Alumni Leadership at the IOP
In the last five years, thousands of students have made the IOP a focal point of their UChicago experience and are now active members in government, think tanks, media outlets, non-profits, and other organizations worldwide. The IOP’s new Alumni Committee will work in tandem with the staff to keep alumni connected to the IOP, develop opportunities for alumni to mentor current undergraduate students, create a pipeline of alumni who can serve as future Fellows and speakers, and help support the IOP in various initiatives.
Sofia Gross (AB '15) - Alumni Co-Chair
Sofia Gross is a part of Snap, Inc's Partnerships Team where she leads Political & NGO Partnerships and came to Snap via Chicago where she worked at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics run by David Axelrod, Senator Dick Durbin's re-election campaign and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election campaign. She originally came to Snapchat as a Political Producer on the News Team in NYC, and moved to grow Snap's presence in DC in May. She is originally from San Diego, CA and graduated with a BA in International Studies and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations from The University of Chicago.
Eric Wessan (AB '15, JD '19) - Alumni Co-Chair
Eric Wessan is a third-year student at The University of Chicago Law School. He is originally from Westport, Connecticut, and graduated from the College at the University of Chicago with a degree in political science. While at the IOP, Eric worked on the Student Executive Board with the Fellows Program and the International Policy Program. Between The College and The Law School, Eric worked for Her Majesty's Government as Vice Consul of Policy & Communication for the Midwest. This past summer, he worked at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois.
Aneri Amin (AB '16) - Data Chair
Aneri Amin is a Strategy Consultant based in San Francisco. She focuses on growth strategy engagements with technology companies. At the Institute of Politics, Aneri served as the Junior and Senior Chairman of the Student Advisory Board. Her favorite IOP memory was traveling to Cuba with fellow students and staff!
Matthew Foldi (AB '18) - Communications Chair
Matthew Foldi most recently served as Governor Bruce Rauner's Rapid Response Director during the 2018 campaign. While in The College, he was an active IOP member, serving as an inaugural Iowa Project Fellow, working for Marco Rubio in the summer of 2015. He ran College Republicans for his first through fourth years in school, and currently represents the IOP and the rest of Chicago's Fifth Ward as its Ward Committeeman.
Sarah Morell (AB '15) - Network Chair
Sarah Morell is a political analyst on the Middle East for the US Government, helping to support US national security objectives through written analysis and briefings to senior US policymakers. She recently returned from a six-month tour as a briefer in the region. An inaugural member of the IOP's Student Executive Board, Sarah led the Fellows Committee for two years and participated in the IOP's International Policy Working Group and the Women in Public Service Project. While at the University of Chicago, Sarah also served as a Vice Chair of the Student Alumni Committee, interned at the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, and studied abroad at St. Catherine's College, Oxford. Sarah graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Political Science in 2015
If you are an IOP alum interested in joining the Alumni Committee, please reach out to Committee co-chair Sofia Gross (AB ’15) at firstname.lastname@example.org.