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The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Christopher Lin, a second-year student at Temple University School of Law and a 2015 Fellow of the New Leaders Council Pittsburgh Chapter. Christopher will spend the fellowship working at Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 19 in Philadelphia, PA. The application process is highly competitive, and the award is a tribute to his outstanding qualifications. In 2018, the Peggy Browning Fund will support over 80 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. Securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is not an easy task, with over 400 applicants this year competing for the honor. Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school but who have also demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer and personal
experiences. Christopher certainly fits this description. Chris is a Rubin-Presser Social Justice Fellow and Law & Public Policy Scholar, he is President of the Temple Law Democrats and Vice-President of the American Constitution Society. Outside
school, he serves as Minority Outreach Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Young Democrats. Chris was born and raised in Pittsburgh by Chinese immigrants, and graduated with highest honors in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. Chris then obtained a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown, and worked for the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security. He then worked for Pittsburgh’s city government, and served on the boards of the local Young Democrats and his neighborhood association. He was also a fellow with the New Leaders Council and the Mayor’s Civic Leadership Academy. Chris spent his 1L summer as a law clerk with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and the fall with Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez. The Peggy Browning Fund is a not for-profit organization established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent union-side attorney who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from 1994 until 1997. Peggy Browning Fellowships provide law students with unique, diverse and challenging work experiences fighting for social and economic justice. These experiences encourage and inspire students to pursue careers in public interest labor law. To learn more about the Peggy Browning Fund visit www.peggybrowningfund.org. Congratulations to Chris!

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Meet Pam Eichenbaum

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1.   Describe yourself in 3 words

Dedicated, empathetic, problem-solver

 

2.   If you could master one skill right now, what would it be?

How to design and build my own house and not rely on professional architects and contractors.

 

3.   Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

With a strong family of my own, in an impactful career, continuing to serve the city as a community/political leader

 

4.   What qualities make you a leader? What about a follower?

Leader: good listener, delegator, cheerleader, planner, vision and detail thinker

Follower: know my skills and where I don’t excel, know what I don’t enjoy, supportive/helpful

 

5.   Favorite book of all time AND the last book you read?

Last book I read: Hillbilly Elegy

Favorite book: I absolutely love cook books, not for the recipes necessarily (although I love to cook), but for the history and stories about the dishes and ingredients. You can learn a lot about a culture from its food.

 

6.   What is your favorite thing about Pittsburgh?

 Every neighborhood has its own unique characteristics, which makes a visitor feel like there is always something new to explore.

  

7.   If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

 North Africa

 

8.   What was the first album you bought and what media was it on? (CD, tape, 8 track…)

Michael Jackson cassette tape

 

9.   What would be your superpower of choice?

Time travel to the past – not the ability to change the past but to better understand people, events, and places that we cannot see or experience anymore.

 

10.   What is one thing in your life you can’t go without?

Pen/Pencil and paper…I love to doodle, write ideas, and leave notes for people.

 

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Meet Hadley Pratt

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1. Describe yourself in 3 words

Nerdy, spunky, pragmatic

 

2.If you could master one skill right now, what would it be?

CAD/CAM (computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing)

 

3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Working hard to make tech a more equitable, diverse, accessible industry for all

 

4. What qualities make you a leader? What about a follower?

Realism, pragmatism, and being action-oriented make me a leader.

Skepticism and humility make me a follower.

 

5. Who is your personal hero?

Noam Chomsky

 

6. What is a quote that gives you inspiration?

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

-John Dewey

 

7. Favorite book of all time AND the last book you read?

Favorite: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Last book: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

 

8. What is your favorite thing about Pittsburgh?

Small pockets of absolute magic amid the urban landscape (e.g. - The Shrine of the Blessed Mother in Oakland, the Allegheny Cemetery, Riverfront Trail in Southside, Gold Way)

 

9. If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be?

Kim Deal

 

10. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Rwanda

 

11. What was the first album you bought and what media was it on? (CD, tape, 8 track…)

The Titanic soundtrack on CD

 

12. What would be your superpower of choice?

Being invisible (so I could explore buildings and houses as I please... not to be a creep... I just really like exploring places!)

 

13. What is one thing in your life you can’t go without?

Cheese

 

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Meet Danielle George

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  1. Describe yourself in 3 words.
     
    Funny, dedicated, loyal

  2. If you could master one skill right now, what would it be?
    Driving a stick shift although its not too popular, i still want to know how.

  3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
    As a Health Policy expert leading program and policy creation to solve problems of health inequality within the community and state I live in

  4. What qualities make you a leader? What about a follower?
    Compassion and a listening ear. You cannot lead and make change if no one will follow you. I’m a good follower because I never want to see someone fail if I can be of assistance.

