Meet our 2016 DWJ Public Policy Fellows!
Excited to announce our 2016 DWJ Cohorts: Nicole Henderson - Oakland, CA | Samara Rivers- Oakland, CA | Abigail Mariam - Oakland, CA | Ashley Michelle Chambers - Oakland, CA |Brittinee Phillips - Oakland, CA | Ashley Winston - Hayward, CA | Alegra D Angelo, Hayward, CA |Terra Doby, Hayward, CA | Amelia Neal, San Leandro, CA | Chrystal Ellis, San Leandro, CA | Davu Nuru Asli, Sacramento, CA | Camile Duria, Sacramento, CA | Dr. Fatima Sierre Alleyne, Richmond, CA | Jeanetta Minix, Richmond, CA | Garbralle Conroe, Fresno, CA | Erica Duggan, Concord, CA | Tamisha Walker, Antioch, CA | Delthia Mckinney, San Francisco, CA | Brittani Daniels, Los Angeles, CA | Jesika Bethea, Bayonne, New Jersey | Rachel Benjamin, Portland, OR | Michelle C. Kogolo, Bronx, NYC | SENIOR FELLOWS | Simone Thelemaque | Daisy Ozim | Aishatu Yusuf | Charlette Viney | Shahidah Lacy | Nikki Thompson, Esq.
23-year-old, Bay Area native, Alegra graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in Political Science. Her introduction to public policy began during college as a volunteer with the Obama for America campaign. After a few weeks of volunteering, she was appointed Housing Coordinator where she led voter registration drives with my team. She served as a tutor in a local Miami community where she worked with young people to improve their reading comprehension skills. Immediately after graduation, Alegra served as an administrative assistant at St. Mary's Medical Center and in the finance department of Golden State overnight. Currently she is employed at TPS Aviation in Hayward.
Alegra is civic minded and continually seeks opportunities to further nurture her interest in public policy and community organizing. She is a member of the task force where she is charged with the duty of encouraging environmentally friendly practices and engage in cleanup efforts within the city of Hayward. She also works part-time as an Independent Living Skills instructor where she works with the developmentally challenged. Alegra enjoys running, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.
Brittani Daniels, 2016 DWJ Public Policy Fellow
Even as a young student, Brittani took an active leadership role in her community. She held offices in school government, worked in community development programs, and served in neighborhood organizations.
Throughout her life, Brittani has held to the conviction that being a citizen comes with responsibility, as well as privilege, and that the country’s continued greatness depends on the contributions and sacrifices of all its people.
Brittani Daniels earned her Bachelors Degree in Political Science and History from the University of California-Riverside. A former collegiate Track and Field athlete specializing in the throws events garnered All-American accolades and trained with Team USA.
Brittani is currently working on an alumni outreach mentor program at her high school alma mater, Cajon in San Bernardino. Brittani is pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy. Where she intends to further her understanding of civic engagement through research with the Davenport Institute. Brittani is a State Delegate for the CRP, a member of LA County Central Committee, and President of Christianity & Public Policy at Pepperdine. Brittani is also a intern at UCLA Health in the Connected Health Strategic Technologies and Innovation department.
Tamisha Walker, 2016 DWJ Public Policy Fellow
TAMISHA WALKER, PICO Live Free Organizer and Spokesperson for the Safe Return Project. Walker is a Richmond based community organizer and known advocate on issues related to mass incarceration and racial disparity in the criminal justice system. Tamisha organizes and coordinates The Safe Return Project under the umbrella of CCISCO (Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community) one of the East Bay PICO affiliates. Tamisha was formerly incarcerated and shares a powerful personal story about the journey to healing and successful re-entry. She has five years of community organizing experience in a city impacted by trauma and economic inequality, including her own personal experience with trauma and poverty growing up in Richmond California. Her educational experience includes professional training in research and advocacy for the formerly incarcerated and their families, violence prevention strategies and conflict mediation to reduce urban gun violence.
