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Executive Board

President

Stephannie Chen '19​

Stephannie Chen '19​

Stephannie is a Senior at the ILR School minoring in Economics and Business. Prior to serving as President, Stephannie was the former Senior Policy Chairman and VP of Programming. She joined Roosevelt as a policy analyst in the Education policy center. Outside of Roosevelt, Stephannie volunteers with a first grade class at Fall Creek Elementary school and is working on her honors thesis: The Impact of Head Start on Maternal Employment. She has also previously conducted research on strategic HR applications to public schools and verbatim/gist differences in sexual assault legislation. This past summer Stephannie worked as a Research Analyst at Gartner. Contact her at [email protected].

Senior Policy Chairman

Emmy Chen '20

Emmy Chen '20

Emmy Chen is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Government and minoring in Inequality Studies, Public Policy, and Information Science. She is passionate about humans and civil rights and focuses on how social institutions and processes exacerbate inequities in outcome, as well as how to design effective policy solutions for social problems. Emmy has previously conducted research on childhood sexual assault disclosure and the rape-kit backlog. Furthermore, she has led double project research teams at the University of Pennsylvania analyzing the US think tank and policy landscape. This past summer, she worked at SKD Knickerbocker, where she conducted political research and public relations affairs, and contributed to the launch of national advocacy and political campaigns. At Cornell, she is a member of Consent Ed, a Cayuga’s Watcher, and has served on the board of the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law organization. Contact her at [email protected].

Director of Internal Relations

Giancarlo Valdetaro '21

Giancarlo Valdetaro '21

Giancarlo is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Government and History, and planning to minor in Public Policy, Inequality Studies, and Law and Society. He joined the Roosevelt Institute last semester, in which time he was not only able to help organize Cornell’s March for Our Lives, but also organize CRI’s Gun Policy Forum. Outside of Roosevelt Institute, he researches 19th century civil rights with Professor Bateman in the Government department, and is a member of the Cornell Political Union and the Cornell Symphonic Orchestra. This past summer he worked on two different congressional campaigns in his home district, VA-10, and is looking forward to election results this November, and the beginning of the discussions about 2020. Contact him at [email protected].

Director of External Relations

Nikhil Dhingra '20

Nikhil Dhingra '20

Nikhil is a sophomore in the ILR School. He is a member of the Rawlings Presidential Scholars program, using grant money to conduct research on sanctuary city policies with Professor Shannon Gleeson within ILR. Outside of the classroom, Nikhil serves as the Committee Co-Chair for the Community Service Committee within ILR Student Government, writes for the Cornell Business Review, and is an active brother of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity. In his free time, Nikhil enjoys to read and play basketball. You can reach Nikhil at [email protected].

Advocacy Director

Liel Sterling '21

Liel Sterling '21

Liel Sterling is a sophomore in the College of Industrial and Labor Relations. Apart from serving as the Roosevelt Institute’s Advocacy Director, Liel is Cornell Meinig Family National Scholar, the President of the Cornell chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a brother of Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity. Liel loves her home-state of NJ and has interned for three NJ Politicians including NJ State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, US Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr., and US Senator Cory A. Booker. Contact her at [email protected]

Communications Director

Samara Jacobson '20

Samara Jacobson '20

Samara is a junior majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations with a minor in Business. Outside of Roosevelt, Samara conducts independent research on the effects of unionization on charter schools, writes for the Cornell Undergraduate Law and Society Review, and is active in a social sorority. This past summer, she interned for Congressman Eliot Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in his Capitol Hill Office. Email her at [email protected]

New Analyst Director

Daniel Bromberg '20

Daniel Bromberg '20

Daniel is a junior majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations with a minor in Russian. He is passionate about organized labor and economic justice. Last summer, he interned at the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining. On campus, he is an ILR Research Fellow and is involved with the People's Organizing Collective and Cornell ACLU. In his free time, Daniel enjoys trees and Constructivism. You can contact Dan at: [email protected]

Center Directors

Center For Education Policy

Marie Ceske '21

Marie Ceske '21

Marie is a junior majoring in Government and English with a minor in Business. Outside of Roosevelt, she is a writing tutor for the Knight Institute, former Editor-in-Chief of Ezra’s Archives, and an Arts and Sciences Peer Advisor. For the past two summers, she has worked at a law firm specializing in estate law. Next semester, she’ll be interning in Parliament and studying British public policy. Marie hopes to attend law school and become a litigator. Her interest in education policy largely stems from the fact that many of her family members are teachers.

