2016-17 Princeton Project 55 Fellows

We are in the final stages of our Project 55 placement process, with 38 Fellows currently accepted and more to come! See below for our current roster of 2016-17 Project 55 Fellows.

 

Bay Area

Sharim Estevez  ’16
Envision Education

Sunny Zhang ’16
Envision Education

Prianka Misra ’16
GO Public Schools

Marisa Remez ’16
Pahara Institute

Ramie Fathy ’16
UCSF Breast Care Center

Colby Hyland ’16
UCSF Breast Care Center

Chiamaka Onwuzulike ’16
Youth UpRising

 

Boston

Nina Narayanan ’16
Community Day

Dinara Gabdrakhmanova ’16
OpenBiome

Sanjay Rao ’16
OpenBiome

Clara Kerwin ’16
Open Biome

Emilee Tu ’16
Open Biome

 

Chicago

Aisha Oxley ’16
Free Spirit Media

Allie Lichterman ’16
Illinois State Board of Education

Virginia Midkiff ’16
National Equity Fund

Yoni Kirsch ’16
North Lawndale Employment Network

Beverly Nguyen ’16
Sinai Community Institute

 

New Jersey

Kelsey Kane-Ritsch ’16
D&R Greenway

Aliisa Lee ’16
International Schools Services

Maya Wahrman ’16
Princeton University – Office of Religious Life

 

New York

Maylin Meisenheimer ’16
All In Together Campaign

Dennisse Calle ’16
Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

Maguire Herriman ’16
New Alternatives for Children

Amanda Li ’16
New York Academy of Medicine

Shruthi Deivasigamani ’16
New York Center for Child Development

Cameron Ruffa ’16
New York District Attorney’s Office

Ilana Polster ’16
Rockefeller Foundation

Yessica Martinez ’15
Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

Sophie Andreassi ’16
Harlem RBI

 

Philadelphia

Sahana Jayaraman ’16
University of Pennsylvania – Perelman School of Medicine

 

Washington, DC

Yende Grell ’16
Aeras

Rebecca Neill ’16
Aeras

Joelle Deleveaux ’16
CityBridge

Molly Fisch-Friedman ’16
Elevated Effect

Michael Moorin ’16
CityBridge

Shira Cohen ’16
Everyone On

Maggie Kent ’16
Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County

What is the impact of a Project 55 Fellowship? What partner organizations have told us…

What is the impact of a Project 55 Fellowship?

Princeton AlumniCorps, through the Project 55 Fellowship, Emerging Leaders, and ARC Innovators programs, provides ways for people to engage at every age.

Here are just a few of the many experiences that partner organization supervisors and contacts through the years have shared.

“All PP55 fellows I have worked with have been smart, capable, positive, hard-working, and great team members. They are always wonderful! Our fellow was WONDERFUL!!!  She had a great attitude, was a hard worker, and was eager to learn.”

Corey Merrill, Fourth Grade, Head of School, Community Day Public Charter School, Lawrence, MA   

“It’s great to have people coming in who are hard-working and enthusiastic, who are open to learning about the sector but who also bring new ideas and questions.”

Katherine Canning, Education Through Music, Inc., New York

“The [fellows] are always hard-working, smart, dedicated, and help infuse a lot of energy into the overall group.”

Meredith Buxton, UCSF Breast Care Center, San Francisco

“Our Fellow was a very strong staff person and performed just as strongly, if not better, than an entry-level staff member.”

Ilana Zafran, Umoja Student Development Corporation, Chicago

“We are delighted to continue partnering with AlumniCorps and look forward to adding a new fellow next year. The most worthwhile thing about the Project 55 program is having bright, energetic, curious young people adding value to our organization.”

Ann Ginsberg, Aeras, Rockville, MD

“PP55 Fellows are bright, committed, hard-working, ethical and passionate do-gooders. The Fellows are the reason a host organization ought to cast its lot with PP55. PP55 Fellows are of such high quality that any host organization smart enough to organize itself to take advantage of this great resource will find itself completely blessed.”

John Horan, North Lawndale College Prep, Chicago

“We have enjoyed our partnership with AlumniCorps. They provide training that allows the fellows to grow professionally during their time with the agency. It is great to work with the young talent. Our fellow was capable of producing high-level work early on in his fellowship and grew to the point of needing less direct supervision to accomplish tasks.”

