Graduate Council

Public Policy Alumni Reception

The Public Policy Graduate Student Council seeks to represent the graduate students of the Public Policy Program. Its mission:  

  • To promote a vibrant, inclusive community that builds a strong network within the Public Policy Program
  • To provide opportunities for debate and round-table discussions outside of the classroom, giving all students a voice
  • To enhance learning, networking, and idea sharing among all students in our community that come from a diversity of experiences and interests
  • To maintain strong relationships with other academic departments, private organizations, and public entities
  • To act as an intermediary between the Public Policy administration and the Public Policy graduate student body on all affairs that affect students
Shirley Zhao

Shirley (Xuehan) Zhao


Shirley (Xuehan) Zhao, from Chengdu, China, is pursuing master’s degrees in Public Policy and East Asia studies at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. She graduated from New York University Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) in China with a bachelor’s degree in global China studies. Shirley aspires to study the history and understand the development of the Chinese mindset regarding foreign relations, primarily with Japan, and incorporate her understanding of the people in either local or international policy making. At NYU Shanghai, she co-founded the International Criminal Court Student Network and the Sinica Chinese Cultural Community. A dancer and choreographer, she served as vice president and leading choreographer at XLS Dance Community. She worked as a research assistant at the Center for Global Asia in Shanghai, and interned at SDG Partners in Tokyo, where she contributed to creating Public-Private modalities for UN Women and promoting Global Partnership for Education in Asia. She received a Shanghai Municipal Scholarship, Provost Award, Global Leadership award, and three Recognition Awards at NYU Shanghai, and the JASSO Scholarship to study at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

Keertan Kini MBA/MPP Grad Council Co-President

Keertan Kini


Keertan Kini, from Northwest Indiana, is pursuing a joint MBA and MPP degree. He graduated from MIT with a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, concentrating in Computer Systems and AI.  At MIT, he conducted research Security, Networking, and EdTech spaces in the Internet Policy Research Initiative. During his time at MIT, he helped organize a Big Data-Privacy workshop in conjunction with the White House in the wake of the Snowden revelations and improving the cyberthreat information sharing by automating the detection of private information in cyber indicators. 

Keertan aspires to use technology to improve the accessibility and accountability of public services, empowering people across nations. Prior to Stanford, he co-founded Hints.AI, a company to detect misinformation on social media platforms. At the autonomous vehicle company, Nuro, he focused on improving the safety of vehicles in the event of a crash and on hardware testing. During his time at Stanford, he has co-founded the GSB Cybersecurity and Privacy club, and the Business and Ethics club. He is also Co-President of the Future of Cities club. As a Technology Policy Fellow for Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), he is drafting a bill to improve the cybersecurity of healthcare institutions. Keertan looks forward to meeting his fellow Public Policy students.