Urban Fellows ~ The Class of 2007-2008

David Barker
Middlebury College

David is a 2006 graduate of Middlebury College, where he majored in Geography. A native of Portland, Oregon, he caught the NYC bug as a ball boy at the U.S. Open in 2002 and as an intern for the Department of Parks & Recreation during the summer of 2006. He hopes to explore urban planning and redevelopment.
Kevin Batacchi
New Jersey
University of Southern California, BA
Rutgers University, MPA

Kevin is a 2007 graduate of the University of Southern California, from which he received his Master of Public Administration after receiving his Bachelor’s from Rutgers University in 2005.  He was born in New Jersey, but lived the first ten years of his life in Italy, after which he returned to New Jersey.  Kevin is interested in numerous aspects of service delivery at the local level, and is excited to continue learning both formally and informally through the course of his career in public service.
Julia Freeman Bell
New York
University of Chicago

Julia is a 2007 graduate of the University of Chicago where her dual major was Public Policy Studies and Political Science. She is a native of New York City. Julia hopes to pursue a career in law.

Eliza Berman
Yale University

Eliza grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. She attended Yale University and majored in American Studies with a concentration in political science. While at Yale, she played on the women's club soccer team and participated in two student activist groups, one related to reproductive rights and the other involved with promoting campaign finance reform in New Haven and Connecticut. Aside from soccer and politics, Eliza enjoys playing guitar, learning to cook, and spending time with friends and family. She is interested in a career in public policy, the non-profit sector, or urban education.
Lily Chattopadhyay

Lily is a 2007 graduate of UCLA where she majored in International Development Studies and completed the pre-medicine curriculum.  Although born in Alabama, she was raised in San Diego and enjoys going to the beach, cooking, and volunteering. She has a passion for dance and has trained in the disciplines of ballet and jazz, among others, for over twelve years. Lily plans on attending medical school and pursuing a joint M.D./M.P.H. program. Her goal is to serve as a physician in the field of international health care as well as for underserved communities domestically.

Alex Derkson
Davidson College

Alex is a recent graduate of Davdison College, where he majored in History.  He is from Cincinnati, Ohio and he has two younger brothers, Austin and Marcus.  During Alex's last four years he has traveled extensively in Europe, from Paris to London to Rome.  Alex is very interested in politics, art, Cincinnati sports, and cooking.  He is also quite excited about the opportunity to take part in the New York City Urban Fellows Program this fall!

Kirsten Eiler
New York
Barnard College

Kirsten is a 2007 graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, where she majored in urban studies with a concentration in history.  She is a native of Manhattan but has lived in Tokyo and London.  Kirsten likes to travel, read, and write. Her interests include combining affordable housing development with public health initiatives.  She plans to go back to school to do a Ph.D. in housing and urban regeneration and possibly an MPH.
Bracha Feit
New York
Queens College/CUNY

Bracha is a graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, where she majored in Urban Studies and Anthropology with a concentration in public health policy and administration.  She has recently finished her senior honors thesis that was an interdisciplinary project examining the century-old role of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the implications for future changes to this role as the use of electronic medical records becomes more central to the practices of data collection.  As a New York City Urban Fellow, she hopes to continue learning about the coordination and concentration of resources that enable the processes of municipal government.  Her future academic goals include both studying public administration and law.
Ted Fertik
New York
Yale University

Ted Fertik is a recent graduate of Yale University, where he studied history, urbanism, and social thought. He is a long time activist, working on various social justice and political campaigns, as well as helping to found the Roosevelt Institution, the nation's first student think tank. He is a New Yorker to the bone and eagerly looks forward to serving the city he loves, ideally in housing or transportation initiatives.
Holly Frindell
Trinity College (Texas)

Holly grew up in Westerville, OH and graduated from Trinity University with a degree in Urban Studies and Religion. After graduation, she moved to New York to work at Mercy Center, a community center in the South Bronx. Her interests include running, dancing and reading.
Alex Henry
New York
Trinity College (Conn.)

Alex is a native New Yorker who studied philosophy and public policy at Trinity College in Hartford.  He will be spending this summer in Cairo working for a Trinity professor named Raymond Baker who's writing a book about a mainstream political Islamist movement based out of Egypt.  His past work in government includes internships with Congressman Charles Rangel, State Assembly Member Danny O'Donnell, and City Council Member Gale Brewer, as well as consulting and research for Citizens Union. 
Scott Hobbs
New York
Hunter College/CUNY

Scott Hobbs is a 2007 graduate of Hunter College (CUNY) where he majored in Urban Affairs.  He is originally from Long Island, NY.  Hobbs has worked locally for New York City Councilman David Weprin, focusing on issues of predatory lending and the down-zoning of northeast Queens.  He intends to pursue graduate study in Urban Planning following the completion of the NYC Urban Fellows Program.
Elijah Hutchinson
New York
Harvard College

Elijah is a 2006 graduate of Harvard College where he majored in Biological Anthropology with a focus in Evolutionary Psychology. He is a native of Brooklyn, New York. Elijah is the recipient of a 2006 Fellowship from the Harvard Center for Public Interest Careers and for the past year has worked with Enterprise, an affordable housing provider. He hopes to pursue community development and urban planning in New York City. 
Meekaelle Joseph
New York
Tufts University

Meekaelle is a 2007 graduate of Tufts University where she majored in Political Science and minored in English. She is a Brooklyn native, and is very excited to return to the city that has offered her so much. Meekaelle is interested in Public Policy and Law, and hopes to pursue a dual degree in these concentrations. Her interests include reading and spending time with family and friends. 
Jessica Lovaas
Williams College

Jessica is a 2006 graduate of Williams College, where she majored in Political Science and was involved in the Student Global AIDS Campaign and the College's Writing Workshop. In 2007, she received an MSc in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where her dissertation focused on maternal and infant health programs in US prisons. Jessica and her family have lived all over, including in Maine, South Africa, and Florida. She loves hiking, dinner parties, board games, and spending time with her four little sisters.