  5. Who is your personal hero?
    Beyonce. She’s makes me feel invincible no matter what I’m doing.

  6. What is a quote that gives you inspiration?
    To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  7. Favorite book of all time AND the last book you read?
    Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  8. What is your favorite thing about Pittsburgh?
    Summer in Pittsburgh.

  9. If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be?
    Anthony Bourdain. He gets to travel, eat, and talk to people. What could be better?

  10. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    Iceland to see the Northern Lights

  11. What was the first album you bought and what media was it on? (CD, tape, 8 track…)
    Usher My Way CD

  12. What would be your superpower of choice?
    Teleportation so i can skip out on travel time

  13. What is one thing in your life you can’t go without?
    TV shows. It’s the best decompressor for my short attention span

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Meet Lukas Bagshaw

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1.     Describe yourself in 3 words
Determined, Deliberate & Debonair  


2.     If you could master one skill right now, what would it be?
Playing the piano


3.     Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Continuing to advocate for and empower those marginalized and oppressed


4.     What qualities make you a leader? What about a follower?
Having a revolutionary state of mind
Understanding the power derived from organization and unity


5.     Who is your personal hero?
Aaron Swartz


6.     What is a quote that gives you inspiration?
“The opposite of poverty is justice”


7.     Favorite book of all time AND the last book you read?
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
Jailhouse Lawyers by Mumia Abu-Jamal


8.     What is your favorite thing about Pittsburgh?
The city’s history


9.     If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be?
Lebron James


10.     If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
North Korea


11.     What was the first album you bought and what media was it on? (CD, tape, 8 track…)
I bought a Walkman cassette player at a yard sale when I was around age 5, there was a New Kids on the Block cassette tape in it

12.     What would be your superpower of choice?
Having the ability of total recall


13.     What is one thing in your life you can’t go without?
Intrigue

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Meet Lucy Gillespie

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1.     Describe yourself in 3 words
(Com)Passionate, Goofy, and Excited


2.     If you could master one skill right now, what would it be?
Speaking another language fluently


3.     Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Continuing the fight for social justice, surrounded by a progressive community


4.     What qualities make you a leader? What about a follower?
Adaptability and willingness to work hard until the job is completed.


5.     Who is your personal hero?
Today, it’s Maxine Waters


6.     What is a quote that gives you inspiration?
“Policy is enunciated in rhetoric, it is realized in action.” – Herbert Kaufman


7.     Favorite book of all time AND the last book you read?
Favorite: Blindness by Jose Saramago
Last: Pivotal Politics by Keith Krehbiel


8.     What is your favorite thing about Pittsburgh?
The vibrant non-profit and social justice communities


9.     If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be?
Betsy DeVos, so she could experience the importance of education for real people.


10.     If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Nepal


11.     What was the first album you bought and what media was it on? (CD, tape, 8 track…)
Will Smith – Big Willie Style on CD


12.     What would be your superpower of choice?
Teleportation!


13.     What is one thing in your life you can’t go without?
Humor

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Meet Armani Davis, 2017 Fellow

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1.     Describe yourself in 3 words

Passionate, Social, Determined

2.     If you could master one skill right now, what would it be?

Public Speaking

3.     Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Running a non-profit and teaching at a University.

4.     What qualities make you a leader? What about a follower?

Leaders need to be selfless, but knowledgeable.  They need to know how to motivate and encourage the people they lead to become they best they can be.  A follower is just as important as a leader.  Good followers known how to listen and learn so when it’s time to shine they’re ready.

5.     Who is your personal hero?

People who give back and never forget where they came from.

6.     What is a quote that gives you inspiration?

If your dreams don’t scare you you’re not dreaming big enough.

7.     Favorite book of all time AND the last book you read?

Favorite Book  Anything Walter Dean Myers   Last Book David and Goliath

8.     What is your favorite thing about Pittsburgh?

How small it is but the potential it has to grow.

9.     If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be?

Barry Obama. Michelle could be mine for a day.

10.     If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I think I’d go to Dubai because P Diddy raps about it, if P Diddy goes there often its somewhere I need to be.

11.     What was the first album you bought and what media was it on? (CD, tape, 8 track…)

A mixtape recorded off of Wamo sold to me by my good friend Mbazuwane Ntando Gxwulwe.

12.     What would be your superpower of choice?

Super Speed

13.     What is one thing in your life you can’t go without?

Family and extensions of family.

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Meet Daniella Greeman

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1.     Describe yourself in 3 words

Selfless, Tenacious, Organized

2.      If you could master one skill right now, what would it be?

Getting ready in under 30 minutes

3.     Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Consulting and planning events for social enterprises

4.     What qualities make you a leader? What about a follower?

I speak up and jump in to help when I’m capable and see the opportunity. There’s always room to learn more than you know now, and I feel comfortable following when I identify someone worthy of teaching and leading me.

