Maddy Interns 2018-2019

Spring 2019

Kyler Corral Office of Assemblymember Jim Patterson / ASI Legislative Intern Scholar– 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 living along the Central Coast in Santa Maria.

After graduating in Spring 2020, he plans to return to the Central Coast and run for public office. Kyler plans on getting involved to show that young people 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.


Maia DeMoss – Office of California State Senator Anna Caballero – is a junior at the University of California, Merced, pursuing a degree in Political Science and expects to graduate in May 2020.

Maia plans to undertake graduate studies in Political Science with an emphasis in either Public Policy or Public Administration.

After her studies, she would like to continue to work in Public Service and help make decisions that will make a difference in her community.


Celida Garcia – Office of Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria – is currently an undergraduate student at California State University, Fresno pursuing a degree in Political Science as well as a Legal Studies Certificate.  She is a Central Valley native, born and raised in Fresno, who has always had an interest in politics.

Upon graduating Celida plans on furthering her education by attending law school and focusing on immigration law.


Navdeep GillOffice of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris


Sarid Morales– Office of Fresno City Councilmember Paul Caprioglio–  is pursuing a degree in Political Science with a major of Chicano/Latin American Studies atCalifornia State University, Fresno. 

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. In the future, Sarid hopes to one day attend law school and work for a non-profit advocacy organization. 


Brooke Nawrocki– Office of U.S. Congressman Josh Harder –  is a student at California State University, Stanislaus pursuing an undergraduate degree in psychology. A Central Valley native, Brooke gained a love for public service when she attended the American Legion’s Girl’s State in 2015. In her free time, she has volunteered as a patient visitor for Community Hospice, and is also involved on the executive board of her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma.

Following graduation,Brooke plans to go on to earn a master’s degree in forensic psychology and hopes to work in the prison system to help close the gap between mental health and the law. She is passionate about mental health awareness and hopes to implement rehabilitation programs in prisons.


Megan Marie Owens– Superior Court of California, County of Fresno-is pursuing a Master of Science in Criminology at California State University, Fresno. Megan Marie earned a B.A. in Criminology and Psychology with a minor in Foreign Literature in Translation from West Virginia University (WVU) in 2014. During her undergraduate, Megan Marie was president of the Violence Research and Awareness Association (VRAA). As president, Megan Marie assisted in organizing projects like the White Ribbon Campaign and Clothesline Project at WVU. Megan Marie also represented VRAA at Walk a Mile in Their Shoes in 2017. Megan Marie is an alumnus of the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program, which she took at Hazelton’s Federal Secure Female Facility. 

Megan Marie has experience working as a psychometrician in forensic psychology and has also dedicated her time to volunteering in education programs in various federal prisons on the east coast.

Megan Marie is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Fresno, California for graduate school. Upon obtaining her M.S., Megan Marie plans to work improving the criminal justice system through research, education, and policy. 


Julissa PenaOffice of Congressman Jim Costa(Merced office) – is a senior and pursuing a degree in Political Science at the University of California, Merced. After graduation, she plans to enroll into a Public Policy Master’s program. 

Julissa’s ultimate goal is to reach into the realm of immigration and better policies that are effecting millions of individuals, not only in the United States, but also those aspiring to one day reside legally in the United Sates.


Mohammad Qureshi– Office of Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula /ASI Legislative Intern Scholaris currently an undergraduate business student with an emphasis in accountancy at California State University, Fresno. 

His parents immigrated to the United States in order to secure the educational future for him and his siblings. Being part of an immigrant family have given him the core values which he abides by until this day. His goal is to apply what he has learned in business school and to get one step closer to bringing change in the Central Valley.


Hisham Ayman QutobOffice of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris / ASI Legislative Intern Scholar– is majoring in Business with theoption of Finance at at California State University, Fresno. Hisham is also minoring in Political Science and Philosophy as well as seeking a legal certificate.

He is involved in Fresno State’s Mock Trial and Moot Court programs, Camp Kesem, serves on Associated Students Incorporated legal committee and Alpha Sigma Phi. He’s had several leadership roles on campus such being the chair of the PR & Marketing committee for the USU Board of Directors and the Finance Committee chair for Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law fraternity.

Aside from school, Hisham’s hobbies include playing soccer which he also coaches a local Under10 boys’ team. His other community involvement within the community includes being a tutor, food server, camp counselor, and lecturer for the central valley Islamic youth.

Hisham is personally invested in bettering the Central Valley by making it more equitable and sustainable and plans on continuing onto law school after he graduates.


Paula Reynal – Office of Assemblymember Rudy Salas – is currently working on a double B.A. in History and Political Science (Emphasis: Pre-Law & Global Politics) at California State University, Bakersfield. She is currently the Vice-President of CSUB’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Society), as well as a member of Alpha Chi (National College Honor Society) and the National Society for Leadership and Success.

Paula hopes to further pursue her studies at the graduate level in one of her Political Science concentrations. While not studying, Paula spends her time raising her two boys: William & Christopher


Nigma ShookOffice of Congressman Jim Costa –  is working towards achieving her B.A. in Economics at California State University, Fresno. Upon her graduation, she is planning on pursuing her Master’s in Applied Economics.

Although she is not a Central Valley native, having been born and raised in Egypt, she moved to the United States to further her educational career. Many of the problems faced by the Central Valley today are similar to those faced by the people of Egypt. As a result, she is focused on working towards issues related to foreign relations and public policy in hopes of one day returning to Egypt and helping her country.


