The Center for Community Capital Fellowship supports a small group of Carolina graduate students for one academic year through a program that includes mentorship, project work, and peer support.

Fellows and Alexandra Sirota 2017 B&W

2016-2017 Fellows, CCC Staff, and Alexandra Sirota of the NC Justice Center

erika-photoERIKA BRANDT

Erika Brandt is a second year master’s student in the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning specializing in housing and community development. Her primary interests are in affordable housing finance and policy, and she currently works as a policy intern with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. Prior to graduate school, Erika worked with the Center for Family and Community Engagement at NC State University and served an Americorps term with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. She earned a BA in biology and environmental studies from Oberlin College.



ally-photoALLY CLONCH

Ally Clonch is a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill pursuing dual degrees in city and regional planning and public health. She attended NC State University as an undergraduate, where she earned her bachelor’s degrees in nutrition science and ecology and evolutionary biology. Ally is passionate about exploring the intersection of attributes of the built environment and health outcomes to better inform policy and future development. She currently represents the Department of City & Regional Planning as a Senator in UNC’s Graduate and Professional Student Federation and acts as a GoTriangle Transit Ambassador to promote access to and utilization of public transportation.



colleen-photoCOLLEEN DURFEE

Colleen Durfee is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing her master’s of city and regional planning in the land use and environmental planning specialization. She comes from Ohio where she graduated from The Ohio State University studied economic and political geography. At UNC Chapel Hill, she specializes in land use and environmental planning because but more specifically, post-disaster financial recovery at the household scale. Post-graduation, Colleen hopes to advise coastal planning processes and reform the financial legislation to provide a better integrated system of financial recovery mechanisms for disaster victims.


carly-photoCARLY HOFFMAN

Carly Hoffmann is a first-year master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, specializing in housing and community development. She is also a co-editor of the Carolina Planning Journal. Prior to coming to UNC, Carly worked in New York as a book editor for, where she edited non-fiction Kindle Singles, and in communications for Queens, NY-based community development organization Urban Upbound. Carly earned her bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Columbia University. After Carly completed this Fellowship, she worked with Center and co-authored the “Housing & Financial Capabilities” report.



catherine-photoCATHERINE MILLER

2017-2018 CCC Graduate Researcher

Catherine Miller is a master’s candidate in the Department of City & Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill. Her research interests include housing affordability, economic mobility, and equity in communities. Prior to starting graduate school at UNC, she worked as a communications and membership coordinator at BEST NC, a business-led advocacy group focused on education policy in North Carolina. She also served as an AmeriCorps member with College Bound, a college access and completion program based in St. Louis, Missouri. Catherine earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University, where she was named the Alumni Endowed Undergraduate Scholar for the class of 2012.


ashley-photoASHLEY TUCKER

2017-2018 CCC Graduate Researcher

Ashley S. Tucker is a dual-degree master’s student in city and regional planning and public administration programs at UNC Chapel Hill. After graduating from The Winston-Salem State University in 2013, Ashley served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Rocky Mount-Edgecombe Community Development Corporation. She is a Kenan Institute Economic Development Analyst, focusing on applied economic development research projects in rural North Carolina. Ashley currently serves as a Student Leadership Council member for the public administration program, as well as the communications chair for the UNC Chapel Hill student chapter of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).



2017-2018 CCC Graduate Researcher

Jennifer Rangel is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University and is currently a master’s candidate in the Department of City & Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill. She aspires to learn about the dynamics of urban planning and education in order to be able to add on to the positive change in her neighborhood (Oak Cliff) located in Dallas, TX. At UNC, she is a member of the Latin@ Education Research Hub from the School of Education and a member of the UNC Womxn of Worth Events Committee. Jennifer’s ultimate goal is to give back to the city that built her.