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UAlbany's Center for Women in Government & Civil Society Names 2015 Fellows

2015 Fellows on Women & Public Policy: seated (l-r): Sandra Sanya, Marie Lovato, Saira Khan, Christina Miller, and Erin Trowbridge; standing (l-r): Nancy Allen, Kelly Smith, Brittany Glenn, Desiree Farley, Norain Siddiqui, Emily Steinbach, Jasmine Clemons, and Michelle Feder Bianchi. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 27, 2015) — They come from diverse backgrounds, interests, disciplines and countries with one goal in mind: to become public service leaders who are able to take on the toughest challenges of the 21st Century. They are the Fellows on Women & Public Policy, thirteen women who started their leadership development journey at the University at Albany’s Center for Women in Government & Civil Society.

"This year's class of Fellows on Women & Public Policy exemplifies what the Fellowship stands for," said Center Executive Director Dina Refki. “They are truly agents of change who are committed to making a difference, both locally and globally. Each of them brings incredible passion, tremendous dedication and an unwavering commitment to advancing social justice and improving access and opportunity for marginalized and vulnerable populations.”

The Fellowship prepares women for careers in government and civil society, and is considered to be a pipeline of leadership for women in public policy. Fellows receive a $10,000 stipend and tuition assistance for course work.

Those accepted to the Fellowship program are placed in one of three policy arenas: a state agency, a statewide advocacy organization, or the office of a New York State Senate or Assembly member. Fellows receive applied field training at their placement offices, complete nine credits of policy course work, participate in a rigorous, co-curricular program that consists of professional development workshops, community service, Fellowship group sessions, and mentoring.

The 2015 Fellows on Women & Public Policy, with their hometowns, are:

  • Nancy Lee Allen, Binghamton, NY
  • Michelle Feder Bianchi, Westtown, NY  
  • Jasmine Clemons, Lake Charles, LA
  • Desiree Farley, Saratoga Springs, NY 
  • Brittany Glenn, Brunswick, NY 
  • Saira Khan, Staten Island, NY 
  • Marie Lovato, Newburgh, NY
  • Christina Miller, Jamesville, NY
  • Sandra Sanya, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Norain Siddiqui, Basking Ridge, NJ 
  • Kelly Smith, Albany, NY
  • Emily Steinbach, Albany, NY
  • Erin Trowbridge, Encinitas, CA

The Fellows on Women & Public Policy will host a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Milne Hall, Downtown Campus of the University at Albany, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Mecca Santana, Esq., Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New York, will deliver a keynote presentation.

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