Thursday, September 19, 2013
Albany, N.Y. (September 19, 2013) – New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the members of the 2013-15 class of Empire State Fellows. USD School of Law alumna Jalila Aissi, ’07 (JD), was one of 21 experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds who were selected through a highly competitive process that analyzed unique skills, leadership potential, commitment to public service, and creativity.
"The Empire State Fellows program continues to help us attract new talent into the ranks of New York State government," Governor Cuomo said. "We had great success with our inaugural class last year and we welcome the newest class who will help us continue to build a new New York and make sure our government is working for the people."
The governor appointed each Empire Fellow to a position that matches their skills with the needs of state government. Empire Fellows work closely with senior administration officials and participate in the policy-making process while also engaging in educational and professional development programs, including completion of a unique, interactive curriculum developed specifically for the Empire State Fellows Program by the Rockefeller Institute at SUNY Albany in consultation with cabinet-level officials.
The program began with a class of nine 2012-14 Empire Fellows who enhanced the diversity of New York government and brought unique and needed talent to the administration. The new class will also play important roles in the governor's key initiatives, including the New York State Office for New Americans, the Regional Economic Development Councils, Market NY, Casino Gaming, and the Local Government Restructuring Board.
A number of the newly announced class, including USD’s Aissi, will be placed in the governor's Executive Chamber, while others will be placed in state agencies to work with key advisors to the governor.
"This program trains established professionals in the art and science of policy-making and creates leaders ready to address the next generation of challenges," said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, whose New York Department of State oversees the Empire State Fellows program for Governor Cuomo.
About Jalila Aissi ’07 (JD)
Jalila Aissi comes to the Empire State Fellows Program from a role as an Attorney with Cleantech Law Partners, where she advised startups, not-for-profits and other companies in the renewable energy sector. She also managed a large government grant and contract portfolio for the Wildlife Conservation Society, a leading global conservation organization. Previously, Jalila led projects for the Net Impact Service Corps and sat on the Grants Committee of the NYC Venture Philanthropy Fund. She also served on the Energy Committee of the NYC Bar Association and completed the CleantechExecs Program at NYU Polytechnic Institute. Jalila earned her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from UCLA and her law degree from University of San Diego School of Law. She has been admitted to the state bars of California and New York.
About the Empire State Fellows Program
The Empire State Fellows Program is one of the three parts of Governor Cuomo's New NY Leaders Initiative, which is designed to renew the connection between the public and private sectors and prepare a new generation of leaders to serve in state government. The Excelsior Service Fellowship Program brings highly talented recent graduates to serve throughout the state government, and the New NY Leaders Internship Program offers hundreds of college students an opportunity to work in state government. More online about the Empire State Fellows Program.
About the University of San Diego School of Law
Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation.
USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.