The Rose Institute stresses a high level of interaction between student Research Assistants and faculty. In student’s research in areas relating to state and local government, students and faculty work side by side. Students receive guidance and instruction from professors, fellows, and research associates experienced in the operations of both the public and private sectors. While every student has experience working with faculty members and senior staff on an individual basis, the Rose Institute student staff is overseen by senior student managers.
Ian O’Grady ’15, Student Manager
Ian O’Grady is a senior from Tempe, Arizona studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics. During college, he has worked in policy and public affairs at a number of organizations, including O’Connor House, Arizona Public Interest Research Group, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and the Attorney General of Washington. In high school, his favorite activities were partaking in the school competitive government team and playing high school golf. At the Rose Institute, Ian has conducted research in the areas of California political reforms, primary elections, and legal analysis. In his spare time, Ian enjoys pick-up basketball, golf, hiking, and setting his fantasy football lineup.
David Tse ’15, Associate Student Manager
David Tse is a senior Econ-Accounting major who hails from the sunny suburbs of Orinda, CA. He plans to pursue a degree in law after gaining experience in the finance industry. During his short, but formative career at the Rose, David has primarily worked on redistricting analysis. When not at the Rose, David enjoys piano, tennis, and arguing about various topics.
Andrew Nam ’15, Tech Team Manager
Andrew is a senior at Claremont McKenna College, majoring in Economics and Finance. He is in an accelerated Master’s in Finance program, which enables him to graduate with both B.A. and M.A.. At the Rose Institute, Andrew focuses on redistricting analysis, legal research, quantitative analysis, and technology related projects. Outside of the Rose, Andrew is very much involved on campus and social activities. Last summer, Andrew worked for J.P. Morgan as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst. After graduation, Andrew will be joining J.P. Morgan Investment Banking in New York.
Elena Lopez is a senior dual majoring in Government and Psychology. Elena is a native Texan, so she is enjoying the lovely California sunshine and lack of humidity. She is very interested in education. After college, she is looking to go field of education; she is hoping to go into the policy side, but she would not mind teaching at her high school for a year or two. At CMC, she is a sponsor for CLSA, is involved in the Latino Student Forum, Claremont Senoritas and has co-founded a baking club.
Elise Hansell is a senior from Dallas, Texas who is majoring in Philosophy and Public Affairs. She is interested in the intersection of law, public policy, and ethics. At the Rose Institute Elise has worked on a variety of projects and served as Editor of the Rose Review, Inland Empire Outlook, and the Rose Report. Most recently, Elise has been the manager of the Miller-Rose Initiative Database and a project leader of the Crime Funnel Project. In addition to her work at the Rose Institute, Elise has interned with the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, the Legal Aid Society, and 4C Re-Entry Court in Dallas County. This semester, Elise looks forward to training the new hires on legal research and incorporating her criminal justice research into her senior thesis.
Audrey Breitwieser ’16, Kosmont Project Manager
Audrey Breitwieser is a junior from Orinda, California and is majoring in Economics. At CMC she has worked for Professor Helland and the Lowe Institute researching the financial holdings of federal judges. Audrey plans to explore many different projects as a research assistant at the Rose Institute. When she is not in class or working hard at the Rose, she can be found at Ducey Gym playing for the CMS Athenas volleyball team or in her room reading Harry Potter.
Brian Eckhardt is a junior from Scottsdale, Arizona, majoring in Economics. He was first introduced to the scope of public policy when he joined speech and debate as a high school freshman and quickly realized government would capture his enduring interest.
Charlotte Bailey ’16, Crime Funnel Project Manager
Charlotte Bailey is a junior Government major from Orangevale, California, a small town in the Sacramento Metro area. At the Rose, Charlotte works on the Crime Funnel Project and the Rose-Miller Initiative Database. In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys reading the news, going to spin classes, and arguing about politics with fellow staffer Tyler Finn. This semester, Charlotte will be enrolled in CMC’s program in Washington, D.C.
Hannah Oh is a junior from San Diego, California, majoring in Government. At the Rose, she heads the Southern California Almanac project and manages the new hire training program. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis with friends, competing for CMC’s Mock Trial team, and traveling to new places. Hannah hopes to work in Washington, D.C. after graduation.
