John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service


Find out what endeavors program alumni pursued after their fellowship.

Anabella Aspiras: Following her time as a 2013-2014 John D. Solomon Fellow with NYC Emergency Management's Public/Private Initiatives unit, Anabella continued her work as a full-time registered nurse at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and joined NYC Emergency Management's Public/Private Initiatives unit on a part-time basis. Using her experience as a fellow and the professional skills she gained, she is transitioning from the frontlines of healthcare provision to the administrative side of public service in her new job as Patient Services Administrator at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Andrea Bertucci: After her time as a 2013-2014 John D. Solomon Fellow at the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Andrea was offered a role at the agency as a program manager for the Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS). COMPASS offers over 800 high-quality programs to students in K-12. Andrea manages all the middle school programs, and is excited to continue her work at DYCD in a new capacity.

Michael Castelblanco was the first fellow to be placed with the NYC Department of Education as a 2014-2015 fellow. Michael built upon his experience as a fellow and become involved with many different aspects of the emergency management field. In July 2015, he was offered a full-time position at the department to work as an Emergency Response Planner, and as the department's Disabilities, Access and Functional Needs (DAFN) Coordinator. In his current position, he manages the development and implementation of dozens of projects, develops emergency plans and protocols, and serves as a representative at the NYC Emergency Management's Emergency Operations Center. Michael also now serves as a fellowship mentor for the NYC Department of Education.

Amy Huang was a fellow in the Office of Emergency Preparedness at the NYC Department for the Aging from 2014-2015. After completing her fellowship, she had the opportunity to expand her interest and experience in the environmental health and safety field as a graduate intern in the FDNY Occupational Safety and Health Administrative unit. Amy also served as an intern with the NYC Emergency Management's Health and Medical unit beginning June 2014. In February 2016, she was offered a full-time position as a Health and Medical Specialist with NYC Emergency Management. In this role, Amy is responsible for assisting with the development of the health and medical components of citywide response plans, and maintaining and fostering intra-agency/interagency coordination and communication with relevant health and medical agency partners.

Meghan Kiernan: Following her time as a 2015-2016 John D. Solomon Fellow with NYC Emergency Management's Training, Exercises and Evaluation unit, Meghan began her career as a health and safety specialist at NYC Department of Environmental Protection. In her current position, Meghan is responsible for conducting audits and assessments to ensure compliance with federal, state and local health and safety regulations and serves as a resource for chemical spills and hazardous chemical management. Meghan draws upon her emergency management experience to assist operational staff in the event of an emergency.

Isabelle Lacson was the inaugural John D. Solomon Fellow in Intergovernmental Affairs at NYC Emergency Management from 2014-2015. After completing the fellowship, she took on a role at the United Nations World Food Programme country office in the Philippines. As an Institutional Partnerships Specialist, she works with partners throughout the Philippines on enhancing national and local early warning systems for disaster preparedness and food security. She credits her time at NYC Emergency Management as bolstering her skills and experience in partnership management and coordination, particularly in the humanitarian field.

Lindsey Lovel-Heidrich: Since finishing her time as a 2015-2016 Solomon Fellow at the Mayor's Office of Digital Strategy, Lindsey has completed her MPA degree from Baruch College, gotten married, and has successfully found rewarding employment. She currently works as the Program Research Associate for CASES, a non-profit that provides alternatives to incarceration for New Yorkers with mental illnesses. Everyday she is able to use skills that she honed during her time in the Fellowship to further her career goals and is ever grateful to the Solomon family for their generosity. She is looking forward to a long career in criminal justice non-profits.

Scott Richmond was the first fellow to be placed at the New York City Fire Department as a 2014-2015 fellow. In September 2015, he started working with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets as an Excelsior Fellow in Environmental Planning. After discovering his background with the Solomon Fellowship, Scott was invited to become involved with the NYS Nuclear Safety Sub-Committee, Indian Point 2016 FEMA Exercise and attend Disaster LAN training and Emergency Operation Training with NYS OEM. Scott is enjoying his new fellowship position and is excited for the opportunity to continue growing his interest in emergency management and preparedness.

Alex Theran: Since completing her 2012-2013 fellowship at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Alex spent the majority of the following year in the Philippines doing disaster recovery and relief work with a small NGO. She also started DSTR: Trends, A Disaster Lifestyle Blog to promote the message of personal emergency preparedness, and disaster and hazard awareness. Alex is also hopeful her blog will encourage volunteerism among young urbanites. At this time, Alex looks forward to a rewarding career in disaster management be it at home in New York City or abroad.

Jon Wasserman: Following his time as a 2013-2014 fellow at NYC Digital, Jon took a position as program manager at Frog Design, a global product strategy and design firm that combines research, strategy, technology, and design to create products and services for Fortune 500 clients. Jon was drawn to the organization because of their innovative approach to problem solving and their work with socially focused partners like FEMA and UNICEF.