These graduating students were selected by the department as Outstanding PAM Seniors because of their exceptional academic performance, recognition of their character and achievements both on and off campus; their demonstrated leadership, and contributions they have made to the department and campus community during their time with us. We congratulate all of them for their accomplishments and wish them well in their future careers.
Claire Allen matriculated from the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. In addition to her PAM coursework, she also completed a minor in business. She worked as a research assistant for the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy under the direction of Prof Geddes. She studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain, during her Junior Spring semester. Claire held a director position in her sorority Delta Gamma and was the lead Cornell Ambassador for Webbing, a new social media application. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, playing squash, and traveling. Her employment plans for after graduation are still undecided but she is planning on moving to New York City.
Awards: Dean's list.
Christina Drakeford matriculated from Kenmore West Sr. High School in Buffalo, New York. She served as a teaching assistant for Intro to Policy Analysis and Management with Professor Avery. She conducted undergraduate research and was a fitness monitor for Cornell Fitness Centers. She hosted prospective high school students through the Cornell Red Carpet Society. Christina is founder and served as president of the TASC Test Tutors Club, which tutors immigrants in the Ithaca Community for the high school equivalency test. She served on the Philanthropy Committee for Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. She spends her spare time with her five nieces and nephews, going to the movies, and exercising. After graduating in January, she worked as an HR/legal assistant at Cellino & Barnes, a personal injury law firm in Buffalo, NY. She plans to attend Harvard Law school this fall.
Awards: Merrill Presidential Scholar, Robinson Award for academic excellence, Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, Cornell Tradition Fellowship, graduated a semester early (in January) with high distinction, Dean's List (all semesters).
Marissa Grill matriculated from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, New York. In addition to her PAM coursework, she also completed minors in 'Law and Society' and 'Demography', as well as working as a research assistant. She served as the undergraduate representative on the education policy committee for College of Human Ecology. She spent a semester in DC as part of the Cornell in Washington program and interned in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs (OLCA) in the U.S. Department of Education. Marissa has been very active as a member with the Cornell University Chorus, a 60-person treble choir, serving as the group's president and planning the group's first treble choir conference. In her spare time she tutored at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC). She enjoys spending time with friends and exploring Ithaca. She will be attending graduate school in the fall to study math education.
Awards: SUNY Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence 2017, Dean's List (all semesters), Robinson Award for Academic Excellence 2014.
Windy Feng Han
Windy Feng Han matriculated from Stuyvesant High School in New York, New York. In addition to her PAM coursework, she is completing a minor in business. She studied abroad during her Fall 2015 semester in Sydney, Australia. She served as vice president of administration for Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity; as the treasurer for the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team, and as service assistant and family head for Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. In her spare time, Windy enjoys hiking, traveling, playing ultimate frisbee, trying new cuisines and watching sitcoms. After graduation she will be joining Capital One in their Product Management and Business Analytics Program.
Awards: Dean's List.
Yiyin (Janice) Huang matriculated from Mercersburg Academy, in Pennsylvania. She conducted research on labor disputes in China and the accessibility of public education to children of migrant workers. She was a member of CIIFAD's SMART (Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Team) program, working as a student consultant for the build-up of a regional public fruit brand for Shaanxi Provincial Fruit Bureau in China. She volunteered at the Salvation Army to cook weekend lunches and worked as an interpreter for Mandarin-speaking pupils at DeWitt Middle School's afterschool program. She loves to learn languages and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, English, French and German, and has taken Russian, Italian and Portuguese at Cornell. During a gap year she worked at the European Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai; as a trainee at the Finnish China Law Center at the University of Helsinki; and for Home Depot in Shenzhen, China, in their Asia Sourcing Office. After graduation, she will be working for Sam's Club as an International Academy Program Trainee in its merchandising function in China.
Awards: Dean's List.
Amanda Kueh matriculated from Beacon School in New York City. In addition to her Policy Analysis & Management course work, she earned a minor in Business and Demography. She served as a teaching assistant for Professor Avery's course PAM 2300, Intro to Policy Analysis and Management since her sophomore year. During one summer she studied abroad in Italy with PAM's Cornell in Turin Program. Other summers found her interning with GrowNYC's Fresh Foodbox Program, a non-for-profit initiative to fight food deserts in New York City; as a Summer Analyst with the Corporate Finance team at Thomson Reuters; and most recently as a Business Advisory intern at EY's Financial Services Office. She served as treasurer for HealthNutS, Cornell's Health and Nutrition Society, and has been an active member of Tri Delta. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, traveling, trying new cuisines, and exploring healthy alternative foods. This summer she will begin as a full time analyst at Veralon, a small healthcare consulting firm in New York City.
