The Rose Institute stresses a high level of interaction between student Research Assistants, faculty, and staff. With an emphasis on student 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.
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Anna D.Y. Short PO’24, Student Manager
Anna is from Mercer Island, Washington, and is majoring in Economics and Politics at Pomona College. In high school, her interest in politics and policy led her to join the student senate and to take her first economics class, which would lead her to pursue the subject further in college. At the Rose, she wrote an article for the Spring 2023 Special Housing edition of the Inland Empire Outlook and also helped lead the California Competitiveness project, while also contributing to the Kosmont, Video Voter Guide 2022, and San Francisco Governance research projects. Elsewhere on campus, she is a student fellow at the Open Academy and an editor of the Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy. In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball with friends and reading.
Grace Hong ’24, Associate Student Manager
Grace is from Arcadia, California, and is a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and Government dual major. Her interest in government started after competing on the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” team in high school, where she recognized the importance of civic participation. She also learned more about the roles of state and local government through her time interning at Townsend Public Affairs and spent the fall of 2022 at the Department of Commerce through the DC program. At the Rose, she has worked on the City of Vernon project, helped analyze housing element letters, drafted a backgrounder for the Video Voter 2022 series. and contributed to the research for the San Francisco Governance report. On campus, Grace is also a mentor for the Asian Pacific American Mentorship Program (APAM) and vice president of the Pre-Law Society. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and painting.
Nikhil Agarwal ’24, Student Development Manager
Nikhil Agarwal is a senior at CMC from Singapore majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. At the Rose he served as project manager of the California City Management Foundation (CCMF) project, written for the Inland Empire Outlook, and is currently the Student Development Manager. He also serves as the president of the CMC chapter of The Alexander Hamilton Society, and is vice-president of the CMC chapter of the AEI Executive Council. Nikhil is very passionate about sports, and on weekends you can find him playing tennis, working out in the gym, or awake at 5 am watching tennis, Formula 1 races, or Premier League matches!
Liann C. Bielicki ’24, New Hire Manager
Liann is from Castro Valley, California, and is dual-majoring in Government and Data Science. Her interest in state and local government arose from her experiences with journalism and Mock Trial in high school. At CMC, Liann is a member of the Mock Trial Team and the Claremont Consulting Group, as well as a Handley Leadership Fellow for women in leadership development. At the Rose, she worked on the City Incorporation, Kosmont, and Video Voter 2022 projects. In the summer of 2022, the Institute funded her participation in CMC’s Summer Research Program (SRP) with Professor Sinclair researching the application of a particular kind of sports betting game (football “pick’em”) to predict election and political outcomes. She spent the fall of 2022 semester in Scotland. In her free time, Liann enjoys reading, writing, and experimenting with gardening.
Catherine, from Pleasanton, California, is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations. Her passion for politics and government stemmed from her dad always listening to National Public Radio and reading the Economist. She became interested in state politics after researching California’s primary elections with CMC Professor Andrew Sinclair. She is also interested in U.S. national security policy, Latin American politics, and education reform. At the Rose, Catherine has worked on the Miller-Rose Initiative Database, the Video Voter Guide 2022 project, alumni outreach, and planning for the Rose’s 50th Anniversary celebration. She has been credited for working on the Top-two Election System research paper with Professor Sinclair. This past summer, Catherine interned on Capitol Hill in Washington DC for California Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-14). Outside of the Rose, Catherine is captain of the CMS Women’s Lacrosse team, and in her free time, she likes to go to the beach, try new baking recipes, and listen to true crime podcasts. She spent her fall 2022 semester studying in Spain.