Ankur Mangalagiri 
Hunter College

Ankur is 2007 graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College where she double-majored in Economics and Political Science with a concentration in international relations.  She hails from a family with a tradition of public service.  She has lived in South and East Asia, Europe and most recently the States.  Her experiences in both the developing and developed worlds have piqued her interest in the role of government in sustainable development.  Her passion lies in learning about the governance of successful public private partnerships.  She has a penchant for big cities and loves escaping to the outdoors.  She is excited to be part of the Urban Fellows community and looks forward to learning from interactions in the upcoming months. 

Ryan Merola
New York
Brooklyn College/CUNY

Ryan is a graduate of Brooklyn College, having double-majored in Political Science and Philosophy with a focus on New York City governance. He is researching the history of charter revision in New York City, post-1900, attempting to create an historical narrative on major shifts in the structure of the city’s government. Born and raise in Brooklyn, Ryan has an abiding interest in public service and intends to pursue a career as a prosecutor and public official.
Christy Misogianes 
University of Pennsylvania
Christy is a 2007 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in International Relations.  She is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and loves to dance, travel, and cook.

Lesley Peterson
Trinity College (Conn.)

Lesley is a 2005 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she majored in English Literature and minored in Spanish.  Lesley grew up in Suffield, Connecticut.  She enjoys reading, running, and traveling.  She plans to pursue a degree in law.

Sarah Rubin
New Jersey
Barnard College

Raised across the Hudson River in Englewood NJ, Sarah went to Barnard College in New York City where she majored in American Studies.  In college, Sarah cultivated her commitment to community development by becoming an active member of Student Government as well as several different clubs.  She spent her vacation time working to give back to other communities.  She traveled to Israel where she taught Israeli teens about environmental policy, and on another occasion mentored at-risk youth.  Sarah also served as a relief worker in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  After living, studying and exploring New York City for the past four years, Sarah has developed a deep love for this city.  She is excited to utilize her past experiences in public service to make a positive impact on the city she loves.

N. Troy Stewart
New York
Dartmouth College

Troy is a 2007 graduate of Dartmouth College, where his major was Social Policy. He was born in the Bronx. At Dartmouth, Troy has conducted research on gentrification, urban education and race theory. He intends to pursue a career in law with a focus on human rights policy and education policy. Troy enjoys reading the newspaper, is passionate about urban governance and loves coffee talks.

Crystal Thomas
Los Angeles

Crystal is a native of Los Angeles and a 2007 graduate of UCLA, where she majored in International Development Studies with concentrations in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. She minored in Spanish and studied in Costa Rica, Spain, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.  At UCLA, she was actively involved in programs designed to support and encourage underrepresented high school students to pursue higher education.  For example, during the 2006-07 academic year she co-chaired UCLA’ Higher Education Conference that brought high school students on campus for a day of various workshops; and during summer 2007 she was an on-campus mentor with UCLA’s VIP Scholars Program, a project in partnership with local school districts designed to prepare high school students for successful admissions to universities such as UCLA.  She is interested in a career in public policy and law as they affect children.

Li-Chung Wang
Northwestern University

Li-Chung, who hails from the Midwest, graduated from Northwestern University where he majored in Political Science and International Studies.  This past year, Li-Chung worked as a legislative analyst for the Illinois House Democrat Staff.  He enjoys good food and traveling.  Following Urban Fellows, Li-Chung plans on attending a graduate school program of some sort: MPP, JD or PhD.

Katie Whalen
Cornell University

Katie graduated from Cornell University in January 2007 with a major in Government where she served as a representative on Cornell's University Assembly. She grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts but is originally from Queens, New York. Katie enjoys international traveling, a great road trip (anywhere), good food and company. She looks forward to further exploring New York and all its boroughs. Katie is fascinated by issues of economic development and plans on pursuing a career in public service.
Matthew White
New York
Cornell University

Matt is a 2007 graduate of Cornell University where he majored in Government.  He is a native of Buffalo, New York.  His main public policy interest lies in local and metropolitan governance and regionalism.  Matt is considering pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science.  His other interests include rock music, politics, and rooting for perennially cursed sports teams from Buffalo.
Etan Yeshua
New York
Columbia University

Etan graduated in 2007 from a joint undergraduate program where he earned a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University and a BA in Jewish Ethics from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.  He is a native of Teaneck, New Jersey where he has served as an Emergency Medical Technician for his town’s ambulance corps since 2002, and as President of the organization since his election in January of 2007.  He interned as a research assistant at the Hastings Center for Bioethics in 2006 and hopes to pursue degrees in Law and Public Health or Hospital Management.

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