Joseph Luongo

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Joseph Luongo is junior at Villanova University studying Political Science and Economics. His main areas of study are Global Political Economy and Democratic Consolidation. As well as interning with the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program, Joseph has immersed himself in the political spheres of Southeast Pennsylvania. He interned for the Montgomery County Republican Committee as an Assistant Field Director throughout the 2018 midterm elections where he knocked on thousands of doors for various State Senators and State Representatives. Joseph went on to become the President of the College Republicans at Villanova University and the Southeast Regional Field Director for the Pennsylvania Board of College Republicans. In Summer 2019 he began an internship with the Pennsylvania Republican Party and has been hired as a Field Organizer for the 2019 and 2020 General Elections. As a Field Organizer for the state party he organized dozens of volunteers from colleges and universities throughout Southeast Pennsylvania to campaign for local Republican Commissioners, Township Representatives, and Superior Court Judges.

Wenyan (Chole) Ding

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University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice Master of Science

Language: Chinese (Native), English (Fluent)

Computer Skills: R-Language, Microsoft Office 365(Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Sharepoint, Teams), Adobe (InDesign, Premiere, Audition, Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge), Final Cut Pro

Amelia Galbraith

University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, 2021

Majors: Urban Studies and Hispanic Studies

Language: English (fluency), Spanish (proficiency, 8 years of experience)

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Social Explorer, GIS, PolicyMap


Amelia Galbraith is a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a double major in Urban Studies and Hispanic Studies. She was born and raised in Berkeley, California. Her main areas of interest include criminal justice reform, immigration policy, and education equality. She hopes to further her knowledge of international development and global health during her time in the TTCSP internship program. Amelia spent the Summer of 2019 working as a consultant with Envoy Growth, an impact oriented advisory firm. Her main project was in partnership with Prosecutor Impact, a non-profit organization working to empower prosecutors in District Attorney offices across the country to utilize their influence in the courtroom to eliminate mass incarceration. Through this work, Amelia learned about the various policies and practices that fuel mass incarceration and researched initiatives being promoted in different municipalities to reform the criminal justice system. At the University of Pennsylvania, Amelia participated in the 2019 Encompass Fellowship, a semester long program that culminates in a ten day trip to Israel and Palestine during which she and 25 other students grappled with the political and social conflict in the area. Additionally, Amelia was a research assistant for a Penn Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Education where she organized academic and social media data to evaluate students’ coping mechanisms with trauma. On campus, Amelia tutors for the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, is a member of BARS (Beyond Arrests, Re-Thinking Systematic Oppression), and works at William’s Café. She is continuing to work for Prosecutor Impact for the rest of the semester and will be going abroad to Sevilla, Spain in the Spring 2020 semester.

Tamara White

Arcadia University, MA International Peace and Conflict Resolution Language: Spanish (working on fluency)

Computer Skills: SPSS, Qualtrics, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Intermediate Excel)


Tamara White is a MA student at Arcadia University where she is pursuing a degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and will be graduating in December. Tamara has received her certification in Diplomacy from the American Graduate School in Paris and is currently working on her certification in mediation, which she is expected to receive November 2019. Tamara is an experienced researcher and has worked as a graduate assistant throughout her graduate career. She is currently a GA for the UN Special Rapporteur with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention where she is assisting him with research for writing a book, summarizing international human rights cases from the current UN Session and obtaining missing documents, as well as running a human rights twitter account focusing on Cameroon. Her second GA position is with the 2019 Georg Arnold Professor on Education for Sustainable Peace, where she has assisted the professor with research and has planned a symposium on Refugee Education in the Global South, taking place at Barnard College. As a graduate student she completed her internship in Nicosia, Cyprus where she worked with a local non-profit (Home for Cooperation), helped plan the 2019 Buffer Fringe Festival, and ran their social media account. While there, she also completed a research project on the effects of planning in ethnically contested cities with a local PhD student in Nicosia. She is also currently interning with the TTCSP program at UPenn as a part of their African Think Tank Summit planning team. Tamara hopes to be able to use her research skills to allow her to continue to advocate for human rights, development, and sustainability. She hopes to one day work for a think tank domestically or abroad. Her geographic areas of interest have been East Africa, the Middle East, and South America.

