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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.

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:


Pat Zancolli ( is a senior in the College majoring in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics and minoring in History. He participated in the Penn in Washington Semester Program in Fall 2016, working in the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. Pat also participated in the Penn in Washington Summer Program in Summer 2017. He is interested in health, education, labor, and economic policy. Feel free to reach out to Pat about policy, a semester, or a summer in DC. 



Lea Makhloufi ( is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with minors in legal studies and Arabic. She hopes to pursue a career in international law in the future. As a new member of our communications team this year, feel free to ask Lea questions about our on-campus events!



Yasmeen Kaboud ( is a senior Political Science major / first year MPA student concentrating in American politics. She was part of the Spring 2017 Penn in Washington cohort, working for the Muslim Public Affairs Council as a policy intern. She returned to D.C. in the summer of 2017 to work on the Hill for Senator Cortez Masto. She is known for her for witty Facebook political commentary and is probably at brunch right now.



Lawrence Perry ( is a senior from Birmingham, Alabama majoring Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and Political Science. He is interested in learning more about emerging regions and nations (i.e. BRICS, South East Asia) and how US policy should be shaped to best engage with these nations. He aspires to go to law school shortly after completing his undergraduate career. He has spent the last year interning with Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTCSP) at the Penn. He focused on the organizational structure and effectiveness of US-based think tanks. He currently interns for Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9) in Washington D.C. He specializes in healthcare, defense, and foreign policy research. He had the opportunity to intern for the Hillary Clinton campaign in Des Moines, IA and Sioux, IA during the 2015 summer. As an intern for HFA-IA, he got the opportunity to meet and work with other interns and Iowans to develop domestic and foreign policy educational events for potential voters. He just completed the World portion of the Washington and the World program by interning in India, through Penn’s Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) summer internship.



Caroline (CeCe) Sambuco ( is a senior in the College studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in Public Policy and a minor in Music. She spent Fall 2016 in D.C. as part of the Penn in Washington Semester Program, where she worked at the Brookings Institution in the Center for Effective Public Management in Governance Studies. In her free time, CeCe is President of Dischord A Cappella, on the Executive Board of her sorority Chi Omega, and performs as a soloist opera singer. Feel free to reach out to her about her experiences in D.C. and at Penn!



Mitchell Chan ( is a senior studying History in the College and Business Economics in Wharton. He joined the Penn in Washington student board in fall of his sophomore year and participated in the Penn in Washington Summer Program in 2016. In addition to Penn in Washington, Mitchell sits on the History Undergraduate Advisory Board, the Advocacy Committee of Penn Timmy Global Health, and leads the Penn chapter of the Ivy Council as Co-Chapter President and Co-Head Delegate. He has completed internships in Washington, Philadelphia, and New York. A member of the pre-law society of the International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi, he hopes to pursue a career in corporate law.



Alyssa Yun ( is a junior 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 junior 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 Junior 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 junior 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.

Applications for the student board are considered in late summer. For more information, email Dr. Deirdre Martinez at