Maddy Interns 2019-2020

Spring-Summer Valley Legislative Intern Scholars 2020

Esther Bautista – Office of Fresno Councilmember Nelson Esparza – is a senior at California State University, Fresno majoring in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. Growing up in Stockton, CA Esther did not know much about the American political system, her first political science class at Fresno State allowed Esther to see the connection between her background and policy-making.

After her experience interning in Washington, D.C. as a Leon E. Panetta Congressional Intern and her Maddy Internship, she has determined to pursue public service in the future.

Anthony Camacho – Office of Congressman Jim Costa, Fresno office – Anthony Camacho is a junior at California State University, Fresno pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business, with a minor in Political Science and certificate in Legal Studies. Anthony is from Greenfield, a small but diverse agricultural community in Salinas Valley.

Anthony is involved in many campus organizations and activities. He currently serves as the Interfraternity Council President and Lobby Corps Executive Assistant. He is a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, he served as the VNR – Activities and currently serves as the Social Media Chair and VNR – Finance. This past summer, he studied abroad and completed an internship in the Açores, Portugal where he expanded his experience and learning in international and industrial agriculture.

Upon graduation, Anthony hopes to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Policy and work for a member of Congress or the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C.  In the future Anthony hopes to run for public office and to better serve his community.

Vanessa Chicaiza – Office of Assemblymember Rudy Salas, Bakersfield office – is projected to graduate in May 2020 from California State University, Bakersfield with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Administration.  She was raised by a strong, intelligent, and accomplished single mother who taught her the value of an education. For this reason, Vanessa has proven to be a proactive student as a member of the PPA 4+1 Program at CSUB which allows qualifying individuals to earn a Masters of Public Administration in one year.

Vanessa is originally from Southern California.  Since coming to the Central Valley she has developed a deep appreciation for our region and found fulfillment by immersing herself in the Bakersfield community. Vanessa is involved in multiple clubs and organizations at CSUB, including Associated Students Inc. (Student Government), where she serves as the Director of Transfer Students. In Fall 2019, Vanessa established the ‘Rowdy’s Little Library Project’ – which involves building libraries for the Children’s Center and the Student Union – in an effort to enhance the CSUB community.

Upon graduation, Vanessa plans to pursue her passion for community engagement through a career in government.  Most importantly, Vanessa extends her gratitude and appreciation to all of the individuals who have supported her along her journey.

Guadalupe Cruz – Office of Assemblymember Devon Mathis, Visalia office – Guadalupe Cruz is a third-year student at California State University, Fresno pursing a double major in Political Science and Sociology. During her time at Fresno State she has primarily focused her studies on American politics. In addition, she is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. Guadalupe will be the first in her family to graduate college. 

Upon graduation, she plans on pursuing her master’s degree in Public Policy and is interested in a career in local government. 

Brenda Espitia-Martinez – Office of Congressman Josh Harder, Modesto – Brenda is currently attending California State University, Stanislaus where she is pursuing a degree in Political Science, with a minor in Philosophy. She was born and raised in Modesto and will become the first member of her family to graduate from college. 

Brenda has held a variety of  leadership positions.  She was a youth group coordinator for her local church where she helped run fundraisers.  She has also served as a Recreation Leader for Stanislaus County Police Activities League, a nonprofit organization who takes pride in leading children down the right path, where she led the Art and Engineering Club at Empire Elementary School. 

Upon graduation, Brenda plans to attend Law school to become an immigration lawyer. After law school, she to return to the Central Valley to give back to her community. 

Madison Aldonsa Firstman – Office of Fresno Councilmember Luis Chavez – Madison is a second year student in the Smittcamp Family Honors College at California State University, Fresno majoring in Business Administration, with an option in Finance. 

Madison has been active outside the classroom as well.  She has spent her summers in Mexico volunteer forMujeres Trabajando, an organization dedicated to empowering women.  She has also served as the Community Service Chair for Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), a professional law fraternity.  She is currently serving as treasurer for Fresno State Mock Trial. 

Upon graduation, Madison plans to attend law school. She is excited to be an Intern with the Maddy Institute and hopes to use this opportunity to continue her work as an advocate for those in need. 

Payton Fong – Office of Assemblymember Adam Gray, Merced Office – Payton is a senior at the University of California, Merced pursuing a degree in Political Science. 

Payton currently serves as Chair of Attorney Relations at the UC Merced Law Clinic, as well as Editor in Chief of the UC Merced Law Bulletin. Through these experiences, Payton has become passionate in learning how the law and government can be used to make a difference in the community. He hopes that his Legislative Internship with the Maddy Institute will provide him with the knowledge and experience of how public service can best help and empower people in the community. 

