The Women’s Leadership Fellows program is a selective cohort of women currently enrolled at the Trachtenberg School who meet monthly to build leadership and community through skills-based workshops, a mentoring program, and networking events. Monthly sessions are led by vetted trainers who volunteer their time and expertise to focus on negotiation, conflict resolution, verbal and nonverbal communication, and management skills.
Trachtenberg School alumnae, including previous Women’s Leadership Fellows, serve as mentors to current participants. Mentors provide fellows with coaching and professional development support. Women’s Leadership Fellows also have the opportunity to network with current and past fellows, George Washington University alumni, and other professionals.
The women are chosen by a panel of Trachtenberg School faculty, staff, and students after a competitive application process. Two student co-chairs coordinate the planning and logistics of the program in partnership with the Trachtenberg School Administration.
The Trachtenberg School’s Women’s Leadership Fellows Program prepares high-potential women to be successful public service leaders through professional development, mentorship, and networking.
Do you identify as a woman in the MPA, MPP, or Environmental Resource Policy program? Would you like to be part of a selective nine-month leadership program? Applications are accepted at the beginning of each fall semester for the Trachtenberg School’s Women’s Leadership Fellows Program.
Hannah Seligman is a third-year Master of Public Policy student with a focus in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She graduated cum laude from New York University, where she majored in political science and double-minored in gender and sexuality studies and history. She currently works as a Legislative Associate for the National Council of Jewish Women, handling economic justice policy issues including paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, equal pay, pregnancy accommodation in the workplace, and raising the minimum wage. In her free time, she enjoys museums, watching TV, cooking, and devouring any fiction or nonfiction book about Tudor history she can get her hands on.
Tina Tagliaferri is a second year Master’s student in the Environmental Resource Policy program. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on environmental policy, science, and conservation. She is currently an intern in GW’s Office of Sustainability, where she works on engaging staff and faculty in office programs and initiatives and growing programming for graduate students. When she’s not busy with school or WLF, she loves to go on hikes, cook, hang out with friends, and obsess over all things Harry Potter.
Diana Aguilera is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at the Trachtenberg School focusing on race, ethnicity and immigration policy. She graduated from Queens College with a degree in political science, concentration in Latin America, and a minor in Urban Studies. She has previously worked at the Office of Collective Bargaining at the City of New York. She has an interest in creating a startup to support high school students’ transition to higher education and analyze how public policy can shape their future by refining social skills, value biculturalism and help them achieve leadership development.
Rebecca Bizzarri is a first-year Master of Public Administration student with a focus in Gender Policy. She completed her Bachelor's degree at GW, where she studied international affairs with a minor in both economics and women's, gender, and sexuality studies. Through her role as a GW Presidential Fellow, she currently works as a Program Assistant for the GW Division of Safety and Security, where she is devoted to uplifting student voices on matters pertaining to community safety. Upon the completion of her degree, Rebecca strives to pursue a career designing and lobbying for legislation that sustainably promotes gender equity. When she's not on campus, she enjoys cooking for her friends, traveling, and fawning over all the puppies she sees in DC.
Libby Chamberlin is a third year Master of Public Policy student focusing in Public Health and Health Policy. After graduating from Hamilton College she worked for Senator Sanders in her home state of Vermont and in Washington and for a digital campaign strategy firm, an offshoot of Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. Outside of work and class, Libby stays active with running, yoga, Ultimate Frisbee and Morris Dancing, a traditional English folk dance form.
Simone Hall is a second-year Master of Public Policy student with a focus on Social Policy. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Communication Studies and Political Science. She currently works as a Policy Specialist at the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools. Upon completion of her degree, Simone hopes to continue her career advocating for policies that promote the rights of individuals with disabilities, as well as other historically marginalized groups. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and spending time with friends and family.
