Isra Abdulwadood | UT Dallas
The Leadership Conference
Isra Abdulwadood is a junior at The University of Texas at Dallas majoring in neuroscience and art history. On campus, she is part of the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College and is a research intern at the Lab for Integrative Neuroscience. Off campus, she regularly volunteers at the IANT Clinic, and this past year, she had the honor of volunteering with SERV at Texas Health Presbyterian. Previously, she interned at the International Rescue Committee where she developed an interest in healthcare policy and global health.
Priyanka Agrawal | UT Dallas
Priya Agrawal is a junior at The University of Texas at Dallas majoring in biology and minoring in political science and business. On campus, Agrawal has served in Student Government and is a member of the Roosevelt Network at UTD. Additionally, she has volunteered with 180 Degrees Consulting at UTD and has introduced various sustainable measures to campus through the UTD Green Initiative. Recently, she interned with Fundación Inter-Americana del Corazon in Argentina and published research on the global tobacco market. She has worked with Senator Nathan Johnson to introduce foster care health reform in Texas. Upon graduation, Agrawal hopes to pursue a career in medicine and public policy.
Neal Mody-Bailey | UT San Antonio
Neal Mody-Bailey is a senior at The University of Texas at San Antonio majoring in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and immunology and a minor in biology. Mody-Bailey has had a diverse college experience, from being a UTSA Ambassador and the Vice President of the UTSA Men's Volleyball Club to studying abroad. Additionally, he has conducted research in the fields of medicinal chemistry and public health and wishes to incorporate his findings into his future career. His passions lie within the field of human rights and equality and hopes that his internship will enable him to explore these issues further. After graduation, Mody-Bailey will attend medical school.
Marcos Mullin | UT San Antonio
The Heritage Foundation
Marcos Mullin is a senior and Top Scholar at The University of Texas at San Antonio pursuing a degree in economics and public administration with a minor in mathematics. At UTSA, Marcos was involved with several organizations including the Student Government, the Young Americans for Freedom, and the Catholic Student Association. Last spring, Marcos completed an internship in the Budget and Policy Division of the Office of the Governor Greg Abbott. When he has time off, Mullen enjoys reading, playing rugby, and laying in his hammock. He plans on attending law school after graduation.
Ruben Aguirre | UT El Paso
U.S. Representative Veronica Escobar (TX-16)
Ruben Aguirre is a senior at The University of Texas at El Paso majoring in political science and minoring in legal reasoning. He has interned at the district office of former U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke and has worked on O’Rourke’s senate and presidential campaigns. Aguirre also worked for two years at UTEP's President's Office under Dr. Diana Natalicio and interned for Judge Philip Martinez at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. He is a member of the Patti and Paul Yetter Center for Law, Chicano /Pre-Law Society, Student Government Association, and an umpire at Southwest Little League. Ruben plans to attend law school upon graduation.
Katie Balevic | UT Austin
U.S. Representative Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07)
Katie Balevic is a journalism and government senior at The University of Texas at Austin. She has spent several semesters as a reporter at The Daily Texan, the University's newspaper, covering student government, the UT System and the Texas Legislature. Balevic also interned at the Victoria Advocate and The Daily Dot. This past fall, she spent her semester in New York City with the UT New York program as part of its inaugural cohort.
Denver Baumgartner | UT Austin
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Denver Baumgartner is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a degree in the Canfield Business Honors Program with certificates in applied statistical modeling and elements of computing. On campus, Baumgartner is a member of the Texas Silver Spurs and the Undergraduate Business Council, where he served as chair for the VIP Distinguished Speaker Series. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a Master of Science in business analytics from the McCombs School of Business at UT. He is passionate about improving the welfare of his community and is exploring this interest both within and outside the public sector.
