managing Assistant City Attorney. (Summer 2016)
Lanea Hunt-Valencia is currently working at ADP, a payroll processing company. This position allows her the knowledge to volunteer for Start-Up, a local non-profit, to teach emerging business owners how to prepare for hiring their first employee. She previously was the director at SCORE! Educational Centers. Lanea completed her world tour in 2002, completed an Olympic triathlon, and has become proficient at sailing in the San Francisco Bay!
After working for several years with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) as a project coordinator, Christina Ortega-Libatique is now an Analyst for the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department. Prior to this position she also served as the Director of Community Outreach for the Office of Mayor Villaraigosa. In September 2008, she culminated from the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. Christina was also selected to participate in the Global Cooperation society Los Angeles Club Multi-Cultural Leadership Korea Visitation Program and traveled to Korea in October 2008 for two weeks. (Summer 2016)
Lisa Pringle received her Masters of Public Policy from USC in 2004. After graduating from USC she worked for Congresswoman Hilda Solis in the San Gabriel Valley as a field representative and then as an associate for Victor Griego at Diverse Strategies for Organizing. Lisa worked at Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), a non-profit organization aimed at empowering Latinas, from 2005-2009 as a Program and Policy Manager. She has also been volunteering with the American Cancer Society after her mother passed away from cancer in 2006. She is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at both Pasadena City College and Mt. San Antonio College.
After Oxy, Artineh Samkian turned down an offer to go to Boalt Law School to study Environmental Law and was a teacher for a year instead. She received a Master's in Education with a specialization in Social Research Methodology. She continued on with the PhD in the same program. To complete the dissertation, Artineh received the Dissertation Year Fellowship from UCLA. She also applied and received a fellowship (started September 2006) at LAUSD as an Urban Education Research Fellow and upon graduation will become a full-time member of the Research and Evaluation branch as an Educational Research Analyst. Since July 2013, she holds the position of Assistant Professor of Clinical Education for USC Rossier School of Education and lives in Los Angeles with her husband (high school sweetheart) and two sons. (Summer 2016)
Since 2008 Kelly Talbot has worked as an Assistant Director of Policy with Voice for Illinois Children. Prior to this she served on the Illinois Board of Education as an Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs and Media Relations. Kelly previously worked for State Rep. Kathy Ryg and at Jan Schakowsky’s office and the Center for Neighborhood Technology in 2002. She received her MS in Health Communication from Northwestern University in 2016. (Summer 2016)
Jean Won moved to Chicago in 2004, where she studied law at Northwestern Law School. She received her JD in 2006 and as a Litigation Associate and Associate at two separate firms. Jean returned to California and now holds the position of Staff Counsel for the State Compensation Insurance Fund in in Glendale. (Summer 2016)
Fernando Cazares is currently working as a Research Consultant for the Equal Rights Center in Washington D.C. Prior to this, he was on the Natural Resources Defense Council during 2013 for Voces Verdes, a non-partisan network of Latino business, public health, academic, community leaders and organizational partners who advocate for sound environmental policy to combat climate change and support clean, renewable energy. He also worked as a staffperson for Cong. Mike Honda and was a field coordinator for the Obama campaign in Nevada in 2012. He previously had a management fellowship in which he worked for the city, focusing on issues of housing, homelessness, and redevelopment. Fernando also runs the City of San José community gardens program. They have 18 operating gardens encompassing nearly 30 acres and 950 gardeners. One of the areas Fernando is most interested in is the linkage of the program with efforts to provide healthy local organic produce and fruits to schools and food organizations (second harvest). He received his Master’s from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs. While in graduate school, he was awarded a fellowship from the National Congress for Community Economic Development to participate in a summer leadership program. Prior to attending grad school, Fernando participated in the Coro Fellows program in Los Angeles, Strauss Fellowship, and PPIA Fellowship program, and managed a grassroots campaign to pass a school bond issue in Santa Clarita. (Summer 2016)
Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu was appointed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee in San Francisco on February 27, 2013. She has served on the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco from 2007-2012 and was the chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and a member of the County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), Health Service Systems Board, and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) among other committees. Prior to joining the Board of Supervisors, Chu worked to improve the lives of San Francisco residents through her tenure at the Mayor’s Office of public Policy and Finance. In May 2003, she received her Masters of Public Policy from UC Berkeley. Previously, she worked in the Mayor of San Francisco's Office of Public Policy and Finance as a Budget Analyst, worked for Public Financial Management group, and was a legislative analyst intern for Office of the Legislative Analyst-San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the account coordinator/strategic planning assistant for IW Group, Inc. Carmen participated in the Sagner Fellowship (20th Century Fund), IIMCR Program (Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution), and PPIA (Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow through AED).
