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
Sevda Memet

Sevda Memet


Sevda Memet, from Constanta, Romania, is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a master’s degree in public policy at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. She graduated summa cum laude from Ovidius University with a medical degree. She aspires to help cancer patients by creating the first oncological system in Romania that will focus on integrated medicine and genetic testing. At Constanta Regional Hospital, she was chief resident in the hematology-oncology and rare diseases department. Previously, she interned at the hospital in the gastroenterology and plastic surgery departments, and at MedStar Clinic in general and vascular surgery. She was awarded national honors from the Romanian government for medical research and medical entrepreneurship, and won the grand prize in the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest for designing a self-sufficient colony on Mars.


Fernando Rodriguez Silva Santisteban


Fernando is currently working towards a PhD in Management Science & Engineering and in his last year of the Joint Degree in Public Policy (MPP) and Management Science & Engineering (MSc). His academic focus is in decision analysis applied to policy and philanthropy contexts.

Prior to Stanford, Fernando was based in the city of Lima, Peru, where he was born and grew up. He graduated as a civil engineer in 2014 and joined a project management and boutique consulting startup in the construction sector. Three years later he shifted towards the nonprofit sector and became the leader of the strategic planning team for Crea+ Peru, a local nonprofit working in education. In parallel, Fernando was part of the founding team of an education startup called Eureka Educacion. While at Stanford he has had the opportunity to be a part of the Stanford Global Studies program in Mumbai, working with the impact team of Magic Bus Foundation, and the SLS Policy Lab on Donor Advised Funds. He also has also worked with the GSB Seed program and the Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative at Stanford PACS. He has experience in project management, strategic planning and process design both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors in developing country settings, something he values and has shaped his perspective as a policymaker.

Fernando has thoroughly enjoyed his time as part of the Public Policy community. He regularly attended the department’s events during his first year of the program and has become an active member of the community. He looks forward to sharing with fellow Public Policy students this year, hoping to find creative ways to connect despite the current circumstances.

After graduation, Fernando wishes to continue building on his research and work as a consultant for the public and nonprofit sectors. An avid traveler, he also wishes to continue exploring the world and discovering new cultures (41 countries and counting!). In his free time, he enjoys cooking, listening to music and exercising to unwind.