Gaining Real-World Experience

Each day, we build upon a base of knowledge for good policy and practice in South Jersey, and we work to address issues that impact residents and local organizations through applied research, community engagement and organizational development. Through this work, we connect scores of talented students from diverse backgrounds with opportunities to serve local communities and tackle real-world challenges.

Ethan Aaronson

Ethan Aaronson serves as a project assistant, most recently working on a Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan for the South Jersey Health Collaborative.

Megan Coleman

Megan Coleman serves as a project assistant for the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition (CCPYDC), Burlington County Partnership For Youth Success (BCPYS), the Strategic Initiatives Team, and the CORP Jail Evaluation Project at the Walter Rand Institute.

Sara Fiorot

Sara Fiorot serves as a research project assistant, and she has primarily worked on Community Health Needs Assessments commissioned by Inspira Health Network and the South Jersey Health Collaborative.

Vasiliki Gallicchio

Vasiliki Gallicchio (Bessy) is a research assistant supporting the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition, a county-wide effort focused on decreasing juvenile delinquency in Cumberland County. It is part of the Municipal Prevention Planning Initiative funded by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

Trista Harig

Trista Harig serves as a graduate research assistant focusing on grant acquisition, background research, data collection, analysis, and several other roles as a member of the Research & Evaluation team.

Kristin Kelly

Kristin serves as a graduate research assistant to the South Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative.

Ryan Pletcher

Ryan is a research assistant focused on grant acquisition and data collection, and providing support for the Pascale Sykes Foundation’s Strengthening Families Initiative.

Lili Razi

Lili Razi is a graduate assistant working on community development, spatial changes, and strategic planning. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Public Affairs with a focus on Community Development at Rutgers University – Camden.

Shwetal Sharma

Shwetal Sharma serves as a graduate research assistant focused on data collection and analysis with the Research and Evaluation team.

Shibin Yan

Shibin is a graduate research assistant supporting several projects as an analyst and researcher. He is analyzing secondary data of the community health needs assessment and assisting faculty fellow Dr. Melanie Bowers with research on housing services for those experiencing homelessness.


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