Holden Welcomes 2012-13 Class of Assembly Fellows Local Grad Named to Holden Office

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sacramento – Assembly Member Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) is pleased to welcome the new class of the prestigious Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program to the Capitol – a class that includes two members from the 41st Assembly District. The Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program is an 11-month program that provides a meaningful work experience and excellent job opportunities in the state Assembly.

"Naima Ford, who has many ties to the 41st Assembly District, will be a great addition to the staff and I am very pleased to have someone from our district working as an Assembly Fellow in the Capitol office," said Assembly Member Holden.

Ford is a graduate of Scripps College, and has lived and worked in many cities throughout Southern California including Pasadena. Before the fellowship she was a reporter and editor at the Inland Empire Community Newspapers where she gained an intimate knowledge of the needs of California cities and residents. "The Assembly Fellowship is a life changing opportunity and I am so grateful to be a part of this year's class," said Ford.

Sierra Madre native, Katie Koerber has also been named an Assembly Fellow. Koerber will spend the year working as a consultant with the Assembly Republican Caucus Office of Policy. "I am so thrilled to be a Fellow. It is an amazing opportunity that provides real hands-on experience and a firsthand look at the inner workings of California's legislature," said Koerber.

The Capital Fellows Program has been rated one of the top internships in the country, and includes a very competitive selection process. Ford and Koerber were chosen from over 700 applicants. Many alumni of the program have gone on to prominent positions in courts, state and national government, as well as many elected offices.

For those interested in working at the state Capitol, state government or the courts, applications are currently being accepted, and are due February 11. For more information about the program please contact Sacramento State's Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906, calstudies@csus.edu or visit www.csus.edu/calst/programs.

CONTACT: Wendy Gordon, (626) 720-3409