Mayoral Fellow Experience

Mayoral Fellow Experience

I have been interning at Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Office for almost a month now and in this short time I’ve been applying what I have learned at the GSM (Graduate School of Management) to running a city. 

With all the wonderful networking opportunities like taking on an education literacy initiative and helping plan the State of the Schools event I can’t help feel excited when thinking about my mayoral fellowship position. I have met with the Mayor to help develop talking points for a panel discussion with Michelle Rhee and held my first stakeholder meeting for my Third Grade Reading Initiative. All of this while taking classes, and planning the Challenge for Charity’s 7th Annual Wine Tasting Benefit. Oh, and did I mention that I just got back from Washington D.C. where I attended the Annie E. Casey Third Grade Reading Campaign Inaugural Conference with the Mayor?

D.C was absolutely amazing! I had the privilege of being flown out there in order to network and learn more about the education initiative I am working on. I arrived on a Friday and had the entire day to go sightseeing and settle in before the conference started! It was beautiful; I had never been there before and loved the free museums! Talk about the perks of being a Mayoral Fellow.

The morning of the conference I ate breakfast next to the heads of corporate philanthropy at Target (which gives away 3 million dollars each week) and JP Morgan. Afterwards, I networked with various foundations, education programs and policy reformers. The Mayor was a keynote speaker and spoke very passionately about reforming the public education system in Sacramento. After his speech, I couldn’t turn a corner without interested parties handing me business cards. I left the conference with plenty of information and new contacts, but most importantly, a feeling of pride about Sacramento and about being a UC Davis MBA student.