The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs Announces 2019-2020 Cohorts

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The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs announces 2019-2020 Cohorts

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.

This fall, competitively selected Coro Fellows will become part of cohorts in four U.S. cities. Ranging in age from 22 to 27, 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 2019-2020 Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, their hometowns, and the universities from which they graduated:

Coro Southern California in Los Angeles
SEMI COLE - San Bernardino, CA; University of California, Riverside
TIFFANY DARDEN - Los Angeles, CA; University of California, Los Angeles
ADRIENNE EPSTEIN - Los Angeles, CA; University of Texas at Austin
ZARAH HAJEE - Fremont, CA; University of California, Los Angeles
WILLOW HIGGINS - Austin, TX; University of Redlands
JENNA LEWINSTEIN - Los Angeles, CA; Scripps College
SERENA LIMAS - East Los Angeles, CA; California State University, Los Angeles
TED OLGUIN - Pueblo of Isleta, NM; University of New Mexico
AXEL SARKISSIAN - Los Angeles, CA; University of California, Los Angeles
KAYLA TILTON - Honolulu, HI; University of Southern California
R. WILLIAM DAHLIN - Los Angeles, CA; University of Redlands
For Information regarding the Coro Southern California Fellows Program contact President and CEO Natalie Samarjian at natalie(at)

Coro Northern California
ARIEL BATISTE - Houston, TX; University of Southern California
JEANETTE FREIBERG - Mountain View, CA; Washington University in St. Louis
ZAMIN HUSAIN - Southlake, TX; Boston College
OMAR LEAL - San Jose, CA; Macalester College and Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
VIVIANA MARTIN-GONZALEZ - Palm Springs, CA; University of California, Berkeley
REILLY RASTELLO - Boulder, CO; University of Notre Dame
JACQUELINE SCHAEFFER - Los Angeles, CA; University of California, Los Angeles
BEAU SCOTT - Vallejo, CA; Santa Clara University
MARK SEBARROTIN - Seaside, CA; University of California, Riverside
KATHERINE STUBBS - Charlotte, NC; North Carolina State University
CARA YI - Fremont, CA; Princeton University
For information regarding Coro Northern California Fellows Program, contact CEO Laney Whitcanack, lwhitcanack(at)

Coro Pittsburgh
SOPHIE ABO - Pittsburgh, PA; Washington University in St. Louis
GISELE BETANCES - Gettysburg, PA; Dickinson College
DANIEL DAVIS - Wadsworth, OH; Grinnell College
SADAF DELAWAR - Scranton, PA; St. Lawrence University
KARA LOWRY - Louisville, KY; Western Kentucky University
KALYANI SINGH - Parsippany, NJ; Lehigh University
WILLIAM STEWART - Grosse Ile, MI; University of Michigan
MARK WILLIAMS - Springfield MA; Butler University
For information regarding the Coro Pittsburgh Fellows Program, contact President and CEO Sabrina Saunders Mosby at ssmosby(at)

Coro New York
EVELYN BAUMAN -- Bloomington, IN; University of Notre Dame
KOLETTE BODENMILLER -- West Babylon, NY ; Lesley University
SHACHAR COHEN-HODOS -- Los Angeles, CA; Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University
SAMANTHA ESPADA -- Mamaroneck, NY; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SARAH KASHEF -- Washington, D.C.; Columbia University
VICTORIA ISQUITH -- Thetford Center, VT; Middlebury College
GRACE MOK -- Jericho, NY; Duke University
ANA MURILLO -- Brooklyn, NY; City College of New York
ANYA PATTERSON -- Mount Vernon, NY; Fordham University
SAMANTHA SANCHEZ -- Queens, NY; Syracuse University
ANDREW SCHRYNEMAKERS -- Bronx, NY; Vassar College
ELYSE SCHUPAK -- White Plains, NY; Emory University
For Information regarding Coro New York Fellows Program, contact Executive Director, Scott Millstein, 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 500 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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