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. The fellowship provides valuable professional experience for potential careers in higher education, particularly for recent graduates belonging to minority communities currently underrepresented in university administration. 

Fellowships are full-time paid positions in the offices of university leaders, who take active interest in fellows’ professional development. Fellows directly report to senior members of their offices and work with a variety of university staff, at all levels. Fellows most often combine day-to-day duties with responsibilities for specific projects that utilize their research abilities and other higher-level skills. Organizational and writing skills are particularly valuable, as is the ability to work well with multiple constituencies: staff of all kinds (clerical, technical, service, maintenance, managerial, and professional), faculty, alumni, and students.   

Fellows meet regularly together, including for lunchtime conversation with the president, provost,  secretary, 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 working in higher education.

Profiles of the 2018 – 2019 Fellows can be found below.

For prospective fellows

The application process for 2019 – 2020 Woodbridge Fellows is now open! Applications close on February 15 at 5 p.m. First round interviews will take place on February 28.

Positions are available in the following offices:

  • Chaplain’s Office
  • Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Office of International Affairs (Africa)
  • Office of International Affairs (Communications and Research)
  • Office of Public Affairs and Communications
  • Office of Sustainability
  • Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life
  • Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning/ Yale College Dean’s Office

Application is through Yale Connect where job descriptions are also posted.

Applicants are asked to upload:

  1. Cover Letter. A traditional one-page letter introducing themselves, their interests and skills.
  2. Short Statements explaining interest in particular offices.
  3. Unofficial transcript. (Screenshots from Yale Student Information System are acceptable if complied into one file.)
  4. A résumé.

If you have further questions about the fellowship or application process, please email Andrew Forsyth.

Current Woodbridge Fellows

Christian De Leon
Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Christian de León is originally from Havana, Cuba but he currently lives in sunny Miami, FL. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Spanish with the Yale class of 2018,  as part of the Pauli Murray College’s first graduating class! As a Spanish major, his research focuses primarily on Latin American Vanguardista literature. He has also published poems and short stories in magazines such as Accent, La Madrugada, and Axis, and participated in the Student Poetry Reading at Beinecke Library, an event co-hosted between the library and the Yale English Department. He will be working for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office as a Woodbridge Fellow, and in the future he hopes to pursue a masters programs in creative writing .

Eilaf Elmileik
Office of International Affairs

Eilaf, originally from Sudan but raised in Minnesota, studied Sociology with a concentration in Health & Society while at Yale College. As an undergraduate, she was heavily involved with the Yale Black Women’s Coalition, as well as a cappella, singing with Shades of Yale for three years and with Whim ‘n Rhythm as a senior. She was a proud member of Timothy Dwight College, serving as head first year counselor in her final year at Yale.

Nic Harris
Office of Public Affairs and Communications

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Nic graduated from Yale in May with a bachelors degree in economics; his true passion, however, lies in literature, film, and television. At Yale, Nic was a staff writer for both the Yale Herald and the Yale Economic Review, conducted policy research for the Yale Roosevelt Institute, and enjoyed playing club baseball and intramural sports. Nic also studied Spanish and Portuguese as an undergraduate, and dreams of one day taking a long trip through South America. Between graduation and his start as a Woodbridge Fellow, Nic is working on his first novel – a murder mystery – as well as volunteering with the Boys & Girls Clubs in his new hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Saatchi Kalsi
Office of International Affairs

As an undergraduate, Saatchi was a Political Science and English major. She focused on creative writing and composed a series of short stories under the direction of Adam Sexton. She was involved with publications at Yale, and served on the editorial board of The Politic. In her free time, Saatchi enjoyed, and still enjoys, trawling through the Beinecke archives, horse back riding, and vigorously supporting, but not participating in, intramural sports.

Kevin Kim
Chaplain's Office

Kevin works for the Chaplain’s Office, 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 Kevin supports and facilitates through helping coordinate various programs. As an undergraduate, Kevin served as the president of the Korean American Students at Yale, helped coach high school debate, and actively served the United Church of Westville. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 2017.

Madeline Lemberg
Office of General Counsel

A Pittsburgh, PA native, Madeline graduated from Yale in 2018 with majors in Philosophy and Music. At Yale, she sang in and student conducted the Yale Glee Club, served as Business Manager and Musical Director of Yale’s Jewish choir, Magevet, and conducted and/or sang in several other ensembles.

José Lopez
Yale College Dean's Office and the Center for Teaching and Learning

José Yobani López, who serves under the Yale College Dean’s Office and the Center for Teaching and Learning, was proudly born and raised in Downtown Los Angeles, California. His work as a Woodbridge Fellow, which focuses on academic programming for first-generation low-income (FGLI) students, stems from his ongoing engagement with this community of students. This engagement started with his own involvement in the First-Year Scholars at Yale program the summer of 2014 and continued with his participation as a counselor for the program in 2017 and his research into the social experiences of FGLI students as part of his Education Studies capstone. He has also been involved in La Casa Cultural as a member of Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Yale, La Unidad Latina, and as a Peer Liaison. Reflected in his scholarship, mentorship, and now his work, he is passionate about issues centered around underrepresented students in education, and more specifically those considered disadvantaged by their race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and legal status. José graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry and culminated his participation in the Education Studies program in 2018.

Katie McCleary
Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Katherine McCleary is Little Shell Chippewa-Cree and grew up on the Crow Reservation in Montana. She received her B.A. in History from Yale College in 2018. As an undergraduate, she served as President of the Association of Native Americans at Yale, a First Year Counselor for Hopper College, and wrote about Indigenous issues in campus publications such as DOWN Magazine. As a peer liaison and student leader at the Native American Cultural Center she worked to create a welcoming space for Native students and educate Yale about Native cultures and contemporary issues. Katherine also worked at the Yale University Art Gallery and is currently co-curating a Native North American art exhibition that will open in October of 2019 at the Gallery.

Stephanie Reynolds Ramos
Office of Public Affairs and Communications

Stephanie is a member of the Class of 2018 from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She graduated with a degree in Political Science with a focus on American Government. Outside of her major, she really enjoyed her coursework in psychology, sociology, marketing and romance languages as she studied both French and Italian at Yale. At Yale, she was involved with the Jonathan Edwards College Council, the Jonathan Edwards Social Activities Committee, the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project and was a First-Year Counselor during her senior year. Most importantly, throughout her four years she volunteered with Camp Kesem, a free weeklong summer camp for children whose parents have cancer. She is incredibly excited to be a Woodbridge Fellow and looks forward to helping the Office of Public Affairs & Communications orchestrate the Celebration of Women in 2019.

Emma Smith
Office of Sustainability

Emma is interested in the intersection of biology, anthropology, ethics, and public health. She studied epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and hopes to put her public health knowledge to good use in supporting sustainability and health goals as a Woodbridge Fellow in the Office of Sustainability. As an undergrad at Yale (YC ’16), she was an ecology and evolutionary biology major, a member and captain of the varsity women’s swimming and diving team, and a proud moose from Ezra Stiles College.

Past Woodbridge Fellows

Mallory Isburg, Chaplain’s Office

Jacqueline Ly, Office of International Affairs

Ewurama Okai, Office of International Affairs

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

Keni Sabath, Office of General Counsel

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

Karin Shedd, Office of Public Affairs & Communications

Kendall Teare, Office of Public Affairs & Communications

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