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John D. Solomon Fellows
Meet this year's class of John D. Solomon Fellows:

Michael Castelblanco is a master in urban planning candidate at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. After eight years of military service in the United States Marine Corps, he has continued to pursue his dedication to serving others, most especially with vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. As a fellow with the NYC Department of Education, Michael is assisting the agency's emergency management team in developing and formalizing operations during an emergency response, and supporting agency efforts to improve information management and notification during emergencies.

Alexandra Grainger graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington with a bachelor's in nursing and a minor in psychology. She is currently pursuing a master's in public administration with a focus on healthcare management. In addition to her graduate studies, Alexandra is a full-time registered nurse at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where she works in the emergency room at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center, and volunteers with the American Red Cross and with Doctors Without Borders. As the fellow for the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, she is looking forward to delving into the world of emergency preparedness and response from a health standpoint.

Amy Huang graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelor's in health science and a concentration in environmental health and safety. She is currently pursuing a master's in occupational safety and health with a concentration in environmental management. She is also a member of the New York City Community Emergency Response Team. Amy is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the NYC Department for the Aging, and is looking forward to learning more about emergency preparedness and emergency management.

Isabelle H. Lacson holds bachelor's degrees in international relations and economics from the University of Southern California, and is pursuing a master's in public administration at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, specializing in urban policy and management. Prior to her graduate education, Isabelle served as a chief of staff to a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, and also worked in the nonprofit/philanthropy sector in Los Angeles. As the intergovernmental affairs fellow for the NYC Emergency Management, Isabelle is providing legislative, research, outreach, and project support to include city, state, and federal elected officials in emergency preparedness initiatives.

Meghan Moog earned a bachelor's degree in corporate communications from CUNY College of Staten Island, and is continuing her academic career at the college by pursuing a master of art degree in media and cinema studies. After completing an undergraduate internship with the NYC Fire Department (FDNY)'s Office of Public Information, she most recently worked as the social media coordinator for the FDNY Foundation, the FDNY's official not-for-profit. As the NYC Digital, Meghan looks forward to digitally connecting with New Yorkers throughout five boroughs, while learning the importance of social engagement and response during emergencies.

Lexi Neibart received her bachelor's degree in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University, and is pursuing a master's in public administration at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service with a focus on policy and politics. After serving as an intern at the NYC Office of Emergency Management this past summer, Lexi will serve as a fellow with the NYC Emergency Management, where she is assisting the agency's Public/Private Initiatives Team to further develop private and nonprofit sector outreach, specifically with small businesses, along with participating in a variety of other projects and events.

Scott Richmond received his bachelor's degree from Lehman College in political science and geography and a master's degree in urban planning from Hunter College, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in public administration at Baruch College. As well as being a full-time student, Scott worked as a photographer and was a volunteer firefighter in Australia. Scott enjoys working with technology and social media and is an avid Mets fan, and is a fellow with the NYC Fire Department (FDNY).

Denise Patel holds a B.S. in marine biology from the University of Miami, and is pursuing her master of public health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health with a focus on climate and health. A former AmeriCorps service member and environmentalist, she has dedicated her career to working with nonprofits to empower people and communities to improve their local environments. Denise is a fellow at the American Red Cross - Greater New York chapter and will work with ARC disaster program leaders, government and community partners to build relations, foster understanding, and define coordination roles and practices during large-scale emergency responses.

Claudia Triana is pursuing her master's degree in international educational development at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is interested in advancing the field of education in emergencies, with an emphasis on education access for displaced persons. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Claudia worked in creating curriculum for refugee children targeting psychosocial needs. Claudia is the training and exercises fellow at the NYC Emergency Management, where she will be conducting a needs analysis and feasibility study for the OEM Academy, and building out the agency's general evaluation program.



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