Matt Vanover, Director of Public Education and Deputy Superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education

“From our perspective it is wonderful to have the services of a bright, motivated recent graduate for a year. As a non-profit organization, there is always more work than there are people to do it. As an organization that relies heavily on scientific analysis, having skilled, educated Fellows gives us a significant boost in being able to track and analyze literature. It is also always beneficial for an organization like ours to develop relationships with students who will go on to become the next generation of scholars and professionals.”

Dr. John Balbus, Environmental Defense, Washington, D.C.

Thank you to our Project 55 Alumni donors!

The #Springfor55 matching gift challenge runs for the 55 days from April 21 through June 1. All gifts from new (not donated yet this year) donors will be matched with $55, and if we reach 100 new donors, AlumniCorps will receive an additional $5500!

We’d like to thank all of the Project 55 donors who have already donated this year!

Prior to the challenge:

Aparna Miano ’91

Rebecca Deaton ’91

Rosemary Nidiry ’91

Matthew T. Bodie ’91

Shoshana M. Landow ’91

Julie R. Wingerter ’92 & Seth Lieberman

Daniel S. Kaufman ’92

Ann E. McGowan ’92

Paul Gazzerro III ’92

Jessica Rosenbaum ’92

Wendy L. McGoodwin ’93

Sarah Gladstone ’93

Jeremy M. Getson ’94 &  Lisa B. Getson ’93

Samantha DeKoven ’94

Anastasia Crosswhite ’94

Anna Maria Ortiz ’95

Cristina Ritchie Cooper ’96

Jennifer L. Carpenter ’96

Celine Gounder ’97

Scott E. Regenbogen ’97

Katherine S. Canning ’97

Leslie S. Gewin ’97

Hannah Barbosa ’98

Jessica Ginter Brubaker ’98

Stacy B. McAuliffe ’98

Jessica D. Johnson ’98

Owen Davis ’99

David J. Strozzi ’99

Lea A. Weems ’99 and Benjamin J. Porter ’98

Laura Collins ’99

Kirsten O. Hull ’99

Melissa H. Wu ’99

Kevin H. Moriarty ’99

Samuel Page ’10

Morey Barnes Yost ’00

Kevin Reich ’00

Lindsay L. Warner Ferrer ’01

Carrie & John Vomacka ’02

Lisa F. Lazarus ’02

Lindsay M. Wall ’02 & Jeremy Wall ’02

Westra Bea M. Miller ’03

Shannon Simmons ’03

John H. Lurz, III ’03

Ethan O. Meers ’03

Dana Malman Warren ’03

Ellison S. Ward ’04

Shena Elrington ’04

Emily Chiswick-Patterson ’05

Carol Rosenfeld ’05

Andrew Trueblood ’05

Benet J. Kearney ’05

Lisa Bennett ’05

Antoinette Seaberry ’05

Charlotte Weiskittel ’06

Rebecca Garr Whitaker ’06

Kathryn Fiorella ’06

Arti Sheth Thorne ’08 & Jack Thorne

Michael Noveck ’08

Andrew Protain ’08

Andrew Protain ’08

Katie E. Ko ’09

Nathalie M. Lagerfeld ’09

Blessing Agunwamba ’10

Kathryn T. Bailey ’10

Jessica Jardine ’10

Jessica Jardine ’10

Paul Nehring ’10

Reginald Galloway ’11

Matthew Salesi ’11

Jacquelin E. Hedeman ’11

Rachel Sverdlove ’11

Sara Peters ’11

Hollis Barber ’11

Eleanor D. Meegoda ’12

Dana L. Weinstein ’12

Latalia D. White ’13

Madeleine Woodle ’13

Amy Olivero ’13

Sarah Craig ’14

Aria Miles ’14

Amali Gunawardana ’14

And to those donors who have donated to date in response to the challenge (as of May 2, 2016):

R.Justin Smith ’90

Robert R. Taliercio, Jr. ’90

Edward R. McNicholas ’91

Dunrie A. Greiling ’92

Jennifer Daniels ’93

Paul Tibbits ’95

Paul Tibbits ’95

Thomas Levinson ’96

Kristin L. Vassallo ’97

Marshall M. Burkes ’98

Anna M. Varghese ’01

Linda Boachie-Ansah ’02

Christina Barba ’02

Scott Hindman ’03

Meredith Desautels ’04

Sarah Barbrow ’05

Jessica Aisenbrey ’05

Kristopher Lazzaretti ’06

Alexis Etow ’07

Aiala Levy ’07

Jonathan Extein ’10

Alix M. Greenwald ’10

Elizabeth C. Rosen ’10

 Schuyler L. Softy ’11

Sitraka Andriamanantenasoa ’11

Naomi Gilens ’11

Anna Condella ’12

Tessa Maurer ’13

Ryan Elliott ’14

Rodrigo Munoz Rogers ’14

The challenge ends on June 1 and our fiscal year ends on June 30. Make a gift today and make a difference!  #Springfor55 at alumnicorps.org/donate Thank you.

