Student and Alumni Spotlights

Virtual 2022 AFE Presentations

FIRST 3 PANELS: 10 am – 11:15 am | SECOND 3 PANELS: 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

10 am – 11:15 am

PANEL A | Community Economic Development & Economic Development | Moderated by Professor Julia Sass Rubin | ZOOM ROOM LINK:

  • Ahmed Bajwa Choose New Jersey: A Step into My Future
  • Amanda Bruce| New Jersey Community Capital: Assessing a Nonprofit Organization’s Place in the Policy Arena and Managing Expectations
  • Zachary Kourgialis Collaborative Planning and Political Process at the County Level
  • Camryn Mathews| NJ Economic Development Authority: Providing Economic Security Through Innovative Initiatives
  • Ian Vlahovic | Reflections on my Fellowship at New Jersey Community Capital

PANEL B | Health, Human Services and Welfare | Moderated by Professor Andrea Hetling | ZOOM ROOM LINK:

  • Serwaa Akoto | Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies
  • Amanda Hinton | Exploring Health Disparities & Career Goals at the New Jersey State Policy Lab
  • Carly Mihovich | Urban Institute’s Welfare Rules Database: Key Trends & Takeaways
  • Mylena Resende-Guimaraes | Changes in Payment Mechanisms of Child Care Subsidies Post COVID-19 Agency: New Jersey State Policy Lab
  • Jennifer Spiegel | My Summer at Mathematica: A Day in the Life of a Human Services Intern

PANEL C | Housing & Equity | Moderated by Senior Fellow Adriana Abizadeh | ZOOM ROOM LINK:

  • Gerardo Benavides | A Housing Campaign for Latinx Renters with Make the Road New Jersey
  • Dan Nelson | Working as a Community Scholar with Region 9 Housing Corporation
  • Iman Mustafa | Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in the Workplace (American Civil Liberties Union National Office, NY
  • Jessika Sherman| A Policy Fellow’s Role Withing the New Jersey Office of the Governor, Wealth Disparity Task Force
  • Grace Maruska| New Jersey Energy Efficiency Workforce Equity Study (Heldrich Center for Workforce Development)

11:30 am – 12:45 pm

PANEL A | Consulting & Contract Research | Moderated by Professor Debbie Borie Holtz | ZOOM ROOM LINK:

  • Aaron Cornell| Evaluating National Security Contracting and Acquisitions at The Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Cristina Toppin| System of Sup-PORT: Informing Congress on the State of Intermodal Transportation, Inland Ports, and Supply Chain Efficiency as a Government Accountability Office Intern
  • Fralinda Zazay | Analyzing the Implementation of Security Measures for Federal Buildingsat the Government Accountability Office
  • Isaac A. Velez | Exploring Government Consulting at Deloitte
  • Ahmed Salman Zafar | Early Identification of At-Risk College Students in New Jersey Organization: Heldrich Center for Workforce Development

PANEL B | Environment | Moderated by Professor Ruth Winecoff | ZOOM ROOM LINK:

  • Abigail Brown | Feasibility of Micro-Scale Anaerobic Digestion at New York City Housing Authority
  • Anna Heckler | Advancing Agricultural Organics Waste Management
  • Jeffrey Lai | Conserving Natural Resources for Alaska and Beyond: U.S. Department of Agriculture –Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Brooke Schwartzman | Sustainability for the City of New York (NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice
  • Chelsie Riche | Engaging Multi-Stakeholder Partners through Public Budgeting Systems to Address Climate Change and Workforce Development: A Case Study of the Newly Established NJ Wind Institute Fellowship and University Initiative Programs

PANEL C | Politics| Moderated by Professor Julia Sass Rubin | ZOOM ROOM LINK:

  • Noah Callahan | The Eagleton Center at Rutgers University-Public Polling Impacts on Politics and Policy
  • Daniel Jefferson | “It’s how you said it”: Interning with AARP New Jersey State Office
  • Zeke Weston | Policy in Motion: A Summer in the NJ Legislature
  • Elaine Rickards | Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling