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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 2010-2012 State Policy Fellows:

Kwame Boadi

Kwame Boadi served as a Fellow with the DC Fiscal Policy Institute and with the State Fiscal Project at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Previously he worked in the offices of former Governor Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA). Kwame’s policy and research interests center on the relationship between politics and economics, and he holds a particular interest in issues pertaining to energy, health care, and foreign policy. He also has substantial campaign experience. Kwame received a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University.

Anika Fassia

Anika Fassia served as a Fellow with the Michigan League for Human Services. Anika’s academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree in psychology and environmental studies from the University of Utah and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, where she received numerous awards for her advocacy work. She has also worked at a residential substance abuse facility for young adults.

Dolloress Holmes

Dolloress Holmes served as a Fellow with the Commonwealth Institute in Richmond, Virginia. She has worked as a management consultant at a firm where she conducted program evaluations and budget analysis for local community organizations. Dolloress received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Masters in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. While pursuing her graduate degree she interned at the North Carolina General Assembly office of Senator Tony Foriest and served on the editorial board for the Scholarly Online Administrative Review, an online journal on poverty and inequality.

Cedric Johnson

Cedric Johnson served as a Fellow with the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute (GBPI). He recently completed a fellowship at the National Endowment for Financial Education. Cedric’s interests include community and economic development, poverty, and social entrepreneurship. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Clemson University, a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Chandra Kring Villanueva

Chandra Kring Villanueva served as a Fellow with the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin, Texas. Formerly Chandra was the Manager of Advocacy and Public Policy with the Women’s Prison Association in New York City. She also served as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center in Arizona and Washington, D.C. Chandra holds an M.P.A. from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

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