After their service year ends, Fellows assist the program by recruiting applicants and/or mentors, and by participating in information and training sessions. Browse or search the list of former Fellows below. View our current Gardner fellows here.

2018

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Major:
Political Science & American Studies with a Focus on Gender in Law and Society
Home town:
Santa Barbara, California
Service Interest:
Reproductive Justice, LGBTQ+ Advocacy
Marandah Field-Elliot spent her Berkeley years expanding and protecting the autonomy, rights, and justice those who been impacted by sexual violence and reproductive injustice. Her first year on campus, she became a member of the ASUC...
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Major:
Public Health with minor in Public Policy
Home town:
Modesto, California
Service Interest:
Domestic Health Policy
Marco Ramirez, born and raised in the Central Valley, grew up idolizing Cesar Chavez and his mission to improve working conditions for farm workers. At UC Berkeley, Marco majored in Public Health and minored in Public Policy. His passion...
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Major:
Political Science with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice
Home town:
Cairo, Egypt / Valencia, CA
Service Interest:
International human rights, refugee protection, accountability for atrocities
Youstina is a proud member of the Coptic community, one of the oldest and most persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East. Her childhood experiences in Cairo, Egypt, and subsequent resettlement in the U.S. instilled in her a...

2017

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Major:
Public Health major, Global Poverty & Practice minor
Placement:
International Rescue Committee
Home town:
Huntington Beach, California
Service Interest:
International human rights, refugee rights, women's health
Berkeley experience:Thanh spent her time at UC Berkeley working to address health inequities, programs and policies that affect marginalized communities. She worked in student government to establish resources for survivors of sexual...
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Major:
History minor English
Placement:
Human Rights Watch
Home town:
Cupertino, CA
Service Interest:
Women’s Human Rights in South Asia
Berkeley experience:Sagaree spent her years in Berkeley learning about gender, race, and postcoloniality, in her academics and in her organizing work. She taught a DeCal on Women’s Literature in order to encourage critical media...
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Major:
History
Placement:
World Wildlife Fund
Home town:
Ojai, California
Service Interest:
Water policy, river conservation, environmental justice, and journalism
Berkeley experience: Michelaina found her love of water at UC Berkeley. In the summer 2014, Michelaina did an internship at the Museum of Ventura County that ignited her interest in water policy. Since then, she has conducted extensive...

2016

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Major:
Political Science with a focus on International Relations
Placement:
Department of Justice, Office of Legal Policy
Home town:
Tehran, Iran / Glendale, CA
Service Interest:
Legislation, Reforms, and Policy Making
Berkeley experience: Lernik’s journey to Berkeley was a long and circuitous one.  Lernik was born in Karaj, Iran (her family had to leave Tehran because of the Iran-Iraq War), but then returned to Tehran shortly after the War ended....
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Major:
Political Science
Placement:
Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Home town:
Studio City, California
Service Interest:
Foreign Policy / East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa
Cameron learned about the value of public service from his grandfather, Michael Silverberg, who fought for civil rights as a young attorney in the 1960s and then later fought for better health care for people suffering from mental illness...
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Major:
Political Science
Placement:
Human Rights Watch, Health and Human Rights Division
Home town:
Berkeley, CA
Service Interest:
Refugee rights, women’s rights, and international affairs
Berkeley Experience: Courtney entered the University of California, Berkeley as a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar, and graduated with high honors in Political Science with a focus on international relations. During her four years at...

2015

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Major:
Ethnic Studies
Placement:
The Vera Institute of Justice and NJ-STEP
Home town:
Norwalk, CA
Service Interest:
Education in prison, Re-entry & higher education
Berkeley Experience: Danny graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors in Arts degree in Ethnic Studies with a focus on race and prisons. While attending UC Berkeley Danny was a Ronald E. McNair and George A....
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Major:
Theater and Performance Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies; Global Poverty and Practice Minor
Placement:
Poetic Theater Productions
Home town:
Santa Cruz, CA
Service Interest:
Public Arts Engagement and Community Development
Berkeley Experience: Danielle arrived at Berkeley impassioned to work within the arts and public service. She immediately was drawn towards BUILD within the Public Service Center, through which she served as a Literacy Mentor in various...
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Major:
History; Political Science
Placement:
Human Rights Watch
Home town:
Mission Viejo, California
Service Interest:
Disability rights, transitional justice, international affairs
Berkeley experience: Paras graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with honors in History and Political Science. Over four years he actively participated in student government as a Senior Associate Justice for the Associated...

