Our Team

WHO WE ARE

We are a group of first and second-year public policy students at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago who are passionate about inclusive urban development.  We come from a diverse range of backgrounds, from all over the U.S., and the world.

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Alexis Levato

Coordinator of Content Development 

Alexis is an MPP candidate at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. Her previous work was rooted in issues of migration in Italy, and she most recently worked as an educator in a public school outside of Milan. During her time at Harris, she is shifting her focus to the U.S., and is interested in community-oriented policy reforms, with a particular interest in sustainable urban policy and labor. At Harris, she also works as a graduate assistant at the Center for Effective Government.

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Austin Atterbury-Kiernan

Coordinator of Content Development

Austin is an MPP candidate at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. Before attending Harris, he attained a B.A. in political science from American University, where he focused on Sub-Saharan Africa, American Constitutional Law, and South-East Asia. He has also worked as a technician for Hewlett-Packard, and currently serves as the University of Chicago's Office of Special Programs IT specialist. His main policy focuses include Sustainable Development, International Politics, and Cyber-security.

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Eliana Fram

Coordinator of Content Development 

Eliana is a MAIDP candidate at the Harris School of Public Policy focusing on information and communication technology policy. Prior to Harris, she worked as a communications advisor for Argentina's National Government and Buenos Aires City Government, covering equity in access to broadband, digital literacy, and governmental innovation. She's currently working in educational digital gap for an NGO. Eliana holds a BA in Social Communication and a graduate degree in Social and Political Anthropology.

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Kemin Wang

Coordinator of Content Development

Kemin is a first year MPP student. Before coming to Harris, Kemin had his undergraduate degree at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, studying finance and accounting. At Harris, his primary fields of interest are fiscal policy and data analysis. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and composing.

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Penny Hseih

Coordinator of Content Development

Penny is currently a second year MPP student in Harris with a particular interest in Early childhood and Family policy. As a dedicated advocate for US K-12 Education, she finds working closely with NGOs is her future career aspiration on tackling the toughest challenges that directly and indirectly influence the development of children.  Working as an advocate in public policy and in the education industry, Penny has gained experience in providing project coordination and analysis to multiple teams. She commits herself to the field of community works in Save the Children Action Network, The Advance Group, Project Exploration, and the Goddard School of Bellevue.  As a strong, clear communicator, she is ready to develop solutions that streamline reporting and enhance outcomes, while contributing to the common team goal. In her spare time, she loves to travel and read some Chinese Classics literature.  

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Ersilia Melchiorre

Co-Executive Director

Ersilia is a second-year MPP candidate at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, focusing on international policy and development and global conflict. A Chicago native, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies from Loyola University Chicago where she spent two years at the Rome, Italy campus studying second language acquisition in elementary-age children. Ersilia has spent the last two years working as a middle school history humanities teacher for Success Academy Charter Schools in Harlem, NYC. 

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Charity Coleman

Co-Executive Director

Charity is a second-year MPP candidate at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, focusing on health policy and urban development. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Economics and Global Health, Charity served as the Interim Accounting Manager at a STAC Hospital in St. Louis. A Chicago native, she returned to transition from a career in private healthcare to policy-oriented community health. Charity is currently working as a Research Assistant at the Center for Global Health. 

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Shivani Shukla

Director of Logistics and Event Planning

Shivani is a first-year MPP student at the Harris School of Public Policy focusing on environmental and energy policy. Before Harris, she worked at EnvEcon Decision Support, an environmental consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland, and as a Research Assistant to Professor Liam Delaney at University College Dublin. This past summer, she worked with Professor Delaney, and with Professor Marie Briguglio (University of Malta) on projects studying environmental and organizational impacts of working from home. At Harris, Shivani is also Director of Harris Sustainability Initiative (under Harris Environment & Energy Association (HEEA)), and Senior Editor for the Environment section at Chicago Policy Review.

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Matthew Robinson

Coordinator of Logistics and Event  Planning

Matthew is a recent graduate from the University of Chicago. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Public Policy focusing on Economic and Energy Policy. He has received numerous awards and scholarships, including Forbes 30 Under 30, National Collegiate Athletic Association for Division III Football, Edward G. Irvin Foundation, LINK Unlimited Scholar, John W. Rogers internship program, and UChicago Odyssey Scholarships. He's also held private and public sector positions in economic research, public policy, and investment banking. As a project finance intern with Loop Capital, he facilitated finance projects with Chicago PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Finance. At the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, he consulted with JP Morgan to provide consulting services to minority-owned businesses, evaluating business models, and providing recommendations on technology enhancements and marketing. He has also served as a Treasury Analyst for Rush Medical Hosptial and Investor Relations Analyst for a prestigious financial advisory firm Janian Investment.


 

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Rachel Pyon

Coordinator of PR & Marketing

Rachel is a second-year MPP candidate at the Harris School of Public Policy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Diversity Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Over the years, Rachel has accumulated a diverse set of policy skills from her experience working as a legislative aide for State Representative Carol Ammons, canvassing for Illinois PIRG, and researching for the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research. She currently works as a project manager for a guaranteed income pilot program at Equity and Transformation. 

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Norman Guo

Coordinator of PR & Marketing

Tianxing(Norman) is a first-year MPP student at Harris. Prior to joining Harris, he served as a media group coordinator at Cross Border Environment Association, an environmental NGO in China. As an environmental activist, he urged the municipal government to give a lot more weight to environmental sustainability in the urban development plan and suggested specific measures for protecting the ecology of coastal wetlands and mangroves. This summer, he earned his MBA at Bowling Green State University and worked as an intern for a startup company in California, helping this e-commerce company with strategic planning and product development through in-depth quantitative and qualitative consumer research and market analysis.

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Adam McGriffin

Advisor

Harris Career Development Office

Adam currently lead the Career Development Office for the University of Chicago, Harris Public Policy. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, he served as the Global Partnership and Government Relations Manager for Lions Club International, the world's largest service club organization, where his primary focus was on building connections with organizations around the world, including the U.S. Congress, international corporations, governments, and NGO's.

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