The Alumni Council fosters mutually beneficial relationships among and between Harris Public Policy, alumni, and current students. Each year, the Alumni Council seeks nominations for new members who are invested in securing a strong future for Harris. The Council's main mission and purpose is to:

  • Provide resources for alumni networking, professional development, and career advancement
  • Assist current students in career placement
  • Facilitate communication between alumni and Harris
  • Extend the resources of Harris Public Policy by engaging alumni
  • Promote the common interests of alumni and Harris

Join the Council. Deadline for nominations is January 11, 2019. 

Alumni Council Members

Samina Asghar
Chicago, IL

Melissa Baker (Vice-President)
Chicago, IL

Melissa is a team leader at the Office of Evaluation and Inspections with the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her areas of expertise include prescription drugs, Medicare Part D, and conflicts of interest within health care. Melissa is a member of the Nominations and Membership Committee.

Braulio Beltran-Torres

Braulio Torres is currently launching an ecological farm in the State of Hidalgo, Mexico. He wants to create a hands-on center for food policy at the intersection of health, planet, food production and social justice. He was a 2017-18 SPURS fellow in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he focused his research on diabetes, food systems and the urban-rural linkages. Braulio is a member of the Alumni Awards Committee. 

Maggie Bove-LaMonica
Hermosa Beach, CA

Maggie works with the Candidate Ready Development team at Leadership for Educational Equity where she is helping elect teachers to public office around the country.  She is an elected member and board president of the Hermosa Beach City School District and an elected delegate to the California Democratic Delegate Assembly for the 66th district. Maggie is a member of the Alumni Relations Committee. 

Alice Cho
Piedmont, CA

Alice is an Advisor to a fintech company, Varo Money. Alice previously served as Managing Director and the Head of the San Francisco Office of Promontory Financial Group, an IBM Company. In that role, Alice was responsible for leading Promontory’s engagements and for advising directors and senior management of financial institutions on issues relating to compliance, corporate governance, enterprise risk management, and regulatory enforcement orders. Alice is a member of the Development Committee. 

Sherri Farris
Chicago, IL

Sherri is the Project Team Leader for the Center for Operational Excellence at the City Colleges of Chicago. She works to improve outcomes for students who are academically underprepared for college. Her area of expertise is public policy in Chicago as it pertains to families, youth, and education. Sherri is the Chair of the Nominations & Membership Committee.

Tangela Feemster
Chicago, IL

Tangela is the Senior Manager of State Government Affairs at Express Scripts. Previously, she was a policy fellow at Get Covered Illinois, where she researched complex federal regulatory concepts and assisted efforts to increase stakeholder engagement. Tangela is a member of the Recruitment Committee.

Michael Ford
Washington, DC

Michael is an economist at Bureau of Land Management, where he analyzes the economic impact on oil and gas site security measurement rules for operators. He previously worked in U.S. Department of Energy, Maryland Department of Budget and Management. Michael is the Chair of the Alumni Relations Committee. 

Ashlee Gabrysch (Secretary)
AB'07, MPP'13
Chicago, IL

Ashlee serves as a Financial Research Analyst for the Chief Financial Officer of Cook County. In this role, she provides financial, legal, statistical, and strategic analysis for county departments and develops policies and standard operating procedures for processes that fall under the authority of the CFO. She graduated with Honors from the College with a degree in Interdisciplinary Slavic Studies. In 2011, she returned to the University to pursue an MPP at the Harris School of Public Policy, where she concentrated in public finance and social welfare policy. Ashlee is a member of the Recruitment Committee. 

Alfredo Gomez
Washington, DC

Alfredo is a senior executive with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). He is a Director in the Natural Resources and Environment Team and leads GAO's oversight work at the US Environmental Protection Agency and related cross-cutting environmental issues such as climate change. He also serves as the agency's spokesperson to the media on GAO's environmental-related work. Alfredo is the Chair of the Careers & Networks Committee.

Kyle Gracey (President)
Pittsburgh, PA

Kyle is a Project Architect at PreScouter where he helps companies incorporate new technologies and research in their products, focusing on science to improve sustainability. He is also pursuing a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and serves in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. 