Jaskarenpreet “Jas” Sohal – Office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein / ASI Legislative Intern Scholar– is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in History at California State University, Fresno. Her passion for politics was fostered by her grandfather, who was a Sikh immigrant from India. As such, he always taught her the value of democracy, and to appreciate the United States as not just the home of the brave, but also the home of the free. Jas hopes to continue to help others through politics. 


Adriana Soto Alvarez– Office of Senator Melissa Hurtado /ASI Legislative Intern Scholar – is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Political Science at California State University, Fresno. She is also part of the Political Science Honors Society Program, Pi Sigma Alpha. 

Adriana is passionate about public policy and the problems our communities face in the Central Valley. Her goal is to do public policy work as it relates to the Central Valley. Upon graduation, she wants to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration. 


Kia Kelly Vang Office of U.S. Congressman Jim Costa (Fresno office) / ASI Legislative Intern Scholar – is currently working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at California State University, Fresno. After graduation, Kia plans to enroll in graduate school and earn a Master’s Degree.

 She hopes to make an impact in the Central Valley one day while having a career working for the local, state, or federal government. 


Maijoua Vang– Office of Councilmember Miguel Arias – is pursuing a bachelor’s in sociology and a bachelor’s in social work at California State University, Fresno. As a daughter of refugees and a first-generation student, education has played a big role in her life. Her interest in public policy and advocating began from her participation of a youth journalist at The kNOw Youth Media, a non-profit organization that gives youth opportunities to enhance their writing skills for journalism as well as learn advocating skills. 

Through the Maddy internship, she hopes to gain more in depth knowledge about developing and implementing public programs to help the community. She plans to pursue a higher education in social work or counseling. Her career goal is to advocate for and help create programs to fulfill the needs of students. 


Robert Wells – Office of Assemblymember Vince Fong – is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History and Political at California State University, Bakersfield. The focus of these two degrees are international relations and European/Asian history. 

Robert credits the Presidential election of 2016 for increasing his interest in politics and the political cycle at both the state and federal level. The events of the primary cycle and general election solidified Robert’s choice to pursue the path of politics.

Being born and raised in Bakersfield, Robert has come to know the intricacies of how the local government works and what issues affect Bakersfield and Kern County the most. Upon graduation Robert plans on attending graduate school to achieve a master’s degree in political science and international relations at either the University of Alabama or Wyoming. 

He hopes to return to Kern County to help the region maintain its importance not only in California but globally as well.


Fall 2018

Rebeca Delgado – Office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein – is a Political Science and Chicano Studies Double Major Student at Fresno State. She was born in Michoacán, Mexico and immigrated to the United States as a young girl. Rebeca has lived in the Central Valley the majority of her life and calls Kerman, California home.

Rebeca is also part of the College of Social Science Honors Program at Fresno State. After graduation, Rebeca plans to enroll in the Social Science Credential Program at Fresno State. She hopes to return to her community and teach United States Government. Rebeca Delgado plans to inspire the next generation of young leaders.


Mariela Gomez – Office of Assemblymember Vince Fong – is currently working towards a Masters in Public Administration at California State University, Bakersfield. She is projected to graduate in Spring of 2020.

Mariela’s ultimate goal is to continue advocating for student matters and legal issues, in general, to create policies in an accessible, affordable, and equitable fashion.

As a first-generation college student and daughter of migrant field workers, she truly values the education and opportunities she has been able to take advantage of while pursuing higher education. Prior to graduate school, she served as the President of Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) at CSU Bakersfield and served as the official representative of the student body regarding campus and system-wide concerns while advocating in Sacramento, New York, and Washington D.C..


Sarah Martinez – Office of Senator Andy Vidak and Office of U.S. Congressman Jim Costa – is a Master of Social Work student at California State University, Fresno and a Maddy Institute Legislative Intern.

She has an expected graduation date of Spring 2020 and hopes to receive her license to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after graduation. She is passionate about public policy and social work, especially in Fresno and the Central Valley.


Mindy Manafe – Office of Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula – is currently pursuing a degree in Political Science at Fresno State, where she intends to focus on International relations in order to learn about global issues, foreign policies, and relations among countries.Her goal is to be able working in international network, dealing with issues between countries, and involve in the policy making process. She had interest in politics and enjoy being current with many issues especially when it comes to minorities discrimination and religious rights. She plans to pursue higher education in International affairs specifically in global commerce and finance.


Mariela Mendez – Office of U.S. Congressman Jim Costa – is a Central Valley native residing in Madera County. She is a senior at California State University, Fresno and her focus of study is Philosophy with an emphasis in Law and a minor in Peace and Conflict studies. She plans to enroll in law school by Fall 2019 to reach her goal of becoming a public policy attorney.



Jaskaran (Jassi) Singh – Office of Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria – is currently working towards a Bachelors in Political Science at California State University, Fresno. He is projected to graduate in May 2020.

As an undergraduate student born and raised here in the San Joaquin Valley, Jassi remains deeply attached to the problems which face our Valley in the present day. As a son of first generation Sikh-Americans, Jassi takes pride in the diversity of the Valley, and the problems which all our communities face regardless of their culture.

Jassi will be the first member of his family to graduate from college. Upon graduation, he wants to pursue a legal education, specializing in human rights.