Yixin Jin

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University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice, 2021

Master: Social Policy + Data Analytics Master: Economics and Management of Agriculture and Forestry

Language: Cantonese (fluent), Mandarin (fluent), Teochew (fluent), English (fluent)

Computer Skills: [Programming]: STATA, Python, R-Language, MATLAB, SPSS, Visual Basic, SQL, Tabulae, Access, LaTeX; [Visualization]: Visio, Adobe Photoshop; Adobe After Effect; Adobe Premiere Pro, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


Yixin Jin, an Enthusiast in data-driven story-telling, is a first-year master student at the University of Pennsylvania studying Social Policy and Data Analytics with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management of Agriculture and Forestry at China Agricultural University, one of the world-class universities in China. Her main areas of study are in Applied Economics and Development Economics. Her experiences as a diverse education background in both Economics, Social Policy, and Data Analytics equips her with the solid knowledge background of social science theories and methods as well as pragmatically know-how with industrial practices. Taking advantage of her two universities’ leading education and research, along with its strong connection with government and think tanks, her entire education is coupled with real-world industrial economy issues covering agricultural production, rural development, resource, and environmental protection. She is now actively seeking a great chance to step into a career in the consulting and think tank industries. During the past few years, she was engaged with delivering public goods for the public sector and private sector, from both theoretical and practical perspectives. She once built a public welfare brand, ToysRun, helping the children with catastrophic illnesses from underprivileged families in China raise money for medical treatment in Beijing. She built a profile of the potential donators for the children, and effectively bridged them based on the cooperation with two fast-moving merchants to realize sustainable fundraising. Theoretically, she participated in several projects as a research assistant, including the projects in Chinese Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Sciences, doing the work of data processing and literature reviews. Based on the systematic training offered by official organizations, she then led a research project in China Agricultural University to investigate the correlation between fathers and the left-behind children’s non-cognitive abilities, demonstrating research ability in both independent and teamwork environment. Outside the academic research area, Yixin once worked as a data analyst intern in Didi Chuxing and a business development intern in Thermo Fisher, where she expanded her research skills to create market values in the business area.

William Lay

Villanova University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2022

Major: Political Science

Minor: Spanish

Language: English (fluent), Spanish (6 years)


William Lay, known as Billy to his peers, is a Sophomore at Villanova University studying Political Science, with a minor in Spanish. In the Summers of 2018 and 2019, he worked as a community outreach intern for his state Representative in Illinois, and has experience in community outreach and communications. At Villanova University he is on the Executive Board of Villanova College Democrats as the Secretary, helping to plan weekly meetings and set up different events for the organization. Also at Villanova University he is a member of the Sophomore Service Learning Community, in which he takes part in weekly volunteering activities helping at a local Philadelphia school. In addition, since 2019 he has been an intern in the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. In this role he has conducted research on the future of think tanks.

Vorada Socatiyanurak

University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, 2022

Major: International Relations

Language: Thai (fluent) and English (fluent) Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)


Vorada Socatiyanurak, commonly known as Belle, is a Sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. Her experiences cultivated her interest in majoring in International Relations as well as motivating her to pursue law. The internship at the Court of Justice, which Belle participated in the summer of 2019, sparked her motivation to become a judge. During the internship she was able to observe court trials and study about the court system, judicial procedures and, judgment writings at the Office of the President of the Supreme Court of Thailand, the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court (CIPITC), Criminal Court, and the Thai Arbitration Institute. Belle also worked closely with senior judges in organizing and preparing each round of examinations and competitions in the 2019 CIPITC Moot Court Competition. She was selected to be the Master of Ceremony for the final round which was broadcasted live on television. In 2017, Belle successfully negotiated the signing of Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) with the UNICEF Executive Director of Thailand in founding Thailand’s first - and Asia’s first - UNICEF Student Chapter at the International School Bangkok. She was elected by chapter members to become the first and founding President of the UNICEF Student Chapter as well.

Varun Hariharan

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New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2021.

Major: Economics.

Languages: English (fluent), Tamil (Fluent), Hindi (6 years of experience), Italian (Basics).

Computer Skills: R, Stata, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Python.


