National Urban Fellow for the Inclusive Economies Program
Giselle Cordero serves as the National Urban Fellow for the Inclusive Economies Program at the Surdna Foundation.
Throughout her professional career, Giselle has spearheaded policy, research, and advocacy efforts in the nonprofit and government sectors. Most recently, Giselle served as the deputy director for Communications and Intergovernmental Affairs with the NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health Services (CHS). In this role, she oversaw the agency’s internal and external communication strategies – with a focus on elevating CHS’ work as one of the nation’s leading correctional health care systems – and ensured the development and dissemination of culturally competent content for clients served throughout CHS.
Prior to CHS, Giselle was an advocacy associate at Girls Who Code where she supported the organization’s national and legislative agenda. There, Giselle successfully advocated for the passage of two laws mandating the collection and tracking of gender data for computer science classes in Colorado and Washington state to assess the inequitable representation of marginalized populations in the technology industry.
Previously, Giselle participated in the New York City Urban Fellows Program, a nationally competitive, nine-month program that introduces participants to local government, public policy, and public service. She concurrently volunteered as a fellowship advisor for New York City’s Public School Alumni Network, an initiative that serves and empowers the next generation of New Yorkers for life after public school. She remains a resource for participating students and offers her time and expertise as they navigate the application process for fellowship opportunities.
Giselle is a proud cum laude graduate from Queens College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and government. She is currently a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in policy management at Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy.
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