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Hogans Fellowship

Building a Stronger Executive Pipeline

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About the Hogans Fellowship

 Inspired by Mack Hogans, legacy corporate executive and the Council’s first Black board chair, the Hogans Fellowship, is a D.C.-based program designed to provide skills training and mentoring for emerging public affairs leaders from diverse backgrounds to grow and sustain a career in public affairs. The Hogans Fellowship is a year-long cohort program.

Program Information

Program Requirements:
  • Attend (4) in-person professional development events in Washington, D.C. 
    • Tuesday, May 21, 2024
    • Thursday, October 4, 2024
    • Wednesday, March 5, 2025
    • Tuesday, April 5, 2025
  • Connect with Mentor Leader on a quarterly basis, at minimum.
  • Participate in 10 hours’ worth of Public Affairs Council professional development programming (workshops and webinars)
Program Benefits:
  • Access to all Public Affairs Council resources and membership benefits
  • Access to a fellows-only virtual community
  • Complimentary registration to one Public Affairs Council signature event
  • Promotion on Public Affairs Council social media
  • Small group mentorship from seasoned public affairs professionals
  • Social gatherings and networking receptions with cohort members and public affairs professionals

The application portal is now closed. Applications for the next cohort will open in the Spring of 2025.

Meet the Fellows Inaugural Cohort

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.

Hear from current Fellow, Erica Woods

Download the Sponsorship PDF

Questions about sponsoring the Hogans Fellowship? Contact [email protected]

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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Erica Harris
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