Cristian Botello |
UT El Paso
U.S. Representative Veronica Escobar (TX-16)
Cristian Botello is a senior at The University of Texas at El Paso pursuing a degree in sociology with a minor in general business. While on campus, Botello served as the president of the Student Government Association. He has also interned in the Office of Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez and for U.S. Congresswoman Veronica Escobar. Botello hopes to pursue a master's degree in healthcare administration to help increase the availability of high-quality and accessible healthcare to his community. He hopes to run for office one day to further serve the community he grew up in.
Mary Margaret Burniston | UT Austin
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Mary Margaret Burniston is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin studying government and humanities honors, with minors in English and creative writing. As a humanities major, Burniston studies the influence of psychology, sociology, and public policy on United States political parties. She works as a sub-team leader and a research affiliate at the Innovations for Peace and Development lab and is a founder at a non-profit seeking to expand rural high school students' access to higher education. She also conducts independent research on topics such as the influence of oil on immigration policy, and social media agenda-setting after mass shootings.
J. Daniel Caballero | UT Austin
J. Daniel Caballero studies sociology and Arabic at The University of Texas at Austin. While studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, he had the opportunity to serve the Athlone community by working with the local YMCA-Health, where he observed the political implications of healthcare in a post-apartheid society and the inequalities that persist worldwide. On campus, he has worked for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement to serve underrepresented and marginalized students. Caballero has served a resident assistant and a member in the University Chorus. Additionally, he was an undergraduate member of a finalist team for the President's Award for Global Learning. Following his time on the 40 Acres, he will attend law school and pursue a career focused on social justice.
Ethan Christopher| UT Dallas
Ethan Christopher is a junior pursuing a degree in arts, technology, and emerging communication with a design and production pathway at The University of Texas at Dallas. His interests include consuming and studying popular culture in its many forms and creating visually interesting projects such as digital art, films, and projection design. Christopher is a contributor to Student Media and served as creative coordinator for LGBT+ ReProm at UTD. After graduating, he hopes to use his skills for a career in film, television, and radio production.
Anna Farr | UT Austin
U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Anna Farr is a junior majoring in social work at The University of Texas at Austin with a certificate in children and public policy through the Bridging Disciplines Program. She started college in Richmond, Virginia, as a theatre major but quickly realized she wanted to use her education to help families through policy. Her primary interests in social work and government include child welfare and the juvenile justice system. Farr is a frequent volunteer at the Jeremiah Program in Austin and as an Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Institute for Organizational Excellence at UT Austin. After graduation, Farr plans to attend law school and study family law.
Josefina "Jo" Ghio | UT Arlington
The Sheridan Group
Josefina Ghio credits her passion for international engagement to her family’s genealogy. Her mother’s family came to the United States as Mexican immigrants; her father’s family originated in Italy, and her parents put down their roots in Texas. As a result, she understood from a young age that she was both part and product of a global community. In 2016, Ghio began her studies at The University of Texas at Arlington, where she has pursued a double major in English and Spanish. Her passion for civic engagement has been central to her studies. 2019 marks her ninth year serving on executive boards for non-profit organizations. Through these organizations, Ghio has had the opportunity to serve immigrant and refugee community members and has seen first-hand the challenges that come with adjusting to life in a new country. Ultimately, Ghio plans to continue advocating for displaced families after undergraduate studies through the Foreign Service or within immigration/refugee relief programs.
Julie Gobble | UT Tyler
Julie Gobble is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in psychology at The University of Texas at Tyler. During her time as a student, she has participated in multiple levels of campaign politics, serving as an adviser to campaigns for Texas House of Representatives, Tyler City Council, and the school board. Gobble is passionate about reforming counter-terrorism policies and practices, and campaigning against the human rights abuses occurring as a result of the war on terrorism. Gobble plans to attend law school, upon graduation, specializing in International Security Law.
Parth Gupta | UT Austin
Parth Gupta is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin studying computational engineering and plan II honors with a minor in government. During his time in college, Gupta has fostered an interest in public policy and national security, particularly related to intelligence and cyber security. On campus, he is a Brumley Next Generation Undergraduate Fellow with the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in government and public service.
