Meet the Fellows

2017 Fellows

Shilesha Bamberg

Shilesha Bamberg worked as a legislative fellow in the office of Senator Sherrod Brown (OH). Originally from Maryland, she completed her Master’s degree in Negotiation and Conflict Management at the University of Baltimore. She previously studied human trafficking in Europe and worked as a child advocate. Shilesha was selected as a presenter at the Feminist Approaches to Conflict Resolution Conference at George Mason University in April 2017. She was the Susan Scanlan Fellow.

Dena Lagomarsino

Dena Lagomarsino worked as a legislative fellow in the office of Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21). She is a doctoral candidate in Tulane University’s City, Culture, and Community program, where she is studying sociology. Dena received her Master’s degree in Sociology of Education at New York University, and studied and taught in South Africa. Dena was the Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University Lindy Boggs Fellow.

Nikki Semenza

Nikki Semenza worked as a legislative fellow in the office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40). Previously, Nikki worked on food policy and obesity prevention issues at a public institution. A New Hampshire native, she received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut, concentrating in policy practice with a substantive focus area of women, children, and families. Prior to graduate school, she was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. She was the PepsiCo Fellow.

Nina Esperanza Serrianne

Nina Esperanza Serrianne worked as a legislative fellow in the office of Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14). She previously worked on the local, state, and national levels on issues of women’s health, gender equity, and gender-based violence, and wrote America in the Nineties (Syracuse University Press) in 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and History. Nina was the Amgen Fellow.

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