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2020 Judy Schneider Fellows Announced

Thursday, December 19, 2019   (0 Comments)

2020 Judy Schneider Fellows

Alex, Olivia and Ivy

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 2020 Fellows were announced at the Holiday Party last week, learn more about these amazing women below!



Alex Gaston
Development Manager, College to Congress
Hometown: League City, Texas Favorite DC Restaurant: Indigo
Fun Fact about Alex: I'm fluent in American Sign Language!
What are you most excited about as a 2020 Judy Schneider Fellow? I'm so honored to be a 2020 Judy Schneider fellow. I'm looking forward to meeting all of the incredible women in WGR and attending the professional development events.
What brought you to Washington, D.C.? I moved from Texas to DC to attend graduate school at Gallaudet University in 2016.


Olivia Elder
Associate, Families and Incarceration,
Hometown: Houston, TX
 Favorite DC restaurant: Kaliwa
Fun fact about Olivia: I’m in the top 1% of lip readers!
What are you most excited about as a 2020 Judy Schneider Fellow? I’m most excited to join a high-powered community of women and learn from them about my field.
What brought you to DC? I moved to DC in 2014 to attend The George Washington University. I’m always on the hunt for good barbecue or Tex-Mex but I’ve loved it so far!


Ivy Prater
Coalitions and Grassroots Associate, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Hometown: Elgin, NE
Favorite DC Restaurant: Sfoglina or Old Ebbitt Grill
Fun Fact about Ivy: I had a total of 12 students in my high school graduating class.
What are you most excited about as a 2020 Judy Schneider Fellow? I am thrilled to have this amazing opportunity to grow professionally and personally by interacting with and learning from the strongest and most hardworking women in Washington DC!
What brought you to Washington, D.C.? I had the opportunity to visit DC for the first time as a high school student attending the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Sponsored by the NRECA. It was during that experience that I realized the expanse of opportunity that was available for women outside the borders of my small rural town. I came to DC to pursue a career with the NRECA and advocate on behalf of rural America.