Announcing the 2016-2017 Classes 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 pleased to announce the emerging leaders who have been selected for its 69th class of Coro Fellows in Public Affairs. Chosen from a highly competitive pool of hundreds of top college graduates and early career professionals, the 60 members of the 2016-2017 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 participants each in five cities 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 includes two Coro alumni including Diane Feinstein (CA) and Michael Bennet (CO). Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, Tim Kaine, former Governor and US Senator from Virginia, is also an alum. For more information about the program, visit: http://www.corofellowship.org.

The following list, grouped by city, includes those selected for the 2016-2017 Coro Fellows Program and the universities from which they graduated:

Coro Southern California in Los Angeles

  • Bridget Bones, San Diego, CA – University of California, Berkeley
  • Haley E. Broder, Seal Beach, CA – University of California, Berkeley
  • Michael Ervin, Riverside, CA – University of California, Riverside
  • Maribel Garcia Ochoa, Los Angeles, CA – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Tori Kanhayuwa, Woodland Hills, CA – California State University, Long Beach
  • Maria T. Khan, Winnetka, CA – University of California, Irvine
  • Bobby Kobara, Pasadena, CA – University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Theodore G. Lee, Valencia, CA – University of Southern California
  • Hannah Levien, Davis, CA – Marist College
  • Adam Mohabbat, San Diego, CA – University of California, Berkeley
  • Tanya Ortiz, Los Angeles, CA – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Dana R. Vanderford, Chapel Hill, NC – University of Texas at Austin

For Information regarding the Coro Southern California Fellows Program contact Executive Director Sara Hernandez, sara(at)corola(dot)org.

Coro Pittsburgh

  • Sarah Amick, Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Mellon University
  • Darryl Edwards, East Orange, NJ – Morehouse College
  • Joanna Hernandez, Mexico City, MX – The College of William & Mary
  • Reena Naik, Birmingham, AL – University of Pittsburgh
  • Emily Neff, Pittsburgh, PA – Allegheny College; Teachers College Columbia University
  • Satvika Neti, Enola, PA – Carnegie Mellon University
  • Brian Rhindress, King of Prussia, PA – University of Pittsburgh
  • Lawrence J. Rockwell, Brownsville, PA – University of Pittsburgh
  • Sofia Sandoval, Houston, TX – University of Pittsburgh
  • Manjot Singh, Valencia, CA – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Laier Rayshon Smith, Pittsburgh, PA – Point Park University
  • Paul von Autenried, West Windsor, NJ – Princeton University

For Information regarding Coro Pittsburgh Fellows Program contact President and CEO Greg Crowley at gcrowley(at)coropittsburgh(dot)org.

Coro Northern California in San Francisco

  • Monica Ayers, Sacramento, CA -- Menlo College; Mills College
  • Hanna Beckman, Orange, CA -- University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Lindsey Burkart-Lima, Larkspur, CA -- Pitzer College
  • Caroline Hays, Annapolis, MD -- Claremont McKenna College
  • Nicholas (Brady) Hirsch, Oakland, CA -- Williams College
  • Andrew Jacobs, Flagstaff, AZ -- Stanford University
  • Nora Jendoubi, San Francisco, CA -- Stanford University
  • Claire Maniti, San Francisco, CA -- University of California, San Diego
  • Ji-Ho Park, Pittsburgh, PA -- Duke University
  • Anthony Rodriguez, San Francisco, CA -- University of California, Berkeley
  • Nicholas Sanchez, Stockton, CA -- University of California, Davis
  • Dalia Velasco, Los Angeles, CA -- Azusa Pacific University

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

Coro St. Louis

  • Andrew Barenz, Solon, IA – Saint Louis University
  • Sarah Cornett, Sacramento, CA – Whitman College
  • Evan Glantz, St. Louis, MO – University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Brinda Gupta, Naperville, IL – Saint Louis University
  • Kevin Hutchins, Rockledge, FL – Brown University
  • Senit Kidane, Houston, TX – Washington University in St. Louis
  • Olivia (Livi) Logan-Wood, Cincinnati, OH – Saint Louis University
  • Mackenzie Norton, Whitefish Bay, WI – The University of Iowa
  • Zack Panter, Miami, FL – Washington University in St. Louis
  • Jonathan Puricelli, Webster Groves, MO – University of Dayton
  • Jorge G. Rodriguez, Berkeley, CA – University of California, Riverside
  • Janae Staicer, Johnstown, PA – Duquesne University

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

Coro New York

  • Elliana Bisgaard-Church, Davis, CA – Swarthmore College
  • Amiel Fields-Meyer, Los Angeles, CA – Emory University
  • Samantha Hom, Syosset, NY – Colgate University
  • Jonathan Huang, Montville, NJ – Moody Bible Institute
  • Jose Javier Castro, Bronx, NY – John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Adeline Lee, West Windsor, NJ – Wellesley College
  • Bonnie Maldonado, Bronx, NY – Colby College
  • Tania Marinos, New York, NY – Dickinson College
  • Chrisel Martinez, Harlem, NY – University of Albany
  • Lindsey Mayer, Ogden, Utah – University of Portland
  • Martin Schmid, Buffalo, NY – Baruch College
  • Akina Younge, White Plains, NY – Yale University

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