Washington D.C. 2011 Fellows

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Lacey Maffettone, Media Partnerships Manager, Sunlight Foundation

Lacey MaffettoneLacey Maffetone is currently the Media Partnerships Manager for the Sunlight Foundation. She leads Sunlight’s outreach to online media outlets, political and community focused websites, and other potential partners for Sunlight’s array of open government news tools, datasets and mobile and web-based applications. Prior to joining Sunlight, Lacey was Office Space Manager at the New Organizing Institute, a Staffing Manager at Robert Half International (Fortune 500, NYSE: RHI), Marketing Coordinator at Surgical Monitoring Associates, and served as the Assistant to the Communications Director/Press Secretary for the State of Florida's Attorney General. Lacey graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Political Science and Sociology, and a minor in Communications and Event Management. As an undergraduate Lacey was an executive board member of College Democrats, Institute for Liberal Studies, Delta Zeta Sorority, FSU Relay for Life, and Co-Founder of a SGA political party. Lacey also currently shares her love for fashion as a contributing DC Style/Shopping Blogger for GalTime.com. Originally from Boca Raton, FL and Lake Jackson, TX, Lacey Maffettone currently resides in Washington, DC.

Ariel Jacobs, Research and Project Associate, The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program

Ariel JacobsAriel is the research and project associate at The Aspen Institute’s Education & Society Program. At Aspen, Ariel manages a program that connects senior congressional education staff to the impact of policy and practice in the field. Prior to joining the Aspen team, Ariel was the program manager for civic engagement at the District of Columbia Education Compact (DCEC), where she focused on coordinating and aligning the work of the District's civic stakeholders and the public education agencies along an educational continuum for youth ages 0-24. Ariel began her career in urban public education as a Teach for America corps member in the South Bronx teaching 7th and 8th grade English and Social Studies. She then served as a founding staff member and Regents U.S. History teacher at PACE High School. Originally from Wellesley, MA, Ariel received her B.A. in History from Macalester College. She holds a M.S. in Teaching Secondary Social Studies from Pace University and an A.M. in Education Policy and Community Organizing, Planning and Development from the University of Chicago where she was a McCormick-Tribune Urban and Community Leadership Fellow. Ariel is Vice President of Programming on the Leadership Team of the Young Education Professionals-DC (YEP-DC).

James Faeh, White House Associate, Executive Office of the President

James FaehJames Faeh is currently a White House Associate in the Executive Office of the President working in Presidential Personnel. In this role, he works with the vetting attorneys to thoroughly investigate the background of prospective political appointees, authoring detailed reports on potentially problematic items, and drafting Presidential Memos recommending candidates for appointment. Previously, he worked at The Bonner Group—a private consulting and fundraising firm—during the 2010 campaign cycle. James experienced his first taste of national politics serving on the Obama Campaign first as a volunteer in South Carolina and then as a permanent staffer in Tallahassee, Florida as the Compliance Assistant to the CFO of the Florida Democratic Party. There, he helped to coordinate campaign operations and ensure FEC compliance. Earlier in his career, James served as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Florida Bar from 2007-2008, interned in the Florida House of Representatives in 2006, and was a staff writer for the student newspaper during his undergrad. James received a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Music and Economics from Florida State University in 2008, where he was actively involved in Student Government as Chairman of the Budget Committee.