Student Staff

The Rose Institute stresses a high level of interaction between student Research Assistants, faculty, and staff. 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.

Benjamin J. McAnally ’21
Student Manager

Ben is from Ashland, Oregon, and is majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He became interested in state and local government through coordinating a mentoring program to promote educational equality at a local charter school, Kids Unlimited Academy, and through teaching a U.S. citizenship class in high school. At the Rose, Ben has completed research into the opioid epidemic through analysis of California’s CURES database, provided information on California initiatives through Video Voter, and managed the Kosmont Survey. He returned from a semester abroad serving as the policy director and dialogue facilitator for the congressional campaign of Rose alum Aditya Pai ’13. In his free time, Ben enjoys creative writing, mock trial, and ballroom dance.

Jacob S. Leischner ’21
Associate Student Manager

Jake is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, pursuing a dual major in Government and International Relations. Jake discovered his interest in politics from his involvement in high school Speech & Debate but tailored his interest to local politics through his internship on an Albuquerque mayoral campaign. He is especially interested in criminal justice and education reform. Jake is also involved in CMC’s Model UN and debate teams. When not working at the Rose, Jake is napping, listening to Serial, or binge-watching Survivor.


KAtherine AdelmanKatherine P. Adelman ’21

Katherine is from San Antonio, Texas, studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). From a young age, Katherine has been invested in the local politics of her hometown, attending meetings with many civic leaders to gain perspective on the inner workings of city government. Studying abroad in Hong Kong in the fall of 2019, she learned how united political movements impact local governance.  Katherine is excited to transfer these experiences into her Rose work this semester, which includes working on a public finance project and being on the communications team.


Elena I. Castellanos ’21

Elena is from Hawthorne, CA, studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). She has always been invested in civic engagement projects around her community and Claremont. In Claremont, Elena leads a group called College Knowledge that supports school-wide programs focused on increasing college attendance. Elena’s time at the Rose has strengthened her understanding of local and state politics, especially within the context of Redistricting. Also, having availed of a chance to take an Adobe InDesign workshop last summer, Elena has been training others at the Rose to use the program. Elsewhere on-campus, Elena can be seen picking up a Coconut Crème Bowl of Soul at the Motley, nerding out over the latest redistricting news for her research at the Rose Institute, or attempting to stay on the beat during spin at Roberts. Elena loves listening to political podcasts, re-watching West Wing episodes, and yelping her next food adventure.

Sevion D.J. DaCosta ’21

Sevion is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Sevion is currently a PPE major, with a legal studies sequence, and an RDS BA Scholar. At CMC Sevion is President and CFO of the Mock Trial Club, was selected as an Appel Fellow in 2018, is a member of Black Student Affairs and CMS Christian Athletes. This past summer Sevion worked as an Investigative Intern at the Public Defenders Service in Washington, DC. and was on the tech team. This year Sevion is working on the Rose Miller Initiative Database and Fiscal Analysis. Outside of school and the Rose, Sevion loves to spend time with his family and friends, workout, read, cheer on the New England Patriots, and meet new people.

  William P. Frankel ’21

Will is from Shaker Heights, Ohio majoring in Public Policy. He spent the summer of 2019 in Washington, DC as a Government Affairs Intern at Internet Association, a trade association that represents Google, Facebook, Twitter, and dozens of other tech companies.  In the fall semester of 2019, he participated in CMC’s Silicon Valley Program as a Trust & Safety Intern at Quizlet, an e-learning website used by two-thirds of American high schoolers. His Rose experience includes work on single-payer healthcare, Proposition 64, the pension crisis, and the Video Voter series. Outside the Rose, Will is a research assistant at the Lowe Institute, a member of CMC Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, an analyst for the Claremont Consulting Group. He has also been named one of the MMC Athenaeum Fellows for 2020-2021.

Anna E. Green ’21

Anna is from Fairfield, CT pursuing a major in Government. After spending the fall interning at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., she is excited to bring some new research skills back to her work at the Rose Institute. Anna has contributed to the Miller-Rose Initiative, California Almanac, and is now the Inland Empire at a Glance project manager. At CMC, Anna is also a tour guide in the Office of Admission and an interviewer for the Free Food for Thought podcast. In her free time, Anna loves exploring Southern California, struggling to complete the New York Times crossword, and looking for the best coffee in Claremont.


Johnson Lin ’21, Technology Manager

Johnson is from Portland, Oregon, and is majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a Data Science Sequence. At the Rose, Johnson is currently staffed as the Tech Manager and a research assistant on the Miller-Rose Database. In the past, he’s worked on projects such as True Time Served, ILG Videos, as well as collaborated with Professor Bessette on a literature review for the Bureau of Justice. Outside of the Rose, Johnson is involved in CMC Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, the Asian-Pacific-American Mentoring Group, and ASCMC, where he is serving his third consecutive year as Class President. In his free time, you can find Johnson shooting hoops at Roberts, laughing at memes, and grimacing at his blisters from rock climbing.

