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The Foundation for Public Affairs

The Foundation for Public Affairs is a 501(c)(3) organization that invests in the future of the profession through workforce development initiatives focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, and by conducting research on emerging issues and trends.

Hogans Fellowship

Advancing equity in the public affairs profession

The Hogans Fellowship is the Foundation for Public Affairs’ signature program focused on the retention and advancement of diverse leaders in the public affairs profession.

Interested in applying? The application portal opens on Monday, February 26.

About the Hogans Fellowship

Inspired by Mack Hogans, legacy corporate executive and the Council’s first Black board chair, the Hogans Fellowship focuses on propelling progress by supporting emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds develop the skills needed to stay and excel in the profession.

The Hogans Fellowship is a year-long cohort program designed to provide skills training, mentoring and networking opportunities for a diverse set of public affairs professionals.

The program includes:

  • Small group mentorship sessions with seasoned public affairs professionals
  • Exclusive access to in person and virtual fellows-only professional development sessions
  • Access to executive level-education programming
  • Registration to the Council’s 2024 Spring Executive Committee Meeting
  • Access to a members-only virtual community with participating Fellows and mentors and to a future virtual alumni network
  • Recognition as an inaugural fellow in upcoming Council publications
Event Calendar

February 2023
Application portal opens

March 2023
Application portal closes

April 2023
Applicants are notified of submission status

April 2023 – March 2024
Cohort year

Cohort programming includes:

  • Fellows-only events
    • April – in person
    • July – virtual
    • December – virtual
    • March 2024 – in person
  • Attendance at the Public Affairs Council’s 2024 Spring Board Meeting and Executive Conference.
  • Eight hours of virtual Council executive education programming, workshops and webinars, of each fellow’s choosing

Selected Fellows will receive a detailed calendar of events

There is no cost to Fellows for participation in Hogans Fellowship programs. Fellows are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations for the 2023-2024 cohort year

Meet the Fellows

Brooklyn Bass
Senior Public Affairs Associate
JPMorgan Chase
Washington, D.C.

Niko Davis
Sr. Manager, Industry and Strategic Communications
Nuclear Energy Institute
Washington, D.C.

Alfredo Gonzalez Alfonzo
Senior Associate
DDC Public Affairs
Washington, D.C.

Sierra Grimes
Senior Manager, Government Affairs
National Business Aviation Association
Washington, D.C.

Juan Manuel Martinez
Manager, Program Partnerships
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Washington, D.C.

Maha Nafees
Community Relations Coordinator
Fidelity Investments
Boston, MA

Bernice Ogbondah
Government Affairs Analyst
National Association of Dental Plans
Dallas, TX

Daniel Pino
Manager, Media Relations & External Engagement
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Washington, D.C.

Marisa Sanchez
Manager of Government Affairs
Ferox Strategies
Washington, D.C.

Brittany Van Pelt
Senior Advocacy Specialist
Child Care Aware of America
Alexandria, VA

Kaade Wallace
Director of Government Relations
Consumer Brands Association
Washington, D.C.

Erica Woods
Head of State & Local Public Policy
Washington, D.C.

News and Resources

Executive Director of the Foundation for Public Affairs Amy Meli looks at the possible challenges ahead for companies prioritizing diversity in their leadership pipelines and why programs like the Hogans Fellowship are so vital right now. 

Named for Mack Hogans, the Council’s first Black board chair, the Hogans Fellowship is designed to support emerging professionals from diverse backgrounds as they prepare for leadership tracks, with a strong focus on talent retention in public affairs.

From tackling polarization to figuring out how to leverage AI in smart ways to fostering a more diverse field, here’s what the 2023 Hogans Fellows have to say about the big challenges before the profession, as well as the paths they’re planning for the next five years.

Emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds selected to help advance the profession.


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2121 K St. N.W., Suite 900
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ATTN: Douglas G. Pinkham

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Amy Meli
Senior Director
202.787.5970 | [email protected]