Note: Bios listed for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 only.
 
2013-2014 FELLOWS
 
Tiffany Ferguson is a native of Washington, D.C.  Most recently, she served as a New York City Urban Fellow and worked as a Policy Analyst on workforce development and adult education policy in the NYC Mayor’s Office. Tiffany was a member of the inaugural Office of Human Capital Development team tasked with implementing various interventions that ultimately improve coordination and alignment across the human service, economic development, and educational agendas.
 
Prior to her work in the public sector, Tiffany worked in various nonprofits on issues ranging from arts-in-education and youth development, nonprofit capacity building, food access, maternal health, and HIV/AIDS awareness. Tiffany’s broad ranging experiences and interests are united by her commitment to social justice and neighborhood level impact, with particular attention to issues exacerbated by race/identity and the urban environment. Tiffany by her nature loves to ask tough questions about why things are the way they are, and is not afraid to think through ways the world around us can be different and better. Tiffanyis a graduate of CUNY Hunter Collegewhere she received her Bachelor’s in Dance and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban America.
 
Tiffany is the 2013-2014 Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation Diversity Fellow.
 
Nigel D. Greaves was most recently a college and career counselor in the Washington, D.C. Public Schools. Nigel earned a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business and has certifications in nonprofit management from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute and Grand Valley State University's Grantmaking School.
 
In addition, Nigel is an artist and educator from New York City who has spent the past 10 years living and working, teaching and learning in and around New York and Washington, D.C.  He is a former board member for Resource Generation and the Blackout Arts Collective, as well as a member of the grantmaking team for the Diverse City Fund.  Nigel also has professional experience in fundraising with United Way and in budget management with New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. He is an inspired filmmaker (co-director of The MLK Streets Project) and performance poet, who has produced videos and events promoting social justice and cultural exchange throughout the United States.
 
Nigel is the 2013-2014 Nellie Mae Education Foundation Diversity Fellow.
 
Marcos Lucio Popovich is Mexican-American and the son of a migrant farm worker.  He has spent his career promoting Latino leadership development, civic engagement, educational attainment, and voter registration.  Most recently, Marcos served as Director of Operations for the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute where he directed programs aimed at promoting college readiness among high school and middle school students in over 60 communities nationwide.  Marcos also directed research and writing for the seventh edition of the Almanac of Latino Politics, a comprehensive study of Latino demographic trends and political participation.
 
Marcos holds a J.D. and Public Interest Law Certificate from DePaul University College of Law, a M.A. in History from Arizona State University, and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Bowling Green State University.  While in law school, Marcos served as a law clerk for the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and the DePaul Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic.  As a licensed attorney, Marcos continues to provide pro bono legal assistance to immigrants.
 
Marcos is the 2013-2014 Barr Foundation Diversity Fellow.
 
 
2012-2013 FELLOWS

Alexandra Bastien is a recent graduate earning her Master's degree in Public Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Prior to the Diversity Fellowship she worked for the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University. She earned her B.A. from Boston College and currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Young Black Women's Society, Inc.- a non-profit whose mission is to empower young professional women and high school girls of color to be leaders in their personal and professional lives. She is passionate about informed dialogue around issues of structural and institutional inequality, and looks forward to addressing these issues in her career. Alexandra also serves as a Young Professionals Board Member of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. 
 
Alexandra is the 2012-2013 Shapiro Family Foundation and Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation Diversity Fellow.
 
Kendra Rochelle Jenkins is a native of West Philadelphia, PA. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science, with Minors in French and Economics, and immediately following completed two years with the AmeriCorps program, Public Allies focusing on executive leadership in the human service sector.
In addition, Kendra worked with the Caribbean Council in London, England helping this specialist trade advisory company in its efforts to provide public affairs and events services to a range of clients in the public and private sectors between the UK and the Caribbean.  Her most recent experience includes two years with the Schenley Heights Community Development Program, promoting academic and life success for urban youth in Pittsburgh. Concurrently, Kendra worked with Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE), a non-profit granting agency focused on capacity building organizations serving the African American and disadvantaged communities.  
An active volunteer in a variety of civic organizations including the Hill District Education Council, Kendra also co-founded the Civil Action Movement (CAM). She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers Pennsylvania Chapter and a Board Member of Windows of Hope International Children’s Ministry.  Her commitment to public service was recognized by Public Allies Pittsburgh in 2010 receiving the RISE Changemaker Alumni Award. Kendra holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburg and a Master’s of Social Work with a focus on Community Organizations and Social Administration. 
 
Kendra is the 2012-2013 Hyams Foundation Diversity Fellow.
 
