Student Leadership

Executive Leadership

President

Anna is a Class of 2021 student pursuing a concentration in Government, a secondary in Economics or GHHP, and a citation in Spanish. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, she now resides in Cabot House. Before her presidency, Anna chaired the Campaigns and Advocacy Program, produced for Amy Dacey with Fellows and Study Groups, and was an active member of the Policy Program, CIVICS, and the Women’s Initiative in Leadership. Outside the IOP, Anna is involved with the Harvard College Democrats and previously chaired the First-Year Social Committee. She enjoys going for long runs, reading restaurant reviews, traveling, and jamming to country music. On a typical day, Anna can be spotted sporting her Philadelphia Eagles jersey while eating popcorn. Anna is energized by the promise Harvard students offer to the future of politics, and she looks forward to shaping a better IOP for all.

E-mail address: 

annaduffy@college.harvard.edu​ 

Vice President

Maya is a Sophomore concentrating in Sociology with a secondary in English. A Montclair, New Jersey native, Maya is passionate about issues of equality and the transformative power of the political process. Maya has previously served as Chair of the Politics of Race and Ethnicity Program, is an active member of the JFK Jr. Forum Committee, and looks forward to deepening her commitment to the IOP as its Vice President. Outside of the Institute of Politics, Maya is a news correspondent for WHRB, helps to run congressional simulations as a part of Harvard Model Congress, and a member of the Harvard Organization for Prison Education and Reform. She can often be found in the candy aisle of CVS ranting about how amazing Kendrick Lamar is.

E-mail address: 

mjenkins@college.harvard.edu​ 

Communications Director

Grace is a member of the Class of 2021 and is a resident of Currier House. At the College, she studies Government with a secondary in History. Originally from the small town of Logan, West Virginia, Grace joined the IOP her freshman fall as a member of the Harvard Political Union. While remaining a dedicated member of the HPU, Grace has also served as the Director of Online Communications for the Fellows and Study Groups Program, an IOP Organizer for Freshman Engagement, and a liaison for Spring 2018 Fellow, Scott Jennings. As IOP Communication Director, Grace wants act as a “facilitator for opportunity.” Outside of the IOP, Grace serves as the Vice President of both Harvard Republican Club and Network of Enlightened Women. She is also a senior staffer for both of Harvard’s Model UN Conferences. In her free time, Grace can often be found working in Quincy or Lowell Dining Halls, eating Felipe’s nachos at odd hours of the night, or explaining the Second Wheeling Convention to people who probably wish she would stop talking.

E-mail address: 

gracebannister@college.harvard.edu​

Treasurer

Olivia is a Class of 2021 Currier House resident pursuing a concentration in Government with a secondary in Economics. Originally from Weston, Connecticut, she is excited to serve as IOP Treasurer to remove financial barriers to public service. She previously served as the IOP’s Chair of the Women’s Initiative in Leadership and has also taken part in the Campaigns and Advocacy Program. Around campus, Olivia is a Peer Advising Fellow for freshmen and is involved with Women in Business. In her free time, Olivia can be found petting each and every dog on Harvard’s campus.

E-mail address: 

oliviaferdinand@college.harvard.edu

Student Advisory Committee Leadership

CIVICS

Lauren is a Cabot House resident and a member of the Class of 2021. Originally from Whittier, California, Lauren concentrates in Social Studies and is pursuing a secondary degree in the History of Art and Architecture. Lauren started teaching CIVICs during her freshman year as a way to create change and help foster a generation of civically aware youth. As IOP chair of CIVICs, Lauren hopes to make the themes of civic engagement and education a broader theme within the IOP. When not teaching CIVICs, Lauren can be found exploring Boston, wandering around the art museum, enjoying a coffee at a local cafe, or spending time with friends.

E-mail address: 

lnanderson@college.harvard.edu​

Women's Initiative in Leadership

Amelia is a Class of 2020 Leverett House resident concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics and a language citation in French. Originally from New Jersey, Amelia is passionate about women’s rights and gender equality. Apart from serving as Chair of the Women’s Initiative in Leadership Program, Amelia has also been a member of the Campaigns and Advocacy Program as well as the Harvard Political Union. She has also been a tutor with the Citizenship Tutoring Program for 2 years now. Outside of the Institute of Politics, Amelia is an active members of the Small Claims Advisory Service at PBHA, the Harvard College Democrats, and is a board member of SHEATH. In her free time, Amelia enjoys catching up with friends, exploring Boston, and watching documentaries.