What is the impact of a Project 55 Fellowship? What fellows have told us…

What is the impact of a Project 55 Fellowship?

Princeton AlumniCorps, through the Project 55 Fellowship, Emerging Leaders, andARC Innovators programs, provides ways for people to engage at every age. Here are just a few of the many experiences that fellowship participants and alumni through the years have shared.

“The program should be required of all Princeton graduates. Project ’55 gives a worldview that few Princetonians have. The ivory tower is very tall and we cannot see down. A liberal arts education should teach not only a range of academics, but also an understanding of our world.”

Andrew Garland ’01, Fellow at North Lawndale College Prep, Chicago                       

“…my experience here has really surpassed all expectations. I am proud of the organization’s mission, engaged with the people I work with, and excited about the work that I am doing.”

Megan Bouchier ’02, Fellow at College Summit, New York

“I actually get to have hands on interactions with patients, to sit down with them and chart out what exactly they want to get out of their consultation with the doctors. It is not facilitated in any way, I have been trained, and trusted to perform these tasks on my own, so this feels like a real job where I’m learning real skills, and have real responsibilities, and that’s the best part.”

Aprajita Anand ’06, Fellow at UCSF Breast Care Center, Bay Area

“PP55 is a rewarding first step into the real world.”

Nadia Ben-Youssef ’06, Fellow at Bethel New Life, Chicago

“The experience I have had at my fellowship has challenged me to work in a variety of capacities – including agriculture work, leading volunteers, supervising youth, outreach, development, and more. I will take away a multitude of practical skills and rewarding experiences that I gained from working with a motivated and talented group of people.”

Kathyrn Fiorella ’06, Fellow at The Food Project, Boston

“One of the best post-grad experiences you could ask for. [PP55] provides amazing opportunities to work with inspired youth who are dedicated to social justice and to social change.”

Rebecca Garr Whitaker ’06, Fellow at Sinai Health System, Chicago

“AlumniCorps is an excellent way to get an introduction into the nonprofit space. I really benefited from having a mentor when I had questions, and learned a lot from our monthly seminars. The program did an excellent job finding an organization that fit with my goals.”

Elizabeth Pillion ’05, Fellow at DC Prep, Washington, DC

“My PP55 fellowship has accomplished its mission. I now understand what doing intellectually stimulating work of public impact means and why it matters so much.”

Sitraka Andriamanantenasoa ’11, Fellow at Center on Halstead, Chicago

“ABC is absolutely fantastic. The position at Echo Park allows for a lot of self direction and independence. My supervisors absolutely trust me with my work and are always accessible for advise and guidance. The whole staff at ABC is a joy to work with. I feel blessed every single day that I get to go to work. I wouldn’t have traded my time there for anything.”

Victoria Lee ’13, Fellow at Association to Benefit Children, New York

Deep End with Buoys: Project 55 Fellow Spotlight

Asawari Sodhi ’15 comes from New Delhi, India and is a PP55 fellow with Safer Foundation in Chicago. At Princeton, she studied Comparative Politics and also Dance. She spent a year in Serbia as a participant in the Bridge Year Program, and then a summer in Bosnia as an IIP intern. She also studied the Indian constitution, and rural development through her internships back home. Apart from social/political theorizing, she enjoys choreography and performance.

Asawari

Why did you choose a Project 55 fellowship to launch your post-Princeton life?

It was a logical outcome given my academic and work history. Moreover, as a yearlong fellowship, PP55 promised to be an involved experience and a good   interlude to an advanced degree.

What projects are you working on?

I’ve been helping with legislation, policy research for the Safer Policy Institute, research for the senior team and recommendations to the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform. I’m also working on two white papers on court fees and occupational licensing.

What is the value to you of the fellowship?

I have an interest in public policy. The fellowship has been an opportunity to see it in motion. Also, being with an organization for a year allows time to understand and gain their trust. It gives my experience and the littlest contribution more depth.

What are your plans for next year?

I’ll begin planning for graduate school while, hopefully continuing to work in public policy.

