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EMILY’s List Announces its Inaugural Class of the Ignite Change Fellowship

For Immediate Release
July 29, 2020

EMILY’s List Announces its Inaugural Class of the Ignite Change Fellowship 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, EMILY’s List the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced its inaugural class of the Ignite Change Fellowship. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement: 

“Every day women are stepping up to lead, and these community activists stand out for their commitment to serving the communities that often go unheard. From across 16 different states and DC, they represent the next generation of progress that will be made when people from diverse backgrounds have a seat at the table. EMILY’s List is proud to select them for our inaugural class of Ignite Change fellows, and we look forward to seeing what bright futures they have ahead.”

 The following people will participate in the inaugural Ignite Change Fellowship cohort:

Asha Larson-Baldwin, SC
Bre Maxwell, SC
Chelsea De Jesus, NY
Cheyenne Green, OK
Christina Watkins, CA
Destiny Cox, DC
Guneez Ibrahim, TX
Hang Ngo, MA
Iman Ali, KY
Jacqueline Perez Valencia, CA
Janay Hawthorne, PA
Jasmine Ortiz, MA
Jessica Elliott, NY
Kathryn Vanway, WV
Kimberly Toots, AR
Kimberley Egonmwan, IL
Laura Kilbury, IL
Luz Martínez, DC
Michelle Billie, MD
Miriam Ochoa-Garibay, CA
Nicole Hemenway Bratz, WA
Ninna Diaz, NV
Nora Olabi, TX
Philisea Matthews, SC
Raie Gessesse, MN
Samantha Montano, MA
Sianna Boschetti, DC
Tajahnae Stocker, KS
Tatiana Munoz, IL

The Ignite Change Fellowship is a nine-week virtual initiative to train women and non-binary community leaders and advocates to prepare them for a future run for office. This virtual opportunity will give fellows the tools they need to turn their passion for community activism into change using political power.

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