Naseem Nazari ’21

Hailing from Claremont, California, Naseem Nazari, a PPE major at CMC, traveled long and far to work at the Rose Institute. Naseem’s interest in state and local government piqued as she listened to NPR on long car rides with her sister, and realized the power that politics/ politicians bestow in enacting lasting and purposeful change. Serving on the board of a local non-profit dedicated to education in high school, she is especially passionate about educational equality and is hoping to do research pertaining to this field while working at the Rose. During her free time, you can catch Naseem playing ping pong in Stark, listening to podcasts, or playing with her incredibly adorable puppy, Jooni. Naseem spent the fall semester (2019) in Madrid, Spain.

Nandeeni K. Patel ’21, New Hire Manager

Nandeeni Patel is from Murrieta, California, and is a philosophy, politics, and economics major, with an interest in South Asian affairs. Throughout high school, all of her experiences have pulled her towards a path founded in policy reform and public service. Specifically, having served as the State President of the California Association of Student Councils and President of the Murrieta Youth Advisory Committee, Nandeeni found an interest in research-based advocacy catered to state and local education policy.  This year, she is the Rose’s New Hire manager, while also serving as one of the Athenaeum fellows.  Elsewhere on campus, she honed her skills as an interviewer for the student-run podcast, Free Food for Thought, and as an international journalism fellow at the Keck Center. Last year, she served as a research intern at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Calder B. Altman ’22

Calder is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and is majoring in Philosophy. Calder’s interest in government stems from his belief that the government can ultimately be a force for good. Before arriving at Claremont McKenna, he interned at the Louisiana State Senate, worked on a gubernatorial campaign, and co-organized a series of community forums centered around race and equity. Calder is particularly interested in understanding the philosophical foundations of the American government and how our government might evolve. At the Rose Institute, Calder has worked on the comparative study for the City of Paramount, Competitive Districts, Fiscal Analysis, and Redistricting projects. Around campus, he is also a member of the CMC’s Model United Nations team, plays with the Claremont Colleges’ frisbee team, and is a chef at The Claremont Culinary Institute. In his free time, he loves to cook and hike.

Maria Gutierrez-Vera ’22

Maria is a first-generation American from Whittier, California studying Public Policy and Literature. Her interest in law and politics stems from the two summers she spent as a legal intern, as well as from campaigns she’s worked on in her hometown. Maria run the Rose Communications team and worked on the Inland Empire Outlook, True Time Served, and Rose Playbook. She enjoys doing research that makes politics and policy more accessible to all Californians. Maria also works as a consultant at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and is a member of the Claremont Government Society. In her free time, you can find her journaling, drinking coffee at The Motley, or re-watching episodes of The West Wing.

Maya Ghosh ’22

Maya hails from Dallas, Texas, and is hoping to major in Environment, Economics, and Politics. She developed a passion for politics due to her intense love for reading the Economist and listening to the podcast Deep State Radio. In high school, she pursued this passion by leading her school’s Political Action Club and environmental group, and by interning for Colin Allred’s congressional campaign. At CMC she also works for the Roberts Environmental Center, Mock Trial, The Forum, and the Athenaeum’s kitchen staff. In her spare time she enjoys running, backpacking, road-tripping, and watching football.


Nandini Jayaram ’22

Nandini is from Bettendorf, Iowa, and is majoring in Economics with Sequences in Financial Economics and Data Science. In high school, Nandini was an active member of the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC), where she and 23 members across the state drafted and pursued bills through the Iowa state legislature. Nandini also interned for U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack, which sparked her interest in learning more about local campaigns. At the Rose, her experience includes managing the Fiscal Analysis project, analyzing Census data for the Paramount project, and is a member of the communications team. In her free time, you can find Nandini singing, spending time with friends, and enjoying coffee.

Gait W. Nairn ’22

Gait is from the central valley of Northern California. As a high school student, Gait garnered an interest in politics through his debate and mock trial teams. Participating in American Legion Boys State allowed Gait to explore the opportunities and complexities of state and local government on a hands-on level. At the Rose Institute, Gait is acquiring valuable skills in policy research, specifically looking at the dichotomy between the vast interests of California, such as working closely with Professor Miller as Project Manager on the Miller-Rose Initiative Database. On-campus, Gait is an attorney on the CMC Mock Trial team. In his free time, Gait plays Spikeball, spends far too much time watching Netflix, and enjoys cooking for his friends.

Nohl Montgomery Patterson ’22

Nohl Patterson, from Concord, California is pursuing a degree in International Relations and Economics with a Computer Science sequence.  His interests lie in blame attribution and public policy and have had experience working with survey data and analysis. He cannot wait to begin to apply these skills and learn from the Rose Institute. Elsewhere on campus Nohl runs track for CMS, works at Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, and is a Jack Stark Security Studies Fellow.  He also enjoys reading and hiking.


