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Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs Announces New Cohorts for Los Angeles, New York City, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and St. Louis


One of the oldest leadership development programs in the country has announced its 60 Fellows for the 2018-2019 year.

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK (PRWEB) August 07, 2018

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs uses the community as a classroom to train the next generation of change makers. Coro develops the skills, knowledge and networks to enable Fellows to forge connections and lead across the nonprofit, business and government sectors. Today's complex issues and diverse communities present evolving challenges and opportunities, creating a need for skilled, aware leaders.

Starting in Fall 2018, 60 competitively selected applicants will become part of cohorts of 12 participants in five U.S. cities. Ranging in age from 21 to 35, the new cohorts represent a spectrum of communities, interests, ideologies, and experiences.

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

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine-month program featuring multiple field placements in different sectors, immersive experiences in the community, development of personal and team skills, and connection to an extensive alumni and community network. For more information about the program, visit:

The following list, grouped by Coro center, includes those selected for the 2018-19 Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, their hometowns, and the universities from which they graduated:

Coro Southern California in Los Angeles

Kathryn Bolton – West Palm Beach, FL; University of Southern California
Taylor Brown – Merced, CA; University of California, Riverside
Kat Chevalier – Los Angeles, CA; The George Washington University
Jason D'Andrea – Los Angeles, CA; University of Connecticut
Brad Fingard – Wauconda, Illinois; University of California, Los Angeles
Sophie Freeman – Baltimore, MD; Yale University
Carmen Goséy – Racine, WI; University of Wisconsin, Madison
Clara Karger – Laguna Niguel, CA; Indiana University and University of Missouri, St. Louis
Benjamin LaZebnik – Los Angeles, CA; Columbia College, Columbia University
Susan Martinez – Los Angeles, CA; University of California, Los Angeles
Paris Patterson-Garner – Los Angeles, CA; University of La Verne
Jeshow Yang – Hsinchu, Taiwan; University of Florida

For Information regarding the Coro Southern California Fellows Program contact Executive Director Natalie Samarjian at natalie(at)

Coro Northern California in San Francisco

Halah Ahmad – Milwaukee, WI; Harvard University; Cambridge University
Jonah Bleckner – New York, NY; Vassar College
Siena Guerazzi – Sonoma, CA; University of California, Berkeley
Flor Lorenzo – San Bernardino, CA; California State University, San Bernardino
Eric Medrano – Oakland, CA; San Jose State University
Emily Rentschler – Alameda, CA; University of California, Berkeley
Edgar Sanchez Larios – Oakland, CA; Sonoma State University
Andrew Segraves – New Haven, CT; Pitzer College
Sarah Smyth – Alameda, CA; University of California, Los Angeles
Kristin Stallings – Los Angeles, CA; Humboldt State University; McGeorge School of Law, University
of the Pacific
Miranda Strominger – Lexington, MA; Stanford University
Arianna Sue – Sacramento, CA; Occidental College

For Information regarding Coro Northern California Fellows Program contact CEO Laney Whitcanack, lwhitcanack(at)

Coro St. Louis

Gabriela Bloom – Princeton, NJ; Washington University in St. Louis
Yoni Blumberg – Boston, MA; Carleton College
Brittany Jones – Richmond, CA; San Diego State University
Daniel Maloney – San Anselmo, CA; University of California, Santa Cruz
Nicholas Morgan – Brooklyn, NY; Oberlin College
Benjamin Neikrie – Hartford, CT; Tufts University
Edgar Payano – Arlington, VA; Sewanee: The University of the South
Sydney Saubestre – New York, NY; The New School-Eugene Lang College
Cassidy Schwartz – Munster, IN; Emory University
Anna Smith – La Crosse, WI; Colorado College
Barbara Taylor – Chicago, IL; Swarthmore College
Crystal Vega – Bellflower, CA; University of San Francisco

For Information regarding Coro St. Louis Fellows Program contact Michelle Miller, Director, Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, St. Louis, michellem(at)

Coro Pittsburgh

Nybria Acklin – Philadelphia, PA; Smith College
Celina Culver – Sacramento, CA; Princeton University
Maria Diaz-Gonzalez – Queens, NY; Stanford University
Capri Gaines – Baltimore, MD; University of Pittsburgh
Monique Newton – Sacramento, CA; Oberlin College
Nathan Ober – Hagerstown, MD; Villanova University
Daniel Pieratt – Knoxville, TN; Maryville College
Taina Quiles – Woodhaven, NY; Fordham University
Maya Saravanan – Pittsburgh, PA; University of Pittsburgh
Mariam Sayeed – Chicago, IL; Loyola University Chicago
Anna-Bella Sicilia – Ellicott City, MD; University of Maryland College Park
Ben Stern – Pittsburgh, PA; Johns Hopkins University

For Information regarding Coro Pittsburgh Fellows Program contact President and CEO Sabrina Saunders Mosby at ssmosby(at)

Coro New York

Amber Bolden - New York City, New York; University of Virginia
Devika Kapadia - Mumbai, India; Columbia University
Emma Dunlap - Seattle, Washington; Middlebury College
Eric Danowski - Queens, New York; Brandeis University
Jillian Free - Torrance, California; University of California, Berkeley
Jordan Greenberg - Austin, Texas; University of Texas at Austin
Mark Merino - Altadena, California; Bucknell University
Michael Lukauskas - New York City, New York; Washington University in St. Louis
Nicholas Stewart - New York City, New York; Yale University
Olivia Zayas Ryan - Glen Rock, New Jersey; Elon University
William Andreycak - Pleasantville, New York; University of Vermont
Zakiya Browne - Brooklyn, New York; University of Albany

For Information regarding Coro New York Fellows Program contact Executive Director, Scott Millstein, at smillstein(at)

Coro is a non-profit, non-partisan educational institute supported by alumni, other individuals, corporations, and foundations. Coro began in San Francisco in 1942 to train emerging leaders in the skills necessary to assure that our democratic system of government could more effectively meet the needs of its citizens. Since its founding, Coro has grown to include Coro programs in five cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles (1957), St. Louis (1972), New York (1980) and Pittsburgh (1999). More than 400 participants a year go through a variety of Coro programs nationwide. At least 10,000 program alumni are currently serving as leaders in local, regional and national/global businesses, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies and elected public office. The United States Senate alone includes three Coro alumni including Dianne Feinstein (CA), Tim Kaine (VA) and Michael Bennet (CO).

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