Meet the 2022 LBJ DC Fellows | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

The seventh cohort of graduate students — the largest yet — in the LBJ School of Public Affairs's unique and accelerated DC Concentration have begun their coursework in Austin and they'll be in Washington before we know it.

While in DC, these Master of Public Affairs and Master of Global Policy Studies students take evening coursework as well as their required, simultaneous six-month (June–December 2022) Policy Apprenticeship at a public or private policy organization throughout the city, before graduating early in December 2022.

As the students begin their searches for Policy Apprenticeship placements, they need your help. Below is more information on each of the 2022 LBJ DC Fellows. If your organization might be interested in hosting an LBJ DC Fellow, or you would like to speak to a student about their interests, please contact the LBJ Washington Center via email for more information. Please note: preliminary interest on your or a referred organization's part does not imply a commitment to hire.

 

Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Erick Aguilera

Erick Aguilera, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Crime prevention; community development programs; equitable access to public transportation; combatting rising fuel emissions through policy and expanding public transportation

Policy Apprenticeship goal: Think tank or a city development position focusing on urban policy

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Matt Brodeur

Matt Brodeur, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Climate change; democratization and good governance; campaign finance

Policy Apprenticeship goal: Climate policy advocacy within a nonprofit organization or think tank.

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Eric BustosEric Bustos, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Urban policy and strategies

Policy Apprenticeship goal: Federal agency, trade association or member of Congress focused on advancing federal policies that expand resources in urban environments

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Da’Shon CarrDa’Shon Carr, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Equity and access in higher education; nonprofit and philanthropic innovation; social welfare

Policy Apprenticeship goal: An organization or think tank that has both a strong mission and values to push forward policy in service of Black and Brown communities

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Blake ComrieBlake Comrie, MGPS-DC Candidate

Policy interests: U.S.-EU relations; global development; U.S.-China policy

Policy Apprenticeship goal: U.S. House or Senate Foreign Relations Committees, State Department, USAID or other global development agencies or organizations focused on U.S. diplomacy and global development

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Noemi Cruz-CruzNoemi Cruz-Cruz, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Immigration; climate and environmental displacement; unaccompanied migration

Policy Apprenticeship goal: A nonprofit organization or think tank focused on immigration policy

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Katherine DillonKatherine Dillon, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Education for low-income students in rural schools; poverty alleviation

Policy Apprenticeship goal: An advocacy or nonprofit organization or in a legislative office working on developing policy to alleviate poverty in rural areas, particularly within the education space

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Jalaina DouglasJalaina Douglas, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Reparations; civil rights; criminal justice

Policy Apprenticeship goal: An advocacy organization focused on issues of equity or on the Hill

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Christian FloresChristian Flores, MGPS-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Latin America; human rights; LGBTQ+ politics; immigration; democracy

Policy Apprenticeship goal: A nonprofit organization or think tank focused on human rights in Latin America

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Jaren GaitherJaren Gaither, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Health care economics; equitable access to health care services

Policy Apprenticeship goal: A think tank focused on equitable access to health care and improving the efficiency of health care markets

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Luis GuerreroLuis Guerrero, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interest: Latino civic engagement

Policy Apprenticeship goal: A government agency focused on outreach, such as the Office of Public Engagement

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Richard GuzmanRichard Guzman, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Armed forces; defense strategy; diplomacy

Policy Apprenticeship goal: An executive branch agency or nonprofit research organization focused on analyzing security and military policies

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Samuel HershmanSamuel Hershman, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: National security, defense, and intelligence policy; domestic extremism

Policy Apprenticeship goal: The defense or intelligence sectors, on Capitol Hill, or at a think tank focused on national security

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Eric HolguinEric Holguin, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Public education; poverty reduction; foreign affairs and diplomacy

Policy Apprenticeship goal: Policy advocacy within public education, poverty reduction or foreign affairs in a governmental agency

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Emma MorganEmma Morgan, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: K-12 education; special education; public education in rural areas

Policy Apprenticeship goal: A nonprofit dedicated to developing special education policy or a lobbying firm focused on efforts to increase public education funding or monitoring the implementation of the IDEA Act in schools

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Sarah MorningredSarah Morningred, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Foreign humanitarian policy; educational equity

Policy Apprenticeship goal: State Department, Department of Education or with the committee staff or a member of Congress serving on a foreign relations or education-focused subcommittee

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Kelsey Mumford, MPAff-DC / MD Candidate

Policy interests: Health equity; women's health; reproductive justice

Policy Apprenticeship goal: Think tank or governmental organization focused on research and/or data-driven policy development

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Alexandra MurarescuAlexandra Murarescu, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Immigration and resettlement policy; urban policy

Policy Apprenticeship goal: Think tank or nonprofit organization focused on immigration and resettlement policy

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Cynthia Kay NiemeyerCynthia Kay Niemeyer, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interest: Energy

olicy Apprenticeship goal: House Energy & Commerce Committee, Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, or for a legislative member with a strong energy interest

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Michael Paniagua Jr.Michael Angelo Paniagua Jr, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: LGBTQIA+ health care; poverty alleviation

Policy Apprenticeship goal: An organization focused on both research and advocacy for LGBTQIA+ public health

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Samuel ParadaSamuel I. Parada, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Census apportionment; expanding educational opportunities to first-generation students

Policy Apprenticeship goal: An organization or Federal agency focused on bridging the law and policy that defines how the Census is administered and how the data can inform how the country is democratically represented

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Juan PreciadoJuan Preciado, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: National security-cyber warfare / security; veteran affairs — mental health and employment

Policy Apprenticeship goal: Congressional or White House office focused on national security and veteran affairs, particularly in the context of researching and advocating for mental health

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Olivia RobertsOlivia Roberts, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Domestic social policy; environmental and racial justice

Policy Apprenticeship goal: Communications within the public sector or with an advocacy organization

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Emma RobertsonEmma Noel Robertson, MGPS-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Human trafficking; human rights; international security

Policy Apprenticeship goal: Policy development at a government or nonprofit organization focused on human trafficking or genocide issues

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Philip RomikePhilip Romike, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Public financial management; infrastructure resiliency; life-cycle procurement strategies

Policy Apprenticeship goal: Organization focused on the efficiency of federal dollars through overarching fiscal policy

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Maxwell ShulmanMaxwell Shulman, MGPS-DC Candidate

Policy interests: International security; comparative (constitutional) politics

Policy Apprenticeship goal: Foreign policy research institute or a think tank focused on democratization

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Rania SohailRania Sohail, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: International development; poverty alleviation; gender and health equity; data for development; social impact

Policy Apprenticeship goal: An international development organization or think tank

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Headshot: 2022 LBJ DC Fellow Ashley YupAshley Yup, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Gerrymandering; securing voting rights

Policy Apprenticeship goal: An organization focused on promoting effective government

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