Fellowship

Our History

In 2011, we recruited our first group of students from the Athens area to be a part of the campaign staff for our election drive to the Georgia General Assembly. Their excitement and hard work was truly inspiring, and many desired to continue to work and learn as the agenda turned to drafting and passing impactful legislation.

So the campaign staff was extended into the Spencer Frye Fellowship Program. Over 95% of the original staff returned, fulfilling leadership roles within the office, and the program began to grow.

During the first session, it became apparent that the Fellowship was unique and unmatched. No one else in the General Assembly had this pool of young professionals and pupils of various undergrad and graduate programs that was able to provide commitment to constituents and detailed analyses of policy.

The Fellowship Today

The Spencer Frye Fellowship continues to provide an ongoing opportunity for Fellows to actively see their impact in state politics, make a few friends along the way, and have fun while doing it all.

The Fellowship Program usually accepts around 25 students each year who are given the opportunity to grow as young professionals and leaders.

All Fellows

  • Attend weekly meetings to discuss policy and hear from guest speakers
  • Participate in outreach community events to get to know the constituents they are serving
  • Complete Professional Development Training

Legislative Fellows

  • Gain experience conducting research
  • Write bill memos
  • Participate in campaigns
  • Work closely with Representative Frye at the Georgia State Capitol Building during Session
  • Interact with lobbying groups
  • Assist constituents
  • Attend committee meetings

Public Relations Fellows

  • Run social media platforms
  • Create informative graphics
  • Speak to local press outlets
  • Prepare topics for Representative Frye to discuss on his local radio show
  • Report on the day-to-day business of state government on our Blog
  • Work closely with Representative Frye at the Georgia State Capitol Building during Session
  • Assist constituents

Fellows emerge from the program equipped with tools that set them apart from other students. Many have moved on to work for top national policy think tanks , congressional offices, top journalists, top news agencies, top consulting firms or attend top tier law and graduate programs.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to cultivate a coalition of aware and active leaders that will use their knowledge to impact our future; not only on a state level, but also on a global scale by bringing local relevance to the national and global community.

How to Become a Fellow

To apply to the Spencer Frye Fellowship Program, please send your resume and cover letter to fellowship@spencerfrye.com. Applications for fall 2019 are now closed. Please refer to the fellowship’s Facebook page for updates!

Fellows in Action

Fellows volunteering for Habitat for Humanity
Fellows getting to know each other at retreat
Fellows with Mayor Kelly Girtz
Fellows after volunteering at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
Fellows working at the Georgia State Capitol

Current Fellows

Ali Elyaman Chief of Staff
Mathilde Carpet Fellowship Director
Vaibhav Kumar Director of Legislative Research
Taylor Nchako Director of Public Relations
Luke Boggs Senior Advisor
Jessica Pasquarello Senior Staffer
Addison Smith Special Advisor
Annefloor de Groot Special Advisor
Kate Thompson Legislative Fellow
Buket Urgen Legislative Fellow
Anna Milukas Legislative Fellow
John Lee Legislative Fellow
Maddi Moore Legislative Fellow
Jeffrey Parmet Legislative Fellow
Julianna Isbitts Legislative Fellow
Vivian Bridges Legislative Fellow
Mennah Abdelwahab Legislative Fellow
Ayah Abdelwahab Legislative Fellow
Katherine Morris Legislative Fellow
Richy Wagner Legislative Fellow
Saarah Amer Legislative Fellow
Dionne Wareham Legislative Fellow
Seeley Caroline Taylor Legislative Fellow
Jalise Black Legislative Fellow
Sophia Tarrago Legislative Fellow
John Tierney Legislative Fellow
Jaaie Varshney Legislative Fellow
Charley Claudio Legislative Fellow
Luke Chandler Legislative Fellow
Elena Gilbertson Hall Legislative Fellow
Willie Daniely Legislative and Public Relations Fellow
Shania Shelton Public Relations Fellow

2018-2019 Fellows

2017-2018 Fellows