Nellie Condee, a master’s student in Environmental Studies, began her fellowship on Capitol Hill with the U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) on May 28 and hit the ground running.Â Within the first week, she was working with Haley Stewart, MS â€˜12, senior legislative fellow for CPC. They organized a briefing for Congressional staff with Earthjustice and the National Resources Defense Council to discuss the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and anticipated legislative attempts to erect barriers to public participation in the decision-making process.
Condee “is going to be very busy this summer,â€ Stewart wrote, â€œbut I’m dedicated to making sure she has a fun, memorable experience with us.” Sarah Hackney, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition grassroots director, will serve as the D.C.-based mentor for this year’s fellowship.Â Condee is based in the office of CPC co-chair U.S. Rep. RaÃºl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona), who has hosted the fellowship since its founding in 2007.Â Grijalva serves on the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and is the ranking member and former chairman of the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations.
The CPC consists of one United States Senator and seventy five members of the United States House of Representatives, and is the largest caucus within the House Democratic Caucus.
The Environmental Studies master’s concentration in Â Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability (ASJS) launched this first-of-its-kind fellowship in cooperation with the CPC in 2007. AUNE’s fellowship allows at least one ASJS studentÂ to work in Washington, D.C., for the caucus and its members every summer. AUNE is the only academic institution in the country to host this type of learning and professional development opportunity with the CPC.