Martha Contreras received her JD from UCLA Law School in May 2003 and is an Associate for the law firm Lower & Kesner, LLP, which specializes in workers' compensation defense litigation. She previously worked as a Senior Associate at Fellman & Associates. Martha was a recruitment co-chair for La Raza Law Students Association and organized a symposium on affirmative action through the Chicano-Latino review. She has also volunteered at a VAWA clinic by helping immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence obtain legal status in the U.S. while mentoring minority students who are interested in going to Law School.
Marta Chaffee received her MA in Public Policy with a concentration in economic and quantitative analysis from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Policy in 2000. After spending four years in Chicago as a transfer pricing associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Chicago, she moved to Washington DC to work for the U.S. Accountability Office. Marta has worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the past several years as the Branch Chief and Assistant Director. Since 2015, she has been the Advisor for the Federal Reserve Board. (Summer 2016)
Andrea (Garcia) Olebe was awarded the California Executive Fellowship in 1997-98. She attended Claremont Graduate University and received her master’s in 2007. During this time Andrea worked at the Walt Disney Elementary School in Burbank. Andrea married Leo Olebe ‘97 on the Occidental campus and they have two sons. Since 2014, she has been a 4th Grade Teacher at Pleasanton Unified School District. (Summer 2016)
After graduation Shannon Hadeed was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She then went on to earn her JD from the College of William and Mary Law School (VA) in 2004. At the College of William and Mary, she was the editor-in-chief for the law school newspaper, received the Rex Smith award for excellence in journalism and the Dean's certificate for outstanding contribution to the law school community. She is now an Assistant DA for Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Orange, Virginia. (Summer 2016)
Eddie Jauregui received a Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholarship and received his JD with honors from Columbia Law School in 2007. After, he served as a law clerk to a federal district court judge in Philadelphia. In the fall of 2008, Eddie joined the New York office of Latham & Watkins. In addition to his commercial work, Eddie was active in the firm’s pro bono program and achieved a victory on behalf of a detained immigrant in Honduras. Previously, he was the special assistant to the President/Policy Analyst for The Community Preservation Corporation in New York and served as a volunteer for the Hillary Rodham Clinton for U.S. Senate campaign in 2002. He received his Masters in Public Policy in Housing Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 2000 and participated in PPIA (Public Policy and International Affairs fellow) in 1996-97. Eddie and Jason Reade '01 affirmed their partnership on March 17, 2007 on the Occidental campus. Eddie and Jason both completed law school. Since 2014, he has been an Assistant United States Attorney at United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles. (Summer 2016)
After a decade of living in San Francisco and working as Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson's deputy chief of staff and senior health & legislative analyst, Lara (Bice) Sim and her husband Andy Sim '96 moved to Seattle, WA in 2006. Since graduation, Lara has worked with the California Legislature to pass the California's Safe Needle Disposal Act, helped to pioneer a free bus ride to school program for students who qualify for free or reduced school lunch programs in the community and worked on passing ballot measures that raise money to support and expand endangered health programs. After 8 years of operating her own private consultancy practice, Lara left the private sector and joined the staff of the non-profit Statewide Poverty Action Network in Washington where she was the Senior Campaign Director. Lara is now a Manager at Community Benefit, a program that improves the access of healthcare while enhancing the health of patients at the Seattle Children's Hospital. (Summer 2016)
Patrick Eng is still in New York City (2007) and probably gets the award for running into the most Oxy alums every year. He is currently the Head of Special Situations & Sr. Portfolio Manager for CITIC, a financial services company that is a window on China's opening to the outside world. Previously he ran a hedge fund under Pequot Capital Management, Inc for several years. Prior to this he worked for a private investment firm, Amaranth Advisors in New York in 2003 and was awarded a PPIA Fellowship in 1995-96. (Summer 2016)