Anna Claire Ham | UT Tyler
Human Rights Campaign
Anna Claire Ham is a senior from The University of Texas at Tyler pursuing a major in political science and a minor in pre-law. In her time at UT Tyler, she has been actively involved with Alpha Chi Omega- Kappa Mu Chapter, Panhellenic Recruitment, and the Student Government Association. After graduation, she plans to attend law school specializing in criminal law to work for the State Prosecution and to fight for people's rights.
Taylor Helmcamp | UT San Antonio
Taylor Helmcamp is a junior at The University of Texas at San Antonio pursuing a degree in global affairs, with a concentration on diplomacy in the Eurasian geopolitical region. Helmcamp aspires to be a US Foreign Service officer, where she can utilize her background in dialogue facilitation and bipartisan cooperation to influence diplomatic relations. She is an active part of Texas Advocacy and has served as a Texas Civic Ambassador. In addition, she has volunteered with events such as the Texas Tribune Festival, the Alamo Model United Nations Conference, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.
Katie Hindes | UT Austin
Katie Hindes is a third-year student at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a dual degree in government and social work. On campus, she is active through internships on campaigns and works with nonprofit organizations, such as Texas Civil Rights Project, Deeds Not Words, and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. On campus, Hindes continued her fight for women's rights and equality as the President of Girl Up and the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Policy Director of Student Government. Upon graduating from UT, she plans to obtain a graduate degree in social work and be a lifelong advocate for women across the globe.
Cassidy Kaye | UT Austin
The Kennedy Center
Cassidy Kaye is a student at The University of Texas at Austin, pursuing a degree with theatre studies and a certificate in non-profit management for arts and social change. She has previously interned with Texas Homeless Network and Dallas Children's Theatre. On campus, she is involved with Texas Orange Jackets, Voices Against Violence, and various plays within the university's theatre department. Upon graduation she hopes to pursue a career in arts advocacy and arts for marginalized communities.
Kenwoo Kim | UT Austin
U.S. Department of Energy
Kenwoo Kim is a student at The University of Texas at Austin, pursuing a degree in government. After leading a water conservation research team, his interests revolve around water policy and water usage. He is especially interested in comparative water policy and how the United States can learn from other nations. With a focus on a precious natural resource, he hopes to become a lifelong advocate for a water-smart future.
Anilya Krishnan | UT Austin
The Brookings Institution
Anilya Krishnan is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin studying government and history with a certificate in public policy. Her interests include immigration policy reform and advocacy work on behalf of marginalized communities. On campus, she has served as the Membership Director for Liberal Arts Council, a Texas Civic Ambassador with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, and as a member of Texas Orange Jackets and Texas Spirits. Off campus, Krishnan has interned in the offices of Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX-35) and State Representative Celia Israel (TX-50). After graduation, she plans to pursue a dual graduate degree in law and public policy.
Kie Lancaster | UT Austin
Akin, Gump. Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
Kie Lancaster is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a degree in finance with a minor in the philosophy of law. He has a passion for law and policy, and his internship experiences at the Texas Capitol and Texas Comptroller's office demonstrate a drive to work where his passions intersect. Specific policy interests include education, environment, and tax policy. Kie's professional aspirations include opening his own law firm and becoming a federal judge.
Natalie Malluru | UT San Antonio
Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology
Natalie Malluru is a junior at The University of Texas at San Antonio, pursuing a degree in public health with minors in computer science and biology. She leads a campaign to bring awareness to the global water crisis, serves as Vice President of the Honors Leadership Council, and performed across the nation as a member of the Bollywood Fusion dance team. During her time in college, she has studied the intersection of information technology and healthcare through volunteering at a medical clinic that caters to individuals without health insurance and conducting research in a neurocomputational lab. She is interested in working on policy that improves the interoperability of electronic health records and bridges the gap between healthcare and
Joshua Mathew | UT Rio Grande Valley
Alliance for American Manufacturing
Joshua Mathew is a student at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley pursuing degree in biology. During Mathew's time at UTRGV, he has worked closely with the United States Department of Agriculture conducting research in Edinburg, Texas and Albany, California. Through his research in California, Mathew published an article in the Rio Grande Valley Ag Mag. Additionally, he has participated in the Summer Health Professions Education Program sponsored by the UT Health Science Center - Houston. Mathew’s passion is dentistry, and is planning on attending the UT Health School of Dentistry as part of the Class of 2024 where he plans to return to the Rio Grande Valley to serve those in need.