2014

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Major:
Peace and Conflict Studies, Global Poverty and Practices Minor
Placement:
Children’s Village
Mentors:
Regis McDonald (Senior Vice President for Programs & Policy)
Home town:
Hometown: Norfolk, CT
Service Interest:
Programs for the Homeless, Runaway, and/or Foster Youth
Berkeley Experience: Kati graduated with honors with a major in peace and conflict studies and a minor in global poverty and practice. During her time at Cal, Kati has developed a passion for public health, especially related to...
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Major:
Interdisciplinary Studies, focused on Human Rights and Environmental Policy
Placement:
Natural Resources Defense Council
Mentors:
Kit Kennedy (Clean Energy Counsel, Energy & Transportation Program) and Jake Schmidt (International Climate Policy Director)
Home town:
Malibu, CA
Service Interest:
Environmental policy and human rights
Berkeley Experience: Megan started volunteering for CALPIRG during her first semester at UC Berkeley, which launched her passion in environmental justice, the intersection between the deterioration of the environment and the welfare of...
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Major:
Geography
Placement:
United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Mentors:
Bobby Goode USDA State Director Tennessee, and USDA Undersecretary Doug O’Brien
Home town:
Garrett Park, MD
Service Interest:
Poverty in rural Appalachian communities
Berkeley Experience: Coming to Berkeley from an internship on environmental justice in the coalfields of West Virginia, the Geography Department and its approach to pairing environmental and social sciences was the perfect place for Gabe...

2013

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Major:
History
Placement:
The Advancement Project
Mentors:
Jim Eichner (Managing Director, Programs)
Home town:
Chino, CA
Service Interest:
Community development and civil rights
Berkeley experience:After transferring from Mt. San Antonio Community College to UC Berkeley, Sean immediately became involved in a number of on-campus organizations working towards social justice, primarily as an advocate for prison...
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Major:
Political Economy with a minor in Education
Placement:
Children Now
Mentors:
Ted Lempert (President)
Home town:
Oakland, CA
Service Interest:
Educational inequality
Berkeley experience:Allyson Little graduated highest distinction with a degree in Political Economy and a minor in Education. Attending Cal during a time of severe fiscal crisis shaped her undergraduate career and strengthened her...
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USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellow/Congressional Legislative Fellow
U.S. House of Representatives
Major:
Peace and Conflict Studies and Media Studies, with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice
Placement:
United Nations Development Project—Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF)
Mentors:
Adriana Dinu (Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Executive Coordinator)
Home town:
Encinitas, CA
Service Interest:
International development
Berkeley Experience:Stephanie graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and Media Studies and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice.  While at Cal, Stephanie has focused on development issues. During her...

2012

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Major:
American Studies and Spanish Literature
Placement:
Jampolsky Outreach Foundation
Home town:
Oakland, CA
Service Interest:
Youth engagement in urban communities and nonprofit management
Berkeley experienceDiana graduated with a degree in American Studies and Spanish. While at Cal, Diana combined her academic work with her passion for community building and youth development. She tailored her coursework in the Center for...
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Major:
History with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice
Placement:
Louisiana Capital Assistance Center
Home town:
San Diego, California
Service Interest:
Criminal justice reform and indigent representation
Berkeley ExperienceAndrew graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Berkeley with a degree in history and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. During his junior year, Andrew became extremely interested in issues of mass incarceration and the prison...
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Major:
Political Science and Classical Civilizations
Placement:
Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. State Department
Home town:
Nis, Serbia
Service Interest:
War Crimes, Human Rights
Berkeley ExperienceZarko graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest distinction in both Political Science and Classical Civilizations. At the UC Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center, he helped in creating the Virtual Tribunal - a project that...

