Student Leadership at the IOP

The 2017/18 Student Advisory Board

Members of the Student Advisory Board (SAB) work in tandem with the staff and the Board of Advisors to plan programming and carry out the mission of the Institute. 

Applications for the 2018/19 SAB have now closed. Applications to join the 2019/20 SAB will open in Spring 2019.

Please contact Caroline Hutton, Senior Chair, at with any questions and for more information about how to get involved in the SAB.

Asya Akca | Communications Chair

Asya is a fourth year majoring in political science and part of the the dual degree MA program in the Committee on International Relations. She has interned with the State Department at the US Mission to NATO in Brussels and with the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. At the IOP, Asya has served on the Gate’s Editorial Board as the Co-Interviews Section editor, as a Fellows Ambassador and as a member of the Women in Public Service Program. As an IOP Iowa Project Fellow, she worked at Radio Iowa covering the 2016 presidential race the summer leading up to the Iowa Caucus. On campus, she works at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats and the Monumental Women Project, which is bringing the first monument of a woman to UChicago’s campus. Asya was born in Istanbul, Turkey and has spent most of her life in Louisville, Kentucky.

Andrew Mamo | Junior Chair

Andrew is a third year public policy major originally from Katonah, New York. He is uniquely interested in the American democratic process — the way that politics becomes translated into policy. Having previously worked as a house intern and events ambassador, he is excited to spend this year continuing to build the IOP community through supporting the Student Association and civic engagement programs. During the summer, Andrew has spent time at the strategic communications firm SKDKnickerbocker and the healthcare trade group the Greater New York Hospital Association. Outside of the IOP, Andrew enjoys his work as the CFO of the Chicago Maroon, helping to keep the tradition of independent student journalism alive.

Baxter Stein | Fellows Chair

Baxter is a fourth-year in the College majoring in public policy with interests in politics, policy, science, and technology. Originally from Westport, Connecticut, Baxter has been active in politics with past internships in government, campaigns, and strategic communications. This summer, Baxter worked in New York City as an Emerging Technology Summer Analyst for Thomson Reuters. Additionally, Baxter helped to found the media startup Flipside, which aims to transform the way people interact with political opinions online, and is also serving as a Google Chicago Community Leader. Baxter has been involved in all aspects of the IOP serving as a Fellows Ambassador and attending multiple treks. He is also on the Executive Board of the Maroon Veterans Alliance and an active member of the UChicago Democracy Initiative. Over the past two years Baxter has worked closely with the IOP events team as both the Speaker Series Intern and Events Chair of the Student Advisory Board and is excited to continue on as Fellows Chair.

Caroline Hutton | Senior Chair

Caroline Hutton is a fourth year majoring in Public Policy with a specialization in Global Inequality. Her involvement at the Institute of Politics began with the Women in Public Service Program, which she now co-chairs. She has also served as a Fellows Ambassador, Events Ambassador, and Communications Chair for the Student Civic Engagement Committee. This past summer she interned at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C., after spending previous summers administering a college readiness program through the UCSC’s Summer Links program and working at a summer camp in Northern Wisconsin. Caroline is thrilled to lead the IOP’s Student Association and help make the IOP a welcoming space for students to explore careers in public service.

Devshi Mehrotra | Campus Community Outreach Chair

Devshi is a third-year computer science major in the College. Having been raised in suburban Irvine, California, she was eager to attend school in Chicago, a city so uniquely defined by its people, culture, and history. Participating in such civic-minded programs as Seeds of Justice and the Sargent Shriver Program challenged her to reevaluate many of her closely-held beliefs and simultaneously inspired a deep passion for engaging in public service. Her past internships at Peking University, Facebook, and Google, on the other hand, have helped her identify machine learning and artificial intelligence as an area of interest she hopes to continue pursuing through research and further studies. While these two areas of interest may ostensibly appear to be disjoint, she realizes that there exists great potential in the act of leveraging technology to effect social change. Outside of her involvement with the Institute of Politics, Devshi also serves as a Microsoft Civic Tech Fellow and a member of FEMMES, Uncommon Hacks, and Mock Trial.

Jennifer Joe | Graduate Student Chair

Jennifer is a second year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Harris School with a focus on global conflict and political economy. While born and raised in Westport, Washington, Jennifer spent the last four years before coming to Chicago in Seattle at the University of Washington graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration . She has spent the last three summers interning in D.C. for the U.S. Federal Government and has spent time studying abroad in Morocco, Oman, and Qatar. Jennifer is excited to encourage graduate students to explore the possibility of engaging in public service. Outside of the IOP, Jennifer is a writer for the Chicago Policy Review, researcher for Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute, and a board member of the Project on Political Reform at the Harris School.

Karen Sung | Career Development Chair

Karen is a fourth year in the College majoring in public policy, with a focus on organizational policy. Originally from California, she’s spent the last two summers interning in D.C. at Hamilton Place Strategies, an analytical public affairs consulting firm with clients spanning the finance, tech, and education sectors. At the IOP, she’s a member of the Women in Public Service Program and was the Career Development intern this past year. In addition to the IOP, she has also served as part of Google’s Community Leaders Program, is a Senior Interviewer for the Admissions Office, and serves as Editor-In-Chief for Bite Culinary Magazine. This year, she’s excited to continue helping the IOP grow and expanding the career development program, increasing opportunities for meaningful involvement and engagement in public service.

Liam Rossman | Civic Engagement Chair

Liam is a third year student in the College studying economics, statistics, and public policy. Beginning his first year, he was involved with the IOP civic engagement organizations New Americans and TechTeam. He served over the last academic year as the Data and Evaluations Coordinator for IOP Civic Engagement Organizations and currently serves as TechTeam's Director of Operations. During summer breaks, Liam has spent time in Washington, D.C. at the American Health Policy Institute and in Mexico City, Mexico at Emerging Markets Political Risk Analysis. Beyond his work at the IOP, Liam is involved in organizations that promote student mental health and is the RA for Dodd-Mead house.

Zach Stepp | Events Chair

Zach is a fourth year political science major originally from Cleveland, Ohio.  Throughout his time at UChicago, Zach has been very involved with the Institute of Politics.  He has served as a Fellows Ambassador, an Events Ambassador, a Team Lead in the Fellows Program, and has attended IOP treks to Havana, Cuba and the 2016 Democratic National Convention. In addition his work at the IOP, Zach has held several student leadership positions in the UChicago Office of College Admissions, serves on the Leadership Corps on the Neighborhood Schools Program, and is a contributor to the Huffington Post. Over his summers, he has interned in the UChicago Office of Federal Relations and was a Fellow at GG+A, a leading nonprofit advancement consulting firm. Zach is very excited to be serving on this year's Student Advisory Board as the Events Chair.