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Newman’s Own Foundation Graduates Class of 2016 Fellows

June 13, 2016

Westport, CT – Newman’s Own Foundation announced the completion of its first formal class of Fellows, with six individuals graduating on June 13. As the first year-long program concludes, a new class of 12 Fellows is welcomed into the program.

The first formal program of Newman’s Own Foundation Fellows launched in 2015, focused on providing recent college graduates with work experience in the nonprofit sector. The program was also designed to expand, enhance, and diversify the pipeline of new talent entering nonprofit careers. 

The six graduating Fellows completed a year of work at nonprofit organizations in New York and Connecticut, after being paired with help from Newman’s Own Foundation. The program provides Fellows with hands-on experience in the nonprofit sector, and focuses on personal and professional development to help them shape their professional paths.

“The Newman’s Own Foundation Fellows Program gives young people valuable, real-world experience, which provides insight into the historically significant role of the philanthropic sector in society and helps them learn about opportunities that they may not otherwise discover,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation, and Executive Chairman of Newman’s Own, Inc. “The first formal class had an outstanding year, learning from their experiences and contributing great value to their respective organizations. The success of this class informed our decision to scale up the program and double the size of the incoming class.” 

There are 12 new Fellows in the Class of 2017. The diversity of nonprofits and Fellows is expanding from last year, as is the geographic range of organizations, to include the Northeast Corridor, from Washington, DC to Massachusetts, and a Fellow in Italy. The recruitment partners include The Posse Foundation, Campus Compact, Bonner Scholars, and Questbridge.

The new Fellows were selected based on demonstrated leadership skills, as well as commitment to social issues and community development. They were placed at nonprofit organizations in roles aligned with their capabilities and career interests. The placements were made by Newman’s Own Foundation in collaboration with the nonprofits. The Fellows will go through a two-day orientation, led by Newman’s Own Foundation, before starting work at their respective organizations. The orientation will include workshops in Teambuilding, Development Activities, and Diversity and Inclusion Leadership, as well as overviews of the host organizations.

“We congratulate the Class of 2016, and we look forward to seeing how these young leaders change the world – whether through charitable work, business, education, government, or whatever vocation inspires them,” said Forrester. “And we welcome the new class of Fellows with great anticipation of how they will learn from their experiences and inspire the organizations where they work.” 

Here are the Fellows in this year’s graduating Class of 2016:
  • Ebiere Awudu of Nigeria currently living in New Haven, CT, received her M.A. in Communication from the University of Hartford and a LL.B Law Degree (the equivalent of a J.D.) at Igbinedion University Okada, Edo State, Nigeria, one of Nigeria’s top private Universities. She was a Fellow at Newman’s Own Foundation in Westport, CT.
  • Ashley Boyd of Hyattsville, MD, received her B.A. in Anthropology & Sociology and English from Lafayette College. Her Fellowship was in collaboration with the SeriousFun Children’s Network in Westport, CT and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT.
  • Rey Llena of Yonkers, NY, received his B.S. in Neuroscience from Trinity College. He was a Fellow at Newman’s Own Foundation in Westport, CT.  
  • Rose Pierre-Louis of Hyde Park, MA, received her B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College. She was a Fellow at Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network in Hartford, CT.
  • Karimah Shabazz of South Ozone, NY, received her B.A. in Sociology from Bard College. She was a Fellow at The Posse Foundation in New York, NY.
  • Paige Ziplow of Simsbury, CT, received her B.A. from Connecticut College. She was a Fellow at Wellness in the Schools in New York, NY.
Here are the new Fellows in the graduating Class of 2017:
  • Ariel Bernstein of Los Angeles, CA, received her B.A. in Latin American Studies and International Development at Tulane University. She will be a Fellow at National Farm to School Network in Washington, DC. 
  • Amethyst Carey of Ewing, NJ, received a B.A. in Sociology at Oberlin College. She will be a Fellow at Daily Table in Woburn, MA. 
  • Elisa Bottio of Milan, Italy, received a Degree in Management with specialization in Social Business from Bocconi University. She will be a Fellow at Dynamo Academy in Italy.
  • Eugenie Elie of Miami, FL, received a B.A. in Anthropology at Mt. Holyoke College. She will be a Fellow at The Food Trust in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Bettina Gonzalez of Woodbridge, VA, received her B.S. in Psychology and Film Studies at Trinity College. She will be a Fellow at Aspen Institute Center for Native American Youth in Washington, DC.
  • Davante Jennings of Alexandria, VA, received his B.A. in Politics at Sewanee: The University of the South. He will be a Fellow at The Posse Foundation in New York, NY.
  • Cheyenne Mendes of Brockton, MA, received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Bucknell University. She will be a Fellow at Newman’s Own Foundation in Westport, CT.
  • Alleyah Miner of Fort Washington, MD, received her B.A. in Biology at Lafayette College. She will be a Fellow at National Alliance for Hispanic Health in Washington, DC. 
  • Njideka Ofoleta of Miami, FL, received her B.A. in Communications and Hispanic Studies from Hamilton College. She will be a Fellow at The Discovery Center in Hartford, CT.
  • Dale Russell of Bowie, MD, received his B.A. in Film and Media Studies from Lafayette College. He will be a Fellow at Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network in Hartford, CT.
  • Lea Trusty of Saint Rose, LA, received her A.B. in Politics from Princeton University. She will be a Fellow at WSHU in Fairfield, CT.
  • Sarah Luft of Westbrook, CT, received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut. She will be a Fellow at SeriousFun Children’s Network in Westport, CT.

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About Newman’s Own Foundation

Newman’s Own Foundation was established by Paul Newman to continue his philanthropic legacy to use the profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products to make our world a better place by supporting charitable causes. Since 1982, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated more than $470 million to thousands of charitable organizations around the world. For more information, visit www.newmansownfoundation.org.