Board of Directors

Meredith Wheeler

Stanford in Government Chair

Meredith is a history and political science major and the current chair of Stanford in Government. Outside of SIG, Meredith directs the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS), volunteers as a creative writing workshop facilitator in a local juvenile hall, and serves on the Haas Center for Public Service National Advisory Board. Academically, she focuses primarily on the modern Middle East and is currently writing an honors thesis evaluating levels of democracy during moments of political transition. She is an avid skier, hiker, and backpacker and a native of the great state of Colorado.

Kyle Vandenberg

Vice Chair of Programming

Kyle, a senior from Sunnyvale, California, is majoring in public policy with a concentration in education policy, and hopes to use both the public and private sectors to help reform the quality and equality of education. He worked with Fellowships for the past three years, and is now excited to help the Programming team put on thought-provoking events. Kyle spent the past two summers teaching 7th grade Writing and Speech & Debate with Breakthrough Collaborative, and working for the education advocacy organization StudentsFirst on a SIG fellowship. Besides working with SIG, you can catch him coaching high school debate and and teaching piano to elementary school students in Redwood City.

Lauryn Williams

Vice Chair of Fellowships

Lauryn Williams is a senior from Long Beach, CA and is currently the Vice Chair of the Fellowships Program. As a sophomore, she studied abroad at the University of Oxford and completed a tutorial on British imperialism in Africa. Last fall she participated in the Stanford in Washington program, where she interned in the State Department. Elsewhere on campus, Lauryn is one of the Academic Theme Associates (ATAs) for Crothers House, performs with the Stanford Flute Ensemble, and is Secretary of the Black Student Union. This year she is writing a senior thesis through the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).

Lauren Felice

Vice Chair of Operations

Lauren is a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Economics. She is from Austin, TX, but arrived at Stanford after living in Singapore for five years. This year, she is writing an honors thesis on the mobilization of Millennials on fiscal policy. She has interned with Senator John Cornyn in Austin, TX and the Senate Finance Committee in Washington, DC, and researched in the Political Science department. Last summer, she interned at the intersection of the public and private sectors with McKinsey & Co. in Washington, D.C. Lauren skis and plays soccer and golf.

Adrienne von Schulthess and Anisha Mudaliar

Co-Directors of International Fellowships

Adrienne von Schulthess is a junior majoring in Political Science. She is also interested in environmental science and spent last summer in Belize on a SIG fellowship studying the aquaculture industry. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis and soccer.

Anisha is a junior from sunny San Diego majoring in Economics. This is Anisha’s third year with SIG—she’s excited to be back in action with SIG after her quarter “abroad” with the Stanford in Washington program. In D.C., Anisha interned at the World Bank in the Department of Financial and Private Sector Development. Anisha is passionate about international development and had the opportunity to be a SIG fellow at the Reserve Bank of India last summer. Aside from her passion for working in developing countries, Anisha loves exploring new places, watching Parks & Recreation, and enjoying sunsets by the ocean in her beautiful hometown.

Hadley Reid

Director of National Fellowships

Hadley Reid is a sophomore from Chapel Hill, North Carolina studying human biology. This is her second year in SIG, both years having been as part of the DC/National Fellowships team. When not SIG-ing it up she can be found working for the Cardinal Free Clinics, in Gilbert Biological Sciences growing bacteria, or YouTubing funny videos of cats and sloths. She is quite tentatively pre-med, with a strong interest in global public health.

Dylan Conn

Director of State and Local Fellowships

Dylan Conn is a senior from Lake Villa, Illinois, majoring in Urban Studies. This is his third year in SIG and as a member of the state and local fellowships committee. Dylan’s interest in government stems from his involvement with the March of Dimes and having the opportunity to speak with legislators about the issues important to the organization, and he now serves as a member of the California Chapter’s Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee. Dylan loves all things social media, and works as a digital media intern for the university, creating posts for Stanford’s official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Robert Liu

Director of Campus Awareness

Robert is a senior pursuing a major in Economics with Honors and a minor in Computer Science. A native of Princeton, NJ, Robert became interested in politics through a combination of fascinating history classes in high school and the Election of 2008. He is interested in economic policy, national politics, and foreign policy, as well as the nature political discourse. Robert studied abroad at Oxford University last spring, where he engaged in a tutorial on macroeconomic theory and the Financial Crisis of 2008. Outside of school, he has interned at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, participated in voter mobilization efforts as part of Alternative Spring Break, and worked various positions in business and finance. He is an avid basketball fan and likes to play tennis, read Shakespeare, and enjoy the outdoors.

AJ Sugarman

Director of Special Events

AJ, a senior originally from Los Angeles, California, joined Stanford in Government as a freshman and has served on the Campus Awareness, International Fellowships, and Operations Committees. He is a political science major and Arabic minor and is writing a thesis on the effectiveness of different counterinsurgency approaches during the Iraq War. Skiing, the Los Angeles Dodgers, The Wire, and The West Wing are his favorite escapes from work.

Matthew Colford

Director of Alumni Outreach

Matthew Colford is a Senior from Palo Alto, CA pursuing a major in Political Science with Honors and minors in Mathematics and Arabic. Off campus he has interned at U.S. Embassy Rabat as well as at the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In addition to graduate school, he hopes to serve in the Navy at some point after graduation and will be co-leading a spring break trip to one of the military academies this year to educate Stanford students about civil-military relations. On campus he is also active in the Catholic Community’s ESTEEM Program, the Haas Center’s Military Service as Public Service Program (MSPS), and the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS).

Krista Ryu

Director of Stipends

Krista Ryu is a senior from Seoul, South Korea, majoring in Political Science. Her concentration is Chinese Political Economy and is writing her honors thesis in the Research Honors Track on the impact of Chinese governmental policies on foreign businesses operating in China. She was a SIG Fellow for the Institute for National Policy Research in Taipei in 2011 and was part of the SIG Operations committee since Freshman year. She has been working on organizing and running the SIG Stipends Program since 2011. She is the editor in chief for Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs and has served as Director General for the Stanford Model United Nations Conference in 2012.

Anna Blue

Director of Communications

Anna is a current sophomore with a Double Major in International Relations and Earth Systems. Although she is a wannabe Californian, she is originally from Washington, D.C. , the hub of everything public policy and public service related, so she’s grown to be a huge political junkie over the years. In addition to Stanford in Government, Anna serves as the Women at Work Series Coordinator for the Stanford Women’s Community Center, as a member of the Sophomore Class Cabinet, and as a proud Stanford Club Soccer player.

Matt Anderson

Director of Technology

Matt is a senior from Bellevue, WA majoring in computer science. This will be his third year working with Operations and his second year on the SIG board, leveraging technology to further SIG’s mission. Last spring he interned in the U.S. CTO’s office with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and spent the summer working with the Google Maps Ground Truth Team. On campus he is also active in the CS106 Section Leading Program. Beyond completing a coterminal master’s program in computer science, Matt aims to work at the intersection of technology and national security, both in and out of government.

Danna Seligman

Co-Director of Community Development

Danna Seligman is a senior from Thousand Oaks, California studying Political Science and writing her thesis on the origins of political gridlock in the United States with the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. She studied in Stanford in Washington in the fall of 2012 and loved it so much that she returned to D.C. for summer 2013 to work for Stanford alum Congressman Xavier Becerra. When not discussing the institutional and societal causes of the lack of legislative productivity in our country, Danna dances, and was even a Stanford Dollie from 2011-2012. Danna is very excited for an amazing year ahead in SIG and hopes that she can share all of the incredible opportunities SIG has provided her with many more Stanford students.

Maddy Sides

Co-Director of Community Development

Maddy Sides is a junior from Davis, California studying Bioengineering. Maddy is interested in how technology, engineering and government can work together to produce solutions to pressing social and environmental issues. This is her second year in SIG in the Operations committee, and this year Maddy is co-directing Community Development with Danna S. Outside of SIG, Maddy can be found snapping photos for The Daily around campus, managing the kitchen of Columbae cooperative house and exploring the cities and forests of Northern California.