Tech & Politics @Stanford
What I Do
I'm a senior at Stanford University pursuing an M.S. in computer science and a B.A.H. in political science. I work on problems at the intersection of technology and government, with a focus on helping policymakers harness and regulate artificial intelligence. Currently, I am leading the Stanford Public Interest Tech Lab and Stanford Tech History Project while contributing to a few non-Stanford initiatives in tech policy and civic tech. Most recently, I supported the Tech Strategy and Delivery Team on the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition. If you want to get in touch, send me an email, reach out on LinkedIn, or follow me on Twitter!
What I've Done
- National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, where I supported the lines of effort focused on AI ethics and threat analysis.
- Tech Talent Project, where I helped coordinate and synthesize tech strategy and delivery recommendations for the presidential transition and planning teams.
- Stanford Political Science Department, where I am working on my honors thesis.
- Stanford Technology Law Review, where I served as a member editor.
- Stanford Cyber Initiative, where I worked on technical and policy approaches to combating deepfakes.
- Stanford Human-Computer Interaction Group, where I wrote code to study teamwork.
- MIT Mathematics Department, where I worked on an open problem in combinatorial geometry.
- Co-authored a research paper on team viability and fracture at the 2019 ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing.
- Penned op-eds about supporting a prominent alumna in AI ethics, voting issues in undergraduate elections, and why hacking for coronavirus needs more humility.
- Led a team that submitted a statement about loan forgiveness for civic technologists to the National Commission on Military, National & Public Service, which was also mentioned in Inside Higher Ed.
- Serving as a Senior Editor for Stanford Politics, where I lead a team of editors focused on technology, security, and international relations.
- Wrote an article on how to better educate AI practitioners to build AI in support of better mental health. This was based on a CS class that I helped teach in Spring 2020 called Wellness in Tech.
- Wrote a paper on a machine learning algorithm for building external features into sentence embeddings and semantic similarity scores, and tested it on political tweets.
- Created cloud-related tools and workflows as a Civic Digital Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. I worked on tech products for the National Center for Biotechnology Information's website, which is one of the most accessed federal websites with over 1.5 billion visits per year.
- Increasing the accessibility and transparency of data about Stanford University as a Co-Founder and Strategic Director of the Stanford Open Data Project.
- I did some data analysis for a competitive 2018 congressional race, where I applied machine learning techniques to help improve the candidate's visibility.
- As Director of Technology for Stanford in Government, I developed an algorithm to match nearly 500 fellowship applicants with reviewers.
- I was a teaching assistant for Art of Problem Solving, where I helped hundreds of students across over a dozen advanced math classes.
- Back in the day, I won the Minnesota State Math Tournament. I also led my high school team to 4th Place at the 2016 & 2017 State Tournaments after not qualifying for the State Tournament since 2005.
Talked a lot...
- Spoke on "The Dot-Gov Boom" panel, which focused on building modern websites for the federal government. My comments were picked up in news outlets and I got a classic panel picture out of it.
- Answered many phone calls as a Legislative Intern for Senator Amy Klobuchar during an impeachment trial, escalating tensions with Iran, the decisive phase of the Democratic primary, and a global pandemic. I also wrote numerous memos on topics related to technology and consumer protection.
- Spoke to 100+ high school students at Inspirit AI about developing AI in the public interest.
- Co-hosted the Solving Systems Podcast, a biweekly conversation with calculus teacher Jake Johnson. It was an iTunes Top 150 Education Podcast.
- Many moons ago, I convinced enough people that I understood international politics to qualify for the Minnesota State Speech Competition in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Drank many cups of coffee...
- Artificial Intelligence
I took CS 221 (Artificial Intelligence), CS 229 (Machine Learning), CS 224W (Machine Learning with Graphs), and CS 361 (Engineering Design Optimization). My sleep took a toll.
- Artificial Intelligence, but with more "ethics" and "society"
Coursework has included The Philosophy & Ethics of Information at Oxford, Designing AI for Human Well-Being, Social & Economic Impact of AI, Building Trust in Autonomy, and Seminar on AI Safety.
- Computer Science
Finished the core and dumped it too.
Took the Honors Discrete Math Sequence. Never taking MTWThF 9:30s again.
- Political Science
Completed graduate coursework in American Political Institutions and High-Stakes Politics. In Data Science for Politics, I created the class's most accurate model for the 2018 House elections, predicting 234 Democrats overall (there were 235) with 94% accuracy by race. @FiveThirtyEight please hire me!
- Product & Design
Alumnus of ME410A (Tech and Innovation Foresight), CS147 (Human-Computer Interaction), and CS278 (Social Computing).
Some of the best classes I've taken were Creative Nonfiction, Humanities Core, and Social Dance.
In between cups of coffee, I...
- Was named a 2021 Gardner Fellow, 2020 Truman Scholar, and 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar
- Served on advisory boards for Stanford's Haas Center and Georgetown's CSET Foretell
- Jumped out of a plane
- Became a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line (join me!)
- Biked from Stanford to a Taco Bell in San Francisco
- Received a 2nd degree black belt in karate
- Stargazed a lot