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Executive Board

Co-President

Samanatha Lustig '21

Samanatha Lustig '21

Samantha is a junior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations pursuing minors in Spanish and information science. She has been an active member of Roosevelt since the fall of 2017. Samantha is interested in voting reform, disability policy, and the impact of technology on the workforce. On campus, she is a research fellow at The Worker Institute, a member of the Student Assembly City and Local Affairs Committee, and a member of the Kappa Alpha Pi pre-law fraternity. This past summer, Samantha conducted research on organizational support for parents of children with intellectual disabilities for a non-profit in Lusaka, Zambia. Contact her at [email protected]

Co-President

Dylan Nezaj '21

Dylan Nezaj '21

Dylan is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is pursuing a double major in economics and government and a minor in environmetal, energy, and resource economics. Dylan has been with Roosevelt since his freshman fall semester in 2017. Of particular interest to him are energy and infrastructure policy, in addition to congressional affairs and New York politics. This past summer, Dylan interned with Environmental Defense Fund in New York. He is currently interning with the Solar Energy Industries Association. Contact him at [email protected]

Policy Chair

Marie Ceske '20

Marie Ceske '20

Marie is a senior in the College and Arts and Sciences majoring in Government with minors in English, history, and European studies. She has been a member of Roosevelt since fall 2017 and was previously the Education Policy Center Director for the organization. Marie is especially interested in comparative politics, populism, poetry, and American History. Outside of Roosevelt, Marie is a writing tutor for the Knight Writing Institute and involved with the Cornell Historical Society. Contact her at [email protected]

Assistant Policy Chair

Jackson Ross-Pilkington '21

Jackson Ross-Pilkington '21

Jack is a junior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He has been with Roosevelt since the fall of 2017. Jack is particularly interested in climate change, economic equity and electoral reform. Jack hopes to one day go to law school and possibly pursue elected office. Contact him at [email protected]

Editor-in-Chief

Jack Carlos Mindich '21

Jack Carlos Mindich '21

Jack is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in history. He joined the Roosevelt Institute in the fall of 2017 and served as the Director of the Foreign Policy Center for three semesters. In addition to his work with Roosevelt, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell International Affairs Review and has worked for criminal justice, government, and policy groups -- most recently for the Columbia Institute of Tele-Information at Columbia University. Contact him at [email protected]

Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Kevin Zong '21

Kevin Zong '21

Kevin is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a major in government. He has been with Roosevelt since the spring of 2018. Kevin is especially passionate about comparative politics, focusing primarily on East and Southeast Asia. Outside of Roosevelt, Kevin is involved with Asian-American Intervarsity and the Assorted Aces. Contact him at [email protected]

Director of Internal Affairs

Catherine Gorey '21

Catherine Gorey '21

Catherine is a junior in the College of Human Ecology studying Human Development with minors in law & society and English. She in passionate about issues surrounding women, children, and mental health. On campus she is the Director of Internal Affairs for the Roosevelt Institute, on the executive board for her social sorority, is involved in undergraduate research, works as a student assistant for the Arts and Sciences Communications Department, and is a Cornell Social Consultant for the Skorton Center for Public Health Initiatives. Contact her at [email protected]

Director of External Affairs

Giancarlo Valdetaro '21

Giancarlo Valdetaro '21

Giancarlo is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a double major in Government and History. He has been with Roosevelt since the spring of 2018. Giancarlo is particularly interested in the intersections of race, class, and democracy. Outside of Roosevelt Institute, Giancarlo enjoys running, playing tennis, cooking, and political conversation with friends. Contact him at [email protected]

Advocacy Director; Global Student Policy Alliance Liaison

Ashni Verma '21

Ashni Verma '21

Ashni Verma is a junior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations with a minor in International Relations. She joined Roosevelt in Spring 2019 and has since worked both in the Education and Advocacy centers. Her policy interests focus on sustainable and equitable development. This past summer she conducted research on corporate social responsibility policies in Zambian copper mines in conjunction with ActionAid Zambia. In addition to her work with CRI, Ashni is an undergraduate research fellow for the ILR Worker Institute and is on the executive boards for Nazaqat (an Indian dance team) and the Cornell ACLU. Contact her at [email protected]

Director of Communications

Stella Linardi '22

Stella Linardi '22

Stella is a sophomore in the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University interested in public policy, law, and labor rights. In addition to being the Director of Communications and a Domestic Policy analyst in the Cornell Roosevelt Institute, she is a part of the Cornell DREAM Team, the Cornell University American Civil Liberties Union, and is active in a social sorority. Her prior experiences include interning for the Department of Labor under the California Commissioner of Labor, and interning for the Senate under Senator Kamala Harris this past summer.

