The Karel Fellowship has been around since 2012. Here’s a quick look at what some of our past Fellows have been up to.

2019 Fellows

Naomi Cruz graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in public relations.  She spent her summer as a Fellow interning for the National Wildlife Federation, a nonprofit whose mission is to unite Americans from all walks of life in giving wildlife a voice. Naomi is now working at the Partnership for Strong Families as a child welfare case manager!


Z Estimé is a student at Mount Holyoke College, studying anthropology. For their fellowship, Key was matched with Martha’s Table, a nonprofit that is dedicated to supporting children, families, and communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food, and family supports. They are now a development and communications intern at Roots Rising!


Maryam Iftikhar is a student at Hood College, majoring in global studies. She spent her summer interning for Families USA, a nonprofit that is dedicated to ensuring high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all.


Camryn Jackson graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelors in journalism and a minor in sociology. For her Fellowship, Camryn interned at Mary’s Center, a nonprofit that provides medical, social, and education services to families in the greater Washington D.C. area. She is now working at a nonprofit called Concerned Citizens for a Better Algiers!


Cindy Jara graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in public relations and criminology. She spent her summer interning for the Children’s Defense Fund, an organization that is dedicated to making sure every child gets what they need to thrive and reach their full potential. Cindy is now a digital communications associate at Reach Higher!


Taina Perez graduated from Franklin and Marshall  College with a Bachelors in environmental studies. For her Fellowship, she interned at The Communications Network, a network of foundation and nonprofit leaders who share ideas, evidence, and lessons about how smart communications improve lives. Taina is now pursuing a Masters degree in environmental management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies!


Patricia Sanchez-Ramirez graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University with Bachelors in sociology and a minor in computer science. She spent her summer as Karel Fellow interning for Living Cities, a philanthropic collaborative of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions working to improve the economic well-being of low-income people in cities. Patricia is now pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at North Carolina State University!


Paige Swanson graduated from Yale University with a Bachelors in political science. For her Fellowship, she was matched with Spitfire Strategies, a public relations firm that helps nonprofits and foundations make positive change happen. Paige is currently working as an account assistant with Mal Warwick Donordigital!


2018 Fellows

Tarek Deida graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelors in American history. He spent his time as a Karel Fellow interning for Living Cities, a philanthropic collaborative of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions working to improve the economic well-being of low-income people in cities. Tarek is now working at Copley Equity Partners as a private equity associate!


Lauryn Fanguen graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors in political science. For her Fellowship, Lauryn was matched with Spitfire Strategies, a public relations firm that helps nonprofits and foundations make positive change happen. She is now an elections and campaigns press officer at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America!


Tamara Gomez-Ortigoza graduated from Dartmouth College with Bachelors in economics and public policy. She spent her summer as Karel Fellow interning for Families USA, a leading nonprofit and national voice for health care consumers that is dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all. She is now working at the Boston Consulting Group as a social impact ambassador!


David Guirgis graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelors in social policy and a minor in critical theory. For his Fellowship, David was matched with the International Partnership for Microbicides, a group of nonprofit enterprises that is dedicated to providing women with affordable, self-initiated HIV-prevention strategies they can use to protect their own health. David is now a digital strategist for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee!


Dayna Hood graduated from Trinity Washington University with a Bachelors in journalism and media studies. She spent her summer as a Karel Fellow interning for the Afterschool Alliance, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs. Dayna is now pursuing a Masters in childhood education from the Hunter College School of Education!


Inaya Payne-Wilks graduated from Williams College with a Bachelors in statistics. For her Fellowship, Inaya interned at Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. The semester after her Fellowship, Inaya studied abroad in Japan!


Lia Tavarez graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a Bachelors in government and a minor in Arabic. She spent her summer as a Fellow interning for Urban Alliance, a nonprofit that empowers under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training and mentorship. Lia is now a program associate at the Blue Ridge Labs at Robin Hood!


Tamarra Thal graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in public relations. For her Fellowship, she interned at the Truth Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past. Tamarra is now working in external communications at IBM!


2016 Fellows

Jeanette Alcaraz graduated from University of Arizona with a Bachelors in business management. Jeanette spent her summer as a Karel Fellow interning with GreenLatinos, a nonprofit that advocates for environmental issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community. She is now a human resources recruiter at Clinica de La Raza!


Adrian Cibran is a student at the University of Florida studying public relations with an outside concentration in business administration and a minor in Spanish. He spent his summer as a Karel Fellow interning at Amnesty International USA, whose mission is to unite people from all over the world using research, action and advocacy. Adrian is now the assistant digital studio manager at The Agency!


Karen Franco graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelors in politics. For her Fellowship, Karen was matched with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an advocacy organization working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly consequences around the world. Karen is now an account executive at Katz&Associates!


