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Fall 2013 CCDE Fellows

Andrew Ayala


Andrew Ayala is a senior at UC Berkeley, majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in American Government. During his time at Berkeley he has developed an interest in government lobbying and political consulting. During his fall 2013 semester he plans to work on Capitol Hill in order to create the networking connections necessary for an entry level lobbying job. His research will focus on how money and fundraising allows for certain people to have unequal amounts of access to politicians. Read his story.

Michelle Nelson

Cal Class of 2015

Michelle Nelson is a junior at UC Berkeley, majoring in Political Science and Media Studies. She is interested in laws and policy surrounding primary and secondary education in the United States. During the Fall 2013 semester, Michelle will attend the UCDC Program with the intent of interning at a governmental organization focusing on children and education. Her research focus will be the changing dynamics of bullying specifically focusing on cyber bullying, and its relationship with the First Amendment and education procedures. Read her story.

Michael Tarkington


Michael Tarkington is a graduating senior at UC Berkeley majoring in political science with a focus on American politics.  He has two associate’s degrees from the City College of San Francisco in Social Sciences and Humanities.  He has held a number of private sector employment positions over the course of course of 15 years ranging from retail customer service representative to director of training and development.  Most recently, he worked as an intern mediator in the consumer protection unit of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.  His work in Washington, D.C. will focus on research in support of his entrepreneurial idea for a website that can improve political deliberation in the public sphere.  Read his story.