Minh (Marcus) Lam defended his dissertation in August 2011 after attending UCLA for 10 years and received both his MPP Degree and a PhD in Social Welfare. Following the completion of these programs he moved to New York and has taught at Columbia University in the School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor and member of the Social Enterprise Administration. He is now an Assistant Professor at University of San Diego, School of Leadership and Social Sciences. Lam’s research focuses on identifying strategies for the sustainability of health and human service nonprofit organizations. He has also held fellowship positions with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Los Angeles Program and EMES European Research Network on social enterprises and the social economy. (Summer 2016)
Maribel (Rios) Louie received her Master’s in Urban Planning from New York University in 2002. She is currently Director of Economic Development with the City of West Hollywood and works on contract management, business attraction and retention, technical assistance and marketing. Previously, she was a housing policy manager at Latinos United in Chicago and a lead organizer for Chicago in a nationwide effort to implement a Latino Division of the American Planning Association. She also worked with Research & Development at the International City/County Management Association in Washington D.C. She has been active as a volunteer facilitator for the Latino College Leadership Institute and the National Conference for Community and Justice. She also interned for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Program Manager of Racial Justice at YWCA of Greater Los Angeles and awarded a fellowship at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. (Summer 2016)
Judith (Sernas) Velasco is the Director at Verdugo Workforce Development Board (VWDB) for the City of Glendale. In 1999, she received two Master's degrees from Syracuse University in Public Administration (MPA) and Information Resource Management (MS). Judith continues to participate in the Public Policy and International Fellows Program at UC Berkeley where she was a fellow in 1996. In her spare time, she volunteers at a literacy organization called Reading to Kids. In 2004, she attended University of California, San Diego Adult School Credentialing Program. (Summer 2016)
Marybeth Vergara received her Masters in Public Policy & Urban Affairs from American University in May 2001. Upon completing graduate school she worked as a Program Manager with the Trust for Public Land- Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, a national nonprofit land-conservation organization. While there she assisted with several urban park projects throughout Los Angeles. Marybeth is currently the Project Manager for Rivers & Mountains Conservancy. She has two daughters Ariana and Izel.
Prior to joining Bridgford & Gleason in 2008, Michael Artinian was an associate with Specter & Willoughby LLP in Newport Beach for more than eight years, where he practiced in the areas of real estate, employment, business and general liability litigation. Michael received his JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1999. He started practicing law in San Francisco in 1999, and then moved down to San Diego, where he currently lives with his wife Katie, his son Kyler, and his daughter Madeline.
Jessica Buchanan has worked in California and Nevada as an union organizer for several labor unions, including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the American Federal of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union (HERE).
Leslie Heaney received her JD from Fordham University in 2001 and worked as an attorney/counselor at Bronstein, Van Veen & Bronstein, LLC. She married in 2000 and now is a practicing Attorney at Law in New York City, New York.
Stacy Heisey-Terrell is working at Unitrin Direct Insurance as a Human Resources Business Partner in Pennsylvania. She previously worked at the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue in Los Angeles. In 2005 Stacy received her Master’s in Organizational Development and Human Resources from Capella University. (Summer 2016)
Pak Kouch received her JD from Southwestern University School of Law in 1999. She is currently the Deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County and previously was the law clerk at the Law Offices of Lisa Kiriakidis (Family Law Practice). She lives in Covina and has two children, Matthew and Kathryn.