Varun Hariharan is a graduate student at New York University focusing on Economics. His main area of study is in Macroeconomics. His current focus and interests lie in the intersection between the ideas behind public policy and their (potential) effects on the political economy. Hailing from India his interest in the field of macroeconomics has been kindled in understanding two diverse cultures, economies and ideologies. Similarly, the Socio-political ideologies of both the democracies and their policies in effectively bridging the gap amongst various strata in society has been an area of keen interest. In the Summer of 2019, Varun interned at 'The Hindu Business Line' newspaper in India, researching and publishing three articles on a) the start-up culture in India, b) the issue behind the Reserve Bank of India’s excess reserves reversal and c) an introduction to block-chain technology. During his final year at the undergraduate level, he wrote a research paper on why Myanmar is classified as a failed state and how to use economic policies to help the country move from the current situation. He is also a Drummer and holds a Grade 8 Distinction from Trinity College London’s Graded exams in Percussion. In the summer of 2017, he was teaching and improving key skills to young percussionists in Chennai India. Varun Hariharan is also highly motivated, skilled Economics and Mathematics major, with international exposure. Proactive, adaptable, good team player and a quick learner, he is an asset in any organization or group where he can apply his knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills to positively impact such an organizational/group’s objective.

Taylor Lawritson

Villanova University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2021

Majors: Peace and Justice, Political Science

Minor: English Language: English (fluent)

Computer Skills: Java, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, basic Excel), Social Media


Taylor Lawritson is a Junior at Villanova University studying Peace and Justice and Political Science with a minor in English. Her main areas of study are in women’s incarceration and drug policy. Her experiences as a current volunteer at the organization Sisters Returning Home, a non-profit operating in Philadelphia which provides re-entry support to formerly incarcerated women, has encouraged her to study the philosophy of incarceration and incarceration abroad. A National Merit scholar, Taylor spent high school interning for both the late John McCain as well as the Center for Ubiquitous Cognitive Computing at Arizona State University. In 2018, Taylor attended the Greater Philadelphia Area’s Gender and Women’s Study Consortium, where she presented on religion and the expectations of women in the fifteenth century. At Villanova University, Taylor is the Co-Chair for Mission and Messaging of the Sophomore Service Learning Community, a member of Phi Sigma Pi, the honors fraternity, and an alto 1 in the Haveners, Villanova’s oldest all-female a cappella group. She also works as a hostess and is a member of the Wooden Shoe Collective.

Maria Felix-Padilla

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University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences, 2022

Concentration: Finance

Major: International Studies Minor: Portuguese

Language: English (fluent), Spanish (fluent), Portuguese (intermediate), French (basic)

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)


Maria Fernanda Felix-Padilla is a Sophomore in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is studying Finance at the Wharton School, International Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences, and Portuguese through the Certificate Program. In the Summer of 2019, Maria worked remotely as a Research Assistant for Professor Conti-Brown at the Wharton School. She spent the majority of May/June in Lisbon taking Portuguese immersion classes, and she was in Taiwan during July teaching English to elementary school students in rural areas. At the University of Pennsylvania, she is the Vice President of Finance for the Public Policy Initiative Student Group (PPISG), where she handles budgetary matters, reimbursements, membership dues, and group-faculty relations. She is a part of the Global Research and Consulting group (GRC), a Joseph Wharton Scholar, and a member of Wharton Latino.

Linya Liu

University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice, 2021

Major: Master of Science in Social Policy + Data Analytics

Language: Mandarin (Fluent), English (Fluent)

Computer Skills: Programmings - Java, Python, SQL, Azure, VBA, Access
Statistics - R, Stata, LaTeX
Visualization - Tableau, Visio, Photoshop, Sketch, Axure


Linya is a Master of Science in Social Policy + Data Analytics student at University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Indiana University Kelley School of Business with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Economic Consulting and Minor in Mathematics. Before coming to the graduate school, she served as a policy consultant in the second largest Chinese medical device registration consultancy for a year and transferred to a medical adherence Internet of Things (IoT) startup until now.

Her favorite motto is from 1778 Beaumarchais’s play Le Figaro, “Sans la liberté de blâmer, il n’est point d’éloge flatteur” (“Without the freedom to criticise, there is no true praise”). She believes that freedom and inequality won’t conflict with each other. As an aspiring data scientist and fashion select brand co-founder, she is interested in utilizing artsy, technological and sustainable methodologies to power the industry and make a little equal world everyday. You can know more about her via

Kelly Liang

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University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, 2021

Majors: Mathematics and Political Science

Languages: Fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese; Reading ability in French.

