Students enroll in UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs because they are passionate about solving society’s most pressing problems. The commitment continues as graduates go out into the world — and use all their assets to make a difference.
Alumnae Create an Award
Cecilia Estolano, MA ’91 and Jennifer LeSar, MA ’92, MBA ’93 are co-founders and CEOs of Estolano LeSar Advisors, an urban planning and public policy firm. They are also co-donors to UCLA Luskin after establishing the Estolano LeSar Advisors Summer Internship Award. Each summer, a stipend will enable a graduate student to gain experience while sharing expertise at a nonprofit working in affordable housing, sustainability, transportation, land use, or workforce development. Because internships are often unpaid, the award gives students opportunity to learn without financial hardship.
A Summer Full of Experience
Estolano and LeSar’s generosity already has helped Michael Loper, MPH/MURP ’20. Alongside his dual degrees, he is completing a certificate in food studies, and the Estolano LeSar Advisors Summer Internship Award allowed him to intern at the Los Angeles Food Policy Council last summer. Loper devoured the hands-on experience, which saw him writing case studies, promoting a local market program, and finding potential partners, and he is eager to continue helping residents access healthy foods.
Graduates Transform the World
The internship award is not the only way Estolano and LeSar contribute. Their firm is “growing vibrant communities” across California, and it hires several employees and interns from UCLA Luskin, proving the pipeline’s success in turning students into society’s change-makers.
Through all of their efforts, Estolano and LeSar are furthering UCLA’s vision for its graduates and for the greater good.
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Published June 2019