Get to know our diverse and passionate group of individuals and why they are eager to help you learn more about Harris Public Policy.
Ranjan Daniels

Ranjan Daniels

Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Global Outreach

Ranjan is responsible for student recruitment and admissions, financial aid, executive education, new program development, and international partnerships. Ranjan has twenty years of experience building relationships and products, opening new markets, and driving innovation at the University of Chicago, Kaplan, Berkshire Hathaway, the Tribune Company, and the City of Chicago. He recommends that visiting students eat at the Medici on 57th—his favorite spot in Hyde Park—because of the diverse mix of people and the stellar milk shakes.

“We have a global student body who are united by a passion to make a difference in their communities and countries—from the South Side of Chicago to New York City to Delhi to Mexico City. They all share a common sense of curiosity, desire to make an impact, and drive to take on the big questions and challenges. Hearing their individual stories and what motivates them to make a difference is inspiring.”

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Jenny Erickson

Jenny Erickson

Director of Student Recruitment

Jenny spends most of her days talking with prospective students about Harris Public Policy and UChicago, addressing questions, helping with the application process, and recruiting the right-fit individuals who will go on to make a positive impact on the public policy space. Previously, she worked in graduate and international student recruitment at Benedictine University, where she earned both her BA and Master's degrees. In the summer, you can find Jenny enjoying the outdoor dining spots in Hyde Park, particularly at Medici on 57th.

“Whenever I’m talking with students about joining Harris, I take the opportunity to learn about their public policy interests, issues within their communities, and passions. As someone who is a political science graduate and cares deeply about policy, it’s special to be in a role where I get to learn about things I’m passionate and enthusiastic about from people who care to make a difference.”

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Tim LeCroix

Tim LeCroix

Program Director of Recruitment, Marketing & Strategic Initiatives

Tim is the Recruitment team's data guru. Most days, Tim can be found analyzing marketing analytics to develop data-based outreach and recruitment strategies. He has a strong professional background in marketing analytics as well as a business degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a biomedical engineering degree from Vanderbilt University.

“Harris School students attack systemic change. I relate to the world-changing attitude and view that people possess here.”

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Devon Reber

Devon Reber Drehmer

Associate Director of Student Recruitment, Evening Master's Program @ 1871

Devon performs outreach to potential candidates, conducts admissions interviews, and works with the Harris team on the execution of the Evening Master’s Program at 1871—a part-time, four-quarter program designed for mid-career working professionals. She has considerable experience working with professional adults. She spent nearly four years as the Director of Social Work Field Education at Wheelock College, where she was responsible for 150 working-professional students and community outreach building.

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Lindsey Berry

Lindsey Berry

Associate Director, Executive Programs

Lindsey Berry is an Associate Director in the Office of the Provost at the University of Chicago, with a particular focus on the Harris Public Policy. For Harris, Lindsey develops and markets executive education programs. She also collaborates across UChicago more broadly to expand the reach and impact of non-degree programming. Lindsey’s expertise derives from her previous position at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she worked on executive education programs for three years.

“My role enables me to bring my background in executive education to the Harris School where the leaders we consult with are actively working to make people’s lives better.”

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Jamia Jowers

Jamia Jowers

Associate Director of Student Recruitment

Jamia Jowers is the Associate Director of Student Recruitment where she manages global partnerships, engagement, strategic development, and recruiting across graduate policy programs with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Jamia is always game to discuss federal policy initiatives, human rights (particularly refugee asylum), and interior design. She can be found most days applying the skills developed in her previous positions with the UChicago Provosts Office of Academic Leadership Advancement and Diversity, the National Security Council, and the White House. She has an MA in international relations from Salve Regina University and a BA in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

“I’m proud to work at Harris because of the way we leverage and marry an evidence-based approach to social impact.”