Pieter is a 2023 Truman Scholar and a senior at Claremont McKenna College, studying government and Asian studies. He hails from Edmonds, WA, and is interested in political, economic, and military issues in the Indo-Pacific. At the Rose, he has worked on the Kosmont project, managed the redistricting and city council election system and data visualization projects. He also wrote an article for the Inland Empire Outlook (Fall 2022). At CMC, he has been an Arthur A. Adams Fellow in International Strategic Studies, and a member of the inaugural class of the Gould Center Fellows Program. He is concurrently the President of the CMC chapter of the AEI Executive Council and Vice-President of the Alexander Hamilton Society. He is also a left-handed pitcher for the CMS baseball team and a staff writer for the Claremont Independent. He is an alumnus of the Project 2049 Institute, the Department of Defense, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In the future, Pieter hopes to work in the foreign policy or national security space.
George is a dual PPE and Public Policy major and is proud to call Takoma Park, Maryland home. As a Rose research assistant, he has produced a comprehensive report of Inland Empire municipal American Rescue Plan Fiscal Recovery Fund spending, helped gather data for the Kosmont Cost of Doing Business Survey, created GIS maps of new legislative districts for presentation at a National League of Cities conference, and led a team examining points of friction between state and local government on housing policy. He also worked on the 2022 Video Voter Guide, and California Competitiveness projects. Before working at the Rose, George pursued his passion for local government as the Chair of the Takoma Park Youth City Council and as a Communications Assistant for Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart. He has worked on campaigns including that of Senator Gary Peters and President Joe Biden in Michigan, interned in the DC office of US Rep. Jamie Raskin and with the Bipartisan Policy Center. He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at GENup, advocating for pro-student education reform at the state and national levels. In his spare time, George loves arguing about tax policy, backpacking, skiing, and otherwise enjoying the outdoors. George was in Tunisia, North Africa for the fall semester of 2023.
Audrey Donahue, from Seattle, WA, is majoring in Economics with a sequence in Data Science. Audrey joined the Rose Institute in the Fall of 2021. During the academic ’20-’21 school year, Audrey took a gap year and worked at Amazon in Seattle in a recruiting role for Human Resources. While living in Seattle, she became interested in local political issues surrounding people experiencing homelessness. She is passionate to continue learning about these issues while working at the Rose. In high school, she became interested in state and local government by participating in several non-profit organizations and serving as a Global Scholar for Water 1st International. Outside of the Rose, Audrey plays on the CMS lacrosse team, loves to ski, and cooks. She spent four years in high school working at a cooking school. She is taking a leave of absence this fall 2023 semester to work in Washington, DC.
Cary is originally from Greenwich, Connecticut, and attends Pitzer College, where he majors in Political Studies with a focus in Security Policy. His family recently relocated to San Diego, a city that Cary grew very fond of while attending high school there. Cary discovered his affinity with the security discipline after interning at the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness during Summer 2021. On campus, he has assisted Professor Busch with research concerning the 1981 air traffic controllers’ strike and the subsequent Reagan administration response. He began his RA tenure by continuing the ongoing work with Professor Busch while also joining the Kosmont and California City Management Foundation (CCMF) projects. Over the Summer of 2023, the Rose facilitated Cary’s work with Professor Pears investigating why residents of some of the fifty states regard their state and its associated lore as a significant part of their sociopolitical identity. Cary spent Fall 2023 commuting from Claremont to San Bernardino, where he served as a District Intern for Congressman Pete Aguilar (CA-33) – Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. There, he gained experiential insight into what it takes to provide quality service to constituents. His time working with the Veterans Affairs Liaison on military casework was particularly fulfilling. Cary is spending Spring 2024 on the Hill as a Legislative Intern for Congressman John Garamendi – Ranking Member on Readiness, House Armed Services Committee – as part of the Washington Program and is looking forward to cheering on the Rose and its remarkable efforts from afar. He is eternally thankful to the Rose and Claremont McKenna College for providing him with a world-class toolkit that is enabling him to achieve goals and chase his dreams.
