Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline Announces New Fellows, Rising Star for 2012

Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline presented its second annual Rising Star Award and introduced a new class of Fellows at the Roosevelt Rising conference in New York City on November 9th. Click here to read more about the event, and stay tuned for video and photos.


Rising Star Award

lpraeliheadshot.pngThe Rising Star Award, presented by keynote speaker Chris Hayes, went to Lorella Praelian undocumented American from New Haven, CT and director Connecticut Students for a DREAM, a statewide organization of DREAMers and allies that seeks to empower undocumented students and their families. Originally from Ica, Peru, Praeli immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old to receive medical treatment. After advocating for anti-bullying measures to be adopted at the legislative and community levels, she joined the student immigrant rights movement and came out as “undocumented and unafraid.” 


New Fellows

Representing the most promising up-and-coming progressives of the Millennial generation, they will work alongside the established experts in the Four Freedoms Center to develop strong voices and innovative policy solutions. This year's incoming Fellows include journalist Nona Willis Aronowitz, security analyst Caitlin Howarth, human rights activist Sabrina Hersi Issa, and tax reform expert Elizabeth Pearson.


naronowitzheadshot.jpegNona Willis Aronowitz is a journalist, author, and cofounder of Tomorrow magazine. Recently she was the associate editor of GOOD, where she often wrote about Millennials, the economy, and politics, and she still curates the Tumblr Minimum Ragers, based on her feature about young, downwardly mobile food service workers. Before GOOD, she was a producer at NPR and a reporter at the Chicago Tribune. Her work has appeared in the Washington PostThe Nation, Slate, Salon, and The American Prospect, among others. This election season she was a political blogger for Marie Claire. She is the co-author of Girldrive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism, a book based on a road trip to find out what young women think about feminism. At the Roosevelt Institute, she will be working on a book and a series of panels on how the Great Recession has profoundly affected Millennials' future, and how they're shaping the nature of labor, education, relationships, and family through innovative policy, activism, and personal storytelling.


caitlin-howarth-headshot.pngCaitlin Howarth is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute focusing on human security and humanitarian technology. Before beginning her fellowship, she earned an MPP in International & Global Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. While in Cambridge she also served as a security analyst for the Satellite Sentinel Project team at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, coordinating report production on human security threats along Sudan’s contested southern border. Formerly the National Policy Director of the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, Howarth has also served as Political Co-Director of the Boston chapter of the Truman National Security Project and was named Truman’s “Partner of the Year” in 2012. Her work on Sudan has been covered by the BBC and New York Times, and her writing on security and politics can be found at Global Brief, PolicyMic, Huffington Post, The Truman Doctrine, AlterNet, and Next New Deal.


sabrinaheadshot2.jpgSabrina Hersi Issa is the CEO of Be Bold Media, a digital media firm that uses storytelling to develop online and mobile campaigns organizers around the world. She is also the co-founder of End Famine, a campaign dedicated to seeking sustainable solutions to global hunger launched in response to the famine in the Horn of Africa. Previously, she was a Program Adviser at Afghans for Civil Society, an NGO that developed women’s programs and independent media in southern Afghanistan, worked for National Public Radio and Oxfam America. She's advised women legislators on digital civic engagement and social media and launched the Human Rights Roundtable, a forum for activists and technologists. 

Sabrina's work as a Fellow will focus on the intersection of human rights, diaspora engagement, and how the United States can redefine humanitarian leadership in the 21st century. Her research and writing will examine modern famine and the political implications of humanitarian disasters. 


bpearsonheadshot.pngElizabeth Pearson is a PhD candidate at the University of California-Berkeley. Her research analyzes the politics of tax reform in the postwar United States, with a particular focus on the overlooked histories of state-level fiscal policy. Her broader research interests include political and economic sociology, federalism, and social policy. Prior to her current graduate work, Elizabeth received her B.A. in political philosophy at Whitman College and an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. From 2007 to 2009, she also worked on state fiscal policy as a research associate at the non-partisan Iowa Policy Project.

As a Roosevelt Institute Fellow, Elizabeth will build on her graduate research on the pro-tax coalitions of the 1950s and 1960s in the American states in order to develop a progressive vocabulary of taxation and fiscal discipline. Her project will build links between emerging sociological scholarship on fiscal politics and contemporary debates over tax and budget policies, both analyzing forgotten progressive tax politics in American history and investigating their failure to translate into a sustainable coalition promoting revenue adequacy. 



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