Fellowship Cohort 2011

Adrienne Hall Fellow 2011

Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar

The White House Council for Community Solutions, Washington, D.C.

Parvathi “Parv” Santhosh-Kumar is working with the leadership team of the White House Council for Community Solutions. Recently established by a Presidential Executive Order, the White House Council for Community Solutions engages a diverse group of prominent leaders across various sectors to seek creative solutions to challenging local problems. Parv is working with civic leaders across the nation to understand models that successfully re-engage disconnected youth who are out of school and out of work. She aims to determine how communities can build coalitions to effectively address local problems and how federal policies can better support community-based cross-sector collaborations.


Cultural Bridge Fellows 2011

Anna Lucia Alfaro

Ministry of Gender and Development, Liberia

Anna Lucia is Monrovia, Liberia, working at the Ministry of Gender and Development for the Government of Liberia. She is assisting the Ministry’s work in mainstreaming gender policy into Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and creating a National Gender Policy to implement projects that empower women and girls in order to achieve the country’s Millennium Development Goals. Anna Lucia will work alongside the Deputy Minister to support the activities of monitoring and reporting on the impact of gender policies and programs in Liberia.


Jocelyn Cheng

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Tanzania

Jocelyn is interning with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Zanzibar City, Tanzania. Jocelyn will be helping launch CHAI’s Affordable Medicines Facility – malaria (AMFm) pilot in Zanzibar. This project is designed to increase access to malaria treatment in partnership with governments, NGOs and private businesses. Malaria is a major public health concern for all Tanzanians, especially for pregnant women and children under the age of five. While Zanzibar has made significant progress in reducing malaria prevalence, AMFm will significantly contribute to comprehensive malaria control efforts and reduce the risk of malaria resurgence.


Kris Cox

Rwandan Ministry of Health, Rwanda

Kris Cox is working with the Ministry of Health in Rwanda to design and implement a survey investigating obstacles to treatment encountered by HIV-infected adolescents. The survey focuses on the conditions that adolescents contend with in their school environments, and the support or discrimination they face within their families and communities. The research is informing Ministry policies to better support the health of adolescents, a group that has fallen between the cracks of pediatric and adult care.


Guadalupe Dorna

Dar Si-Hmad for Development, Education and Culture, Morocco
Guadalupe is interning this summer with Dar Si-Hmad, an independent non-profit organization in South-West Morocco. Dar Si-Hmad is launching a major development project in order to provide drinking water to Amazigh communities living in the Anti-Atlas Mountains and relieve women from an average of 3.5 hours a day spent fetching water. As part of Guadalupe’s internship, she is working with a filmmaking team to capture via camera the promise that such a project carries for Amazigh people. Guadalupe is also working with Dr. Jamila Bargach (director at Dar Si-Hmad) to produce an assessment on the potential opportunities for women in these communities.


Katie Gleason

Women of Kireka, Uganda

This summer Katie is working with Women of Kireka (WoK) in Kampala, Uganda. WoK is composed of 20 internally-displaced women selling hand-crafted jewelry locally and internationally. As the program assistant/coordinator, she is assisting the women in building a sustainable business model dependent on strategic profit. Working alongside the women as well as with Project Diaspora, Katie will have the opportunity to contribute to and learn from a dynamic social enterprise whose ultimate goal is a course for independence, allowing it to flourish as a community-owned business with minimal outside supervision.


Hala Hanna

Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, Liberia

This summer, Hala is assisting the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs in the development of the country’s Medium Term Growth and Development Strategy, which will define development priorities and guide the government’s policies over the next five years. This strategy will replace Liberia’s current Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), which is set to expire this year. Hala is working on incorporating strategy specific objectives for furthering gender equality, including the objectives of creating future macro- and microeconomic policies that can permit more equitable access to resources; ensuring that women are better represented in all levels of Liberia’s security sector; reforming laws to guarantee equity in human rights for men and women; strengthening female organizations and networks; increasing access to education for girls, and many others.


Zan Larsen

UN G.I.F.T, Austria

Zan is working at the headquarters office of the U.N. Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking in Vienna, Austria. She is researching best practices to combat human trafficking, specifically focusing on law enforcement reforms. Also, Zan is conducting a field research trip to Moldova to assess the progress and challenges of government and NGOs working on combating human trafficking.


Mariam Mansury

National Democratic Institute, Lebanon

Mariam is interning at the Beruit office of the National Democratic Institute. For decades, NDI has been at the forefront of promoting democratic norms and civic engagement across the globe. In Lebanon, NDI has been incredibly active in candidate training, election monitoring, and building coalitions of multi-sectoral leaders to bridge sectarian divides. This past fall, Lebanese women made significant strides in the municipal elections. Mariam is working closely with NDI staff to help build a national caucus of women municipal officials. In that role, she is designing and implementing trainings that will build trust among the women as well as help them identify key issues they can collectively advocate and legislate upon.


Laine Middaugh

Urban Justice Center, New York

Laine Middaugh is spending the summer as a Research and Policy Intern with the Community Development Project (CDP) in New York City. CDP is housed within New York's Urban Justice Center and partners with grassroots organizations working with low-income and excluded communities in the region to provide legal, technical, policy, and other research support for their social justice work. Laine runs participatory research projects in collaboration with several organizations including Domestic Workers United, New Immigrant Community Empowerment, and ROC-NY to maximize their impact in organizing and empowering workers to advocate for their rights.


