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2009 NLC Fellows: New York City


New York City

Alfonso Montero, MS Global Affairs

Alfonso Montero has worked, traveled and studied in over 40 countries, volunteered in community development and humanitarian assistance projects in Appalachia and Bolivia, served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay as a Rural Economic Development Consultant from 2003-2005, and then became the Peace Corps' Midwest recruiter in Chicago. This past summer Alfonso interned in Washington D.C. with ACDI/VOCA, an economic development NGO, and most recently with the U.S. Embassy, Political Section in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is currently pursuing a MS in Global Affairs concentrating in both International Relations and Private Sector: International Business Economics, and Development at New York University. While focusing on the political, economic, cultural, and legal aspects of international transactions, his degree studies will provide him with a broad framework for understanding the global economy and the actors from international organizations, nation-states, and the private and public sectors that are impacting the local and global community.

Mike Nadler, J.D. Candidate, New York University Law School

Mike Nadler graduated with honors in Political Science from Columbia University in 2007. While there, he served as president of the Columbia College Democrats, which was chosen as the College Democrats of America's Chapter of the Year. After college, Mike spent several months working on land use issues for Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, and then served as research and policy adviser for the campaign of Congressman Michael E. McMahon. He is currently in his first year at the New York University School of Law, where he has been selected as a Housing and Urban Policy Scholar at the school's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.

Christopher H. Marion, First Lieutenant, New York Army National Guard

Christopher H. Marion is the Legislative Assistant to the Broome County Legislature and currently resides in Endwell, NY. He is a volunteer with the Broome County Democratic Committee and has managed or served on numerous campaigns throughout Broome County as well as assisted in founding the Broome County Young Democrats. He is an Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran having served in Afghanistan in 2008 and is currently a First Lieutenant in the New York Army National Guard. He has B.A. degrees in Political Science as well as Philosophy, Politics and Law (2006) from Binghamton University.

Douglas Martin, J.D. Candidate, New York University Law School

Douglas Martin is from Arlington, Texas, where he grew up and graduated from Arlington High School. He attended Texas A&M from 2001 to 2005, graduating cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in History. From 2006 to 2008, Douglas worked for Teach For America and Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching sixth grade English and Social Studies in South L.A. Currently he attends New York University School of Law. His interests lie in government, both legislative and executive, and plans to one day run for office.

Julie Blitzer, New Projects Coordinator, Advomatic

Julie Blitzer is a New York native and graduate of Claremont McKenna College, where she wrote her thesis on the relationship between technology and political campaigns. She is currently the New Projects Coordinator for Advomatic, a web development firm whose clients include progressive advocacy organizations and political campaigns. Her work at Advomatic includes strategy consulting, website planning and design, and helping organizations navigate the online space. Julie has experience in local, state and congressional offices, as well as political campaigns. She has worked in the Manhattan district office of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08) and on the technology team for Mark Green for Attorney General, where she managed one of the first campaign video blogs, MG-TV, and online outreach.

Corey Blay, Teacher, Fieldston

In 2004, Corey graduated from the University of Chicago with a concentration in African-American Studies and Urban Policy. He currently works at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School as a 7th grade history teacher. Corey participates in various initiatives at school, from designing the Middle School strategic action plan to developing policies addressing diversity and equity issues among students. In his free time, Corey plays guitar and writes music for his band, "The New Negro".

Jeff Delaney, Senior Associate, NYC Department of Small Business

Jeff Delaney is a Senior Associate within the Strategic Planning Unit of New York City's Department of Small Business Services, an Agency which makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, conduct their affairs and grow. A Harlem resident, Jeff actively seeks personal and professional opportunities that allow him to align his passion for civic engagement with his interest in business strategy. He is a 2005 graduate of Williams College, where he majored in English.

Jeannine Torres, Masters Candidate, New York University Stern and Harvard Kennedy School

Jeannine Torres is a current MBA Candidate at NYU's Stern School of Business and MPA Candidate at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. During her recent summer internship, Jeannine worked in the Government, Public and Environmental Affairs Department at 20th Century Fox. Prior to graduate school, Jeannine worked in the Program Department for The California Endowment, a three-billion dollar foundation in Los Angeles, CA. Jeannine is also actively involved with many other philanthropic/policy arts endeavors, particularly those focusing on marginalized populations. She has experience lobbying for the National Endowment for the Arts and has sat on the Board of Directors for Youth Music Foundation. Jeannine obtained a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University in 2002.

Kate Landon, Candidate Masters in Public Policy, New York University’s Wagner School of Public Policy

Kate Landon is a native of New Haven, CT. She graduated from Rutgers College in 2004 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. While an undergraduate, she was an Executive Board member of the Latino Student Council, a Phi Beta Kappa member, worked in a variety of positions in the field of bilingual education, and spent a year studying social sciences at the University of Puerto Rico's Rio Piedras campus. After graduating, she worked as Program Director and then Executive Director of the New Haven/Leon Sister City Project, as well as an AmeriCorps Program Director in New Haven. She currently is a full-time MPA candidate at NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, is specializing in Public Policy Analysis, and works part-time as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Education and Social Policy at NYU.

John Keaten, Senior Associate, Group Gordon, Inc.

