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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

Xin Ma

xinm [at] (xinm[at]stanford[dot]edu)


Xin Ma, hailing from Lincoln, California, is currently pursuing a master's degree in Public Policy at Stanford University with a concentration in Legal and Regulatory Intervention. Her primary interests lie in the design and function of legal and regulatory agencies, specifically in the domains of environmental and health policy. She is excited to have the opportunity to serve as Co-President of the Graduate Council to build community within the Public Policy graduate student body.

During her undergraduate years, Xin studied Economics and Computer Science at Stanford University, with a particular focus on the intersection of these two disciplines to analyze and address pressing societal issues. Beyond her academic pursuits, Xin finds solace in hiking the Stanford Dish and Mission Peak, all while immersing herself in her favorite true crime podcasts. 

Declan Schuller

declans [at] (declans[at]stanford[dot]edu)


Declan Schuller, from Adelaide, Australia, is pursuing a joint degree Master's of Business Administration and Public Policy at Stanford University. His primary interests include economic, international security and technology policy. Since coming to Stanford he has served as the GSB Student Association Chief Financial Officer and as President of the Australia & New Zealand Club. He holds undergraduate degrees in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Finance from the University of Adelaide where he wrote his honours thesis studying the effects of high penetration of household solar on grid stability, contributing to changes in regional equipment regulations.

Prior to attending Stanford, Declan worked for Telstra Corporation in Sydney, Australia first in spectrum strategy, helping to develop spectrum policy submissions and then in various engineering and strategy roles. While at Stanford, he has undertaken internships with CSL Capital investing in renewables services companies and with Symphony Technology Group focusing on telecommunications software businesses. Declan is looking forward to spending his third year at Stanford getting to know other Public Policy graduate students and building a strong and supportive community.