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Executive Board

Co-President

Meera Balaji '23

Meera Balaji '23

Meera is a junior in the school of Industrial and Labor Relations and the former Editor-in-Chief. Outside of Roosevelt, Meera is also a Project Manager at Cornell Venture Capital and a member of a social sorority. She interned as a Venture Capital intern at SVB Capital this past summer and is a former Research Assistant at the S.C. Johnson College of Business at Cornell.

Co-President

Stella Linardi '22

Stella Linardi '22

Stella is a senior in the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University interested in public policy, law, and labor rights. She minors in Law and Society, Inequality Studies, and Business, and hopes to go to law school. In addition to being the Co-President in the Cornell Roosevelt Institute, she is a part of a student advisory board for Cornell administrators, a research assistant for the ILR Workers' Institute, part of the Cornell DREAM Team, is the Director of Student and Campus Life under the Office of the Student Advocate, and is active in a social sorority. Her favorite internship experiences include working against wage theft under the California Commissioner of Labor, and doing policy work for former Senator Kamala Harris.

Editor-in-Chief

Viktoria Catalan '22

Viktoria Catalan '22

Viktoria Catalan is a senior majoring in Chemistry & Chemical Biology and minoring in German Studies. She is interested in global economic development, international relations, medicine and public health, and humanitarian relief. Her long-term goal is to address healthcare and education disparities in low-resource communities by reforming policy and improving research-to-practice efficiency. In addition to serving as Editor in Chief for the Cornell Roosevelt Institute, Viktoria is involved in health and biomedical research, the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board, and the Cornell Institute of Politics and Global Affairs.

Director of External Affairs

Keegan Schicke '23

Keegan Schicke '23

Keegan Schicke is a junior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He is a member of several campus groups and is an avid reader. His professional interests include consulting and trading.

Director of Internal Affairs

Riya Patel '24

Riya Patel '24

Riya is a sophomore studying Policy Analysis and Management in the College of Human Ecology. She joined Roosevelt in her freshman spring as an analyst in the healthcare center. Riya is passionate about healthcare policy, and she is a part of other health-related organizations on campus such as Cayuga Healthcare Consulting and Ithaca Health Initiative. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, go biking, and play the piano or viola.

Policy Chair

Emily Boldt '22

Emily Boldt '22

Emily is a senior in the Dyson School majoring in Applied Economics and Management. She joined Roosevelt in the fall of 2019. Outside of Roosevelt, Emily is a member of the Society of Women in Business, Cornell Value Investing Club, and serves as a Social Media Ambassador for Cornell Undergraduate Admissions.

Communications Director

Emily Udagawa '24

Emily Udagawa '24

Emily is a sophomore in the College of Human Ecology majoring in Global and Public Health Sciences. She is interested in healthcare policy, science communication, and healthcare marketing. Outside of Roosevelt, Emily is also an active member of the Ithaca Health Initiative and is a research fellow at the Health Design Innovations Lab.

Advocacy Director

Andreas Psahos '24

Andreas Psahos '24

Andreas is a sophomore in the College of Human Ecology studying Policy Analysis and Management. Andreas joined Roosevelt in Spring 2021 as a Domestic Policy Analyst. Apart from being the current Advocacy Director for Cornell Roosevelt Institute, he serves on the PAM Undergraduate Council, is the Executive Secretary for Cornell Phi Alpha Delta, and volunteers for the Parole Preparation Program. He is interested in pursuing a career in law, and spent this past summer advocating for his local community on the state level through an internship with the NYS Assembly.

Center Directors

Center For Economic Policy

Garry Blum '22

Garry Blum '22

Garry is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences where he is pursuing a major in economics and a minor in philosophy. He has been with the Roosevelt Institute's Center for Economic Policy since he first enrolled last semester and is currently engaged in research regarding American anti-trust policy. Outside of Roosevelt, Garry has held internships at BMW North America's legal department and as an analyst at YD Development. He plans to attend law school after graduation.

Center For Environmental and Technology Policy

Aishani Shukla '23

Aishani Shukla '23

Aishani Shukla is a Junior in the school of Industrial and Labor Relations pursuing minors in Applied Economics and Psychology. Outside of Roosevelt, she is a Fair Labor Association Student Committee member, a research assistant for UNI Global Union, and an editor for the Cornell Diplomat. This year, she is also interning with the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

Center For Healthcare Policy

Rachel Armstong '22

Rachel Armstong '22

Rachel is a senior in the school of Human Ecology at Cornell University, majoring in human biology, health, and society, and minoring in health policy. Rachel joined the Roosevelt Institute in Fall 2018. She enjoys writing about pain management, healthcare in prisons, community health initiatives, and the well-being of the elderly. Outside of Roosevelt, Rachel is an orientation supervisor, a brother of APO, a community service fraternity, and involved in the Cornell Tradition and Science Olympiad.

Center For Domestic Policy

Hannah Ritter '22

Hannah Ritter '22

Hannah is a senior studying Industrial and Labor Relations with minors in Inequality Studies and Law and Society. She joined CRI in the Spring 2019 and this is her second year as the Domestic Center director. Last summer, Hannah worked at a pro bono law firm assisting clients access their unemployment insurance benefits and representing them in hearings. She is also pursuing an Honor's Thesis studying the gig workers' access to unemployment benefits throughout the pandemic, focusing on on-demand platform and ride sharing drivers.

Center For Foreign Policy

Javier Vega '24

Javier Vega '24

Javi is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying information science and government. He joined the fall semester of his freshman year. Javi is interested in foreign policy, especially in how nation’s environmental and energy policies interact, coalesce, compete, and influence decision making. This summer, he interned at a biotechnology startup doing both business and product development. In the future, he hopes to help curb climate change through private sector change.