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Executive Board

President

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 and Information Science. She is passionate about evidence-based decision-making 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 Cornell ACLU, a Cayuga’s Watcher, and has served on the board of the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law organization. Contact her at [email protected].

Senior Policy Chairman

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]

Director of External 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].

Communications Director

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.

Advocacy Director

Bennett Sherr '21

Bennett Sherr '21

Bennett Sherr is a transfer sophomore in the College of Industrial and Labor Relations and is pursuing an additional minor in LGBT Studies. He joined the Roosevelt institute in the fall of 2018. Aside from serving as the current Advocacy Director of the Cornell University Roosevelt Institute, Bennett is an active member of the Cornell University American Civil Liberties Union, Phi Alpha Delta (Cornell’s largest pre-law fraternity), and is a member of Cornell’s Varsity Table Tennis Team. Away from Cornell, Bennett resides in Princeton, NJ. Both on campus and off, Bennett is extremely active in social justice and advocacy. He is currently a member of the Trevor Projects Youth Ambassador Council and was the 2015 winner of the VSA Youth Playwright Discovery Award (a national playwriting competition run out of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC). His play Mutant Boy was performed on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Contact him at [email protected]

Director of Internal Relations

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

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.

Strategic Advisor

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: Predictors of Child Care Arrangement Selection among Immigrant Families. 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]

Center Directors

Center For Education Policy

Ashni Verma '21

Ashni Verma '21

Ashni Verma is a sophomore in the ILR School with a minor in International Relations. As a prospective ILR Global Scholar, she has research interests in sustainable global development across all fields. This past summer she was conducting research on regenerative development in Buffalo, NY; this summer she will be studying Zambian law and policy with the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research. Outside of her involvement with the Roosevelt Institute, Ashni is the President of Cornell Nazaqat, an Indian Classical dance team, and Vice President of Internal Affairs of the Cornell American Civil Liberties Union. Contact her at [email protected]

Center For Economic Policy and Development

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.

Abby Cundiff '21

Abby Cundiff '21

Abigail is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in History and Economics and minoring in English. In addition to her involvement with Roosevelt, She is also an e-board member of the Cornell Global Economics and Finance Society and an active brother of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity. This past summer she was a trial unit intern at the US Securities and Exchange Commission in Chicago.

Center For Energy and Environmental Policy

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.

Cat Gorey

Cat Gorey

Catherine is a member of the class of 2021, she is studying human development with minors in law & society and communications. This is her third semester in Roosevelt and her first semester serving as a center director. Outside of Roosevelt, Catherine is involved in the Greek Culture Change Coalition, is a communications assistant for the College of Arts and Sciences, and does research on campus on children’s eyewitness testimony.

Center For Domestic Policy

Jack Ross-Pilkington '21

Jack Ross-Pilkington '21

Jack Ross-Pilkington is a Sophomore in the college of Industrial and Labor Relations. In addition to his work with the Roosevelt institute, Jack serves as the co-president of the Cornell American Civil Liberties union and the Secretary of the College Democrats of New York. Jack's primary policy interests include economic policy and electoral reform. In the future, Jack hopes to attend law school and run for public office. Contact him at [email protected]

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.

Kevin Zong '21

Kevin Zong '21

Kevin Zong is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Science at Cornell, majoring in Government. He is most passionate about international affairs, particularly Southeast and East Asia and the Middle East. Beyond Roosevelt, Kevin is involved with the Assorted Aces Dance Team, Asian American Intervarsity, and Pi Lambda Sigma (POLIS), a pre-professional government fraternity. This past summer, Kevin interned for the University of Virginia Center for Politics doing research for Sabato's Crystal Ball.