Luisa Guaracao graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in public relations and Portuguese. She spent her summer as a Fellow interning at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition dedicated to promoting and protecting civil and human rights of all people in the United States. Luisa is now the program manager of the Karel Fellowship and a senior coordinator at Burness!


Sean Mock graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelors in political science. For his Fellowship, Sean was matched with The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan research and policy institute that pursues federal and state policies designed to both reduce poverty and to restore fiscal responsibility. Sean is now a senior grant writer at the Neighborhood Developers!


Emmanuel Oyalabu graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a Bachelors in public health. He spent his summer as a Karel Fellow interning with the World Wildlife Fund, a global nonprofit, working to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on earth. Emmanuel is now pursuing a Masters in biomedical science at Drexel University College of Medicine!


Jackie Salg graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a Bachelors in American studies. For her Fellowship, Jackie was matched with Martha’s Table, a nonprofit whose mission is to build a better future through healthy food, affordable clothing, and quality education. Jackie is now the chief marketing officer for Pressed & Dressed.


Kimberly Sanford graduated Harvard College with a degree in women studies and a minor in government. She spent her summer as a Karel Fellow interning at the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit whose mission is to safeguard the earth – its people, its plants and animals, and the natural system on which all life depends. Kimberly is now a high school teacher at Greenwood High School!


Gislene Tasayco graduated from Trinity Washington with a Bachelors in political science and government. For her fellowship, Gislene was matched with the Polaris Project, a nonprofit whose goal is to eradicate modern slavery by systemically disrupting the human trafficking networks. Gislene is now a senior specialist at the National League of Cities!


2015 Fellows

Nergis LemusNergis Lemus graduated from Trinity Washington with a Bachelors in political science and government. Nergis spent her summer as a Karel Fellow working for the Special Olympics DC, whose mission is to provide year-round sports training in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She now works for the DC Government as the assistant to the director of Forensic Science!


Milliecia LacyMilliecia Lacy graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelors in international studies and political science. Milliecia spent her summer as a Karel Fellow working for the Communications Network. The Communications Network is a nonprofit organization comprised of social sector leaders who share the belief that smart strategic communications has the power to transform society and improve lives. Milliecia is now pursuing a medical degree from the Harvard Extension Program!


Kindra NicolKindra Nicol graduated from Trinity Washington University with a Bachelors in international business. Kindra spent her summer as a Karel Fellow working with Save the Children Action Network. Save the Children is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child has the best chance for success. Kindra is now a program outreach and engagement associate at Children’s Defense Fund!


Betzaida NolascoBetzaida Nolasco graduated from the University of Maryland with a double major in criminology & criminal justice and romance languages. Betzaida spent her summer as a Karel Fellow working for DC Vote. Founded in 1998, DC Vote is a national citizen engagement and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening democracy and securing equality for all in the District of Columbia. Betzaida is now a human resources payroll assistant at the University of Maryland!


Marcia Puig-LluchMarcia Puig-Lluch graduated from American University with a Bachelors in international/global studies. Marcia worked for Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) during her summer as Karel Fellow. WOW works to build pathways to economic security and equality of opportunity for women, families and elders. Marcia is now a coordinator for the American Gastroenterological Association!


Lauren ShiplettLauren Shiplett graduated from the George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in international affairs. Lauren was hosted by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which conducts research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies, during her fellowship. She is now a publicist at VICE Media!


Aaron ZeilerAaron Zeiler graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in public relations and a minor in Spanish. Aaron was hosted by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world, during his summer as Karel Fellow. He is now a communications manager at the Civil Rights Corps!


2014 Fellows

Taylor Brandon graduated from the DePaul University with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and advertising. She spent her time as a Fellow at the Food Recovery Network, an organization that organizes college students to donate their surplus and unused food. At FRN Taylor provided communications support for the launch of Food Recovery Certified. She is now a freelance creative research consultant!


Eura_Chang2 Eura Chang graduated from Macalester College with a double major in political science and educational studies and a minor in French & Francophone studies. Eura was hosted by DC Vote, an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to securing full voting representation in Congress for District residents, during her summer as a Karel Fellow. She is now pursuing a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and is a law clerk at Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.!


Calvin Jackson graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.calvin_jackson During his fellowship, Calvin was hosted by the Campaign for Youth Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under 18 in the adult criminal justice system. He is now a program cooridinator/organizer at Critical Exposure!


yoo_jin_kangYoo-Jin Kang graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with her Bachelor of Arts in language and cultural studies and interdisciplinary studies. During her summer as a Karel Fellow, Yoo Jin worked with Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. She is now a coordinator for alcohol and other drugs at American University!


