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“The Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship was a powerful life changing experience for me. During my placement, I had the opportunity to staff numerous bills and resolutions with all of them making it through both houses. I was also challenged to tackle key issues in the areas of education, public safety, immigrant rights and labor. Through the fellowship, I established lasting relationships that have proven very useful during my time as an Assembly Member.

Being a former Assembly Fellow was an extremely valuable experience for my professional development. The fellowship showed me the positive impact public service has on our communities. ¬†After the fellowship, I finished a master's of education from Harvard University in administration, planning and social policy. I then went back to my hometown, Watsonville, where I worked as a legal aid attorney and served as Mayor of Watsonville. In 2010, only eight years after my fellowship, I ran and won a seat for the California State Assembly. Without the fellowship, I would not be where I am today.”

Luis Alejo, California State Assembly Member, Assembly Fellow 2001-02

"Mentoring, life-long friendships, and unparalleled access into California's policy-making process - the Assembly Fellowship provides all three in ways few programs can. From the first day of my Fellowship year in Assembly Member Tom Ammiano's office, I began to work as a legislative staffer. The Member and my new colleagues directly mentored me, so that I could staff the type of social justice legislation that drew me to public service in the first place: immigration, tax reform, and workers' rights. Even today, as an Assembly committee consultant, I continue to apply the skills I learned from my Fellowship mentors.

You will probably find, as I did, that one of the Fellowship's greatest qualities is the group of classmates that you will get to work with. While living in Sacramento, I discovered that my shared experiences with seventeen other fellows from diverse backgrounds quickly grew into life-long friendships, and into an invaluable support network. This program also offers unique access to many of California's key policymakers, and also to a network of Assembly Fellowship alumni. I, like so many other Assembly Fellowship alumni, remain committed to investing in the program by providing mentoring, conducting policy briefings, and aiding in the mock hearing that is used to familiarize fellows with the committee process. Fellowship alumni foster a collaborative environment here in Sacramento. As an alumna, it is the reason why I give back to the Fellowship. As a prospective Fellow, it's the reason why you should consider joining the Assembly Fellowship."

Misa Yokoi-Shelton, Consultant to Assembly Committee on Local Government, Assembly Fellow 2009-10

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