Meet the Policy Fellows

2015 Policy Fellows


Kassandra Howard
Intern for Rep. Mary Keefe

Kassandra is a senior year Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy major here at Wheelock. Her practicum experience working at the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts allowed her to see how laws and policies affect children and families and sparked her interest in the Student Policy Fellows program. Kassandra is looking forward to the hands-on experience and seeing the other side of policy.

Marisela Milian
Intern for Rep. Linda Dorcena-Forry

Marisela is a junior majoring in Social Work and Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy. She has worked to advocate for Latinos en Accion de Waltham festival and is looking forward to the hands-on experience in policy practice, social justice, and leadership. She is interested in the Judiciary Committee and matters concerning criminal penalties and sentencing, probation officers and public safety.

Ryan Renzella
Intern for Rep. Marc Lombardo

Ryan is a graduate student in the dual degree MSW and MS in Nonprofit Leadership programs. He has previous experience working as a case manager for a health clinic in Roxbury. He is looking forward to gaining insight on policy making and working to help determine social policies that affect everyday people.

Alanna Schonfeld
Intern for Rep. Brian Joyce

Alanna is a graduate student in the MSW program here at Wheelock. She has previous experience as a Victim Witness Advocate for the District Attorney's Office and is eager to learn more about policy and advocacy through this experience.

Vanessa Alvarez
Intern for Rep. Corey Atkins

Vanessa is senior at Wheelock majoring in Social Work and Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy. Vanessa has a strong background in working with children and is interested in being involved in social change and helping others while gaining a better understanding of policy making practices.


Raven Birdsell
Intern for Rep. Marjorie Decker

Raven is a Counseling Psychology major in her senior year at Wheelock. She is a strong advocate for mental health and work in social justice. She has been very involved in charity work and community change and wants to be a voice for policy.

Rachel Copans
Intern for Rep. Kay Khan

Rachel is a junior year student majoring in Political Science. She founded an anti-bullying organization in 2010 and has a strong interest in advocating for the LGBTQ community. She aims to be an advocate for human rights and looks forward to expanding her knowledge and network.

Danielle Spivack
Intern for Rep. William N. Brownsberger

Danielle is a Psychology major in her senior year at Wheelock. She has a stong interest in advocating for children and families. She has worked as the voice of her student body as Student Council President and is eager to expand her knowledge of policy and work towards implementing social change.


Bienvenido Estevez
Intern for Rep. Gloria Fox

Bienvenido is a Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy major who is excited to learn more about legislation. He has a strong interest in disparities experienced by minorities in criminal sentencing. He has past experience working to help at risk youth and is eager to learn more about policy and advocacy in relation to working with children and families.

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