Student Leadership

Executive Leadership

Communications Director

Dustin is a resident of Currier House pursuing a concentration in Government and a secondary in Economics. Originally from Fremont, California, he has been an active member of CIVICS, the Harvard Public Opinion Project, the Harvard Political Union, and the Community Action Committee. Outside of the IOP, Dustin is a Peer Advising Fellow for freshmen, a tour guide for the Admissions Office, and a member of Harvard Model Congress. He also enjoys frequent flyer programs, food, board games, and the Oakland Athletics.

E-mail address: 
dustinchiang@college.harvard.edu

President

Jesse is an Eliot House resident and a Government concentrator pursuing a secondary in Psychology. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Jesse found a second home at the IOP and is incredibly honored to serve as President this year. At the IOP, he previously served as chair of the National Campaign and has been a member of the Campaigns and Advocacy Program and the Harvard Political Union. Outside the Institute, he is a Peer Advising Fellow for freshmen and a member of both the Harvard College Democrats and the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, and he previously worked in Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. His favorite pastime is obsessively following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats, but he also enjoys all kinds of sports, music, and food.

E-mail address: 
jesseshelburne@college.harvard.edu

Treasurer

Originally from Austin, Texas, Hannah is a resident of Pforzheimer House concentrating in Government with a secondary concentration in Archaeology. Prior to being elected Treasurer, Hannah participated in the Women's Initiative in Leadership, the Fellows and Study Group program, the Campaigns and Advocacy Program, and served as a Special Projects Coordinator in addition to completing other design work for the IOP. When not at the IOP, Hannah is the Digital Director for the HKS Human Rights Policy Journal, a Government peer concentration counselor, and assists in the management of her family's farm. She spent the past summer living in London as IOP Director's Intern in British Parliament and is an avid lover of travel, crime shows, politics, and caffeine,

E-mail address: 
hwarntjes@college.harvard.edu

Vice President

Sharon is an economics concentrator with a government secondary. A junior originally from the great state of Texas, Sharon is a proud member of Eliot House. At the IOP, she has been involved with the National Campaign Committee, the Harvard Political Union through the 2016 Campaign Managers Conference, and moonlighted as Fall 2015 IOP Fellow Brent Colburn's biggest fan, in addition to chairing the Campaigns & Advocacy Program. Outside of the IOP, Sharon serves as the President of the Harvard College Democrats. You can find her most days either struggling with Stata, curating her Twitter presence, or restraining herself from purchasing yet another almond croissant at Tatte's.

E-mail address: 
sharonyang@college.harvard.edu

Student Advisory Committee Leadership

Harvard Public Opinion Project

Erik Fliegauf is a sophomore in Currier House from Hopkinton, Massachusetts studying Sociology and Government. He never expected to be fascinated by public opinion (or politics) until he joined HPOP his freshman spring, and he is very excited to be play a greater role in the IOP this year. He also works on the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR), Harvard Model Congress, and sings in the Harvard Glee Club. He looks forward to bringing the amazing work of HPOP and the IOP to a wider audience at Harvard and around the country!

E-mail address: 
erikfliegauf@college.harvard.edu

Membership Chair

Daniel is a resident of Mather House and a joint concentrator in Germanic Literature and Languages and Government. Originally from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, he became involved with the IOP during his first semester at Harvard, joining the Politics of Race and Ethnicity and the National Security Policy group and serving as a liaison for Anurima Bhargava in the Fellows and Study Groups program. Most recently, he served as a member of the leadership team for the Politics of Race and Ethnicity and worked as a Campus Outreach Member-at-Large, working to facilitate connections and collaborations between organizations within and outside of the IOP. Outside of the IOP, Daniel enjoys Model United Nations, walking dogs through Harvard Yard, and rooting for his favorite Boston Sports teams. ​

