As a rising 2L student at Howard University School of Law, Reinaldo Franqui Machin participated in the Sustained Impact Fellowship with Centro Para Puerto Rico. In this role, he coordinated entrepreneurial activities, such as discussion panels, researched on the entrepreneurial environment, globally and in Puerto Rico, provided support on grant revisions and justifications, and provided a workshop on COVID-19, among others. With Machin, the organization was able to collaborate with new volunteer experts and provide spaces of knowledge to entrepreneurs. His collaboration on grant justifications and research on entrepreneurial environments provided the organization with updated statistics on entrepreneurs, useful in the grantmaking process, which in turn aids service provision.
The fellowship was made possible through the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation. Since 2004, the Foundation has awarded nearly 250 fellowships to exceptional law students who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to public service. Fellows commit their summers to public service and to advancing public policy by working at nonprofit institutions, government agencies and international legal organizations, such as the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel, Campaign for Youth Justice, Center for Reproductive Rights and USAID.