2011

8th Grade Science Teacher
Baychester Middle School Bronx
Placement:
AIDS Programme, UN Women
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Major:
Political Science with a minor in Art History
Placement:
Americans for the Arts
Mentors:
Narric Rome, Senior Director of Federal Affairs and Arts Education
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Growth Manager
Summit Public Schools
Major:
Political Science
Placement:
Summit Public Schools
Mentors:
Diane Tavenner, Director and Bruce Brege, Chief Operating Officer
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Major:
Political Science, Society & Environment, minor in Applied Language Studies
Placement:
Office of Global Change, U.S. Department of State
Mentors:
Jonathan Pershing, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change and Christina Chan, Foreign Affairs Officer

2010

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Major:
Anthropology, minor in Public Policy
Placement:
Corporation for National and Community Service
Mentors:
James Siegal, Chief of Staff
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Major:
Political Economy with an independent concentration in sustainable development in Latin America
Placement:
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
Mentors:
Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy
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White House Council of Economic Advisors
Major:
Political Economy, Economics
Placement:
White House Council of Economic Advisers
Mentors:
Jay Shambaugh, Chief Economist

2009

Major:
Geography, minor in Peace and Conflict Studies
Placement:
Environmental Defense Fund
Mentors:
Jennifer A. Haverkamp, Managing Director for International Policy & Negotiations, Environmental Defense Fund
Major:
Environmental Sciences
Placement:
The Pacific Institute, Oakland CA
Mentors:
Swati Prakash, Catalina Garzon and Eli Moore
Special Assistant
U.S. Department of State
Major:
History and Political Science
Placement:
South and Central Asian (SCA) Affairs Bureau, Department of State
Mentors:
Patricia Mahoney; Director; India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Maldives Affairs

2008

Major:
Psychology/Sociology
Placement:
Mercy Corps Social Innovations Team
Mentors:
David Lehr, Program Advisor; Karen Doyle Grossman, Director of Social Innovations
Placement:
WHO Director of Water, Sanitation and the Environment
Mentors:
World Health Organization
Major:
Peace and Conflict Studies
Placement:
International Rescue Committee, New York, NY
Mentors:
Anne Richard, Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy

2007

Major:
Development Studies and French
Placement:
Gender Bureau, United Nations Development Program, New York, NY
Mentors:
Winnie Byanyima, Director
Law Clerk
US Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
Major:
Political Science
Placement:
Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Washington DC
Mentors:
Tim Gaffaney, Research Director
Major:
Ethnic Studies and Geography
Placement:
Department of Housing Preservation and Development, New York, NY
Mentors:
Shaun Donovan, Commissioner

2006

Major:
Business Administration, Rhetoric
Placement:
World Bank, Africa Financial Sector Washington, D.C.
Mentors:
Anthony Thompson, Sector Manager
Major:
Political Science, Social Welfare
Placement:
United Nations Development Program, Latin America, New York, N.Y.
Mentors:
Rebecca Grynspan, Regional Director
Major:
Anthropology, Political Science
Placement:
Office of Sentor Hillary Clinton, Washington D.C.
Mentors:
Mildred Otero, Legislative Assistant

2005

Policy Advisor
State Department Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.
Major:
Peace and Conflict Studies
Placement:
International Center for Transitional Justice, New York, NY
Mentors:
Marieke Wierda, Senior Associate
Major:
Economics
Placement:
Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, New York, NY
Mentors:
Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning
Public Defender
Office of the Public Defender, Santa Clara County
Placement:
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Major:
Psychology; Public Policy minor
Placement:
Youth Service America, Washington, DC
Mentors:
Steven Culbertson, President and CEO

2004

Placement:
Mayor's Office of Economic Development, City of Los Angeles
Placement:
Vera Institute of Justice
Federal Investigator, Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Placement:
National Immigration Project
Placement:
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

2003

Placement:
National Resources Defense Council
Office of Legal Advisor
US Department of State
Placement:
World Bank Inspection Panel
Placement:
UNIFEM- United Nations Development Fund for Women
Placement:
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

