Governor Hochul announces 2021-2023 scholarship recipients
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the recipients for 2021-2023.
“New York Fellows fulfill vital roles in government, bringing diverse backgrounds and experiences – this group is no different and will undoubtedly leave their mark on our state through their passion for the advancement of our state,” Governor Hochul said. “The Empire State Fellows program prepares the next generation of talented leaders for careers in public service, and I look forward to working with the 2021-2023 class to continue to make government work and deliver results for New Yorkers.” . “
Shaquan Huntt was appointed on Carey Gabay Fellow. The Carey Gabay Fellowship is a full-time legal scholarship program created in honor of Carey Gabay, a former deputy legal adviser in the governor’s office who was killed in 2015 by an act of gun violence. Mr. Huntt will work directly with the Governing Council and its staff on issues such as violence prevention, economic equality and community development – policy areas Gabay has championed throughout his career. Mr. Huntt, like Gabay, is committed to public service and embodies the integrity and kindness that personally sets Gabay apart. After graduating from college, Mr. Huntt worked as AmeriCorps VISTA in Harlem, an opportunity that highlighted for him the challenges that disadvantaged communities, especially children, too often face. Mr. Huntt now hopes to use his legal skills to make a difference in these communities. Mr. Huntt was a partner at Wilson & Chan LLP and Harris Beach PLLC as well as an intern with the Federal Defenders of New York. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Colby College and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.
Jenna frasier was appointed on Edie Windsor, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera LGBTQ Fellow. The New York State LGBTQ Fellowship was created to support ongoing efforts in the office of the Director of Diversity. The LGBTQ Fellow is awarded every two years to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to social justice, a history of working on LGBTQ equality, civil rights and diversity, equity issues and inclusion, and a keen interest in a career in public service. The scholarship is named after LGBTQ leaders who with their courage, tenacity and perseverance have raised awareness of LGBTQ issues and made a lasting difference in the LGBTQ community: Edie Windsor for her advocacy and groundbreaking work in successfully challenging Federal Marriage Defense Act and Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera for their advocacy movement on behalf of the transgender community in New York City. Mx. Frasier is a yogi and social worker passionate about co-creating spaces for healing and liberation. They helped lead the fundraising and digital strategy at I Challenge Myself, an organization that nurtures the mind, body and spirit by introducing New York public school students to endurance cycling, and they spearheaded an LGBTQ + youth cycling club, the Fearless Flyers. Before that, Mx. Frasier taught yoga elementary schools in the South Bronx and Harlem and facilitated community organizing groups with New York teenagers based on an anti-racist setting. Mx. Frasier received his MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University.
The following people have been appointed Companions of the Empire for the 2021-2023 Program. The Empire State Fellows Program is a full-time leadership training program that will prepare the next generation of talented professionals for careers as policy makers in New York State. Engagement in the work of the New York State government is at the heart of the Empire State Fellows program. Each Empire Fellow is appointed to work directly with a commissioner, deputy commissioner or other high level policy maker. Each Empire Fellow works in a state office or agency, such as the Office of Children and Family Services, the State Department, the Department of Labor, the Department of Environmental Conservation, or in the Governor’s Executive Chamber. Professional assignments provide fellows with an unprecedented experience of working with senior officials and participating in the policy development process.
Leo Matteo Bachinger is called Member of the Empire State. Mr. Bachinger will support the projects of the Climate Change Office within the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Prior to joining the Empire State Fellows program, Mr. Bachinger was the founder and director of policy and legislative affairs for an indigenous rights, environmental justice and land use organization. In this role, he has collaborated with Indigenous Nations, NYS and national conservation organizations, local stakeholders and NYS city governments. He has also worked on several political campaigns at the local and federal levels, including as a policy and communications researcher, field director and campaign manager. His interest in public policy is driven by the urgent need to deliver equitable, strong, and sustainable climate solutions that work for everyone in New York State and beyond. Mr Bachinger started his career as a journalist in Austria, before taking up a post at the Vienna Institute of Sociology of Law and Criminology as a political analyst and liaison with the Austrian Federal Government. Mr. Bachinger holds a BA in Sociology and an MA in Science, Technology and Society from the University of Vienna (Austria) as well as a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research has focused on equity issues in climate change. In his thesis, Mr. Bachinger studied climate adaptation in policy and practice from an international comparative perspective.
Nicole Jean Christian is called Member of the Empire State. Ms. Christian will support projects in the New York State Department’s Office of Planning, Development and Community Infrastructure. Ms. Christian is a recognized economic development professional with a frontline record of successful downtown revitalization projects throughout the region, particularly on Long Island. Ms. Christian has held economic development leadership positions at the city, county and federal government levels in New York, Washington DC and Long Island. She has helped businesses and local governments tackle economic development initiatives by securing grants, tax incentives and providing strategic advice throughout the planning process. She has had a successful career in grant writing, helping to mobilize over $ 20 million in public investment while helping to create thousands of local jobs, protect the Long Island Strait and transform city centers. towns in his community of Long Island. She is part of the 2001 class of Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) and of the 1999 class of the National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellow (NNEMS). Ms. Christian holds a BBA from Marymount University; an MPA from George Mason University with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and is a doctoral student at Wilmington University. She has been teaching at the auxiliary level for over 10 years at Long Island University in the MPA and MBA programs and is an avid ballroom dancer.
Shanleigh Corrallo is called Member of the Empire State. Ms. Corrallo will support the reinstatement program within the State Department of New York State. Ms. Corrallo has worked for government institutions such as the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the US Department of Housing and Urban development and with the SUNY system. She has engaged in grant-funded projects and programs relating to health policy, justice system (s) and school districts as an evaluator for an MWBE and as an analyst. policy for health foundations in western New York. She takes great pride in and has been most profoundly changed by her experience teaching American history to refugee students and parolees. This led her to pursue a career working on criminal justice reform policies that strengthen the process of reintegration into the community. Her historical training and previous work experiences – directly with the grassroots populations she wishes to serve – bring a unique perspective on these policy issues. Ms. Corrallo received her doctorate in history from the University of Buffalo in 2020 and is an expert in the history of Black Power. Her dissertation explores the stories of two prominent New York State Black Power organizations: Build Unity, Independence, Leadership and Dignity (BUILD) from Buffalo, and Freedom, Integrity, God, Honor, Today (FIGHT) from Rochester. Ms. Corrallo also obtained a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies from Niagara University in History and Sociology / Criminology.
Chelsea De Jesus is named Empire State Fellow. Ms. De Jesus will support projects across the Constituency Department of the Executive Chamber with a focus on the Women’s Affairs portfolio. Ms. De Jesus has experience in community advocacy and public policy, and has worked for a number of gender-focused organizations including the Vera Institute of Justice and as an intern in the Mayor’s Office. from New York to the Commission on Gender Equity. . Ms. De Jesus’ passion for women in government led her to present a research proposal to the Northeastern Conference for Public Administration on the under-representation of women in New York State and she has served two terms as President of Public Administration at Long Island University. Society and won the 2020 President of the Year award. As a first generation Latina, she is committed to being a driving force in increasing the number of women placed in government and elected to political office, especially women of color. Ms. De Jesus began her career as a Child Protection Case Manager and was a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She received her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social sciences from the University of South Florida. She loves painting, writing and nature.