E-mail address: 

apgara@college.harvard.edu​

Community Action Committee (CAC)

Menat is a member of the Class of 2022 residing in Straus Hall C, and originally from North Plainfield, New Jersey. A lover of learning about the world, Menat has spent much time in Cape Town, South Africa, and in the Bahamas finding new ways to expand her worldview and to meet new people. Apart from serving as the Chair of Community Action Committee (CAC), Menat serves as the Campaigns Director of the Harvard College Democrats, and can be found sipping on tea at David's Tea, running or biking along the Charles River, and laughing at anything and everything!

E-mail address: 

mbahnasy@college.harvard.edu​

JFK Jr. Forum

Keziah is a Class of 2020 Mather House resident pursuing a concentration in History and Literature and a citation in Arabic. Born and raised in Hyde Park, New York, Keziah joined the Institute of Politics her freshman fall and has loved it ever since. She previously served as the JFK Jr. Forum Committee’s Coordinator and as a liaison for Fellow Amy K. Dacey. Outside of the IOP, Keziah is the Co-President of The Seneca, inc. In her free time, she enjoys watching sappy 1990’s romantic-comedies with her roommates, making new friends at her favorite coffee shop, and going on road trips with her family.

E-mail address: 

k_clarke@college.harvard.edu​

Fellows and Study Groups

Elijah Christopher DeVaughn, Jr (a.k.a. EJayy) hails from Compton, California. He is a God-fearing man who defines himself as a storyteller. Since joining the IOP his freshman year, Elijah has served as a liaison for both Symone Sanders and Brittany Packnett. Currently a member of the class of 2021, Elijah is pursuing a concentration in History and Literature with a citation in Spanish. Aside from his work in the IOP, Elijah is Founder and CEO of EJayyTalks, a lecture series he conducts in Compton high schools to inspire youth; he is a member of Harvard College Consulting Group where he consults for Fortune 500 companies. Finally, he is the Public Service Representative for Mather House where he plans house-wide, public-service-oriented events for Mather residents. With hopes of being a public servant, Elijah will never stop dreaming and will forever represent his family, his hometown, and his race with the upmost pride.

E-mail address: 

elijahdevaughn@college.harvard.edu

Campaigns and Advocacy (CAP)

Jacob is a member of the class of 2021 and is concentrating in Social Studies with a focus field in criminal justice theory and reform, and he is pursuing a secondary in Economics. Jacob is originally from Westchester, NY but is now a proud resident of Winthrop House, where he serves on the House Committee. He serves as the chair of the Campaigns and Advocacy Program at the IOP, and he is also a member of other programs such as HPU and Citizenship Tutoring. Outside of the IOP, he is also on the Crimson editorial board, the co-president and founder of the Coalition at Harvard for Israel and Palestine, and the VP of Community Relations at Harvard Hillel. Despite being from New York, Jacob is an avid Boston sports fan, and he loves to ski, play basketball, and talk about politics.

E-mail address: 

jfortinsky@college.harvard.edu​

 

Director of Special Projects

Diego is a Class of 2020 Quincy House resident pursuing a degree in Government with a secondary in Economics. Originally from Fairfax County, Diego has been active in the Institute of Politics since before he had even arrived at Harvard, attending Summer in Washington events before his freshman year had officially started. Since that point, he has served as Social Chair of the Harvard Political Union, Member-at-Large, and Communications Director, in addition to participating in the Campaigns & Advocacy, National Campaign, Citizenship Tutoring, Internships & Career Services, and Fellows & Study Groups Programs. As Director of Special Projects, Diego looks forward to working to improve the undergraduate experience. Outside the Institute, Diego enjoys hiking and is an avid traveler.