Jessica Jin is a junior from Redmond, Washington, double majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and Studio Art. At the Rose Institute, she has focused primarily on graphic design work and has been involved with the tech team and Inland Empire Outlook. Outside of her Rose work, Jessica has spent the past two summers working on an Index ranking the potential efficacy of public-private partnerships in various countries and later writing copy for a political consulting firm the following year. This semester, Jessica will be studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, where she hopes to travel, eat, and paint.
Manav Kohli ’16, Viewpoint Polling Project Manager
Manav Kohli hails from Portland, OR and is majoring in Economics and Computer Science. He has been involved in Model United Nations for the past five years, currently a member of the Claremont McKenna delegation. He has completed extensive science research and his interest in economics and politics has led him to join the Rose Institute team. As a Research Assistant, he has worked with Redistricting in America, among other projects. He is an avid reader and tennis player, outdoors enthusiast, and major risk taker (namely eating pizza despite being lactose intolerant). For the fall semester, Manav will be participating in CMC’s Silicon Valley Program.
Nina Kamath ’16, Archive Project Manager
Nina Kamath is a junior from San Jose, California, dual majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and Accounting. At the Rose, she designs and writes for Rose publications from the Rose Review to the Inland Empire Outlook, compiles criminal justice data through the Crime Funnel Project, spearheads data visualization for the Southern California Almanac, and experiments with new software and platforms through the Institute’s Tech Team. Nina is spending this semester in CMC’s Silicon Valley Program, working as a Marketing and Data Analytics Intern at a startup.
Richard Mancuso is studying Philosophy and Economics at Claremont McKenna College. At Damien High School, he founded the Claremontian, a local business focused on providing a reliable source of online news, media, and information to the residents, students, and business-owners of Claremont. Richard plans to explore a variety of research areas at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government before determining a specific area in which he wants to specialize. After his undergraduate education is complete, he plans to explore a career in business or law.
Ryan Driscoll is a junior at Claremont McKenna College from Nashville, Tennessee. She is majoring in Science & Management and is interested in public health policy as well as civic technology. Ryan’s academic interest and personal passion lies at the intersection of policy, health, and technology. In past summers, she’s worked for various political campaigns at home, interned with Code for America in San Francisco, and spent many late nights volunteering in the Vanderbilt Emergency Department. After graduating from Claremont McKenna, she plans to pursue further education in public policy before attending medical school.
Shannon Miller is a junior at CMC from Berkeley, CA, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. At the Rose Institute, she manages social media and works collaboratively with the blog team and project managers. After CMC, she plans to work in communications or publishing and do freelance writing.
Harry Arnold ’17, Initiative Database Manager
Harry Arnold is a sophomore hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, majoring in Government. Although he is a proud Southerner and has enjoyed his time in the land of Dixie, he is first and foremost a native Texan, and plans to return to the Lone Star State for law school after graduating from CMC. On campus, he is the managing editor of the Claremont Independent and works as a political engagement coordinator at the Center for Civic Engagement. At the Rose, he hopes to work on projects focusing on the electoral process and redistricting analysis.
Lanie Corrigan, a Portland, Oregon native, is a sophomore Government major at CMC. At the Rose, Lanie hopes to conduct criminal justice and legal research. She would like to continue to expand her understanding of the legal system and its effects, which she began to develop while working at a Portland public defender’s office. On campus, Lanie also works as a Lead Consultant with SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting, and plays violin in the Claremont Concert Orchestra.
Ben Fusek ’17, Fiscal Analysis Project Manager
Ben Fusek is a sophomore hailing from Eugene, Oregon. Ben’s interest in government and public policy grew significantly after serving as president of his high school, as well as after his attendance of Oregon Boys State, a non-partisan hands-on governmental simulation program. At CMC, Ben is a member of SOURCE, a student-run nonprofit consulting organization, and is working towards a dual degree in Economics and Philosophy. At the Rose, Ben works on database management and website creation as a member of the Technology Team, and is excited to get involved with a number of different projects this year including fiscal analysis, criminal justice, and policy research.
Francesca Hidalgo ’17, Communications Director
Francesca Hidalgo is a sophomore from the great land of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After majoring in an Economics-related subject at CMC, Francesca intends on attending law school. Her Rose work includes helping manage social media, working as a member of the Design Team, and chasing all things law-related. When she’s not at the Rose, you can find Francesca eating ice cream, reading a book, kickboxing, or maybe even all three.