Awards: Dean's List, Kappa Omicron Nu.
Amanda Levine matriculated from Clarkstown North High School in New City, New York. While focusing on healthcare policy in her PAM major, she also completed a Business minor. She has served as a teaching assistant for PAM 2300, Introduction to Policy Analysis, for four years, and has been the head teaching assistant for the last three years. Last year she studied abroad in Barcelona taking courses in international business and Spanish culture. During other summers she has worked for the Office of the NYC Comptroller in the financial audit department and interned for Mercer in the Health & Benefits group. Amanda has been a member of TAMID Consulting Group, Cornell Hedge Fund, and Human Ecology Ambassadors. She is an active member of Alpha Chi Omega. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, being outside, and reading the news. Upon graduation, she will be returning to Mercer as a healthcare consultant in New York City.
Awards: Dean's list.
Christopher Nowacki matriculated from Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. He served as a teaching assistant for Professor Rosemary Avery's PAM 2300 course all four years. He was vice president of Professional Development and project manager for Cornell Strategic Consulting. He could be heard as the radio talk show host for "Review Radio" on CornellRadio.com. He played as the goalie for Cornell Club Lacrosse Team and was an editorialist for the Cornell Review. Christopher interned on Capitol Hill for Senator Mark S. Kirk (R-IL). He interned for KPMG as a strategy consultant. He was a summer associate for Novantas - Banking Analytics & Advisory in New York City. He fills his spare time with politics, investing, sports, trivia and geography. This fall he will be working as a business analyst in the Strategy & Operations practice for Deloitte Consulting LLP in New York City.
Awards: Dean's List, Kappa Omicron Nu, Accenture Innovation Challenge 2014 Campus Winner.
Charles Paton matriculated from Hereford High School in Parkton, MD. In addition to his Policy Analysis & Management course work, he earned minors in Business, and Law & Society. Charles has worked in Professor Avery's Pharmaceutical Advertising Research Lab since his freshman year and has managed the lab for the past two years. He is a Director of the Cornell Consulting Club. In addition, Charles was a teaching assistant for Professor Hall's statistics course, a resident advisor of Clara Dickson Hall, the continuing education chair of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and a panelist of the Cornell University Peer Review Board. He helped coordinate several events for St. Jude Research Hospital and Cycle For Life. During the summers Charles completed internships in economic research, information technology project management, and most recently in investment banking. In his free time, he enjoys snorkeling, playing squash, going white water rafting, and evaluating business models presented on Shark Tank. After graduation Charles will work in the Mergers & Acquisitions Investment Banking Group at HSBC in New York City.
Awards: Dean's List (all semesters), Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society.
Gabby Rocco graduated from Islip High School on Long Island, New York. In addition to completing the PAM major, she is minoring in both Business and Law & Society. Her sophomore and junior year, she was a writer for the Cornell Political Review. She additionally served on the Executive Board of her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, as risk manager, and currently serves as the senior sisterhood chair. She spent her junior year spring semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain, studying business and traveling to nine countries around Europe. In her spare time she loves to travel, follow politics, go to concerts, and spend time with her friends, family and her dogs. Last summer, she completed an internship with the Regulatory Policy team at Goldman Sachs, and will return full time as an analyst after graduation.
Awards: Deans List (all semesters).
David Wechsler matriculated from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. He served as teaching assistant for PAM 2300, Introduction to Policy Analysis. He was a contributor to the Cornell Daily Sun and was an analysist for the Cornell Consulting Group. He served as the Branding Chair for Alpha Kappa Psi and was recruitment and social chair for Sigma Phi Society. David has held summer internships at the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and with Group SJR, a digital consultancy. In his spare time he enjoys the New York Mets, movies and running. After graduation David will be working in the Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging Group within Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs.
Awards: Dean's list (all semesters).
Frances Yang matriculated from Newton South High School in Newton, MA. She is completing a Business minor to satisfy her interests in developing partnerships between the public and private sector, and hope to continue being involved with social enterprises and nonprofits. She currently serves as the internal consulting director for Social Business Consulting (SBC), a student-run, pro-bono consulting club that serves global clients involved in social impact. She was the director for the Center of Foreign Policy and International Affairs for the Roosevelt Institute. She is active in Alpha Phi Omega. In her spare time, she explores plant-based cooking, coffee, and traveling with family and friends. After graduation she will be joining BlackRock's Global Philanthropy team as an analyst.
Awards: Dean's List.