Meet the Marvin Andrews Fellows

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Class of 2019-2020

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. 


Class of 2018-2019


 Stella Carr

  Alumnus of: Northern Arizona University
  Degree: B.S. Sustainability
  MPA Expected Graduation Year: 2020

  Joining the Marvin Andrews Fellowship was an easy choice for me. I am            passionate about finding creative solutions to the problems our communities are facing today, and will be facing in the future. Through the partnerships with the Alliance for Innovation and internships with local governments. I will have the chance to put my coursework directly into action. During my two years, I will combine my sustainability background with cutting edge best practices of city management while continuing to gain experience in the field. This fellowship will enable me to enter the workforce upon completion of my Masters in Public Administration, ready to make change in the world. It is an honor to be selected for this prestigious program, which gives fellows access to unprecedented opportunities for professional development during their educational journey. I look forward to this next chapter and continuing to learn from the dynamic environment and engaged citizens in the state of Arizona.


 Mikayla Cutlip

  Alumnus of: Northern Arizona University
  Degree: B.A. Interior Design
  MPA Expected Graduation Year: 2020

 Over the past four years, I have worked professionally in the overlap of design,       construction, and nonprofit development in Phoenix, Arizona, and Detroit, Michigan. Now that I look to apply my experience toward the public sector, I am excited to learn best practices for leading in local government. The Marvin Andrews Fellowship offers a direct pathway to city management, an area that appeals to me because it is the ultimate action-oriented position between the political and administrative spheres of local government. It allows me the opportunity to study Public Administration and Urban Management at one of the best programs in the country, network with and be mentored by local government professionals, gain valuable work experience, and learn alongside fellows with diversity of background--all which enrich our experience as students and emerging public service professionals. I look forward to studying and serving in my hometown region, and practicing civic innovation within my community. 

 Thomas Prior

  Alumnus of: Arizona State University
  Degree: B.S. Public Service & Public Policy
  MPA Expected Graduation Year: 2020

 The Marvin Andrews Fellowship at Arizona State University offers students the   opportunity to cultivate their skills, interests, and networks beyond the classroom.   I look forward to advancing my research-based skills while working with the Alliance for Innovation and I hope to gain hands-on local government experience interning for one of the partnering municipalities. The fellowship also provides endless opportunities to connect and learn from dedicated public servants not only from around Phoenix but throughout Arizona and across the country. I am confident that over the next two years, the Marvin Andrews Fellowship will prepare me for the benefits and challenges of a rewarding career in city management.


 Karl Shaddock

  Alumnus of: University of Notre Dame
  Degree: B.S. Political Science
  MPA Expected Graduation Year: 2020

 I've been in the philanthropic field for eight years, working at two of the most   respected rural community foundations in the country. My work in community development philanthropy built the confidence, competence, and capacity of individuals to find local solutions to local challenges.
Serving as a Marvin Andrews Fellow will empower me to take these skills to a career in city management. City managers in the 21st Century will need to implement innovative practices that build resilience and call upon the whole of a community to give of their generosity and imagination. The networking opportunities, hands-on learning experiences, and informed dialogues offered by the Fellowship ensures I will be well positioned to lead in this new territory. As a Fellow, I will live up to Marvin Andrews’s legacy of effective professional management, foresight, and dedication to improving the quality of life for all community members.