Sivan SheriffeSivan Sherriffe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication from the George Washington University in May 2015. During her fellowship, Sivan worked with Greenpeace, the largest independent direct-action environmental organization in the world. She is now a communications associate for the Center for Law and Social Policy.


Karen_VanegasKaren Vanegas graduated from the University of Maryland with a double major in broadcast journalism and government and politics. During her fellowship, Karen was hosted by Mary’s Center, a nonprofit that provides medical, social and education services to families in the greater Washington D.C. area. She is now a communications associate at Univision!


Elizabeth_TejedaElizabeth Tejeda graduated from the University of Florida in 2017. She was hosted by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids during her summer as a Karel Fellow. The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Elizabeth is now business system analyst at Whole Foods!


2013 Fellows

Ava L.J. Kim graduated from Macalester College in 2014 with a degree in Creative Writing. She was hosted by YWCA National Capital Area during her summer as a Karel Fellow. The YWCA National Capital Area strives to dismantle barriers that women and girls of color face to personal, education, and professional success. Ava is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania!


Mina Radman, MPS graduated from UF in 2014 with a degree in journalism. She was hosted by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids when she was a Karel Fellow. The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Mina is now a director of public affairs at SKDKnickerbocker!


Gaby Gomez received her A.A. in international/global studies from Montgomery College in 2013 and received her B.A. in political science and government from the University of Maryland College Park in 2015. She was hosted by the Latino Economic Development Center when she was a Karel Fellow. The Latino Economic Development Center works to drive the economic and social advancement of low-to moderate-income Latinos and other underserved communities. Gaby is currently a media relations specialist at UnidosUS!


Roland Walker graduated from the University of Florida. He was hosted by DC SCORES when he was a Karel Fellow. DC SCORES cultivates neighborhood teams that provide kids in need the confidence and skills they need to succeed.


Samir Zaim, Ph.D. graduated from Carleton College in 2014 with a degree in mathematics/statistics. He was hosted by Education Trust during his summer as a Karel Fellow. Education Trust advocate for the high academic achievement of all students, particularly those of color and/or living in poverty through policy and practice, advocacy and legislative affairs. Samir is currently a Data Scientist for Code for Venezuela!


Thaddaeus Gregory

Thaddaeus Gregory graduated from Carleton College in 2015 with a degree in sociology and anthropology. He was hosted by the Campaign for Youth Justice when he was a Karel Fellow. The Campaign for Youth Justice is a national initiative focused on ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under age 18 in the adult criminal justice system. Thaddaeus is currently an attorney at Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S.!


Vicky Rodriguez graduated from Franklin & Marshall College. She was hosted by Casa de Maryland when she was a Karel Fellow. Casa de Maryland organizes and advocates for expanding opportunities for Latino and immigrant individuals in Maryland. Vicky is currently a Cleveland Heights-University Heights Teacher!


2012 Fellows

Alison Preston graduated from DePaul University.


Brittany Jones graduated from DePaul University in 2013 with a degree in journalism. She was hosted by the Nonprofit Round Table of Greater Washington when she was a Karel Fellow. The Nonprofit Round Table aimed to provide nonprofits and nonprofit leaders direct support via peer-to-peer discussions, public policy forums to foster dialogue between nonprofit leaders, and media workshops. Brittany is currently a forensic therapist at SSG Project 180!


Deon Jones graduated from American University in 2014 with a degree in political science. He was hosted by he Campaign for Youth Justice when he was a Karel Fellow. The Campaign for Youth Justice is a national initiative focused on ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under age 18 in the adult criminal justice system. Deon is currently a creative collaborator and producer at the Glenn Kaino Studio!


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Michael Stanley graduated from Duke University with a degree in public policy analysis. Michael is currently working in digital media at The Lions NY!


Nathalie Sun graduated from Carleton College with a degree in international relations in 2014. She was hosted by AERAS when she was a Karel Fellow. AERAS is a nonprofit biotech advancing the development of tuberculosis vaccinations. Nathalie is currently a measurement engagement lead at Google!


Oluwaseun Roberts, Esq. graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with a degree in public relations and minor in nonprofit leadership, with a concentration in business and public affairs. She was hosted by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids when she was a Karel Fellow. The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Roberta is currently a special assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and serves as a Christian life & leadership coach!


Yves Gomes earned his A.A. from Montgomery College in 2012 and went on to graduate from the University of Maryland College Park with a B.S. in biochemistry. He was hosted by the Nonprofit Round Table of Greater Washington when he was a Karel Fellow. The Nonprofit Round Table aimed to provide nonprofits and nonprofit leaders direct support via peer-to-peer discussions, public policy forums to foster dialogue between nonprofit leaders, and media workshops.He is currently a pharmacist at Safeway!