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2022-2023 Coro Fellows in Public Affairs

  • Aliyah Rasheed
    Aliyah Rasheed

    Aliyah Rasheed

    Aliyah attended UC Riverside and graduated in 2022 with a B.A. in Public Policy. During her time at UC Riverside, Aliyah was part of the Leadership Pathways Program, which allowed her to virtually meet and learn from local, regional, and national leaders, and the Muslim Student Association, in which she planned various events. She was most recently a planning intern at the Ontario International Airport Authority, where she learned about airports and aviation, as well as quasi-governmental organizations. Aliyah’s policy passions include education reform to allow all students access to quality education, as well as housing policy.

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  • Anna Wood
    Anna Wood

    Anna Wood

    Anna received her BA in anthropology from Middlebury College, where she focused on global health, gender studies, and food justice. She completed her honors thesis on birth control use among college students, exploring contraceptives as a mode of menstrual suppression. While serving on Middlebury’s Health & Wellness Committee and Campus Hunger Project Cohort, Anna pushed for improved wellness resources. As an anthropology teaching assistant, she introduced students to “Community Connected, Project Based Learning,” a framework that strengthens community partnerships. Through Coro, Anna hopes to develop the communication skills necessary for sustainable social change. She enjoys triathlons, journalism, and a cappella.

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  • Charlotte Emerson
    Charlotte Emerson

    Charlotte Emerson

    Charlotte recently graduated from Yale where she majored in English. She is passionate about story-telling and is interested in using fiction to build empathy and explore questions around land, race, class, and climate change. While in college, she developed an interest in sustainable food and agriculture through her work as a farm manager and culinary chef at the Yale Farm. This led her to take time off and work as a line cook, farmer, and assistant director at a food pantry through an AmeriCorps grant. Charlotte hopes to expand food access and create pathways for more sustainable foodways. She loves to draw, cook, and dance.

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  • Hannah Young
    Hannah Young

    Hannah Young

    At UC Berkeley, Hannah’s passion for health and social equity led to her involvement in creating STEM Redefined, an initiative aimed at inspiring diverse students to engage in STEM as a way to address the gap between science and societal issues. To learn more about the complexities of societal health inequities, Hannah interned at the Stanislaus County Public Health Department where she participated in listening sessions with organizations to discuss how different factors affect the health of communities. Hannah hopes to work towards increasing access to affordable healthcare for marginalized communities. Hannah is a basketball enthusiast.

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  • Justice Paraiso-Caceres
    Justice Paraiso-Caceres

    Justice Paraiso-Caceres

    At UC Berkeley, Justice focus for legal studies and public policy directed him to participate in the Public Policy and International Affairs Program at the University of Minnesota. While studying in PPIA, Justice contributed to a group capstone projects that proposed Minnesota’s Covid-19 response be the genesis of new school initiatives to improve the standardized test scores for indigenous students and students of color. During his time at UC Berkeley, Justice had the opportunity to work for City Council member Rigel Robinson for District 7. Justice used this opportunity to create a council item to update the City of Berkeley’s density bonus law in order to encourage new development projects that are 100% affordable housing.

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  • Liyu Woldemichael
    Liyu Woldemichael

    Liyu Woldemichael

    Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Liyu is driven to fight for an intersectional environmental justice movement, particularly in the Deep South. At Duke, Liyu studied Public Policy and African and African-American studies. She served as the President of Duke NAACP, where she organized bi-weekly STI and HIV testing, voter registration drives, and prison advocacy campaigns in Durham County Jail. Her passions can be most captured by her senior thesis, “Carcerality and Climate Justice: Alabama’s Incarcerated Population and the Prison-to-Pollution Pipeline,” where she researched the intersections of prisons and environmental justice.

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  • Mateo Torrico
    Mateo Torrico

    Mateo Torrico

    At UC Berkeley, Mateo studied Political Science with minors in Ethnic Studies as well as Public Policy. He graduated with honors. He spent many summers in Sacramento at the state capitol understanding the ins and outs of policy making. Mateo has also interned for the labor union UNITE HERE in San Francisco, and worked for the California Research Bureau analyzing the inequitable consequences  the Covid-19 Pandemic had on communities of color. Mateo served as a student body senator while at Berkeley, predominantly representing the Latinx community on campus. Mateo hopes to find ways in which social mobility can be facilitated in the communities he’s a part of through public policy. Mateo enjoys playing sports and watching them, spending most of his free time at Giants, 49ers, or Warriors games.

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  • Rebecca Paskowitz
    Rebecca Paskowitz

    Rebecca Paskowitz

    Becca graduated summa cum laude from UC San Diego, where she majored in Political Science. At UCSD, Becca served as a student advocate with Associated Students and University of California Student Association, lobbying university, state, and federal officials on student priorities. Here, she explored her passions for environmental justice and sexual violence prevention through several concerted campaigns. Becca has additionally developed her interest in public service through internships with Congressman Mike Levin, immigration law nonprofits, and national political campaigns. She hopes to further her environmental justice work through Coro and legal practice. Becca enjoys hiking and exploring new foods.

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  • Santiago Vazquez Garcia
    Santiago Vazquez Garcia

    Santiago Vazquez Garcia

    At UC Merced, Santiago’s curiosity about political behavior and societal inequalities drove him to become a research lab assistant for the Political Science department on campus. There, Santiago developed a passion to fight the stigma surrounding Homelessness. This passion led him to join the Affordable Housing Coalition in Merced CA, where he worked with representatives from the Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability, fighting to promote and advance Merced residents’ housing priorities through policy and legal advocacy. Upon graduating from UC Merced, Santiago continued his education with California Common Cause, where he received organizing and activism training. Santiago aspires to create his own non-profit organization to fight homelessness through public policy. Santiago spends his free time reading stoic philosophy.

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  • Walker Woodard
    Walker Woodard

    Walker Woodard

    Walker graduated from UC Riverside, where he was heavily involved in development and external relations. He was an ambassador and advocate that promoted student engagement in community service, undergraduate research, and professional internships. In his own research, Walker investigated neurodevelopmental disorders and received two co-authored publications in peer reviewed journals. After graduating with highest honors, he joined the California Primary Care Association to support workforce development in historically neglected communities. Through these experiences, Walker hopes to merge his background in development, research, and advocacy to be a connection between policy makers and scientists. Walker plays tennis in his free time.

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