Student Leadership

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The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) leads Harvard undergraduates in planning and executing IOP programs and projects. It seeks to engage a diverse group of students and helps shape a long-term vision for the Institute.

Executive Leadership

2017
President

Kathryn is a resident of Adams House and a Social Studies concentrator, focusing on American Civil Liberties Jurisprudence. Before being elected President, Kathryn previously chaired the Policy Program and has been a member of the HPU, HPOP, WIL, STEAM, and SAC. Politically, Kathryn is captivated by education reform, participatory democracy, and civic technology. When not at the IOP, Kathryn served as the Director of Logistics for Harvard Ventures’ premier innovation conference, a Peer Concentration Advisor, the Social Studies representative to the Student Advisory Board to the Social Sciences, a member of Native Americans at Harvard College, and a research assistant for acting Harvard Kennedy School Dean Archon Fung and Professor David King. Originally from San Diego, she has also worked for U.S. Senator Feinstein, California Senator Wyland, and Agora, a civic technology startup. In her free time, Kathryn is an avid consumer of all things caffeinated or satirical.

2017
Vice President

Austin is a Government concentrator and resident of Pforzheimer House. He is pursuing a secondary in African American Studies with a focus on racial justice and educational equity. Originally from Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Austin found a second home at the IOP. He is honored to serve as Vice President this year, and has formerly been involved in Community Action Committee, Policy, Harvard Political Union, Student Advisory Committee, and HVOTE. Outside of the IOP, Austin is a Campus Campaign Coordinator with Teach for America, a Peer Concentrator Counselor with the Government Department, and a Peer Advising Fellow. He has also served as a Field Organizer for Martha Coakley and Assistant to the Chief of Staff at KIPP NYC. Austin enjoys patriotic apparel, ridiculous dancing, and anything from Crema Cafe.

2017
Treasurer

Max is an Applied Math concentrator in Mather House. He is also pursuing a secondary in Visual and Environmental Studies, and is incredibly excited to serve as Treasurer. Originally from New York, he became involved with the IOP his freshman fall as a liaison for Beth Myers with the Fellows and Study Groups Program, and has since served as FSG Co-Chair. During his tenure at the IOP, Max has participated in the Harvard Public Opinion Project, and the National Campaign. He has also been a member of the FSG Leadership Team, and the Fellows Selection Committee. Outside of the IOP, he is the Fundraising Chair for the Harvard College Film Festival.

2017
Communications Director

Sally is a resident of Pforzheimer house and a Government concentrator pursuing a secondary in History. At the Institute of Politics, she has previously served as Membership Chair, a Member at Large, and a liaison for both Frank Fahrenkopf and Bassem Youssef in the Fellows and Study Group Program. Having participated in both the Women’s Initiative in Leadership and the Campaigns and Advocacy Program, she continues to be both a member of the Harvard Public Opinion Project and the Fellows Selection Committee. When she isn’t at the IOP, Sally is a Peer Advising Fellow for freshmen and a member of the Harvard Model Congress. An avid music lover, West Wing fangirl, and tea junkie, Sally spent the summer studying abroad in Greece enjoying some of her favorite things: travel, photography, and food.

Student Advisory Committee Leadership

2018
CIVICS

Nick Ackert is a Junior in Pforzheimer House concentrating in Classics but pursuing a secondary in Government and a citation in Mandarin. Although he was born in New York City, he spent most of his high school years in Taipei, Taiwan, where he first discovered a love of travel, international relations, the Chinese language, and teaching. During his time abroad, he co-founded Heart To Heart, an international service organization which designs and administrates an annual English language immersion sleep-away summer camp for under-resourced aboriginal children in rural parts of the island. The program is entering its seventh year and has just expanded into Vietnam. Nick now serves as the IOP Co-Chair for the Harvard CIVICS program, and he is excited to continue volunteer teaching in Boston public schools. In addition to serving the IOP, he is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Harvard undergraduate Classics journal, Persephone, and a member of the Harvard archery team.

2018
JFK Jr. Forum

Juan is a Government concentrator living in Mather House. He was born in Bogota, Colombia and was raised in Miami, Florida. Juan joined the IOP his freshman fall and is also a member of Citizenship Tutoring. Outside of the IOP, he volunteers at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, is the Co-Manager of Business Operations for the Harvard College Law Review, and is a Supervisor for the Crimson Callers program. As Forum Chair, Juan is excited to work towards improving the IOP experience and continuing to promote student engagement in politics.