E-mail address: 
danielmenz@college.harvard.edu

Politics of Race and Ethnicity

Simone is a Junior in Currier House, concentrating in Social Studies with a focus field in American Diplomacy and International Conflict Resolution. She has been excited about international political systems since a young age, subsequently traveling and living in places such as Sweden, Nigeria, China, and Cuba. Visiting the Institute of Politics during Visitas and meeting future PRE pioneer Osaremen Okolo clinched her decision to attend Harvard, and she has been involved in PRE as a participant and Steering Committee member since her first year fall. Outside of the IOP, Simone is Publicity Co-Chair and head photographer for the Eleganza Show, research assistant for Dr. Jennifer Lerner at the Harvard Kennedy School, and part of the co-founding team of a digital healthcare startup. A Los Angeles native, Simone enjoys eating delicious food, traveling to new places, and wearing all-black outfits.

E-mail address: 
sabegunrin@college.harvard.edu

Politics of Race and Ethnicity

A native of Chelsea, Massachusetts and a resident of Cabot House, Karla is a History and Literature concentrator. Karla is excited to be one of the chairs of the Politics of Race and Ethnicity and hopes to use her role to start a greater dialogue at Harvard and beyond about the importance of race and politics. In particular, she is interested in how different policies affect black and brown people in the United States and how these communities get involved in the political process. The daughter of two immigrants from Honduras, Karla is extremely passionate about immigration reform in the U.S. Outside of her position at the Institute of Politics, Karla is a Peer Advising Fellow and enjoys running and photography. She can usually be found in Cabot House eating cheese and watching the Pats.

E-mail address: 
kalvarado@college.harvard.edu

Policy Program

Liam is a sophomore in Cabot House concentrating in Applied Math applied to Economics and Computer Science. Before chairing Policy, Liam co-chaired Economics Policy within the program for two semesters, and he was also a Fall 2016 FSG liaison for General (Ret.) Tom Hill. A Connecticut native passionate about local public service, Liam has worked with his hometown’s First Selectman on transportation and healthcare policy reform. He is also interested in social entrepreneurship, and since Spring 2015 he has been the Director of Strategy and Training for Role Model Mentors, an education-innovation start-up that began in his hometown and has expanded across New England. Outside the IOP, Liam can be found tutoring for the BSC or running Border Café out of chips and salsa. He’s a fan of historical nonfiction, country music, and Long Island accents.

E-mail address: 
wbaughman@college.harvard.edu

JFK Jr. Forum

Katy Dolan is a Mather resident in the class of 2018 studying Sociology with a particular focus in studies of women in the workplace. In addition to being Forum chair, she has previously been involved with the Harvard College Democrats and College Democrats of Massachusetts, and sits on the Board of the National Youth Leadership Council. Last summer, Katy was honored to serve in the last year of the Obama White House as an intern in the Scheduling and Advance Department. She loves traveling, particularly road tripping, and has been mourning the loss of YogurtLand in Harvard Square since the fall of 2015.

E-mail address: 
dolan@college.harvard.edu

Fellows and Study Groups

Emily lives in Adams House and is a Government concentrator with a secondary in Psychology. She's from Clinton, Connecticut and became involved in the IOP during the fall of her freshman year, when she joined the Harvard Political Union's special events arm and the Campaigns and Advocacy Program. Emily began her involvement with Fellows and Study Groups in Spring 2016, when she produced Karin Agness's study group, and continued by producing Sarah Isgur Flores's study group in Fall 2016--and she's thrilled to continue her involvement as Co-Chair in 2017. Outside of the IOP, Emily is a staff writer for the Harvard Independent and serves on the executive boards of the Harvard Republican Club and the Harvard College Network of enlightened Women.

