Student Leadership

Executive Leadership

Dustin Chiang
President

Dustin is a Class of 2019 Currier House resident pursuing a concentration in Government and a secondary in Economics. Originally from Fremont, California, he previously served as the Institute of Politics' Communications Director and 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 runs government simulations with Harvard Model Congress. He enjoys reading about frequent flyer programs, trying delicious foods, and watching Oakland Athletics baseball.

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

Vice President

Miguel is a proud resident of Winthrop House and a member of the Class of 2019 concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics. Originally from Los Angeles, he is excited and honored to serve as Vice President of the Institute of Politics. Miguel previously chaired the Campaigns & Advocacy Program, and was a member of the Harvard Public Opinion Project, Community Action Committee, STEAM, and the Harvard Political Union. Outside the IOP, Miguel plays club tennis and is chair of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council, where he advocates for increased youth engagement at the federal level. This past summer, he worked in strategy consulting for aerospace and defense companies. Miguel enjoys traveling, eating, and spending time with his two beagles.

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

Communications Director

Diego is a Class of 2020 Quincy House resident pursuing a degree in Government with a secondary in Economics. Originally from Northern Virginia, 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 and as a Communications Member-at-Large, in addition to participating in the Campaigns & Advocacy, Citizenship Tutoring, Internships & Career Services, and Fellows & Study Groups Programs. As Communications Director, Diego is looking forward to the opportunity to innovate and streamline the means by which the IOP engages its audience. Outside the Institute, he serves on the board of the International Relations on Campus program and interns for Governor Charlie Baker. In his (limited) free time, Diego enjoys hiking and is an avid traveler.

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

Treasurer

Matthew is a Class of 2020 Leverett House resident concentrating in Government with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, 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 Harvard Political Review. Outside of the IOP, he conducts research on American foreign policy and negotiation strategy at both Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School. He enjoys travel, trying new foods, and watching videos of Corgis on the internet.

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

Student Advisory Committee Leadership

Fellows and Study Groups

Abby is a Class of 2020 Leverett House resident studying Applied Mathematics and Economics. Originally from Boulder, Abby was first introduced to public engagement through her high school’s environmental club. Since then, she has worked hard to understand and contribute to the world around her, which led her to join the Institute of Politics as a freshman. Abby became involved with Fellows and Study Groups as a liaison for former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Since that point she has served as Co-Director of the Visiting Fellows and is now Co-Chair of Fellows & Study Groups. Outside of the IOP, Abby loves singing, skiing, quoting West Wing, and thrift-shopping.

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

JFK Jr. Forum

Ryan is an Adams House resident and member of the Class of 2019. He is concentrating in Economics and pursuing a secondary in History. Born and raised in Winston Salem, North Carolina, Ryan joined the Institute of Politics his freshman fall and has loved it ever since. He previously served as the JFK Jr. Forum Committee’s Coordinator and Chair of Outreach and as a liaison for Fellow Yohannes Abraham. Outside of the IOP, Ryan co-directs the Harvard Youth Leadership Initiative, a Phillip Brooks House Association program, and works as a research assistant at the Harvard EdLabs. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new restaurants, playing club baseball, and beating his friends at fantasy football.

E-mail address: ryandavis01@college.harvard.edu

Campaigns & Advocacy Program (CAP)

Anna is a Philadelphia native in the Class of 2021. Anna is excited to serve as Chair of the Campaign & Advocacy Program in 2018 and hopes to help engage students in compelling and practical conversations about campaigns and advocacy work. Aside from CAP, Anna is involved with the Policy Program and served as a liaison to Visiting Fellow Cornell Brooks. Outside of the Institute of Politics, Anna serves on the First-Year Social Committee, is active in the Harvard College Democrats, and volunteers with the Phillip Brooks House Association’s Mission Hill After-School Program. She can usually be found escaping the dining hall for Harvard Square restaurants, listening to country music, or cheering on Philadelphia sports teams.

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

Women's Initiative in Leadership (WIL)

Olivia is a member of the Class of 2021 from Weston, Connecticut. She is planning to concentrate in Government and pursue a secondary in Economics. Olivia serves as Chair of the Women’s Initiative in Leadership, and has also taken part in the Institute of Politics’ Campaigns & Advocacy Program. Around campus, Olivia is involved with the Harvard College Democrats and Women in Business. Her outside interests include swimming with the Harvard Club Swim Team and teaching her dog, Lucy, how to follow commands in Spanish.