2002

Asylum Officer
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Placement:
The Tahirih Justice Center
Senior Policy Advisor
Office of Global Criminal. Justice at the U.S. Department of State
Placement:
Open Society Institute
Placement:
Henry Street Settlement’s Abron Arts Center
Cyber Policy Advisor
Department of Defense/Office of the Under Secretary for Policy
Placement:
Center for Policy Alternatives

2001

Placement:
National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Executive Director
Youth and Strategic Initiatives Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, City of New York
Placement:
The Prison Moratorium Project
Placement:
D.C. Agenda
Health Services Planner & Evaluator
Contra Costa County Health Services, Mental Health Administration
Placement:
National Council on Crime and Delinquency

2000

Senior Advisor for Diaspora Partnerships
United States Agency for International Development
Placement:
Grameen Foundation
Placement:
San Francisco Foundation
Placement:
National Endowment for the Humanities

1999

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs
The White House
Placement:
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
Deputy County Counsel
County of Santa Clara
Placement:
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Equal Opportunity Specialist
Department of Labor
Placement:
Campaign for Labor Rights
Placement:
Los Angeles City Councilmember, Nick Pacheco

1998

Placement:
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Placement:
U.S. Senate Comm. on Environ. and Public Works
Placement:
Safe and Sound Campaign
Resident Psychiatrist
San Mateo County
Placement:
US Dept of Health and Human Services - Montanta Office of Rural Health

1997

Placement:
Grameen Foundation
Placement:
Greenlining Institute
Placement:
Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace

1996

Placement:
AIDS Legal Referral Panel
Project Manager
SF Controller's Office
Placement:
State of California Legislative Analyst Office
Policy Analyst, Office of Economic Policy
U.S. Department of Treasury
Placement:
Progressive Policy Institute
Human Services Consultant
California State Assembly Budget Committee
Placement:
Los Angeles Unified School District

1995

Placement:
Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project
Placement:
Jewish Family Services and Jewish Public Affairs Committee

1994

Medical Director for Programs & Research
City of Pasadena Public Health Department
Placement:
Robert Wood Johson Foundation
Placement:
Los Angeles Unified School District
Placement:
Mutual Housing Association
Placement:
US Congressman Vic Fazio’s office (D-CA)

1993

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Housing Investments
HUD, Public and Indian Housing
Placement:
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Board Secretary
Teach for America
Placement:
Enterprise Foundation
Placement:
U.S. Health and Human Services
Placement:
U.S. Senator Bill Bradley’s office
Placement:
U.S. Trade Rep.

1992

Placement:
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Placement:
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Placement:
Center for Law and Education

1991

Placement:
U.S. Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

1990

Placement:
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Senior Political Scientist
RAND
Placement:
U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Rep. Mel Levine
Placement:
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
Deputy Chief (Interim)
San Mateo County Health System
Placement:
US General Accounting Office
Republican General Counsel
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Placement:
US Senate, Office of Bob Dole

1989

Community Development Policy Coordinator & Child Care Planning Council
Alameda County
Placement:
Inter American Dialogue (IAD)/ Aspen Institute
Placement:
Center for Asian Pacific Affairs at the Asia Foundation
Placement:
National Public Radio

1988

Placement:
Knight-Ridder Newspapers
Placement:
U.S. House of Representatives: Office of Rep. Howard Berman
Placement:
U.S. Trade Representative

1987

Placement:
The Development Group for Alternative Policies
Placement:
Inter-American Development Bank
Placement:
US Senate: Office of Senator Pete Wilson

1986

Placement:
Advocacy Institute
Placement:
U.S. Trade Representative
Placement:
U.S. Department of State

1985

Senior Democracy & Governance Advisor
USAID Asia Bureau
Placement:
U.S. Department of Defense
Forest Supervisor
Siuslaw National Forest
Placement:
U.S. Forest Service
Senior Advisor
National Institutes of Health
Placement:
US Senate: Office of Senator Gary Hart
Principal
Folsom Cordova Unified School District
Placement:
Independent Sector
Current Fellow
US Department of Education
Deputy Director for Policy, HOPE - Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement
Office of the Mayor (San Francisco)
Placement:
Board of Supervisors