Jessica García – Office of U.S. Congressman Josh Harder, Modesto office – Jessica is a third-year student at California State University, Stanislaus, pursuing a  degree in Political Science. She is a member of the Stanislaus State Pre-Law Society and is the co-founder and President of the Undocumented Students Organization. She is also an active volunteer with Mi Familia Vota.

Jessica is a first-generation college student and is committed to giving back to her community. Upon graduation in May 2021, she plans to attend law school and, upon graduation, plans a career in government.

Antonio Gutierrez – Office of Congressman TJ Cox, Selma office and Sacramento Office of State Senator Anna Caballero – Antonio is a first generation college student, transfer to Fresno State from the College of the Sequoias in Hanford.  He is a junior studying economics, with a certificate in finance. He is a member of the Business Scholars Program. 

After college, he is interested in working for the state or local government as an analyst. He is grateful for the opportunity to have experiences at both the state and federal levels. 

Sabrina Magallanes – Office of Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula – Sabrina proudly attends California State University, Fresno where she is currently a third-year student pursuing a degree in Political Science.

Sabrina is a member of the National Political Science Honor Society. As a native of the Central Valley, her life has revolved around the agricultural prosperity of the Valley.  Her family grows pistachios and almonds. Sabrina is particularly interested in constitutional law and plans to attend law school after graduation.

Emily Neill – Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Fresno office – Emily is currently finishing her degree at California State University, Fresno with a double major in Economics and Political Science. 

Emily is a member of the Political Science Honors Fraternity Pi Sigma Alpha and served as the Secretary of that organization in Fall 2019.  She is also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, where she served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President.

Emily has previously interned at finance firm Sensiba San Filippo and is a returned as a Maddy Intern in the office of Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula in Fall 2019.

Upon graduation, Emily plans to pursue a graduate degree in international relations and hopes to work for the Department of Defense or the FBI on international security issues.

Brian Phelps – Office of Assemblymember Jim Patterson, Fresno office – Brian is a junior at California State University Fresno pursuing a degree in Agriculture Education, with a minor in Political Science. 

Born in Lemoore, Brian has always had a keen interest in agriculture. During high school, he was actively involved in the Young Assemblymember Program through Assemblymember Rudy Salas’ office and Boys State which piqued his interest in political science. Currently, Brian is the President of the Portuguese Studies Organization Club and a member of the JCAST FFA Field Day Committee at Fresno State. 

Brian will become the first member in his family to graduate from college and hopes to pursue a career as an Agriculture Educator. He also hopes to eventually hold political office in local government, and perhaps running for the State Assembly in the future.  Brian is excited about  the opportunities that being a Maddy Institute Legislative Intern has to offer.

Fabiola Rodriguez – Office of State Senator Anna Caballero, Merced office – Fabiola is a senior at California State University, Stanislaus pursuing a degree in Sociology, with focus on criminology and social deviance. 

Fabiola was raised in Watsonville and now resides in Los Banos so she considers the Valley home. She is active in her community, serving as a mediator for Spanish-language speakers who need government assistance. She has also volunteered with her church to support its work with needy children and families, as well as completed the Citizens Police Academy at the Stanislaus University Police Department.  Fabiola regularly attends community events to raise awareness among the community members about social issues.

Upon graduation, Fabiola plans a career working in government. Fabiola is particularly interested in becoming involved in rehabilitating programs directed at improving the lives of the disadvantaged youth. 

Charles Udeze – Office of Congressman Jim Costa, Merced office – Charles is a senior at the University of California, Merced pursuing a degree in Public Health, with a double minor in Economics and Community Research & Service. 

Charles emigrated from Nigeria and was raised in the Central Valley.  He is motivated to improve health outcomes through policy development. He currently works at UC Merced’s Health Promotion Department and serves on the board of the UC Student Health Insurance Plan.  He has also completed an internship at the Central California Alliance for Health, a non-profit Medicare insurance agency in Merced County. An avid trombone and tuba player, he also plays in UC Merced’s Bobcat Band. 

Upon graduation, Charles plans to obtain a medical degree and MPH in Health Policy and Management and then work as a physician and health policy advisor. 

Eduardo Antonio Uribe Albarran – Office of Congressman TJ Cox, Bakersfield office – Eduardo is currently a junior at California State University, Bakersfield majoring in Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations. 

Eduardo was born in Santa Maria. Prior to attending CSU Bakersfield, he attended Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA and Roosevelt University in Chicago.

