John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service

Meet the Fellows

2020-2021 Solomon Fellows

Meet this year's class of John D. Solomon Fellows:

Sheikh Rubana Hossain is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health with a concentration in global health. She was born and raised in Bangladesh, which fueled her passion to understand and advocate for health equity. After receiving her bachelor's degree in biology from James Madison University, she worked as a medical scribe at the emergency department. Working in the emergency department cultivated her interest in emergency management and where she learned about the importance of emergency preparedness and planning. She is excited to learn more about emergency management in the public health field and eager to serve as the fellow for the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.

Emma Kilkelly is a graduate student at Rutgers University, pursuing a master's degree in city and regional planning with a focus on environmental and human health planning. Prior to graduate school, she earned a bachelor's degree in enhvironmental umanities from Whitman College and worked for several nonprofits in roles supporting communications, research and grant writing. Her interest in emergency management stems from her background in environmental science and science communications. As the fellow for NYC Emergency Management's risk reduction & recovery unit, she looks forward to learning more about the City's efforts to prepare and protect communities.

Alexandra Kirton is a Colorado native pursuing a Master in Public Administration at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. Before moving to New York, Alexandra worked in Washington, D.C., as a federal contractor supporting a U.S. government agency working in international trade and development. This past year she made her foray intto city government as a policy intern at the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Alexandra is inspired by the incredible ways organizations and governments come together during emergencies to achieve better outcomes for citizens. She is thrilled to be a part of the incoming fellowship cohort and to work with NYC Emergency Management's government relations unit.


Gina Massari is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at CUNY Baruch College's Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. She earned her bachelor's degree from Kalamazoo College in human development and social relations with a concentration in public policy and urban affairs. Since graduating, Gina has worked in nonprofits focused on health care and social services. As a fellow with the NYC Department of Education, she is excited for her interests in public health and child welfare to intersect through the lens of emergency management at the largest public school system in the country.  


James Mitchell currently pursuing a Master of Science in emergency management from John Jay College. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in emergency management from SUNY Canton in 2019 and served his hometown of Warwick, N.Y., as a volunteer firefighter/EMT. He is dedicated to all aspects of public service and helping people overcome challenges. James looks forward to working with the New York City Police Department's Auxiliary Police Program and learning more about emergency preparedness in New York City.

Colin Ryan is pursuing a master's degree in urban planning at Hunter College with a focus on community planning and local participation. Prior to that, Colin earned his bachelor's degree with a dual degree in German studies and geography with a focus on GIS work. Colin's studies in public health and community resiliency has heightened his interest in emergency management. He is looking forward to serving as the fellow with NYC Emergency Management's strategic partnerships unit where he will be engaging directly with businesses.

Elizabeth Schad is pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Baruch College's Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. She graduated from the University of Kentucky as an English major. She has experience volunteering locally in New York City and is interested in supporting community-based disaster preparedness and response. She is excited to serve as the fellow for the American Red Cross.

Daniel Sorek is pursuing a Masters of International Affairs at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) concentrating in international security policy with further specializations in the Middle East and cybersecurity. Dan enrolled at SIPA to transition from investment banking towards the security sector. He completed undergrad at McGill University majoring in finance and minoring in Chinese and Russian. Dan is excited to apply his analytical skills and background shepherding large projects as a fellow with NYC Emergency Management's readiness unit. In his spare time, Dan is an avid runner. Despite growing up in Canada, Dan's connection to New York City goes back many years as his family used to make annual summer trips to the city and he moved to Manhattan right after completing his undergraduate studies.


Andrew Wasserman is pursuing a Master of Urban Planning degree from Hunter College with a focus on environmental sustainability and climate change adaptation. He received a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Binghamton University. Prior to returning to school, he worked for nine years in various audit/financial reporting roles in the private sector, but is looking forward to shifting his career toward public service. Andrew is excited to serve as the fellow for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.


Miriam Young is a writer and design researcher pursuing her masters in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design. In her past life, Miriam spent a decade in nonprofit communications and project management, rallying skilled professionals to volunteer their time for social change organizations. With Midwestern and Canadian roots, Miriam has lived in New York City for the past eight years. She is excited to serve as the fellow with the New York City Fire Department.

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