Meet the 2012 Class of Fellows

YP4 is proud to introduce you to our 2012 fellowship class! After a rigorous nomination, application and selection process, 150 fellows were selected from 80 campuses in 32 states.

These innovative leaders come from community colleges, state universities, historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, liberal arts colleges and Ivy League universities. Our fellows bring a vital infusion of energy, creativity and passion to the progressive movement and are catalysts for positive change on their campuses and in their communities.


Beatriz de la Espriella, University of Florida

Beatriz is a student at the University of Florida majoring in Criminology. She has been a leader of a student organization for two years. CHISPAS is a student led organization that focuses on addressing the pressing needs of the immigrant community through advocacy and service. She is also the North Florida Steering Committee Representative of the Florida Immigrant Youth Network. In the past two years she has worked with both campus and community members to organize against anti-immigrant legislation and work towards education for all regardless of immigration status. As part of CHISPAS, she started a campaign called Undocumented Not Uneducated that asked the university to effect policy change and openly accept undocumented students. She is a Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Undergraduate Research Scholar and has conducted research to identify the relationship between acculturation, assimilation and analogous delinquent behavior of Hispanic immigrants.


Jenny Tang, University of California, Berkeley

Jenny just finished her third year studying environmental science- energy and resources. She is currently an intern at MapLight- a nonprofit organization with the agenda of exposing money's influence on politics, and editor of Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative-China Focus. She strives to pinpoint and understand the links between the business, politics, economics and their effects on the environmental movement, in both the United States and China. With that understanding, she hopes to be able to encourage people to be more mindful of the consequences of their everyday decisions. 


Elliot Sakach, Oberlin College

Elliot Sakach is currently a student at Oberlin College. He has lived in many places, but he is now a proud resident of Austin, Texas. Throughout his life, Elliot has discovered that the quality of one's education greatly influences the opportunities one receives in the future. In the past, he has worked with non-profit education organizations such as Breakthrough and Communities in Schools to ensure that students in his community receive the best education possible. In addition to education, Elliot believes the political system greatly influences the opportunities one has, and he has actively engaged in local, state, and national politics as the co-chair of the Oberlin College Democrats. Elliot has also been involved in environmental sustainability and is currently working on a project to transform the way people interact with the environment by installing electricity-generating bicycles in his dorm.


Bryan Payton, Brown University

Bryan Payton, a born and raised Detroiter, is an education history & policy concentrator at Brown University. He is interested in community organizing and development with a focus on fostering better partnerships between nonprofits, businesses, schools, parents, and students. Though he is an advocate for an array of social justice causes, his heart focuses on educational disparities, racial inequity, and social reproduction. He is not for sure what career he will have in the future but knows he always wants to be a progressive leader for low income communities and people of color.

We are excited to introduce you to some of today’s young dynamic leaders: 

