Matsui Center Cal-in-Sacramento Fellows

Jennifer A Serrano

Class of 2022
2022 Cal-in-Sacramento
Placement: Placement Location: Sacramento, California

Jennifer Serrano is a first-generation Latina student majoring in Political Science. She was raised by her immigrant parents in Elm Vista, a low-income primarily Mexican immigrant neighborhood. With the surge in hate crimes and violence against Latinos and other people of color, Jennifer hopes to use her degree to fight injustices for all people who face discrimination and inequalities, as well as to provide a fighting chance to higher education. Her love for her community has given...

Bailey Henderson

Class of 2023
2022 Cal-in-Sacramento
Placement: Placement Location: Sacramento, California

Bailey Henderson is a junior studying Political Science and Global Studies. He was born and raised in Tracy, CA right outside of the bay area where he first experienced how politics disproportionately affects those in his community. Coming from a small town in the valley, he understands how the issues of those on the periphery can often be neglected and ignored by those in power, especially at the state level. He is most passionate about issues of education, affordable housing, and...

Jackson Smith

Class of 2023
2022 Cal-in-Sacramento
Placement: Placement Location: Sacramento, California

Jackson Smith is a rising 5th year studying Political Economy and Business Administration. Born and raised in the Bay Area with strong family ties to California, he is excited to explore serving the state and its residents through a public service internship. He was inspired to enter a career in public service after witnessing the failures and limitations of governments to address critical social issues amidst the pandemic. His main interests lie in issues related to small businesses,...

Isabel Cholbi

Class of 2022
2022 Cal-in-Sacramento
Placement: Placement Location: Sacramento, California

Isabel Cholbi is a UC Berkeley senior studying Political Economy. Her interests mainly lie in labor law and policy. She would like to pursue a career in public service where she can advocate for the rights of American workers and fight to address the injustices of the US labor system. In fall 2021, Isabel spent a term abroad at the University of Barcelona, which has given her an international perspective on government and society.

Isabel has previously interned with government offices and
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Cindy Nguyen

Class of 2022
2022 Cal-in-Sacramento
Placement: Placement Location: Sacramento, California

Cindy Nguyen is a first-generation Vietnamese-American studying Social Welfare and double minoring in Public Policy and Global Poverty & Practice (GPP). Her career interests include strengthening the social safety net to ensure that families and individuals have access to their basic needs. She plans to earn a Master’s degree in Social Work or Public Policy, with ambitions of working in the public sector to advocate for underrepresented and marginalized communities.

Cindy is involved
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Ayline Ruelas

Class of 2022
2022 Cal-in-Sacramento
Placement: Placement Location: Sacramento, California

Ayline Ruelas is a 22-year-old first generation college student. She grew up watching both her parents having multiple jobs to make ends meet. It wasn’t until she decided to take advantage of her education at community college despite feeling uncertain and lost whether education was the right path for her. She realized a common denominator with first generation-low-income students like herself, not having the ability to succeed at the same rate as other students. In effort to challenge these...

Ashlyn Olah

Class of 2023
2022 Cal-in-Sacramento
Placement: Placement Location: Sacramento, California

Ashlyn Olah is a junior studying Society & Environment with a concentration in US Environmental Policy & Management. Growing up in rural Northern California, in the small town of Chester, she developed a deep appreciation for forest ecosystems and landscapes. With the increasing severity of wildfires in California, she has been able to see how government agencies have failed to protect rural communities in the direct path of rampant wildfires. She hopes to help mitigate the effects of...

Amir Naranjo

Class of 2023
2022 Cal-in-Sacramento
Placement: Placement Location: Sacramento, California

Amir Naranjo was born and raised in Oceanside, California, and is a junior transfer majoring in Sociology and minoring in Education. As a low-income, gay, Afro-Latino, raised by a single mother with 4 younger siblings, Amir experienced many hardships with his own identity and the instability of his family. Through all of these struggles, he learned the power of believing in oneself, igniting a spark that would manifest into his passion for bringing justice and hope to the many communities that...

Lesly Castro

Class of 2023
2022 Cal-in-Sacramento
Placement: Placement Location: Sacramento, California

Lesly Castro is currently a student at UC Berkeley hoping to receive a degree in Legal Studies with a minor in Public Policy. She is a first-generation college student from Salinas, CA. As someone who is the daughter of immigrant parents, and as a person who has first-hand witnessed the hardships of her family and community, she feels it is important to address and bring awareness to the necessities of underrepresented communities. Lesly is most passionate about immigration, education...

Yvette Hernandez

Class of 2024
2022 Cal-in-Sacramento
Placement: Placement Location: Sacramento, California

Yvette Hernandez is a first-generation Chicana student majoring in Public Health and minoring in Public Policy. Yvette is passionate about making higher education and healthcare affordable for working-class families.

Yvette’s interest in improving the healthcare system began during her internship at a family medical clinic, where she experienced working with patients and saw firsthand the flaws in the system. The lack of diversity, the need for preventive care, and the growing number of
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