Matsui Center Cal-in-Sacramento Fellows

Riley Thompson

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

Riley Thompson (she/they) is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley studying Political Science, Rhetoric, and Public Policy. They are passionate about policy and legislation, which they were introduced to in high school through a program called Youth and Government (Y&G). Now, as a staff member for Y&G, they are particularly interested in issues related to youth and are committed to empowering youth voices. This passion has resulted in their participation in a research project focused on...

Nathalie Guillen

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

Nathalie Guillen is a Latindigenous student studying Legal Studies and Public Policy. She was born and raised in San Francisco, growing up in a single-parent household headed by her mother (an immigrant from Peru) in the supportive-housing development on Treasure Island. Her low-income, first-gen status has played a major role in shaping her perspective regarding economic and racial justice and has heavily influenced her professional trajectory. Nathalie’s passion for social justice stems from...

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...

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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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...

Vivian Kuang

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

Vivian Kuang is a sophomore studying Political Economy (with a concentration in Inequality in the U.S.) and Data Science. She is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and was born and raised in the Bay Area. Growing up and seeing crises of injustice unfold that her generation would have to inherit, she became passionate about bringing her perspective to spaces that shape government policy and radically rethinking how government can serve people that have been historically neglected. She is...

Sinchana Srinivas

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

Sinchana Srinivas is a first-generation Indian-American intending to study Public Health and Political Economy. Having grown up in California and South India, she has experienced different healthcare systems and aims to continue to learn more about California-specific legislation and offices that aim to resolve issues regarding healthcare inequities.


She has worked with non-profits in Southern California and is currently involved with a nonprofit that connects
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Nancy Kim

Class of 2023
2022 Cal-in-Sacramento
2022 Schaeffer Fellowship
Placement: Congressional and Public Affairs Department, Millenium Challenge Corporation Placement Location:

Nancy Kim is a junior from Dublin, Ohio studying Economics and Media Studies. Her career interests include equitable economic and workforce development policies. After graduation, she hopes to combine her communications and policy background to implement programs that not only promote economic well-being, but also focus on raising marginalized communities.
Nancy currently serves as the Chief Communications
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Sebastian Orozco

Class of 2024
2023 Cal-in-Sacramento

Sebastian Orozco is a current fourth year student at UC Berkeley. He is majoring in Ethnic Studies and Political Science, with a minor in Education. As a first generation, low income student, he witnessed first hand the inequalities that plague his hometown of East Los Angeles. From under-resourced schools to outdated curriculum in the classrooms, at a young age, he developed a passion and need to advocate for himself and his community alike. He is passionate about issues regarding education, especially the policies that shape the curriculum that is taught in schools. This summer, he...