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 Game of Thrones, traveling, hiking and exploring the state of New Jersey on the weekends.
Jessica Resnick
Jessica Resnick

Jessica Resnick

essica is a third-year student majoring in Political Science and Public Policy with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She is an Eagleton Undergraduate Associate who wishes to have a career in policy development. Last summer she interned with the New Jersey Division on Women where she worked on the Domestic Violence Statewide Plan. She is involved in Rutgers NO MORE on campus as the Policy Director working to end sexual violence and is the Vice President of Programming for the Rutgers Women's Political Caucus. She is excited to be working with CYPP to get students more passionate about the political process and more civically engaged.
Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary

Emily O'Leary

Emily is a senior majoring in political science and criminal justice with a minor in sociology. After graduation in May she plans to go to law school. She chose to take the internship course offered at Eagleton to continue her work with the CYPP program and spread awareness about the importance of voting and being civically engaged.
Brandon Giovanni
Brandon Giovanni

Brandon Giovanni

Brandon is a senior studying Political Science/Economics and plans to attend law school after graduation. This is his second semester as a CYPP intern, and he very much looks forward to working with the RU Ready team. Outside of academics, he usually spends his time playing with his dog, Georgia, watching RuPaul's Drag Race and serving on his hometown board of education.
Tierra Jackson-Temple
Tierra Jackson-Temple

Tierra Jackson-Temple

Tierra is a senior at Rutgers University pursuing a major in Political Science and a minor in Criminology. She plans to head to law school after graduation to become a lawyer. Tierra enjoys traveling and working out.
Victoria Scala
Victoria Scala

Victoria Scala

Victoria is in the School of Arts and Sciences and Douglass Residential College at Rutgers-New Brunswick, majoring in Political Science. She hopes to empower the youth to use their voice and make a difference through her work with the CYPP program at Eagleton. After college, Victoria plans on attending law school and working in corporate law.
Michelle Gabriel
Michelle Gabriel

Michelle Gabriel

Michelle is a junior who is double majoring in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies as well as minoring in International and Global Studies. She hopes to one day to work in the White House.
Cassie Bolinger
Cassie Bolinger

Cassie Bolinger

Cassie is a Junior majoring in Planning and Public Policy. She is excited to engage youth in civic action as a student of the Darien Civic Engagement Project.
Aishwarya Ramaswamy
Aishwarya Ramaswamy

Aishwarya Ramaswamy

Aishwarya is a freshman in the Rutgers Business School who hopes to start her own business one day. She loves trying new things, meeting people, and hopes to make a difference with her life. Interesting fact about her: she once jumped off a train in India.
Cecilia Ritacco
Cecilia Ritacco
Cecilia is from Oakland, New Jersey and is a first-year student in the School of Arts and Sciences, studying Political Science and French. She is a member of the Douglass Residential College, and is also the freshman representative for the Rutgers University Democrats. This is Cecilia’s second semester working with the CYPP team and she hopes to continue encouraging civic engagement and fostering democratic habits among young adults.
Marc Younker
Marc Younker

Marc Younker

Marc is a first year student from West Orange, New Jersey. He is planning on double majoring in political science and philosophy with a possible minor in economics. He is the College Ave Class of 2022 Representative in the Rutgers University Student Assembly.
Jillian Cuzzolino
Jillian Cuzzolino

Jillian Cuzzolino

Jillian is currently a freshman in the class of 2022, in the School of Arts and Sciences. She is double majoring in Political Science and Economics. An interesting fact about her is she was adopted from Hubei, China when she was 1 years old.
Katherine Carias
Katherine Carias

Katherine Carias

Katherine is a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Asian Studies. Katherine enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures as a way of understanding international politics. She is originally from El Salvador and her goal is to bring quality education to the children in her country.
Nina Paranjpe
Nina Paranjpe

Nina Paranjpe

Nina is a freshman who's currently hoping to double in History/Political Science and Public Health. She's originally from California, and her high school government class made her interested in joining a project geared around high school civic education.
Subhadha Kartik
Subhadha Kartik

Subhadha Kartik

Subhadha is from East Brunswick, New Jersey and is a first-year student in the School of Arts and Sciences, studying Political Science and Computer Science. She is Livingston Caucus Chair on the Rutgers University Student Assembly and Lynton Towers President on the Residential Hall Association. Subhadha is continuing her work with the CYPP team for another semester and hopes to encourage civic engagement!
Julien Rosenbloom
Julien Rosenbloom

Julien Rosenbloom

Coming soon....
Sadaf Bajwa
Sadaf Bajwa

Sadaf Bajwa

Coming soon....