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The Lincoln Institute 75 Fellows for Ethics and Equity: Meet the First Cohort of Fellows | Claremont Lincoln University
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The Lincoln Institute 75 Fellows for Ethics and Equity: Meet the First Cohort of Fellows
August 12, 2021

As sister organizations, Claremont Lincoln University and the Lincoln Institute have collaborated on critical content in both the Master of Public Administration and Master of Sustainability Leadership programs. Together, the Lincoln Institute and CLU have imbued both degrees with tools, resources, and a network of expertise to empower changemakers to bring solutions to today’s most pressing issues.

The Lincoln Institute 75 Fellowship for Ethics and Equity in Public Administration allows us to make this partnership and our MPA program accessible to more leaders. Each Fellow receives 10k towards their CLU MPA, funded by the Lincoln Institute, and will become a leading voice in their MPA cohort. 


Meet our first cohort of Lincoln Institute 75 Fellows for Ethics and Equity in Public Administration:

Candace O’Melia

Candace says: “With my CLU MPA, I hope to deepen my learning in ethics and equity, increase my understanding of policy, and strengthen my advocacy for my local and global community.”

Sarah Bennett

Sarah says: “I hope to build upon my existing leadership skills, contribute to the good of the community and effectively influence positive change. After earning my MPA, my goal is to serve in a public administration capacity at the local or county level.”

Jofil Borja

Jofil says: I am thrilled that CLU’s MPA Program could give me an interdisciplinary, but practical blueprint in navigating complex policy-making issues that are challenging today's local and regional governments. With a philanthropic vision at CLU, along with subject matter experts at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, I hope to build a network of individuals that can provide communities with innovative solutions and accountable decision making to land-use policies that promote healthier, thriving neighborhoods that would be sustainable for many generations to come.”

Ruby Rose Yepez

Ruby says: "As part of the CLU MPA program, I look forward to connecting and collaborating with thought leaders that are taking action to make impactful and invigorating changes in their communities. I hope to expand my network with resources and contacts that I can utilize to implement ethical and equitable influence on projects I am engaged in. Lastly, I look forward to expanding my knowledge of land use policy as well as ways to better support my local community in developing a resilient and sustainable built environment.”

Sherien Shady

Sherien says:Receiving my CLU MPA will allow me to advance my career, make me more effective at influencing change, and reach my goal to establish my own nonprofit organization that will assist other individuals in reaching their life goals.”

Lydia Bouroumand

Lydia says: “What I hope to achieve with my CLU MPA is to become a leading change maker that improves our society in a positive way.”

Lisa Wilson

Lisa says: “These past sixteen months as a local government employee, I had the good fortune of being pulled from my regular duties as a park ranger and thrown into the role of disaster service worker (DSW). What has been a horrible, worldwide pandemic, became an incredible opportunity for me to be of greater service to my community...I feel certain that I will shift professional gears in the coming year, moving away from the position of park ranger and into an area that allows me to continue to work and lead my community (especially the most vulnerable members) toward a more equitable and truly meaningful life that is not just about existing or surviving but thriving. I believe that being a part of the CLU MPA program is my ticket to becoming that best version of myself.”

Laura Pasquariello

Laura says: “Through the MPA program, I am excited to be able to develop strategies to lead public education policy changes, to analyze and develop education policy alternatives, to create and implement impactful public policies, and to facilitate collective action in order to achieve solutions that respect and include diverse stakeholders’ perspectives in education with equitable results.”