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The FAO Schwarz Fellows Newsletter

2019 Cohort Update

FAO Schwarz Fellow Jai Manni

Jaiwantie Manni

Museum of the City of New York (NYC)

Jai, after completing graduate school at the American Museum of Natural History, is a high school science teacher at New York City’s Department of Education. 

Kayla Jones

Kayla Jones

Jumpstart (NYC)

I recently began a full-time role at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (CFGA) as its first Economic Inclusion Fund Manager. This fund seeks to close racial equity gaps by providing capital to Black, women, and minority-owned small businesses that struggle to access the resources they need to grow and scale. I’m really happy to lead this new initiative and collaborate with the CFGA team to make lasting change throughout Atlanta.

Molly Blake

Molly Blake

Playworks New England (Boston)

I am a sales team lead at Panorama and I am finding myself interested in helping expansions within the business. I live in east Boston and have loved the community I built here. 

Pamela Martinez

Playworks (Philadelphia)

As a second-year Program Manager at Playworks, I am expanding my knowledge and enjoying finding new ways to center equity with my team and partners. I am a member of the LatinX affinity group at Playworks where we discuss shared experiences and cultivate a space for continuous learning and growth. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to develop a new cohort of direct service program staff and help AmeriCorps Members navigate and get the most out of their year of service at Playworks. My personal life is also full of fun and excitement as I am planning my sister’s wedding as the Maid of Honor. 

Samantha Perlman

Generation Citizen (Boston)

I am excited to share that I am halfway through law school as a current 2L at Boston College Law School. Additionally, I am pursuing a dual degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. This past summer I served as a Rappaport Law Fellow in Boston Mayor Wu’s Office and continue to work with various voting rights organizations to pursue my goal of becoming a voting rights attorney. My work as a City Councilor in Marlborough continues where I am in my second term and remain committed to local civic engagement.

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"During my time in the Fellowship I learned about my passion for social emotional learning and helping mentor others."
Molly Blake
Molly Blake
Sales Team Lead at Panorama