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The State Policy Fellowship Program supports a diverse generation of future leaders in shaping state policies and fiscal choices that affect disadvantaged families and communities.

Fellowship Sponsors:

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The State Priorities Partnership

The 2011-2013 SFAI State Policy Fellows:

Christine Mai
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Christine Mai recently received her Master of Public Policy degree from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, where she also earned an undergraduate degree in Foreign Affairs. Mai previously interned at the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, researching food assistance policies. She also worked as a consultant for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission of Virginia, analyzing policy options to reduce chronic homelessness in the Charlottesville community. While at the University of Virginia, Mai worked as a volunteer tutor for ESL students and as an editor of the Virginia Policy Review. Mai is especially interested in public health and healthcare policy, especially as it affects low-income communities.

Francinia McKeithan
Mississippi Economic Policy Center

Francinia McKeithan was awarded Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work degrees this Spring from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and formerly served as a Research Associate for the university in the Vice Chancellor's Office for Research and Economic Development. Prior to that role, she held internship positions at the South African Council of Churches' Parliament Office and the Women's Rights and Education departments of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). McKeithan also completed undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in African and African American Studies and Sociology. McKeithan's policy and research interests center on the relationship between education and life outcomes, particularly on issues pertaining to child welfare, education policy, and social and economic justice.

Michael Mitchell
Washington State Budget & Policy Center

Michael Mitchell obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in May of 2011. Mitchell previously served as an intern for the late Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy and U.S. Representative Jim Himes of Connecticut. As an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut, Michael launched and edited a campus newsletter devoted to bringing awareness to the widening education gap between inner-city and suburban students in Connecticut public schools, and later graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics. Michael is interested in how the many financial challenges facing states and municipalities affect social policies.

Tazra Mitchell
North Carolina Budget and Tax Center

Tazra Mitchell is a new graduate of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University with a Master of Public Policy degree. Mitchell has worked in the North Carolina General Assembly as an intern and Legislative Assistant in the office of Representative Becky Carney, and as a Research Assistant in the non-partisan Fiscal Research Division. Mitchell also graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in French. Her policy interests include fiscal policy, human rights, and national security policy.

Sookyung L. Oh
The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis (Virginia)

L. Sookyung Oh recently received a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Oh previously worked for the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, managing organizing and advocacy campaigns on national immigration reform. Oh also served as a research assistant for the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. In addition, she has worked in various community-based organizations in Philadelphia to improve access for limited-English-proficient immigrant communities to health care, social programs, and HIV/AIDS services. Oh received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

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