2020-2021 Senate Fellow, NYS Office of Senator Julia Salazar
Michalina Kulesza is a first generation American and female college student. Growing up in a Polish family sparked her interest in working with diverse and displaced communities. During her undergraduate career at the University of Albany, Michalina studied anthropology, Spanish, and Russian languages, and had the opportunity to study abroad in Peru to enhance her Spanish language fluency. Upon graduating, she took part in the New Leaders New York Summer Leadership Institute through the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) that helped her see the vital role of state and local government in providing an equitable and comprehensive support system to its citizens. Michalina went on to work on several state and local campaigns, in the office of Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, and as a researcher at CWGCS, where she studied the internal and external barriers that women face when pursuing elected office. She also took a leadership role in the Friends of Tivoli Lake Preserve & Farm Inc., a local nonprofit which works to empower individuals to enjoy the natural world while promoting environmental conservation. In 2020, Michalina graduated from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy with a Master of Public Administration, with concentrations in women & policy, as well as global affairs. Michalina currently works as a Senate Fellow at the office of Senator Julia Salazar. Michalina’s goals are driven by her belief in an empathy that is locally focused and globally-aware. Her experiences in foreign languages, constituent services, research, and program and event development and evaluation help her professionally to connect individuals to the services that they need. Michalina also enjoys exercising, traveling, and completes a yoga teaching certification in January of 2021.