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 and non-profit organizations, 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 on current and past Woodbridge Fellows can be found below.

For prospective fellows

The application process for Woodbridge Fellows is currently closed.

Current Woodbridge Fellows

Jorge Anaya
Yale College Dean's Office and the Center for Teaching and Learning

Jorge, born and raised in Los Angeles, California, majored in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health as a member of the class of 2019. He currently serves as the Woodbridge Fellow for the YCDO & Center for Teaching and Learning as the coordinator of the Community Initiative, a direct Yale administrative effort to empower first generation, low income undergraduates academically, socially, and financially. As an undergraduate, Jorge was heavily involved in residential college life, serving as president for Timothy Dwight College’s Student Activities Committee during his first year and as Chief Aide for the Head of College Office during his senior year. Outside of TD, Jorge was passionate about mentoring Latinx high school students by participating in MEChA de Yale’s Conexiones program for three years, ultimately serving as president during his junior year. As an FGLI student himself, he is passionate about helping students from underrepresented backgrounds feel at home at Yale.

Valentina Guerrero
Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Valentina Guerrero graduated from Yale College in 2019 as an American Studies major with a concentration in Politics and American Communities. As an undergraduate, she proudly served Pierson College as its Head First-Year Counselor and Head Aide. Valentina was a 2018 Domestic Policy Fellow at the Yale Institute for Social and Policy Studies. As a 2017 Women in Government Fellow, Valentina served at the U.S. Department of Labor - Civil Rights Center, where she wrote federal policy papers on equal pay and national origin discrimination for the Director and Chief of Staff. In her role as a Woodbridge Fellow to the Office of the Secretary, Valentina works primarily on governance and university policy related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

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 2018.

When out of the basement of Bingham Hall, Kevin spends his time exploring New Haven’s food options and can frequently be found at Arethusa. He loves to cook and has eccentric hobbies such as collecting knives and brewing single origin coffee.

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.

Anita Norman
Office of Public Affairs and Communications

Anita hails from Memphis, Tennessee by way of Little Rock, Arkansas. She majored in psychology and is interested in the intersections of cultural geography, technology, and emotion regulation in hopes that one day we will be able to track emotion patterns in communities. Eventually, Anita would like to create a digital platform, a walking tour of cities, marking how location corresponds with emotional wellbeing. She knows that is a nebulous sounding idea and that’s why she likes it. At Yale, Anita was heavily involved with the Black Solidarity Conference, the Black Church at Yale, Heritage Theatre Ensemble, and the DRAMAT. Her dream is to write an animated Netflix series for young children to reconsider ideas about gender, language, mental health, and culture.

Sabrina Rostkowski
Office of International Affairs

Sabrina, from Farmington, Connecticut, graduated as part of the class of 2019 with a B.A. in History with a European regional concentration. As an undergraduate, she was heavily involved with two dance groups on campus, Yaledancers and Rhythmic Blue, of which she was co-president her senior year. She was a proud member of Timothy Dwight College, serving as the Timothy Dwight College Council president in her sophomore year and as a First-Year Counselor in her senior year. As a Woodbridge Fellow, she is fulfilling the research and communications role in the Office of International Affairs, under the supervision of the Communications Director.

Lekha Tlhotlhalemaje
Office of International Affairs

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Lekha studied Environmental Studies and History while at Yale College. She was also part of the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights. At Yale, Lekha was a member of the Yale Association for African Peace and Development, helping put together the organization’s annual conference. A proud member of Yale’s international student community, she was a Peer Liaison for international first years and a part of of the Yale African Student’s Association.

Past Woodbridge Fellows

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

Eilaf Elmileik, Office of International Affairs

Nic Harris, Office of Public Affairs and Communications

Saatchi Kalsi, Office of International Affairs

Kevin Kim, Chaplain’s Office

Madeline Lemberg, Office of General Counsel

José López, Yale College Dean’s Office and the Center for Teaching and Learning

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

Stephanie Reynolds Ramos, Office of Public Affairs and Communications

Emma Smith, Office of Sustainability

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