Recent Fellows

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

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. The summer after his Fellowship, Tarek was a community affairs intern for the NYC Mayor’s Office!


Lauryn Fanguen is a student at the University of Maryland, studying 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 a state policy media intern at Planned Parenthood!


Tamara Gomez-Ortigoza is a student at Dartmouth College, studying 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. The semester after her Fellowship she studied abroad in Argentina!


David Guirgis is a student at Northwestern University, studying social policy. 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 and self-initiated HIV-prevention strategies they can use to protect their own health. The summer after his Fellowship he interned for the Office of Senator Richard Durbin!


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 The Hunter College School of Education!


Inaya Payne-Wilks is a student at Williams College, studying statistics. For her Fellowship, Inaya interned at 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. The semester after her Fellowship, Inaya studied abroad in Japan!


Lia Tavarez is a student at Franklin & Marshall College, majoring in government with a minor is 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. The semester after her Fellowship, Lia studied abroad in Jordan!


Tamarra Thal is a student at the University of Florida majoring in public relations. For her Fellowship, she interned at Truth Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past. Tamarra is now a communications intern 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 national nonprofit that advocates for policies addressing national, regional and local 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.  The semester after his Fellowship, Adrian became 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. The summer after completing her Fellowship, Karen interned for the City of Los Angeles!


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!


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 project funding manager at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity!


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.


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 associate at 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 an early childhood education assistant teacher at the YMCA!


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 Gastroentrological 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 an account executive at Edelman!


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 an account coordinator at Spitfire Strategies!


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 an communications associate at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


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 a state operations coordinator at Stand for Children Colorado!


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 trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under 18 in the adult criminal justice system. He is now a campaign organizer at Vote16!


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 staff assistant at the International Monetary Fund!


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 pursuing a Masters in information and communications technology at the University of Denver!


2013 Fellows