Class of 2015

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MENTORS
Tanisha Abernathy
National Urban Fellow
Class of 2015
Brooklyn, NY
New Jersey Health Initiatives
Dr. Robert Atkins
Director
Camden, NJ

Tanisha Abernathy is a passionate professional with over 10 years of experience developing cross-channel, marketing programs. Prior to being selected as a National Urban Fellow, she held the position of Vice President, Account Director at Grey, an international advertising agency, headquartered in New York. 

Arielle Altman
National Urban Fellow
Class of 2015
New York, NY
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Lisa Hotchkiss
Director, Engagement Awards Program
Washington, DC

Committed to fostering social justice and creating opportunities for underserved populations, Arielle Altman joined the National Urban Fellows with seven years of experience fundraising for New York City-based nonprofits that serve urban communities both locally and nationally.

Most recently, Arielle was an Associate Director of Development at

Seantae Byers
National Urban Fellow
Class of 2015
Elkhart, IN
National League of Cities
Carolyn Coleman
Director, Federal Relations
Washington, DC

Seantae Byers’ 10 plus years of professional experience has shown her that building better communities is achievable with collaboration from all sectors. She has worked as the Program Director for Church Community Services, a non-profit working directly with people in poverty in Elkhart County, Indiana. She instituted evidence-based methodology to improve the

Shawna Davie
National Urban Fellow
Class of 2015
Jackson, MS
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Robin Mockenhaupt
Chief of Staff
Princeton, NJ

Shawna Davie is a sought-after local and national speaker, presenter, and advisor on how to organize effectively around challenging and systemic issues in the South. Davie was the Executive Director of Alignment Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi.  Identifying a need for more community-wide focus and collaboration in support of the Jackson Public School District’s

Ariel Guerrero
National Urban Fellow
Class of 2015
New York, NY
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Lisa Hamilton
Vice President of External Affairs
Baltimore, MD

Ariel Guerrero is a born and raised New Yorker and his career has been marked by bold choices and service. Prior to being selected as a National Urban Fellow, Ariel served as a Government and Community Relations Consultant to The National Housing Partnership (NHP) Foundation, a national non-profit committed to preserving and building truly affordable communities across the

Jacqueline Ivy
National Urban Fellow
Class of 2015
Los Angeles, CA
Employ Indy
Nicole Thompson, Development & Administration
Vice President
Indianapolis, IN

Born and raised in a military household, Jacqueline Ivy knew her career would involve serving her community. She brings with her ten years of experience in the non-profit sector administering college access programming and workforce development training for under-resourced communities in Indiana, Florida, and California.