2024 Roosevelt Network Winter Policy Expo



Date & Time

January 12, 2024 3:00 PM

On January 12, 2024 the Roosevelt Network hosted the Winter Policy Expo, a major recruitment event showcasing undergraduate student research, distinguished alumni/ae, and leaders in the progressive movement.

The Roosevelt Network develops and supports undergraduate college students —in particular, those who hold identities historically denied political power—to be the next generation of leaders in the progressive policy ecosystem. We recruit college students for 3 Undergraduate Fellowships. Our Fellowships are fully paid and open to ONLY Undergraduate students:

  • Forge Fellowship– our introductory program for students who want to explore public policy;
  • Roosevelt in Washington Fellowship– includes a summer internship placement within a progressive movement organization. The opportunity is grounded in experiential learning;
  • Emerging Fellowship– our most advanced opportunity, where undergraduate students engage in deep research and writing skills training—concluding with the publication of a policy brief.

Although our Network attracts undergraduate students from all disciplines, many of our Network students hold interest in political science, economics, criminal justice, environmental science, law, public policy, or government.

Featured Speakers

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Felicia Wong

President and CEO, Roosevelt Institute

Felicia Wong is the president and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, where she directs the organization’s mission, vision, and strategy in pursuit of a high-care, low-carbon economy that works for all. She was the US representative on the G7 Economic Resilience Panel in 2021 and served on the Biden-Harris administration transition advisory board.

Tom Bryon

Network Alumnus

Tom Byron (he/him) is a recent graduate of Colorado College, where he earned a BA in Political Science. Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Tom’s Colorado family and proximity to Washington, DC fostered his interest in economic justice, public service, and the politics of the Mountain West. During high school and as an undergraduate, Tom worked in field and campus campaign organizing in both Virginia and Colorado, ranging from Colorado Springs school board races to the Virginia House of Delegates to the Colorado Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign. He began his work in policy writing through the Roosevelt Network, who encouraged his interest in the role of corporate and labor power in American life. After graduating, Tom was selected as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, and is working in St. Louis, Missouri with his cohort.

Mayukh Datta

Network Alumnus

Mayukh Datta is a master’s student within the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy program at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is also a graduate researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he supports applied research on energy equity, workforce development, and rural capacity building around renewable resources. Mayukh is also a co-director and co-founder of Feeding the Future Mississippi, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on tackling childhood food insecurity in rural Mississippi. He attended Mississippi State University for his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. While at Mississippi State, he participated in the Roosevelt Network’s Emerging and Forge Fellowship programs and published a report on water affordability and equity in Mississippi.

Lilly Amechi

Network Alumnus

Lilly Amechi (she/her/hers) is the current the Economic Equity Housing Fellow at the Greenlining Institute. She is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she studied Legal Humanities, International Relations, and Constitutional Studies. Lilly developed a passion for the intersection of housing justice and human rights when she began her Forge fellowship with the Roosevelt Network. Through her fellowship Lilly developed integral skills and experiences that led her to her current full-time position.

Dominic Russel

Network Alumnus

Dominic Russel is an economics PhD candidate at Harvard University. He joined the Roosevelt Network in 2013 as a freshman at the University of Michigan and served as a chapter head, a member of the Midwest National Leadership team, and the Chair of the Student Board of Advisors. Prior to graduate school he worked as an analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and as a research scientist at NYU. His research uses big data to better understand market and societal outcomes, and identify challenges in terms of opportunity and equity.

Rajiv Narayan

Network Alumnus

Rajiv Narayan (he/him) is a member of the Board of Directors of the Roosevelt Institute, which he has been involved with since his college days. Rajiv now works as Deputy County Counsel for the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office, where he is a member of the Social Justice and Impact Litigation team and the Public Finance team. Rajiv is also a member of the Alameda County Public Health Commission. Prior to these roles, Rajiv clerked for Justice Leondra R. Kruger of the California Supreme Court and worked for the Community Lawyering and Civil Rights Unit of the Oakland City Attorney’s Office. Rajiv graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Prior to law school, Rajiv served as Special Assistant to the Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Rajiv graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Davis, and received a master’s degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rotary Scholar.

Carl Amritt

Network Alumnus

Carl Amritt is the Bureau Chief for Strategic Intelligence at the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. His team’s mission is to conduct regional analysis and provide high-impact, quality intelligence on targeted violence, terrorism, crime, and natural hazards. He created the agency’s behavioral threat assessment and management function and a city-wide public awareness campaign called Protect DC to empower and enable communities to identify and share concerning behavior or communication of individuals who may pose a risk of violence. He sits on the international board of the Counter Terrorism Preparedness Network, a global entity supporting efforts to inform city-level policies and practices that build resilience to help keep our cities and communities safe from terrorism.

Compton DaSilva

Senior People and Culture Manager, Roosevelt Institute

As senior people and culture manager at the Roosevelt Institute, Compton is primarily focused on creating an environment where employees feel energized, informed, and empowered; and implementing progressive practices to enhance the employee experience. A few areas of his focus include talent management, onboarding, DEI, core values, wellness, and rewards and recognition. Compton has worked in the New York nonprofit sector for the past 10 years. He came to the Roosevelt Institute from JCCA NY, where he served as director of employee experience. Compton is a graduate of Queens College, where he obtained a BA in psychology. He is currently looking to pursue an MBA. Outside of work, Compton enjoys playing and watching basketball, cooking, and spending time at the beach.

Tiara Peele

Systems Director, Roosevelt Institute

As systems, director, Tiara Peele oversees the ongoing implementation and management of operational systems and the Salesforce instance. Tiara works primarily with the development team to track, manage, and steward donors and drive critical project management processes. Her role is cross-functional; she works with finance, communication, and program teams to proactively identify and develop systems, processes, and tools to support strong external and internal communication for the Roosevelt Institute.

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Kerry Sesil

Director of Development, Roosevelt Institute

Kerry Sesil is the Director of Development at the Roosevelt Instutite. Prior to joining Roosevelt, Kerry was the Associate Vice President of Resource Development at the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC), a direct-service agency supporting immigrant communities across NYC. In this capacity, she oversaw the development, communications, and impact/evaluation functions of the organization. In addition to securing the resources that elevated AAFSC from a $5 million organization in 2019 to a $14 million organization in 2022, she conducted a brand overhaul project and implemented an org-wide strategic planning process. Prior to AAFSC, Kerry worked in marketing and development at Greyston Bakery, a social enterprise dedicated to providing employment opportunities and other resources to individuals who are often excluded from the job market. While at AAFSC, Kerry secured an MS in Public and Urban Policy from the New School. She also holds a BA in Geography, Political Science, and Human Rights from Macalester College.

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Kessa McKoy

Digital Director, Roosevelt Institute

Keesa McKoy is the Digital Director at the Roosevelt Institute, responsible for all digital strategy, including Roosevelt websites, email, and social media channels. Prior to Roosevelt, she worked for small and large higher-ed and nonprofit organizations (such as Boston University, Simmons University and Teach For America) developing or supporting their communications strategies, both internal and external, and leading large digital campaigns and projects. Her approach to communications uses a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens, and at its core, tries to humanize and impact people and their engagement with organizations in a more personal and equitable way.