PLUS Fellows 2014-2015

Meet our 2014 - 2015 PLUS Fellows

Alejandra Barrio

PLUS Client: Oakland Unified School District

Alejandra is an MPP candidate at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy with a special interest in education and social policy. She was inspired to apply to policy school after gaining insight into systemic inequities in K-12 school districts as an English Language Learner research specialist for the Council of the Great City Schools, a national coalition of urban school districts. Most recently, Alejandra worked as a college readiness counselor for low-income students in the San Antonio Independent School District through the University of Texas at Austin’s Americorps VISTA Program.

Desiree Carver–Thomas

PLUS Client: City of Richmond

Desiree is a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the Goldman School, interested in education policy and social welfare. She came to Berkeley after teaching for five years in New York City public elementary schools. She's committed to working on issues of equity and community empowerment in public education.

Raúl Chavez

PLUS Client: Oakland Unified School District

Raúl is a second-year doctoral student at the School of Social Welfare. His research interests include emerging adults and employment issues, vocational identity development, and social policy analysis. He has over eight combined years of public service experience at the FBI, CIA, US Department of Health and Human Services, and County of Los Angeles.

Dennis De Guzman Caindec

PLUS Client: San Francisco Unified School District

Dennis served as a Senior Instructional Manager for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), the largest school district in the US that serves 1.1 million students and over 1700 schools.  While at NYCDOE central office, he managed district-wide Common Core professional development for teachers and school leaders, Core Curricula training, and managing the New York State EngageNY Core Curricula offerings in mathematics. Before working for the NYCDOE central office, he taught middle and high school mathematics and science in Brooklyn, NY for six years. Prior to his work in NYC, he lived in Los Angeles and served as the Artistic Director for the non-profit arts education organization, Culture Shock LA, which has over 20 after-school and in-school dance programs throughout southern California.  With more than a decade of experience working in the K-12 non-profit and public education sector, Dennis also holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from UC Los Angeles, a Masters in Education from Pace University, and is currently a student in the Doctoral program for Educational Leadership at UC Berkeley.  

Francesca Delgado

PLUS Client: HOPE SF, San Francisco

Francesca is a second year Master of Public Policy student at the Goldman School.  This summer she interned in Washington, D.C. to work on the President's anti-poverty Promise Zones initiative.  Francesca's commitment to service is illustrated by her career as a probation officer, program manager of a high school girl's group, and dedication to improving the lives of under-served populations.

Julia Ehrman 

PLUS Client: San Francisco Unified School District

As a third year student in the dual masters program in City and Regional Planning and Public Health, Julia is interested in relationships between government, education, and health equity.  She became interested in city government and public service as an undergraduate at New York University when she had the opportunity to work as a legislative aide for then New York City Council member Gale Brewer. Julia's research on student transportation with the Center for Cities and Schools led her to work on transportation policy and programs and at the San Francisco Unified School District, where she is currently an intern in the Office of Sustainability. 

Margaret Fransee

PLUS Client: Healthy Richmond Hub

Meg is a second year MSW student in the School of Social Welfare's Children and Families concentration. She has worked in the Oakland Unified School district for the past three years, and is currently completing her field work with the Alameda County Center for Healthy Schools and Communities. She is interested in the impact of restorative practices and full service community schools on youth outcomes. She received her BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Psychology and Fine Art in 2011.

Maxwell Gara

PLUS Client: Oakland Unified School District

Maxwell is a Master of Public Health student emphasizing in Health and Social Behavior. He's interested in how considerations for health equity can be incorporated into policy and used to address the social determinants of health. Before coming back to school, Maxwell worked for Oakland Unified School District and Cowlitz County Health Department focusing on environmental health issues.

Cailey Gibson

PLUS Client: California Endowment + Sacramento City Unified School District

Originally from Vermont, Cailey has spent the last four years in the Bay area working in public health and community development in the social enterprise sector. Previously, she worked on environmental sustainability efforts with local governments and community partners at the Clinton Foundation and ICLEI. Cailey is particularly interested in using community based participatory research and evaluation to advance health equity and policy change. She is currently a first year MPH student in the School of Public Health in Health and Social Behavior.

Kate Glassman

PLUS Client: Oakland Unified School District

Kate is currently a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Goldman School of Public Policy. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2010, Kate had the joy of working as a third grade teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina, and as an Argumentative Writing teacher at a public high school in Singapore. As a PLUS Fellow, Kate looks forward to collaborating with new peers and increasing her capacity to serve public school communities. 

Sari Ladin

PLUS Client: Oakland Unified School District

Sari is a first year Masters of Public Policy student at the Goldman School of Public Policy. Before arriving in Berkeley, she worked as an analyst at the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards on occupational health data. While working in Boston, she volunteered with CitySprouts, a local nonprofit that integrates school gardens and sustainable agriculture into public school curricula. She is passionate about education innovation and building programs that create systemic change. 

Alexandra Lozanoff

PLUS Client: CC+S PLUS Analysis/Research

Alexandra is a first-year student at the Goldman School of Public Policy. Before coming to UC Berkeley, Alexandra worked in San Francisco for Peer Health Exchange, a national non-profit that trains college students to teach health education in public high schools, where she coached staff and managed strategic initiatives to improve the program. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys running, indulging in all things food-related, and traveling home to visit her family in Hawaii.

Anna Maier

PLUS Client: West Contra Costa Unified School District + City of Richmond

Anna is a second year MPP student at the Goldman School of Public Policy. She was a PLUS fellow with West Contra Costa Unified School District last year, and is excited to continue her work on the district's full service community schools initiative. Prior to grad school, Anna served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and taught elementary school in Oakland Unified School District. She also worked as a research and evaluation associate at a local youth sports nonprofit.

Ángel Ross

PLUS Client: California Endowment + Sacramento City Unified School District

Ángel is a first year in the Master of City Planning program at Berkeley, concentrating on housing, community and economic development. Their previous work has focused on youth organizing around immigration, queer, and education issues in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire.

Justine Wolitzer

PLUS Client: San Francisco Unified School District

Justine is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. She has ten years of work experience in the Bay Area nonprofit sector and has done program evaluations for school and community-based after school programs. Her interests include program evaluation, data analysis, and children/youth policy.