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.
Manav Kohli ’16, Student Manager
Manav Kohli is a senior from Portland, OR, majoring in Computer Science. Since joining the Rose he has written numerous articles for the Inland Empire Outlook, covering topics from California prison realignment to the ownership transfer of the Ontario International Airpot. He is an avid reader and tennis player, outdoors enthusiast, and major risk taker (namely eating pizza despite being lactose intolerant). Last summer, Manav worked as a Client Solutions Intern at Addepar, a financial software startup in the Bay Area.
Nina Kamath ’16, Associate Student Manager
Nina Kamath is a senior from San Jose, California, dual majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and Accounting. During her past four years at the Rose, she has written and designed for Rose publications from the Rose Review to the Inland Empire Outlook, compiled criminal justice data through the Crime Funnel Project, spearheaded data visualization for the Southern California Almanac, and experimented with new software and platforms through the Institute’s Tech Team. Nina spent last summer as a Summer Analyst at a boutique economic consulting firm, Analysis Group.
Jessica Jin ’16, New Hire Manager
Jessica Jin is a senior from Redmond, Washington, double majoring in Government 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 her 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. Most recently, Jessica worked as an Account Management and Planning Intern at Vertic, a leading independent digital agency.
Charlotte Bailey is a senior 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. Last summer, Charlotte worked as an Intern at Randle Communications, a top public affairs firm.
Ryan Driscoll is a senior 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, spent many late nights volunteering in the Vanderbilt Emergency Department, and volunteered with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. After graduating from Claremont McKenna, she plans to pursue further education in public policy before attending medical school.
Brian Eckhardt is a senior 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. He worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch last summer as a Investment Banking Summer Analyst.
Richard Mancuso is a senior, 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. At the Rose, Richard has enjoyed infusing new technologies into research methodologies and helping with upkeep for the Rose’s 8 websites. In his junior year, he worked at Augmedix, a healthcare startup for Google glass, as a Business Intelligence and Strategy Analyst.
Shannon Miller is a senior at CMC from Berkeley, CA, majoring in Government. At the Rose Institute, she previously managed social media and worked collaboratively with the blog team and project managers. Outside of the Rose, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Forum, CMC’s student newspaper. After CMC, she plans to work in communications or publishing and do freelance writing.
Hannah Oh is a senior from San Diego, California, majoring in Government. At the Rose, she leads the Kosmont Cost of Doing Business Survey and has previously headed the Southern California Almanac project and the new hire training program. On campus, she is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Claremont Independent. Last summer and spring, Hannah interned for the Senate Budget Committee in Washington, D.C.
Harry Arnold is a junior 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 previously led the Miller-Rose Institute Initiative Database and researched for the Viewpoint Research Polling Project. He will spend the fall semester abroad.
Lanie Corrigan, a Portland, Oregon native, is a junior Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major at CMC. At the Rose, Lanie has conducted 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 after her freshman year. On campus, Lanie also works as a Lead Consultant with SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting, and plays violin in the Claremont Concert Orchestra. She will spend the fall semester abroad.
Tyler Finn is a junior from Atherton, California, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. 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. He will spend the fall semester abroad.
Ben Fusek is a junior hailing from Eugene, Oregon, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. 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. At the Rose, Ben has worked on database management and website creation as a member of the Technology Team, and spearheaded a project on fiscal analysis. He will spend the fall semester abroad.
Francesca Hidalgo is a junior from the great land of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics 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. She will spend the fall semester abroad.
Grace Lee is a junior from Buena Park, California, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Outside of the Rose, Grace 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. She will spend the fall semester abroad.
Tamara Skinner is a junior at CMC from Phoenix, Arizona, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. In high school, 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 later went on to found the Junior Statesmen chapter at her high school. Tamara has worked on local campaigns and enjoys participating in community service. At the Rose, she has worked on projects dealing with policy analysis and demographic research. After graduating from Claremont McKenna, she plans to study law. She will spend the fall semester abroad.
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. He will spend the fall semester abroad.
Josh Rooney is a junior from Memphis, Tennessee, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. At the Rose, Josh has worked on the Kosmont Cost of Doing Business Survey and researched demographic and fiscal trends in Riverside County. 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. He will spend the fall semester abroad.
Wesley Edwards ’18, Design Team Manager
Wesley Edwards is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, pursuing a degree in Government. At the Rose Institute, Wesley works as the Design Team Manager, coordinating publications and layouts, as well as a lead for the Miller-Rose Initiative Database, Crime Funnel Project, and Inland Empire Outlook. While not on campus, he is also an amateur photographer and enjoys traveling on his motorcycle. Wesley spent last summer as a Performance Analyst Intern for the City of Bellevue, Washington.
Katie is a sophomore at CMC from the great Seattle area, majoring in Government. 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 has worked on the American Community Survey, Southern California Almanac, and Three Strikes Projects. Outside of the Rose and classes, she can be found playing for the CMS lacrosse team and rooting for her hometown ‘Hawks. Katie spent last summer as a Summer Intern at the Washington Policy Center.
Brian is a sophomore 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. Brian worked as a Summer Analyst at Aspiration Investments, a LA-based company at the intersection of finance and technology.
Melissa Muller ’18, Content Manager
Melissa Muller is a sophomore from Pleasanton, California, majoring in 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. As Content Manager, Melissa enjoys managing the website and creating infographics. She also works on the Primary Elections Database and collects data for the Kosmont Cost of Doing Business Survey. In her free time, find her practicing her German, playing tennis, and scoping out restaurants around Claremont. Melissa spent last summer as a Legislative Affairs Intern at the California Governor’s Office in Sacramento.
Shivani Pandya ’18, Data Manager
Shivani Pandya is a sophomore 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. In her free time, Shivani enjoys watching her beloved Packers win, reading books about World War II, and watching anything created by Joss Whedon. Shivani spent last summer in her hometown, working at the oil and gas technology company Nalco Champion as a Strategic Growth Intern.
Caroline Peck is a sophomore from Carlsbad, California, interested in studying Government at CMC. At the Rose Institute, she has researched demographic data through the Southern California Almanac and published a paper on primary elections. 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.