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The Legislative Fellows meet with Dean Pelesko at their orientation.

​College of Arts & Sciences Interim Dean John Pelesko was present for the sendoff of the 2019 Legislative Fellows class.

The Institute for Public Administration has announced the students selected to serve as the 2019 Legislative Fellows.

About the Legislative Fellows Program

Begun as a partnership between the University of Delaware and the Delaware General Assembly in 1982, the Legislative Fellows Program is now sponsored in cooperation with Delaware State University and Wesley College. The program expanded in 2014 to include the Division of Research in Legislative Council. The program is managed by the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration. Dr. Jerome Lewis is the Director of the Institute for Public Administration.

On January 8, 2019, the 14 Legislative Fellows will commence their work at Legislative Hall in Dover. During their tenure, they will be working directly with legislators to respond to constituent concerns, conduct nonpartisan research on cutting-edge public policy issues, and staff committees. Staffing committees is a task that, in larger states, is conducted by full-time employees. The fellows count themselves lucky to be given such a prestigious and challenging responsibility.

Provost Morgan meets with the 2019 Legislative Fellows during their comprehensive orientation program.

​University of Delaware Provost Robin Morgan wishes the 2019 Legislative Fellows class all of the best during the upcoming legislative session. From left to right: Davis Braun, Eric Hastings, Christine Hoh, Nicholas Konzelman, Natalie Criscenzo, Gerard Weir, Maria Faiola, Peter Saffos, Provost Robin Morgan, Meghan Mullennix, Sophia Vassar, Grace Pedersen, Adriante Carter, Wanja Thuku, and Brett Swan.

2019 Legislative Fellows

"As in previous years, the Legislative Fellows Program's Selection Committee had the difficult task of selecting only a handful of outstanding students from the highly competitive cadre that applied," said Legislative Fellows Program Manager Lisa Moreland of the selection process.

Of the 14 students selected as 2019 Legislative Fellows, 12 are representing the University of Delaware and pursuing coursework in the College of Arts & Sciences and a total of 10 are representing the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy & Administration.

To prepare for their tenure as fellows, the 14 students participated in a comprehensive orientation program which included visits with University of delaware Provost Robin Morgan and College of Arts & Sciences Interim Dean John Pelesko.

House Majority Caucus

  • Davis Braun – MPA student specializing in Public Policy Analysis
  • Adriante Carter – BA student majoring in Political Science, Delaware State University
  • Natalie Criscenzo – 4+1 BA/MPA student majoring in Public Policy and specializing in Nonprofit Management
  • Eric Hastings – MPA student specializing in Public Management and Education
  • Nicholas Konzelman – 4+1 Dual BA and BS (Honors)/MPA student majoring in Public Policy and Economics and specializing in Economic Development Policy
  • Wanja Thuku – MPA student specializing in Public Policy and Management
  • Sophia Vassar – 4+1 BA/MPA student majoring in Public Policy

House Minority Caucus

  • Peter Saffos – BA student majoring in Political Science, Wesley College
  • Gerard Weir – 4+1 BA/MPA student majoring in International Relations and Public Policy and specializing in Public Management

Senate Majority Caucus

  • Maria Faiola – BA (Honors) student majoring in Political Science
  • Meghan Mullennix – BA student majoring in Political Science and History

Senate Minority Caucus

  • Christine Hoh – MPA student specializing in Public Management

Division of Research

  • Grace Pedersen – 4+1 BA (Honors)/MPA student majoring in Environmental Studies and Public Policy and specializing in Public Management
  • Brett Swan – MPA student specializing in Public Policy and Environmental Policy

Profiles of the selected students can be found on the 2019 Legislative Fellows page.

 About the Institute for Public Administration

The University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration (IPA) addresses the policy, planning, and management needs of its partners through the integration of applied research, professional development, and the education of tomorrow's leaders.

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