January 30, 2019 When Erika Ngo ’18 was a student at Whittier College, she was already gaining the skills that would lead her to become one of 18 individuals selected into one of the country’s most prestigious fellowship programs. Ngo, who received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, was recently selected as an Assembly Fellow as part of the 2018-2019 class of Capital Fellows, a program administered by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. As an undergraduate student, Ngo completed an internship with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment Leadership Academy, a program founded to create a pipeline of leadership for the Asian Pacific American community. Today, Ngo is working in the office of Assembly Member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., who oversees California’s 59th District and includes the neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, Florence-Firestone, Walnut Park, and a portion of Huntington Park. When she successfully complete the program, Ngo will earn a Capital Fellows Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy and Government and receive six graduate units. The 11-month fellowship provides college graduates with an introduction to policy formation and adoption in the California Legislature through full-time work as a professional legislative staff member. The upcoming deadline for the 2019-2020 fellowship class is February 11 and applications can be found on the program’s website.