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2020 Class of Fellows

Adam Mansell

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Adam Mansell joined the State of Tennessee as a Governor’s Management Fellow in August 2018 after graduating with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.

Adam double majored in communication with a concentration in public service and French & Francophone studies and minored in survey research & data analytics. His honors capstone thesis studied public health communication barriers in rural Tennessee’s opioids crisis. While at the university, he advised the administration as a member of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee, the University Council Committee on Facilities, and the Residential Services Advisory Board, and he trained as a Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellow.

Adam’s previous professional experiences include interning for the Tennessee Democratic Party on their political and data analytics teams, working on numerous state congressional campaigns, and teaching English abroad in France.

Outside of work, Adam’s interests include musical theater, baking, and board games, and he is passionate about combining art and public service, rural development, and data-driven government.


Jasmine Miller

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Jasmine Miller is a member of the 2020 Class of Governor’s Management Fellows. Miller studied the history of science, medicine and public health at Yale University with a focus on historical public health campaigns aimed at women, minorities and the urban poor.

During her time at Yale, Jasmine served as an admissions interviewer and student liaison for the Yale College Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Miller also spent several years as a community health educator, where she helped develop and teach a comprehensive health and wellness curriculum in New Haven Public Schools.

In her free time, Jasmine enjoys playing with her dog, Charlie, testing out new cookie recipes, shopping at antique stores and flea markets, and watching classic westerns with her grandmother.


Dakota Simpson

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Dakota Simpson is a Governor’s Management Fellow for the Office of Customer Focused Government (CFG). Prior to joining CFG, Simpson served as the special projects coordinator for the Community and Rural Development division of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

Dakota previously interned with the Tennessee General Assembly for the House Majority Leader and also completed several special projects for the Speaker of the House. Before joining the State of Tennessee, Dakota interned for the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce and operated his own small business, which was sold during its fifth year of operation.

Dakota graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2018, where he majored in human and organizational development with a concentration in community leadership and development and minored in political science. He is passionate about civic engagement and assisting his fellow Tennesseans.

In his free time, Dakota enjoys reading political books, planning casual events and exploring the beautiful state parks of Tennessee.


Marissa Uchimura

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Marissa Uchimura joined the State of Tennessee in August 2018 as a Governor’s Management Fellow. She comes from a background in education and public policy, having spent two years as a secondary English teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools with Teach for America. She also served as an assistant in the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University, researching various topics in public administration.

Marissa graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University and holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance with a second major in public policy. During her undergraduate studies, she presented a thesis on the widening achievement gap in Metro Nashville Public Schools and interned for Calvert Street Group, where she assisted in grassroots campaign strategies for Davidson County elections.

Outside of work, Marissa’s passions include teaching young pianists, experimenting in the kitchen and achieving educational equity for all students in Tennessee and beyond.


Emily You

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Emily You is a Governor's Management Fellow in the Office of Customer Focused Government. Emily graduated from Vanderbilt University with a major in political science in May 2018.

Prior to joining the State of Tennessee, Emily completed research for Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) and interned for Vanderbilt’s State Government Relations Office. Her research with the Vanderbilt CSDI is set to be published in Presidential Studies Quarterly in an article titled "President Trump as Manager: Reflections on the First Year.”

Emily is passionate about volunteering with the American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State program, a week-long leadership and citizenship training program. She was elected as governor of Girls State in 2013. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring the great outdoors of Tennessee and cheering on Vanderbilt men's basketball.