Cuyahoga County Public Policy Fellowship Program, Class of 2017

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Aliyah Amador

Aliyah Amador, born and raised in Lorain, Ohio is a recent graduate from Baldwin Wallace University where she studied International Studies: National Security. Aliyah is a member of her hometown Historical Society where she is involved in volunteer service which includes food drives and clothes banks. In her free time, she enjoys engaging in recreational activities at the local YMCA and spending time with her family. In the future, she hopes to pursue a joint degree in city and regional planning and public policy. Aliyah is thankful for the opportunity Cuyahoga County has provided and looks forward to being an instrumental aspect to the Office of Innovation and Performance.

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Chelsea Kennedy

Chelsea Kennedy, born and raised in Northeast Ohio, is enthusiastic about public health and public service. She is a graduate of Kent State University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Public Health in 2016. During her time as an undergrad, Miss Kennedy led the student initiative for Kent State to become tobacco-free and smoke-free. This experience led her to pursue her Masters in Health Policy and Management. Chelsea currently works as a public health research assistant studying mental health. She hopes to use public health strategies to improve the community’s well-being. This stems from a lifelong commitment to improving the health of individuals, as Chelsea previously was a nationally competitive jump roper for eight years. She traveled throughout the state of Ohio devoting her time to mentoring adolescents about the importance of physical health using jump rope. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog, eating ice cream, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

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Jordan Lopez

A newcomer to Cleveland, Jordan hails from Illinois by way of the University of Southern California. Jordan is passionate about urban and social issues; he has a variety of professional experiences in urban planning and economic development, and he recently received his B.S. in Policy, Planning, & Development. Jordan is excited to have his first experience working in local government at Cuyahoga County, where he will support the Office of Innovation and Performance in evaluating economic development initiatives with data and statistical metrics. After serving as a Public Policy Fellow, Jordan will be placed in the City of Cleveland’s Department of Economic Development as a Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow.

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Alexandra Higl

Alexandra Higl is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Cleveland State University, and is specializing in nonprofit management. There, she works as a graduate assistant at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Alexandra is a graduate of John Carroll University, where she studied journalism, developed an interest in social justice issues, and ultimately decided she wanted to pursue a career in nonprofit management or public service. As an undergraduate, she interned at Playhouse Square, The Cleveland Clinic, and Forest City. Additionally, she served as editor-in-chief of JCU’s weekly newspaper, receiving local, regional, and national awards for her articles and columns. Upon completing her undergraduate degree in 2015, she worked as the Outreach & Philanthropy Coordinator at Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union. In her spare time, Alexandra is a freelance writer and a group fitness instructor. She is ecstatic to join the Consumer Affairs team while learning more about public service.​

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Samuel Sheehan

I was born in Lakewood and raised in Rocky River, Ohio. I attended all of the Rocky River city schools, including Rocky River High School. At RRHS, I played varsity baseball for three years and varsity golf all four years. I have always enjoyed sports, and I love going downtown to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians, and Browns in person.

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in April with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. I plan to go for my Master’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati this fall. I chose the Criminal Justice Major because I want to make a difference by serving others and providing safety in my community.

While attending the University of Cincinnati, I completed internships with the Cincinnati Police Department, United Sates Federal Postal Inspectors, and the Warren County Drug Task Force. These internships provided me with the opportunity to work alongside local, state, and federal law enforcement. I accompanied and assisted police officers/federal agents on daily operations and investigations.

I am very excited to apply what I have learned in Criminal Justice, along with the experience I have gained from my internships, to the Cuyahoga Department of Public Safety and Justice Services team.

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Monica Angelotti

Monica Angelotti is originally from Erie, PA and recently graduated from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. During her undergraduate career, she had leadership positions in the Environmental Issues Group, Economics Association, and WJCU radio station. She also held a market research internship with The Freedonia Group in Cleveland and studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland.

In August, Monica will begin her master's degree in International Development at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Upon finishing graduate school, she hopes to either work in economic policy as it pertains to sustainable economic development or go on to pursue a PhD and work in academia. In her free time, Monica enjoys reading, discovering music and attending concerts.

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Nikita Martin

Nikita Martin is a resident of Berea. After graduating from Berea High School in 2013, she continued her education at Baldwin Wallace University. During college, she participated on Model UN, NATO, and AU teams, served as a Student Ambassador and Orientation Leader, and co-founded the Middle Eastern Culture Club. She also spent a semester abroad in Morocco and completed a service-learning experience in Guatemala. During her senior year, Nikita had the privilege of working for Vital Voices in D.C., completing a semester-long fellowship for BW’s Community Research Institute, and volunteering her time at local nonprofits such as Asian Services in Action (ASIA Inc) and the InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF). These experiences, combined with her coursework in International Affairs and Political Science, drove her to further pursue her interest in public policy through the Cuyahoga County Summer Fellowship Program. She will be working for the Department of Health and Human Services, in the Division of Senior and Adult Services. Upon completion of the program, she will then spend the next two years serving as an English Teacher in Mozambique with the Peace Corps.