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Congressional Fellowships
on Women and Public Policy

Class of 2010


These remarkable women are mastering public policymaking as WREI Fellows on Capitol Hill.

 

Adriane Casalotti received both her masters in Social Work and in Public Health in December 2009, and will be working on health issues for Rep. Lois Capps of California.  She is particularly interested in how social and health policies--and the politics that surround their passage--affect the health and well-being of individuals and vulnerable populations.  At UNC, Adriane completed two field practica--first providing case management and community outreach with a community-based HIV services agency; the second as a federal and state policy intern with SIECUS (the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States).  While at Carolina, Adriane worked as a research assistant on education policy (including advocating for a ban on corporal punishment and the inclusion of comprehensive sexuality education in the NC public schools) and on asset-building policies for low income families both here and abroad.  She also provided HIV testing and counseling at the student-run clinic. Adriane graduated from William and Mary with a BA in government and a minor in Chinese language and literature. Afterwards, she worked in political media in Washington, DC before joining a DC-based youth services agency, where she ran the pregnancy prevention and sexual health education program for at-risk youth and their families. North Carolina’s chapter of the National Association of Social Workers recently awarded Adriane the 2010 President’s Award for outstanding leadership and service from an MSW student.

 

Elizabeth Darnall will be handling women’s issues for Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York.  She is a 2008 graduate of the London School of Economics with an MSc in Political Sociology. While at LSE, she worked as a research assistant in the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation. She focused her masters project on how nonprofits like Oxfam try to encourage women’s participation in natural disaster risk preparation and relief. After returning to the States, Elizabeth interned at EMILY’s List in Washington, DC, and worked as a Regional Field Director for the Lisa Borders for Mayor of Atlanta campaign.  Prior to graduate school, she worked for the Clean Air Campaign, where she ran programs to encourage Atlantans to change their commute behavior to more environmentally friendly methods of transport. While pursuing her BSc in History, Technology and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Elizabeth studied abroad in Germany, worked as a research assistant on the early 20th Century women’s peace movement, and served on committees to further liberal arts at a traditional engineering and science school. A native Atlantan, Elizabeth is the daughter of a German immigrant and a deeply rooted Southerner. Every other year, her family visited Mannheim, Germany, her father’s home town. This instilled in her a love of travel. She spent June 2009 in East Africa, where she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and furthered her interest in women and the environmental movement. 

 

Fatemeh Hosseini, a third-year Ph.D student studying women and gender history at the University of Maryland College Park, is particularly interested in public health and women’s sexual and reproductive health.  She holds a master’s in Shi’ite history from Ahl-ul-Bay University in Tehran, and a BA in history and English language and literature from the University of Maryland.  Born and raised in the Washington, DC, area and now living in the Maryland suburbs, Fatemeh comes from a multi-ethnic background and speaks fluent Persian and highly passable Spanish and Arabic.  For the last year, Fatemeh has volunteered at Montgomery County’s Rape Crisis Center and has worked as a bilingual advocate for the Asian American Domestic Violence Resource Project. She is married to Amin, who is at the dissertation stage of his Ph.D in economics at American University.  They delight in beautiful two-year old daughter Mariam, who consumes every free moment available.

 

Linda Mancillas received her doctorate in political science from American University, where her dissertationfocused on The Law and Order Movement: Politics, Crime and Mass Incarceration in the United States.  She will be working on juvenile justice and other issues for Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia.  A recipient of the 2008 Alice Paul Award and the 2005 Women & Politics Institute’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Linda teaches Politics in the U.S., Latina Politics, and other courses at the Institute.  Recently, she was invited to speak to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Public Policy Fellows about her Latina scholarship.  Linda graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a double major in political science and in women’s studies.  The mother of four and a grandmother of five, Linda began advocating for educational rights for her daughter with learning disabilities and eventually became president of the Birmingham area Learning Disabilities Association.  Linda began her education as a returning student, and was awarded the UAB Department of Government and Public Service Outstanding Undergraduate Award, the Outstanding Woman UAB Student Award, the Mary Wollstonecraft Prize, and the Women’s Studies Award of Excellence. 

A.Tianna Scozzaro graduated from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in 2009 with an M.P.A in Environmental Science and Policy. At Columbia, she served as class president, consulted on energy management for the New York City Housing Authority, and conducted research on water security in Asia for the Earth Institute Water Center and Asia Society. A native Californian, A.Tianna received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California, Davis with minors in Spanish and Religious Studies.  As an undergraduate, her interest in politics drew her to work as health care reform advocate in Sacramento, CA; serve as a press intern for Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington D.C.; and intern for the Chilean Ministry of the Environment on public awareness in Santiago, Chile. Her interest in Latin America also inspired to start Project Risa, a dental health education program that delivers 2000 toothbrushes annually throughout the region.  Her volunteer work was recognized by the UC Davis Interfaith Council, which honored her with the Humanitarian of the Year award in 2006.  She speaks Spanish and has lived and worked in Chile, Bolivia, Guatemala and Spain. A.Tianna is working in Rep. Ed Markey’s Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.