Student of the Month
January - Cooper Williams
Cooper Williams is a senior from Laguna Niguel, CA with a concentration in international development, and one of twenty transfer students admitted to Stanford in 2010. Prior to Stanford, he was a scholarship student at the San Francisco Ballet School, before an injury ended his ballet career. Upon arriving at Stanford, he joined the Stanford Association for International Development and is now in his second year as Co-President. Also at Stanford, he helped develop a business plan for a Moscow-based medical technology startup seeking to enter the US market. Through the Stanford in Washington program, he had the opportunity to spend six months interning with the Finance and Private Sector Development Vice Presidency at the World Bank. In Washington, he worked simultaneously on financial access and inclusion in Latin America and on a new Entertainment Education initiative, traveling with the World Bank to New York to participate in meetings with the UN, NGOs and other development experts. Studying French and Mandarin, after graduation, Cooper wants to work abroad before pursuing an MA/MBA and working in international policy. He is very grateful for the fantastic faculty and staff of the Public Policy department. He is currently the Resident Assistant in Grove House, and trying to make the most of his precious last months on The Farm!
February - Drew DeWalt
Drew is a joint Master of Public Policy and Master in Business Administration candidate. He has focused his program of study on energy resources, energy policy, and entrepreneurship. Now in his last quarter in the program, he is working to complete his thesis work on distributed energy solutions for the Arctic. The thesis is being sponsored by Stanford’s Hoover Institute and will support the Institute’s work with respect to national security issues in the US Arctic region. Prior to Stanford, he was a nuclear submarine officer in the US Navy. Upon completion of his degree, Drew plans to work with his fellow MPP/MBA classmate, Juan Andres Camus, to develop a renewable energy project in Chile. The project will combine a large-scale solar array with a utility-scale energy storage unit. The development will address the unique needs of an energy grid in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
March - Anna Schickele
Anna is a senior in Public Policy with a concentration in political and economic development. She is writing an honors thesis on the adoption of irrigation technology among smallholder farmers in Peru through the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Anna first traveled to Peru as a Stanford in Government Fellow in 2011 and has since returned twice to conduct original research for her thesis. She has also spent time in Spain, where she studied abroad through the Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona, and in India, where she worked with a firm that designs and operates rural financial institutions. On campus, Anna has been involved with Stanford in Government and Alternative Spring Break. Her favorite classes include PublPol 106: Law and Economics, CS 106A: Programming Methodology, and Econ 106: World Food Economy, a class she's currently TA-ing.
April - Roshan Shankar
Roshan is a joint Master of Public Policy and Master in Management Science and Engineering (Operations Research) degree candidate. His program of study at Stanford has focused on economic policy and the implementation of government programs. Roshan’s MPP Practicum Project, conducted for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, analyzed China's economic and political engagements in Latin America. Prior to beginning his MPP/MS program, Roshan completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Delhi. Roshan serves as the Social Science Representative and Secretary in the Graduate Student Council at Stanford University, and he has completed internships at MIT’s Poverty Action Lab, Economist Intelligence Unit, and IBM India. Upon completion of his degree, Roshan plans to put his economic policy skills to use within an international development organization or in the Indian Government.
May - Demoni Newman
Demoni is a senior in the Public Policy Program with a concentration in law, economics, and public finance. She is currently writing an honors thesis on corporate governance under the direction of Professor Michael Klausner. This year, Demoni has been working with two other students to set up Stanford FISCal, a summer internship program for students interested in municipal finance. In her time at Stanford, Demoni has been President of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, has spent a summer as a Stanford in Government Fellow at the Project On Government Oversight in D.C., and has studied abroad in the Bing Stanford in Moscow program. After graduation, Demoni will be working as an analyst at Cornerstone Research in Chicago.