During his time at Allan Hancock College, Eduardo participated in multiple federally-funded programs including, College Achievement Now and EOPS. Both programs help students develop community outreach and scholarship skills. He was also a student athlete competing on the college’s track and field team.

Eduardo’s prior intern experience includes an internship with the NIH Bridges to Baccalaureate Program where he engaged in medical research  at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. 

After obtaining his degree from CSUB, he plans to continue to work with a non-profit organization that focuses on international relations and, eventually, return to Chicago to obtain a graduate degree.

Elizabeth Victoria Valdez – Office of Fresno Council President Miguel Arias – Elizabeth is a junior at California State University, Fresno majoring in Political Science, with a minor in Philosophy. 

Elizabeth is a transfer student from the College of the Sequoias in Visalia where she competed on the school’s softball team.  She has found that her experience as a student-athlete has helped her perform at a high level in the competitive academic environment.. 

Upon graduation, Elizabeth plans to attend law school, return the Central Valley and become involved in local politics.  Her goal is to address social injustices that exist in her community.

Kia Kelly Vang – Office of State Senator Melissa Hurtado, Fresno Office – Kia is a senior at California State University, Fresno and is pursuing a degree in political science, with a minor in the media, communications and journalism department. Her projected graduation date is May 2020.

She serves as president of the Gamma Lambda chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, and she is a writer for the Asian Pacific Review on campus.

After graduation, Kia plans to pursue a graduate degree and hopes to work for the local, state, or federal government. 

John Winkler – Office of State Senator Melissa Hurtado, Bakersfield office – John is a junior at California State University, Bakersfield pursuing a degree in Political Science.

John’s initial interest in politics began in high school where he was a four-year member of the Frontier High School debate team. After graduating high school John went on to obtain his Associates degree in Political Science, Communication Studies, and Liberal Arts from Bakersfield College.

John’s goal is to become an attorney.  To that end, John continues to involve himself in the CSUB and Bakersfield community as a member of the CSUB Model United Nations team, Secretary of the CSUB Political Science Club, and a participant in the second cohort of the Norman L. Epstein Court Mentorship Program.  He has also been  a Legal Intern with  State Compensation Insurance Fund. After graduating from law school, John’s goal is to become a staff attorney for a congressional committee. 

Fall Valley Legislative Intern Scholars 2019

Anastacia Cooper – Office of Assemblymember Devon Mathis – is a senior at California State University, Fresno pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. A Central Valley native, she developed a strong interest in politics in intermediate school and in recent years has focused her studies primarily on international relations. 

In addition, she sits on multiple event planning and fundraising committees at her Church and is an associate board member at a Fresno-based educational non-profit, the American Principles Institute. 

Following graduation, Anastacia will go on to earn a master’s degree in International Relations and hopes to work in Eastern Europe, establishing more democratic institutions in post- Communist states.

Mangal Dhaliwal – Office of U.S. Congressman T.J. Cox, Selma office – is a Philosophy-pre-law Major at California State University, Fresno and plans to go law school and work in local government.  She is a first-generation Sikh Punjabi American born and raised in Fresno County to immigrant parents who are farmers. 

After obtaining her law degree she hopes to get her Master’s in Public Policy and Mental Health.  She hopes to use her academic training to improve education, health, and economic conditions in the Central Valley. 

Gurleen Kaur Mander – Office of California State Senator Melissa Hurtado, Fresno office – is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Political Science at California State University, Fresno. Gurleen is also minoring in Philosophy, as well as seeking a legal studies certificate.

She is involved in the Jakara Movement – Fresno State Chapter, Sikh Students Association and is currently serving as President for the League of Women Voters – Fresno State Unit. Outside for school, Gurleen’s hobbies include playing soccer on the Fresno State Women’s Soccer Club and cooking. Her community involvement includes Sanger Police Explorers Program and as a Punjabi school teacher at Sikh Center of the Pacific Coast.

Gurleen will be the first member in her family to graduate from college and plans to attend lawSchool.  She plans to return to Central Valley after graduation.

Olivia Mannon – Office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein – is a senior at California State University, Fresno pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, she was recruited to Fresno State as a member on the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse team. She has become vice president of the Fresno State Classic’s Club, as well as a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. 

Since arriving in Fresno, Olivia has made the Valley her second home. Olivia’s love for the community and interest in public policy encouraged her to become involved in public service opportunities. Olivia has in interest in learning about law and government going back to Classical times, so that she can understand the process and actions needed to empower the vulnerable and those who lack a full voice. She hopes to leverage her skills and beliefs to serve others. Upon graduation in May 2020, Olivia plans to pursue a master’s in public policy and eventually a JD. This combination of both law and public policy is the heart of where her career aspirations lie, as an attorney with a policy background.

