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


Peter Biava, Class of 2019

Peter Biava, Class of 2019, Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration

Policy interests include: Economic Development

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 United States 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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Asia Canady, Class of 2019

Asia Canady, Class of 2019, Master of Public Policy

Policy interests include: Education, Crime, Community Development and Political Organizations

I am a teacher by profession and while in that role I saw firsthand the interactions of communities, schools, and the built environment. I chose Harris because I wanted to learn more about those relationships and how to create responsive, just, and equitable living and learning environments for students of color. 

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Laurel Harnett, Class of 2019

Laurel Harnett, Class of 2019, Master of Public Policy

Policy interests include: Child and Family policy

Prior to coming to Harris, I interned as a court-appointed advocate for neglected and abused children. I knew I wanted to make an impact on a much broader scale and that a public policy degree could provide the tools necessary to do so. Irving B. Harris’s legacy alone is a source of confidence and reassurance that Harris is the perfect environment for me to gain hands-on skills and apply them to make a meaningful difference.

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Terence Chau, Class of 2022

Terence Chau, Class of 2022, PhD

Policy interests include: Migration, Labor, History

I'm interested in researching topics at the intersection of migration, labor, and history. To do so, I plan to use road-proven casual inference tools in econometrics and new, exciting tools from fields such as machine learning and natural language processing. Before coming to Harris, I interned at the UNDP and UN-ECLAC, where I researched topics in labor economics and poverty.

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Emma Nechamkin, Class of 2019

Emma Nechamkin, Class of 2019, Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy

Policy interests include: Urban Policy

I'm interested in how we can use big data to improve urban policy. As a CAPP student, I'm at the intersection of using big data for public policy and have been able to marry an ambition to improve the inner city with a love of numbers and analysis. CAPP is cutting edge and unique, and I feel lucky every day to be in the program.

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Grace Geremias, Class of 2019

Grace Geremias, Class of 2019, Masters of Arts in Public Policy

Policy interests include: Health Policy

Having worked directly with families and individuals in social welfare programs, I've noticed the need to create impactful change not only for the individual but also, on a policy level. I look forward to gaining the analytical skills, program evaluation tools, and microeconomic understanding that can develop this change.

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Drazzel Feliu, Class of 2019

Drazzel Feliu, Class of 2019, Master of Public Policy

Policy interests include: Housing Policy,  Urban Policy, Municipal Finance

My focus is on the intersection of public finance and housing policy, particularly how cities allocate funding for programs centered on sustainable housing options for both at-risk and currently homeless individuals. in addressing the fiscal health of cities broadly, we can properly fund and operate effective programming to address and alleviate homelessness.

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Ana Dora González Guerra Núñez, Class of 2019

Ana Dora González Guerra Núñez, Class of 2019, Master of Public Policy

Policy interests include: Behavioral Science, Economic Development, Social Entrepreneurship, Poverty

I'm interested in the application of behavioral insights, economic, inclusion projects, and social entrepreneurship to reduce poverty. I believe that people living in poverty deserve an effective long-term solution to their problems. My goal is to be able to provide a solution through a sustainable and market-based approach.

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