 

2017
HPR

Joe is an economics concentrator living in Kirkland House. He is excited to serve as Chair of Citizenship Tutoring, an organization that has allowed him to give back to the Harvard community. Within the IOP, Joe is also the Senior Campus Editor of the Harvard Political Review. He spent last summer working with the Chilean government at the intersection of business and politics, an area he wishes to further pursue. Originally from Aurora, Colorado, Joe enjoys skiing and is an avid fan of Suits and Survivor. He also spends way too much time watching Vines and is addicted to BonChon Chicken.

 

2017
Policy Program

A native Bostonian and a resident of Eliot House, Abigail is concentrating in history with a secondary in government and is passionate about the ways in which historical scholarship can be an actively ethical force in the present.  Given her interest in combining academic research and practical political change, she was drawn to the Policy Program her freshman fall and has since led Education Policy for four semesters and researched for both Health and Women’s Policy. She has also participated in WIL and written for the HPR.  Outside of the IOP, Abigail is a peer counselor for Contact and an Undergraduate Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics.  She enjoys science fiction, queer activism, and Nutella.

2017
Women in Leadership

Sossina is a Junior in Mather House. She studies Applied Mathematics and is interested in government and economic development. Sossina grew up in Essex, Vermont, which she continues to return to despite the cold. At the IOP, she has participated in WIL, Community Action Committee, and Civics! Outside the IOP, she acts as a director for the Chinatown After-school Program and enjoys volunteering with the Phillips Brooks House Association, reading, and running. Sossina looks forward to working with the IOP to build the next generation of women leaders.

2017
STEAM

Priscilla is a Technology, Policy, and Society concentrator, living in Currier House. Originally from New York, she serves as the Technology Chair and Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) projects. Priscilla is particularly interested in the intersection between politics and technology as well as public service. As a representative on the NYC Youthboard, she advises the DYCD on the development of youth programming. Outside of the IOP, she is involved in Women in Computer Science, Women in Business, and the Phillips Brooks House Association. She enjoys reading the New York Times and traveling to different cities around the world.

2017
HPOP

Sonya is a Government concentrator living in Lowell House. She is also pursuing a secondary in History of Science. Originally from San Diego, California, Sonya became involved with the IOP her freshman fall as a member of the Harvard Public Opinion Project (HPOP), which produces a biannual poll examining the political opinions and civic engagement of young Americans, ages 18 to 29. This year, Sonya is excited to serve as the Chair of HPOP. She also looks forward to working on the IOP’s Student Advisory Committee to promote student engagement in public service and politics. Outside of the IOP, Sonya is the Executive Director of the Small Claims Advisory Service, an organization that provides pro bono consultations for individuals seeking redress or defending themselves in small claims court. In addition, Sonya enjoys serving as the Government concentration representative to the Undergraduate Council Advisory Board for Social Science.

2017
Fellows and Study Groups

Michael lives in Lowell House and concentrates in Government with a secondary in History. He is from the "Friendly Isle" of Molokai, Hawaii. During his tenure at the Institute of Politics, Michael has served on the leadership team of the Harvard Political Union, volunteered with CIVICS and Citizenship Tutoring, and participated in the Campaigns and Advocacy Program. He has spent his college summers in Washington, DC as an intern for Senator Mazie Hirono, and in Greece as a Director's Intern at the Andreas Papandreou Foundation. Michael was a Fall 2014 liaison for Governor Chris Gregoire, and has been a member of the Fellows and Study Groups leadership team ever since. Outside of the IOP, he can be found campaigning for Hillary Clinton, who he hopes to work for this summer in Brooklyn, NY.

2016
Harvard Political Union

Raya is a sophomore living in Adams House, concentrating in History, with a secondary in Government and a citation in Mandarin Chinese. Born in Israel, Raya lived on a kibbutz before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Raya has always been interested in politics and international affairs, particularly in the regions of East Asia and the Middle East. In addition to Chairing the Harvard Political Union, Raya is also involved in Model UN, directing committees in Boston and Beijing. In her free time, Raya enjoys reading, hanging out in bookstores, and playing with dogs.

2018
CAC

Jeff is a native of Salem, Oregon living in Mather House. Jeff is concentrating in Government and pursuing a secondary in Economics. In addition to serving as chair of CAC, he is an active member of the Harvard Public Opinion Project and the Harvard Political Union, which he previously chaired. Besides these pursuits, Jeff enjoys listening to classical music, engaging in any and all political discussions, and following professional basketball, where he celebrates his Pacific Northwest roots by being a Portland Trail Blazers fan.

