DWJ Fellows Session #1



DWJ Public Policy Fellows 1st Leadership Circle session tool place at took place at RT Fisher Educational Enterprises with guest speakers Malia Vella, Esq, Mills College; Robyn Fisher, RT Fisher Educational Enterprises; Hon. Lisa Gauthier, City of East Palo Alto; Dr. Kimberly Mayfield Lynch, Holy Names University; Pamela Price, Esq, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Chancellor Jowel Laguerre, Peralta Community College District.

2016 Fellows: Tamisha Walker, Samara Rivers, Erica Duggan, Chrystal Ellis, Camile Dura, Nicole Henderson, Alegra Angelo, Ashley Chambers, Amelia Neal, Brittani Daniels, Terra Doby, Fatima Alleyne (in attendance, missing from photo: Simone Thelemaque, Abigail Mariam and Delthia McKinney).  Staff:  Monica Miller, Charlette Viney and LaNiece Jones

Meet the DWJ 2016 Fellows 

We are excited to have over 100 applicants and 22 strong contenders from NYC, Oregon, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Fresno, Antioch, Oakland and SF.    

Excited to announce our 2016 DWJ Cohorts:  Nicole Henderson - Oakland, CA | Samara Rivers - Oakland, CA | Abigail Mariam - Oakland, CA | Ashley Michelle Chambers - Oakland, CA | Brittinee Phillips - Oakland, CA | Ashley Winston - Hayward, CA | Alegra D Angelo, Hayward, CA | Terra Doby, Hayward, CA | Amelia Neal, San Leandro, CA | Chrystal Ellis, San Leandro, CA | Davu Nuru Asli, Sacramento, CA | Camile Duria, Sacramento, CA | Dr. Fatima Sierre Alleyne, Richmond, CA | Jeanetta Minix, Richmond, CA | Garbralle Conroe, Fresno, CA | Erica Duggan, Concord, CA | Tamisha Walker, Antioch, CA | Delthia Mckinney, San Francisco, CA | Brittani Daniels-Knox. Los Angeles, CA | Jesika Bethea, Bayonne, New Jersey | Rachel Benjamin, Portland, OR | Michelle C. Kogolo, Bronx, NYC |  SENIOR FELLOWS | Simone Thelemaque | Daisy Ozim | Aishatu Yusuf | Charlette Viney | Shahidah Lacy

DEZIE WOODS JONES (DWJ) PUBLIC POLICY FELLOWSHIP is a graduate-level, twelve-month long program that prepares and develops emerging leaders to become advocates and innovators of public policies that positively impact their communities.  The overall goal of the DWJ Public Policy Fellowship initiative is to develop capable BWOPA/TILE’s successors and culture-keepers that will champion a new body of policy work spotlighting BWOPA’s core issues – Criminal Justice Reform, Health, Economic Development and Education. 

With guidance from seasoned political and private industry leaders, DWJ Fellows will:

  • Learn how to craft policies relative to BWOPA’s core interest areas;
  • Participate in educational and professional development training and seminars; 
  • Be given unique opportunities to meet with high-level elected officials and influential leaders who work within the social and political arenas of BWOPA’s core issues;
  • Ascertain and develop political and public service values;
  • Gain invaluable leadership experience by spearheading altruistic projects within California or beyond. 

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