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.
Jessica Ronan
Jessica Ronan

Jessica Ronan

Jessica is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Youth Political Participation. She has a BA in Political Science and received her MA in Political Science from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in May of 2018. Jessica enjoys reading, traveling, hiking and exploring the state of New Jersey on the weekends.
Cecilia Ritacco
Cecilia Ritacco

Cecilia Ritacco

Cecilia is from Oakland, NJ and is a sophomore studying Political Science and Public Communications. She is a member of the SAS Honors Program and Douglass Residential College, and is also the Vice President of the Rutgers University Democrats. This is Cecilia’s third semester working with the CYPP team and she hopes to continue encouraging civic engagement on campus as an intern with the Center.
Nyamekye Aning
Nyamekye Aning

Nyamekye Aning

Nyamekye is a sophomore at Rutgers studying political science with a minor in Africana Studies and Business Administration. Her interest for applying to be an intern under the center of youth and political participation stems from her own participation in the RU ready initiative in high school, which helped inspire her interest in her attended major.
Valentina Gil
Valentina Gil

Valentina Gil

Valentina Gil is a sophomore double majoring in philosophy and political science. She is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society and hopes to pursue a career as an immigration attorney. As a Rutgers Future Scholar and EOF Scholar, she strives to promote educational equity by tutoring incarcerated students with the Petey Greene Program and interning for UndocuRutgers to empower undocumented students. She does work-study and leads the social justice team for the Bonner Leadership Program, where she works to fulfill community service outreach goals and facilitate ESL classes at the local library.
Anusha Kemburu
Anusha Kemburu

Anusha Kemburu

Anusha Kemburu is a sophomore double-majoring in Political Science and Economics. A fun fact about her is that she spent some time in Europe this past summer with her family.
Armena Molla
Armena Molla

Armena Molla

Armena is a junior majoring in Human Resources Management and minoring in Law and the Workplace. She is a transfer student from Bergen Community College where she held various leadership roles. Her most memorable ones are serving as the Vice President of Operations for The Alpha Epsilon Phi Chapter of the International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa and as a delegate representing the state of Andorra at the National Model United Nations Conference. Currently, Armena interns for the Office of the CEO at Nitto Americas Inc. She aspires to become a civil rights lawyer and attend law school after finishing her bachelor's degree. Being raised in a patriarchal society back in her home country Albania, Armena is especially interested in protecting women's rights and fighting for their voices to be heard.
Allison Smith
Allison Smith

Allison Smith

Allison is a freshman in The School of Arts and Sciences pursuing a double major in Public Policy and Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. Ally is active on campus as she is a member of the Douglass Residential College and sings in The Rutgers Voorhees Choir. She is passionate about social justice and all things politics so she is very excited to be working alongside other active political voices in the Rutgers community to bring civic engagement to high school students!
Audrey Xu
Audrey Xu

Audrey Xu

Audrey is a sophomore at Rutgers University studying Economics and Philosophy. On campus, she runs Model UN conferences for high school students and runs programming for the AEI Executive Council. Off campus, she has interned for the Manhattan Institute and Senator Cory Booker. In her free time, she is a tea snob and a Formula 1 fan.
Brooke Goldwasser
Brooke Goldwasser

Brooke Goldwasser

Brooke is a freshman in the School of Arts and Sciences pursuing a double major in Public Policy and Social Work. She is a member of the Leadership Living Learning Community, Unicef, and Hillel. Additionally, Brooke works as a Scarlet Ambassador on campus. Originally from Cincinnati,Ohio this is Brooke's first involvement with the Eagleton Institute. She is passionate about social justice, giving back to the less fortunate, and all things politics so that's why she is beyond excited to work alongside other active political voices in the Rutgers community to educate high school
students.
Brooke Margolin
Brooke Margolin

Brooke Margolin

Brooke Margolin is a sophomore in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences' Honors Program studying Public Health and Public Policy. She is interested in the intersection of health and politics and works at the Rutgers Global Health Institute, the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO), and is involved with GlobeMed both on campus at Rutgers and as a member of the Student Advisory Board through the organization's Headquarters. She is excited to spend another semester with CYPP after being part of the Darien Civic Engagement Project in the fall!
Cassie Cuddihy
Cassie Cuddihy

