2010 HPJ Fellows

Ricky Hurtado

A Business Administration major, Ricky Hurtado is a recipient of the four-year Morehead-Cain Scholarship and is co-chair of World Micro-Market, an organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of impoverished individuals worldwide through fair trade. In summer 2009, he served as a marketing research assistant in Malawi, helping international organizations improve the health and water quality of local communities.

He recently joined the Frontline staff, working in the Durham office as Project Associate.

Sara John

Sara John has extensive research and public policy experience. She is a Biology and Public Policy double major at UNC with a focus in health policy. She is also co-chair of the Public Service and Advocacy Committee of Student Government and is a National Health Strategist for the Roosevelt Institute, a national student public policy think tank for which she also serves as president of the local University of North Carolina chapter.

She is currently preparing to begin a Teach for America commitment teaching secondary chemistry and biology in Baltimore.

Charlie Sellew

A Public Policy major with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship, Charlie Sellew interned at the St. Paul, MN-based think tank Growth & Justice, where he researched policy projects on education, accountability, and transportation. He was also the 2009 UNC Young Democrats Co-President and is the recipient of a joint UNC/Duke four-year merit scholarship through the Robertson Scholars Program.

This year he will teach secondary math for Teach for America in Washington, D.C.

Shruti Shah

A Political Science major with a minor in Entrepreneurship, Shruti Shah has a passion for education policy and advocacy. As a high school student she founded the Kids for Kids 5K Walk/Run, a fundraising event for the Memphis City School libraries. She has interned with Congresswoman Susan A. Davis and with Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational organization. She is also currently chair of UNC’s Student Advisory Group and founder of the university’s Innovation Circle.

This year she will teach elementary school for Teach for America in Baltimore, Maryland.

Cameron Wardell

A History major with an Entrepreneurship minor, Cameron Wardell completed an internship in 2008 with the Institute of International Education in Ho Chi Minh City. He is Co-Director of Carolina United, a UNC student organization fostering diversity and collaborative dialogue. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Cameron plans to research educational reform for underrepresented populations, specifically African Americans and LGBTIQ individuals.

He is currently teaching 2nd grade summer school in Houston, Texas, after which he will begin a Teach for America commitment for an elementary school in San Antonio.

Sofia Wilson

A Robertson Scholar, Sofia Wilson has experience as a teacher, community development consultant, and social entrepreneur. Through the Carolina Students Taking Action through Teaching Program, she developed and taught a course at UNC titled “Asset-based Approach to Community Development,” As a leader with Manna Project International, she conducted research projects in 2007–2009 to study the impact of development organizations on communities in Quito, Ecuador. Sofia is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

In August, she will start as an associate practice consultant at EMC in Charlotte, NC.