Evan Mitchell | UT Permian Basin
Evan Mitchell is a student at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, pursuing a dual degree in political science and economics. The past three years, he has worked and volunteered on campuses across Texas. Raised in Midland, TX, Mitchell learned the value of hard work as a child by working in his father’s furniture store. He trained and competed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over seven years and wrote for the university's online newspaper. He also joined the Falcon Republican Club on campus. After graduating, Mitchell plans on attending law school.
Scarlett Neely | UT Austin
The Brookings Institution
Scarlett Neely is a student at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in plan II honors and government. Neely has worked with the Texas Legislature for two sessions, first as a legislative aide, and then with a lobbying firm. She also interned with the Texas Democratic Party and U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (TX-35). On campus, she enjoyed her involvement in acting, Student Government, and the Undergraduate Law Review Journal. In her spare time, she likes reading, playing piano, and trying to satisfy her sweet tooth. She plans to devote her future to her passions for policymaking, public service, and women's rights.
Alejandra Nevarez | UT El Paso
The Wilson Center - The Mexico Institute
Alejandra Nevarez is a first-generation, Terry Scholarship recipient at The University of Texas at El Paso majoring in media advertising with a double minor in marketing and psychology. She is the Treasurer and Outreach Coordinator of The Immigration Initiative, a non-profit organization started by young activists in El Paso, Texas, aimed towards educating immigrants seeking asylum and individuals undergoing the U.S. naturalization process. Her policy interests include immigration reforms and human rights.
After graduation, Nevarez hopes to pursue a Master's in Communication to advocate for immigrants’ needs at both the local and national level.
Ames O'Boyle | UT Austin
U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)
Ames O'Boyle is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, studying government with a minor in history. Most recently, O'Boyle interned with State Representative Chris Turner (TX-101), the MJ Hegar Congressional campaign, and for the political consulting firm, Y Strategy. After graduation, O’Boyle hopes to work in Washington before going to law school and eventually becoming a U.S. Attorney. He's interested in political history, increasing voter turnout, and environmental policy.
Maggie Okhuysen | UT Austin
U.S. Representative Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07)
Maggie Okhuysen is a junior in The University of Texas at Austin, double majoring in government and political communications with a certificate in environment and sustainability and a minor in business administration. She is a co-founder of Period Power Packs, a non-profit which provides homeless women in Austin access to female hygiene products. She also started the field hockey team at UT and serves as co-captain. She hopes to attend law school after graduating and pursue a career in environmental law.
Aida Olivas | UT Arlington
Center for the Study of Congress and the President
Aida Olivas is a senior at the University of Texas at Arlington majoring in political science with a minor in English. Olivas is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and Leadership Honors Program. She has been a member of UT Arlington's Mock Trial Team, served as a Student Senator for the College of Liberal Arts in Student Government, and Community Chair for the Pre-Law Society. She has been working in the legal field since her senior year in high school which has led her to develop an interest in constitutional and criminal law. After graduating from The University of Texas at Arlington, Olivas plans to attend law school to pursue her interests.
Malissa Owen | UT Dallas
American Public Health Association
Malissa Owen is majoring in neuroscience at The University of Texas at Dallas as a member of the Collegium V Honors Program. She has dedicated her time as a research assistant on campus for potential PTSD treatments, logged numerous hours interacting with patients for medical studies as a part of the Texas Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program, and personally lobbied congressmen and staff members for climate change legislation. Over the past year, she worked as an intern in local schools to increase academic self-efficacy and a sense of belonging for young adults in the community. Passionate about public health and the importance of balancing both physical and mental health, she hopes to apply these beliefs and practices in the future as a physician.
