Woodbridge Fellowship

Established in 2005 by President Richard C. Levin, the Woodbridge Fellowship introduces recent Yale College graduates to the work and administration of Yale, providing valuable professional experience for potential careers in academia—whether as a faculty member or as an administrator. The program seeks fellows from a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and fields.

Fellowships include a full-time paid position in the offices of a university leader, reporting to a senior member of that person’s staff. Departments host Fellows for up to one year following their Yale College graduation. The university leader is expected to take an active interest in the Woodbridge Fellow’s professional development during their service on the leader’s team. 

In addition, Fellows participate in a monthly speakers program that provides them with the opportunity to meet as a group with the president, the provost, the secretary, the dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, and other university leaders. These conversations about roles and responsibilities, and the career paths that led people into academic administration, give Fellows a broad understanding of many facets of academic administration.

Profiles of the 2017 – 2018 Fellows can be found below.

For prospective fellows

The application process for becoming a 2018-2019 Woodbridge Fellow will be announced shortly.

In previous years, applicants have provided:

  1. A resume
  2. Unofficial transcript (screenshots from Yale Student Information System are acceptable. However, please make sure that all of the screenshots are compiled into one file)
  3. A statement of interest (500 words or less) answering the following prompt: “Why are you interested in the Woodbridge Fellowship? What do you hope to gain from the experience?”

If you have further questions about the Fellowship, please email andrew.forsyth@yale.edu.

For prospective host departments

If you are interested in hosting a Woodbridge Fellow for your office, please email andrew.forsyth@yale.edu.

Current Woodbridge Fellows

Mallory Isburg
Chaplain's Office

Mallory works in aiding the many chaplains, spiritual leaders, and religious directors that create community at Yale. The Chaplain’s Office prides itself on being a space for personal and collective spiritual dialogue, as well as a place of radical hospitality for all, an environment Mallory supports and facilitates through helping coordinate various programs. These programs include IFFY (The Interfaith Forum at Yale), the Yale Chaplaincy Fellowship, religious holidays and events, and the office’s web presence. As an undergraduate, Mallory participated in FSY (Freshmen Scholars at Yale) and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, served as the Head Freshman Counselor for Ezra Stiles College, found community in the Native American Cultural Center, and devoted herself to the mentorship of first-generation, high achieving and low-income students like herself. Mallory received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology in 2017.

Jacqueline Ly
Office of International Affairs

Jackie provides support to the senior staff at the Office of International Affairs in the university’s internationalization efforts, with a particular focus on China-related affairs and on the social media presence of the office. As an undergraduate, Jackie worked closely with the First-Year Scholars of Yale program and several programs in the Asian American Cultural Center. She graduated from Yale College in May 2017 with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

Ewurama Okai
Office of International Affairs

Ewurama provides primary administrative, event and communications support for the Yale Africa Initiative, including managing online media presence, coordinating hospitality for African delegations, supporting African student life and organizing university-wide international programming. She also contributes more broadly to the administrative duties within the Office of International Affairs. As an undergraduate, she was heavily involved as a Senior Presenter and Interviewer for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and as Head Counselor for the Orientation for International Students (OIS) amongst other roles. Ewurama graduated with B.A. in Political Science from Yale College in May 2017.

Steven Roets
Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Steven supports the many activities of the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, ranging from governance to student life to university events. He specifically works with Yale Well, Yale student leadership, and the Dwight H. Terry Lectures. As an undergraduate, Steven ran the European Student Conference, which brought together students and policy makers from around the world to discuss the European Union and the Transatlantic Alliance.  He also ran the Pierson-Davenport Letterpress, was president of the undergraduate Lutheran ministry, played the tuba, and served as a Pierson Freshman Counselor.  His lifelong involvement in 4-H also continued while at Yale, having most recently served as a facilitator for National 4-H conference in 2017.  Steven graduated from Yale in 2016 with a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, and in Art.

Keni Sabath

Keni works for the Yale Office of General Counsel and primarily with the Federal Relations team. She conducts legislative and policy research on a broad range of federal and state issues affecting the interests of the University and New Haven community. As an undergraduate, Keni served on the Executive Boards of both the Yale Women’s Center and the Yale Political Union. In her free time, she continues to volunteer as an organizer for Global Zero, an international advocacy group for the elimination of nuclear weapons. In May 2016, Keni graduated from Yale College as a double-major in American Studies and Political Science.

Leah Salovey
Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Leah manages communications for the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, working to share the good news and accomplishments of the FAS faculty. Some of her current and past projects include assisting with New Faculty Orientation, developing and maintaining content for the FAS website, and writing articles about significant research and pedagogical work being done by members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. As an undergraduate, Leah was a History major, and wrote her senior essay with Professor Timothy Snyder. She was also involved with Jewish life at Yale, most notably as a member of Magevet, Yale’s Jewish A Cappella group.