Jack is from Park City, Utah, and is majoring in Public Policy. His interest in state and local policy began when he got the opportunity to lobby for healthcare coverage expansions with state legislators. He also enjoyed analyzing policy perspectives and competing at tournaments as the captain of his high school’s speech and debate team. At the Rose, Jack has worked on the Kosmont, CCMF, CA Competitiveness projects. He has also been assisting Professor Michael Fortner in his research work and has served as editor of the Rose Review. He is also on the Media Strategy team and was on the Rose’s 50th Anniversary team. On campus, Jack is a member of CMC Advocates. In his free time, Jack likes to ski and create digital art.
Katherine A. Jackson ’25, Media Strategies & Communications Coordinator
Katherine is from Oakland, California. She is majoring in Government at Claremont McKenna College. Katherine’s interest in government stems from several courses she took on government and politics and participation in political clubs in high school, including Junior State of America, IGNITE, and Bay Area Student Activists. Katherine also attended the Close Up program. Her passion for politics grew even more when she interned at Congressman Eric Swalwell’s District Office. At the Rose, Katherine worked on the 2022 Kosmont project, 2022 Video Voter Guide, did research for Professor Miller’s article for Limes Magazine, and is on the Media Strategy team. She enjoys long walks, photography, time with her family, and playing with her two dogs. She spent the fall semester of 2023 in Milan, Italy.
Katherine is from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, and is studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She became interested in politics when she ran voter registration initiatives in her high school and community. Katherine is passionate about varying government issues but finds interest in drug policy and voter initiatives. At the Rose, she researched and wrote an article on opioid harm reduction for the Spring 2023 edition of the Inland Empire Outlook. Outside of the Rose, Katherine is on the Model United Nations team, where she serves as the 2022 McKenna MUN secretary general. She also works as President of GenUp Claremont, a 5C club, and traveled as an Appel Fellow this summer. You will probably find Katherine studying around campus or solving the daily crossword puzzle in her free time. She was in Tuscany (Siena, Italy) for the fall 2023 semester.
Ryan is from Mission Viejo, California, and is majoring in Public Policy and International Relations. He developed an interest in state and local government through his work on housing and homelessness policy in Orange County. At the Rose, Ryan has written an article for the Inland Empire Outlook publication, a report on the city of Ontario’s permitting processes, and a statewide report on cities’ Housing Elements. He has also worked on the Kosmont project, the state identities project, and a study on the city of Vernon. In his free time, Ryan enjoys surfing, rock climbing, astrophotography, and a good road trip with friends. Ryan spent the fall semester of 2023 in Bilbao, Spain.
Jemma is from Summit, New Jersey, and is a PPE and Economics dual major. She first developed an interest in public policy in high school while working on Tom Malinowski’s congressional campaign, and cultivated this passion in the summer of 2022 through her work as a research assistant at the CMC Policy Lab. Her summer fellowship with the Keck Center for International Relations, during which she researched the effect of fast fashion on the labor forces of low-income countries, further developed her interest in political economy. Jemma has also pursued an interest in criminal and civil justice through work at Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice Lab. At the Rose, Jemma has written an article for the Inland Empire Outlook and worked on the Housing Project, Kosmont, and minimum wage research. Outside of the Rose, Jemma works for the Policy Lab, the CWPD, and as an Advocate. She studied abroad (Milan, Italy) in the fall of 2023.
Andrea Santillan is from Lee Vining, California a small town in the Eastern Sierra. She plans on majoring in Government with a sequence in Chicano/Latinx studies. Andrea got interested in state and local government after lobbying at the Capital for the Citizens Climate Lobby and doing some field work in Claremont and Pomona for her Government class. At the Rose Institute, she was involved in the Kosmont and California City Managers projects; worked on Rose alumni engagement with the 50th anniversary project; part of the Media Strategy and Culture and Events team; and worked with Professors Andy Busch and Shanna Rose researching for their books. Andrea really enjoys solving puzzles with her brothers and walking around her hometown during sunset to get good pictures of the orange sky.
