Pitzer Student Lindsey Burkart-Lima ’16 Wins Coro Public Affairs Leadership Fellowship

Lindsey Burkart-Lima 16
Lindsey Burkart-Lima ’16

Claremont, Calif. (April 21, 2016) — Pitzer College student Lindsey Burkart-Lima ’16 has been awarded a Coro Fellowship to San Francisco. The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs is a full-time, graduate-level leadership-training program that prepares talented and committed individuals to become effective and ethical leaders.

During her Pitzer career, Burkart-Lima has brought her leadership ability to bear on many aspects of campus life. As a member of Student Senate, she has served on both the Academic Planning Committee and Aesthetics Committee and co-authored a resolution to grant academic credit to varsity student-athletes at the College. Burkart-Lima has introduced incoming students to the Pitzer’s core values and culture as a three-time Orientation Adventure leader and has helped peers navigate college life as a resident assistant. In 2014, she served as a co-producer for the Pitzer Institute for Entrepreneurship’s First Annual Ideas Fair. This year, she is chairing the Senior Class Gift Committee and working on a campaign to put a price on carbon.

An environmental analysis/economics combined major, Burkart-Lima has explored her academic interests both on and off campus. She collaborated with local community members on environmental justice issues as an intern with United Voices of Pomona and worked on an initiative analyzing sustainable psychology to reduce energy consumption while interning with Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In spring 2015, she studied abroad on the Pitzer in Nepal program. After her Coro Fellowship, Burkart-Lima plans to earn either a law degree or master’s degree in public policy before pursuing a career in consulting and campaign management.

Coro Fellows are chosen nationally each year following a rigorous application process that includes a day-long interview. During the nine-month Coro program, fellows are rotated through the major political and economic institutions of an urban area in the US.  At least 10,000 program alumni are currently serving as leaders in local, regional and national/global businesses, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies and elected public office. Coro is a non-profit, non-partisan educational institute supported by foundations, corporations and individuals.

Last year, Pitzer alumni Robert Little ’15 and Helen Rodgers ’15 won Coros. In 2014, Pitzer had a record-breaking year with five Coro winners: Megan Dooley ’10, Shiyana Gunasekara ’14, Aidan Lukomnik ’14, Adam Mandel-Senft ’11 and Romarilyn Ralston ’14. Other notable Coro winners include Robin Kramer ’75, a Pitzer Board of Trustees member and former chief of staff to then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; former Alumni Board President Gilbert V. Gonzales ’03, who now works in the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development; and US Senator Dianne Feinstein.

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