• Our Team

    Conference Chairs

    Michael Oberman

    Michael Oberman is a second year Master’s in Public Policy student at Georgetown University’s McCourt School. Previously, he worked as the Conservative Party of Canada’s manager of research, and as a part of their national campaign headquarters during Canada's 2015 federal election.


    A Montreal native, he can speak French, and loves corporations. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University.

    Joseph Schartz


    Joseph Schartz received his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, where he studied journalism and economics. Appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard to serve on the state Board of Regents, he helped govern the public university system for three years before joining the McCourt class of 2018. He has worked for Democracy Fund, Senator John Thune, and served on the Student Advisory Board for Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service.

    Allie Gardner

    Allie Gardner is a first-year MPP student originally from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2016, Allie received her bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama in Economics with a specialization in Public Policy & Law and minors in Political Science, History, and Social Innovation. She is a nerd for all things Harry Potter and healthcare policy, loves watching football, and travel. Her time at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta advocating for Georgia’s children solidified her passion for the field. Allie has held an internship at the U.S. Department of State Trade Policy and Promotion Office, and worked for Luckie & Company.

    Executive Team

    Danett Song

    Chief of Staff

    Danett Song is a second year MPP student at the McCourt School, having received her Bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary in Computer Science and Music in 2014. Her interests lie in Education and Immigration Policy, and hopes to pursue a doctoral degree with the eventual aim to teach at the college level. She currently puts her teaching skills to good use as a teaching assistant, and also works at the World Bank as a research assistant.

    Lauren Whitaker

    Director of Communications

    Lauren Whitaker is working towards her Master in Public Policy at Georgetown University, with interests in Education Policy. She is currently working on the English Language Programs initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of State, located within Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development. She works alongside her colleagues at State producing professional development webinars for teachers around the world in an effort to expand the English language teaching capacity abroad. Prior to her time at Georgetown, she was a U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow in Astana, Kazakhstan. Lauren also holds a Master of Arts in Linguistic Studies, with a concentration in Language, Culture, and Society, from Syracuse University.

    Kevin Washam

    Director of Finance

    Kevin Washam is a first-year graduate student at McCourt, pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy. After graduation, he hopes to work in federal policy consulting. Prior to attending Georgetown, he spent two years in outside sales and a semester lobbying in the Florida Capitol. Kevin is originally from Florida and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. Outside of class, you’ll find Kevin walking around Safeway or cheering on his Knights.

    Mia Yang

    Director of Outreach

    Mia Mingshu Yang has two years of professional experience in banking, infrastructure, global economic analysis and the public sector. Most recently, she worked at The Clearing as a management consulting intern on several projects with U.S. government agencies. In this role, she assisted in the creation of strategies and process improvements to meet client needs. Previously, Mia worked at the Institute of International Finance analyzing macroeconomic trends and influences in China. She also worked at the World Bank, focusing on public-private partnerships in the Middle East and Africa. Mia also has portfolio management experience. Mia’s skills and experience make her well-positioned to evaluate and helping business grow while taking into account regulations and the impact of government decisions.

    Darsh Suresh

    McDonough School Of Business Representative

    Darsh Suresh is a first year MBA student at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He previously worked in New York City as a financial analyst and consultant, managing regulatory initiatives for a large financial institution. After Business School, Darsh hopes to work in Management Consulting or International Development. Darsh is originally from the Midwest and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!). Outside of school, Darsh loves biking, politics, and exploring D.C.

    Natalie Fuchs

    School of Foreign Service Representative

    Natalie Fuchs works as a Senior Program Analyst for a defense contractor in Alexandria, VA, conducting business operations analysis and in-depth market assessments for business development opportunities – particularly in the space and missile defense sector. Prior to this, she served as a researcher on Iran sanctions and geopolitical relations for several think tanks in Washington, D.C., and as a foreign affairs intern in a senatorial office on Capitol Hill. In addition to her current position, Fuchs is a contributing editor for Space Watch Middle East, where she covers developments in Iran's space program and their impact on commercial industry and international economic engagement. Fuchs is currently an M.A. candidate in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, concentrating in unconventional weapons and nonproliferation. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Arizona, and is proficient in both Spanish and Persian (Farsi).


    Camille Wasiak

    Undergraduate Representative







    Camilla Wasiak is a member of the class of 2020 in the McDonough School of Business, pursuing a degree Finance with concentrations in Government and Economics. She is also a fellow for Georgetown’s Global Business Program, focusing on emerging market economies and dealing with multinational leaders. As an undergraduate, Camilla is also a Director of Finance and Events for The Walsh Exchange, an undergraduate research conference, and a teaching assistant for the Georgetown Economics Department. Camilla is originally from New Jersey and can be found riding horses or going to museums outside of class.

    Jason Berger

    Director of Programming

    Jason Berger spent his formative years in the Great State of Michigan, where he lived for 22 years, and in 2012 graduated from the University of Michigan with a dual BA in political science and international studies.


    After about a year of working in politics in Washington, DC, Jason moved to New York City and had a brief relationship with the baseball card industry. Although his career in sports didn’t last, he met his fiancée in the Big Apple, and the two of them decided that the McCourt School would be best for Jason’s future interests. Jason now considers himself a dual health policy wonk and GPPR business aficionado.

    Moha Thakur

    Director of Operations







    Moha Thakur is currently a Master of Public Policy candidate at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. She has experience in financial reporting and management of public grant funding, and was most recently a research assistant in the area of critical infrastructure and cyber security. Her policy interests are in urban infrastructure and planning policy, focusing on transportation and housing. She is currently interning at the National Housing Trust, in state and local affordable housing policy.

    Catherine Lyons

    Director of Strategy


    Catherine Lyons is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at the McCourt School. She comes to Washington, DC from Los Angeles, California, where she was Southern California Director for FWD.us, a bipartisan nonprofit advocacy organization focused on passing immigration reform.


    Previously, she led the housing and community development policy work for a business-led nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also served as an AmeriCorps member in New Orleans after graduating from the University of Southern California with a dual degree in print journalism and international relations. Since starting at the McCourt School, Catherine has worked at the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget, and the Economic Innovation Group.

    Panel Coordinators

    Alex Brillman

    A proud Pittsburgher, Alex Brillman is currently a first year Master’s in Public Policy student at Georgetown’s McCourt School. Before his time at Georgetown, Alex worked in finance, and for a start-up travel agency. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing backgammon, and learning about environmental and development policy.

    Youqiao (Joy) Lyu

    Youqiao (Joy) Lyu is a Master of Public Policy candidate in Georgetown University. She is passionate about natural conservation and international development in Africa. Youqiao plans to devote her life to protecting the pure land.


    Youqiao comes with a strong finance background with an one-year exchange study in Wharton School. She has worked for several market research firm and investment banks. She is looking forward to bringing positive impacts to the world after graduation!


    Eliza Lafferty

    Eliza Lafferty is in the Georgetown University College Class of 2021, pursuing a double major in History and Government with a minor in Art History. Raised in California, Eliza enjoyed an internship with the San Diego Superior Courts and more recently with an education policy firm in D.C. On campus, Eliza serves as a Georgetown University Student Association Senator where she is the Vice Chair of the Institutional Advancement committee, Senate liaison for the Accessibility and Arts Policy Coalitions, and Adjunct for the Financial Appropriations Committee. Eliza is also the Creator Director of The Georgetown Independent and a member of Club Filipino. She is loving her Georgetown community—from cheering for the Hoyas at the Capitol One arena to exploring local art museums.