EXECUTIVE BOARD

Laila Inan

CO-PRESIDENT/FOUNDER

Laila is currently a double physics and business major at BU. She is passionate about intellectual stimulation and engagement through dialogue, writing, and debate. Her favorite subjects typically center around politics, physics, philosophy, and economics. She grew up playing national level soccer and that competitive mindset and work ethic to do better and be better, on and off the field, spilled into her views of academia. Her motto is work hard play hard and she looks forward to giving her all into this organization.

Rachel Zhu

VICE PRESIDENT

Rachel is a sophomore from central New Jersey, double-majoring in political science & English. She joined this team because she wanted to help create a space where the intersections of various politics-adjacent academic fields can be explored at deeper levels. Writing has always been her cardinal interest; much of her free time over the last several years has been dedicated to working on short stories, novel drafts, and poetry submissions. She hopes to use her passion for language to fulfill her personal goal of crafting a meaningful political voice, and to further our organization's collective goal of enriching the political and academic environments on campus.

Maggie Christensen

secretary

Maggie was born in Chicago, but then lived in Montreal, QC for the past 10 years. She now lives in Naples, FL. She is a sophomore, double majoring in Business and French. Living in Denmark, Canada and the US has fostered her passion for international business, which she looks forward to exploring through The Politica at Boston University.

Ferren Winarto

CO-PRESIDENT/FOUNDER

Ferren is a sophomore majoring in International Relations. She was born and raised in Indonesia where she spent most of her academic career as a homeschooled student before continuing her studies at a British boarding school in the medieval city of Canterbury, Kent. Her passion for International Affairs stemmed from avid political participation at a young age, which eventually solidified after taking A level Politics and Economics. 

Manav Shah

treasurer

Manav is a junior majoring in Business and Political Science. He was born and brought up in Mumbai, India and has been exposed to a lot of eastern economic and political ideologies from a young age. Moving to the United States at the age of 18, he could point out some stark differences in the ideologies he was brought up with. Hence, he decided to take up political science to gain a better understanding of the similarities and differences between different styles of governance, a cost benefit analysis of the effect of policies in different countries and much more. He is interested in being part of some thought provoking conversations with people from around the world.

Kate Gagliardi

HEAD OF SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

Kate is a sophomore majoring in General Studies in CGS and Business Marketing in Questrom, while also minoring in Advertising in COM. Kate has always had a passion for politics and economics, and can't wait to share that passion through her work with The Politica. She grew up in a small town on the Jersey Shore, which she insists is nothing like the show. She can't wait to continue learning and living in Boston, where she is in the Advertising club, and is the Head of Social Media Marketing for BU Belly Dance.

Victoria Fernandez

HEAD OF PUBLIC RELATIONS, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND EVENT COORDINATION

Victoria is part of the class of 2023, originally from Venezuela but resides in Miami, Florida and she is very excited to be on the E-Board for this amazing club! She loves this club because of its purpose —to encourage the types of conversations and research that can lead us to become better individuals. She is super invested in all that has to deal with civic engagement and wants to further the involvement of our communities in all that surrounds us and that happens in the world. 

Anthony Kolton

HEAD OF PUBLICATION

Anthony is a proud Chicagoan born and raised (not the suburbs). He is currently studying philosophy and neuroscience at BU, while also taking on a minor in statistical methods. He does not have the strongest interest in politics itself, but thoroughly enjoy problem-solving in any regard. He believes that political issues that arise in our political ecosystem and become our realities are some of the hardest problems in the world to navigate, and helping others begin to talk about the issues of today with greater accuracy and understanding is something he is eagerly looking forward to accomplishing with The Politica.

Lauren Kim

CO-DIRECTOR OF PODCAST

Lauren is a sophomore double majoring in Economics and International Relations. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lauren found her passion in politics, international affairs, and business while writing for her high school newspaper and listening to her favorite podcasts. Lauren is excited to take part in important conversations about current events, and she is looking forward to what the future holds for The Politica!

Sharon Yuz

CHIEF OF STAFF

Sharon was born in New York, but moved around through PA, NJ and FL, eventually deciding to stay in Florida. She is a rising sophomore studying political science with a minor in either economics or psychology. It has always been her plan to go to law school, which is what made her interested in politics and economics. She was also always politically involved in high school, which transformed politics from a school course into a hobby. She is very excited to see what we can accomplish together at The Politica!

Kalliope Glavas

CO-DIRECTOR OF PODCAST

Kalliope is double majoring in Classical Civilization and Philosophy at Boston University. As a Greek-American, she enjoys analyzing and comparing both American and European ideologies. She is excited to start a conversation about world citizenship and contrasting values on the podcast!

