Matsui Center Schaeffer Government Fellows

Daira Rivera

Class of 2024
2023 Democracy Camp in Berkeley Student Director
2023 Democracy Camp in Berkeley
2022 Schaeffer Fellowship
2022 Democracy Camp in Berkeley
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Daira grew up in Hayward California and her parents are from Nayarit Mexico. She is currently a senior attending UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science with a minor in public policy. Her career is geared towards being a civil rights attorney and one day working in public policy. Throughout her upbringing, she became aware of the systematic failures that affect low-income POC and wants to dedicate her career to aid the effort in changing them. She ultimately wants a career in public service that will fulfill her...

Anastasia Koruga

Class of 2025
2024 Schaeffer Fellowship

Jasel Rosadele Steinmetz

Class of 2025
2024 Schaeffer Fellowship

As the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, Jasel discovered her passion for social justice advocacy at a young age. The generational struggle of racial injustice experienced by her mother, grandmother, and family extended beyond her own story, echoing the immigrant experience worldwide. Driven by her passion to help her community, she engaged in voter outreach and canvassing to amplify Latine representation and catalyzed educational policy reform, through the piloting of Ethnic Studies and restorative justice training in her district. Ultimately, these experiences inspired her to...

Sanya Khan

Class of 2025
2024 Schaeffer Fellowship

My name is Sanya Khan. I am a third-year student at the University of California, Berkeley, currently working towards a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in public policy. I have a strong interest in restorative justice and foreign relations and have taken a variety of courses to deepen my understanding of the complexities of the international system. I hope to attain a J.D. after completing my undergraduate studies, and eventually pursue a career in the field of international law and policy. In my spare time, I enjoy music, hiking, and furthering my curiosities...

Jennifer Tien Tran

Class of 2026
2024 Schaeffer Fellowship

Jennifer Tran (she/her) is a rising junior at UC Berkeley, studying education sciences and political science. As a first-generation student coming from a low-income, majority-minority community, Tran is passionate about rectifying the inequities of the education system. Her experiences in education inform all areas of her work–past, present, and future. In high school, Tran served as the Student Board Member for the Garden Grove Unified School District during the 2021-2022 school year, representing more than 40,000 students in Orange County, California, after creating the position in...

Antonio Caceres

Class of 2025
2024 Schaeffer Fellowship

Antonio Cáceres is a third-year student studying history with a minor in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Born and raised in Southern California, he has engaged in public service since high school. Most recently, he was a two-time Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern at El Pueblo Historical Monument and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.

Antonio is currently serving as External Chief-of-Staff for the ASUC Student Advocate’s Office (SAO). SAO is an executive, nonpartisan office that provides free and confidential casework services for...

Hanan Coronado

Class of 2025
2024 Schaeffer Fellowship

Hanan Coronado, a first-generation college student from East Los Angeles, is currently a junior transfer at UC Berkeley, majoring in cultural anthropology with a minor in human rights. Her academic journey centers around unraveling the complex relationships between power, culture, and global human rights issues. Hanan is particularly passionate about addressing pressing challenges such as refugee crises, sexual violence, and human trafficking, with a focus on Latin America and conflict-affected regions.

During her internship at the United States Agency for...

Mariana Martinez-Bautista

Class of 2026
2024 Schaeffer Fellowship

Mariana Martinez was born and raised in the Central Valley, and is a first-generation student at UC Berkeley studying political science and public policy. She was raised by immigrant parents who have instilled in her the values of hard work and determination, and she was raised in a Hispanic community that was heavily affected by the immigration system. Having family members directly impacted by the long history of the United States' border security and immigration policies has led to her passion for advocacy regarding immigrant communities, predominantly in low-income areas....

Matthew Aini

Class of 2025
2024 Schaeffer Fellowship
2023 Cal-in-Sacramento

Matt Aini is a campus junior pursuing a BA in Political Science and a BS in Business Administration. A lifelong resident of the East Bay city of Dublin, CA, Matt was curious at a young age about how fast-growing cities like Dublin managed their growth and used community development to improve the quality of life for community members. Borne out of this curiosity has been a mission to advance responsible land use to make communities more sustainable, affordable, and connected. Matt has been proudly serving his community as a member of the Dublin Planning Commission since 2022, where...