Center For Economic Policy and Development

Shivani Sanghani '20

Shivani Sanghani '20

Shivani is a Junior in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Economics with minors in Statistics and Crime, Prisons, Education & Justice. She hopes to attend law school in the future and pursue a career in civil rights or public interest law. In addition to Roosevelt, Shivani is also a news writer for The Cornell Daily Sun and a member of The Cornell Engineering World Health project team.

Dylan Nezaj '21

Dylan Nezaj '21

Dylan is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Economics and Government with a minor in Public Policy. He plans to pursue a career in public service, and in addition to Roosevelt, is Vice President of Finances for Cornell POLIS, a pre-government professional society.

Center For Energy and Environmental Policy

Ahyoung Kim-Lee '21

Ahyoung Kim-Lee '21

Ahyoung Kim-Lee is a senior majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences with a minor in Applied Economics. She hopes to apply her environmental and economics background to her interest in pursuing international environmental business. Specifically, Ahyoung would like to focus on the trade of green technologies to mitigate the fine dust problem in South Korea. On campus, she enjoys being involved with her dance troupe, Pandora, as well as with her sorority Kappa Phi Lambda.

Matt D'Ambrosio '20

Matt D'Ambrosio '20

Matt D'Ambrosio is a member of the CALS class of 2020 and is majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences. He has a particular interest in wildlife and conservation. Matt also writes for the campus humor magazine, The Cornell Lunatic, where he is Executive-Editor, and he is also involved with Cornell Political Union. This past January he travelled to the Dominican Republic where he participated in a field research study, and during the school year he works in the Spraks Stable Isotope Lab.

Center For Healthcare Policy

Bella Harnick '21

Bella Harnick '21

Bella Harnick is a sophomore in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, majoring in Policy Analysis and Management. She is particularly interested in studying healthcare, demography, and social inequality. Outside of Roosevelt, she is also involved in the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Council, Human Ecology’s Ambassador Program, the United Nations Association of the United States at Cornell’s Research Team, and Hillel’s Social Justice Committee.

Center For Domestic Policy

Samantha Lustig '21

Samantha Lustig '21

Samantha Lustig is a sophomore in the ILR school from New York City. She is pursuing potential minors in Spanish and Computer Science. Some of her policy interests include criminal justice, voting rights, and the impact of technology on the workforce. In addition to her involvement in the Roosevelt Institute, she is the chair of the Cornell Student Assembly's City and Local Affairs Committee and a practicing 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo. Samantha has previously interned with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and New York City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal. She is interested in pursuing a career in law in the future.

Rad Harshvardhan '20

Rad Harshvardhan '20

Shraddha Harshvardhan, who is most commonly referred to as Rad, is a Junior from Toronto studying Policy Analysis and Management with minors in Business and Inequality Studies. She joined the Roosevelt Institute last year as an Analyst for the Center for Education Policy and is now the Assistant Center Director for the Center of Domestic Policy. During her summers, Rad has interned at Holland Bloorview Kids' Rehabilitation Hospital as well as KMK Consulting Inc., a pharmaceutical consulting firm, fostering in her a passion for health policy. You can often find Rad salsa dancing, in a meditation class, or playing chess at Ithaca's Kava Lounge and Tea Bar.

Center For Foreign Policy and International Studies

Jack Mindich '21

Jack Mindich '21

Jack Mindich is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences planning to major in Government. He joined the Roosevelt Institute in the fall of 2017 and became Foreign Policy Center Director for the 2018 spring semester. He also serves as a managing editor for the Cornell International Affairs Review and has worked in criminal justice in New York City for the past three summers. Most recently, he interned for the EDNY Department of Probation in Brooklyn, New York.