The Andrew Goodman Foundation Announces the 2020-2021 Andrew Goodman Puffin Democracy Fellows
Upper Saddle River, NJ (December 11, 2019)—The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) is pleased to announce it has accepted three emerging civic leaders to the second cohort of Andrew Goodman Puffin Democracy Fellows. The 2020-2021 Fellows will focus on promoting AGF’s mission to make young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy by increasing access for young voters. The Andrew Goodman Puffin Democracy Fellows program is a multiyear fellowship generously funded by the Puffin Foundation and available to alumni of The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s programs.
“Young people have often led important social movements both in the United States and abroad. Today, we need them to lead us yet again, and that’s why we’re thrilled to launch the new cohort of Andrew Goodman Puffin Democracy Fellows,” says The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Program Director Karena Cronin. “Through their projects, our Fellows will work to empower their peers and increase voting access to help advance political and social equity in the United States.”
Congratulations to the new Fellows, listed in alphabetical order below:
Anna Del Castillo graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2018 from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations and Colonialism Studies. At Tufts, she served as the Student Body Vice President, the Senior Baccalaureate Speaker, and the lead Campus Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere program. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity as a Dean’s Fellow at Harvard Divinity School where she studies at the intersection of politics, spirituality, and social justice. On-campus, Anna is a Proctor for first-year students and serves as the Divinity School Representative on the Harvard Graduate Council. She is a member of Harvard’s Prison Education Program, working with incarcerated students through Partaker’s College Behind Bars. As a Harvard Presidential Public Service fellow, she researched and helped launch a Movement Chaplaincy Curriculum with the Faith Matters Network. Anna Currently works for IGNITE National, the nation’s largest political organization for young women, as the Boston Fellow. Anna is a proud Mississippian, second-generation Peruvian-Bolivian immigrant, and faith-rooted activist for justice. She intends to use this fellowship and other opportunities to bridge the gap between the world as it is and the world as it ought to be.
Rachael Cohen Hamilton is in her second year at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs’ MPA program, with a concentration in gender-based violence. She currently works as a Graduate Assistant at the CU Center on Domestic Violence. Additionally, she is employed part-time doing direct service in the field of domestic violence. Her focus in grad school has been in equity policy around gender issues. Rachael graduated with her B.A. in Political Science from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2018, where she led the Kutztown University Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere team. She was the recipient of a 2017 Andrew Goodman Foundation Hidden Heroes Award for her work on campus voting rights. Rachael loves reading autobiographies of political personalities and listening to political podcasts.
Eva Quinones is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at Yale University, where she studies the political economy of voting behavior and democratic backslides. She also holds an M.A. from Yale (Political Science,’19), and a B.A. from Bard College (Economics & International Studies, ’17), where she was an Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere Ambassador and Team Leader for three semesters and worked with the Election@Bard initiative to combat student disenfranchisement for three years. In addition to her academic pursuits, Eva has worked for several political campaigns. To learn more about her work or read her publications, click here.
About The Andrew Goodman Foundation
The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s mission is to make young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy by training young leaders, engaging low-propensity voters, and challenging restrictive voter suppression laws. The Foundation’s Andrew Goodman Puffin Democracy Fellows undertake high-impact projects on a local and regional level that address civic issues like voter suppression to advance political and social equity among young people in the United States. The organization is named after Andrew Goodman, a Freedom Summer volunteer and champion of equality and voting rights who was murdered by the KKK in 1964 at 20 years old while registering Black Americans to vote in Mississippi.