E-mail address: 

diego_garcia@college.harvard.edu​

STEAM Program

Aidan Gibbons is a member of the class of 2021 from New York City, living in Kirkland house. He is concentrating in mathematics and is considering fields such as government, economics, and statistics as a secondary. He has been involved with IOP STEAM since his freshman year, serving as the events chair and a project director before working as program chair. Aidan is eager to explore politics through the lens of data, analytics, and scientific research with STEAM throughout his time at Harvard and beyond. Outside of the IOP, he is involved in Harvard's consulting group, impact investing club, and theatrical productions.

E-mail address: 

gibbonsa@college.harvard.edu​

Director of Diversity and Outreach

Jasmine is an Eliot House resident and member of the Class of 2021 originally from Providence, Rhode Island. She plans to concentrate in Government with a Spanish language citation. In her freshman year, Jasmine participated in the Fellows and Study Groups program as a liaison for Mayor Betsy Hodges and has remained close to the IOP ever since, later becoming a member of the Fellow Selection Committee. She is incredibly excited to hit the ground running as the first person to serve in her position as Director for Diversity and Outreach. Outside of the IOP, Jasmine is the Political Action Chair for the Black Students Association, a member of the Harvard Step Team, an analyst for the Harvard College Consulting Group, and has spent spring break working with Habitat Humanity through the Phillips Brooks House Association. She loves traveling and trying new foods, running, and exploring the city of Boston in the free time she can find.

E-mail address: 

jasminehyppolite@college.harvard.edu​ 

The Politics of Race and Ethnicity

Mari is a member of the Class of 2021 concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics, and serves as Co-Chair of the Politics of Race and Ethnicity. Also within the Institute of Politics, she works on the Harvard Public Opinion Project and serves as an IOP Organizer. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Mari is passionate about systemic inequalities and the role of politics in facilitating change. Outside of the IOP, Mari is involved with PBHA's prison tutoring program, Harvard College Project for Justice, and Harvard Model Congress.

E-mail address: 

jonesal@college.harvard.edu​

Director of Membership

Matthew is a Class of 2020 Eliot House resident concentrating in Government with a focus on international relations and human rights. Originally from Maryland, Matthew has made the Institute of Politics his home at Harvard, participating in multiple programs including Fellows & Study Groups, the Harvard Political Union, the Campaigns & Advocacy Program, and the Political Review. Before becoming Membership Director, he served as the 2017-2018 IOP Student Treasurer. Outside of the IOP, he conducts research on American foreign policy and human rights strategy at the Kennedy School. He enjoys travel, trying new foods, and watching videos of Corgis on the internet.

E-mail address: 

mkeating@college.harvard.edu​

Fellows and Study Groups

Kate is a resident of Leverett House and a member of the Class of 2020 concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics. She is originally from Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Since her freshman year, she has actively been involved in the IOP through WIL and FSG. Previously, Kate served as a Journals Liaison, Producer, and the Fellows Selection Chair within FSG. Outside of the IOP, Kate is an Air Force ROTC Cadet and is involved in leadership of many other political groups. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, skiing, and watching political dramas on Netflix.

E-mail address: 

kkrolicki@college.harvard.edu​

Harvard Political Union

Matthew is a resident of Quincy House and a member of the Class of 2021. Originally from Chicago, Matthew is studying Applied Math with a focus in Psychology. Matthew joined the Harvard Political Union in the fall of his first year and has loved it ever since. Around campus, Matthew is also a tour guide and a member of the Model UN team. He enjoys playing basketball and singing Spanish music.

E-mail address: 

matthewmiller01@college.harvard.edu​

Internships and Career Services

Born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska, Kiera currently lives in Leverett House. A member of the Class of 2020, she is studying Technology Science in Government with a secondary in History. She has been involved with the IOP since the summer before her freshman year, most recently as the Director of Membership, and is now the chair of the Internships & Career Services committee. She is the former President of the Harvard Republican Club and spends much of her free time advocating for free-market approaches to environmental policy as Vice President of Students for Carbon Dividends. Other than politics, Kiera enjoys running, being outdoors, and discovering new coffee shops.

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

Politics of Race & Ethnicity

Corban is a member of the Class of 2021 planning on concentrating in Government. A Cupertino, California native, Corban is passionate about issues of equality and the transformative power of the political process. Corban is passionate about travel and has vast experience living and traveling abroad including countries such as India, Australia, and Turkey. Outside of the Institute of Politics, he is a member of the Harvard swimming and diving team and can regularly be seen walking to Blodgett Pool.

