NOPA (National Organization of Portuguese-Americans) recently introduced the Portuguese-American Fellows, this year comprised of Natasha A. Silva and Sean W. Fernandes.
Natasha A. Silva
Ms. Silva is currently a student a Suffolk University where she works and is completing a dual Masters program in political science and public administration. She graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2013 with a bachelor in political science. Her passion for politics is inspired by her dream to better the Portuguese American community and country. She is of Portuguese descent and a native of Southeastern, Massachusetts. Since 2010, she has worked on two local campaigns, volunteered for a national campaign, interned for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and has served in various leadership positions including establishing a Portuguese-American student organization at Bridgewater State University.
Sean W. Fernandes
Mr. Fernandes is a rising second year law student at the University of Chicago Law School and a Portuguese American of Madeiran and Azorean descent. He has worked for a variety of legal employers including two major law firms, the general counsel’s office at a university, a public defender’s office and a law professor. While he plans to focus his career in corporate and transactional law, Mr. Fernandes gained exposure to government relations as a Summer Associate at a Raleigh, North Carolina firm, and he looks forward to applying those learned skills to advance the interests of the Portuguese American community.