About our fellows

SNAP PAC select a diverse set of highly-motived students from colleges across the country to serve as summer organizing fellows. We look for students for whom a SNAP fellowship would be a turning point – a catalyst for a long-term career in progressive politics. For almost all of our fellows, SNAP’s support is the difference between a summer working in retail or food service and spent in progressive politics.

Featured Fellows

Featured Current Fellows

Celia Sanchez Zelaya

University of California — San Diego, 2020

Celia Sanchez Zelaya

University of California — San Diego, 2020

“I have rejected opportunities to work in congressional campaigns because they were not paid. I cannot personally afford to lose a summer without a wage. Students of color often reject opportunities because of lack of accessibility, resources, and financial support from organizations. But given this opportunity, I will be able to fully aid in a Congressional campaign that supports progressive issues.”

Lily Tang

University of Massachusetts — Amherst, 2021

Lily Tang

University of Massachusetts — Amherst, 2021

“I realized my passion for API activism as well as social justice work. It also made me realize how underrepresented people of color were in government as such, this lack of representation pushed me to pursue political science in order to get a better understanding of how our government works. Through SNAP, I hope to gain a network of people who share a common vision for the country and who will support each other in order to push the US to a more progressive future.”

45
First-time organizers

100%
Identify as low income

35%
First-generation Americans

Featured Past Fellows

Toni Rodriguez

University of California - San Diego, 2020

Toni Rodriguez

University of California - San Diego, 2020

“Growing up the son of a cashier at Walmart and a landscaper, I have seen the toll that economic inequality plays in people’s lives. As a SNAP Fellow, I hopes to gain important skills necessary to build community and know the tactics to run a successful campaign. I want to run for office someday and use my experience with SNAP to win elections the right way.”

Alek Kocher

University of California - San Diego, 2020

Alek Kocher

University of California - San Diego, 2020

“As a previously-closeted individual in his Lutheran hometown, Alek found little support outside of his family growing up. “While keeping it to myself did not necessarily prohibit me from doing things, it did make me feel like I could not fully express the way that I felt or about certain things. With SNAP, I will gain real world experience, which is something that cannot really have a price tag. I am honored to be selected for this opportunity, and cannot wait to see all that I can offer the progressive movement.”