Meet the Public Policy Initiative Student Group (PPI Student Group). Comprised of students from across Penn, members of PPI Student Group work on research teams to publish articles on policy issues at the intersection of economics, business, and public policy. Read their research on the Wonk Tank blog.
Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure Policy
Vice President of Internal AffairsC’19
Anna is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Application and minoring in Economic Policy who is passionate about environmentalism and environmental-economics, voting rights, and gender issues.
Dipak is a junior at the Wharton School. Hailing from Tulare California, Dipak was surrounded by family members involved in the agriculture and medical industry. As a result, he is interested in the intersection between business, science and government policy.
Director of Environmental PolicyW’19
Will Welland is a junior in Wharton from New York City studying Finance and Operations Management, with a minor in Computer Science. He is currently serving as the Director of the Environmental Policy Team.
Stephanie Aliaga is a junior in the Wharton School from Irvine, California and serves as the President for PPISG. She is particularly interested in economic policy, trade policy, and emerging markets.
Executive Vice PresidentW’19
As the Executive Vice President, Nile serves as head of the Vice President operation teams and a manager for the policy team. Nile is also the former Director of Fiscal and Regulatory Policy, where he led the team to explore topics including corporate inversions, tax reform, entitlement spending, and foreign investment.
Director of Economic PolicyC’20
Serving as Director of Economic Policy, Barry is enthusiastic about leading his team to explore corporate tax reform, income inequality, and financial regulation.
Cameron is a sophomore from Radnor, Pennsylvania studying Business Economics & Public Policy and Finance in the Wharton School. is policy interests are welfare and fiscal policy and he has previously written about the state of the national debt.
William is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Mathematical Economics. His academic interests involve international development and economic history.
Joe Novak is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania from Milwaukee, WI who is passionate about tax reform, market regulations, and foreign investment.
Kamelia is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Mathematical Economics and minoring in Political Science, hoping to go to graduate school for Economics and after work in the international policy sphere. Kamelia hopes to integrate her love for politics and policy with her passion for economics through her time writing for Wonk Tank.
Trade and Foreign Policy
Vice President of FinanceW’20
Oluwafeyikemi “Feyi” Makinde is a sophomore at Wharton and the College interested in businesses in sub-Saharan Africa and China. She serves as the Vice President of Finance.
Prakash is a junior in the Jerome Fisher Management and Technology program, studying Economics at Wharton and Systems Science and Engineering. He is also a Public Policy Research Scholar who is a self-described fan of “webs of causality,” tracking individual events and seeing their reverberations in rather unrelated areas.
Science and Technology Policy
Director of Innovation and Technology PolicyW’20
Shoshanna is the Director of Innovation and Technology Policy, managing diverse interests in urban entrepreneurship and technological markets all while staying active in Philadelphia city government.
Vice President of MarketingW’20, C’20
Tyler Knox is a sophomore studying Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences and intends to concentrate in Finance and Healthcare Management in the Wharton School. Tyler is particularly interested in how policymakers can play a role in promoting scientific discovery and commercialization.
Health, Education, and Welfare
Director of Health and Social Services PolicyC’19
Eric Zhu is currently a junior in the college studying Neurobiology, with minors in Health Care Management and Business Economics & Public Policy from the Wharton School. With regards to policy, Eric has a strong passion for the intersection between the private and public sectors, and how both can work congruently to further mutual aims.