Linh ChuongARHendrix College
Anthony CarliAZUniversity of Arizona
Ashely DickersonAZUniversity of Arizona
Blanca DelgadoAZUniversity of Arizona
Chula RobertsonAZUniversity of Arizona
Danielle DobrusinAZUniversity of Arizona
Jordan AllisonAZUniversity of Arizona
Matthew NevarzAZArizona State University
Regional CarrilloAZArizona State University
Maxima GuerreroAZPhoenix College
Andrew AlbrightCAUniversity of California at Berkeley
Jenny TangCAUniversity of California at Berkeley
Jesse YehCAUniversity of California at Berkeley
Joshua Nielsen-BaltodanoCAUniversity of California at Berkeley
Nicholas KitchelCAUniversity of California at Berkeley
Ritankar DasCAUniversity of California at Berkeley
Uriel LopezCAUniversity of California at Berkeley
Zoe TamakiCAUniversity of California at Berkeley
Shawn DyeCAStanford University
Anna DotyCAStanford University
D'Shai HendricksCAStanford University
Laura MedinaCAStanford University
Elise TimtimCAStanford University
Jacob WinkelmanCAStanford University
Timothy HuangCAStanford University
Brett PattersonCACity College of San Francisco
Haleen MarwahCAUniversity of Southern California
William BaskervilleCAUniversity of Southern California
Hassan RassmyCAOrange Coast College
Whitney JenkinsCACalifornia State University at Fresno
Zephanii SmithCAClaremont McKenna College
Martha WoldayCOColorado College
Belinda KwakyeCTEastern Connecticut State University
Antoinette WestDCHoward University
Brittany StallworthDCHoward University
Derak Carrington IIIDCHoward University
Ki'tay DavidsonDCAmerican University
Jairus NytesDCGeorgetown University
Laura WoodDCGeorge Washington University
Madeline BardiDCGeorge Washington University
Laura FacundoFLFlorida Atlantic University
Derek MillerFLFlorida State University
Catherine GonzalezFLFlorida State University
Jessica SchwartzFLFlorida State University
Ky'Eisha PennFLFlorida State University
Maria VillalobosFLFlorida State University
Marilyn HortaFLFlorida State University
Rosalia ContrerasFLFlorida State University
Caterina de QuesadaFLMiami Dade College
Estehban RoncancioFLMiami Dade College
Sebastian SanchezFLRollins College
Edwin Perez-LangeFLSeminole State College of Florida
Evelyn RiveraFLSeminole State College of Florida
Stephani FroschFLUniversity of Central Florida
Beatriz de la EspriellaFLUniversity of Florida
Joel EdwardsFLUniversity of Florida
Andrea HeadleyFLUniversity of Miami
James CroweGAEmory University
Alden MatamorosILDePaul University
Karena Anderson RodriguezILDePaul University
Phy TranILDePaul University
Yaqullin RubioILDePaul University
Amy Bianca LaraILUniversity of Chicago
Ruchi MahadeshwaraILUniversity of Chicago
Kerry GawneILUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Shravya NadellaILUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Neha NigamILUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Betty CaoINDePauw University
William DaleKSUniversity of Kansas
Noor YussufKYUniversity of Louisville
Tamara DukichLATulane University
Thomas GrayLATulane University
Jonathan DameMABoston College
Marilyn OnwunakaMABoston College
Katherine WarrenMAHarvard University
Soo Jin ParkMAHarvard University
Justin BergeronMANortheastern University
Kaitlyn RhodesMANortheastern University
Isabel VargasMASalem State University
Marvin MathewMDUniveristy of Maryland at College Park
Dorthea ThomasMIEastern Michigan University
Erica MooneyMIEastern Michigan University
Cheyenne HarveyMIKalamazoo College
Elizabeth HarvinMIMichigan State University
Josephine AhrensMNMacalester College
Alden HowardMSMillsaps College
Kaitlyn EllettNCDuke University
Kelly ScurryNCDuke University
Kyoko YamamotoNYBarnard College
Amanda LopezNYColumbia University
Crystal LoveladyNYColumbia University
Hafeeza RahmanNYColumbia University
Hannah YanNYColumbia University
Jacob LefkerNYColumbia University
Mandeep SinghNYColumbia University
Nikila KakarlaNYColumbia University
Tehreem RehmanNYColumbia University
Gerlin SerranoNYColumbia University
Cristina LaraNYCornell University
Joanna SmithNYCornell University
Shekeima DockeryNYCUNY Hunter College
Brandon CallenderNYCUNY Hunter College
Aileen JiangNYNew York University
Enoch RieseNYSarah Lawrence College
Sharmin HossainNYSUNY at Albany
Amber FeltonOHOberlin College
Arielle SwernoffOHOberlin College
Caroline HuiOHOberlin College
Charlotte SawyerOHOberlin College
Christopher NguyenOHOberlin College
Elliot SakachOHOberlin College
Hilary NeffOHOberlin College
Katrina CortesOHOberlin College
Lena AmickOHOberlin College
Michelle YoungOHOberlin College
Rachel ManningOHOberlin College
Rebecca JonesOHOberlin College
Samantha Paltrow-KrulwichOHOberlin College
Melissa WingoOHOhio State University
Lena KhaderOKOklahoma City University
Esther ChiangPABryn Mawr College
Jacqueline HandyPABryn Mawr College
Kahlil GedinPADrexel University
Lisa SendrowPASwarthmore College
Vasomnoleak LyPASwarthmore College
Andrew McLeodPAWest Chester University
Bryan PaytonRIBrown University
Jenny LiRIBrown University
Stephanie HarrisRIBrown University
Mara TruslowTNVanderbilt University
Zaid AnwarTXSouthern Methodist University
Maribel HermosilloTXUniversity of Texas at El Paso
Agustina PerezVAMarymount Manhattan College
Colleen ConnollyVAUniversity of Richmond
Sandra Zuniga GuzmanVAUniversity of Richmond
Mahmoud SarhanVAGeorge Mason University
Jay SaperVTMiddlebury College
Audrey BrownWAUniversity of Washington
Philmon HaileWAUniversity of Washington
Tahani Al-SalemWAUniversity of Washington
Jennifer RubioWAUniversity of Washington
Rachel QuednauWAWhitman College
Darline MoralesWIUniversity of Wisconsin at Madison
Diana MaciasWIUniversity of Wisconsin at Madison
Natalie CookWIUniversity of Wisconsin at Madison
Rene KissellWIUniversity of Wisconsin at Madison