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Meet Our Alumni

“Fellows become leaders. You will learn the communication and advocacy skills needed to be a leader in your community and to excel in public policy. The Fellowship offers an abundance of resources and experienced experts who can help you build a strong foundation for your career.”

Wes Rivers, Class of 2014
DC Fiscal Policy Institute

“Forming a bond with the other fellows has been the best part of the fellowship. We have connected, learned, and grown together in a number of ways, and we have served as an important support system for each other throughout this experience. We have an incredibly strong relationship with each other that will last our lifetimes.”

Brandon McKoy, Class of 2016
New Jersey Policy Perspective

“Applying for this fellowship was the best decision of my life. It prepared me with the tools and relationships I needed to propel into my current role. I especially appreciate the ongoing support I received even after my time as a fellow concluded.”

Bailey Perkins, Class of 2016
Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families

“In the two years I spent as a fellow at California Budget & Policy Center, I benefited greatly. I was able to practice my public speaking, policy analysis, and writing. However, beyond these practical skills, I also received a supportive network that was always available to offer professional advice, no matter the issue. Now that I have transitioned from being a fellow to being a full-time policy analyst, I continue to be involved in the fellowship and look forward to helping it grow.”

Esi Hutchful, Class of 2019
California Budget and Policy Center

“I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the fellowship. I have gained skills and experiences that I will carry throughout my career. Plus, the support provided to fellows is top-notch. I would encourage anyone who’s interested to apply.”

Preston Parish, Class of 2020
Montana Budget and Policy Center

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