Fidel Moreno-Meza – Office of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris – is majoring in Criminology with an emphasis in Law Enforcement at California State University, Fresno. He is involved in Arnold Air Society, Silver Wings and serves on the Associated Students Incorporated (ASI)as the Senator of Athletics and Recreation.  He also serves as the Chair of the Legal Committee and the Senate secretary for ASI. 

Fidel has had several leadership positions in the past that include being the Volunteer Coordinator for Vintage Days as well as a Campus Involvement Ambassador. Apart from his time in school, Fidel enjoys teaching group fitness and being involved in the community. 

Upon graduation, Fidel plans obtain a law degree.  After graduation, he hope to work as a Deputy District Attorney in Tulare or Fresno counties. 

Emily Neill – Office of Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula – is currently a double major pursuing degrees in both Political Science and Economics at California State University, Fresno. In Spring 2019, she successfully completed an internship at an accounting firm, Sensiba San Filippo in Fresno. Emily has served as Chief Financial Officer and is currently serving as Vice President of her sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. 

Upon graduation in May 2020, she plans on pursuing her master’s degree in Global Business and International Affairs. She is interested in a career in foreign relations and diplomacy inWashington D.C. with the federal government or a think tank. 

Congressman Jim Costa Washington D.C. Legislative Intern Scholars 2019

Claire Copher– Office of U.S. Congressman Jim Costa –  is a third year student in the Smittcamp Family Honors College at California State University, Fresno. She is majoring in Psychology, minoring in Communications, and pursuing a certificate in legal studies. 

Claire is a national fellow with the HERLead initiative, sponsored by the nonprofit women’s advocacy organization, Vital Voices. She also served as the Senator for Undergraduate and Graduate Affairs on CSU, Fresno’s Associated Student’s Inc., where she represented all of the institution’s 25,000 students. 

Upon graduation in May of 2020, she plans to attend law school. She is thrilled to be a Costa Scholar Intern with the Maddy Institute, and cannot wait to use the experiences gained by this opportunity to better her professional future. 

Hunter Caldwell– – Office of U.S. Congressman Devin Nunes – will receive his B.S. International Business at California State University, Fresno in fall 2019.  He was born in Fresno and soon moved to Visalia, CA. His mother came to this country as an immigrant in the 1970’s. She worked in the fields with her 10 brothers and sisters. His father was the son of an oil rig worker.

During Hunter’s time at California State University, Fresno he has volunteered with the chess team to go teach young children in vulnerable communities the game of chess as well as setting up chess teams with the local elementary schools. 

Hunter will be the first in his family to graduate college. Upon graduation, he is looking to get more involved in politics so that he can benefit his local community.

Sarid Morales – Office of U.S. Congressman Josh Harder –  is pursuing a degree in Political Science with a major of Chicano/Latin American Studies at California State University, Fresno. 

In the Spring of 2019 she successfully completed an internship in the office of Fresno City Councilmember Paul Caprioglioas a recipient of the Fresno State Community Service Scholarship throughthe Maddy Institute Internship Program.

Sarid is involved in the Chamber Chorus, Camp Kesem, Kappa Alpha Theta, Pre-Law Fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, the student government on campus (ASI), and currently competes in the Mock Trial team. 

Upon graduation, Sarid plans to attend law school and work for a non-profit organization. 


Bob Beverly Sacramento Legislative Intern Scholars 2019

Kyler Corral – Office of Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron– is a Speech Communications Major, with an interest in Public Policy and Government at California State University, Fresno. Born in Fresno, he returned to the Valley to continue his college education after in Santa Maria.

In the Spring of 2019 he successfully completed an internship in the office of  Assemblymember Jim Patterson as anASI Legislative Intern Scholarwith the Maddy Institute Internship Program.

After graduating in Spring 2020, he plans to return to the Central Coast and run for public office. Kyler wants to show that young people the need to be involved in the political process to gain a better understanding of the needs of your community. In his spare time, you’ll find him officiating soccer games all along Central and Southern California.

Natalie Griswold– Office of Governor Gavin Newsom– is a third year student at California State University, Fresno, pursuing a degree in Political Science. Natalie was born in Visalia and is a President’s Scholar in the Smittcamp Family Honors College. She has previously served as a Leon E. Panetta Congressional Internin the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. She has been a student assistant at the Maddy Institute since her freshman year.

After graduating, Natalie plans to pursue a graduate degree in public policy. Natalie is proud to represent the Maddy Institute as a Bob Beverly Scholarin Sacramento, and is thankful for the opportunity to continue serving the public.