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Alyssa Szynal

Alyssa Szynal

Assistant Director of Student Recruitment

Alyssa spends her time traveling across the country to Grad Fairs and events, answering questions for prospective students, and helping applicants through the admissions process. Alyssa previously worked in admissions at Benedictine University and has an MA in leadership studies in higher education from North Central College, and a BS in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Harris students go on to do incredible things. I work here because I get to support individuals who will use this program to change the world for the better.”

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Shilin Liu

Shilin Liu

Student Recruitment and International Partnerships Manager

Shilin focuses on building international partnerships and expanding executive programs to international markets. While an MPP student at Harris, Shilin was a student assistant for the Associate Provost and had multiple policy research internships including for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

“I love contributing to our vibrant community and helping more students (especially international students) to explore Harris and Chicago. I especially love the small, family feel of Harris and the ways in which people support each other and learn and grow with each other—from students to faculty to staff.”

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Emma Richardson

Emma Richardson

Student Recruitment Specialist

Emma is a one-stop shop for questions about the admissions and intake process, and genuinely loves to chat with prospective students about Harris, Chicago (“the greatest city in the world”), and the city’s diverse neighborhoods, cultures, and attractions. Emma is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a BA in English and political science.

“I’m an animated person who loves to meet new people and discuss topics that I’m passionate about. I deeply care about everything that Harris is doing: the events, the faculty, the speakers. I was very intentional about choosing to work here.”

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Samantha Ng

Samantha Ng

Assistant Director of Student Recruitment

Samantha Ng is an Assistant Director of Student Recruitment at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She oversees the international development, policies, and recruitment activities for the Master of Arts in International Development and Policy, also known as the Obama Foundation Scholars Program. Previously, she worked at DePaul University as an Admissions Officer for the College of Computing and Digital Media.

“I decided to work for Harris because of my passion for social justice and international students. I’m excited about the opportunity to recruit students who will change the world. And since Obama was the first president I ever voted for and also a “neighbor” of mine during my college days in Washington, D.C., I feel a personal connection to the Obama Foundation.”

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Andrew (Andy) Wolanski

Andrew (Andy) Wolanski

Student Recruitment Specialist

Andrew (Andy) Wolanski is a Student Recruitment Specialist at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. His responsibilities range from being the initial point of contact for prospective students to dealing with the day-to-day administration of the Recruitment office and the execution of department events. 

“As a recruiter, I quickly realized how rewarding it is to sit down with prospective students and learn about their backgrounds, their interests, and their plans to help change society for the better. Engaged citizens, young and old, can be tremendous catalysts for positive change. I’m encouraged that so many people are furthering their education in public policy issues that are important to them, their communities, and the planet.”

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Cheistha Kochhar

Advisor of Strategic Initiatives, UChicago Delhi Center

Cheistha focuses on student recruitment and executive education throughout India, as well as activities related to building the visibility and brand recognition of Harris throughout the country. Cheistha’s adviser role represents the first time she is working for a global initiative. Prior to Harris, she developed and sold her own technology platform that curates reviews for blue-collar services across India called Aadharit and worked for the Indian government for six years. Cheistha was also a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Delhi. She graduated with BA honors in economics from Delhi University and holds an MA in liberal arts from Ashoka University.

 

“I enjoy working in public policy because impacting policy means that you can create something that will last long after you; it’s part of the human desire to be immortal.”

 

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Karon Ringgenberg

 


Karon Ringgenberg

Associate Director of Marketing, Recruitment

Karon Ringgenberg is the Associate Director of Marketing, Recruitment for the Admissions team at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Partnering closely with the Marketing and Communications team to fulfill Recruitment’s overall communications needs, Karon ensures that all marketing and internal messaging aligns with Harris’s mission and institutional goals.

“I have been highly impressed with the intellect, compassion, drive, and kindness of the students at Harris. I’ve been a part of many institutions, both as a student and a professional, but Harris truly has a unique community of people that I believe will change the world for the better. I am inspired daily by the stories I hear – about prospective students, current students or graduates of Harris – who are doing amazing things that are making a real and lasting difference.”

 

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