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Campus Student Group

The Penn in Washington student group is an organization comprised of undergrads who are passionate about politics and policy, have interned in Washington during their time at Penn (or intend to), and want to be a resource for other students considering a semester or summer in D.C.  You may reach out to board members directly (their emails are listed below) if you are interested!

Throughout the school year, the PIW student board conducts outreach to students, arranges events for likeminded undergrads, advises PIW staff as we develop our events and activities, and assists with events on campus. PIW board members serve as ambassadors for PIW and are great resources for students to learn more about DC and internship opportunities throughout the year. 


Members of the Penn in Washington Student Board:



Alyssa Yun ( is a senior studying Philosophy, Politics & Economics and Business Economics & Public Policy in Wharton. She is interested in international trade law and economic policy. She writes articles on health, education and welfare policy for the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative Student Group and is part of the board of Penn Microfinance Club. 



Luis Bravo ( is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences currently pursuing a degree in Political Science and Sociology. A South Texas native, Luis aspires to pursue a career in law and politics in the future and is currently interested in practicing constitutional or criminal law. Some of the issues he is passionate about include: education, civil rights, economic empowerment, and political transparency. In his free time, Luis enjoys exercising, reading, traveling, and exploring the city for the best hole-in-the-wall food spots.



Louis Lin ( is a sophomore in the College and is majoring in Political Science and Health and Societies. His interests are in health and education policy. He loves the Penn in Washington program and hope that even more students attend its events and its semester program.



Catherine Monk ( is a sophomore majoring in Political Science with a double minor in French and Law and Society. She hopes to attend law school after graduation and then work for a civil rights organization.

Christina Kuhlmeier ( is a senior in the College majoring in Political Science.  She participated in the Penn in Washington Semester program in the Fall of 2017, interning for Senator Bob Casey.  As a new member of the PIW team, feel free to reach out to Christina with any questions.

Sydney Li is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) with a minor in Survey Research and Data Analytics. She participated in the Penn in Washington Semester Program Fall of 2017 and interned at the Federal Trade Commission (Bureau of Consumer Protection). She is interested in economic empowerment and equal access to higher education for low income communities of color. She is also passionate about increasing civic political engagement within the Asian American community. Sydney enjoys learning history and discovering new music on her free time.

Kristjan Tomasson ( is a senior majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) and minoring in Political Science.  Kristjan completed the Penn In Washington Semester Program in the Fall of 2017, including an internship at The Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation.  At Brookings he assisted with research that affects public debate and policymaking for global tech innovation in healthcare and AI among other sectors. He also interned for Senator Amy Klobuchar in the summer of 2016.  He is enthusiastic about the PIW experience and welcomes talking to interested students about the program and on-campus events.


William Snow ( is a senior majoring in Communication & Public Service and Political Science. He was a member of the Penn in Washington Semester Program in Spring 2018, when he interned at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. He also spent his summer in Washington working for the United Nations Foundation. After graduating in May 2019, William plans to take some time off before law school to travel and then hit the campaign trail for 2020. In the meantime, you can catch him hitting the streets training for a marathon and writing about sports and campus issues for the Daily Pennsylvanian!

Jake ( is a fun-loving Marylander entering his senior year in the College where he is studying Economics and Public Policy. On campus, Jake served as co-chair for the Penn Traditions Committee and is also a brother of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Jake participated in the Spring 2018 Penn In Washington program. His other interests include boxing and reading books on philosophy.