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Evelia Castillo -- May 2010

Evelia Castillo
Hometown: McAllen, TX
School: University of Texas at Austin
Major: BA, Government
Placement 1: The White House, Office of the Vice President
Placement 2: The Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28)

Evelia was raised in the Rio Grande Valley in McAllen, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. At UT, Evelia earned University Honors and was recognized as a College Scholar in 2006 and 2007. She was also a member of the UT Foreign Policy Council and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society.

While at the University of Texas, Evelia interned with Texas State Representatives Dawnna Dukes and Veronica Gonzales. Her work included research on education finance reform and addressing constituent concerns. Evelia also interned at Solace Women's Aid (SWA), a nonprofit organization in London, England, dedicated to empowering victims of domestic violence. At SWA, Evelia helped organize workshops and community outreach events.

Last fall, Evelia worked for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. She conducted research on gender-based violence issues, briefed U.S. officials on Turkish current events, and organized a video conference attended by women and human rights activists in both Washington, D.C. and Ankara. While in Turkey, Evelia launched an in-kind donation drive for the Van Dernegi Women's Shelter in southeastern Turkey.

As a Public Policy Fellow, Evelia would like to learn more about international affairs, how federal policy is devised, and women's issues at the national level. In the future, Evelia hopes to attend graduate school and join the Peace Corps. Her interests include reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

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Sarah Diaz - April 2015 Fellow of the Month
Rafael Hurtado Jr. - March 2015 Fellow of the Month
Claudia Flores and Emily Noriega - February 2015 Fellows of the Month
Braulio Salas - January 2015 Fellow of the Month
Araceli Gutiérrez - December 2014 Fellow of the Month
Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month
Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves & Daniel Lind - January 2013
Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007