WCF Fellowship Class of Fall 2013
Annika Christensen, Programs Fellow
Annika graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College with a major in American Studies and a minor in Political Science in 2013. Her honor’s thesis focused on how popular culture has shaped political identities and achieved policy objectives in the United States. She also studied women’s leadership as an Athena Scholar at Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies. Annika worked for inspiring female politicians as an intern in the D.C. office of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and the New York City office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She has also worked in research and development at the World Policy Institute, an international think tank, conducted campus outreach for women’s mentoring organization the Public Leadership Education Network, and assisted with social media at the women’s rights nonprofit Breakthrough. She is excited to apply her past experiences and her passion for women’s equality to her work as a Political and Programs Fellow at the Women’s Campaign Fund.
Christina Crisostomo, Communications Fellow
Christina recently graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where she majored in Culture and Politics with a Certificate in International Development. Prior to joining WCF, Christina managed online communications for the Georgetown University Women's Center and contributed social media as Women Thrive Worldwide's Communications and Outreach Intern. Additionally, she has worked as a research assistant for a Georgetown professor studying gender in the Middle East and held internships at Ashoka. Christina aspires to build a career around advancing women's rights and is excited to continue working toward this goal as WCF's Communications Fellow.
Alana Eichner, Development Fellow
Alana Eichner graduated from Smith College in 2012 with a major in Government and a minor in History. As a senior she wrote an honors thesis entitled “Breaking the Glass Dome: An Analysis of Women’s Candidacies for the House of Representatives in 2008 and 2010.” Her work received highest honors in government and the Dawes Prize for the best undergraduate work in Political Science. After graduating from Smith, Alana worked as a field organizer for President’s Obama’s re-election campaign in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She sees the important role of increasing women’s political representation in creating better public policy and is excited to contribute to WCF’s development work as part of this goal.
Jocelyn Garibay, Annie Kahn Feinsod Development Fellow
Jocelyn is a native of Chicago, but her passion for travel led her to Lugano, Switzerland for her undergraduate studies. There she attended Franklin College Switzerland and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a minor in Psychology. During her time at University, Jocelyn also completed courses in Paris, France at the New York University campus and Sciences Po. As a student, Jocelyn was very active around her college community. She was President of her college’s LGBT advocacy group, PACE Club, where she aimed to promote a positive space for the LGBT community and their allies both on and off campus. In addition, Jocelyn was a member of her college’s Political Discourse Society, where politics was used as a means to creating constructive, culturally diverse, discussions surrounding current events and political hot topics. Professionally, Jocelyn has held internships at non-profit organizations in both New York City and Chicago. In New York City, Jocelyn was a Program Intern at Global Justice Center, an organization especially focused on wartime rape survivors’ right to access abortion. Most recently, Jocelyn was a Development Intern at the Midwest Regional Office of Amnesty International, a global human rights organization. There she acted as the Deputy Director’s assistant on various projects and events. Jocelyn is excited to join the Development team of Women's Campaign Fund, where she knows her future opportunities will complement her past experiences.
About the Annie Kahn Feinsod Fellowship: This fellowship was made possible with the generous support of Roger J. Herz in honor of his grandmothers, Annie Kahn Feinsod and Bertha Wurmser Herz. Roger's underwriting of this vitally important program elevates awareness of the critical role of the two suffragists in fighting for many of the rights our fellows have today. The fellows’ high caliber work on behalf of WCF are a tribute to the leadership exhibited by Annie Kahn Feinsod and Bertha Wurmser Herz.
Eliza Kelsten, Bertha Wurmser Herz Political Fellow
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Eliza graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Vermont in May 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and History. During her senior year, she wrote and defended an honors thesis titled “The Woman Question: Gender, Representation, and Why Women Don’t Run for Office.” The study reviewed and analyzed current research about women and politics and concluded with an analysis of the 2012 election. During her time in Burlington, Eliza served as treasurer and president of the student-run LGBTQA organization and spent three years as a member of the Translating Identity Conference committee. She was recognized for her commitment to social justice and diversity as the recipient of the Activism and Commitment to Social Justice Award, The Provost’s Award for Equity and Inclusion, and a Community Leadership Award. During her junior year, Eliza spearheaded a campaign that united the LGBTQA community and Greek Life organizations to encourage the use of inclusive language on campus. In addition to her social justice activism, Eliza worked as Executive Assistant to the State Director and Lead Campus Organizer at Obama for America – Vermont in 2012, and she spent three years as a Student Admissions Representative in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. As a member of multiple national honors societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, she plans to pursue a career in academia with a doctorate in political science. Eliza is excited to join the Women’s Campaign Fund team and engage in the work that she has spent the last year studying. In her spare time, Eliza loves to study European history, read about fashion, and cheer for The Ohio State Buckeyes.
About the Bertha Wurmser Herz Fellowship: This fellowship was made possible with the generous support of Roger J. Herz in honor of his grandmothers, Annie Kahn Feinsod and Bertha Wurmser Herz. Roger’s underwriting of this vitally important program elevates awareness of the critical role of the two suffragists in fighting for many of the rights our fellows have today. The fellows’ high caliber work on behalf of WCF are a tribute to the leadership exhibited by Annie Kahn Feinsod and Bertha Wurmser Herz.
Olamide Noah, Political & Programs Fellow
Olamide Modupeoluwa Noah graduated from the University of California, San Diego in June of 2013 from Thurgood Marshall College with a Bachelors of Arts in Ethnic Studies and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. During her college career, Noah dedicated herself to ensuring that no student of color would ever feel as violently unsafe as she did at UC San Diego following the Black Winter of 2010 (re: Compton Cookout). Noah conducted admissions trips to the Los Angeles Unified School District with the UCSD Admissions Office, sat on her Campus Climate Council with the Chancellors and Vice Chancellors of UC San Diego to address concerns from UCSD's historically underrepresented student communities, and has conducted student-run access, yield, and retention programming as a Principal Member of the Black Student Union Board. Noah also served as the Associated Students at UC San Diego (ASUCSD) Vice President of External Affairs whereby she worked to politicize a critically apathetic campus to turn out in record numbers for the 2012 General Election--the effect of a student-centric educational campaign about the most pressing issues on the CA ballot. Through the Office of External Affairs, her involvement on the University of California Student Association Board of Directors, and the United States Student Association, Noah is highlighted by a lobbying and advocacy background composed a broad spectrum of social justice issues such as, but not limited to, affirmative action, academic freedom, student rights, union rights, critical immigration reform, and prison reform. The pride of her leadership portfolio to this day remains her role in the establishment of UC San Diego's very first Black Resource Center--the product of over two years of research, drafts, and negotiations with UCSD administration.
Carolyn Schorr, Development Fellow
Carolyn Schorr is a senior at George Mason University, where she studies International Studies with a minor in Middle East Studies. She has spent the last three years at George Mason becoming involved in on-campus organizations focused on international affairs, specifically starting the Invisible Children chapter, which is one of the most successful chapters in the country. She previously was the development intern at Catholic Charities USA where she first learned about the inner workings of the development section of a non-profit. During her junior year, she was able to join the student staff at the Office of Admissions at George Mason, where she works on helping prospective students apply to the university. During the spring semester of her junior year, Carolyn was accepted to study abroad at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Carolyn aims at working alongside non-profits that help economically empower women all around the world. Her ultimate goal would be to attend law school to defend women's rights on a global level. Her passion for women's rights is what brought her to Women's Campaign Fund and she looks forward to working in such a dynamic office.