California Latino Caucus Institute Announces the 2006-2007 Polanco Fellows

California Latino Caucus Institute Announces the 2006-2007 Polanco Fellows


Los Angeles, C–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 13, 2006–The California Latino Legislative Caucus Institute for Public Policy (CLCI) is pleased to announce the selection of its 4th class of Polanco Fellows. Named in honor of former California State Senator Richard G. Polanco, a founder and the chair of the Institute, the program provides leadership training and development for a select group of six college graduates. With this newest class, there are now 24 Polanco Fellows including the 2005-2006 class currently serving in the Capitol in Sacramento.

In welcoming the 2006-2007 Fellows, Sen. Polanco said, “This new group of Fellows provides an excellent example of the caliber of people selected for this Fellowship. The Institute’s goal is to develop the next generation of leaders who will help guide California as it navigates the public policy challenges of the new century. This year’s class includes individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their communities, universities and in their families. We are delighted with the new class.”

Considered one of the premier public policy fellowships in the nation, the Polanco Fellowship is a yearlong placement that includes leadership training at the world-renowned Center for Creative Leadership in La Jolla, an annual Institute Orientation at UCLA, a four-month placement in a major state agency in Sacramento such as CalPERS and, then, the heart of the Fellowship, an eight-month placement in the Capitol office of a state legislator. While in the legislator’s office, Polanco Fellows carry legislation, staff the member and attend hearings on critical public policy issues. In addition to their placement, the Fellows create and manage a Community Service Project that provides a direct benefit to the Sacramento community and they also attend a weekly seminar taught by award-winning professors from the California State University, Sacramento. The Fellowship is funded through the generosity of the Annenberg Foundation and the visionary support of the Institute’s Corporate Advisory Board that includes Bank of America, Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, Pepsico and several other corporate advisory board members.

This year’s Fellows are:

— Sara Bachez, a graduate of UC Berkeley where she earned a B.A. in Mass Communications. Her hometown is the South Central section of Los Angeles. She is a former Riordan Scholar and achieved the rank of Major in the Marine Corps Junior Officers’ Training Corps, the highest leadership position possible for a student battalion.

— Catalina Hayes-Bautista, who graduated from UC Berkeley with high honors in Sociology. She is a former journalist and was a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Los Angeles is her hometown.

— Jorge Madrid, a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and the recipient of two B.A.’s, one in Latin American and Iberian Studies and the other in History. He attended the National Young Leaders Congress in Washington, D.C and the Central University of Morelia in Michoacan, Mexico. His hometown is the Lincoln Heights section of East Los Angeles.

— Antonio Ortega, a graduate of UC Riverside with a B.A. in Sociology and also attended Carlos III University in Madrid. He served in several leadership roles while at UC Riverside. His hometown is El Centro, California in the Imperial Valley.

— Carolina Urueta Salazar, who graduated from Mills College with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Public Policy. She also served as the Student Body President at Mills.

— Esmeralda Soria, who graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies also attended the Autonomous University of Barcelona and was a Gates Millennium Scholar. She is an alumna of the UC Berkeley Public Policy International Affairs program and is from Lindsay, California in the Central Valley.

Past Polanco Fellows have included graduates of UC Davis Law School, Fresno State, UCLA, San Diego State and several other California universities.

The Institute’s board of directors and advisors selects the Polanco Fellows after a competitive statewide application process. The annual submission deadline for the Fellowship is March 31. Recipients are selected in May and begin their Fellowship on September 1 of each year and serve until August 31.

Established as a nonpartisan effort in 2002 by the California Latino Legislative Caucus, the California Latino Caucus Institute (CLCI) is a broad-based public policy, educational, and leadership development organization. The Latino Caucus Institute was created to fill a pressing need in our society for enlightened leadership and positive social transformation. The Institute is poised to offer the means for Californians to meet their highest potential at a time in history when unprecedented challenges and increased public expectations call for well-developed public policy in myriad areas of life. The Institute is responding to this complex and challenging environment by being an incubator of ideas and ethical leadership.

California Latino Caucus Institute Announces the 2006-2007 Polanco Fellows