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2020 Judy Schneider Fellowship Finalists Announced

Friday, December 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
Established in 2015, in conjunction with WGR’s 40th anniversary, the Judy Schneider Fellowship is named in gratitude and appreciation for the immense impact Judy Schneider has had on WGR and the thousands of women she has mentored, developed, and trained through her Direct Connect to Congress education series, since 1985. The fellowship provides real life opportunities to build your professional and personal skill set as an emerging government relations professional. This year-round program is aimed at creating the next generation of talent, ethical, savvy, and passionate advocates.


The pool candidates this year was competitive with nearly 100 applicants. Following the completion of the interview process, nine finalists have been selected. Congratulations to these outstanding young women!


Danielle Cassady
Olivia Elder


Alexandra Gaston
College to Congress


Arielle Kahn
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights


Madeline Mortensen


Ivy Prater


Jenna Russo
U.S. Agency for Global Media

Taylor Redick
U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Maddie Schumacher
OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates


The 2020 fellows will be announced at WGR’s annual Holiday Party on December 11. The party is from 5:30-7:30 pm on the hill close to Eastern Market. Please join us and register here. The only cost to attend is a $10 donation to the fellowship.
A special thank you to our 2020 selection committee:
Chair: Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg
Vice Chair: Mary McClure Renderos
Committee Members: Anna Davis, Rochelle Dornatt, Laurie Flanagan, Mary Elizabeth Greenwood, Cindy Hall, Betsy Hawkings, LeeAnn Petersen, Katie Schubert and Rebecca South