The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs Announces 2017-2018 Cohorts for Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and New York City

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One of the oldest leadership development programs in the country has announced its 60 Fellows for the 2017-2018 year.

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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 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 2017, 60 competitively selected applicants will become part of cohorts of 12 participants in five U.S. cities. Ranging in age from 22 to 35, the new cohorts represent a spectrum of communities, interests, ideologies, and experiences.

The Princeton Review has 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 field placements in different sectors, immersive experiences in the community, and group process skills development. For more information about the program, visit:

The following list, grouped by Coro center, includes those selected for the 2017-2018 Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, their home towns, and the universities from which they graduated:

Coro Southern California in Los Angeles

Lillie Huang -- Chongqing, China; Emory University
Jacob Itzkowitz -- New York, NY; McGill University and Georgetown University Law Center
Robert Jackson -- Los Angeles, CA; University of California - Los Angeles
Chance Kawar -- San Diego, CA; Pitzer College
Jennifer Lesorogol -- St. Louis, MO; Pitzer College
Diana Raiselis -- Boston, MA; Northwestern University
Ezekiel Reed -- Topanga, CA; University of Virginia
Vaneshia Reed -- Los Angeles, CA; Harvard College
Pete Rodrigue -- Dallas, TX; Kenyon College
Chris Rudolph -- Appleton, WI; University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Scott Schuler -- Potomac, MD; New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Vivian Tejada -- Providence, RI; Bryant University

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

Coro Northern California in San Francisco

Nancy Au – Los Angeles, CA; University of California, Davis
Adam Barish – Keswick, VA; Brandeis University
Claire Chiara – Green Township, New Jersey; University of California, Berkeley
Oriya Cohen – Northridge, CA; University of California, Berkeley
Carlo David – Carson, CA; University of California, Berkeley
Yordanos Dejen – San Jose, CA; University of California, Berkeley
Lindsey Hogg – Potterville, MI; Yale University
Rebecca Hutman – Los Angeles, CA; Wesleyan University
Shaya Kara – San Antonio, TX; University of San Francisco
Terea Macomber – Chicago, IL; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Mills College
Keara O’Doherty – Berkeley, CA; University of California, Berkeley
Tim Ryan – Fresno, CA; California State University, Fresno

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

Coro St. Louis

Christopher Bell – Minneapolis, MN; Saint Louis University
Zoe Brouns – Bingelrade, The Netherlands; University of California Berkeley
Colin Dale – Minneapolis, MN; Creighton University; University of Missouri - St. Louis
Natasha Dupee – Washington, DC; George Washington University; University of Missouri - St. Louis
Steven Hemmann – St. Louis, MO; United States Military Academy at West Point; University of Hawaii
Minwoo (David) Kim – Bronx, NY; Biola University; Fuller Seminary
Will Krueger – San Diego, CA; Washington University in St. Louis
Paula Langley – Novi, MI; Marygrove College; Relay Graduate School of Education
Grace Mason – Roanoke, VA; University of Virginia
John Morales – Iowa City, IA; Stanford University
Kaori Nagase – New York City, NY; Brown University
Nora Wallace – New York City, NY; Smith College

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

Coro Pittsburgh

Tina Al-Khersan - Northville, MI; University of Michigan
Jasmine Costello - Amherst, MA; Temple University
Sanjana Dayananda - Southfield, MI; University of Pittsburgh
Zachary Grewe - Jasper, IN; University of Pittsburgh
Jad Hilal - Pittsburgh, PA; University of Pittsburgh
Hannah Locop    - West Palm Beach, FL; University of Florida
Kyle Miller - Collegeville, PA; Saint Louis University
Juliette Rihl - Langhorne, PA; University of Pittsburgh
Maria Rose - Manila, Philippines; Vassar College
Daad Sharfi - Chicago, IL; Yale University
Shayna Solomon - Rockville, MD; Dickinson College
Harinee Suthakar - Plainsboro, NJ; University of Pittsburgh

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

Coro New York

Cecil Brooks Jr. - Bronx, New York; Colby College
Mariel Charles - Bronx, New York; Duke University
Joshua Goldstein - New Rochelle, New York; Cornell University
Jenny Kutner - Houston, Texas; University of Texas at Austin
Zachary Litif - Standish, Maine; Hofstra University
Zak Malik - Brooklyn, New York; Wesleyan University; Loyola Marymount
Marielle Martiney - Bronx, New York; Princeton University
Taylor McClain - Bronx, New York; Wesleyan University
Morgan Pearlman - Dallas, Texas; University of Pennsylvania
Nina Stender - Hong Kong; Wesleyan University
Angelene Superable - Houston, Texas; University of California, Berkeley
Brad Weekes - Brooklyn, New York; Brown University

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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