Maddy Interns 2019-2020

Fall 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.