Samara Rivers, 2016 DWJ Public Policy Fellow
Samara Rivers is an independent consultant and event planner with over 10 years of non-profit fundraising and event logistics experience. She holds a BA in Art History and Criticism and an MA in Arts Administration from The Florida State University. Rivers is also a wife and mother of two, and is invested in her community through her involvement with the local chapters of Jack & Jill of America, Inc and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Camile Duria, 2016 DWJ Public Policy Fellow
Camile Duria is a Program Assistant at PICO California (a faith- based non-profit under the umbrella of PICO National Network). Prior to PICO California, Camile was a Program Support Specialist for the Center of Multicultural Development at the California Institute for Mental Health (CiMH). At CiMH she was involved in the Stigma, Discrimination and Reductions Consortium, Public Safety Realignment Project, and the California Mental Health and Spirituality Initiative.
Camile has a Bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies, from California State University Fresno. She plans on finishing her Master’s in Health Care/ Business Administration with an emphasis on Project Management in Fall 2017 and then wants to pursue her PhD in African American Studies.
Garbralle Conroe, 2016 DWJ Public Policy Fellow
Garbralle Conroe was born and raised in Fresno Ca. Throughout her life she understood the importance of obtaining an education by getting a Master’s degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation from California State University Fresno. She currently works full time at California Health Collaborative as a projector coordinator for Fresno County child abuse prevention program and also teaches part time graduate courses at California State University Fresno.
Garbralle has a passion for inspiring youth and giving back to her community. She currently mentors several students as well as volunteer’s her time speaking at different high school’s about peer pressure, making smart choices, leadership, and the importance of education. Garbralle hobbies include shopping, traveling, and spending time with her family. She thrives on the model “each one teach one”
Brittinee Phillips, 2016 DWJ Public Policy Fellow
For over six years Brittinee has fine-tuned her talents in marketing and technology. Most recently, she has focused her energy towards entrepreneurship and encouraging such among women of color. By using her knowledge from professional experience and personal pursuits, Brittinee hopes to provide strategic planning advice for economic security through this fellowship and her consulting firm, Articulate You.
Ashley Chambers, 2016 DWJ Public Policy Fellow
Ashley Chambers is an Oakland, California native, proud mother and passionate journalist. Ashley's love for journalism began while attending McClymonds High School as an editor of the school newspaper. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and later worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for the Oakland Post. Ashley is empowered to use her voice as a tool to advocate for her community and expand opportunities for young people.
Amelia Neal, 2016 DWJ Public Policy Fellow
Delthia is interested in the links between health outcomes and socioeconomic status, as well as public and corporate policies that can improve healthcare for underserved populations. Delthia graduated from Yale University with a Masters of Public Health degree.
Chrystal Ellis, 2016 DWJ Public Policy Fellow
A graduate from Princeton Theological Seminary, Chrystal is passionate about civic engagement. She demonstrates her commitment to empowering people through education and leadership development. Chrystal is Site Manager at Rubicon Programs, located in the East Bay. There she works in the Economic Empowerment division and continues to work to break cycles of poverty by empowering individuals to maximize their potential through quality education and program services.
Currently, Chrystal is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Recently, she was awarded a Fellowship in the Dezie Woods Jones Public Policy Fellowship Program where she and her colleagues explore and address political issues, such as advocating for adequate representation in the community, as well as, address various aspects of leadership including; power and self- empowerment. Chrystal resides in the Bay Area where she enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Abigail Mariam, 2016 DWJ Public Policy Fellow
Abigail Mariam is a public servant and advocate committed to finding solutions to major issues that affect Black communities, such as homelessness and poverty. A native of Southern California, she currently lives and works in Oakland. A recent graduate of Harvard University, Abigail has done community empowerment and advocacy as a student, including the Itooamharvard campaign which mobilized students around racial discrimination on college campuses around the world. Abigail is currently the Communications Coordinator for Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, shaping the office's housing policy approach as a part of her responsibilities. As a 2016 DWJ Public Policy Fellow, Abigail will focus on finding solutions for economic empowerment of Black women, in particular as it relates to housing and affordability in the Bay Area.