Yusuf Neggers

MIT Jameel Poverty Action Lab & Satark Nagrik Sangathan, India

Yusuf is working in Delhi, India with the MIT Jameel Poverty Action Lab and Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS), a citizens’ group with a mandate to promote transparency and accountability in government functioning. He is involved in a research project which aims to better the understanding of the role of information in improving the governance of low-income democracies. A particular focus of this work will be to examine the differences across genders in levels of voter awareness and the effectiveness of various treatments in the form of information and mobilization campaigns.


Nura Sediqe

UN Office of the European Parliament Liaison Office, Belgium

Nura is working for the European Parliament, the European Union’s Congressional body which has full legislative powers, comparable to the US House of Representatives. She is spending part of her time in Washington D.C., working with the European Parliament’s Liaison Office and an additional part in Brussels, Belgium where the EU Parliament is headquartered. In addition to learning more about the policy-making process and context of the European Union, she is examining issues of gender, civil and human rights. As the population of minorities rises in Europe, particularly of those with Muslim heritage, there have been varying responses to the lifestyle, religious behavior and economic and educational issues related to these communities, which may impact parts of the community, particularly women, more so than others. Nura is examining how issues such as social cohesion and civic inclusion are being addressed as well as the challenges that remain.


Sonya Soni

Partners in Health, Nyaya Health Project, Nepal

Sonya Soni is interning for the Partners in Health's Nyaya Health Project in rural Achham, Nepal. Nyaya Health utilizes a human rights-based approach towards providing comprehensive primary health services for one of the most impoverished regions of South Asia. Achham suffers from a recent civil war, a broken health care system, and one the world's highest mortality rates. Sonya works alongside Nyaya Health's partners, the Nepali Ministry of Health and Achham community members, in order to help develop a public health education system in Achham's primary schools that will strive to increase girls' participation in Achham's health care system.


Deborah Carstens Summer Intern

Jaynie Parrish, MC/MPA 2011
Restore Harmoney, Arizona

Jaynie Parish, a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration 2011 and Regional Finalist for the White House Fellows Program, is working with Restore Harmony in her native Arizona.  Jaynie interviewed several Navajo families to discuss what they see is the reason for the cultural and social divide between generations of the same family, and what are the consequences/ costs to society for abandoning such values. Restore Harmony is an organization committed to restoring Navajo Traditional Values into mainstream social and political society of the Navajo Nation. Navajo Nation is the largest tribe in the United States with over 300,000 citizens; 50% of the population resides on reservation lands and an estimated 45% of the population is under the age of 26. Navajo also has the largest land base; approximately 26,000 square miles or about the size of West Virginia and crosses Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah state borders.


Oval Office Fellows

Jeanette Acosta, White House Domestic Policy Council, DC 
Mallika Ahluwalia, Congress Party/Indian Youth Congress, India  
Emma Fenelon, Senator David Norris for President, Ireland  
Alexandra Goujon, Kirsten Gillibrand Senatorial Campaign 2012, NY
September Hargrove, Office of the Mayor of New Orleans, LA
Laura Merritt, White House Domestic Policy Council, Washington, DC  
Varina Winder, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Washington, DC  
Misty Wright, Office of U.S. Senator Al Franken/Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, DC


Roy Family Interns

Hannah Peaker

UN Women, New York

Hannah Peaker is working for the newly established UN Women in New York, the first unified driving force in gender equality. Specifically, she is working with the Office of the Focal Point for Women to support their efforts to improve the gender balance within the UN. She is responsible for monitoring progress made by the organizations of the UN system in improving the status of women, including detailed analysis of statistics and implementation of specific measures governing the recruitment, placement, promotion and retention of women and work life balance. She is also assisting in the preparation of the annual report on gender equality to the General Assembly, the preparation of position papers for policy-makers and analytical advocacy material.


Emily Polak

Seattle Women’s Commission, Washington

Emily is working for the Seattle Women’s Commission to conduct a survey of women living in Seattle’s tent city. By creating, conducting and analyzing a survey of female tent city residents, Emily hopes to increase the Commission’s capacity for recommending resources and services. Through this collection of qualitative measurements and anecdotal stories, the Commission hopes to determine if access to health care, including reproductive health care, is different when a woman lives in tent-housing compared to long-term or transitional shelters. Emily hopes to support the Commission by drafting recommendations for improved access to services for low-income, often-marginalized women and their families.


Katharine Wolf

Impact Investment Exchange, Singapore

Katharine is working at the Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), a social enterprise based in Singapore, to help launch Asia’s first social stock exchange. The goal is to create a trading platform and an efficient capital raising mechanism for Asian Social Enterprises where investors will evaluate businesses in a new way, placing as much importance on the social impact of the enterprise as on its financial returns. Katharine is working directly with IIX’s inspirational female founder, Prof. Durreen Shahnaz, to develop a strategy to build the female management capacity at the social enterprise level, to expand the measurement of gender metrics on the exchange, and to explore the need and viability of investing with a gender lens.

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