Karen Lee received her MPA from the University of Kansas in Public Administration. She is currently the Management Analyst of the Environmental Programs for the City of Rancho Cucamonga, CA. She was the budget analyst for the City of Olathe, Kansas before becoming the larger budget analyst for all of Fairfax County, VA. Karen previously worked for LA City Council member Mike Hernandez as a field deputy. After graduation from Oxy she participated in the Coro Fellows program in LA. In March of 2011 she completed the LA marathon, her first ever, and plans to run another soon. (Summer 2016)
Janet McIntyre served a four-year term as an Alumni Trustee on the Oxy's Board of Trustees and was thrilled to get further engaged with the College's future. She is a certified professional coach and consultant for the non-profit/public sectors. After 13 years in non-profit development/community relations, she earned her Executive MA of Leadership from USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, completed an intensive coaching certification program, and started her own nonprofit consulting/coaching practice, Janet McIntyre Consulting and Coaching, helping organizations and leaders increase their capacity. She is now a Vice President of Programs and Training at the Executive Service Corps of Southern California where she manages leadership of institutes including Wells Fargo New Executive Directors Institute (NEDI), Wells Fargo Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI), and Developing Development Program. (Summer 2016)
Jacinda Barnes resides in the Seattle area and is working as a Senior Counselor for the University of Washington. She received a certificate in Business Administration from the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business in 2008. Prior to her current position, Jacinda worked as an account manager for Sallie Mae NELA Services, working with schools in the Pacific Northwest as well as international schools with students from the United States.
Diane Barragan was a director of membership marketing at UCLA Alumni Association as well as a development associate at St. Anne’s She worked for a few nonprofits as well as a start-up company that went public. She enjoys running triathlons in her spare time and making a positive difference in her community. She currently works at San Diego State University.
Tom Boer received his degree from the George Washington University School of Law in 1998. Following law school he worked for several years as an attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. He then spent seven years as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in both D.C. and San Francisco. Tom has coauthored several articles with Professors Manuel Pastor and Jim Sadd in academic journals about the citing of hazardous facilities in low-income and minority areas, research that began as part of his senior comps project at Oxy. From 2008-2015, Tom worked as a Partner at Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp with a focus on environmental litigation. He is now a Partner at Hunton & Williams LLP. (Summer 2016)
Kate Rope loves living in New York City with husband David Allan in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. After LIFE magazine closed in 2007, she helped Time Inc. launch a new health website the following year. Kate was awarded a Luce Fellowship for travel to Asia and then spent another year traveling around the world, including China, Poland, France, England, Ireland, Spain, Morocco, Holland, and Czech Republic. Her adventures can be explored here (www.thedharmabums.com). She is now a freelance writer and self-employed. She also coauthored, The Complete Guide to Medications During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, in 2013. Currently, she is the Editorial Director at the Seleni Institute. (Summer 2016)
Anh K. Truong has opened a law practice in Century City, focusing on small business needs, both transactional and litigation, as well as individuals on a case-by-case basis. "I also intend to stay connected to public affairs through consulting, pro bono work, as well as my continuing post on the Los Angeles City Quality and Productivity Commission." He continues to serve as an Assistant Supervising Deputy City Attorney for L.A. Truong was a PPIA Fellow in 1994, Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in 1996, and received his JD from UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 2000. Previously, Truong was an associate attorney at Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan LLP, the research consultant & legal intern at the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission as well as the special assistant to James K. Hahn in the LA City Attorney’s Office. Some of Truong’s activities include being a Street Law Instructor in Berkeley, participated in the Alliance for Children’s Rights Adoption Day 2001 and Coro Network & Alumni Committee. Truong and wife Alena have moved to their new condo in Studio City.
Nicole P. Zola is living in Boston with her husband Michael Conlon. She is the Assistant Vice President of Wellington Management Company, LLP, an investment management company.