E-mail address: 
emilyhall@college.harvard.edu

Fellows and Study Groups

Jason is a resident of Leverett House studying Applied Math with a focus in Economics & Computer Science. He was born and raised in San Diego and first got involved with the IOP in his freshman year. In addition to serving as FSG Co-chair, he has been heavily involved with the institute as a former Co-chair of CIVICS and member of Policy & CAP. Jason has a passion for public service having founded a science education non-profit called Catalyst For Success & worked at the White House in 2015. Outside of the IOP, Jason has been involved with the Harvard Crimson, the Asian American Dance Troupe, and the Harvard Student Agencies.

E-mail address: 
jasonge@college.harvard.edu

Citizenship Tutoring

Maria Mendoza is a sophomore in Quincy House from West New York, NJ concentrating in Government with a secondary field in Economics. At Harvard, Maria competes on the mock trial team and staffs Model Congress committees. Additionally, Maria has experience working for Congressman Albio Sires and Senator Cory Booker, both from her home state of New Jersey. She has served on the Citizenship Tutoring board before as Advocacy Chair, and looks forward to leading the IOP's Citizenship Tutoring program this year with the Harvard Bridge Program.

E-mail address: 
mariamendoza@college.harvard.edu

Special Projects

Joe Grochmal is a sophomore in Leverett House who grew up in Great Barrington, MA. His current role in the IOP is Director of Special Projects. Last summer he interned on Capitol Hill with Congressman Richard Neal (MA-01) and traveled to Beijing to teach a seminar for HSYLC. Joe has also worked extensively with the Massachusetts Governor’s Office and with legislators from around the Commonwealth. This fall, Joe interned with Union Square Main Streets, a non-profit based in Somerville, where he led social media operations and helped coordinate community events, such as the Fluff Festival. At the IOP, Joe has been a proud member and Chair in the Policy Program and served as a MAL. He is a Government concentrator who is pursuing a secondary in History and a citation in French. On Tuesday and Thursday nights you can find Joe playing broomball on the ice over at Bright-Landry.

E-mail address: 
jgrochmal@college.harvard.edu

 

Harvard Political Review

Ali is an economics concentrator living in Leverett House. He became involved in the IOP his freshman fall, when he joined the staff of the Harvard Political Review. He has held multiple positions on the HPR’s masthead: World Editor, Associate Managing Editor, and now President. Professionally, Ali has worked extensively in the field of journalism—including a stint with public radio—and in the public sector. Outside the IOP, he spends his time reading about developmental economics and writing about hip-hop music.

E-mail address: 
ahakim@college.harvard.edu

Women's Initiative in Leadership

Milica is a resident of Dunster House and an Economics concentrator pursuing a secondary in Global Health. She is specifically interested in combatting racial and socioeconomic inequality as it pertains to educational opportunities and healthcare access. At the Institute of Politics, she has taken part in both the Campaign and Advocacy program and the Education Policy program. She has also served as a liaison for HIV/AIDS and LGBT activist Peter Staley and his beloved dog Stella. Outside of the IOP, Milica is a part of HCSEA and Women in Business. In her spare time, Milica enjoys practicing her Spanish and German, swimming, and watching Game of Thrones.

E-mail address: 
milicaivanis@college.harvard.edu

Harvard Political Union

Tyler is a History concentrator pursuing a secondary in Government. He is a resident of Quincy house and was raised in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Within the IOP, Tyler has previously served as a member of the Campaigns and Advocacy Program and Citizenship Tutoring. He also served on the student organizing board for the 2016 Campaign Managers Conference. In the summer of 2016, he spent time interning in Washington DC for Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). Outside of the IOP, he serves as the Secretary of the Harvard Republican Club, recruits on behalf of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative throughout the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, writes for the Harvard Gazette, and staffs committees for Harvard Model UN. His interests include hiking and listening to music. He now serves as Chair of the Harvard Political Union.

