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Fellow Corner
See a first hand experience of the fellowship from a former and current fellow. 

2014-2015 City Manager’s Fellow
Katerina Oskarsson, Ph.D. -
 Management Analyst III in the City Manager's Office 

Education

  • Joint Accelerated BA/MA Program in International Studies, Old Dominion University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), International Studies, Old Dominion University

Dr. Katerina Oskarsson works with Norfolk’s Chief Resilience Officer on development of the city’s Resilience Strategy as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities project. She is also an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University (ODU), teaching courses in International Political Economy and United Nations. Previously, while finishing her Ph.D. in International Studies at ODU, Katerina worked as Knowledge Manager at NATO Civil-Military Fusion Centre in Norfolk, focusing on socio-politico-economic developments in crises zones and non-traditional threats including climate change and the water-food-energy security nexus. In that role she also facilitated information sharing between NATO agencies, IOs and NGOs. Before relocating to the U.S. from the Czech Republic, she worked as an energy sector Desk Officer at CEZ Group, one of the largest energy conglomerates in Central Europe.

“Being a City Manager’s Fellow at the City of Norfolk was a rewarding experience. The City is open to all majors and does an excellent job matching fellows’ interests and qualifications with specific projects and departments. My interdisciplinary degree in international studies was a perfect fit for the City’s resilience agenda. I was given responsibility for high-level tasks, the room to offer ideas and opportunities to grow my professional network. In sum, I can highly recommend this fellowship!”

2015-2016 City Manager's Fellow
Jessica Dennis, J.D.

Education
  • B.S., Bioenvironmental Science and Minor in Business, Texas A&M University,2010
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2014

 Jessica Dennis is the current City Manager’s Fellow, which gives her the opportunity to work on projects in a variety of focus areas with the City of Norfolk, including work with the Department of Planning, the Chief Resilience Officer, and the Assistant to the City Manager. Prior to working in the Office of the City Manager, she interned with the Norfolk Public Defender’s Office, where she provided research and investigatory support on a variety of felony and misdemeanor court cases.


While completing her degree at Georgetown, Jessica worked with non-profit organizations in both Norfolk and Washington, DC. In Washington, Jessica worked with the Children’s Law Center, which provides legal representation and does policy work focused on children involved in the child welfare system in Washington. During this time, Jessica also worked as a research assistant for a professor with the Georgetown Domestic Violence Clinic. Her research focused on legal reform to address a broader spectrum of abusive behavior. Jessica was a student attorney with the Georgetown Domestic Violence Clinic during her final year of law school. This experience allowed her to maintain an active caseload of clients seeking protective orders from abusive partners.

Jessica is currently licensed to practice law in Virginia. 

“Being a City Manager’s Fellow has been an exciting opportunity for professional growth. The executive staff has done a great job of connecting me to projects that utilize and enhance my professional skill set. I appreciate that the fellowship has provided me with challenging assignments, opportunities to take on responsibility, and the ability to expand my professional network. In addition to professional development, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work in a collegial office environment, full of motivated and creative city leaders.”