Sarah Hendley is a second-year, part-time Master of Public Administration student with a focus in Nonprofit Management. She graduated summa cum laude from The Catholic University of America in 2015, where she majored in politics and double-minored in economics and peace & justice studies. She completed a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA after graduation and then joined Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) in August 2016. Sarah now serves as Director of Federal Grants and Special Projects, overseeing the six federal grants for which CCUSA acts as the intermediary and working on projects to build the capacity of the network to reduce poverty in America. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her two cats, being outdoors, exploring DC’s many museums, and trying new craft beers.
Nazeefa Hossain is a first year Master of Public Administration student. Her focus is to collaborate with law enforcement to improve their methods in working with survivors of violence. During her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, traveling to new places, and is always eager to learn.
Artisha Naidu is a second year MPA student with a focus in urban and environmental policy. She is originally from California where she graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Community and Regional Development and worked for several urban planning agencies. Currently she is a Graduate Intern with the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA). She enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling in her free time.
Emma O'Shea is a first-year Masters of Public Administration student. She completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in History and minored in Business Economics and PPE. Some of her areas of interest include foreign relations, education, and social policy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking and baking, and traveling.
Naomi Rothwell is a first-year Master of Public Administration student. She is a communications and nonprofit specialist with more than 15 years' experience at nonprofit institutions, corporations and advocacy campaigns. She currently leads communications for the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University. Previously, she was a communications strategist on the campaigns of governors and members of Congress across the country, including Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Governor Tony Evers and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. Naomi serves on the advisory board of Greater NYC for Change, a health care advocacy organization she founded in 2009, which now has over 7,000 members. Originally from Atlanta, GA, she is a native speaker of Japanese and proficient in German.
Olivia Shaffett is a first-year Master of Public Administration student. She graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in history. While living in Louisiana, she created an editorial platform, Modern Girls, to support and feature women in business, the arts and the non-profit sector. Her past advocacy work includes volunteering for Baton Rouge STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response) and Planned Parenthood Young Leaders in Action. Olivia is interested in creating and implementing policy that will establish protections and produce further access to resources for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. When she’s not studying, she enjoys exploring the many local bookstores, comedy clubs and museums that D.C. has to offer.
Rachel is a first-year Master of Public Administration student interested in social policy. She graduated from Purdue University with a major in English and double minor in political science and human rights. She currently interns at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She loves reading fiction, watching Netflix with friends, and ordering tots from Tonic.
Sydney Tepper is a first-year Master of Public Administration student with a focus in Non-Profit Management. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in both Government and Sociology and was a J.J. Pickle Research Fellow. While she currently works as Front Desk Staff at SoulCycle, in the past she has worked in all sectors of politics and has lobbied at the local, state, and federal level. After completing her master's, Sydney hopes to pursue a career lobbying and advocating for legislation that promotes women's reproductive rights and other women's issues. In her free time, she enjoys cooking/baking, watching TV, writing for her political blog, reading, and traveling all across the world.
Born and raised in California, Meschelle Thatcher has moved across the country in order to obtain her master’s degree in public policy. As a first year MPP, she is particularly motivated to learn everything she can about industrial farming practices in America and their impact on the animals, environment, and local residents of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Her commitment to improving animal welfare and environmental regulations emanates from the deep love and respect she harbors for all life. She has previously volunteered to work with animals as a dog walker, shelter worker, and farmhand. She currently works as a research assistant on the Significant Features of the Property Tax project, an enterprise sponsored by GW Institute of Public Policy and funded by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Eleanor is a first year MPP student with a focus on education and program evaluation. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with a BAS in Political Science and a minor in Hispanic Studies. She was a Teach for America Corp. member and taught high school Spanish for two years in Charlotte, NC. Upon completion of her MPP degree, Eleanor hopes to pursue a career analyzing and lobbying for legislation that promotes a more equitable education system, particularly paying attention to the social and emotional wellbeing of students. In her free time, Eleanor loves to sing, run in the woods, paint, read with a good cup of coffee, and bug her friends to try the latest health craze her.