Isabelle Paine | UT Austin
Isabelle Paine is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in Plan II Honors and economics. On campus, she has been involved with the PlanTutoring program and Communities in Schools. UT students involved in PlanTutuoring assist students at KIPP schools in Austin with their college essays and the application process. Communities in Schools engages with at-risk students to help them perform well in school and seeks to build empowering relationships. After graduation, Paine hopes to attend law school to pursue a stimulating career which also provides many avenues to help people.
Rittika Pandey | UT Austin
U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs -- Office of the Majority
Rittika Pandey is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in government, with a certificate in public policy. Previously, she has interned with The Borgen Project to discover legislative solutions to eliminate global poverty. She has also interned with the Dallas World Affairs Council to host international diplomats and scholars visiting Texas. On campus, she is involved with the Texas Undergraduate Law Review, the Asian Desi Pacific Islander American Coalition, and KVRX 91.7 FM. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in foreign relations and find policy solutions for international human rights issues.
Regina Parra | UT San Antonio
Partnership for Public Service
Regina Parra is a senior honors college student majoring in political science with a minor in business at The University of Texas at San Antonio. As an international student, she is passionate about making higher education available to underserved populations across the globe, immigration reform and human rights. On campus, she is part of the UTSA Ambassadors, the honors college program, CityMester, and interned for the UTSA Governmental Relations Office. Off campus, she volunteered for Caritas Legal Services where she assisted refugees and immigrants seeking better lives. Upon graduation, Parra hopes to attend law school and focus on international law, human rights and education.
Zachary Price| UT Austin
Zachary Price is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin studying government with a minor in sociology. Zach has focused his energy on his two largest passions: public education and voting rights. On campus, he's served as president of TX Votes, helped get a second polling location on the UT Austin campus, and co-founded an organization that works with ESL students in local high schools. In the fall of 2018, he ran for the Austin ISD School Board on a platform based on student issues. In his free time, he's a self-described “pretty mediocre” soccer player.
Aaron Raj | UT Austin
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Aaron Raj is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a major in finance and a minor in government. On campus, he is heavily involved in the University Securities Investment Team, the Strategic Capital Group, and Capital Community. Off campus, he has participated in internships throughout the financial sector, in areas including investment banking, wealth management, and private equity. He hopes to combine his long-standing passion for policy with his experience in the financial sector to help develop solutions to various forms of economic inequality. After graduation, he plans to work in wealth management before attending graduate school to earn a Master's in Public Policy and eventually work in public policy.
Chetan Redy | UT Dallas
U.S. Representative Colin Allred (TX-32)
Chetan Reddy is a junior at The University of Texas at Dallas, majoring in economics and political science. He is a member of UTD’s Liberal Arts Council, and previously worked in the Office of State Representative Chris Turner (TX-101) and the Texas House Committee on Higher Education. After graduation, Chetan hopes to earn a law degree and run for political office someday.
Jenny Rodriguez | UT Austin
Jenny Rodriguez is a fifth-year student at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in international relations and global studies, minoring in government, and pursuing a Peace Corps prep certificate. Rodriguez has interned with the United States House of Representatives and Houston City Council. She studied abroad at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico, and Universidad Pontificia Comillas, in Madrid, Spain. On campus, she is a research affiliate for Innovations for Peace and Development and served as President for the Days for Girls chapter at UT, which she founded. Rodriguez aspires to serve in the Peace Corps and pursue a dual degree in public policy and law.
