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 minoring in Computer Science at Harvey Mudd. He is also graduating with a Master’s degree in finance in an accelerated program. 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 in Claremont Consulting Group (founding officer and president) and debate. He is fascinated about how technology and business work together in today’s world.
Aseem Chipalkatti is a senior from the Seattle area majoring in Philosophy, Politics, Economics as well as Middle East Studies. His interest in politics has been fostered by a childhood spent listening to NPR and Jim Lehrer. At CMC, Aseem was the Campus Organizations Chair for the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College, participates on the school’s Model UN team, and works at the school Admission’s Office. At the Rose, Aseem focuses on web management, and is working to start a comprehensive evaluation of local governments’ provision of service.
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 ’15, Miller Initiative Database Manager
Elise Hansell is a senior from Dallas, Texas who is majoring in Philosophy and Public Affairs. She is interested in the intersection of law and public policy, and in addition to her work at the Rose Institute, Elise has interned with a few legal advocacy firms–the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, a non-profit organization which provides free legal services to refugees seeking asylum in the U.S., and the Legal Aid Society which provides criminal and civil legal representation to low-income New Yorkers. At the Rose Institute, Elise works on a variety of projects and serves as Editor of the Rose Review, Inland Empire Outlook, and the Rose Report. During the fall 2013 semester, Elise studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany.
Audrey Breitwieser ’16, Associate 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 ’16, Kosmont Project Manager
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 ’16, New Hire Manager
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 ’16, Design Team Co-Manager
Jessica Jin is a junior from Redmond, Washington, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). Though she primarily has focused on research and graphic design in the past, she is looking forward to getting more involved in other facets of Rose research. This semester, Jessica will be studying abroad in Prague.
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, Design Team Co-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 from Nashville, Tennessee majoring in Science and Management. While she often finds herself loaded down with premed classes, she is a government major at heart. Her passion lies in public health policy, and she hopes to attend medical school following Claremont McKenna.
Shannon Miller ’16, Communications Director
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.
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 an intended Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) major. At the Rose Institute, Ben is looking forward to getting involved in a number of different areas, including fiscal analysis, web development, and the Inland Empire Center.
Francesca Hidalgo-Wohlleben ’17, Associate Social Media Manager
Francesca Hidalgo-Wohlleben is a sophomore from Cedar Rapids, Iowa intending to major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). She plans on attending law school after graduating from CMC. In addition to her work at the Rose, Francesca writes for The Forum, volunteers at the Center for Human Rights, and is a mentor as part of Uncommon Good. Francesca has a love for ice cream, books, and kickboxing.
Tamara Skinner ’17, Associate 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, Rose Report Editor in Chief
Tim Plummer is a hopeful Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major from Upland, California. Following CMC, he hopes to work as a diplomat in either Southeast Asia or the Middle East. While at the Rose Institute, he hopes to get involved in projects that focus on demographic analysis and changing voting patterns. When Tim isn’t studying or working at the Rose, he enjoys spending his free time reading books on foreign policy, making delicious food, meeting new people, and hiking the hill surrounding Claremont.
Tyler Finn ’17, Burnweit Legislative Database Project Manager
Tyler Finn is a sophomore from Atherton, CA intending to major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. At the Rose Institute, Tyler plans on focusing on ballot initiatives and public education, as well as the new hire project: the California Almanac. After college, Tyler plans on attending law school or working in Washington D.C. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, squash and golf, spending time outdoors and bickering with friends about politics.