1. Background

FCNL Young Fellows 2019-2020


Meet FCNL's 2019-2020 class of Young Fellows! These recent college graduates spend 11 months working with key staff members to build expertise in advocacy from a public interest perspective.

Alex Frandsen

  • Digital Communications Associate

Alex Frandsen is the Digital Communications Associate. Through close collaboration with the office’s various teams, he strives to highlight the impact made by FCNL and connect our messaging with the outside world.

Alicia Cannon

  • Program Assistant, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Alicia was the Program Assistant for Sustainable Energy and Environment for 2019-2020. She advocated for the preservation of the environment, recognition of climate change, and the enactment of legislation that promotes sustainable solutions to our current climate crisis. She met with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to promote FCNL’s environmental policy.

Bobby Trice

  • Quaker Engagement Associate

Bobby is the Quaker Engagement Associate. He works alongside Alicia McBride (Director of Quaker Leadership) to cultivate relationships with Friends and other FCNL constituents. He supports Quakers’ spirit-led advocacy on Capitol Hill and around the nation.

Don Chen

  • Program Assistant, Militarism and Human Rights

Don was the Program Assistant for Militarism and Human Rights for 2019-2020. He worked to move U.S. foreign policy towards a more peaceful and ethical direction, primarily supporting efforts to end the war in Afghanistan and repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). Don worked with nationwide grassroots supporters, coalition partners, members of Congress, and legislative staff to reduce the human cost of American foreign policy.

Ethan Azad

  • Program Assistant, Middle East Policy

Ethan Azad was FCNL’s program assistant on Middle East policy for 2020. He worked with FCNL’s legislative team to advance progressive policies on Capitol Hill.

Joe D'Antonio

  • Program Assistant, Criminal Justice and Election Integrity

Joe D’Antonio was the Program Assistant for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity for 2019-2020. His primary responsibilities included lobbying members of Congress, writing policy updates, and conducting legislative research.

Karla Molinar-Arvizo

  • Program Assistant, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Karla was the Program Assistant for Immigration and Refugee Policy for 2019-2020. In her work, Karla tracked key legislation on congressional appropriations and funding, collaborated with partner organizations, and uplifted the values of FCNL through congressional visits and lobbying. She believes in the importance of maintaining relationships with constituents, and advocates for an immigration system where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Monica Montgomery

  • Program Assistant, Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending

Monica was FCNL's Program Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending for 2019-2020. Alongside constituents and coalition partners, she worked with Congress to promote bipartisan support for nuclear arms control and cutbacks in the level of defense spending. In addition to her lobbying tasks, she was responsible for maintaining the FCNL Nuclear Calendar.

Ose Okooboh

  • Program Assistant, Peacebuilding

Ose supported FCNL's Peacebuilding program as a program assistant in 2020, where she worked to identify problems that perpetuate violent conflict and promote bipartisan support for constructive legislative responses to them. In addition to her lobbying tasks, she provided support to the Prevention and Protection Working Group’s Elie Wiesel Act Implementation Subcommittee.

Sergio Mata-Cisneros

  • Program Assistant, Young Adult Outreach

Sergio Mata-Cisneros was the Program Assistant for Young Adult Outreach for 2019-2020. He worked alongside FCNL's Advocacy Corps Coordinator, Larissa Gil Sanhueza, to build FCNL’s young adult network and advocacy throughout the country.

Learn more about FCNL's Young Fellow program:

Work with FCNL Young Fellows Program 

Application deadline for 2021-2022 will be Feb. 15, 2021

Recent college graduates spend 11 months working with key staff members at FCNL to build expertise in advocacy from a public interest perspective.