Karin Shedd
Office of Public Affairs & Communications

Karin shoots and edits videos for YaleNews, as well as writing the occasional story. As an undergraduate, Karin was a self-professed “IM Queen,” playing every intramural sport and serving as captain of the (undefeated) inner tube water polo team for her residential college, Berkeley. Her proudest collegiate moment was when Berkeley won the Tyng Cup in 2016 after not winning it since the mid-1950s. When not at the IM fields, she worked as a Head of College Aide and attended Sabrosura shows. She graduated with a B.A. in History in May 2016.

Kendall Teare
Office of Public Affairs & Communications

Kendall supports the communications officers at OPAC by writing press releases, news items, and feature stories for publication in YaleNews. When she is not interviewing faculty or writing articles, she picks up various projects around the office, such as updating the database of faculty experts and supervising media and film crew tours of Yale campus. As an undergraduate, Kendall was the co-creator of many Yale student film projects (including the 2015 Halloween Show and the 2017 Class Day Video) and the co-manager of the Morsel, Morse College’s buttery. She served as a Morse First-Year Counselor for 2016-17 and graduated in May 2017 with a B.A. in American Studies and in English with a concentration in creative writing.

Past Woodbridge Fellows

Renee Bollier, Office of International Affairs
Amanda Stephanie F. Farrell, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life
Beata Fiszer, Office of Sustainability
Dianne Lake, Office of International Affairs
Mustafa Malik, Chaplain’s Office
Esther Portyansky, Office of the General Counsel
Keni Sabath, Center for Teaching and Learning
Kyle Sevel, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life
Karin Shedd, Office of Public Affairs and Communications 
Christian Soler, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office

Román Castellanos-Monfil, Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Elena Gonzalez, Office of Development
Tiffany Ho, Office of International Affairs
Maxwell Knapp, Office of Sustainability
Christian Maxwell, Chaplain’s Office
Matthew Ribeiro, Office of the Deputy Vice President for Human Resources and Administration
Sara Samuel, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Ifeanyi Awachie, Office of International Affairs
Armando Ghinaglia, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life
Isadora Italia, Office of International Affairs
Ryan Laemel, Office of Sustainability
Christian Maxwell, Chaplain’s Office
Aubrey Renault, Office of International Students and Scholars
Wazhma Sadat, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Jack Zhao, Office of the Deputy Vice President for Human Resources and Administration

Marj Berman, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life
Abigail Braden, Chaplain’s Office
Leslie Bull, Office of International Affairs
Omar Dairanieh, Office of Public Affairs & Communications
Lily Lewis-McNeil, Office of Development
Ryan Mendias, Office of Digital Dissemination and Online Education
So Yoon Sim, Office of International Affairs
Christian Vazquez, Office of the Deputy Vice President for Human Resources and Administration

Aala Abdelgadir, Office of International Affairs
Katie Carmody, Association of Yale Alumni
David Demres, Yale-NUS College
Bezawit Getachew, Office of Administration
Brandon Levin, Office of the Vice President
Jennifer Mosby, West Campus Administration
Julia Myers, Office of Public Affairs & Communications
Umar Qadri, Office of the Chaplaincy
Emmanuel Quartey, Office of Public Affairs & Communications
Erin Schutte, Office of International Affairs
Chandrika Srivastava, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Sarika Arya, Office of International Affairs
David Demres, Yale-NUS College
Grace Fisher, Office of the Secretary
George Harris, Office of International Affairs
Faye Maison, Association of Yale Alumni
Ivy Onyeador, Office of the Chaplaincy

Adam Haliburton, Office of Federal Relations
Khadija Khan, Office of Administration
Neli Lazarova, Office of International Affairs

Erin Johnson, Office of the Secretary
Amy Jones, Office of the General Counsel
Neli Lazarova, Office of International Affairs

Fiza Ahmed, Office of International Affairs
Jamal Fulton, Office of Administration
Deeona Gaskin, Office of the General Counsel
Erin Johnson, Office of Public Affairs
Yuan Ren, Office of International Affairs
Clairelise Rodriguez, Office of Federal Relations
Altaf Saadi, Office of the Chaplaincy
Adam Scharfman, Office of International Affairs
Thuy Tran, Office of Development

Yusuf Samara, Office of International Students & Scholars and Office of International Affairs
Ricardo Sandoval, Office of New Haven and State Affairs
Iris Shih, Office of the University Printer
Erin Thomas, Office of the President and Office of the Secretary
Lauren Thompson, Office of the General Counsel
Luis Vasquez, Office of Public Affairs

Yusuf Samara, Office of International Students & Scholars and Office of International Affairs
Ricardo Sandoval, Office of New Haven and State Affairs
Lauren Thompson, Office of the Secretary

Lauren Thompson, Office of the Secretary