Announcing the New Class of Coro Fellows

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As one of the longest running and most prolific leadership development programs in the nation’s history, Coro is tremendously proud to announce the emerging leaders who have been selected for its 69th class of Coro Fellows in Public Affairs. Selected from among a highly competitive pool of hundreds of top college graduates, the 64 participants in the 2015-1016 class of Coro Fellows hail from across the country.

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Every group has its ultimate challenge, an experience that defines those who participate as the most talented in their field...and aspiring public servants have the Coro Fellows Program.

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

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

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

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

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

For Information regarding the Coro Southern California Fellows Program contact Executive Director Wes Farrow at wfarrow(at)coro.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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