Student ambassadors provide a first-hand perspective about what it's like to be a student at Harris Public Policy. Learn about their passion for public policy and Harris. Connect with one today.

Team Harris is a select group of student ambassadors who share their perspective and experiences at Harris Public Policy. They are representative of the Harris student body and passionate about their areas of study as well as their experience at Harris.

Team Harris members are available to meet in person or to talk with prospective students on the phone or online. They also host coffee chats when prospective students visit campus

Meet Team Harris

S. Tiffany Kwak, MPP 18

S. Tiffany Kwak, Urban Policy and Planning (MPP 18)

"I am focused on studying urban policy and planning, specifically topics related to public-private partnership structures, government innovation, and economic development. Joining the Harris family after working for over five years in the private sector was an opportunity for me not only to build new skills to use in my next career, but also to learn more about myself and my goals as a future policymaker."

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Sally (Ji-Seon) Park, Economic Policy (MPP 18)

“I wanted to study how to reduce poverty in developing countries through economic development, but didn’t know exactly how. Harris has only helped me so far to figure out the methods of achieving my goal with abundant resources and great people. I feel much more prepared and motivated to pursue my dream.” 

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Saeb Ahsan, MPP 18

Saeb Ahsan, Global City Collaboration (MPP 18)

Saeb Ahsan is pursuing a MPP at Harris.  He is a fellow with the Pearson Institute for the Study of Resolution of Global Conflict and has research interests in global city collaboration. This past summer, Saeb was an Open Cities Fellow at the Sunlight Foundation. He has a BS in finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a Fulbright Fellowship at Koç University in Turkey. He is also a founding member of the Chicago Steering Committee for the Muslim Public Affairs Council and is an Executive Editor for the Chicago Policy Review, the largest policy school journal.  

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Divyasha Ray, MPP 18

Divyasha Ray, (MPP 18), Economic and Financial Policy

“About three years ago I was a successful professional in New Delhi preparing for my public policy education. As I researched policy schools, Harris stood out to me partly because of the data-driven culture, but mostly because of the humility exhibited by the current students with whom I interacted. I have come to recognize this attribute in Harris students as a characteristic that the Harris culture imbues in its community.”

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Tyler Barron, MPP 18

Tyler Barron, Energy, Environmental, and Science Policy (MPP 18)

Tyler's interest in public policy comes from a desire to create change on the federal level through direct lobbying initiatives. "Harris' commitment to creating well-rounded policy professionals is what attracted me to the program in the first place. As policy initiatives at the federal level begin to demand a more quantitative approach, I feel confident in my abilities to lead the charge in creating much needed legislative solutions thanks to my education at Harris!"

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Peter Biava, MPP/MBA 19

Peter Biava, Economic Development (MPP/MBA 19)

“I want to study the impact of the development of the private sector in emerging economies and learn what policy tools can be used to make that more efficient. It's interesting to me because my parents emigrated to the USA from Colombia during the 1980s, a very dangerous and tumultuous time in Colombia’s history, yet 30 years later, Colombia is now a popular tourist destination and most of the inherent danger in urban areas has subsided.”

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Xiofan Liu, MPP 18

Xiofan Liu, Economic Development (MPP 18)

"Before I came to Harris, I didn’t really know what I was truly interested in or what I wanted to do in the future. All of my fantastic Harris experience has helped me to focus on my policy interests! I’d love to share it with prospective students."

 

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