Subin Moon

CHIEF EDITOR

Born and raised in Seoul and having lived in Los Angeles, Dubai, and Toronto, there is no doubt that Subin had a very unique and international upbringing! Her journey took her to Boston University, where she is currently pursuing a double major in international relations and economics. Subin is eager to work with the members of the Politica. She hopes to engage in various intellectual and thought-provoking conversations to her heart's content and support her fellow peers execute their brilliant ideas and thoughts in their published works to the best of their abilities.

DIRECTOR BOARD

Creative Team

Jasmine Li

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Jasmine is a sophomore majoring in Journalism with a minor in Sociology. She spent her formative years in Hong Kong, during which the city's protest movements instilled in her the importance of political activism. Her background is in photography and filmmaking, having built up an extensive portfolio over the years. She hopes to use multimedia to tell stories and amplify voices that need to be heard.

Jacob Colling

CO-DIRECTOR OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

Jacob is a sophomore studying Finance. Hailing from the midwest, he has very much enjoyed the different way of life that the East Coast has to offer. Prominent within the stark differences of his upbringing and his current residence, is the vastly different disciplines of thought that these two places adhere to, especially regarding politics. Jacob hopes to craft thought-provoking content to push the conversation into places that result in education, respect, and newfound insight into political thought.

Grace Shaver

CO-DIRECTOR OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

Grace is currently pursuing a degree in Arts and Activism with the College of Arts and Sciences. She is also a certified yoga instructor and loves the outdoors. In her free time she likes listening to music and going to concerts. Grace hopes to inspire others to create and follow their passion with her work. She is so excited to be part of The Politica!

Editing Team

Nancy Jiang

SENIOR EDITOR

Born and raised in New York City, Nancy is a junior majoring in Journalism and minoring in Political Science and Asian Studies. She is deeply passionate about reworking politics through the lens of dismantling social and economic hierarchies in order to provide equity for the lower and middle class. When she’s not engaging in this work, you can catch her at R&B concerts (post-COVID), critiquing new albums, or playing League of Legends.

Zoe Tania

SENIOR EDITOR

Zoe is a Business major in the class of 2023. She was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia where she attended an international school, exposing her to a multitude of perspectives and ideas, sparking her intellectual curiosity. She has always found politics and ideologies engaging because she believes that one can never know enough about what is going on around them, thus, she was eager to join PBU because she wants to learn more about the world around her through conversation and writing. 

Content & Publication Team

Christina Chen

CONTENT DIRECTOR

Matthew Dattolo

CO-DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATION

Christina is majoring in business and minoring in computer science. She is from Ohio but went to boarding school in New Jersey; she also enjoys riding thoroughbreds and owns a blue-nosed pitbull. She has always been interested in "sustained dialogue" and feels that it is our responsibility as the rising generation to build a better, more inclusive, and educated world. She believes conversation and exposure is the first step to necessary changes in policy and therefore is committed to pursuing and distributing content that sparks real, much-needed conversation within our community about the issues facing our current society.

Matthew is a sophomore studying Astrophysics. He cultivated his interest in astrophysics during a science program in high school, where he worked on a team to design an experiment that was tested aboard the International Space Station by NASA astronauts. He takes a great interest in academic debate, writing, media, and philosophy. Matthew is concerned with the relationship between politics and science, and how science is often weaponized or misinterpreted for political reasons at the expense of human progress. He desires to challenge misinformation surrounding science in the media with his research-based and analytical interpretations of politics.

Angel Estrada

CO-DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATION

Angel is from Western Massachusetts and is currently a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences double-majoring in International Relations and Sociology. She is also a CAS Academic Ambassador on campus. Angel has always been passionate about social and global issues, as well as the desire for justice and advocacy for marginalized groups. Growing up in a very small town with homogenous political views, she quickly realized the importance of having difficult yet necessary political discourse to educate and to incite change. She is very excited to see The Politica stimulate this conversation among the BU community and beyond.

Public Relations Team

Alan Chau

CO-DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND EVENTS

Alan is a sophomore leaning towards a Political Science and/or Psychology major and serving as the Student Government President of the College of General Studies. Born in Long Island, New York to a Cantonese-American family with strong cultural ties to Hong Kong, Alan’s view on political matters has been influenced in great part by his upbringing. He sees politics as a multi-faceted issue that requires a healthy public discourse and practical dialogue to further understanding between both sides of the political aisle. His advocacy for discussion that is unfettered from the classroom setting yet still orderly and structured naturally drew him to The Politica.

Daniel Torrez

CO-DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND EVENTS

Daniel is currently working towards a degree in business with a concentration in finance. He was born and raised in South Florida, a cesspool of diverse and eccentric people whom have shaped his perspective on the world. Daniel might not be your typical ‘Florida man’ but he sure does share the same creativity and energy of one to change his community. He is excited to use this passion to ensure the Politica stimulates intellectual conversation amongst his peers.