Sedrick Miles at a very young age developed a respect for “service as a way of life.”  His education and work history has been dedicated to prioritizing the social and educational needs of families in marginalized communities.
Most recently, Sedrick was Director of Operations for The city of Durham NC's first public television station. Previously, he served at Communities in Schools as manager, focusing on out-of-school time initiatives. There he developed a city-wide, resource sharing network of schools and community nonprofit agencies serving families in the greater Philadelphia area. Before joining Communities in Schools, he was program associate at The Children's Defense Fund in Washington, DC where he organized national leadership development trainings, evaluation strategies, and curricula for black and Latino youth.
Sedrick is a graduate of Morehouse College and the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, with a concentration in Educational and Research Psychology. In New York, Sedrick studied the consequences of and countermeasures to "stereotype awareness effect" on students of color. He has continued over 10 years to build and promote innovative models of community-school networks promoting educational advocacy and parent engagement strategies. Sedrick is also an accomplished artist and world citizen. He has traveled to 15 countries and over 30 cities around the globe promoting cultural exchange through arts and media literacy. 
 
Sedrick is the 2012-2013 Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Diversity Fellow.
 
Marcos Lucio Popovich is Mexican-American and the son of a migrant farm worker.  He has spent his career promoting Latino leadership development, civic engagement, educational attainment, and voter registration.  Most recently, Marcos served as Director of Operations for the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute where he directed programs aimed at promoting college readiness among high school and middle school students in over 60 communities nationwide.  Marcos also directed research and writing for the seventh edition of the Almanac of Latino Politics, a comprehensive study of Latino demographic trends and political participation.
Marcos holds a J.D. and Public Interest Law Certificate from DePaul University College of Law, a M.A. in History from Arizona State University, and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Bowling Green State University.  While in law school, Marcos served as a law clerk for the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and the DePaul Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic.  As a licensed attorney, Marcos continues to provide pro bono legal assistance to immigrants. 
 
Marcos is the 2012-2013 EdVestors Diversity Fellow. This Fellowship is made possible through the financial support of the Barr Foundation.
 
Jamila K. Wilson identifies herself as a servant leader, trained in the art and skill of community organizing by longtime activists in the civil rights and revolutionary action movements. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2001 with a BA in Political Science. Upon graduation she moved to Philadelphia to join City Year. She served several years in the Philadelphia corps and was a founding staff member of the Louisiana corps, established in 2006 after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Jamila has worked in youth development for the last ten years and recently served as a program officer with the Philadelphia Youth Network, a youth workforce development intermediary. Jamila has committed her life's work to being a vessel of service, often utilizing the quote from Dr. King to emphasize the importance of giving, "everyone can be great, because everyone can serve."
 
Jamila is the 2012-2013 Proteus Fund Diversity Fellow.
 
Linda Xóchitl Tortolero began her professional career in nonprofits as an administrator and fundraiser. Most recently, she served as the Special Projects Director at the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA).  The NMMA is the largest Latino arts organization in the U.S. and the only Latino museum accredited by the American Association of Museums.  In this role, she supervised new projects and activities that augment the museum’s programming and capacity. Ms. Tortolero also is the Crescendo Cultural Coordinator - the first-ever national task force of young, Latino art professionals.
Prior to the NMMA, Ms. Tortolero served as the Development Manager of the nationally recognized nonprofit organization Mujeres Latinas en Acción. In 2001, Ms. Tortolero established the Pilsen/Little Village Information Center to serve as a Chicago Empowerment Zone (U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Program) liaison for Pilsen/Little Village cluster and to promote the Empowerment Zone opportunities and programs.
Ms. Tortolero also has practiced litigation in various practice areas at Schiff Hardin LLP including: insurance, employment, corporate regulations, intellectual property, environmental, constitutional and commercial law. As a law student, she gained extensive experience as an intern at the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago.  She was awarded the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Distinguished Service Award in 2006. She has a Bachelor’s in History of Modern Latin America and Political Science from Brown University and a JD from the Northwestern University School of Law.
 
Linda is the 2012-2013 Nellie Mae Education Foundation Diversity Fellow.
 
 
Prior Diversity Fellowship Cohorts:
 
2011-2012
Manikka Bowman, Community Builders, Inc.
Hehershe Busuego, Boston Foundation
Kuong Ly, UCLA Law School
Marie-Francis Rivera, Hyams Foundation
Trellis Stepter, Proteus Fund
 
 
2009-2010
Lindy Calzada, Bank New York  Mellon Foundation and currently the King Foundation
Jessica del Rosario, The Boston Foundation and
Ify Mora, Barr Foundation
Lucas Orwig, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
 
2007-2008
Delia Arellano-Weddleton, Nellie Foundation for Public Giving
Chaletta Huertas, GMA Foundations
Brenda Lavasta, DentaQuest Foundation
Michelle Lee, Development Director
Elizabeth“Liz” Miranda, Entrepreneurship Instructor at Bunker Hill College and Consultant
 
2006-2007
Jennifer Chin, Mott Philanthropic and currently the Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Pamela Lomax, Massachusetts Office of the Sate Auditor
Quita Sullivan, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and currently the New England Foundation for the Arts
Roger Wong, Charles Schwab Foundation