CYPP Team

Dr. Elizabeth Matto
Dr. Elizabeth Matto

Dr. Elizabeth Matto

Elizabeth Matto is the Director of the Youth Political Participation Program (CYPP) and leads CYPP’s research, educational, and service efforts. She earned her Ph.D. in American Politics at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and is an Associate Research Professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
Brendan L. Keating
Brendan L. Keating

Brendan L. Keating

Brendan is the program coordinator for CYPPP. Brendan earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master's from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. In addition, he also sits on the Board of Directors of The League of Women Voters of New Jersey.
Jessica Ronan
Jessica Ronan

Jessica Ronan

Jessica is a second year graduate student in the Political Science department at Rutgers working towards a Masters in global policy. Upon graduating in May of 2018, she hopes to work as a policy research analyst in the field of government relations. Jessica enjoys reading, traveling, hiking and exploring the state of New Jersey on the weekends.
Monica Beshay
Monica Beshay

Monica Beshay

Monica Beshay is currently a senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Policy. She hopes to further her education by receiving a law degree, and eventually working in a public office. She hopes to create a positive change for society.
Julia Stadlinger
Julia Stadlinger

Julia Stadlinger

Julia is currently a Senior at Rutgers studying Public Policy with a concentration in Poverty & Inequality. After graduation, she hopes to some gain work experience before attending graduate school.
Aasha Shaik
Aasha Shaik

Aasha Shaik

Aasha Shaik is a first-year student double majoring in Business and Political Science and minoring in International & Global Studies. A Douglass Residential College woman, Aasha is passionate about reaching marginalized groups through social and political activism. She is excited to be working with Eagleton and Darien!
Christopher Albi
Christopher Albi

Christopher Albi

Chris is a dedicated student studying mandarin and international politics. He enjoys trying new dishes and playing ping pong.
Casey Haddox
Casey Haddox

Casey Haddox

Casey enjoys cooking up good vegetarian recipes, and watching interesting Netflix episodes. When she is not relaxing, she is usually spending time with her two beautiful cats who require heavy amounts of attention. She enjoys drinking really sweet coffee and exercising when she isn't spending time studying for school.
Joseph Campsiano
Joseph Campsiano

Joseph Campsiano

Joseph is a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan but he’ll watch any sport and root for the underdog. Joseph also likes to travel around the world and visit new places.
Luke Hinrichs
Luke Hinrichs

Luke Hinrichs

Luke is a first-year student double majoring in political science and economics. Luke is a proponent of the essential progressive values of fairness and equality and plans on further exploring his allyship with those who are marginalized and silenced in society. He is looking forward to working towards increasing political participation at Rutgers and the community at large.
Vlad Carrasco
Vlad Carrasco

Vlad Carrasco

Vlad is a Political Science Major and a strong proponent of civic engagement which he sees as the greatest tool for change
Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary

Emily O'Leary

Emily is currently a junior at Rutgers University double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice. At Rutgers Emily is on the mock trial team and wants to continue her studies when she graduates by going to law school. She is thrilled to be apart of the Darien Civic Engagement Project and wants to encourage youths to become more politically involved at Rutgers.
Komal Naqvi
Komal Naqvi

Komal Naqvi

Komal is a senior at Rutgers University obtaining a degree in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. Strives to develop skills in political advocacy and legislative knowledge. Her ultimate goal is to attend law school where a focus on civil rights law will aid in her fight for oppressed, disenfranchised populations and provide them the voice and legal support they need.
Angelica Flores-Valencia
Angelica Flores-Valencia

Angelica Flores-Valencia

Angelica is a Junior at Rutgers University and double majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. She hopes to attend law school and pursue a career as a civil rights lawyer. Outside of school Angelica enjoys running, reading, and exploring new food places.
Abby Kovacs
Abby Kovacs

Abby Kovacs

Abigail Kovacs is a first year graduate student in the UNMA program. She received her bachelors of arts in political science with a concentration in foreign affairs from Youngstown State University in Ohio. During her undergraduate years, she had the opportunity to study aboard in Costa Rica, the Bahamas, and India. She enjoys vegetarian cooking playing with cats and anything having to do with Halloween.
Alex Lilly
Alex Lilly

Alex Lilly

Alexandra Lilly is a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences and Philosophy and minoring in Korean. Alex is excited to explore the unique characteristics of Millennials as Young Elected Leaders and use that information to make running for public office feel possible and achievable for students at Rutgers and beyond.
Vlad Goldfarb
Vlad Goldfarb

Vlad Goldfarb

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