Strategic Advisor

Emmy Chen '20; Global Student Policy Alliance Liaison

Emmy Chen '20; Global Student Policy Alliance Liaison

Emmy is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Government and minoring in Information Science and Inequality Studies. She first joined the Roosevelt Institute in Spring of 2017, and has previously served as the President, Senior Policy Chair, and Director of Domestic Policy. Emmy is interested in data-driven policymaking and how to design effective policy solutions for difficult social problems. This past summer, she interned for Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan on Capitol Hill. She has also previously worked for political consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker, as well as conducted research on the US think tank landscape. Outside of Roosevelt, Emmy likes reading self-help books and perfecting her snickerdoodle cookie recipe. Contact her at [email protected]

External Affairs Advisor

Nikhil Dhingra '20

Nikhil Dhingra '20

Nikhil is a senior in the ILR school interested in public policy and government affairs. He has been with the Roosevelt Institute since September of 2016. This past summer, Nikhil conducted policy research in Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group to advance the legislative interests of H&K's clients. Nikhil is interested in returning to DC upon graduation to continue his pursuits within the policy sphere. Outside of CRI, Nikhil is currently serving as a policy extern for the American Council of Renewable Energy. Contact him at [email protected]

Center Directors

Center For Education Policy

Justin Wang '22

Justin Wang '22

Justin is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a double major in economics and philosophy. He joined Roosevelt in the spring of 2019 and is most interested in policy concerning higher education. Last summer he did a research internship at the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He hopes to one day attend law school. Contact him at [email protected]

Templechukwu Anyasi '22

Templechukwu Anyasi '22

Templechukwu, class of 2022, is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences from Brooklyn, New York. He joined Roosevelt in spring 2019. He is pursuing an economics and statistical science major, as well as a minor in urban and regional studies. His interests include learning new languages, studying cities, and the public education system. Outside of Roosevelt, Templechukwu is a singer in Cornell University's Chorale as a bass singer. Contact him at [email protected]

Center For Economic Policy

Abigail Cundiff '21

Abigail Cundiff '21

Abigail is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences from the Chicagoland area. She majors in history and economics and minors in English. She joined the Cornell Roosevelt Institute in all 2017 and is the Economic Policy Center Director. She is interested in financial market regulation and the ability of certain economic tools and policies to mitigate the effects of climate change. She is also a frequent Amtrak rider and proponent of public transit. Abigail is also a member of the Cornell Global Economics and Finance Society and a brother of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity. She has enjoyed internships as a Compliance intern at Raymond James Financial Services and a Trial Unit intern at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Contact her at [email protected]

Center For Environmental and Technology Policy

Matthew Ponticiello '21

Matthew Ponticiello '21

Matthew is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majoring in global and public health sciences with minors in Spanish and inequality studies. He joined the Roosevelt Institute in spring 2019 as a healthcare policy analyst. Matthew is interested in health equity and environmental justice. More specifically, he is interested in how social sciences can be used to improve resource conservation and healthcare delivery. In addition to Roosevelt, Matthew is the Co-President of Cornell's chapter of Partners in Health, involved in the Obesity Research Group, a member of Greek Life at Cornell, and works at the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives. Contact him at [email protected]

Center For Healthcare Policy

Isabella Harnick '21

Isabella Harnick '21

Isabella is a Junior in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, majoring in policy analysis and management. She is particularly interested in studying healthcare, demography, and inequality. Outside of the Roosevelt, she is also involved in the Dean's Undergraduate Advisory Council, Human Ecology’s Ambassador Program, TAMID, and Hillel’s Social Justice Committee. Contact her at [email protected]

Center For Domestic Policy

David Leynov '21

David Leynov '21

David is a third-year Industrial and Labor Relations major who is currently the director of the Domestic Policy Institute. David is primarily interested in collective representation and the effects of union declension on working conditions. Contact him at [email protected]

Center For Foreign Policy

Aneil Gill '20

Aneil Gill '20

Aneil is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, double-majoring in government and history. He has been a member of the Roosevelt Institute since the fall of 2017. Aneil maintains a broad interest in policy, including interests in healthcare and immigration, but especially enjoys exploring American foreign policy. Outside of Roosevelt, Aneil has worked on political campaigns and enjoys basketball and football. Contact him at [email protected]