Grayson Ross | UT Austin
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (WA)
Grayson Ross is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in government and history with a minor in Chinese. Grayson is passionate about public service, specifically around HIV/AIDS policy, and has been a part of campus organizations, such as Alternative Breaks and ProjectLEAD, which focus on gentrification, immigration, and incarceration. He spent this past semester in Taiwan studying Mandarin Chinese and plans on going to graduate school where he can learn about how the U.S. can better empower marginalized communities around the world.
Anna Schaeffer | UT Dallas
The Brookings Institution
Anna Schaeffer is a junior McDermott Scholar at The University of Texas at Dallas studying international political economy with minors in history and criminology. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she runs cross country for UTD, competed with Model United Nations around the country, and worked as a staff writer for the university newspaper, The Mercury. She has written for Morocco World News in Rabat, Morocco; interned in the Immigration Department at the International Rescue Committee; and enjoys tutoring in Dallas through Heart House, a local nonprofit.
Steve Sereno | UT Austin
The Raben Group
Steve Sereno is a senior pursuing a degree in government with a certificate in business and public policy from The University of Texas at Austin. He is passionate about criminal justice reform, specifically ending mass incarceration, and how public policy affects marginalized communities. On campus, he has served as both Deputy Chief of Staff for Campus Advocacy as well as Liberal Arts Representative in Student Government. Additionally, Steve is a former executive board member of the Texas Blazers, an honorary service, spirit, and leadership organization. Upon graduation, Sereno hopes to pursue a career in advocacy and lobbying.
Chloe Slusher | UT Austin
Jacob Springer | UT Austin
Ellen Teuscher | UT Austin
Bully Pulpit Interactive
Ellen Teuscher is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin studying government and humanities with a focus on media, economics, and social change. On campus, Teuscher is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha, Not on My Campus, and a former member of Student Government. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Philanthropy for Zeta Tau Alpha, a College of Liberal Arts Representative, and as co-Federal Relations Chair of Student Government. Off campus, she has previously worked with numerous organizations including Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Susan G Komen Austin, and the Office of State Representative Ryan Guillen (TX-31).
Hrishita Tiwari | UT Dallas
Friends of the Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria
Hrishita Tiwari is a senior at The University of Texas at Dallas majoring in biology with minors in political science and public health. She was born in India and moved to Texas in 2003. Tiwari is fluent in three languages, English, Hindi, and Urdu. She has been involved in several passion projects including volunteering at a hospital, a homeless shelter and a food pantry. She has served as a District Congressional Intern and a Communication Fellow for the Ross Perot Museum. In the future, Tiwari hopes to pursue a career in clinical medicine, using her experiences to advocate for health policies.
James Treuthardt | UT Austin
National Education Association
James Treuthardt is a journalism and finance senior attending The University of Texas at Austin. Growing up as a low-income
student, Treuthardt saw the ways many student's life outcomes were determined by where they were born. At UT Austin, he served as president of Students Expanding Austin Literacy (SEAL), a service organization that provides reading buddies to low-income elementary school students. He was also a member of Communication Council, The Daily Texan, Texas Blazers, and The Guides of Texas. He is interested in continuing his work in education in D.C.
Roma Venkateswaran | UT Dallas
The Brookings Institution
Roma Venkateswaran is a junior at The University of Texas at Dallas studying public policy. She is passionate about the power of stories to promote empathy and understanding among diverse perspectives. On campus, she participates in Mock Trial, Model UN, Roosevelt @ UTD, and 180 Degrees Consulting. She has interned with former Texas State Representative Eric Johnson (TX-100) and with Texans for the Arts. She also studied abroad on a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Hindi in Jaipur, India and researched Indian migration in Switzerland at the University of Basel.
Nikitha Vicas | UT Dallas
Nikitha Vicas is a double major in neuroscience and economics at The University of Texas at Dallas. She is a Eugene McDermott Scholar, has served as a committee chair in Student Government, and is heavily involved with Roosevelt Institute and Model United Nations. Vicas has interned at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Dallas and is a research assistant at UT Southwestern Medical Center. As a premedical student, Vicas hopes to pursue a career in healthcare policy and innovation.