Computer Skills: Python, MATLAB, SQL, R, LaTeX, MS Excel/PPT/Word, HTML, Web Scrapping, Data Wrangling


Phone: +1-267-586-2020

Huilin (Kelly) is a junior from Hong Kong studying Mathematics and Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. With work experiences in Asia, Europe and North America, Kelly aims to forge a global career path that reflects a combination of interests in quantitative analysis and international affairs. She is especially passionate about studying international economic and security cooperation in emerging markets through mathematical analysis. A Hong Kong Government Scholar, a Beulah Chang Memorial Scholar, and a recipient of the Penn Global Research and Internship Scholarship, Kelly is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin and is currently learning French and German. Kelly is currently a research intern for the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program led by Dr James McGann. Apart from that, she is also a Research Assistant to Prof Julia Gray on studying international organizations – a continuation of her Summer Research Fellowship in Summer 2019. Prior to these, Kelly worked as a shadowing researcher at Our Hong Kong Foundation, where she researched on public policies related to contemporary art development in Hong Kong, as well as ways for evaluating social impacts of social enterprises. At her University, Kelly is the Brizdle-Schoenberg President of the Penn Manuscript Collective, a humanities research initiative supported by the Kislak Center, where she organizes activities aim at increasing access for undergraduate students to rare books and manuscripts at the University Library. In addition, she is an editor at the Penn Political Review and a writer of the Penn Undergraduate Law Journal. In Spring 2020, Kelly will be studying Politics and International Affairs at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.

Julia Lammers

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University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, 2023

Major: International Relations

Minors: Consumer Psychology, Anthropology

Languages: English (Native Fluency), Japanese (Native Fluency), Korean (Proficient), French (Proficient)

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)


Julia Lammers is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania studying International Relations with minors in Consumer Psychology and Anthropology. Her background as a dual-citizen of Japan and the United States has driven her interests in diplomacy in the East Asian region as well as global governance. She is a passionate learner of foreign languages: she has studied French for 5 years, participating in exchange programs to Versailles in 2016 and 2017, and has used her existing fluency in Japanese to self-study Korean for 8 years. During her summers spent in Japan, she has volunteered for the Let's Talk Foundation to teach English classes to victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Currently, Julia works as an intern for Dr. James McGann’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, focusing on think tanks in the Asia Pacific region and English-Japanese translations.

Emma Grant

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Temple University, College of Liberal Arts, 2022

Major: Political Science

Minor(s): Philosophy and Public Relations

Language: English (fluent), Spanish (beginner)

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office


Emma Grant is a Sophomore at Temple University studying Political Science, minoring in Philosophy and Public Relations. Emma is an avid leader and continually seeks opportunities to expand her education and enrich her personal growth. During her freshmen year, she earned a spot on Temple University's Dean's List with a 3.82 GPA. Her main areas of interest are in Social and Judicial Reform through Public Policy. Upon graduation, she intends on attending Law School to further pursue her interest in litigation and public service. In the Fall of 2018, Emma interned under Malcom Kenyatta during his successful election campaign to the Pennsylvania State House; where she prepared for the election through social media advocacy, canvasing, and network events. In the Summer of 2019, she worked as a Marketing Intern at Brock & Company, Inc. where she composed and edited articles, managed and published Social Media content, headed projects, and supported operations at field locations. She is currently working as an intern at the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. James McGann's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. Emma resides in Philadelphia and is a class of 2022 prospective graduate.

Mary Ogbuehi

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Mary Ogbuehi is a Master’s Degree Candidate in the International Peace & Conflict Resolution (IPCR) Program at Arcadia University. She completed her BA in Political Science and a minor in Asian Studies at Pennsylvania State University (2012). As a graduate student she has conducted fieldwork in Cyprus, France, and South Korea studying diplomacy and separatist conflicts. This past summer Mary studied at Ewha Woman's University focusing on North Korean International Relations and Korean language. Her previous research focuses on democracy and authoritarianism in East Asia with South Korea in 1987. Her current research for her Master’s thesis explores North Korean refugee resettlement programs in South Korea and the United States. She has aspirations of becoming a political analyst, specializing in diplomatic relations on the Korean peninsula.

Arik Li

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University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School & College of Arts and Sciences, 2020

Major: Real estate/finance, International Relations

Minor: Computer Science

Language: Mandarin (fluent), Shanghainese (fluent), Japanese (conversational/fluent), Spanish (conversational - AP Level), Hebrew (beginner)

Computer Skills: R, Microsoft Office, Squarespace, Matlab, JMP, Python, C, Java


Arik is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying real estate and finance with international relations and computer science. In summer of 2019, he worked for LitiGate, a startup in Tel Aviv, Israel, as well as conducted research with the Wharton Real Estate and Management departments.

