Matsui Center Cal-in-Sacramento Fellows

Katherine Rodriguez

Class of 2024
2023 Cal-in-Sacramento
2023 Ken Burt Fellow

Jennifer Ramirez

Class of 2024
2024 Percy Undergraduate Grant
2023 Ken Burt Fellow
2023 Cal-in-Sacramento
2022 Washington Fellowship
2022 Democracy Camp in DC Student Co-Director
2022 Democracy Camp in DC
2022 Democracy Camp in Berkeley

Jennifer Ramirez is a first-generation Latina studying Economics and Public Policy at UC Berkeley from the Bay Area. Growing up in a mixed-status household, she experienced first-hand the hardships Latinx immigrant families faced, such as the struggle to assimilate, obtain basic needs, and become financially stable. The systematic barriers that limit the upward mobility of historically marginalized communities propelled her to become an advocate in her local community, and pursue a career in public service. After being selected to attend Harvard Kennedy...

Cal-in-Sac Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships

Cal-in-Sacramento Fellowship applicants are invited to apply to one of the following Research Fellowships, which provide additional summer funding in the amount of $2,500 for Cal-in-Sac Fellows. Research Fellowship applications are included in the Cal-in-Sacramento application form.

Carlos Santana

Class of 2025
2024 Cal-in-Sacramento
2024 Ken Burt Fellow

Carlos is a first-generation Latinx student at UC Berkeley, majoring in political science with a minor in Chicanx Latinx studies. Born and raised in the California Central Valley, he is the son and grandson of farmworkers. His paternal grandfather was in the temporary agricultural worker program known as the Bracero Program, and first came to the United States in 1952. His maternal grandparents immigrated to the United States in the early 1960s, and were fieldworkers before finding jobs as cannery workers in Thornton and Lodi, CA. His family history and passion for public...

Ava Wang

Class of 2026
2024 Cal-in-Sacramento

Ava Wang is a sophomore pursuing simultaneous degrees in conservation and resource studies and music. She hopes to someday provide high-quality, affordable private music lessons to children from low-income families alongside a career in environmental policy. At UC Berkeley, she is involved in both the music and environmental communities. She takes jazz voice lessons and sings in the University Chorus and Golden Bear Voices, and she works for ASUC Eco-Senator Ashi Mishra, the Ruhi Freshwater Ecology Lab, and Cal Zero Waste. Having grown up in the Bay Area, she is passionate about...

Karla Vicencio Ramirez

Class of 2026
2024 Cal-in-Sacramento

Karla Vicencio-Ramirez is a first-generation Mexican-American who is double majoring in cognitive science and sociology. Raised by parents who immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico; she has experienced firsthand their struggle to create a stable life here in the states, as they knew little of the English language and its policies when first arriving. It was not only witnessing her parent’s struggle, but also growing up in a low income area that did not have access to many resources, that created this sense of determination and want to advocate for underrepresented individuals within Karla...

Phoebe Truong

Class of 2025
2024 Cal-in-Sacramento

Phoebe is a recent transfer in her third year at UC Berkeley, majoring in society and environment with a minor in public policy. She is interested in equity in higher education, sustainability through solutions such as walkable neighborhoods and public transportation, public service, and more! She became interested in public service at her community college, where she was a student trustee for the San Diego Community College district. She also had the opportunity to intern with Congresswoman Sara Jacobs, and learned a lot from this great experience. Phoebe is passionate about advocacy and...

Amelia Rose Monsour

Class of 2026
2024 Cal-in-Sacramento
2023 Democracy Camp Berkeley Fellow

Amelia Monsour is a sophomore majoring in political science and sociology with a minor in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. A proud graduate of K-12 public schools in Los Angeles, Amelia is passionate about addressing inequities in education and supporting California’s public school system. She is also passionate about addressing economic inequality and hopes to pursue a career in public service and law to advocate for economic justice and educational equity.

Throughout her time at UC Berkeley, Amelia has continued to develop her interest in public service and...

Jade Jaimes-Chavez

Class of 2026
2024 Cal-in-Sacramento

Jade Jaimes Chavez (She/Her/Ella) is a first-generation UC Berkeley student double-majoring in ethnic studies and data science and proudly represents her Mexican-American heritage. Raised in an immigrant, farm-working family from Orange Cove, California, Jade has witnessed firsthand the challenges of violence, poverty, and oppression that affect her family and the broader rural community in their struggle for equitable access to education, healthcare, and essential quality-of-life resources. As the first in her family to attend a 4-year university, Jade actively engages in public service...