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

Policy Program

Lilla is Class of 2020 Pforzheimer House resident originally from Boston. She is concentrating in Social Studies with a focus field in American national security and a secondary in Economics. Passionate about international relations, Lilla has travelled and studied abroad in Poland, Italy, and China, among others. Before serving as Co-Chair of the Policy Program, Lilla co-chaired the National Security Policy Group for two semesters and was a member of Citizenship Tutoring. Last summer, Lilla worked with Massachusetts legislators and former Policy members to found Every Voice, a student coalition advocating for the passage of Bill H2998. Outside the Institute of Politics, Lilla is a board member of the Harvard College Consulting Group and a member of the Harvard College Project for Justice. Her interests include hiking, traveling, and photography.

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

Citizenship Tutoring

Jocelyn is Class of 2019 Quincy House resident pursuing a joint-concentration in Romance Languages & Literatures and Government. Growing up in multicultural cities like Guadalajara and San Antonio, she has developed a deep fascination with international relations, business, and politics. She is passionate about immigration rights, all-things Latin America, and is enthusiastic about learning new languages. She has been a part of Citizenship Tutoring since her freshman fall. Outside of the IOP, Jocelyn is a Peer Advising Fellow and runs government simulations with Harvard Model Congress and HACIA Democracy. Last summer she interned in the Global Investment Banking division at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York.

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

Politics of Race & Ethnicity (PRE)

Maya is a member of the Class of 2021 planning on concentrating in Sociology. A Montclair, New Jersey native, Maya is passionate about issues of equality and the transformative power of the political process. Apart from serving as Co-Chair of the Politics of Race and Ethnicity Program, Maya is an active member of the JFK Jr. Forum Committee. Outside of the Institute of Politics, she is a member of the Harvard College Project for Justice, and can often be found in the candy aisle of CVS ranting about how amazing Kendrick Lamar is. 

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

 

National Campaign

Eloise is a Class of 2019 Lowell House resident originally from New York City. She is concentrating in Social Studies with an environmental justice focus and a Spanish language citation. Eloise has been a member of the National Campaign Committee since her sophomore fall. She is also a member of the Harvard College Democrats’ Campaigns Committee. In her free time, Eloise enjoys exploring Cambridge and finding local concerts.

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

Harvard Political Review (HPR)

Sam is a Leverett House resident from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. A member of the Class of 2019, Sam concentrates in Computer Science with a Government secondary. He is a member of the JFK Jr. Forum Committee, and was a Director's Intern at CNN the summer before his junior year. Outside of the Institute of Politics, Sam is a member of The Harvard Advocate and was a founding member of Harvard College Project for Justice. Sam is passionate about the intersection between technology and journalism, and he is excited to oversee an exciting year for the Harvard Political Review.

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

Director of Special Projects

Nivedita is a Class of 2019 Winthrop House resident from Louisville. She is concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Mathematics and is interested in the intersection of economics, politics, and policy. Nivedita previously chaired the National Campaign Committee. Outside the Institute of Politics, she is very involved with the Harvard College Consulting Group and Harvard Model United Nations. Nivedita is excited to serve as Director of Special Projects this year and is looking forward to working on initiatives to improve the student experience at the IOP. 

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

Harvard Political Union (HPU)

Chris a proud resident of Lowell House originally from Winchester, Massachusetts. A member of the Class of 2020, he is studying Applied Mathematics and Economics. Chris previously co-chaired an Economics Policy Group that researched and wrote a policy white paper on autonomous vehicle legislation for Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser. He also served as Director of Communications of the Harvard Political Union and Student Director of the 2017 Seminar on Transition for Newly Elected Mayors. Outside the Institute of Politics, Chris is the co-founder of Coding it Forward, a nonprofit that inspires and empowers young people to pursue social impact technology opportunities, and a photographer for Harvard Yearbook Publications. His interests include traveling, photography, and cheering on the New England Patriots.

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

Harvard Public Opinion Project (HPOP)

Teddy is a Sociology concentrator living in Pforzheimer House. He is excited to lead the Harvard Public Opinion Project and help share its insights on millennial political attitudes with the Harvard community and beyond. Besides HPOP, Teddy has also been a member of the JFK Jr. Forum Committee. Outside of the Institute of Politics, he is a Franklin Fellow. Teddy is interested in exploring how digital media and design affect society. This past summer, he taught a seminar on the 2016 election to high school students in China and worked at a travel-tech startup. As a native New Yorker, Teddy can be found frequently complaining about the Quad's distance and the quality of Cambridge's bagel options.

