Student Forum Leadership, 2019-2020
Major: Political Science, Latin American Studies; minor in Politics, Law, and Social Thought
Madison Grimes is a senior at Hanszen College who is passionate about international development and civil society building. As the President, she is eager to engage undergraduates at Rice University in public policy by learning, reflecting, and acting. By learning about different policy areas through events with Baker Institute fellows and policy proposal workshops, she believes that all Rice undergraduates can turn their ideas into action in any of their fields of interest. Madison has been involved with the Student Forum since her freshman year. She has organized one annual Undergraduate Policy Competition and encouraged students to submit their own policy proposals in US foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere. As the Vice-President of Member Engagement, she involved undergraduates in BISF's General Board, where students can become more involved in BISF's planning and programming. In her free time, Madison organizes her college’s peer tutoring program as a Head Fellow and is currently working on her political science thesis.
Executive Vice-President, Community Engagement
Major: Political Science, Social Policy Analysis; minor in Data Science
Connor Rothschild is a junior from Martel College. As Executive Vice-President of Community Engagement, he is excited to build on BISF’s reputation across campus, make the organization more accessible to the outside community, and attract new student groups to BISF activities. Connor has been involved in BISF since his freshman year, when he served as a General Board member and a competitor in BISF competitions. In Connor’s free time, he enjoys reading, going on runs around Rice’s campus, and drinking coffee at the Rice Coffeehouse.
Executive Vice-President, Fellow Engagement
Major: Political Science, Philosophy
Annie Chen is a junior at Martel College studying political science and philosophy. She is mainly interested in the socio-economic and environmental ramifications of policymaking. As the Director of Fellows Engagement, she works with Baker Institute fellows to create events across a spectrum of different policy areas and bring the fellows' expertise to students. Outside of BISF, she is also a member of the Rice debate team and can be observed grabbing boba at Sammy's or curled up with a book in the nooks of Fondren.
Director of Outreach
Major: Mathematical Economic Analysis; minor in Politics, Law, and Social Thought
Sree Yeluri is a junior at Lovett College and has been involved in BISF since joining the General Board her freshman year. As the Director of Outreach, she is committed to increasing student engagement with BISF and informing students of policy-related opportunities at Rice and beyond. Outside of BISF, Sree manages the Rice Examiner as co-Editor-in-Chief, serves on the Rice Honor Council, and assists students with summer and post-grad opportunities as a Peer Career Advisor. In her free time, Sree can be found creating endless to-do lists, reading voraciously, or traipsing across campus to find the perfect study spot.
Director of Policy Competition
Major: Political Science, Cognitive Science
Andrew Wan is a sophomore from Jones College, double-majoring in Political Science and Cognitive Science, who is interested in the U.S’s multifaceted relations with new world powers. Andrew has been involved with BISF since his freshman year, serving on the General Board by helping with the Undergraduate Policy Competition. He is now the Director of the Policy Competition and hopes broaden the reach of the event by choosing interesting prompts that attract a variety of backgrounds and interests. Outside of BISF, you can find Andrew singing with his acapella group, Nocturnal, making boba at East-West Tea, or studying late at night in Coffeehouse.
Director of Partnerships
Major: Social Policy Analysis
Aaron Pathak is a sophomore majoring in Social Policy Analysis at Jones College. As the Director of Partnerships, he is excited to build relationships with other like-minded groups around campus and help combine resources to build a love for policy at Rice. Aaron has been involved in BISF since freshman year as a member of the General Board. In Aaron's free time, he enjoys learning Chinese, trying new restaurants, and playing board games with his friends.
Director of Events
Alexandra Boufarah is a junior in Jones College majoring in History and on the pre-med track. Having lived in the Middle East her whole life prior to moving to Rice, Alexandra is very passionate about global affairs and finding solutions to the refugee crisis in the Middle East. Specifically, she is very interested in policy on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and has worked in Syria, Lebanon, and Spain, volunteering her time for the cause. She is the Director of Events, where she will be leading BISF's inaugural Student Debate on International Affairs.
Director of General Board
Major: Mathematical Economic Analysis, Computational and Applied Mathematics
Soha Rizvi is a sophomore at Hanszen College. As the Director of General Board, she is excited to integrate Rice students of all backgrounds into the BISF planning process and connect them with opportunities. Soha has been involved with BISF since her freshman year, serving on the General Board herself as part of the Policy Competition committee. Outside of her role in BISF, she is involved in Hanszen College government as treasurer as well as in various minority/women’s advocacy-related clubs, and enjoys spending time at Coffeehouse, concerts, plays, and in bed.