Roosevelt at Columbia is led by a general board comprised of all the policy center directors as well as the executive board which consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Outreach Director, and Journal Editor. The executive board is elected on a yearly basis and the policy center directors are chosen by the executive board.
To learn more about our center directors and the work that they do, check out our page on policy centers.
President: Adem Sengal
Adem Sengal is a Junior in Columbia College majoring in Economics-Political Science with a concentration in Sustainable Development. Adem serves as President of the Columbia chapter of the Roosevelt Institute and former Center Director for Defense and Diplomacy. Adem is also a varsity member of the Columbia Debate Society and associate editor of the Journal of Politics and Society. A proud Texan, Adem hails from the home of NASA and Beyonce, Houston, Texas. You can often find Adem in Butler Library at 3am on weeknights, reading the New York Times with breakfast in John Jay, or talking about Brooklyn's hottest new coffee shop.
Vice-President: Rachel Knowles
Rachel Knowles is a junior in Barnard College studying Political Science and History. Last year she served as one of the Equal Justice Center Directors and co-led the chapter’s initiative on affordable housing in New York City. In addition to housing policy, Rachel is interested in election law, criminal justice reform, and environmental policy. She’s a proud Alabamian who spends half her time in New York City searching out acceptable biscuits and cornbread. Roll Tide!
Secretary: Danielle Desieroth
Danielle Deiseroth is a junior in SEAS majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Earth and Environmental Engineering. This summer, Danielle interned on Capitol Hill in the House of Representatives and at political startup Polis (founded by the former president of Columbia Roosevelt, Kendall Tucker). She joined Roosevelt her freshman year thanks to her suitemate and current Education Center Co-Director Nicki Felmus, and is eternally grateful to Roosevelt and her Roos fam for inspiring her love of policy. Danielle is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in her free time loves cheering on Pittsburgh sports teams and doing the New York Times crossword.
Treasurer: Emma Cloyd
Emma is a sophomore at Barnard majoring in Political Science with a minor in Science and Public Policy. Emma stumbled upon Roos following the activity fair at NSOP and immediately became obsessed. Coming from a rural part of Maine, her policy interests primarily relate to education and rural poverty. When not doing Roos things, you can find her in Butler offering strangers chocolate in the middle of the night, searching for a sample sale somewhere in the city or organizing any form information into a color coded spreadsheet.
Outreach Director: Ricardo Jaramillo
Ricardo is a sophomore in Columbia College double-majoring in History and Economics. As the Outreach Director, Ricardo is in charge of maintaining communications with other student groups and represents Roosevelt on the executive board of the Columbia Political Union. Ricardo is particularly interested in climate change and environmental policy especially as they relate to energy supply sources and broader economic development. Ricardo enjoys watching space sci-fi shows and movies (Battlestar Galactica, anyone?!) and probably reads too many New Yorker articles for his own good.
Journal Editor: Allie O'Keefe
Allie O'Keefe is a senior in Columbia College majoring in Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Political Theory. She serves as the Journal Editor of the Roosevelt Review, Roosevelt's annual journal of student-designed public policy proposals. Allie's interested in the intersection of communication, foreign policy, and human rights, especially the promotion of women and girls in the developing world. She also enjoys eating pad thai, watching historical dramas on Netflix (Marco Polo is good if you stick with it guys, I swear!), and obnoxiously reminiscing about her year abroad at Oxford.