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

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics (STEAM)

Jenny is a member of the Class of 2020 studying Engineering and Sociology. Originally from North Carolina, she now resides in Currier House. As the Chair of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Program, Jenny is excited to promote an interdisciplinary approach to politics at Harvard. Outside of the Institute of Politics, Jenny volunteers with the Phillip Brooks House Association HOPE Prison Tutoring Program, serves as the Vice President of Ivy Council, and is a member of the Harvard College Consulting Group. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys playing tennis and dancing, as well as binge watching nature documentaries.

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

Membership Director

Kiera is a Class of 2020 Leverett House resident studying Government with a secondary in History. In addition to serving as Membership Director, she has been involved Institute of Politics as a liaison for Fellow TW Shannon, as a Membership Member-at-Large, and as a member of the Harvard Political Review and the Harvard Political Union. Outside the IOP, she is involved with the Open Campus Initiative and serves as President of the Harvard Republican Club. Kiera is originally from Ketchikan, Alaska and enjoys running and being outdoors. 

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

Internships & Career Services

Mitchell is an Eliot House resident originally from Cleveland. A member of the Class of 2019/20, he is studying Applied Mathematics with a focus in Economics. Aside from serving as Chair of the Internship and Career Services Program, Mitchell has been a Member-at-Large and is an active member of the Harvard Political Union. Outside of the Institute of Politics, Mitchell is a member of the Harvard Men’s Club Tennis Travel Team, the Harvard Catholic Students Association, and serves on the board of the Harvard Libertarian Club. Two summers ago he spent a month in Tanzania doing mission work, and has worked in hospital administration since then

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

Policy Program

Cade is a Class of 2020 Pforzheimer House resident concentrating in Government and pursuing a secondary in Economics. Born and raised in the town of White Oak, Cade is a proud Texas native. Prior to his tenure as Co-Chair of the Policy Program, Cade chaired the National Security and Economic Policy Groups. He is also a member of the Harvard Political Union and has been both a Membership and Special Projects Member-at-Large. Outside the Institute of Politics, he writes for The Crimson, serves as a member of the Undergraduate Council, and is on the Honor Council. In his free time, Cade enjoys following college football.

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

Fellows & Study Groups

Shreeya is a Class of 2019 Lowell House resident studying Environmental Engineering and Government. Originally from Long Island, she joined the Institute of Politics as a freshman and has participated in various programs, including Civics and the Women's Initiative in Leadership. She became involved with Fellows & Study Groups as a liaison to Ann Compton and later produced Yohannes Abraham's study group. Shreeya is very excited to continue her involvement as Co-Chair. Outside of the IOP,  Shreeya has directed the Phillip Brooks House Association's Alternative Spring Break program and has mentored through Strong Women, Strong Girls. In her free time, she enjoys watching Premier League soccer, practicing her Russian, and running along the Charles.

E-mail address: spanigrahi@college.harvard.edu​

Community Action Committee (CAC)

Derek was born and raised in sunny South Florida and now resides in Mather House.  A member of the Class of 2019, Derek concentrates in Government. Besides serving as Chair of the Community Action Committee, he has been involved with the Harvard Political Review for the past five semesters and has also served as a Member-at-Large for the past three semesters. Outside of the Institute of Politics, Derek is involved with Harvard Model Congress and EVKids and works as a research assistant. In his free time, he enjoys getting exercise, listening to music, and eating diverse food.

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

Civics

Damian is a member of the Class of 2020 concentrating in Social Studies, and serves as the Chair of the CIVICS program. Originally from Oak Park, Illinois, he lives in Kirkland House, right across the street from the IOP! Damian is passionate about social equality and local politics and considers CIVICS the perfect way to combine these interests in his extracurricular pursuits. When not teaching with CIVICS, Damian can be found singing with the Opportunes, giving tours with the Admissions Office, mentoring freshmen as a Peer Advising Fellow, or eating a burrito at his favorite Harvard Square eatery, El Jefe's Taqueria.  

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

Politics of Race & Ethnicity (PRE)

Shireen is a Pforzheimer House resident originally from Baltimore. A member of the Class of 2020, she is a government concentrator. Shireen has been passionate about the intersection of race and politics since middle school and is excited to serve as Chair of the Politics of Race Ethnicity this year. When Shireen is not at the Institute of Politics, you can find her at The Crimson, spending her BoardPlus in Lamont Cafe, or waiting for the Quad shuttle outside of Widener Gate.

E-mail address: s_younus@college.harvard.edu​