Grace Lee is a sophomore from Buena Park, California intending to major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She founded Eunoia EduQuest, an educational organization working with local high school students of Pomona and Ontario with the mission to address the opportunity gap. Grace is passionate about community engagement and enjoys being involved in local campaigns. She envisions a career in public policy, addressing issues such as education and poverty. In her spare time, Grace enjoys reading C.S. Lewis and spending quality time with friends over meals at Scripps College.
Tamara Skinner ’17, Southern California Almanac Project Manager
Tamara Skinner is a sophomore at CMC from Phoenix, Arizona interested in majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) or in Government. She graduated from Scottsdale Christian Academy where she was involved with student government, the National Honor Society, and was a member of the varsity volleyball team. Tamara’s passion for politics led to her participation with the Junior Statesmen of America where she debated and discussed current events with other high schoolers from around the country. She was the founder and president of the Junior Statesmen chapter at her high school. Tamara has worked on local campaigns and enjoys participating in community service. At the Rose, she hopes to work on projects dealing with policy analysis and demographic research. After graduating from Claremont McKenna, she plans to study law.
Tim Plummer ’17, Content Manager
Tim Plummer is a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major from Upland, California. At the Rose, Tim manages content for the website, including the Rose Report, and conducts research on fiscal problems in California. On campus, he is also involved with Model UN and the Debate Union. When Tim isn’t studying or working at the Rose, he enjoys spending his free time reading books on foreign policy, playing racquetball, meeting new people, and eating mozzarella sticks at the Hub.
Tyler Finn ’17, New Hire Project Manager
Tyler Finn is a sophomore from Atherton, California, considering a dual-major in Government and Philosophy. At the Rose, Tyler manages the Burnweit Database Project and spends too much time analyzing Census data. On campus, Tyler also works for the Office of Admission and is involved with the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College. After college, Tyler plans on attending law school and working in Washington D.C. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, spending time outdoors and bickering with fellow research assistant Charlotte Bailey about politics.
Josh Rooney is a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee interested in double majoring in Economics and Eastern European Studies. While at the Rose Institute, he plans to work on a wide range of projects analyzing fiscal and public policy data. On campus, Josh is also actively involved with CMC’s Army ROTC program, competes as part of the Claremont Colleges Debate Union, and writes for the Claremont Law Journal. In rare moments of down time, Josh enjoys playing basketball, reading whatever he can get his hands on relating to government or economics, and talking with his little siblings back home.
Wesley Edwards is a freshman from Denver, Colorado, intending to major in Philosophy, Politics and Economics or International Relations. His interest in local government was discovered during his time working as the Co-Editor-In-Chief of his high school news organization. While not on campus, he is also an amateur photographer and enjoys traveling on his motorcycle.
Katie is a freshman at CMC from the great Seattle area who hopes to major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Throughout high school she represented classmates in student government, worked on local campaigns, and was a member of her school’s Junior Statesmen of America chapter. Katie looks forward to exploring many different projects while working at the Rose Institute. Outside of the Rose and classes, she can be found playing for the CMS lacrosse team and rooting for her hometown ‘Hawks.
Brian is a freshman at CMC from Phoenix, Arizona, majoring in Science & Management. In high school, he was involved with a variety of clubs and played for the varsity football and baseball teams. Prior to working at the Rose, he served as a fellow for the Fred Duval for Governor of Arizona campaign. You can find him speeding around campus on his longboard, jamming out to Chillstep during long study sessions, or getting never-ending seconds at Collins Dining Hall.
Melissa Muller is a freshman from Pleasanton, California, interested in studying Government. She found her love of public policy by competing on her high school competitive civics team and is thrilled to be working with the Rose Institute this year. Projects at the Rose that interest her include the Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey, Three Strikes, Crime Funnels, and the Primary Election Project. In her free time, find her practicing her German, playing tennis, and scoping out restaurants around Claremont.
Shivani Pandya is a freshman from Sugar Land, Texas, considering a dual-major in Government and Economics. Her interest in government and public policy grew significantly after interning for a mayoral reelection campaign. Following CMC, Shivani enjoys watching her beloved Packers win, reading books about World War II, and watching anything created by Joss Whedon.
Caroline Peck is a freshman from Carlsbad, California, interested in studying Government at CMC. At the Rose Institute, she hopes to research public policy and analyze electoral data. On campus she is involved in the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College Senate, and when she is not studying, Caroline is watching her favorite movies and making mac and cheese.