2017 Fellowship Recipients

In an effort to encourage participation by underrepresented students in APPAM and its activities, the Policy Council and APPAM’s Diversity Committee created the ‘APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellowship’ in April 2016. Due to the success of the program, the number of fellowships was increased to 34 for 2017. Fellowships were awarded to 25 recipients September of 2016.


The fellowship supports the travel and participation of these 34 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the  2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference , November 2 - 4, in Chicago. The fellows received a complimentary registration, travel and lodging for the conference, as well as a stipend to cover some expenses at the conference.

In addition, the 34 fellows were celebrated at the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Luncheon. Na’ilah Suad Nasir, the President of the Spencer Foundation, was the featured speaker at the luncheon.

The fellows were also encouraged to take part in our Mentor Matching program, designed to connect APPAM student members with professionals to get advice on professional development issues, to discuss job search strategies, research projects and ideas, and answer any questions students may have as they approach graduation.

Selection of the 34 fellows was difficult as APPAM received well over 100 applications. Special thanks to the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Selection Committee for reviewing all the applications. The committee members included: Raphael Bostic, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Kitt Carpenter, Vanderbilt University, Swati Desai, SUNY Albany, Brandi Holder, Southeast Missouri State University, Joyce Manchester, Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office, Keshia Pollack, Johns Hopkins University, Joaquin Alfredo-Angel Rubalcaba, University of New Mexico, Mayra Sánchez González, Texas A & M University, Lucie Schmidt, Williams College, Rachel Swanger, Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Congratulations to the 2017 Equity and Inclusion Fellowship Recipients! We look forward to celebrating you in Chicago at #2017APPAM.

  • Mackenzie Alston, Texas A&M University
  • Dhara Minesh Amin, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Minahil Asim, Univeristy of Califorinia, Davis
  • Kathryn Bradley, George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
  • Michael Brandon Bailey, University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • Tolani Britton, Harvard University
  • Ashley Causey-Golden, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Gina Charusombat, UCLA, Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • Valerie Crespín-Trujillo, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jacquelyn D'Almeida Reznikoff, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Amani Edwards, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • Cheryl Ellenwood, University of Arizona, School of Government and Public Policy
  • Li Fang, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Bo Feng, Georgia State University
  • Francisco Garcia, Indiana University South Bend
  • Tamara Gilkes, Stanford University
  • Melissa Gomez Hernandez, Florida International University
  • Vivian Gonzalez Cueto, Florida International University
  • Morgan Gray, Texas A & M, Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • Alberto Guzman-Alvarez, University of Pittsburgh
  • Chantal Hailey, New York University
  • Andrea Marie Headley, Florida International University
  • Chyna Hill, University of Southern California, School of Social Work
  • Chester Holland, University of Delaware
  • Alexandria Hurtt, University of California, Davis
  • Kellen Kane, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Stacey Lambert, Long Island University
  • Antoine Lovell, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
  • Silvester Mata, University of Houston
  • Venkata Krishna Nadella, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Sonia Moreno Rogers, The University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Edward Smith, University of Pennsylvania
  • Roshard Williams, Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
  • Meheret Woldeyohannes, American University, School of Public Affairs