Robin M. Peterson ’22

Robin is from Boulder, Colorado, majoring in Government. In high school, she worked on registering her peers to vote and working with local legislators on laws surrounding voting rights for ex-felons. At the Rose, Robin hopes to pursue research on policy related to gun control or sustainability. Outside of the Rose, she enjoys annotating her pocket Constitution, pole vaulting, and re-watching Madam Secretary. If she’s not struggling with Introductory Arabic, she’s either serving in uniform as an ROTC Cadet or trying to catch up on sleep.


Henry Alden Schulz ’22

Henry Schulz is a New York City native studying Government with an Ethics Sequence. His new hire project last semester examined the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s unsheltered homeless outreach programs in the City of LA. Specifically, he argued that its unique governing structure limited its ability to house homeless individuals efficiently. In addition to working at the Rose, Henry is on the Gould Center’s student advisory board. In his free time, he enjoys listening to Hacks on Tap with David Axelrod, doing the New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle, and playing pick-up basketball at Roberts.


Jensen Oliver Berg Steady ’22

Jensen is from Santa Barbara, California, and is pursuing a degree in Government and Economics.  He has worked in a variety of local government positions and found his passion for politics in his local Youth Council and volunteering on a major campaign. At the Rose, he hopes to learn about and is particularly interested in, local governments, homelessness, and the housing crisis. On-campus, he also works as a writing consultant at the Center for Writing PD. In his free time, you can catch Jensen biking, playing board games, or enjoying a good book.


Adhitya Venkatraman ’22, Design Manager

Adhitya is from San Jose, California, and plans to major in Economics and Computer Science. He gained an interest in politics from a healthy combination of the Daily Show and speech and debate. At the Rose, Adhitya has worked on the Redistricting Project, the Crime Project with Professor Bessette, the California Almanac, the Inland Empire Outlook, and manages the Design Team. This past summer, he worked at an international NGO that prevents torture in prisons. Outside the Rose, Adhitya is involved with SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting and the Free Food for Thought Podcast. In his free time, you can find him baking, wearing beanies in 100° weather, and failing to perform magic tricks—usually all at once.


Phillip D. Williams ’22

Felipe is an Inland Empire native from Fontana, California majoring in Government with a Public Policy sequence. At the Rose, he has worked on research projects focused on public policy in California. Passionate about politics and local governance, Felipe served as the co-chairman of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council for his hometown and was involved in efforts to increase teenage engagement with civic affairs. On-campus, he serves on the board of the Claremont Government Society and is an ROTC cadet. His free time consists of hiking, reading, obsessively binge-watching The West Wing, consuming copious amounts of In-N-Out hamburgers, and spending time with friends and family.


Marshall Arthur Bessey ’23

Marshall is from Darien, Connecticut, and plans to major in Government and History. During high school, Marshall gained an interest in politics through the Forum discussion group and the School for Ethics and Global Leadership. At the Rose, Marshall is excited to engage in fiscal analysis and gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between local, state, and federal politics. During his free time, Marshall enjoys golfing, playing squash, and watching college football.


Camille Hermosillo ’23

Camille is from Jurupa Valley, CA in the Inland Empire and a first-generation Government major. In high school, she served as a court interpreter in the Jurupa Unified School District’s Youth Court, was an active leader in Riverside County’s Second District Youth Advisory Council, and also served as the chair of the Youth Advisory Board on the California Association of Youth Courts.  There she developed a passion for restorative justice programs, education policy, and the juvenile justice system. During her time at the Rose, she hopes to work on research in education and criminal justice reform. In her spare time, Camille enjoys playing the guitar, singing, binging on Netflix shows, and spending time with her family and pets back at home.

Tara Nicole Mehra ’23

Tara is from Bellevue, Washington, and is hoping to major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics or Government. In high school, she pursued her passion for politics and state government through interning on a state representative campaign and managing the debate department for the Pacific Northwest Junior State of America. She became specifically intrigued with constitutional law after participating in the national “We the People” competition. At Rose, she hopes to engage in federalism research and develop skills in fiscal analysis. When not in Rose’s workroom, you may find her working for SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting, sipping coffee at the hub, or baking cookies.

Dai-Khoa Nathaniel Khai Tran POM’23, Communications Manager

A proud resident of Tracy, California, Nathan is planning to study Public Policy and History at Pomona College. Nathan’s passion for government started when he started interning for a city councilwoman during high school. Working on local politics made Nathan realize that every policy — good and bad, quiet and loud, municipal and national — can have huge effects on people’s daily lives. When he’s not studying or working alongside his fellow Rosies, you can probably find Nathan biking very slowly around Claremont, getting lost on a bus or train, or watching Parasite or The Dark Knight for the umpteenth time.


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