Toby Gabriner received his MBA and MS/MIS from Boston University, Graduate School of Management in 1999. He is currently the CEO of MAGNIFI.FM and was previously the CEO of Adap.tv. He is also a member Board of Directors for Attitude Digital and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, he was the senior consultant for ISL Consulting and chief operating officer of Freestyle Interactive and later was named president. Under his leadership, Toby grew media billings to over $25 million while improving profitability, which resulted in Freestyle being acquired by Carat Interactive in May 2003. (Summer 2016)
Elizabeth Macias currently works in the City of LA’s Economic Development department on marketing and outreaching for the “Getting LA Back to Work” campaign. Previously, she worked as the human relations commission policy advisor for Civic Engagement specifically for the geographical areas of Central, East and Northwest Los Angeles and Hollywood. Elizabeth served on the Board of Directors of the California Clean Money Campaign and worked for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.
David C. Scott received his JD from Whittier Law School in 2001. Following law school he worked as a Senior Attorney for Binder and Binder. He previously was a Director of Corporate Sales at Polo Ralph Lauren as well as a Sales executive at Tiffany & Co. David currently serves as the President and general counselor at Silverado Funding in Portland, OR. In his free time he enjoys cycling and being a yoga instructor.
Laura (Heywood) Smith received her MS in Justice, Law & Society from the American University in 1996.
Bryn Collins received a JD from California Western School of Law in 1997.
Maria Cristina Halstead received an MS in Environmental Education from the Audubon Expedition Institute/Lesley College in 1996. She completed her Master’s in Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona in 2011. She has served on the Board of Governors, the Zeta Tau Zeta Sorority Alumni Board, and the Council of Alumni Organizations.
Daniel Plotinsky received an MBA from Pepperdine University, School of Business Management, in 1998.
Adam Portnoy is the President and CEO of REIT Management & Research, a real estate company in the Boston area. Previously, Adam was a senior investment officer for International Finance Corp/ World Bank, the president & CEO of Surfree.com, Inc. and an associate/investment Banking for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He recently (2013) joined the Oxy Board of Trustees. "I am living and working in Boston, but have committed to making the trek to Los Angeles to attend two days of board meetings, four times per year. If other classmates want to talk about anything particular or want some kind of insight into Oxy from the board's perspective, they are welcome to contact me directly." Adam with wife Elika and their son Axel are living in Boston.
Zel Saccani is the founder and President of Saccani Legal and Business Translations (www.slbt.net) started in October 2000. He used his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law to run and operate his translation business in Miami for eleven years before transferring the company to Brownsville, Texas. Zel continues to prepare legal and commercial documentation for lawyers and banks in English, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, and French. Saccani Legal and Business Translations continues to flourish under the lead of Zel and his wife Korinna.
John Theodore attended the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and completed his MBA in Information Management in 2003. Since completing graduate school, John has worked at a number of companies which provied management and technology strategy consulting services to various industries. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at InsideHook in New York City. Prior to this, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Trigger Media Group, a company which deals with venture capital and private equity. Prior to this he worked for several years for the Annenberg Foundation as both a Technology Officer and a Technology and Media Advisor. John is married to Claire McConnico ’95 and they live with their two sons, Jack and Charlie, in New York. (Summer 2016)
Jason Parry received his MPP from the University of Southern California in 1997 and continues to serve on the City of Santa Monica Housing Planning Commission.
Joel Rosenblatt served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal from 1994 to 1996 and returned to work as a freelance writer in New York City, where he got a MS in Journalism at Columbia University in 2000. He now lives in San Francisco covering the legal beat as a reporter for Bloomberg News.
Cynthia Bernal Castelblanco previously worked at California Institute for the Arts and at Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund as the special events coordinator. She worked exclusively in the non-profit sector since graduation and volunteered at the Literacy through community organization in the late 90’s. Cynthia has currently postponed her attendance in Mt. St. Mary’s Accelerated Bachelor’s Nursing Program and has two daughters, Aida and Lucia.
Jeff Coons received his JD from Santa Clara University in 1995. He is currently a Senior Counsel with Gordon & Rees' Toxic Tort Group of Gordon & Rees LLP and belongs to the San Francisco Bar Association and the State Bar of California. He has worked as an attorney for Jackson & Wallace LLP. Jeff previously was a consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and a senior strategist for Proxicom.
