Jim Costa Washington. D.C. Legislative Intern Scholars
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
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.
Harkiran Kaur – Office of Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria – is a senior at Fresno State pursuing a dual degree in Political Science and Economics. She has been a research assistant to her professors and a secretary for Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society. Currently, she is also working as a student assistant at the College of Social Sciences Advising Center and as a service aide for the City of Fresno.
Upon graduating in August 2019, she hopes to continue working in a local government position and eventually plans to pursue a graduate degree in Public Policy.
David Ochoa – Office of Congressman Josh Harder – is currently working towards a B.A. in political science and a minor in Chicano studies at the University of California, Merced where he is projected to graduate from in the Spring of 2021.
As a first generation college student and son of Mexican immigrants, David has had to overcome many obstacles. He has established himself as a leader along the way. Coming from Santa Ana, he has seen the great disparity that his community faces and was inspired to make a difference. As he has attended UC Merced, he has realized that the problems facing the Central Valley are similar to those he saw in Santa Ana..
David’s ultimate goal after graduation is to work on political campaigns and eventually run for office.
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, she expects to graduate in May 2020.
Maia plans to pursue a graduate degree 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 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, she has always had an interest in politics.
Upon graduating, Celida plans on furthering her education by attending law school and focus on immigration law.
Navdeep Gill – Office 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 M.S. in Criminology at California State University, Fresno. Megan Marie is originally from Pittsburgh and 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 years, 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. She 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.
Upon obtaining her M.S., Megan Marie plans to work improving the criminal justice system through research, education, and policy.
Julissa Pena – Office 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 in a Public Policy gradutae program.
Julissa’s ultimate goal is to help improve immigration policies that are effecting millions of individuals in the United States, as wells as those aspiring to one day reside legally in the United Sates.
Mohammad Qureshi –Office of Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula /ASI Legislative Intern Scholar –is currently an undergraduate business student with an emphasis in accountancy at California State University, Fresno.
Like many immigrants, 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 help bring positive change in the Central Valley.
Hisham Ayman Qutob – Office of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris / ASI Legislative Intern Scholar– is majoring in Business (Finance) 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 with Alpha Sigma Phi. He’s had several leadership roles on campus, including 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 Under 10 boys’ team. His other community involvement 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 and plans on continuing to attend 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 a graduate degree in Political Science. While not studying, Paula spends her time raising her two boys: William & Christopher.
Nigma Shook – Office 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 a graduate degree 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 in History at California State University, Fresno. Her passion for politics was fostered by her grandfather, who was a Sikh immigrant from India who 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 degree 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 degree in Political Science at California State University, Fresno. After graduation, Kia plans to enroll in graduate school.
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 as 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 graduate degree in social work or counseling. Her career goal is to advocate for and help create programs to meet the needs of students.
Robert Wells – Office of Assemblymember Vince Fong – is pursuing a Bachelor’s in History and Political at California State University, Bakersfield in international relations and European/Asian history.
Robert credits the Presidential election of 2016 for increasing his interest in politics. 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. Upon graduation Robert plans on attending graduate school in political science and international relations at either the University of Alabama or the University of Wyoming.
He hopes to return to Kern County to apply what he’s learned to help the Valley.
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.