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Leveling the Playing Field

The 2017 Women and Public Policy Fellows are, left to right seated: Ese Oghenejobo, Sana Abdelkarim, Ashleigh-Ann Sutherland and Adele Costa; and standing: Jane Ni, Melissa Krug, Laura Travison, Katie Albitz, Ane Mathieson, Gina Farber, Michelle Marfa, Samantha Clarke, Elizabeth Vanasdale, Klarisse Torriente and Elipha Pradhananga. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 17, 2017) — A reception for 15 new Women and Public Policy Fellows will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 this evening at Milne Hall, Room 200, on the Downtown Campus.

The new fellows were named last month by the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society (CWGCS), part of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. CWGCS works to increase political access and economic opportunities for women, focusing on creating inclusive and equitable practices in government, business and nonprofits.

Fellows take part in an intensive leadership development program designed to maximize the skills and contributions of women to achieve excellence in public service. Each Fellow works on a combination of policy field experience — with a placement in a New York state agency or a statewide nonprofit or advocacy agency — academic coursework, and professional development through workshops, conferences and community service. The Fellows have access to more than 300 alumni Fellows from the past 30 years through a Network Mentoring program.

The 15 new Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds, from literature and budget, to social work and activism. They hail from Libya and Nepal, from upstate New York and elsewhere.

For a complete list of new Fellows, along with their biographies, click here. You can register to attend tonight’s reception here.

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