Peer Advisors

Undergraduate peer advisors are senior Public Policy students who are experienced in course planning, research, and juggling the many opportunities available at Stanford.

Many of them have also been involved in Bing Overseas Studies Programs, Stanford in Washington, Summer Research College, and honors programs. As such, they are able answer questions not only about the Public Policy major and coursework, but also about how these many Stanford opportunities can enhance a student's experience of the Public Policy major. Undergraduate peer advisors are happy to answer questions by email and to meet with prospective majors, one-on-one.

Ryan Chandra

Ryan Chandra

ryandc@stanford.edu

Cohort: 2021

Concentration: Design of Public Institutions

Hailing from the Bay Area, Ryan Chandra is a senior at Stanford University pursuing a B.A. in Public Policy. Ryan is passionate about reimagining the future at the intersection of business, politics, and technology. Having completed multiple management consulting internships, Ryan brings knack for effective storytelling, an analytical and design-oriented mindset, and an enduring, positive attitude. On campus, he has targeted academia, extracurriculars, and community service that allow him to grow as a person and a professional, including his role as the VP of Advocacy at the Public Interest Technology Lab and his volunteer work for Kids with Dreams. In his free time, you can find him scouring his local gym for pickup basketball games, vociferously arguing about Game of Thrones, and intently managing his fantasy football team.

Leila Doty

Leila Doty

ldoty@stanford.edu

Cohort: 2022

Concentration: Science and Technology Policy

Leila is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Science and Technology Policy, and a minor in Computer Science. Her interests lie at the multidisciplinary intersection of technology, policy, and ethics, and she is particularly fascinated with the complexities of AI regulation. While her studies in technology and policy are motivated by a deep concern for the harmful consequences technology has on vulnerable communities, Leila is critically hopeful for a future in which responsible technological development and deployment allows technology to truly work in the public interest. As Chief of Staff at the Stanford Public Interest Technology (PIT) Lab, she currently works to examine the systems and structures that shape technology and how PIT may be better integrated into the Stanford ecosystem. Over the past three years, Leila is grateful to have had the opportunity to study abroad in Kyoto, work at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, be a fellow at the NYC Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and intern for CA State Assemblymember Phil Ting. On campus, she serves various communities through leadership positions for the Emerson Social Justice Fellowship, the Multiracial Identified Community at Stanford, and the Stanford Japan Exchange Conference. 

Rebecca Smalbach

Rebecca Smalbach

 smalbach@stanford.edu

Cohort: 2021

Concentration: Law and the Legal System

Rebecca is a senior majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in Law and the Legal System and minoring in economics and history. On campus, she serves as Head Copy Editor of the Stanford Daily, Mentorship Coordinator of Stanford Women in Politics, and Editor of Stanford Politics Magazine. She was a Teaching Assistant for PUBLPOL 154: Politics and Policy in California during the 2018-19 school year and will be a Course Assistant for HIST 52Q: Democracy in Crisis this spring. Rebecca is also a Program Assistant for the Public Policy Program and previously worked as a Research Assistant for the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project and as a Research Assistant for history professor Rowan Dorin, archiving medieval manuscripts. She has been awarded the Daniel Raymond Wong Memorial Fellowship and the Public Policy Summer Fellowship through the Public Policy Department and participated in Stanford in Washington her junior fall. During her time at Stanford, Rebecca has worked for Congresswoman Katie Porter, Congressman Jared Huffman, the U.S. Department of Education, a government relations firm in Washington D.C., and multiple Congressional campaigns.

Manami Suenaga

Manami Suenaga 

msuenaga@stanford.edu

Cohort: 2021

Concentration: Education Policy

Manami Suenaga (she/her) is a senior majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in Education Policy. She is interested in state education policies and equitable resource allocation at the K-12 level. Last summer, she worked at the Bipartisan Policy Center as an Early Childhood Initiative intern. In the fall of her junior year, she participated in the Stanford in Washington program and interned at the U.S. Department of Education. She has also interned with the California Department of Education through a Cardinal Quarter. On campus, she is involved with research in the Graduate School of Education and a mentorship group, Women and Youth Supporting Each Other. She looks forward to speaking with interested students about the Public Policy Program, especially undergrads who are first-generation and low-income.