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, Journal Editor, Outreach Director, Treasurer, and Journal Editor. The executive board is elected on a yearly basis and the policy center directors are chosen by the executive board.
President: Ricardo Jaramillo
Ricardo is a senior in Columbia college majoring in history with a focus on modern European history. As a freshmen and sophomore, Ricardo was the outreach director for the Roosevelt Institute at Columbia. Ricardo's longstanding interest in policy and politics has been fueled not only by his engagement with Roosevelt but also his experiences working on two political campaigns and also writing for several publications, including the Roosevelt Review. Ricardo grew up in Dallas, Texas, which means he says 'y'all' and really struggles through the New York winters. He can usually be found reading a New Yorker or Politico article or talking about his favorite Mexican and Venezuelan food places around NYC.
Vice-President: Sarah Lubin
Sarah is a senior at Barnard College majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Political Science. The last two years, she served as the Healthcare Center Director. Sarah is interested in reproductive health and has worked at Planned Parenthood and the office of Dr. Chrisomalis, OB/GYN. As a “born and bred premed,” she wants to combine her passions for healthcare and politics by pursing a career in public health and medicine.
Journal Editor: Emma Cloyd
Emma is a senior at Barnard College in the joint degree program with Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. She is getting her bachelor's in Political Science with a minor in Economics, and her Master's in Public Administration, concentrating on Social Policy with a specilization in Technology, Communications, and Media. She has been a member of Roosevelt since her freshman year, serving three terms as Treasurer before transitioning into the role of Journal Editor. When not futzing with one Roosevelt project or another, you can find Emma in her kitchen procrasticooking or watching the sunrise from Butler.
Outreach Director: Justin Holiman
Justin is a junior in Columbia College studying Human Rights and Political Science. He hopes to take his love of law and research and apply it toward a career in criminal justice/human rights reform. He is particularly interested in combating human trafficking in America and abroad. He previously interned at Legal Outreach, Inc. and the Law Office of the San Diego Public Defender where he was able to apply his studies in criminal justice toward his passion for helping young people. As someone who deeply loves meeting new people and having fun with old friends, he is stoked to serve as the Outreach Director after transitioning from his role as Secretary of the Roosevelt Institute last year. Originally from San Diego, California, he loves reading the Economist, eating tacos, drinking coffee, and listening to the Grateful Dead next to a bonfire at the beach.
Treasurer: Lindsay Meyerson
Lindsay is a rising junior in Columbia College studying history and economics-mathematics. She is interested in pursuing a career in foreign policy and spent the summer working in Washington, D.C. for the Department of Defense. She joined Roosevelt as a freshman and led the Education Center the following year as the Initiatives Organizer. Lindsay has loved every moment in the organization and has learned so much from the amazing people who contribute to every discussion and make Roosevelt the unique environment that it is. She is so excited to contribute more as Treasurer this year.
Secretary: Shirley Tan
Shirley is a sophomore in Columbia College hoping to major in English and History. She is passionate about access to education and healthcare as well as criminal justice reform. Roosevelt Institute was one of the first clubs she joined on campus and she is excited to learn even more about policy during her remaining time at Columbia. In the meantime, she is looking forward to applying her love for to-do lists and organization to her role as secretary. When she’s not curled up in bed with a good book, Shirley enjoys traveling, trying out new foods, yoga, and walking around the city.
Each one of our Policy Centers is led by a Policy Center Director. All Policy Center Directors are on the Roosevelt board and are in charge of leading their respective initiatives during the semester.
Democratic Access: Marion Gibson
Marion is a senior at Barnard majoring in environmental policy with a minor in economics. This year she is looking forward to expanding Roosevelt's partnership with Let NY Vote and facilitating discussions on what accessible, equitable representative democracy actually looks like. Outside of Roosevelt, she is involved in AllSex, a peer-facilitated discussion group about gender and sexuality, and has previously interned on the Hill and at a technology startup. Born and raised in Houston, Marion's real passion is Texas politics. She recently worked on the Beto O’Rourke for Senate campaign, where she helped build out a statewide Students for Beto program. In her free time, Marion loves backpacking, eating Blue Bell ice cream, and watching Beto on Facebook Live.
Economic Development: Cameron Davis
Cameron is a senior in Columbia College majoring in Economics-Political Science with a concentration (minor) in Philosophy. Born in Chicago and raised in Northern Virginia, being close to DC fostered a deep interest in politics that has continued throughout both internships (on the Hill, and at think tanks and media companies) and extracurriculars, such as Roosevelt and the debate team. Also on campus, Cameron is involved in Youth for Debate and the credit union initiative, and is a passionate advocate for studying in Butler's periodicals room. In his limited free time, Cameron loves going to concerts, taking advantage of MoviePass before it inevitably goes bankrupt, and spending time with friends.
Education: Carolyn Kelley
Carolyn is a Sophomore at Barnard College studying political science. Carolyn was raised in Amherst Massachusetts by public school teachers and is passionate about public education and sex ed. On campus, they work with Peer Health Exchange and teach weekly health classes in the New York City public schools. This summer Carolyn was the Field Director for a State Senate campaign in their home town. They enjoy hiking, backpacking, knitting, and making pies.
Energy & Environment: Adekunle Balogun
Adekunle is a junior in SEAS, majoring in Environmental Engineering and minoring in Political Science. Adekunle is the COÖP Hiking Coordinator and the Executive Vice President for Policy on Engineering Student Council. He loves the outdoors and almost aggressively tries to prove it to you with every fiber of his person. Adekunle spent last summer researching pollution trends in NYC, and he loves the hot topics of subsidized farming and the future of the agricultural industry. Adekunle is just a vegetarian from New Jersey, and while he stresses that does not need you to go vegetarian, he’ll reference it just often enough to make you think seriously about whether or not the planet needs you to go vegetarian.