Noah is from Los Angeles, California, and is majoring in Economics and Government. His interest in local and state government arose through discussions with peers and teachers and is centered around citizen-driven public policy. Previously, Noah worked at Westhook Capital, an L.A based private equity firm, and during the summer of ’22 interned for the Milken Institute, an economic think tank in D.C. At CMC, Noah is currently a first-year guide (FYG) and is working as a research assistant for Professor Fortner. At the Rose, he has worked on the Kosmont , CA City Managers, CA Competitiveness projects, and has written an article in the Spring 2023 issue of the Inland Empire Outlook. In his free time, you can find Noah going to CMS Trivia every Thursday, skiing, cooking, or watching the Dodgers.
Nolan Windham is from Los Angeles, California, pursuing a major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a sequence in Computer Science. Nolan’s interest in state and local government is rooted in his passion for effective public policy and his experience in competitive speech and debate. At the Rose, Nolan has been conducting meaningful research using sophisticated data extraction & analysis techniques for the Kosmont, polling, and California Competitiveness projects. Nolan is also a member of P-ai and the Debate Union. In his free time, Nolan enjoys working on a variety of creative projects.
Joseph is from Elkhorn, Nebraska, and is pursuing a dual major in Public Policy and Economics. He got his start in the policy realm through nonprofits and advocacy in sustainability. From the nonprofit sector, Joseph quickly moved into the public financing of sustainable infrastructure at the Nebraska State Treasury, California State Treasurer’s Office, and the North American Development Bank. His water policy interest drew him to the Rose Institute, where he currently heads the Kosmont project and contributed to the San Francisco study. Outside the Rose Institute, Joseph is an Economic Journalist for the Lowe Institute, looking at manufacturing reshoring trends, and a Research Assistant at the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, analyzing the effect of foreign aid and democratization. Sometimes, Joseph is spotted giving tours to prospective CMC students. In his free time, Joseph loves to read books that challenge his beliefs, hike with friends, and watch the sunsets. In Spring 2023, Joseph participated in CMC’s Washington Program as an intern for Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Alex is from Durham, North Carolina. He is a sophomore transfer from the University of Toronto. He is planning to study mathematics at Claremont McKenna College. His internship with the Center for Death Penalty Litigation inspired him to study how public policy decisions can break the cycle of crime and poverty in American society. At the Rose, he wants to study how state and local governments can address the housing crisis and use housing policy to promote economic development. He enjoys skiing, literature, talking basketball, film, and philosophy.
Quinn is from Boise, Idaho, and is majoring in Public Policy at Claremont McKenna College. In high school, his interest in government and public policy led him to work as a page for the Idaho State Legislature and participate in the US Senate Youth Program. He wants to study electoral data and political competitiveness, as well as learn about California’s top-two primary system, which has led him to join the Rose Institute. He competes on the CMS Cross Country and Track teams and occasionally does landscape doodling in his free time.
Jada is from Porter Ranch, California. She intends to major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Claremont McKenna College. Her interest in state and local government developed through efforts she led in her high school, her community, and across the U.S. to increase voter registration and voter education, as part of the national, nonpartisan initiative When We All Vote. Jada spent summer 2023 as a research assistant to Professor Michael Fortner where she wrote a report on how race, region, and party shaped the framing of crack cocaine in the 99th Congress. This semester, she is looking forward to taking on a greater role in the Rose’s housing policy project and diving into the nuanced solutions to the California housing crisis.
Richard is from Los Angeles, California, and is pursuing a major in History. He first developed his interest in government over many car rides home with his mom playing talk radio. In high school, Richard worked as a campaign intern for L.A. City Councilman John Lee’s first campaign. Following that, he worked as campaign staff for Congressman Mike Garcia’s campaigns and did a stint as an intern in Garcia’s congressional field office. At the Rose, he is interested in researching gun policy, judicial elections, and district competitiveness. In his free time, Richard enjoys hiking, shooting, painting, and trying to keep up with campaigning.
