P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Craig Harwood - Director - Charwood (at) pdsoros.org

Craig Harwood joined the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans as the director in August of 2013. He is a musicologist, musician, educator, and administrator with extensive experience in student and academic affairs. Prior to his work with PD Soros, Craig served as the director of the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter and as the dean of Davenport College at Yale University. Craig earned a BA in music from Queens College and a doctorate in music theory from Yale, where he conducted research on Mozart and on Eastern European Jewish instrumental music known as Klezmer. He was an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Amherst College, where he taught music theory and directed student world music ensembles. In his spare time, Craig can be found playing mandolin with the band Professors of Bluegrass, perfecting his latte art, or exploring New York with his wife, Julie, and two children, Asher and Ellie. Living on the Lower East Side of New York City, Craig enjoys visiting the Tenement Museum and the many immigrant-owned businesses that make the city an immigrant capital. 

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Yulian Ramos - Deputy Director - Yramos (at) pdsoros.org

Yulian Ramos is the deputy director for the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Yulian oversees the financial management of the program and the selection process, in addition to working closely with Fellows to ensure they have the best experience possible. As an immigrant and first-generation college graduate, Yulian is deeply committed to the mission of the Fellowship program and connecting Fellows with meaningful mentorship. She received her BA in Latin American literature from Barnard College and earned an MS in nonprofit management from the Milano School for Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research. Previously, Yulian was the operations manager and program officer for the Charles H. Revson Foundation, where she monitored and tracked $4 million in grants and initiatives. Born in Honduras, Yulian is a proud member of the Garifuna community. In the past, Yulian has been active in the NYC Library Awards Philanthropic Review Committee, NYBIP (Blacks in Philanthropy), and the Center for Community and Ethnic Media. In her spare time, Yulian can be found exploring Washington Heights, hiking, traveling, and writing about her encounters with New York City. 

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Nikka Landau - Senior Director of Marketing & Communications - Nlandau (at) pdsoros.org  

Nikka Landau is the senior director of marketing and communications at the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Nikka’s grandfather and great grandmother left Vienna and immigrated to the United States during the Holocaust. Her father worked as an immigration lawyer, specializing in asylum, for more than 35 years, deepening Nikka’s commitment to New Americans. Nikka received her BA in sociology from Rice University and her MS in non-profit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. After college, Nikka took part in the Fulbright Teaching Assistant program in Taiwan, where she co-taught English in two elementary schools in Nan’ao, an Atayal and farming community in Yilan County. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the University of Michigan-Dearborn where she opened their community involvement center, led an MLK service day for hundreds of students, directed two sold out shows of the Vagina Monologues, and re-launched the school’s Alternative Spring Break program. Nikka got her start in communications at Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy, working for non-profits, businesses, and government agencies in Philadelphia. During that time, she also co-founded PhilaSoup, a grassroots non-profit that brought teachers together over simple soup meals to raise money for classroom projects and to draw attention to the lack of funding for schools across the city. Outside of her work at the Fellowships, Nikka is passionate about education, politics, iced coffee, running, Philadelphia, and exploring with her husband, Peter, and their two children.

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Jasmine Singh - Program Administrative Assistant - Jsingh (at) pdsoros.org

Jasmine Singh is the administrative assistant for the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Jasmine was born and raised in Queens, New York and is the daughter of Punjabi Sikh immigrants from India. She graduated magna cum laude from Queens College - CUNY as a Macaulay Honors College student with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics and a minor in business and liberal arts. She won the Harvard Sitkoff Civil Rights award and the Mary E. O’ Connor Faculty Award in economics. Throughout her college career Jasmine worked within a variety of nonprofit and cultural institutions including King Manor Museum, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens County Farm Museum, DoSomething.org, and Sesame Workshop. She’s also served in various programs at Queens College including the CUNY Service Corp, the CUNY Cultural Corp, the Experiential Education Department, and the First Year Experience Department. Jasmine considers one of her greatest achievements to be her interdisciplinary undergraduate thesis project titled “Snakes in the Water (ਪਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਸੱਪ): The 2020-2021 Farmers Protest Movement in India and US Punjabi Sikh Community Responses.” In conjunction with her passion for program development and education, she strives to play an active role in making meaningful impact through her work and to represent individuals who are children of immigrants and the first in their family to attend college in the United States, like herself. Outside of work, Jasmine enjoys running her ecommerce vintage jewelry business and pursuing hobbies such as birdwatching, meditation, and reading.

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