Foreign Policy: Meher Malik
Meher is a senior in Columbia College majoring in Political Science and English Literature. She is from India but grew up in Dubai. On campus, she is involved with the Global Recruitment Committee, conducting admissions interviews and representing Columbia at high-schools abroad. She is also a member of the Sapna Project and an event chair for the South Asian Millennials' Conference. As a child, she wanted to be a vet, but got older and the dream changed to being a forensic anthropologist (thanks Bones). Then, she took her first high school biology class, did a 180 and settled on diplomacy, so that's what we're rolling with. Her interest in foreign policy stems from a fascination with the dynamics of international relationships and how these are shaped by the intricacies of policy but also by the behavior, biases and language of individuals. She is so excited to be returning as center director this year and looks forward to continually encouraging diversity in thought and perspective in Roosevelt.
Healthcare: Sinead Hunt
Sinead is a junior at Barnard College majoring in Economics with a minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures. Originally from White Plains, NY, she moved to Shanghai when she was thirteen, where she attended Shanghai Community International School. Having once aspired to attend medical school, Sinead interned at the Early Brain Injury Recovery Clinic at the Burke Neurological Institute while still in high school. Her interest in medicine has since transformed into a passion for health policy and healthcare economics. She has held internships at the Office of Congresswoman Lowey (D-NY) and the NYC Office of the Mayor. This past summer she interned at the NYC Deputy Mayor’s Office for Health and Human Services, where she worked to research and redress systemic health inequities.
Human Rights: Emma Gomez
Emma is a senior in Columbia College majoring in Human Rights and Political Science. She was born in Guatemala but has lived in the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina for most of her life. At home, she enjoy camping, sailing, and hiking. At Columbia, she plays intramural soccer and is a leader for the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program. She has been involved with Roosevelt since her freshman year of college. During her freshman year, she went on the Washington D.C. trip and contributed to an op-ed that advocated for the eradication of the student contribution for students on financial aid. She spearheaded a recycling initiative two years ago as Energy and Environment Center Director. Last year, she helped lead an initiative to garner support toward the passage of the Humane Alternative to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act as Initiative Organizer for the Human Rights Center. Apart from school, she enjoys running in Riverside, hanging out in dog parks, eating everything bagels, hammocking, and going on bike rides.
Technology: Lexie Lehmann
Lexie is a junior in Columbia College studying Urban Studies and History. Last year, she was on the Executive Board as the Education Policy Center Director, however behind the scenes she worked with the previous Executive Board to formulate the inaugural Technology Center. Lexie is most interested in civic technology and smart city business ventures, but she’s excited to use the tech center this year to catapult conversations about computer ethics and big data, among other topics. Lexie spent the summer working as a project analyst for an urban development consultancy. In addition to Roosevelt, she is a member of Design for America. She is an indoor cycling and audiobook fiend.
Initiative Organizers are responsible for leading an initiative for general body members related to their center, created in partnership with the Center Director. Additionally, Initiative Organizers plan Policy Center meetings and serve as the outreach director their respective centers.
Assistant Journal Editor: Connor Haseley
Connor is a senior in Columbia College studying Political Science. He hopes to pursue a career at the intersection of climate change and political theory, having previously interned in climate change law at the Earth Institute and in urban climate change policy at an organization in Seoul. He is excited to work with the Roosevelt Review given his experience as a writer of creative prose and an editor of academic writing. He enjoys hiking, reading Chekhov, listening to Fugazi, and playing the drums. He is from Brooklyn, New York.
Economic Development: Stephanie Grove
Steph is a Senior studying Economics and Human Rights. Her favorite campus-policy issues are Columbia and Barnard's endowments - come talk to her if you're interested. Originally Steph became involved in Roosevelt as part of the Education Center developing policy to address racial segregation in NYC public schools. Last year, as Economics Center Director, she led discussions on blockchain technology, Columbia's endowment, and public goods/ the threats of privatization. Last summer she did policy work on electric bikes, and this summer she's in the Markets Group at the Fed. Steph does her best to keep up as one of Ricardo's groupies but also enjoys hiking, weaving textiles and eating at Ferris.
Energy & Environment: Arianna Menzelos
Arianna is a sophomore at Columbia College from A City in Southern California That No One Has Heard Of. She is majoring in Sustainable Development and is interested in climate change law. As a first year, she became involved in Roosevelt and the Carbon Neutrality Initiative started by the Energy and Environment center, and she looks forward to leading this initiative in the coming school year. Outside of Roosevelt, she is a member of Sigma Delta Tau sorority and worked for the office of the Earth Institute’s Executive Director. She has previously interned at the California League of Conservation Voters and the UCLA Institute for the Environment. Arianna loves biking, grocery shopping, and traveling.
Human Rights: Maeve Flaherty
Maeve is a sophomore in Columbia College majoring in English Literature and History. On campus, she volunteers as an art teacher with Artists Reaching Out and writes for the arts magazine, Ratrock. Interested in community organizing, she has spent several years working at an immigrant community center in Connecticut, teaching ESL and organizing a job skills development program. She recently interned for a pro-bono immigration lawyer. She spends most of her time reading Harry Potter fanfiction and ranting about the Minister of Magic's policy choices.