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.
Hallie Meisler
Hallie Meisler

Hallie Meisler

Hallie is a senior with a major in Women's and Gender Studies and a double minor in Political Science and Critical and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. She is a leadership scholar at the Institute of Women's leadership and a recipient of the Eagleton Washington Internship award. Hallie hopes to one day work with both non-profits and on campaigns to elect more women in government.
Aden Savett
Aden Savett

Aden Savett

Aden Savett is a freshman who intends to double major in Political Science and Communications. With those majors he hopes to get a job in political consulting, government affairs, or public relations.
Saman Aamer
Saman Aamer

Saman Aamer

Saman is a third year student with a Public Policy major and a Psychology minor. During the summer, she interned as a canvasser and campaigner for the Morris County Democratic Committee. By encouraging college students to vote, she hopes to bring political interest to the younger generations.
Amna Ahmed
Amna Ahmed

Amna Ahmed

Amna is a sophomore studying political science and human resource management. She is a member of the SAS Honors Program and Douglass Residential College and involved in Rutgers Student Assembly and Muslim Public Relations Council on campus. She is excited to not only learn about but practice civic engagement here at Rutgers.
Katherine Carias
Katherine Carias

Katherine Carias

Katherine is a Senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Asian Studies. She plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Global Affairs and expand civic practices internationally.
Khayla Dixon
Khayla Dixon

Khayla Dixon

Khayla Dixon is currently a sophomore in the School of Arts and Sciences. She is a member of the Paul Robeson Leadership Institute, Student Support Services, and Douglass Residential College. In her time at Rutgers she has worked with the Federal Relations and Communication department, advocating for federal aid directly with members of Congress and their staff, become a diversity, equity, inclusion ambassador within Douglass Residential College, and continues to work for Campus Information Services as an information assistant
Clare Kelly
Clare Kelly

Clare Kelly

Clare Kelly is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in history. She also is a part of the 5-year graduate program at Rutgers Graduate School of Education studying to be a social studies teacher. A fun fact about her is that she spend a summer of her college career studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece where she took classes and interned at a center for children with mental disabilities.
Anusha Kemburu
Anusha Kemburu

Anusha Kemburu

Anusha Kemburu is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and potentially Economics. A fun fact about her is that she interned at Representative Pallone's district office this past summer
Fiona Kniaz
Fiona Kniaz

Fiona Kniaz

Fiona is a sophomore majoring in political science and economics and minoring in Russian and international & global studies. She is also a member of the Honors College and the Douglass Residential College. On campus, Fiona is involved in the Institute of Domestic and International Affairs and RU Progressive.
Brooke Margolin
Brooke Margolin

Brooke Margolin

Brooke Margolin is a sophmore majoring in Public Health and Public Policy. This semester she will be conducting research with Eagleton's Center for the American Governor.
Viridiana Martinez
Viridiana Martinez

Viridiana Martinez

Viridiana is Senior studying Public Policy with a minor in Latino and Caribbean Studies, as well as an Eagleton Undergraduate Associate. She is involved with the Mexican American Student Association on campus and is a mentee in the Road to Government, Policy and Service mentorship program. This past summer, she was a New Jersey Governor's Hispanic Fellow and interned at the office of Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez. She currently serves as a Public Affairs Intern for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey. Viridiana plans to pursue a graduate degree in Public Policy.
Jassie Morcos
Jassie Morcos

Jassie Morcos

Jassie Morcos is a Political Science major .She is currently in the process of pursuing two minors in the fields of American studies and International and Global Studies with a focus on (MENA) the Middle East, and North Africa. In the future she hopes to enter the world of politics or work alongside politicians as their campaign coordinator, or policymaker. Another career path would be to work in a consulting firm which will allow for clients beyond just politicians.
Neha Saju
Neha Saju

Neha Saju

Neha Saju, School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program/Douglass Residential College ’22, is a Political Science and History joint major as well a French minor. Last year, she completed an externship with the Center for American Women and Politics and was a regular columnist for The Daily Targum (column titled Pride, Not Prejudice). She is currently a Site Leader through RU Alternative Breaks, and is working towards completing a Certificate in Women’s Leadership through The Institute for Women’s Leadership. Neha loves reading novels of all genres. She grew up on Percy Jackson books, and reads everything from Pride and Prejudice to Six of Crows.
Hadiqa Shahid
Hadiqa Shahid

Hadiqa Shahid

Hadiqa is from Secaucus, NJ and is a current sophomore majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Digital Communication, Information and Media. Hadiqa hopes to work on Capitol Hill in the future and create technology policy.
Aasha Shaik
Aasha Shaik

Aasha Shaik

Aasha is a senior in the Honors College and Douglass Residential College, majoring in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. She has been involved with Eagleton and Darien since her first-year at Rutgers. On campus, she has also served as: President of the Women's Political Caucus, RA for the DRC wing of the HC, President of Petey Greene (which brings students into prisons to tutor people who are incarcerated), Captain of the Mock Trial team, Diversity Peer Educator, Aresty Research Assistant, and beyond. She has also been a Microsoft Civic Tech Fellow, State Department Critical Language Scholar, PPIA Fellow, and YP4 Fellow, and is the 2019 Truman Scholar of New Jersey. Aasha plans to pursue a JD and MPP upon graduation.
Alpheus Matthew LLantero

Alpheus Matthew Llantero

Alpheus is a sophomore from Hilo, Hawai'i majoring in Philosophy and Political Science and minoring in Creative Writing and Cognitive Science. He has worked for the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Division of the County of Hawai’i Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and volunteered for Kabataan Party-List during his time in the Philippines. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Balita, the official publication of the Rutgers Association of Philippine Students, and as the Chairman of Anakbayan Rutgers, a progressive youth and student organization that seeks to educate, organize, and mobilize the Filipino-American and Asian-American community. He hopes to pursue a career in law, protecting those who are most vulnerable in society. Despite having been raised on the Big Island, he does not know how to swim.
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.