Janet Jenkins lives in New York City and received her Masters in Urban Planning from New York University. Since February of 2015, she has been the Director of Finance & Administration, Capital Program Management and Recovery & Resiliency Program for MTA New York City Transit. Her position requires extensive coordination with other divisions and departments including Budget, Grants, Operations Planning, Scheduling, Estimating, Program Controls, Procurement, and Consultant Services. Previously, as a Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Capital Program Management department, she oversaw a multi-billion dollar design and construction program. She remains an active musician and volunteer for national and international building projects through her church, Christ Church United Methodist. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/
After graduating from Occidental College in 1991, Margaret "Meegan" Taylor started a career in land use consulting at a private firm in Los Angeles. In 1995 she launched out on her own, taking restaurant, residential and retail development projects through city hall. She focuses primarily on the planning approval process including community outreach and representation at public hearings. This exciting career has allowed her to experience Los Angeles as it has evolved over the past 23 years - helping the city thrive and recover during housing booms, dot-com booms, earthquakes, riots and recessions. Her Oxy undergraduate Public Policy degree, combined with a 2012 MBA from Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management, has allowed Margaret to achieve credibility with neighborhood groups and find workable solutions for her business clients that allow them to prosper long after the entitlement process is over. Along with good, satisfying work, she enjoys seeing how she has been a part of the changing landscape in her beloved city of Los Angeles. Current clients include Nordstrom, Whole Foods, Grand Central Market, and Century Theaters, as well as cherished restaurants landmarks and creative / cutting edge technology townhouse and small lot developments. Email: email@example.com | Website: www.apex-la.com | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/margarettaylor1 (updated Summer 2014)
Esther Aguilera is the President and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, DC. and was profiled in the June-July 2006 issue of Hispanic magazine, which named her a Latina Excellence Award winner. She previously worked as a policy analyst at the National Council of La Raza, as a senior policy advisor at the Department of Energy under Secretary Bill Richardson, and then for the public affairs firm Dewey Square Group. She also served as a lead strategic membership fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Lana Banbury received her JD from Washington University in St. Louis in 1994. She practiced law in Honolulu, Hawaii until 1997 when she relocated to Denver, Colorado and continued in private practice in Denver in the area of mergers and acquisitions. She is currently the owner of Thunderbird Capital, LLC. Lana and her husband, Bowen Banbury ('90, Political Science) founded a records management company called DocuVault in 1997. DocuVault is now 13 years old and thriving on the Rocky Mountain Front Range with its document storage, data security, shredding and scanning services. Lana is the General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources while her husband is the CEO. Currently, she is the owner of Thunderbird Capital. Lana and Bowen are raising two girls, Alexis and Koren, and have traveled to Italy, Croatia, Greece, and Turkey. Lana also serves as a Trustee on the Board of her girls' school, The Logan School for Creative Learning, and plays tennis whenever possible!
