Meet The Fellows

Catie Oidtman

Catie Oidtman is a MPP student at the University of Maryland. Originally from Connecticut, Catie recently graduated from UMD with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and minors in Spanish and Public Leadership.  She is interested in health policy issues related to intimate partner violence, health disparities, and mental health.  She is in her second year as a Philanthropy Fellow with the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF), and excited to continue to work as a fellow at HIF again.  This year, Catie will be working on a research project with the Institute for Governmental Service and Research and the NVRDC to assess if support services impact the perceptions of justice for survivors of gender-based violence.  Catie has traveled to Cusco, Peru, where she did an independent study with the NGO Amhauta, who work to break the cycle of poverty and violence through empowering survivors of domestic violence.  

Delisha Thompson

Delisha Thompson is a Baltimore native with Texas roots. She attended UMD as an undergraduate and majored in Government and Politics and specialized in East Asian studies. She is excited for ‘round two’ of UMD as a MPP student. Delisha is interested in comparative education policy. Specifically, she wants to analyze the education policies in other countries and see what policies can be easily translated to improve the U.S. education system. She wants to look at policy solutions from all perspectives, and is excited to experience the intersection of philanthropy and policy. In addition to working with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers this year, Delisha is also a graduate assistant for a course in the University of Maryland’s undergraduate public leadership program.

Anisha Boucher

Anisha Boucher, is a first year graduate student in the Master of Professional Studies-Public Administration program at the University of Maryland. Originally from Irvington, NJ, Anisha attended the University of Delaware and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, with minors in Black American Studies and Sociology, in May 2016. Her policy interests include housing and urban development, specifically in the areas of residential segregation, education policy, and prison reform. Anisha is interested in working in the non-profit sector addressing one of the many issues that she cares about. She dreams of being a chief executive officer for a non-profit that works to improve the self-esteem of young children so they can grow up to be confident and successful adults.

Nicole Rodriguez

Nicole is excited to return to her home state as she pursues a Master’s of Public Policy with a concentration in Social and Education policy. After a brief departure to Delaware for undergrad, she returned in May 2016 with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and minors in Organizational & Community Leadership and Urban Education from the University of Delaware. Since the beginning of her undergraduate career she has been interested in resolving educational disparities, specifically for low-income minority students. She is looking forward to her fellowship with Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit department, which creates important investments to address health care issues and health inequities in the community. As a fellow, Nicole support the development of program implementation strategies, facilitate community dialogue, assist with grantee performance evaluations, and assist with the development of a KP Total Health initiatives evaluation plan.

Anne Wagner

Anne Wagner is a native Marylander and second year Master of Public Policy candidate specializing in social policy. She participated in the BA/MPP joint degree program and graduated from the University of Maryland in May 2016. As an undergraduate, Anne had legislative internships at the Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and Office of Maryland Senator Bryan Simonaire. At the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Anne will work closely with the Foundation’s Senior Philanthropic Services Officer to provide support for the Safety Net Initiative and Philanthropic Services (PS) grantmaking programs.