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Fellow of the Month

Claudia Flores and Emily Noriega - February 2015 Fellows of the Month

Claudia Flores
Altria Public Policy Fellow
Hometown: San Jose, California
School: Santa Clara University
Degree: B.A. Political Science
Placement: Office of Sen. Robert Menendez

Claudia Flores was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  As a teenager, she left Honduras with her family for the United States. They settled in Silicon Valley, where Claudia attended public school and eventually received a full-ride merit scholarship to attend college. In 2012, she completed a bachelor’s degree in political science from Santa Clara University

Claudia’s first exposure to politics came under the influence of a local councilmember, in the midst of a heated debate over local immigration enforcement. Concerned over the observed lack of political representation, yet curious about the political process, she interned at San Jose City Hall and later served as the city’s youth commissioner- promoting policies aimed towards creating protective factors to improve the lives of youth in San Jose, California.

Claudia feels passionate about improving the living conditions for immigrant families, particularly women and children. She recognizes, however, that there are many issues which make the Latino community vulnerable, including health care access, political and legal representation, and financial education.

Claudia feels excitement in joining the CHCI familia, and hopes that through the Public Policy Fellowship Program she can gain valuable insight into the intersection of politics and the public policy-making process.


Emily Noriega
Coca Cola Foundation Public Policy Fellow
Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
School: Florida Gulf Coast University
Degree: B.A. Political Science
Placement: Democratic Leadership Office, Rep. Xavier Becerra

Emily Noriega is a first generation Peruvian-American born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Growing up in South Florida, she quickly developed a strong interest in immigration and social justice. These interests drove her to pursue a B.A. in political science from Florida Gulf Coast University, graduating in 2012.

As an undergraduate student, Emily participated in The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, D.C. During her time in the capital, she took part in the Political Leadership Program. She also served as the public policy and advocacy intern at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a non-profit community development financial institution that supports community development corporations throughout the United States. She also volunteered at CASA de Maryland, helping to ameliorate undocumented, shadowed youths by applying to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Emily has also dedicated her time to serving her hometown in South Florida, by working for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, where her primary responsibilities included constituent casework in immigration and the IRS.

As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Emily hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the legislative process while primarily focusing on immigration. She aspires to be a voice for the Latino community and ascertain how to empower future Latino leaders. As a millennial Latino-American, Emily feels that it is her responsibility to promote education, participate in our community and work to make a difference.


Past Fellow of the Month

Braulio Salas - January 2015 Fellow of the Month
Araceli Gutiérrez - December 2014 Fellow of the Month
Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month
Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves & Daniel Lind - January 2013
Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007


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