Grayson Meyerowitz

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Temple University, College of Liberal Arts, 2022

Major: Political Science

Language: English (fluent), French (intermediate; 6 years of experience),

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, basic Excel), Tableau, TrialWorks


Grayson Meyerowitz is a Sophomore at Temple University studying Political Science. In the spring of 2019, Grayson interned at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where he aided in implementation of the Early-Bail Review Initiative by interviewing incarcerated clients within the Holmesburg Correctional Complex. In the summer of 2019, he interned with the law firm of Gersowitz Libo & Korek, PC, where he immersed himself in the world of Medical Malpractice law. Grayson recently started studying Arabic, which he hopes to combine with his prior French knowledge to possibly pursue a career in Consular Affairs.

Hai Anh (Andrea) Ngo

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Drexel University, Lebow College of Business, 2018-2023

Major: Finance

Minor: Business Analytics

Language: Vietnamese (fluent), English (fluent), Mandarin (conversational)

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, basic Excel)


Hai Anh, also known as Andrea amongst her peers, is a Sophomore at Drexel University currently pursuing a 5-year undergraduate degree in Finance with minor in Business Analytics. As a Vietnamese student who is well-aware of and immersed in the cross-cultural environment of the US and the city of Philadelphia, she is seeking an opportunity to start up her professional career from an early stage of getting her bachelor’s degree. Her experiences of growing up in Vietnam and studying abroad in the United States shaped her interest in international politics and economy, most specifically in Asia. She is fluent in Vietnamese and English and plans to continue her study of the Chinese language. With the aspiration to be an enterprising business major, her main areas of interest are consulting, forecasting, budgeting, financial modeling, and analytics. At Drexel University, Andrea is an active student as she is involved with many leadership roles on campus. From social to professional organizations, Andrea always brings positive energy and dedication to wherever she goes. Thanks to her experiences with business projects and case competitions, she was able to gain skills that helped her grow as a person and a businesswoman.

Brittany Shore

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University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences,2021

Major: International Relations

Minor: Modern Middle Eastern Studies Language: English (fluent), Spanish (fluent), Arabic (3 years)

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, basic Excel), Adobe C-Suite (Indesign, Lightroom, Photoshop)


Brittany Shore is a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying International Relations with a minor in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Her main areas of study are Globalization and International Security. Her interest in global affairs was shaped by her upbringing in Miami, as well as her Syrian descent. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and has reached an advanced-Intermediate proficiency in the Arabic language, and will continue to learn the language throughout university. In the Summer of 2019, Brittany worked with non-profit organization Generations for Peace at their headquarters in Amman, Jordan where she researched global fundraising opportunities and the relationship between governments and NGOs. In 2018, she was an Intelligence intern at Teneo Holdings in New York City, conducting research and presentations on global plastic waste policy, the Nigerian government, and interventionism in the Arabic-speaking world. At the University of Pennsylvania she is a member of the Intercol Model United Nations team, winning several awards at competitions across the country. She is also the Parents' Weekend Chair for Delta Delta Delta Sorority and a member of Community School Student Partnerships.

Cara Mahoney

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University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, 2021

Major: Hispanic Studies & English (Law & Literature Concentration)

Language: English (fluent), Spanish (Limited business proficient, 9 years of academic experience), Italian (some conversational, very limited)

Skills: Leadership and Delegation (President, Chi Omega Fraternity), Writing & Communication (academic, professional, & creative), Graphic Design (Canva, basic level), Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), Social Media Ads & Marketing (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, etc.)


Cara Mahoney is a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying English and Hispanic Studies. In her studies of English, Cara is particularly interested in examining international political past and present through the lens of contemporary popular media—i.e. Literature, film, news sources, and other sources of information. As a Hispanic Studies major, she is also interested in Comparative Politics and International Development, specifically as they relate to Spain and Latin America. For the past two years, Cara has served as a City Council Fellow for Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. She performs research and writing tasks to assist the Councilwoman in her legislative agenda, in addition to developing positions on legislative proposals by other Councilmembers, Mayoral initiatives, and priorities advocated through civil groups and think tanks. With interests in immigration and refugee policy, Cara spent the Summer of 2019 at Nationalities Service Center where she researched the political, social, and cultural barriers to domestic violence and sexual assault resources for immigrant and refugee survivors. She also served as a translator for Spanish-speaking clients. At the University of Pennsylvania, she serves as President to the Beta Alpha chapter of Chi Omega Fraternity, where she leads weekly meetings with her chapter of more than 150 members, in addition to coordinating with Chi Omega National organization, Penn Panhellenic, and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. She is also the Vice President of Global Women Empowerment, a service organization dedicated to empowering women around the world through healthcare, education and self-sufficiency.