Kim McIntyre received her Masters in Public Policy/Education Reform from Cornell University. Since July of 2012, she has been a Strategist for Fritz Creative. (Summer 2016)
Ken Miyamoto received his MPA from Columbia University in 1992, JD from University of Virginia School of Law in 2000 and is a member of the New York bar. Ken is a senior associate with the international law firm of Allen & Overy in their Moscow, Russia office, specializing in international capital markets and finance transactions. He has advised issuers and arrangers on initial public offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S eurobonds and euro medium-term note programmes. Recently, Ken has acted for Sitronics in connection with its US$402 million IPO listed on the London Stock Exchange, Gazprombank in connection with the issuance of a US$1 billion LPN listed on the Irish Stock Exchange and TNK-BP in connection with the establishment of a US$5 billion Guaranteed Debt Issuance Program listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
Alice Salinas received her Master's in Urban Planning from UCLA and is currently working at the Department of Housing for the City of Los Angeles. Since 2011 she has served as a member of the Affordable Housing Commission. Alice previously was the director of housing and Public Policy at Esperanza Community Housing Corporation in Los Angeles and worked with United Farmers Service Center, a developer of affordable housing. She was awarded the Alumni Community Building Award in 2001 from the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College for her invaluable contributions to the community and commitment to the UEPI mission of developing a more livable, just and democratic region. She is currently the Managing Director of Real Estate Development for East LA Community Corportation (ELACC). (Summer 2016)
Matthew Seubert completed his Master’s of City Planning at UC Berkeley in 1996. Following graduate school he worked for several years as an Assistant Transportation Analyst for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. In 2000 Matthew relocated to CO where he worked as an Urban Planner for the City of Denver. He returned to the Bay Area in 2004 and worked as the Senior Planner and Zoning Hearing Officer for the Planning Department of San Mateo County. He is a Staff Analyst and Senior Planner for the City of Houston Planning and Development Department. (Summer 2016)
Commissioner Dalila Sotelo is a Senior Development Executive at Integral Group, a vertically integrated national real estate development and investment firm focused on the revitalization and enhancement of urban communities in major markets throughout the United States. From 1995-2007, she was a Senior Vice President for Mccormack Baron Salazar, a private developer of mixed-income housing in Los Angeles. She was elected president of the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council in February 2003. Since March 2012 Dalila has served as Principal of the Sotelo Real Estate Group. As of December 2013, she has also been appointed by Governor Brown Appointee to Board of Directors for the California Housing Finance Agency. (Summer 2016)
Kyra (Chatfield) Stewart received her MBA in Business and Economics from George Washington University in 1994 where she was awarded two graduate fellowships, one from the Department of Energy and the other from the Business Economics Fellowship. She is the Co-owner and Founder of A Masquerade Costume Rental--now a worker-owned cooperative--and volunteers at the Junior Achievement and National Science Bowl. Kyra previously was an account executive for Bonneville Power Administration as well as a policy analyst for the US Department of Energy. In June 2002, Kyra's 15-year federal career ended, and she moved her home-based costume rental business into a warehouse based in Bellevue, Washington. You can find out more information about her business here: http://www.masqueradecostumes.com.au/. (Summer 2016)
Karyen Chu was awarded the California Assembly Fellowship in 1989 before attending graduate school at UC Berkeley where she received a Masters in Public Policy. She proceeded to complete her PhD in Economics at UC Berkeley after which she worked for Mathematica Policy Research as a health policy researcher. Karyen is currently working as the Chief of the Consumer Research and Examination Analytics Section for the FDIC in Washington, DC. She is also a member of Alley Cat Allies, the first national advocacy organization dedicated to the humane treatment and protection of cats.
Garrett (Gary) Craig participated in the California Assembly Fellowship program before attending Stanford Law School. He received his JD in 1997 and has since worked for the law firm Sidley & Austin in Los Angeles. Garrett is of counsel to the firm’s Los Angeles office and practices in all areas of litigation. His primary focus is representing accounting firms and corporations connected with fraud litigation or breach of contract actions. Mr. Craig is a co-chair of the Los Angeles office’s Recruiting Committee. He was instrumental in establishing an educational partnership between the firm’s Los Angeles office and Dorsey High School’s Law Magnet Program. Through this partnership, Sidley has facilitated numerous programs designed to augment the Law Magnet’s curriculum with hands-on workshops and field trips that introduce the students to the wide variety of careers within the legal community. (Summer 2016)
