Second Peter Harbage Fellow Selected to Work with The Children's Partnership

Second Peter Harbage Fellow Selected to Work with The Children’s Partnership

Below is a press release reposted from the Peter Harbage Fellowship. It is an absolute honor for The Children’s Partnership (TCP) to carry out Peter Harbage’s strong legacy of advocating for health care reform and fostering the growth of emerging advocacy leaders.

We are thrilled that Stephanie Thornton has joined our team as TCP’s Health Policy Fellow under the mentorship of our President, Mayra Alvarez.

Welcome, Stephanie!


  • UC Berkeley MPP Graduate Stephanie Thornton chosen for prestigious fellowship in health policy
  • She will be hosted for a year by Mayra Alvarez and The Children’s Partnership, a youth research and advocacy organization
  • Fellowship established to honor legacy of Peter Harbage, a leader in health reform and health policy efforts in California and nationally, after his untimely death.

July 15, 2019

The Peter Harbage Fellowship program selected its second emerging leader to spend a year gaining invaluable experience working in health care policy in California. The fellowship program aims to jumpstart the career of one talented, passionate individual by providing opportunities to acquire knowledge, skills and networks that might otherwise take years to develop.

The fellowship is the vision of Peter Harbage, who was a state and national leader and innovator in health policy until his untimely death in 2015. Peter had a gift for bringing together diverse stakeholders to solve problems and develop innovative policy. Peter strived to mentor the next generation of leaders. When planning his legacy, Peter left funding to create an annual fellowship program to provide an opportunity for young people to learn from strategic, influential leaders in California’s health policy field.

Stephanie Thornton graduated in May with a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School. She will work full-time for a year at The Children’s Partnership in Los Angeles. She was selected among a competitive group of applicants from graduate programs across California.

Stephanie grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and attended Santa Barbara High School. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in history, Stephanie went to work in San Francisco elementary school classrooms as an AmeriCorps fellow from 2015 to 2017. From that experience, she yearned to learn more about the policies and systemic issues confronting the agencies, organizations and institutions aiming to improve outcomes for all children. Stephanie has held positions at Children Now, the National Center for Youth Law and the San Francisco Department of Health and Human Services.

“I am honored to have been selected for the Harbage Fellowship and hope to bring my experience with children and families to inform my public policy work,” Thornton said. “I am excited to dive deeper into California policy and learn about effective advocacy at The Children’s Partnership.”

The Children’s Partnership strives to be both a resource and an ally for underserved communities across California, promoting policies driven by research and responsive to community needs. Mayra Alvarez, President, and other senior staff at the Children’s Partnership, will provide mentorship to Stephanie throughout the year.

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