Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: May 10, 2019
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov

Governor Northam Announces 2019 Governor’s Fellows Program Participants

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced the 2019 Governor’s Fellows Program participants. First created by former Governor Chuck Robb in 1982, the program offers rising college seniors, graduating seniors, and graduate students an opportunity to gain valuable, firsthand experience working under Cabinet secretaries and alongside staff in the Office of the Governor.

“Every summer, I look forward to the arrival of the Governor’s Fellows and the unique experiences, perspectives, and energy that each one of them brings,” said Governor Northam. “This program aims to cultivate the next generation of Virginia leaders by introducing young Virginians with a desire to serve to the workings of the executive branch and helping them build the skills and relationships to create a positive impact in our Commonwealth.”

Each Fellow is placed in a division within the Office of the Governor for the duration of the summer. In those offices, the Fellows cultivate and sharpen leadership skills by taking on a variety of tasks and projects. The Fellows also learn from special guest speakers from the administration and take field trips across the Commonwealth.

The Governor’s Fellows Program is open to students at Virginia colleges and universities as well as Virginia residents studying outside of the Commonwealth.

Below is a list of the 2019 Governor’s Fellows Program participants:

  • Georgia Allin, William & Mary
  • Rachel Becker, William & Mary
  • Grace Blanchard, The University of Virginia
  • Robert Bowen, Hampden-Sydney College
  • Virginia Chambers, The University of Virginia
  • Alexander Cintron, The University of Virginia
  • Sean Clair, The University of Richmond
  • Natasha Coleman, The University of Virginia
  • Sanidia Cranston, Old Dominion University
  • Michelle A. De La Cruz, Roanoke College
  • Collin Doherty, St. John’s College
  • Nathan Dowdy, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Norman Ellis, III, James Madison University
  • Katie Fanz, Virginia Tech
  • Stacey Feindt, The University of Mary Washington
  • Taylor Hoogsteden, The University of Richmond
  • Bobbie Marie Johnson, Norfolk State University
  • Majesta-Doré Legnini, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Samuel Lesemann, The University of Virginia
  • Christian Alejandro Lucero, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Isaac Mensah-Yeboah, James Madison University
  • Joseph Mitchell, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Elizabeth Karina Paz, Norfolk State University
  • Matthew Perry, New York University
  • Kiara Rogers, The University of Virginia
  • Isabela Silva, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Chaniece Williams, Longwood University
  • Kate Adelaide Zinsner, Yale University

For more information on the Governor’s Fellows Program, click here.

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