If you were to sum up the experience in one or two sentences for a blog post, what would you say?

Deep end with buoys.

This article is part of a series spotlighting the impact of our programs.

 

 

We Needed the Best: Partner Organization Spotlight

Safer Foundation is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of services designed exclusively for people with criminal records. They focus on helping their clients secure and maintain jobs because they understand that employment offers the best chance at successful re-entry. Sodiqa Williams ’05 has been Associate Vice President,  Policy and Strategy since 2014.

sodiqa-newWhy did you hire a Princeton Project 55 fellow?

As an alumna of the Princeton Project 55 program, I know the tremendous opportunity there is for a Princeton graduate entering the world of public interest. I started my career in public policy and politics eleven years ago as a Fellow for the then-Lt. Governor of the State of Illinois, who later became Governor. I wanted to afford the opportunity to another Princeton graduate to learn and work at one of the nation’s leading organizations in reentry and workforce development. In order to truly turn this nation around, we need the best and brightest working on critical criminal justice issues.

Also, I understand the tremendous talent and work-ethic of those who enroll in the PP55 program as an intern or fellow. I knew that in order to get Safer’s vision materialized we needed the best, and that was a PP55 Fellow.

What projects is your fellow working on?

Asawari came to Safer to lead our newly created Safer Policy Institute.  The Policy Institute provides weekly updates to synthesize the most important of the latest in the criminal justice system, and when possible, uses this synthesis to assess Illinois’ position and advance action. It is also a forum to mobilize action on impactful legislative developments. With Asawari’s leadership and excellent writing abilities – I suspect due to her in-depth knowledge of policy analysis and journalism – the Institute is quickly establishing Safer locally and internationally as a reliable source that can contribute to an advocate’s efforts in criminal justice and reentry policies. In addition, it is effectively re-directing the discourse on criminal justice reform to focus on reentry.

Asawari’s role, however, has not been confined to the Institute. She is now an integral part of the Policy and Advocacy Team. She has drafted testimony and high-level recommendations for state commissions, county boards, and government officials. Asawari also has been key in pushing legislation at the state level. We are currently working to push HB 5973, legislation that codifies for Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)’s licensing purposes EEOC guidance on employing people with criminal records. It does so for the high growth professions of cosmetology, funeral services, accounting, real estate and roofing. EEOC guidance encourages consideration of mitigating factors such as time since commission of an offense, its nature and gravity, bearing upon job sought and evidence of rehabilitation. HB 5973 states that a conviction record directly related to the practice of a profession. If this legislation is enacted, I can confidently say Asawari played a big part in our success.

Asawari is also working on an initiative funded by JPMorgan Chase to engage health care employers in a national discussion about promising new opportunities to recruit and employ people with conviction records. While the industry has historically been closed to this population, the initiative aims to expand and diversify the pipeline of applicants seeking health care employment to meet the significant demand for qualified workers.

What is the value to your organization of having a Princeton Project 55 fellow?

Asawari has brought tremendous value to Safer; there are now two brainy people who are excellent writers! Before she arrived, I was able to do some great innovative work but now she is helping me with research and drafting of policy documents. Now our ability to make significant substantive impact has tripled.

In particular, I am ecstatic to have a Princeton Project 55 fellow like Asawari because I know I can trust her when I delegate a project. She not only provides exactly what I asked for but also an excellent work product. With our fast-paced environment and small staff, matched with very high expectations from senior leadership, it is critical that I have someone on my team who can keep pace with us as we are repeatedly called for our advice and guidance, as we continue to advocate for policies allowing equal employment opportunities for all, and as we develop new opportunities in high-growth industries.

Asawari has done such a fantastic job Safer has made her an offer to become our Public Policy &  Legislative Affairs Coordinator at the end of her fellowship in 2016.

What is the impact on your beneficiaries of having a Project 55 fellow?

The impact can be seen now and will be seen for many years into the future as we continue to open historically closed doors  in high-growth industries such as healthcare, remove barriers to employment opportunities, and recommend to top government officials and agencies cost-effective, evidence-based practices that will reduce recidivism and save taxpayers’ dollars.

If you were sum up the experience in one or two sentences for a blog post, what would you say?

Having a Princeton Project 55 Fellow is the best short-term and long-term investment organizations can make not only to build up their internal capacity, but also to make significant positive impact. These Fellows are the best and brightest who lend their intelligence, skills, drive and determination to advance critically important causes.

This article is part of a series spotlighting the impact of our programs.