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on Women and Public Policy

Class of 1997


Cynthia Cendagorta, a master's degree student in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law at Washington State University (WSU), also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from WSU. Ms. Cendagorta, who is interested in privacy rights, the First Amendment, and gun control, has accepted a placement in the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA). After she completes the fellowship program, Ms. Cendagorta plans to return to the West where she would like to continue her career in political advocacy and fundraising.


Pearlie Jones, has selected an assignment with the office of Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), where her work includes legislative research on issues concerning women in prison and HIV/AIDS. Currently she is a doctoral student in Women's Studies with a concentration in Race, Class and Gender at the Union Institute. A professional social worker, author and playwright, Ms. Jones earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Houston, and holds a master's degree from Texas Southern University.


Sangeetha Raghunathan, earned her bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and is now a master's student in Health Policy and Management at the Columbia School of Public Health. Ms. Raghunathan's areas of concentration are health policy and women's health. She has accepted a placement in the office of Representative Ellen Tauscher (CA), where she is the legislative assistant responsible for health care and women's issues. After completing her master's program, Ms. Raghunathan would like to attend law school and work on legal, policy, and ethical issues affecting women's health.


Margaret (Mikki) Holmes, has accepted a placement in the office of Senator Paul Wellstone (MN), where she is conducting legislative research on domestic violence and economic justice issues. Originally from Washington, DC, she is currently a doctoral student in Sociology with a concentration in Women and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Holmes, who already has received a bachelor's degree in Urban Affairs from the George Washington University and a Master of Architecture from the University of New Mexico, worked as a chef and an architect before returning to graduate school.


Jenny Knowles, who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies/Government, is a master's student in Public Administration at the University of Texas at Arlington. Ms. Knowles recently completed a research trip to South Africa and Ghana where she studied rural-urban migration issues and the public administration systems of each country. Ms. Knowles works in the office of Representative Lee Hamilton (IN), where her legislative research will focus on international relations issues such as U.S. policy toward East African countries and South American countries.


Evelyn Yee, has joined the staff of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, where she is considering legislative research on Medicare, managed care, and older Americans issues. Ms. Yee is currently enrolled in both the School of Public Policy and the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB), where she is working on master's degrees in Public Policy and Public Health. Ms. Yee, who is interested in developing programs that will provide accessible and affordable long-term care for elderly women, holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from UCB.


Lisa Maatz, a Master of Arts candidate in Journalism at the Ohio State University (OSU) specializing in Political Communication, has already received a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Ohio University and a Master of Liberal Studies from OSU. Ms. Maatz was formerly executive director of Turning Point, a six-county battered women's program located in Marion, OH. Ms. Maatz has joined the staff of Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY), where she is the legislative assistant responsible for women's issues. Ms. Maatz, who is a phi beta kappa graduate from Ohio University, developed an interest in politics in elementary school.