A passion for service through public policy

Melvin Ridley III selected for a prestigious Capital Fellows Program in Sacramento.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
SDSU graduate Melvin Ridley III sits on the steps of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union with his bachelor’s degree in political science.
Melvin Ridley III is one of 18 fellows to begin an 11-month program in the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program this coming October.

Melvin Ridley III's acceptance into a Capital Fellows Program marks a milestone in his journey toward public policy. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in political science and a double minor in interdisciplinary studies and economics, Ridley is embarking on an 11-month program as a fellow in the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program, based at California State University, Sacramento’s Center for California Studies. 

Ridley's selection as one of the 18 fellows for his particular fellowship underscores his dedication to effecting positive change in his community and beyond. During his academic journey, Ridley demonstrated a commitment to public service while serving as the Associated Students (A.S.) Vice President of External Relations and through his active participation in the California Higher Education Student Summit.  

“Throughout my four years at SDSU, I have been fortunate enough to have had various experiences that have introduced me to the world of state politics,” said Ridley. “These experiences have not only shaped my understanding of state politics, but have also fueled my aspiration to make a meaningful change.”

Established in 1957, the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program has a rich history of nurturing future public servants and providing them with invaluable experiential learning opportunities. Looking ahead, Ridley sees the program as a stepping stone towards achieving his ultimate goal of pursuing a career in politics. 

With his eyes set on understanding the inner workings of state government, Ridley is eager to leverage the hands-on experience offered by the program to further his professional growth and contribute meaningfully to the community.

Rachel Gregg, SDSU Director of Government & Community Relations, commends Ridley for his outstanding achievements and notes his unwavering dedication to public service. 

“With a heart for service and an ambitious spirit, Melvin has a bright future,” said Gregg. “The fellowship serves as a pivotal opportunity for him to develop essential skills and expand his network within the realm of public policy.”

Ridley's journey as a fellow is set to begin in October, and he is eager to immerse himself in an environment where he will get assigned to work in an assembly member’s office and assist in the legislative process. 

“I love being in spaces where I know that the work that I am doing is helping the lives of others, and I feel like this fellowship will allow me to give back,” said Ridley. 

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