On July 18, the inaugural class of Fellows graduated from our Women’s Policy Institute (WPI).

Led by our Senior Director of Advocacy & Community Engagement, Felicia Stewart, the Fellows included 21 women leaders from across the state. They completed a rigorous curriculum and are now equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to engage and lead in all aspects of state-level public policy advocacy.

A core strategy of our ongoing advocacy efforts, WPI is an equity-centered, women-led strategy for building grassroots leadership and community power. WPI will be a sustained effort to identify, cultivate, train, and support women in every region of our state to drive policy change from the ground up.

Watch the video below to hear from some of the 2021 Spring Fellows and for more insight on this important initiative.


The 2021 Spring Women’s Policy Institute Fellows are:

Zahrah Abdulrauf
Zaharia Anderson
Jenny Arras
Lillian Brand
McKenzie Burton
Alexus Cumbie
Angela Curry
Rachel Estes
Devin Ford
Jerri Haslem
Theresa Helms
Kristina Hendrix
Damita Hill
Dr. Victoria Hollis
Abbott Jones
Claudia Mesnil-Baez
Belinda Mitchell
Candice Pettaway
Dr. Nadia Richardson
Dr. Jennifer Scalici
Estela Tirado

These Fellows have a palpable passion to tackle and solve the issues facing women in Alabama. We can’t wait to see what they do next!

Click here to support the next class of Women’s Policy Institute Fellows.

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