My name is Jing-Jing Shen, and I’m a sophomore studying Chemistry and Government. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, my interest in politics was first sparked in high school through gun violence activism. Ever since, I have been inspired to engage with politics as a vehicle of empowerment and change. I am very excited to serve as the Chair of the Harvard Public Opinion Project (HPOP) this year. I joined the HPOP community my freshman fall because I was fascinated with poll data, but beyond the numbers, I was even more intrigued by the stories that underlie people’s perspectives on politics. I am looking forward to creating opportunities for HPOP to broaden our reach through international focus groups, op-ed publications, semesterly data-thons, and public presentations of our poll and insights. When not at the IOP, I can be found dancing with the Harvard Breakers, writing for The Crimson, and conducting research on renewable energy. In my spare time, I enjoy biking, tricking, and karaoke-ing along to Linkin Park music.