Meet the Marvin Andrews Fellows

Spring 2017 Outstanding Graduates

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Class of 2024

Dillard Collier

Dillard Collier

Alumnus: University of Louisville
Degree: BS Political Science (Concentration in Law & Public Policy)
MPP Class of 2024

I was born and raised in rural Kentucky, so local governments dedicated to the needs of close-knit communities have played important roles in my life. I've been fortunate enough to experiment with and hone a public service profession through amazing opportunities with the Kentucky General Assembly and Louisville's city government. These opportunities revealed my deep passion for policymaking and the critical importance of well-informed policy decisions by local government leaders. The Marvin Andrews Fellowship in Urban Management is the optimal route for pursuing a future as one of these leaders and making vital connections with communities and experts.

Armando Esparza

Armando Esparza

Alumnus: Arizona State University
Degree: BSP, Urban Planning
MPP Class of 2024

I am an Arizona native; born in Yuma and raised in San Luis on the US-Mexico border. In 2014, I moved to Tempe to pursue my Bachelor in Urban Planning at ASU; which enriched my passion for urbanism, infrastructure, and sustainability. I have had the opportunity to work in several economic development organizations including the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Arizona Commerce Authority, and Small Business Development Center in various areas including research and strategy, marketing, rural development, and business development. My interest in local government is due to the many times I have worked with Arizona’s economic developers at the local level; which happen to be some of the most hard-working, dedicated, and smart professionals. The Marvin Andrews Fellowship in Urban Management is the next stepping stone in my journey to help local governments find innovative solutions to our world’s greatest challenges. I am excited and grateful to be part of this fellowship and I am looking forward to new connections and opportunities to come.

Willard Huyck

Willard Huyck

Alumnus: Winona State University
Degree: BS Public Administration
MPA Class of 2024

I have always found that the capacity to deliver tangible change overwhelmingly lies with local government. As the director of an economic development program in rural Minnesota, I discovered firsthand the transformative effect that strong leadership can have on a community. It is this capacity for change which draws me to city and county management.

As both a student and professional, I will strive to be a driver of progress in my community and a champion of professionalism in local government. The Marvin Andrews Fellowship brings a distinguished opportunity to grow into this role. It will provide me with an unparalleled experience in government leadership, management and the effective delivery of public services, all within the incomparable setting of the Phoenix area’s local government network. I am beyond humbled to have been accepted into this role, and I look forward to learning, growing and serving at ASU and beyond.

Aaron Wodka

Aaron Wodka

Alumnus: University of Southern California
Degree: BA Law, History and Culture
MPA Class of 2024

I am a native of Nogales, Arizona, and value the opportunity to grow up on an international border. I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California, where I was awarded membership in The Order of Troy. I began my professional career working on some of the country's most impactful elections, including roles on two presidential campaigns, Mark Kelly for US Senate, and then transitioned into the Office of Legislative and External Affairs for the City of Los Angeles. My goal is to take my background in electoral politics and external and legislative affairs, and use it to build a career in government, focused on finding community-driven solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. This fellowship is a prime opportunity to prepare me for those roles.

Class of 2023

Chloe Baldwin

Chloe Baldwin

Alumnus: University of Arkansas
Degree: BSW Bachelor of Social Work
MPA Class of 2023

I have always been passionate about building strong communities and serving my neighbors and friends. This passion led me to complete my Bachelor's in social work and immediately start working for a non-profit agency. While I enjoyed non-profit work, it made me realize the immensely positive impact local government can have on a community. This opportunity to be a Marvin Andrews Fellow is an honor and I am overjoyed to explore the world of local government management through the research we will be conducting, and by learning from experienced leaders in the field. I look forward to a meaningful career in public service managing effective programs that create more equitable communities, and I am confident this fellowship will prepare me to do so.

LaTisha Gilmore

LaTisha Gilmore

Alumnus: Northern Arizona University
Degree: BS Criminology and Criminal Justice
MPA Class of 2023

As a member of the Navajo Nation, I’ve always felt compelled to work with my tribal community and help strengthen its community services, programs, and infrastructure while also incorporating cultural values. I have seen firsthand what resources, tools, and support can do to enable a person to advance action and justice in their community. Seeing the positive change that one person can do has inspired me to further my education and experience in the public service sector. As one of the best Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs in the country, I believe that ASU will provide me with the tools and resources needed to grow as a leader. I chose to be a part of the Marvin Andrews Fellowship because it allows me to research and apply best practice solutions to the real world. Serving as a Marvin will allow me to connect with like-minded individuals and professionals across the state and country. I am excited to learn more about city and local government management, and most importantly, I look forward to creating positive change and solutions for the future.

Madalaine McConville

Madalaine McConville

Alumnus: University of Wisconsin-Stout
Degree: BS Applied Social Science, History, and Political Science
MPP Class of 2023

I come from a small rural town in Wisconsin, where I graduated high school with only 31 other classmates. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in Applied Social Science, I took a year off from school and worked at a local law firm as a paralegal. Through my undergraduate career and working in the legal profession, I learned that I wanted to be a part of impactful and effective change for people and communities. Having the opportunity to experience and research innovative ways to help people was one of the many reasons why I was interested in becoming a Marvin Andrews Fellow. Additionally, coming from a small town, I learned the impact local governments can have when run effectively. I am thrilled to use my passion for helping people in the Marvin’s Fellowship and in practice training to become a local government professional. I am beyond thankful and humbled to join a legacy of public servants working to make their communities better places for everyone.

Brock Schroeder

Brock Schroeder

Alumnus: Northern Arizona University
Degrees: BA Anthropology and BS Political Science
MPA Class of 2023

I am an ambitious and dynamic young professional from Apache Junction, Arizona. My enthusiasm to serve as a Marvin Andrews Fellow is unbridled. Local government piqued my interest because it allows me to create tangible change and work with all parties to generate solutions. Becoming a “Marvin” was step one towards that goal, as this fellowship will educate me and grant me access to a collective network. A collaboration that can help me to put my idealism to use. As the fellowship guarantees a hands-on experience like no other. This experience is one that I am proud to be a part of, as I am joined by so many good-hearted people. I am honored and humbled to accept the fellowship, which will provide to me the knowledge and connections necessary to make an impact in the communities I reside in, as well as neighboring communities.