Dr. Fatima Alleyne is a New York native and community college graduate who relocated to California to pursue higher education at the University of California, Berkeley. From this institution, she earned both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering.Currently, Dr. Alleyne is a Research General Engineer at the USDA investigating thermal storage and renewable energy sources for agricultural communities. She has served in a myriad of leadership roles in her community and non-profit boards including, but not limited to, Outreach, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Committee (ODEO), School Site Council (SSC), Community Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC), Black Graduate Engineering and Science Students Association (BGESS), and CalGirlS. She is also a wife and mother of four children. When she is not working, spending time with her family, and volunteering at her church, Dr. Alleyne is actively engaged in her community as an Education Advocate, advocating for education equity and empowering parents and students to pursue quality public education.
Terra Doby, 2016 DWJ Public Policy Senior Fellow
Terra Doby, a Bay Area Native, has contributed the last decade to training, teaching, and promoting underrepresented people in the Eden, and county seat of Alameda County (San Leandro, Hayward, and Oakland). Her earliest work was spent advocating for workforce opportunities for urban youth endorsed by Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley. She too spent this time collaborating with agencies throughout Alameda County to provide services to students in the foster care system. Four years ago, she transitioned from non-for-profit work to the educational sector. Doby currently is employed as a Response to Interventionist (RtI) and SST Coordinator for a needy elementary school within the Oakland Unified School District.
Her freshmen year of college, as an intern for Ninth District House of Representative, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, she gained greater insight on the laborious, but rewarding task of politics. Now, years later she is undoubtedly excited to continue this effort. She will do so by merging her love of education and advocacy within a policy making framework.
T. Doby holds a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, and is diligently finishing her M.Ed in Urban Education from Holy Names University.
Nicole Henderson, 2016 DWJ Public Policy Fellow
Nicole Henderson received her B.A. in Political Science and M.A. and credential in Special Education from San Francisco State University. With a passion for public service, Nicole currently works for San Francisco Unified School District as an Education Specialist, serving students in grades K-12 with Mild/Moderate disabilities. Nicole has a special interest in Education Policy reform especially as it concerns working with children and families in foster care and how to manage the system to better serves students of color.
Simone Thelemaque, inaugural 2015 cohort & 2016 DWJ Public Policy Senior Fellow
Daisy Ozim, is the Community Engagement Coordinator at TAYSF and the creator of Resilient Wellness, a health education programmed designed to end the cycles of multi-generational trauma in communities of color and the owner of 13th Goddess, a professional clothing line made from AfroLatina patterns. She has been involved in community based outreach and advocacy and civic youth engagement, since her late teens. As a seasoned health advocate, based in San Francisco bay area, she's a fierce proponent of health and wellness as well as decolonizing all aspects of the public sector. She has studied and obtained degree's in Human Biology and Behavioral and Social sciences as well as Public Health. On top of that, she has dedicated time outside of her advocacy life to train in holistic health. She has worked on several issues including, health care quality for young women, public health implications of police violence, increasing visibility of self-care for social justice advocates and political empowerment for young women.
Nikki Thompson, Esq. 2016 DWJ Public Policy Senior Fellow
Nikki Thompson, Esq. is currently a Congressional Aide for Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8), the Ranking Member on the Budget Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has worked under the Chief Privacy Officer at the Department Education, under the Executive Director of Transportation in the Congressional and Public Affairs office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and as a policy analyst for the independent investment firm, American Continental Group. She received a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida in 2012 and a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law in 2015. She is a member of the Georgia State Bar and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In 2016, she was named one of "DMV's Top 30 under 30," and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.