Joan is pursuing a major in Public Policy at Claremont McKenna College and a minor in Spanish, Latin American, and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures at Scripps College. She grew up in Seattle, Washington, and now splits her time between Seattle and Charlotte, North Carolina, where her father moved a few years ago. Spending time in North Carolina, Joan has become passionate about many North Carolinian state and local issues. In particular, Joan is interested in various policy proposals aimed at mitigating the negative impacts of one of North Carolina’s most lucrative industries, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), that disproportionately affect marginalized communities in the state. In her free time, Joan enjoys cooking and (re)watching her favorite television shows, which include Silicon Valley, The Wire, and Gilmore Girls, as well as spending time with her friends and family.
Sam is an Economics and International Relations dual major who was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. He became interested in state and local government through Speech and Debate, as well as internships with Colorado State Rep. Judy Amabile and Governor Jared Polis. At the Rose, Sam worked on the Kosmont, CCMF, San Francisco Governance research, and Redistricting projects; assisted Professor Shanna Rose on her research on New York’s Minimum Wage; and wrote an article for Fall 2023 issue of the Inland Empire Outlook. He loves hiking, reading with a view of the ocean, and exploring nature. In addition to working at the Rose, Sam competes for CMC’s Model United Nations team, works as a program assistant at the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, and is a teaching assistant for Professor Lincoln and Professor Fernholz in the Robert Day School. He spent the summer of 2023 working as a Risk Analysis and Surveillance Intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Sanskriti is from Stamford, Connecticut, and is dual majoring in Government and Economics. In high school, Sanskriti developed an interest in local government by working with local legislators to draft an allergy bill and working on local campaigns, where she learned directly about housing and education policy, two areas of interest at the Rose. In her first year at the Institute, Sanskriti worked on the Kosmont and the California City Management Foundation projects. Outside of the Rose, Sanskriti is a tour guide on campus and is a trip leader with Outdoor Initiative. In her free time, Sanskriti loves to watch soccer, hike, or go on a long drive.
Maya is a Harvey Mudd sophomore who intends to major in government and physics and concentrate in Japanese. Raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Maya became interested in political ideology in elementary school while listening to her family’s frequent debates about politics, later exploring these areas further in high school history and philosophy clubs. Maya hopes to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze California politics at the Rose while learning more about how blue bubbles in red states (like her hometown) and similarly red ones in blue states impact politics. She is also interested in sustainability, comparative education, and comparative corruption. Outside of the Rose, Maya helps lead the East Asian Political Society, practices Japanese, reads (all genres), and watches anime with friends and family.
Anne is a sophomore at CMC pursuing a dual major in government and data science. Her interest in politics began when she volunteered for the re-election campaign of a local congresswoman in high school. At the Rose, she is interested in researching the California court system and drug policy. Outside of the Rose, she works as a writing consultant at the CWPD and is co-president of Product Space. She hails from the rainy city of Seattle, WA and enjoys reading Kafka’s short stories, golfing, throwing pottery, jewelry making, and crocheting in her free time.
Chad is a sophomore at CMC studying Government. Hailing from Concord, California, Chad pursued his passion for public service as an election poll worker in his home county of Contra Costa, worked with the staff of his local House Representative Mark DeSaulnier, and attended CA Boys State 2021. Last fall, Chad focused his new hire project on un-serialized firearms, or “ghost guns,” and their proliferation throughout California. In the spring, Chad worked on the California City Management Foundation project, the Kosmont Cost of Doing Business Survey, and worked with Professor Shanna Rose on her upcoming book. In his free time, Chad enjoys riding his bike, going to baseball games, (re)watching Star Wars, and keeping up with everything related to aerospace and space policymaking.