In 1989 Jillian Hopewell participated in the Watson Fellowship program before beginning graduate school at the University of Texas. She received her Master’s in Public Affairs and a Master’s in Latin American Studies in 1994. She is currently is an Adjunct Faculty at California State University, Chico and a Director of Education and Professional Development for Migrat Clinicians Network (MCN), a nonprofit Family Health Center. Jillian lives in Chico, CA with her husband Geoff, a high school teacher, and their three kids, Nathaniel, Owen and Kate. (Summer 2016)
Ian McKinnon, a tennis standout, and his family were at Oxy a few years ago for the dedication of the recently renovated and newly named McKinnon Family Tennis Center. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994 and was a George F. Baker Scholar in Harvard University. He is involved in the Big Brother Big Sisters Program and is a member of Occidental College Board of Trustees. Mr. McKinnon was formerly a Managing Partner of Ziff Brothers Investments (“ZBI”). Based in New York City, ZBI was the primary investment vehicle of the Ziff family and related entities. Prior to joining ZBI, Mr. McKinnon was an investment banking analyst with Merrill Lynch & Co and was a consultant with Bain & Company. Outside of the office, Mr. McKinnon serves as a Trustee and the Chairman of the Investment Committee at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut. He also serves as a Trustee of the Albuquerque Academy in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was formerly a board member of REACH Prep, an organization that provides academic assistance to underprivileged middle school students. McKinnon has executed investments across various sectors and has guest lectured on investment topics at the business schools of Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Virginia. Ian and wife Sonnet live in Greenwich, Conn., with their two children, two dogs and two guinea pigs. (Summer 2016)
Adam Nixon recently wrote, directed and produced the short, animated documentary The Red Ball which deals with child abuse. In 2010 he served as the director and executive producer of two short documentaries, The New Burlesque and The Whole Child Left Behind. Previously, Adam worked as a senior producer of "Dakhil Washington," which aired on the U.S. Government-funded Alhurra Television Network, sister station to Voice of America. He produced a series of nine televised specials from Jerusalem and the West Bank where Palestinian and Israeli politicians as both one-on-one and in round table discussed the peace process. As a side job, Adam was consulting producer for Washington Post Live on Comcast Sports and has seen a baseball game in more than 30 different Major League Baseball parks. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1997 and his MA in Cinema Studies from New York University in 1999. He was invited to present plays at international festivals in Caux, Switzerland and Sibiu, Romania. Playscripts he has written include: “Aspirin for the Masses” (published in English and Romanian), “I Wonder as I Wander”, “Writing Roman”, “Vidor: Black & White” and “Quarter to Bourbon.” Adam was previously a senior producer of the PBS program "McLaughlin One on One," assignment editor/field producer for NBC Network News, Washington Bureau, an assignment editor for CNN, Washington, and a researcher for ABC News, New York. He was nominated for an Emmy as a producer with NBC Nightly News on 9/11/01. Adam and wife Helen have three kids, a son and twin daughters, and the family lives in Washington, DC. He is the Senior Producer for Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) and produces weekly Prime-Time public affairs program that airs on Saturday nights in the Middle Eaxt, marketed to 22 countries. Starting in 2011, he is also a Professional Track Lecturer at University of Maryland. In 2016, he received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Performance Studies from University of Maryland College Park. Adam is also the President of Hand Spun films, and you can view his digital productions here: http://www.tunasaladsuperpipeline.com/. (Summer 2016)
Annelisa Polk received her diploma in Domestic Public Policy in University of Stockholm, Sweden, in 1990 and her Master’s in Elementary Education from University of Nevada in 1993. She is currently a 5th grade teacher but has taught 1st – 5th grades throughout her teaching career at Clark County School District (22 years) and a Trustee for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. Annelisa is a Las Vegas native who has devoted the last 9 years to understanding childhood cancer and its effects on patients and their families. In August of 2006, Annelisa’s eldest child was diagnosed with ALL, an event that indeliably impacted Annelisa’s entire family. Annelisa actively volunteers in the community. She commits time and energy to Candlelighters by co-coaching the Runners for Candlelighters team, assisting at the Superhero 5K, and helping at the Candlelighters office in a variety of capacities. She has two girls, Clare and Miriam. Her husband, Windom, is an architect. (Summer 2016)
Theresa Han Savage received her JD from UCLA School of Law in 1993 and is currently a research attorney for the Court of Appeal and State of California and practices in District 4. She was awarded the California Senate Fellowship Program in 1989. From 2005-2006, she was President of the Riverside County Bar Association. (Summer 2016)
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