Cassie Cuddihy

Cassie is from Cherry Hill, NJ and a freshman in the School of Arts and Sciences studying Communications. She is a member of the Leadership Living Learning Community, Voorhees Choir, RUPA, MARK Conference SOS Squad and serves as Programming Coordinator for her Residence Hall. Additionally, Cassie works as a Scarlet Ambassador on campus. After volunteering with RU Voting in the fall, Cassie is thrilled spend another semester involved at Eagleton working on the Darien Civic Engagement Project!
Clare Kelly
Clare Kelly

Clare Kelly

Clare is a senior studying political science, history, and education. She is currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Education with the hopes of becoming a social studies teacher. She wanted to join this program to better understand the role of civics in education and to practice implementing media literacy and political participation in schools.
Jackson Snellman
Jackson Snellman

Jackson Snellman

Jackson is a sophomore in the Honors College, studying Political Science and French. Originally from Roswell, Georgia, this is Jackson's first involvement with the Eagleton Institute. He is very passionate about social justice and civic engagement, especially in political efficacy in marginalized communities and promotion of women in politics, as well as climate change reform and policy formation. Outside of class, Jackson is a political news junkie, works as a Resident Assistant on the College Avenue campus, and volunteers with the RESULTS Foundation to help promote federal legislation alleviating poverty and its causes. He is also fluent in French, and greatly enjoys all forms of traveling.
Johann Alo
Johann Alo

Johann Alo

Johann is a freshman at Rutgers-New Brunswick, who is undecided. But he is thinking towards majoring in public policy or political science with a minor in critical intelligence studies. When he's not in class or eating you'll see him beating people up with a bludger in Quidditch or listening to the next Wendover Production or Half as Interesting Videos.
Kathryn Lee
Kathryn Lee

Kathryn Lee

Kathryn is an Honors College and Douglass Residential College freshman double majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science and minoring in Spanish and Theater on a pre-law track. She is her floor’s representative in her building’s Residence Hall Association, a Barbara Voorhees Mentor, and a peer tutor. Kathryn became passionate about civic engagement education through her experience with her foster brothers, noticing how inequitable education can disadvantage one’s political participation for a lifetime. She is excited and honored to contribute to this important and meaningful project.
Melanie Kravchenko
Melanie Kravchenko

Melanie Kravchenko

Melanie is currently a sophomore intending to major in Psychology and/or Communication. She also has a strong interest in Political Science, particularly the process of participating in politics. She is passionate about civic engagement and believes in the importance of being an informed and engaged citizen. Furthermore, Melanie looks forward to participating in the Darien Civic Engagement as an educator in the classrooms of high school students!
Mishelle Lema
Mishelle Lema

Mishelle Lema

Mishelle is a senior majoring in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Public Policy. On campus, Mishelle is involved with Douglass Residential College as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ambassador and currently is the secretary for the Women’s Center Coalition.
Noopur Amin
Noopur Amin

Noopur Amin

Noopur is currently a senior at Rutgers University pursuing a double major in ITI and Economics. She serves as the Vice President for an organization called RU 20/20 on campus and works as a Legal Intern outside of Rutgers. She is passionate about bringing justice, fairness, and equality to people. After graduation, she hopes to attend law school to further her career.
Sara Rubiano
Sara Rubiano

Sara Rubiano

Sara Rubiano is a student in the School of Arts and Sciences pursuing a major in Public Policy and Economics. For the 2019-2020 school year, she serves as the Associate Director of Cook-Douglass and is a member of the Douglass Residential College. She is passionate about engagement, law, and advocacy.
Paige Chan
Paige Chan

Paige Chan

Paige is a double major in political science and philosophy and a student researcher for the Young Elected Leaders Project. She was interested in this project because she hopes to one day work on a campaign or become a chief of staff.
Ashley Abrams
Ashley Abrams

Ashley Abrams

Ashley Abrams is a student in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program at Rutgers-New Brunswick pursuing a major in political science and a minor in English. For the 2019-2020 academic year, she will also serve as a Research Assistant for Dr. Matto’s Young Elected Leaders Project through Aresty and Eagleton. She hopes to pursue a career in public interest law at a government entity and advocate for women’s issues and social welfare policy.