E-mail address: 

corbanrawls@college.harvard.edu​

Harvard Political Review

Russell is Lowell House resident from San Diego, California. A member of the Class of 2020, he is pursuing a Special Concentration in Geography and Development with a secondary in African Studies. He has been a member of the HPR since his first semester, and since then he has piloted several initiatives including the Red Line Fellowship for long-form, investigative journalism. Outside of the IOP, Russell is the lead representative of the Standing Committee on Undergraduate Education. He has work experience in South Africa, Japan, and Uganda, and as a Weatherhead Center Juster Fellow for 2019 he will soon add Belgium and Rwanda to that list. Reach out to inquire about getting involved in the HPR, to learn about African languages at Harvard, or to listen to him ramble about spatial theory!

E-mail address: 

rreed@college.harvard.edu

Citizenship Tutoring

Jessie is a junior living in Eliot House concentrating in Government with a secondary in Psychology. Originally from Miami, Florida, she has been actively involved at the Institute of Politics since her freshman year at Harvard participating in over seven programs ranging from Fellows and Study Groups to Women's Initiative in Leadership. Outside of the Institute of Politics, Jessie is Director of Communications for Harvard Model Congress Europe, Vice-President of Finance for Latinxs in Finance and Technology, Secretary of the Cuban-American Undergraduate Student Association, and a second-year Peer Advising Fellow. In her free time, Jessie loves to go to the beach, binge-watch Gilmore Girls, and hang out with friends!

E-mail address: 

rodriguezj@college.harvard.edu​

Policy Program

Swathi is a Class of 2021 Eliot House resident originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She is concentrating in Social Studies and History of Science with a focus field in public health and a secondary in Neurobiology. Passionate about international human rights, global health, and public interest, Swathi has interned in the United Nations Joint Programme for HIV/AIDS, and has deep involvement in research on both the opioid epidemic and Alzheimer's disease. Before serving as Co-Chair of the Policy Program, Swathi co-chaired the Tech/Innovations Policy Group for one semester. Outside the Institute of Politics, Swathi is a Peer Advising Fellow, a course assistant for Life Science 1a, a teacher in Peer Health Exchange in PBHA, an Associate for the Harvard College Consulting Group, and a photographer/dancer in Ghungroo. Her interests include listening to vinyl, watching romcoms with friends, and going into downtown Boston.

E-mail address: 

ssrinivasan@college.harvard.edu​

Harvard Public Opinion Project

Richard is a Quincy House resident originally from Albany, New York. A member of the Class of 2021, he is studying Applied Math & Economics with a secondary in Government. In the summer before his sophomore year he was an IOP Director’s Intern in the office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. As chair of the Harvard Public Opinion Project, Richard is excited to delve deeper into what his generation thinks about politics and public service. When he’s not at the IOP, Richard enjoys hiking and playing tuba in the Harvard University Band.

E-mail address: 

richardsweeney@college.harvard.edu

National Campaign

Taylor Whitsell is a sophomore in Cabot House, originally from Danville, Kentucky. At the Institute of Politics, Taylor has been involved in the Fellows and Study Groups Program, National Campaign, and Citizenship Tutoring. At Harvard, he studies Government, does research at the Kennedy School, and participates in Harvard Model Congress. Taylor is also a huge fan of reality TV shows, smoothies, and running!

E-mail address: 

whitsell@college.harvard.edu​

Policy Program

Ryan is proud to serve as Co-Chair of the IOP Policy Program for the 2018-2019 term. Originally from Princeton Junction, New Jersey, Ryan is sophomore at Harvard College and a resident of Mather House. He is studying Social Studies, with an intended focus on US-Asia relations. Since his freshman year, Ryan has been an avid member of the IOP, having also in participated in the CIVICS and Community Action Committee programs. Outside of the IOP, Ryan competes on the Harvard Mock Trial team, music directs the Mozart Society Orchestra, and works as a research assistant in the Department of Government. This winter, he will be conducting a research project in Southeast Asia as a Weatherhead Center for International Affairs fellow. Ultimately, Ryan hopes to pursue a career in academia or the foreign service.

Email address: 

ryanzhang@college.harvard.edu​