John Keaten is a senior associate at Group Gordon, Inc., a strategic communications firm based in New York City. John's areas of expertise include strategic partnership development, media relations, and brand building. From international economic development and technology to green affordable housing and energy, John's experience spans the breadth of the public, corporate, and nonprofit arenas. Before joining Group Gordon, John worked for The Media Education Foundation, which produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. John graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science from the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Robert Sadow, Associate Consultant, Bain & Company

Born in Atlanta, GA, Robert Sadow has been interested in politics and leadership since the beginning of his involvement with the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO), a Jewish youth group for high school students. After completing high school, Robert spent a year as the International President of BBYO, traveling and working with teenagers around the globe. After completing his term, Robert began studies at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated last May (2005) with concentrations in management and legal studies & business ethics. In July, Robert joined Bain & Company, a global management and strategy consulting firm, as an Associate Consultant. Outside of work, he pursues interests in sports and especially enjoys skiing.

Leah Malone, Candidate Masters of Global Affairs, New York University

Leah Malone is a Global Affairs Master of Science student at New York University (NYU), concentrating in International Law, Dispute Settlement, and Institutions with a secondary focus in Human Rights, Environment, and Sustainable Development. She has complementary professional experience as a Master's level international environmental law research assistant and an intern for Nature Iraq, a non-governmental organization focused on environmental and socio-economic restoration. Leah has published edited reports for Nature Iraq, as well as the academic article "Horizontal Inequalities, Conflict, and Nepalese Government Shortcomings" in the NYU Journal of Global Affairs. Her leadership roles within the NYU Center for Global Affairs include serving as Co-Founder/Co-President of the Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Working Group and chapter President of the International Law Student Association. While receiving her B.A. in Political Science, Leah also completed the Chancellor's Scholars and Leaders program, was awarded the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Undergraduate Award, founded the Clean Energy Committee as a student government official, and interned for the City of Denver Mayor's Office.

William Evans, J.D. and M.P.P. Candidate, New York University Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government

William Evans is a first year student in the joint public policy and law program at New York University's School of Law and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Before graduate school, he was a Research Associate for U.S. Foreign Policy in the Washington D.C. office of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2006, he served as Communications Director for the Democratic nominee for Congress in Ohio's Third Congressional District. He graduated from Cornell University in 2006 with a BA in History, and hopes to pursue a career in Africa policy.

Emma Mankey Hidem, Associate Producer, Red Light Films

Emma Mankey Hidem grew up in Minneapolis, MN. A National Merit Scholar, she went to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, completing her B.F.A. with honors in Film and Television production in just three years. She has always maintained a keen interest in politics, whether being active in local committees or the campus Democrats club. Since graduating from Tisch in 2007, she has been able to combine her love for film and political action - working as an Associate Producer at Red Light Films, the Academy Award-winning documentary production company behind socially-oriented films such as Born Into Brothels.

Julie Raisch, Student, New York University

Julie Raisch is currently a sophomore at New York University, studying Economics and Public Policy. Her campaign experience includes volunteering for the Obama campaign in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New York and also working for Kristen McElroy for Senate campaign in the 6th New York State Senate District. She has interned for Senator Charles E. Schumer and currently serves as the Publicity and Outreach Chair for the NYU College Democrats.

Jackie Bokser, J.D. Candidate, Law School Class 2012

Jackie Bokser graduated from Boston University in May of 2008 with a BA in psychology. She gained congressional campaign experience during her time interning for Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY). During her time in Boston, Jackie was dedicated to contributing to her community by working with social workers to improve the lives of disadvantaged individuals. Jackie grew up in Great Neck, NY and will be attending law school next year.

Gil Schwartz, M.A. Political Science and Theology, Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary

Gil Schwartz is a graduate of the Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he concentrated in political science and theology. Recently returned from working as a Business Analyst for the Israel Ministry of Trade in Jerusalem, Gil has extensive experience dealing with international trade and alternative energy issues. He hopes to ultimately pursue a career in foreign policy and American national security. Gil was born in Teaneck, NJ and enjoys watching the Yankees, trekking and traveling abroad.

Lamont Carolina, Community Liaison, NYC Councilman Charles Barron

Lamont Carolina graduated from Keystone College in 2007 with a BA in Corporate/Administrative Communications and a minor in Leadership. In 2008, Lamont's extensive volunteer work for the Obama Presidential campaign led to a full-time position as a Field Organizer during the general election in Cleveland, Ohio. He currently works for Councilman Charles Barron as a Community Liaison. Lamont has a deep passion for public service and hopes to run for office one day. Lamont takes great pride in his public speaking abilities as well as his interpersonal communication skills. Lamont resides in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.

Jennifer Royer, Clerk, Broome County Legislature

Jennifer Royer is a lifelong resident of the Binghamton, NY area. She is a 2005 graduate of Drew University with a major in Religious Studies, and minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Sociology. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration at Binghamton University while working as the Third Deputy Clerk of the Broome County Legislature. Politically, she is President of the Broome County Young Democrats, Communications Director for the New York State Young Democrats, editor of the Broome County Democratic Party's electronic newsletter, as well as working on various local campaigns.
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