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.

2017-2018 Fellows and CCC Staff


AMELIE BAILEY  |  2017-2018 Fellow

Amelie is a first-year master’s student in the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning, specializing in housing and community development. Her research interests include the intersection of affordable housing development and land use planning and equity in risk assessment and lending practices. Prior to graduate school, Amelie worked for Cornerstones, a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing and support services in Reston, Virginia. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in economics and government at the University of Virginia.


MATTHEW COHEN-PRICE  |  2017-2018 Fellow

Matthew is a first-year master’s student in the UNC Department of City & Regional Planning. As an interdisciplinarian, his interests include urban development, social justice, systems thinking, and institutional change. Previously, he has worked in the fields of international development, political organizing, renewable energy, and construction. He holds a bachelor’s degree in peace studies from Goucher College, where he focused on the intersections of structural violence theory and disaster recovery.


LUCIA CONSTANTINE |  2017-2018 Fellow

Lucia is a first-year master’s student in the UNC Department of City & Regional Planning. Her primary research interests includes gentrification, affordable housing, and urban immigration. Previously, Lucia worked in higher education at the Duke Office of Civic Engagement and Haas Center for Public Service, as an AmeriCorps member with Silicon Valley HealthCorps and an intern with Student Action with Farmworkers. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University.


JENNIFER FOX  |  2017-2018 Fellow

Jennifer is pursuing her master’s degree in Public Administration. She serves on the Carolina MPA Alumni Board and Student Leadership Council. She currently works as an Executive Assistant at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy where she supports the Office of Professional Education. After earning her bachelor’s degrees in English and political science from UNC Chapel Hill, Jennifer worked as an immigration paralegal in Raleigh, North Carolina.


EMILY GOLDSTEIN  |  2017-2018 Fellow

Emily is a senior undergraduate Robertson Scholar at UNC where she studies geography with minors in public policy and city and regional planning. Her research interests include affordable housing, economic mobility, and equitable community development. As a Fellow, she will support research at the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) on the practices of for-profit online college education programs. In addition to the fellowship, Emily works at the Center as part of a team conducting research on the integration of financial coaching services in housing developments.


LACEY LUMPKIN  |  2017-2018 Fellow

Lacey is a first-year master’s student in the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning, specializing in housing and community development. She received her bachelor’s degree in geography and watershed management from Virginia Tech. Before graduate school, she worked as an Environmental Scientist in Arlington, Virginia. Her interests in planning include revitalizing under-served communities through enhancing the availability and quality of ecosystem services, and incorporating personal finance and wealth building into community development.


JAMES OWEN | 2017-2018 Fellow

James is a first-year student in the UNC School of Government’s Master of Public Administration program. His primary interests include leveraging the public and private sectors to promote sustainable economic development and financial inclusion in rural areas. After earning his bachelor’s degree in politics from Hendrix College, James implemented asset building strategies across the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta with Southern Bancorp, one of the largest Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in the United States.


PHIL PARADISE | 2017-2018 Fellow

Phil is a second-year master’s of business candidate at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business, where he is pursuing a general management degree with emphases in healthcare & sustainability. After graduating in 2012 from Washington University in St. Louis, Phil worked for Google in roles across market research, sales, and product development, and with a biotechnology firm located in San Francisco, where he developed strategies for how the company should approach the affordable housing crisis in the Bay Area.


NATHALIE SANTOS | 2017-2018 Fellow

As an undergraduate at Temple University, Nathalie studied early childhood and elementary education, where she learned the importance of utilizing a holistic approach to serving communities. Nathalie currently studies public administration in the UNC School of Government and intends to minor in public policy. She hopes to work with local organizations to improve educational programs and create a system of support that better the lives of citizens in her community. As a part of the fellowship program, Nathalie examines how students make decisions about loans.


EMILY STALLINGS | 2017-2018 Fellow

Emily is a master’s student in the UNC School of Government’s public administration program, specializing in community and economic development. She is a Durham native and currently works for Duke University’s Office of Development. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in international politics and spanish with a minor in geography from Appalachian State University. As a CCC fellow, she will be researching the conversion of public to mixed-income housing in San Francisco and New Orleans.


SONYIA TURNER | 2017-2018 Fellow

Sonyia is a first-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, real estate development, and wealth creation in minority communities. Prior to graduate school, Sonyia worked for the North Carolina Community Development Initiative, a faith-based non-profit in Durham, NC, and as an Intern Architect at Davis Kane Architects. Sonyia earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental design & architecture from NC State University.


MICHAEL WELKER | 2017-2018 Fellow

Michael is a first-year master’s of public administration student in the UNC School of Government. Before returning to UNC, Michael worked for three years as a researcher and consultant for universities and government social services agencies. As a CCC Fellow, Michael will assist in developing the UNC Hub for Economic Inclusion. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in history at UNC, where he participated in K-12 education policy advocacy and conducted award-winning research on student activism in the 1960s.


RUITING YANG | 2017-2018 Fellow

Ruiting is a first-year master’s student in UNC School of Government’s public administration program, minoring in public policy. Her primary interests are in economic development and international NPOs. She is originally from China, where she graduated from Capital Normal University in Beijing after studying public administration. Prior to attending UNC, Ruiting was an intern at the Department of Research’s Sany Foundation. She also served as the leader of a team that  received first-place recognition in the 2016 Global Business Plan Competition of the National Undergraduate Innovative and Entrepreneurial Plan in China.