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Melody Ava Alemansour, Annie Kahn Feinsod Development Fellow

Melody is from Orange County, California and a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. She knew she wanted to be a political science major after taking an American politics course with Paul Pierson during her first year. Melody was an editor for UC Berkeley’s Iranian-American culture magazine Perspective, a producer for the school’s campus radio station KALX and a member of the judicial committee for Zeta Tau Alpha. In addition to various school organizations, Melody also worked as a resident assistant for two and a half years and had the privilege of living and working with students from all over the world, including Egypt, China, and Norway. Melody developed a passion for Persian poetry as she studied the Persian language, eventually deciding to take on the minor. Melody sought out the Women’s Campaign Fund because she firmly believes that women are equally capable when it comes to politics, or any profession for that matter. She is excited to apply the knowledge that she absorbed during the last four years and do anything she can to reach the goals of the Women’s Campaign Fund.

Fouzia Bencheikh, Political & Programs Fellow

Fouzia Bencheikh has built a background in public affairs that advances gender equality and social justice in the US and abroad. Fouzia began her career as a Legislative Intern for Congresswoman Dina Titus (D, NV) in the fall of 2010. Following that opportunity, she worked at the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) as an intern specializing in organizational development and capacity building initiatives. In 2011, Fouzia worked for the National Association for Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Education Fund. In this capacity, she worked towards promoting progressive legislation for the Latino community. Fouzia joined the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in 2012 where she worked under the World Movement for Democracy division. Fouzia spearheaded several initiatives that focused on empowering democratic activists around the world. From 2013 to 2014, Fouzia attended the University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) where she was a candidate for international law with international relations LL.M. program. During her time at BSIS, Fouzia specialized in human rights law and democracy and governance studies. Fouzia is excited to join the Women’s Campaign Fund team and do her part to advance the number of women legislators in the 2014 elections.

Rachel Cogut, Political & Programs Fellow

Rachel is a student at American University where she is working towards a degree in Political Science with a certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership. She was first inspired to follow this career path by watching candidate Elizabeth Warren in her victorious bid for the Senate; interning on the Warren campaign was such a rewarding experience that it solidified Rachel's interest in pursuing the long term goal of equal representation for women at all levels of government. Last summer, Rachel interned for two influential female leaders in the Capitol Hill offices of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Elizabeth Warren. She has been a Programs and Political Fellow since January and is excited to continue to apply her passion for gender equality to her work at the Women’s Campaign Fund this summer.

Carrie Gambino, Communications Fellow

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Carrie is a recent graduate from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. She has dabbled in many different aspects of politics: fundraising, constituent services, field work, digital media and endless phone banking. She is a former intern with Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY 26th District) and Senator Gillibrand's regional office. She also spent last summer in Boston with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. There she volunteered with two local campaigns; Charlotte Golar Richie for Mayor of Boston and Suzanne Lee for Boston City Council District 2. Carrie is very excited to bring her enthusiasm and wit to the Women's Campaign Fund/She Should Run team as a Communications Fellow.

Connie LaSalle, Bertha Wurmser Herz Political & Programs Fellow

A native of Dallas, Texas, Connie graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Her interest in national politics grew after an internship in fall 2013 with DC-based technology trade association, TechAmerica, where she assisted the public sector team on policy issues related to federal procurement. In spring 2014, Connie was selected as a delegate for a special program with the legislative relations commission under A&M’s Student Government Association. She and four other Aggies advocated on behalf of their university and its conference (the SEC) on issues related to higher education in March, meeting with members of Congress, their staff, and the Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President. These two experiences led Connie to pursue a Master's in Public Policy at American University where she will matriculate in the fall. She is excited to work this summer at the Women’s Campaign Fund and looks forward to contributing to the organization’s success as a Political and Programs Fellow.

Katherine Solomon, Development Fellow

Katherine graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Communication. At Virginia Tech she served as the Vice President of Marketing for the Panhellenic Community, encompassing over 2,000 women. During her term, she focused on publicizing female leadership in the Blacksburg community while arranging campus programs to provide women opportunities for leadership development. She also mentored at-risk girls at a local elementary school in the Blacksburg community, fostering her interest in education reform and female empowerment. After graduating, she was selected as a corps member for Teach for America in Memphis, TN where she taught high school English. She was named Teacher of the Year after her first year in the classroom, and in her second year was nominated for Teach for America’s national Sue Lehmann, which recognizes teachers that have put their students on an enduring path to expanded life opportunities due to major academic and personal growth. During her tenure, she volunteered with Teach for America Memphis’ Development team, where she was the co-chair of the Second Year Giving Campaign. Her experience with Teach for America further reinforced her passion for providing strong female role models for young girls and women, the same passion that brings her to the Women’s Campaign Fund. Katherine is excited to contribute to the valuable work of the Women’s Campaign Fund, supporting female leaders that will be the advocates and role models that her students and this country deserve.

Erin Torres, Political & Programs Fellow

Erin is a rising 2L at The George Washington School of Law where she is the Vice President of Outreach for the GW Law School Feminist Forum and a volunteer for the Women’s Law Domestic Violence Hotline. In her role as VP of Outreach, Erin helped spearhead an event focused on the intersectionality of law, feminism, and religion. The event included speakers from Catholics for Choice, Jewish Women International, and KARAMAH Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. Born and raised in West Texas, Erin attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. As a Religious Studies major, Erin focused heavily on Christian theology and the study of the Hebrew Bible, always with an eye on women’s roles and representation within religious texts. A feminist since the cradle, Erin’s interest in politics sparked in 2013 when she had the opportunity to rally at the Texas State Capitol in support of Senator Wendy Davis’s historic filibuster to block Texas Senate Bill 5. As a law student in Washington, DC, Erin is determined to use both her education and geographical location to help put women where they are most needed – in positions of power, responsibility and leadership.


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