2013 HPJ Fellows

Boyeoluwatito (Yinka) Fakoya

Boyeoluwatito (Yinka) Fakoya is a senior Economics and Sociology major at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She is interested in entrepreneurship and non-profit consulting particularly focused in the education sector. Yinka has global experience in developing educational programs for youth such as designing and teaching an environmental awareness course to secondary school students in Nigeria, interning at CONNECTIONS, which is an afterschool program that serves students from low-income backgrounds in Massachusetts, and assessing women and children’s development in India. She is also the founder of The Reading Room, which was a library and program that provided reading materials to over 300 teenagers in Warri, Nigeria.

Chelsey Lowe

A senior at Temple University and majoring in Geography and Urban Studies, Chelsey Lowe has a strong understanding of political and urban issues within inner-city communities. Her areas of interests are community development, non-profit management, and urban redevelopment. She has several years of experience working with LIFT-Philadelphia, which is a non-profit organization that assists low income clients in achieving their goals through helping them lift themselves out of poverty. As the Student Director of Communications and Campus Liaison Chelsey planned and implemented events to recruit volunteers to strengthen LIFT’s connection with the North Philadelphia community.

Marielle Martiney

As a senior in the Politics department of Princeton University, Marielle Martiney originally planned to build a career in law and government service. Her coursework in Politics, Urban Studies and Environmental Science helped Marielle become aware of the racial socioeconomic imbalances in the United States. Her studies motivated Marielle to get involved in consulting, social justice work, and implementing real word solutions. She has extensive knowledge in healthcare policy and has received corporate compliance training while interning Purdue Pharma for two years. At Princeton, Marielle is also Vice-President of Performance Arts Council working as the liaison between the administration and more than 30 student groups.

Seth Rose

Seth Rose is a junior at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill majoring in Political Science and minoring in Education. Seth is strongly interested in poverty and policy in the United States. Looking into anti-poverty initiatives, he examined The Harlem Children’s Zone in an extensive policy brief highlighting the organization’s strategy to eradicate poverty among children. Seth also served as head editor of Talking Sidewalks Literary Magazine featuring writing and artwork by individuals who experienced poverty and homelessness. He is also an advocate at the Community Empowerment Funds helping unemployed individuals gain access to capital and financial resources.

Devin Salazar

Devin Salazar is a senior at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania majoring in Economics with a concentration in Finance. He is preparing a career path that will bring together two of his passions in life–consulting and social justice. At the age of 15, Devin began managing a personal investment portfolio with TD Ameritrade. He also manages the budget plan as treasurer to MECha de Penn, also known as the Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan, and organized a conference for Latino students across Ivy League institutes. Devin is also a cofounder of The Colors Project, which is a magazine that focuses on LBGT students of color throughout Philadelphia.

Amber Thomas

A recent graduate of Jackson State University, Amber Thomas is a community organizer and social justice activist. With a Bachelor degree in Mass Communications Broadcast Journalism and Political Science, Amber acquired valuable experience in media strategizing for political campaigns, such as Organize for America and the Johnny Dupree Campaign for Governor. Most recently, Amber works for the Mississippi state chapter of NAACP where she exceeded state voter registration goals by registering large numbers of African American voters in the state.