2018
PRE

David is a sophomore living in Pforzheimer House who plans on pursuing a degree in Government with a Secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, & Rights. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, David’s first experience with the IOP was with the pilot semester of the Politics of Race and Ethnicity (PRE) program during his freshman fall term. Inspired by the riveting conversations and the crucial work of incorporating discussions of issues pertinent to communities of color within the political discourse of the IOP and greater Harvard community, David strives towards continuing this mission within the Institute through his position as co-chair. Outside of his PRE involvement, David volunteers as a CIVICS teacher, works as a student coordinator for the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program, and serves on the boards of the Harvard BGLTQ Business Society, FUERZA Latina and the Harvard College Democrats. His interests include bingewatching crime & legal dramas, anything L.A.-related, and discussing politics.

2017
Policy Program

Sohum is an Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator living in Pforzheimer House. He is interested in the intersection of science and government, and is thrilled to serve as Co-Chair of the Policy Program. A proud New Jersey native and former EPA intern, he hopes to one day fight climate change with clean energy. Outside of the IOP, he leads discussions for Harvard Dharma, researches for Sense & Sustainability, and attempts world domination via Model UN. In his free time, Sohum is an enthusiastic (if not exceptionally well-tuned) tenor saxophonist, a devotee of The West Wing, and a chocolate ice cream enthusiast.

2018
ICS

Annalee Perez is a junior in Dunster House studying government and is excited to serve as the chair of Internships and Career Services. She is originally from Florida but currently resides in Tennessee. In addition to ICS, Annalee has also been a part of the Special Events committee and the National Security Policy Group. She enjoys anything related to foreign policy, national security, science and tech, or space. Outside of the IOP you can usually find her somewhere in Dunster where she is also a co-chair for the House Committee. She enjoys watching TV and movies of all genres, swimming, and eating gourmet cheese.

2016
Citizenship Tutoring

Sam Reiss is a History and Literature American Studies Concentrator living in Pforzheimer house. He serves as Chair of the Citizenship Tutoring Program, and cherishes the opportunity to tutor his tutee José for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Outside of the IOP, Sam serves as the Publisher of the literary magazine the Harvard Advocate and a leader for the Harvard First-Year Outdoor Program (FOP). For Fun, Sam loves to backpack, run his weekly radio show on WHRB 95.3 FM and nervously watch all of Novak Djokovic’s matches. Right now, you can probably find him rereading “The Map” by Elizabeth Bishop.

2017
Politics of Race and Ethnicity

Michael is an A.B. candidate in Economics in Mather House. He is pursuing a secondary in Government with an interest in municipal governance, civic engagement and socioeconomic inequality. In keeping with these interests, he is incredibly excited to cochair the Politics of Race and Ethnicity (PRE) Program after its recent founding in the fall of 2014. A native of Fitchburg, MA, he previously served as a member of the Policy and National Campaign groups and held internships at The Partnership for Public Service as a Director's Intern, and at the Boston Office of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as a constituent services intern. Outside of the IOP you can find him working at the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative or on the Charles rowing for his upperclassmen house.

2017
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.

2018
Fellows and Study Groups

Caroline is a Government concentrator in Pforzheimer House proudly hailing from the great state of North Carolina. At the IOP, she's been involved in HPU, WIL, CAP, and Citizenship Tutoring, and occasionally writes for the HPR. She has previously served as a liaison for Fellows Governor Christine Gregoire of Washington and Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina. In 2015, she worked to recruit and train candidates to run for public office in North Carolina. Outside of the IOP, she’s involved in Harvard Model Congress, an organization that runs government simulation for high school students around the world, and works for the Harvard College Admissions Office. She’s interested in policy and public service and hopes to eventually attend law school.

2017
Campaigns and Advocacy

Sharon is an economics concentrator with a government secondary. A sophomore originally from the great state of Texas, Sharon is a member of Eliot House. Having been a member of the Campaigns and Advocacy program since its inception, Sharon is incredibly excited to be chairing the program as an exciting presidential election year kicks off. Outside of the IOP, Sharon serves as the Vice President of the Harvard College Democrats and is a member of the news board of The Harvard Crimson (you may have read her article on the devastating closure of Yogurtland). You can find her listening to podcasts whilst power walking to class, curating her Twitter presence, or yelling at the television about sports.

Members

2017

Nicholas Bonstow is a junior in Adams House but hails from a Victorian Seaside town, Torquay, in the countryside of England. A Social Studies concentrator, Nick has many interests in politics and philosophy, especially in legal and political philosophy. He has spent two summers working in technology, and before Harvard spent many, many months campaigning in England for the Tory Party. He is a super extrovert likely because he is a triplet, always being surrounded by his Sister and Brother, and looks forward to building stronger community at the IOP.