Emilio Granados
Mexico City, Mexico

Emilio is the General Director of Cooperation and Bilateral Economic Relationships at Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) in Mexico. Prior to this Emilio worked as the Deputy General Director of Economic Analysis at the Ministry of Finance in Mexico. Emilio is a member of the Recruitment Committee. 

Stephen Karam
AM'90 (Public Policy), AM'91 (Social Sciences)
Washington, DC

Stephen is an Urban Economist Consultant with the World Bank following a 20-year career with the World Bank, most recently based in Ankara, Turkey as Lead Urban Economist and Sustainable Development Program Leader. He has worked in over 26 developing countries, most recently in Europe and Central Asia, and led the preparation of the Bank's corporate Urban Development Strategy issued in 2010. He has received over 27 professional achievement and award citations and worked on over 52 analytical studies and infrastructure finance projects focused on local economic development, land market development, urban economics, and municipal development. Stephen is a member of the Development Committee, and also serves on the Board of the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) Agency in Washington, DC.

Dan Li
Beijing, China

Dan is the Assistant to Chairman at Harvest Fund Management, a top asset manager in China. In addition to this, he leads the data intelligence project aiming to transform traditional buy-side research to a data-driven and AI-empowered approach. Prior to Harvest, Dan worked as a student fellow at The Paulson Institute where he covered US-China cross-border investment. He is one of the founding members of the Harris Beijing Chapter and a member of the Alumni Relations Committee.

Nandu Machiraju
Washington, DC

Nandu is an attorney at The Federal Trade Commission specializing in antitrust issues in the health-care and information-technology sectors. He previously worked for the D.C. and Brussels offices of Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft LLP. Nandu is a member of the Development Committee. 

Charlie Parekh
Chicago, IL

Charlie is a Director at Duff & Phelps specializing in the application of economic and statistical analysis to damages, finance, and public policy issues. He has over fifteen years of experience working in dispute consulting and litigation support. Charlie is the Chair of the Development Committee. 

Libby Pearson (Past President)
AB'05, MPP'10
Washington, DC

Libby is a manager in the federal practice for Deloitte Consulting LLP, delivering financial management projects for civilian and security sector agencies. She previously worked as an admissions counselor for the College at the University of Chicago. Libby is a member of the Nominations & Members Committee. 

Patricia Rozaklis-Stern
Bethesda, MD

Patty is a Principal Data Scientist at IBM, specializing in digital analytics for sales and marketing optimization.   She has over eighteen years experience in the area of Big Data and Analytics, focused on technology, financial, and public sectors.  She is an active member of IBM's Academy of Technology and Women in Technology organizations. Patty is a member of the Careers & Networks Committee.

Ivy Sun
Chicago, IL

Ivy is a Senior Consultant in the Strategy and Analytics Department at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Her work focuses on uncovering key trends in healthcare space by analyzing the large amount of claim data from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield system and providing insights into current healthcare issues. She previously worked as an analytics consultant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Ivy is a member of the Careers & Networks Committee.

Natalya Wallin
Washington, DC

Natalya is the Director of the Center of Expertise at the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, a public-private partnership that seeks to catalyze and coordinate a coherent, global strategy to make modern slavery economically unprofitable. Natalya is the Chair of the Recruitment Committee. 

Nikki Wegner 
Chicago, IL

Nikki is a Manager in the Government & Public Services practice for Deloitte Consulting LLP. She focuses on delivering Health & Human Service projects for state and local government departments and agencies. She previously worked in political communications consulting, political campaign fundraising, and issue advocacy.  Nikki is a member of the Careers & Networks Committee.

Chen Wen
Washington, DC

Chen is a part of the Outreach Team of the Safer Choice Program at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Previously, Chen was National Program Manager of Partnership for Sustainable Healthcare at the EPA. Chen has also been in the residential real estate business for the last 25 years, and is currently the Managing Partner for Wendigo 16, LLC, a real estate investment partnership. Chen is the Chair of the Alumni Awards Committee.

Laura Williams
Chicago, IL

Laura is the Director of Policy at the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office. Prior to joining the office in April 2018, she spent four years at World Business Chicago, where she led the organization’s community economic development work under the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. Previously, Laura worked at the University of Chicago and at the Center for Housing Policy in Washington, DC. Laura is a member of the Alumni Relations Committee.