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Leland Fellows Success Stories

The Hobby School of Public Affairs' Leland Fellows program offers full-time government internships to University of Houston students in the spring semester of even numbered years. Here are just a few of the many success stories:

Irina Alejandro: Client Advocate, NDS
Spring 2018: Congressman Joaquin Castro

Sara Alhalabi: Government Affairs Coordinator, Greater Houston Builders Association
Spring 2018: Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Troy Allen: Manager II, General Land Office
Spring 2018: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Maria Almaguer: Veterans Legal Initiative Program Coordinator, Houston Volunteer Lawyers
Spring 2020: Congresswoman Veronia Escobar

Alleanne Anderson: Policy and Advocacy Program Manager, SchoolHouse Connection
Spring 2020: Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Mary Davis: Deputy District Director, Congressman Troy Nehls
Spring 2016: Congressman Brian Babin

Germayne Eaton: Graduate Student, University of Houston
Spring 2020: Congressman Henry Cuellar

Jonathan Ezemba: Humanities Teacher, IDEA Public Schools
Spring 2020: Congressman Marc Veasey

Santiago Franco: Scheduler/Legislative Assistant, State Senator Carol Alvarado
Spring 2018: Congressman Vicente Gonazlez

Jaeson Freitas: Accounts Manager, Gray CPA Consulting PC
Spring 2018: Congressman Filemon Vela

Jon Garcia: Strategic Initiatives and Program Analyst, Harris County
Spring 2016: Congressman Rubén Hinojosa

Mandy Gordillo: Lead Preschool Teacher, Spring Branch ISD
Spring 2014: Congressman Gene Green

Mariah Grayson: Hearing Officer, Texas Workforce Commission
Spring 2016: Congressman Marc Veasey

Daniel Gribble: Communications Director, Congressman Troy Nehls
Spring 2016: Congressman Ted Poe

William Janowski: Analyst, Harris County Commissioners Court's Analyst's Office
Spring 2016: Congressman Gene Green

Azali Jeffrey: Legal Content Coordinator, Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
Spring 2020: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Aide Meza: Legal Assistant, Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP
Spring 2014: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Cynthia Milian: Associated Attorney, Powers Law Group
Spring 2014: Congressman Ted Poe

Ana Montañez: Manager, Government Relations, Independent Sector
Spring 2016: Congressman Henry Cuellar

Ayesha Muzaffar: J.D. Candidate, UC Davis School of Law
Spring 2018: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Bryan Pelaez: Consultant, Integrated Solutions Consulting
Spring 2016: Congressman Pete Olson

Jose Reyes: Child Support Officer, Texas Attorney General
Spring 2020: Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia

Jessica Ruland: Public Policy Coordinator, Greater Houston Partnership
Spring 2018: Congressman Gene Green

Rogette Saba: J.D. Candidate, University of Texas School of Law
Spring 2020: Congressman Pete Olson

Madelyn Wilson: Engagement Specialist, Accolade
Spring 2016: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Zehra Zaidi: J.D. Candidate, South Texas College of Law
Spring 2020: Congressman Filemon Vela

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