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, 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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Nick Hromalik, EMP Class of 2019

Nick Hromalik, Class of 2019, Master of Arts in Public Policy (Evening Master's Program)

Policy interests include: Energy and Education Policy

I believe that climate change is one of the most pressing problems of our generation. I am interested in developing clean energy transitions that are realistic and equitable to all communities. I am also excited to gain the skill set I need to advance policy that ensures every child has an equal opportunity to thrive, regardless of zip code.

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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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Brittany Morgan, Class of 2019

Brittany Morgan, Class of 2019, Master of Arts in Public Policy

Policy interests include: Poverty Alleviation, Workforce and Wage Policy, Postsecondary Education

My interests are ensuring that every family and individual can gainfully live in a a secure, stable, and meaningful life. I believe that companies and institutions are more instrumental in achieving this goal than individuals alone. I came to Harris to learn how to build more equitable labor systems that work for everyone.

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Kevin Wilson, Class of 2019

Kevin Wilson, Class of 2019, Master of Arts in Public Policy (Evening Master's Program)

Policy interests include: Labor, Economic Development, Community Development

I'm interested in helping address the disparities that exist across neighborhoods and zip codes in Chicago. I chose Harris because I wanted to enhance my analytical skills while gaining a better understanding of the art and science of program design and evaluation. My goal is to help create programs that empower residents to change the trajectories of their communities for the better.

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Yeieun Park, Class of 2020

Yeieun Park, Class of 2020, Master of Public Policy

Policy interests include: Immigration, Foreign Policy, International Security

I am interested in addressing social issues for those who are at a sort of disadvantage. I believe that those who may have had less opportunities than others deserve stability, and I’d like to help them secure that stability through mending policies. I came to Harris to gain the quantitative and analytical skills I need to address social inequality on an international level.

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Patrick Hanley, Class of 2019

Patrick Hanley, Class of 2019, Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration

Policy interests include: Municipal Finance, Industrial Organization, Institutions

I've spent my time at Harris learning at the intersection of economic policy and financial management. I believe in the nobility of public service, but respect the tools and practices developed in and around markets. I'm here to explore where and how markets work and what that means for public administration and public-private coordination. Harris has (literally) built the space and opened the doors I need to untangle and understand the fundamental challenges facing governments worldwide.

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Leah Castleberry, Class of 2020

Leah Castleberry, Class of 2020, Master of Public Policy

Policy interests include: Tech Policy, Social Policy and Inequality

Prior to Harris I worked as a Cognitive Solutions Senior consultant with IBM's Global Business Services. I hope to use my time at Harris to continue to explore ways in which the intersections of business, policy, and innovative technologies can be used to create a more equitable future for marginalized communities.

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