Strada collaborates with students, policymakers, educators, and employers across the U.S. to strengthen the link between education and opportunity.
We prioritize policies, practices, and programs that help ensure postsecondary education provides equitable pathways to opportunity.
We advance our mission through research, grantmaking, social impact investments, public policy solutions, Strada-supported nonprofit organizations, and strategic initiatives.
This early-career paid internship program brings together a diverse cohort of individuals from across the country to learn and work together. The Strada Future Leaders Fellowship program is a paid internship designed to help individuals develop their knowledge, leadership skills, and professional networks. Fellows work alongside our research, programs, and communications teams on projects focused on building equitable pathways that advance economic mobility through postsecondary education and training.
Diverse, inclusive, and equitable practices are central to a vibrant talent community, and Strada research points to the benefits of work-based learning. We are thrilled to introduce our inaugural cohort of Future Leaders Fellows. These individuals will help build this Strada program.
Breshanna Brumfield is a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at Xavier University of Louisiana. She is passionate about furthering her skills in the pharmaceutical industry and public health-related areas. In addition to building the Future Leaders Fellows program, Brumfield is helping in various aspects of Strada’s programs team and philanthropic priorities.
Justin Dorsey is a U.S. Army veteran from San Francisco and a graduate of Climb Hire. He strives to make work and learning opportunities more accessible and inclusive for everyone. In addition to building Strada’s Future Leaders Fellows program, Dorsey is helping the Employer and Community College Partnership Challenge team.
Jack Jowers is a senior at the University of Utah, majoring in political science and economics, and is from Salt Lake City. He firmly believes that the world is a better place when everyone has the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Jowers is working with the Strada research team, and also helping to build the Future Leaders Fellows program.
Melvin Nguyen is a recent graduate of New York University with a B.S. in hospitality and tourism, and a minor in food studies. Nguyen cares deeply about providing young people with all of the opportunities they deserve to create their own pipeline to economic mobility and career fulfillment. Nguyen is helping the Employer and Community College Partnership Challenge team, as well as helping to build the Strada Future Leaders Fellows program.
Cyrus Riddle is a senior biology major at Xavier University of Louisiana from St. Louis. He wants to ensure that every person, regardless of their background, has the support they need to succeed. Riddle is helping the programs team as well as building the Future Leaders Fellows program.
Labeebah Subair is a recent graduate of Yale University (B.S., psychology and neuroscience) who calls Brooklyn, New York, and Lagos, Nigeria, home. She is passionate about creating equitable platforms for people of less-fortunate populations to be able to succeed. After having been a Strada-sponsored Jackie Robinson Scholar, she is now helping to build the Strada Future Leaders Fellows program, while working with the Strada research team.
Allison Swann is a sophomore at Xavier University of Louisiana, majoring in mass communication, and calls Silver Spring, Maryland, home. She aims to have a career that makes a difference, and believes working for companies that have shared values and missions is the first step. Swann is assisting with the communications team, as well as helping to build the Strada Future Leaders Fellows program.
Olivia Yamamoto is a junior at Georgetown University pursuing a B.S. in foreign service, culture and politics, with a minor in psychology. They firmly believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed, personally and professionally. In addition to helping to build Strada’s Future Leaders Fellows program, Yamamoto is helping the Beyond Completion Challenge team move forward with Phase 2 of its initiative.