Ryan S. Shakiba ’26
Ryan is a sophomore at Claremont McKenna College who is planning on majoring in both Data Science and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). He has been interested in politics and government since he was young, being fascinated with the history of the executive branch of the national government, and as time went on, he also found the structure of federalism in the United States to be intriguing, which led him to take in interest in the features of local government as well, which is what led him to want to join the Rose Institute. At the Rose, Ryan has been assigned to the Kosmont, CCMF, CA Competitive projects; engaged Rose alumni as part of the 50th Anniversary team, and worked as research assistant to Professor Andy Sinclair. Being from San Diego, California, he loves the ocean and hiking, as well as tennis and running, but his favorite thing to do is to learn.
David is a sophomore at Claremont McKenna College from La Habra, California, and is pursuing a dual major in Public Policy and Government. His passion for politics arose from the 2016 presidential election and was further inspired by the political, economic, and social climate during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has always found matters of state and local government to be intrinsic to understanding sociological and political climates as a whole. He is excited to learn about how state and local policies have tangible effects on the welfare of the average citizen. In his free time, David can be found watching sports (baseball, basketball, professional and college football), reading, or keeping up with American politics.
Rutvij is a transfer sophomore from UT-Austin’s McCombs School of Business. With his fresh start at Claremont McKenna, he looks forward to advancing a more nuanced perspective of state and local government from the lens of commercial operators and businesses. This past summer, he interned at the Texas Permanent School Fund as an investment analyst for the $50B AUM K-12 endowment. He is currently an enlisted Air Force Reservist at NAS JRB Ft Worth working as an Air Transportation Apprentice (Forklift Certified!) and he plans to commission into Army Reserve Civil Affairs. Rutvij is currently planning to major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.
Elisa is a freshman at Claremont McKenna College majoring in Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP), with a special interest in environmental policy and legislation. In high school, she was deeply involved with her local city council of La Cañada Flintridge, lobbying successfully for more than $300,000 to be allotted toward the implementation of a Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the city. She also managed a campaign for City Council that would go on to win over the incumbent of 11 years by a single vote. She interned for State Senator Anthony Portantino in high school and led the SoCal Chapter of the Junior State of America as the Speaker of the Assembly. In her free time, you can find Elisa singing in her acapella group, Blue and White, or join her in hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains as an Outdoor Initiative leader. She is also a lover of classical opera and mountain biking- though not at the same time!
Aria is a freshman at Claremont McKenna College studying Biochemistry and Public Policy. Her interest in public policy and government stemmed from her involvement in her high school’s law society. She is interested in public healthcare and education policy and is excited to hone her quantitative research skills further at the Rose. Outside of academic interests, she enjoys painting, watching sitcoms, playing badminton, and listening to music.
Dhriti is a Scripps student from Rocklin, California, and is planning to dual major in History and Public Policy. She began considering a career in law and politics early in high school by participating in Mock Trial and working on a NorCal State Senate campaign. She was first introduced to formal policy research at the NYU Division of Medical Ethics, where she helps study FDA guidelines. At the Rose, she hopes to further explore issues of criminal justice, homelessness, and healthcare. In her free time, she enjoys playing NYT crosswords, learning geography, and sneaking into CMC’s Cube.
Kahani is a freshman at Claremont McKenna College studying Public Policy with a prospective dual major in PPE. She hails from New Delhi, India, but is a globetrotter, having lived in five different countries—India, Sudan, Russia, Malaysia, and the US—while being a Texan at heart. Her research into marijuana legislation under a Californian cannabis-infusion company and work in a congressional campaign in Saratoga drew her to conduct research for the Rose Institute. She is most excited about researching drug policy, investigating red vs. blue state politics, and uplifting South Asian voices and experiences through her work.
Sam is a Freshman at CMC from San Mateo, California who plans on majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). His passion for politics, business, and political economy first developed from listening to NPR’s Morning Edition with his mom on the way to elementary school every morning and inheriting his dad’s entrepreneurial spirit. Sam has a passion for all things sports, including water polo, swimming, and football. He also loves camping and being in the outdoors due to his experiences as an Eagle Scout. R&B and Jazz are Sam’s two favorite genres of music, and he loves to sing terribly and play the piano.