5.     Who is your personal hero?

My mother, Jennifer Greeman

6.     What is a quote that gives you inspiration?

“If you can’t make it better, laugh at it.”

7.     Favorite book of all time AND the last book you read?

“If I Should Die Before I Wake” by Han Nolan and “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

8.     What is your favorite thing about Pittsburgh?

The University of Pittsburgh

9.     If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be?

Oprah Winfrey

10.     If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Barbados

11.     What was the first album you bought and what media was it on? (CD, tape, 8 track…)

The Diary of Alicia Keys (CD)

12.     What would be your superpower of choice?

I would love to fly so I could travel faster, and more efficiently.

13.     What is one thing in your life you can’t go without?

Music

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Meet Leah Scott

Meet Leah Scott

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1.     Describe yourself in 3 words

Realistic, open-minded,supportive

2.     If you could master one skill right now, what would it be?

I’m pretty good with Excel, but I want to know everything and anything it can do from setting up an optimization to create the best cookie recipe or the basics like cool short cuts that I can never remember but make life so much easier.


3.     Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Working in economic development and traveling for both work and leisure. Maybe I’ll be in Pittsburgh based, but I definitely will have a large dog. How I will have a dog and travel and not feel bad about leaving the dog behind? I have ten years to figure that out.


4.     What qualities make you a leader? What about a follower?
Leader: A big part of leadership to me is active listening and making sure that you are listening to understand and not to respond to what is going on around you at any moment. I also think I’m good at bring people into a projects and empowering them to make it their own and grow and develop whatever skills that are important to them.
Follower:, I really am loyal and trusting of the lead and always more than happy to pitch in to help anything that needs completed get down.


5.     Who is your personal hero?

My mum! She is the most caring and supportive person I’ve ever met. I know we all say that we all have the best moms, but I really do.


6.     What is a quote that gives you inspiration?

“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.” - David Viscott


7.     Favorite book of all time AND the last book you read?

Favorite of all time: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling or Lamb by Christopher Moore
Last book read: Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre


8.     What is your favorite thing about Pittsburgh?

Everyone is so friendly. Being a Pittsburgher, I didn’t appreciate it until I spent time in other areas. Also the fact that all of our sports teams have the same colors. It really helps out in supporting the teams without having to really invest in a wardrobe for each sport.


9.     If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be?

I don’t have a specific person in mine, but a lead singer from a band like Motion City Soundtrack, All Time Low, New Found Glory, or A Day to Remember. Those lead singers have such great energy, are amazing performers, and have something about them that is kind of memorizing. Plus,the idea of being able to actually sing (which I can’t) and it would be so cool having people sing the lyrics you wrote back to you...at least that’s what I think when I'm at concerts.


10.     If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

France, but not necessarily a big city like Paris. I love tasting wine and having it paired with yummy dishes, so if I could do that at all the one-off, small family-owned vineyards in France, that would be the dream. Plus, I love the language!


11.     What was the first album you bought and what media was it on? (CD, tape, 8 track…)

Blink 182-Self Titled Album in 2003 on a CD


12.     What would be your superpower of choice?

It’s a real thing, but I’d love a photographic memory. I’m a list person, so if I could see my lists without physically having them with me, that’d be great!


13.     What is one thing in your life you can’t go without?

My Apple Watch. It’s been a total game changer for running, biking, and overall convenience.

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Meet Abby Wolensky

Meet Abby Wolensky, 2017 Fellow

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1.     Describe yourself in 3 words
Driven, Passionate, Organized

2.     If you could master one skill right now, what would it be?
Fundraising

3.     Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A leader at a nonprofit working for change in the Pittsburgh Region.

4.     What qualities make you a leader? What about a follower?
Organization, communication and persistence make me a leader. My ability to work well with others makes me a follower.  

5.     Who is your personal hero?
My Mom, who is a breast cancer survivor.

6.     What is a quote that gives you inspiration?

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

7.     Favorite book of all time AND the last book you read?
Favorite book of all time is Out of This Furnace by Thomas Bell. The last book I read was Talking as Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything In Between by Lauren Graham

8.     What is your favorite thing about Pittsburgh?
That Pittsburgh feels like home and there are many opportunities to impact my community.

9.     If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be?
Chelsea Clinton.

10.     If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Cuba.

11.     What was the first album you bought and what media was it on? (CD, tape, 8 track…)
Hanson’s “Snowed In” album on cassette.

12.     What would be your superpower of choice?
Time travel.

13.     What is one thing in your life you can’t go without?
The Bachelor/Bachelorette.   

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