Student Forum Leadership, 2018-2019


Julia Wang


Major: Art History (History of Architecture), Economics; Language and Intercultural Communication certificate

Julia Wang is a senior at Baker College who is passionate about international and community development. As the Co-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. Julia has been extensively involved with the Student Forum since her freshman year. She has organized two annual Undergraduate Policy Competitions and encouraged students to submit their own policy proposals in energy and health policy as the Policy Competition Chair. As the Executive Vice-President, she worked to attract new student groups to BISF activities and improved the internal data collection processes of the Student Forum. In her free time, Julia manages and designs for the Campanile yearbook, advises students as a Head Peer Academic Advisor, and plays on her college's Powderpuff team. You can often find her around campus drawing in her sketchbook, learning bits and pieces of different languages, or planning her next travel adventure.


Catherine Kirby


Major: Political Science

Catherine Kirby is a senior at Baker College majoring in Political Science. As the Co-President, Catherine aims to connect different parts of the Rice and Houston communities to BISF and reach out to diverse audiences. Catherine has been involved with the Student Forum since her freshman year. As the Director of Formal Events, she worked closely with fellows at the Baker Institute to share their expertise with the student body. As Executive Vice-President, she developed an internship guide to help Rice students with the internship application process for policy-related positions, both during the year on-campus and during the summer. Outside of BISF, she enjoys learning languages, traveling, and practicing her Korean through watching dramas. 



Jessica Huang

Executive Vice-President, Fellow Engagement

Major: Political Science, Policy Studies

Jessica Huang is a senior at Rice University double-majoring in political science and policy studies. As Vice-President, she is excited to expand BISF's outreach to undergraduate students as well as the larger Houston community. She has been involved with the Student Forum since her freshman year, where she served on the executive committee of the General Board and served as Formal Events Chair last year. Along with her role in BISF, Jessica currently serves as chair of the Asian Pacific American Student Alliance and previously served as Chair of Publicity for the Rice Young Democrats. Once she graduates, Jessica plans to work for Teach for America Los Angeles and eventually attend law school. 


Madison Grimes

Executive Vice-President, Member Engagement

Major: Latin American Studies, Political Science

Madison Grimes is a junior at Hanszen College majoring in Latin American Studies and Political Science. As the Vice-President of Member Engagement, she is excited to involve undergraduates in BISF's General Board, where students can become more involved in BISF's planning and programming. This past year, Madison organized the annual Undergraduate Policy Competition, and encouraged students to submit their policy proposals relating to foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere, a particular passion of hers. In her free time, Madison assists students as an Academic Fellow, organizes Hanszen's Fun in the Quad events, and serves as an Associate Justice at her college.



Connor Rothschild

Executive Vice-President, Community Engagement

Major: Political Science

Connor Rothschild is a sophomore 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.


Blake Coleman

Editor-in-Chief, Rice Journal of Public Policy

Major: Political Science, Social Policy Analysis; Sociology minor

Blake is a sophomore from Brown College studying Political Science, Social Policy Analysis, and Sociology with the hopes of understanding how policies and processes disproportionately affect minority groups in America and how we can help marginalized groups. As the Editor-in-Chief of the Rice Journal of Public Policy, he is very excited to expand the publication and reach out to as many people as possible. He hopes to make RJPP a campus wide name that every student wants to get involved in. He has been involved with the Baker Institute Student Forum since his freshman year, where he served as the Head of Formal Events. Outside of BISF, Blake is the Senator of Brown College, involved with Rice Democrats and Rice ACLU, and does research in the political science department. Usually, you can find Blake in the Brown Commons ranting about social issues, planning his next getaway, or catching up with friends at Coffeehouse.


Sree Yeluri

Director of Outreach

Major: Mathematical Economic Analysis, History; Politics, Law, and Social Thought minor

Sree Yeluri is a sophomore 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. Outside of BISF, she is involved in the Rice Honor Council, volunteers with MusicMDs, serves as an editor for the Rice Examiner, and is an occasional member of the Rice Club Tennis team. In her free time, Sree can be found playing her clarinet or traipsing through campus to find the perfect study spot. 


Annie Chen

Director of Events

Major: Political Science, Philosophy; Politics, Law, and Social Thought minor

Annie Chen is a sophomore at Martel College intrigued by the social and environmental ramifications of policymaking. As the Director of Events, she works with Baker Institute fellows to create events across a spectrum of different policy areas. 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.


Spoorthi Kamepalli

Director of Policy Competition

Major: Social Policy Analysis; Business minor

Spoorthi Kamepalli is a sophomore at Baker College majoring in Social Policy Analysis and minoring in Business. As the Director of the Policy Competition, she facilitates the annual Undergraduate Policy Competition, in which students submit their policy proposals on a range of policy issues. Outside of BISF, Spoorthi enjoys long-distance running, serving the community through Camp Kesem, and working to organize the annual Houston-Centered Policy competition.