Charlottesville, VA Office
Venable ES Neighborhood, Charlottesville, VA 22903
2018 Session I — Monday, June 11 – Friday, July 13
2018 Session II — Wednesday, July 18 – Wednesday, August
Based in Charlottesville, VA, Democracy Summer Fellows will continue building the Big Blue Wave of 2017 and mobilize to flip Virginia’s 5th and 7th Districts. Apply now!
Charlottesville, VA Leadership
Matthew Slaats, Regional Co-Director
Matthew Slaats is an artist, teacher, and community organizer, that grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and now calls Charlottesville, Virginia his home. He is interested in participatory modes of democracy which has lead to a multitude of projects from plans to revitalize an urban stream to issues around food security, participatory budgeting to public health.
He can’t go with out checking out the latest soccer news, searching out new food to try, and traveling to fun places. Presently, he is working on his PhD in the Constructed Environment at the University of Virginia School of Architecture focusing on how new modes of civic participation and creativity support democracy. He is married to his beautiful wife, has two amazing daughters, a very dopey dog, five chickens, and just started raising bees.
Selena Cozart, Regional Co-Director
Selena Cozart is an educational professional and program director with more than twenty years of combined experience. Her areas of expertise include secondary and undergraduate teaching; academic/career mentoring and coaching; group and program facilitation; program evaluation; and academic administration. She hails from Philadelphia and resides in the Belmont section of Charlottesville, Virginia, where she recently returned from a two-week trip with the Charlottesville Sister City Delegation to Winneba, Ghana.
Her academic focus is on community engagement and diversity, equity, and inclusion as means to transform community spaces and advance social justice. Selena has a 7-year-old Cockapoo named Indigo who comes to work with her every day! Her hobbies include HIIT and listening to podcasts. She can also make soap, pickles, and kombucha from scratch.
Charlottesville, VA Fellows
We can’t wait to introduce you to our Fellows – check back soon to meet them!