E-mail address: 
Manueltylerjenkins@college.harvard.edu

CIVICS

Jack Jue is a resident of Pforzheimer House and a Social Studies concentrator with a focus on educational inequality in the United States. He first became involved at the Institute of Politics in his freshman year through the Politics of Race and Ethnicity initiative and the Policy Program, finally finding his home in CIVICS. For the past two years Jack has been a student member of the Harvard College Honor Council, currently serving as the Outreach Chair. Jack has also previously served as the head course assistant for the course USW 35: Dilemmas of Equity and Excellence in K-12 Education. As the IOP Co-Chair for the CIVICS program, Jack is excited to continue the work of fostering passion for public service and government among public school students in the Boston area.

E-mail address: 
jjue@college.harvard.edu

Technology and Steam Chair

Henry is an Applied Math concentrator with a focus in Economics and a secondary in Computer Science. Originally from New York, he resides in Eliot House. Henry serves as the Chair of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) projects. At Harvard, Henry has researched the effects of Cybersecurity in the Transportation Industry as well as Transparent Government Finance. Outside of the IOP, he mentors local elementary school children through PBHA HOOPS and is a member of Harvard’s club tennis team. He spent last summer interning at Morgan Stanley in the Wealth Management division. As STEAM Chair, Henry is excited to help promote the intersection between technology, politics, and government.​

E-mail address: 
henrykline@college.harvard.edu

Community Action Committee

Andrew Miner is a rising junior in Leverett House from East Greenwich, Rhode Island. He is concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics. Outside of the classroom, Andrew has served as the Voter Registration Chair for the Community Action Committee, an actor in HRDC productions, and as a member of the Harvard Political Union, Harvard Financial Analyst Club, and Harvard College Rootstrikers. His involvement in public service began with education advocacy in his home state, and he spent the summer of 2016 with the K-12 Education Policy team at the Center for American Progress this summer.

E-mail address: 
andrewminer@college.harvard.edu

Internships and Career Services

Spencer is a junior living in Cabot House originally from New York City. He is studying Government and is interested in Latin America, international relations, and national security. This past summer, he interned at Univision, working on their National Voter Registration Campaign. At the IOP, he has previously been a part of the Special Events Committee and HPU. He is looking forward to serving as the Internships and Career Services Chair this year. Outside the IOP, Spencer participates in Harvard Model Congress and the Harvard College in Asia Program.

E-mail address: 
spencershapiro@college.harvard.edu

National Campaign

Jesse is a sophomore in Eliot House concentrating in Government and has always been interested in issues of civic engagement and political participation, joining the National Campaign Committee in the fall of his freshman year. He is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and his favorite pastime is obsessively following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats. Outside of the IOP, he serves as a Peer Advising Fellow and is a member of the Harvard College Democrats, and he enjoys sports, music, television, and especially food.

E-mail address: 
JesseShelburne@college.harvard.edu

Policy Program

Elizabeth is a resident of Eliot House and a Social Studies concentrator. She grew up in Macomb, MI, a suburb of Detroit but attended Troy High School a township over. Elizabeth joined the IOP in freshman year as a member of the Health Policy Group and continued with the IOP through PRE and WIL the next semester. Sophomore fall, she chaired the Education Policy Group and is now a co-chair for the Policy program as a whole. In addition to the IOP, Elizabeth is an Associate Editor for The Crimson Editorial Board and an aspiring novelist. During her free time, she likes listening to piano music, eating cake, and playing with colors. She is looking forward to increasing the quality, community, and impact of the Policy Program.

E-mail address: 
elizabethsun@college.harvard.edu

Campaigns and Advocacy

Miguel is a sophomore in Winthrop House concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics. Aside from Chairing the Campaigns and Advocacy Program, Miguel is involved in the Public Opinion Project, Community Action Committee, and Harvard Political Union. Outside of the IOP, Miguel plays club tennis and is the Chair of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council, where he advocates for increased youth engagement at the federal level. This past summer, he volunteered on local political campaigns and interned at Morgan Stanley. He enjoys spending time with his two beagles, and is originally from Los Angeles.

E-mail address: 
jundurraga@college.harvard.edu