Current Fellows


Yelisa Ambriz

Yelisa Ambriz is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in History and minoring in Chicano Latino Studies at the University of California Berkeley. The daughter of Mexican immigrant farmworkers, Yelisa has come to understand the struggles of her Central Valley community between the grape and almond fields of Pratton in Fresno California. A writer, poet, and activist she aspires to pursue graduate school in order to obtain the skills that will help her give back to her community by becoming the mayor of her town.


Alexandra Acevedo Grave

Alexandra is a third year student at UC Berkeley majoring in Environmental Earth Science, with a minor in Conservation and Resource Studies. She is a first generation college student who grew up in Los Angeles, California. She aspires to get her PhD in Ecology and Sustainability and establish a career which aims to help protect not only the environment, but those who suffer from environmental justices.


Estela Montiel

Estela is a fourth year majoring in the interdisciplinary major of Conservation and Resource Studies. Her three areas of interest are agriculture, enviromental justice and public policy. She grew up in the neighborhood of Westlake, just a handful of blocks away from Downtown L.A. She had multiple interests in highschool that included screen-writing and poetry but realized her passion for environmental issues, specifically environmental justice, in college. She has since pursued this interest and hopes to do non-profit work after graduating UC Berkeley.