The Alumni Council fosters mutually beneficial relationships among and between Harris Public Policy, alumni, and current students. Each year, the Alumni Council seeks submissions 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 submitting an application for the 2021 cycle is February 9, 2020. 

Alumni Council Members

Aidan Ali-Sullivan
MPP'17, MBA'17
Oakland, CA

Aidan currently leads state and local government relations and public policy for Nuro Inc., a leading robotics and autonomous vehicle startup based in San Francisco. Prior to joining Nuro, Aidan held roles with General Motors in both Detroit, Michigan and Dubai, U.A.E. Aidan previously worked in a variety of state, federal and international government roles, including serving five years with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. He is a former Google Policy Fellow, NLC- Detroit Fellow, and California Capitol Fellows program Senate Fellow.

Samina Asghar
Houston, TX

Samina Asghar is an Assistant Vice President - FedLine Solutions Product & Pricing at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. In this role, Samina develops multi-year FedLine Solutions product/pricing strategies in support of Bank mission and overall strategy. She provides strategic oversight to the product development process and oversees the planning, development, approval and implementation of new products or enhancements to existing products. Samina completed her MBA in 2000 and MPP in 2007. She’s particularly interested in public private partnerships that serve for the betterment of communities and economies. Every year, Samina volunteers her time to mentor current Harris School students and professionals at the Bank.

Hannah Bent
Madison, WI

Hannah Bent is a Senior Associate at Tetra Tech, where she specializes in program evaluation and data analysis for clients in the energy and transportation sectors. In addition to energy and transportation, Hannah is particularly interested in international environmental issues, including analyzing changes in land use and its implications for communities and environmental quality.

Maggie Bove-LaMonica
Santa Monica, CA

Maggie manages 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. 

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. 

Jamie Citron
Chicago, IL

Jamie Citron began working for then-Senator Obama in early 2007. Over the last twelve years, Jamie has served in various positions including Special Assistant in the Office of Faith Based & Neighborhood Partnerships at the US Dept. of Health & Human Services and Director of the LGBT Vote & LGBT Finance Director for the President’s re-election effort - overseeing the campaigns integrated outreach strategy to LGBT and allied Americans. After a year in the White House, serving as the Deputy Director of the Visitors Office, Jamie returned home to Chicago to begin working for the Obama Foundation. Jamie also serves as a member of the Obama Foundation's Inclusion Council. Outside of work Jamie serves on the Boards of Director of Chicago's Green City Market and the Equality Illinois Institute.

Robert Conlisk
Chicago, IL

Michael Crowley
Chicago, IL

Michael joined After School Matters in 2010. Now as chief of staff, he is responsible for developing and executing an organizational strategy to provide high quality enrichment opportunities to more than 18,000 teens annually. He oversees communications and marketing, research and evaluation, and board engagement; and he cultivates partnerships and funding geared toward long-term sustainability. He also directs government relations and advocacy work, helping to secure annual multi-million dollar grants from Illinois and Chicago.

Tangela Feemster
Oak Park, 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.

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.

Ashlee Gabrysch (Vice President)
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. 

Luis Gonzales-Carrasco
Chicago, IL

Luis is head of the research division at the Ministry of Finance Government of Chile. Luis graduated with a Master's of Public Policy degree at the Harris School of Public Policy with certificates in Economics, Energy and Environment and is co-director of The Inter-Policy School Summit holding a master degree in Applied Macroeconomics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). Luis obtained his bachelor degree in economics at the Universidad Católica Boliviana (UCB). He worked in the government of Bolivia in the Social and Economic Policy Analysis Unit (UDAPE) from 2005-2008 and later was adviser to the Ministry of Finance of Chile from 2012-2014. Luis is currently a research associate at the Latin American Center for Economic and Social Policies (CLAPES UC) at PUC. His research topics are Macroeconomics, Economic Growth, Sustainable Development and Energy. He is web page is    

Kyle Gracey (President)
Pittsburgh, PA

Kyle oversees sustainability-focused projects at PreScouter, a technology consulting firm. He also provides digital and policy consulting services to progressive organizations. Kyle is pursuing a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

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.

Christine Kolb
Chicago, IL

Christine is a Senior Director of Development in the Central US Region for Greystar. Her work at Greystar focuses on sourcing development opportunities throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining Greystar, Christine's career spanned more than a decade in the real estate industry, with more than $350,000,000 of acquisitions and management experience in private sector real estate development and leadership in land use and housing policy.

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.

Walter Mair
London, UK

Walter is an Investment Professional at Marlin Equity Partners in London. In his role he is responsible for private equity investments in software and technology companies across Europe. Prior to joining the firm in 2016, he spent two years as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in London.

Mary Davis-Michaud
Madison, WI

Mary Davis Michaud is founder of Health & Social Impact Strategies, LLC, a consultancy for organizations ready to build the resilience necessary to approach complex 21st Century challenges. Combining two decades of leadership and consulting experience in the health sector with training in visual art and facilitation, Michaud combines rich process with evidence-based strategies to support change, growth, and innovation. She also teaches health systems courses for medical, law, and public health graduate students through the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Olga Namen
Bogota, Colombia

Olga is a postdoctoral researcher at Universidad del Rosario in Colombia and Innovations for Poverty Action. Her research focuses on understanding the factors that impact students' educational attainment in developing contexts. In particular, the effects of peer composition in schools as well as grade promotion and retention policies. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a research fellow at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank.

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.

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.

Luvia Quinones
Chicago, IL

Luvia Quiñones serves as the Health Policy Director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). In this role, Luvia oversees the the Immigrant Health Care Access Initiative and in collaboration with ICIRR's members develops ICIRR's health policy agenda with a special focus in access to health care and on health care reform.   Luvia has a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Chicago and a BA in International Studies from DePaul University.  She is the daughter of Mexican Immigrants from Durango, Mexico and is an active community member in her parish, St. Sylvester. Currently, she serves as a board member of West Suburban Action Project (P.A.S.O.) and the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (IAFCC).

Tiago Santos
Washington, D.C.

Tiago is currently an advisor to the Executive Director for Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Philippines, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago in the World Bank Group. A career diplomat, Tiago was seconded to the World Bank by the Brazilian Embassy in the United States. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he has worked in the Financial Policy Division, the United Nations Division and the Division for the European Union.   

Surya (Surge) Sen
Northbrook, IL

Surya “Surge” Sen is an Assistant Regional Director for the Chicago Regional Office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).  Surge oversees the Consumer Compliance, Fair Lending, and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) examination functions in three of the Region’s states, including Kentucky, Wisconsin, and much of the state of Illinois, which includes oversight of nearly 400 financial institutions ranging from small rural community banks to large multi-billion dollar regional institutions. Previously, Surge served in various leadership roles in areas such as: Supervisory Policy, CRA Operations, Financial Services, and Risk Coordination at the FDIC and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. 

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.

Dan Tollefson
Chicago, IL

Dan taught middle and high school English in Humboldt Park and Belmont-Cragin from 2011-2018. He joined the inaugural Harris Evening Master’s Program in 2018 and has since left teaching to join the Chicago Community Trust in their Learning and Impact department. In his spare time, Dan enjoys watching the NBA and is building a non-profit startup with a couple of former colleagues.

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.

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. 

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.

Laura Williams (Secretary)
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.