Meet the Marvin Andrews Fellows

Spring 2017 Outstanding Graduates

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Class of 2022

Stephanie Zamora

Alumnus : University of Arizona
Degree:    BA Anthropology and Linguistics
MPA Class of 2022

My name is Stephanie Zamora and I’m from the West Valley. I graduated with a BA in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Arizona and have dedicated the beginning of my career to work in the nonprofit sector. I am excited to be part of this program as I shift and transition my career into the governmental sector. It is so great to connect with you all here and can’t wait to meet my fellow Marvins this summer! I am beyond elated for this opportunity and the connections it will foster with you all as well as professionals in our community. 

 

Benjamin Williams

Alumnus : Arizona State University
Degree: BA English
MPA Class of 2022

I’ve worked within the private sector, served in the military, and volunteered in many organizations throughout my life, and I have seen the absolute power that arises from being unified and working toward a shared vision. I’ve worked with high-caliber leaders who care for their teams, and are invested in causes far greater than themselves, and have watched organizations thrive under their leadership. The right leaders make all the difference. The Marvin Andrews fellowship has built a network of those leaders, and I have witnessed its total unity toward the vision of building intelligent, dynamic, experienced city managers who will shape the future of our cities and towns. The collective experience, heart, and investment in community within this network makes the Marvin Andrews Fellowship a powerful agent of change, and I’m honored and humbled to have been invited into this incredible and diverse group of individuals. As a Marvin Andrews fellow, I am gaining the tools needed to help me become a force for good and leave a lasting impact as a public servant.

 

Samantha Corrales

Alumnus : Arizona State University
Degree:  BS Public Management
MPA Class of 2022

My passion for public service stems from the opportunity to make a direct impact in my community and the Marvin Andrews Fellowship prepares me to do just that. The fellowship cultivates the next generation of leaders in public service through professional development and it’s nationally recognized legacy. The opportunity to research best management practices from across the country and to implement my findings as I set forth into my career will be an instrumental component to my professional growth. In addition to this, the fellowship allows students to learn from current leaders while experiencing collaborative conferences that lead to building an expansive network within the field. Through this enriching opportunity, I am excited to learn more about city management and to use the tools that this fellowship offers in order to make a positive difference in the community that I serve. 

 

 

Gregory Whitney

Alumnus : University of Arizona
Degree: BS Public Management
MPA Class of 2022

Over the last four years I have been able to focus my educational and career paths towards serving local communities throughout Southern Arizona. I believe that one of the most impactful ways I can help foster growth and improvement in my communities is by working through local government. Receiving the Marvin Andrews Fellowship will allow me to be better prepared to serve the communities I work in, helping me to implement changes with lasting positive impacts. Through this fellowship, I will be able to be immersed in the research and planning that goes into management and implementation at the local level. Being able to connect and learn from numerous professionals working in local government management is a tremendous resource that will allow me to further develop my interpersonal and critical thinking skills. Combined with my studies from Arizona State University’s MPA program, these skills will help me develop into an effective local government professional. I am both grateful and excited that I have been afforded this opportunity to better serve the communities I work and live in.

Class of 2021

Regan Jepson
Alumnus of: University of Arizona
Degree: B.S. Public Health
MPA Class of 2021

Being a recipient of Marvin Andrews Fellowship is an exceptional opportunity and privilege. Students who go through this enriching experience can expect to be fully prepared to work in the realm of local government while initiating a career in public administration. Through the fellowship, I will be able to expand my critical knowledge base and application of policy in cities, earn hands-on experience working in city government, receive invaluable mentorship from urban government leaders, and witness the execution of best management practices. Notably, this fellowship will also present chances to network with current and future leaders around the city, state, and country, and learn about exciting and innovative approaches to city government. As a Marvin Andrews Fellow, I anticipate a future well-equipped to contribute to the functioning of local government, and to continue a legacy of transparency, civic engagement, and city improvement, which are pivotal to creating public value through the most impactful approaches.  

 

 

James Johnson
Alumnus of: Arizona State University
Degree: B.A. Urban and Metropolitan Studies
MPA Class of 2021

Humans’ greatest inventions are cities—they are the fire that tempers the tools of civilization. Now more than ever, there’s a need for innovation and competency in city government, and the Marvin Andrews Fellowship produces just that. This fellowship partners public administration research with applied front line experience in city government. Each year, the Marvin Andrew Fellowship places students in valuable internships and surrounds them with experts in the field to facilitate their growth. I plan to use the knowledge gained through my undergraduate degree in Urban and Metropolitan Studies from ASU to conceptualize policy. Finishing my MPA through this fellowship will put me in the best position to help my community and provide my career in city government with a solid start. Improving the lives of the people I serve is my greatest motivation for becoming a “Marvin.”

 

 

Trey Nilles
Alumnus of: Arizona State University
Degree: B.S. Finance
MPA Class of 2021

 Joining the Marvin Andrews Fellowship program offers the perfect stepping stone to hone my passion for local government and improve the communities in which I serve. Working through the Alliance for Innovation provides the ability to learn not only about a broad range of issues facing municipalities, but also witness the innovative solutions that are being developed and implemented to solve challenges. Being part of the Marvin Andrews Fellowship connects you to incredibly accomplished local government managers throughout Arizona as well as past Fellows who are making impacts in communities across the United States. Being able to utilize and learn from these resources while studying at Arizona State University’s highly ranked MPA program will further develop and prepare me as a local government professional. I am tremendously fortunate and excited to be able to work alongside talented and passionate individuals and hope to soon serve the vibrant communities in which I was born and raised.

 

Aneyssa Romo
Alumnus of:  Arizona State University
Degree: B.S., Public Service & Public Policy
MPA Class of 2021

 Growing up in the Phoenix Metro area, I feel a connection and responsibility to strengthen the place I call home. I believe that by working in local government, I can do that because of government’s direct impact and community accessibility.  I chose the Marvin Andrews Fellowship at Arizona State University because of its nationally recognized work in empowering the next generation of local government leaders. Through the opportunity to rethink local government at ASU’s Alliance for Innovation research center and serve as a Management Intern in a local city, I will be exposed to best practices in the field and actively put what I have learned into practice, better preparing myself for public management. I believe the personal and professional development opportunities available through the Marvin Andrews Fellowship will allow me to be a greater asset to my community, ultimately fulfilling my public service goals.