Senior at Harvard University; Cofounder of start-up “PolityPro”
I’m from Lynnfield, Massachusetts, and I’m studying government with a secondary in Slavic languages and literature. I’m really interested in the field of civic technology and the way that local governments can employ technology to help citizens or to bring them services.
Upon entering college, I helped coordinate “Election Central” which organized Harvard College’s participation in the presidential race of 2012. Elections continue to be a constant theme in my narrative, as I think that advocacy on behalf of those who do not have a say in the political process is the most influential kind of public service.
In addition to my studies, my interest in the field of civic technology led me to cofound an online start-up, “PolityPro”, which is a platform that serves as the basis for a do-it-yourself campaign service. PolityPro aggregates all necessary paperwork and deadlines for municipal campaigns: each candidate has a ‘portal’ to download forms, document online donations, and post opinions.
As co-CEO of this civic tech venture, my leadership initiatives extended in four directions: on-site research and focus groups with candidates, coordinating technological efforts with a web development team, working on a sustainable growth and expansion at Harvard’s i-Lab civic tech start-up endeavor and meeting with lawyers from Harvard’s Law Clinics.
What do you hope to get out of HBX CORe?
From CORe, I learned the basics of business. I needed to master Financial Accounting, Economics for Managers and Business Analytics to be an effective leader.
Every job requires an interdisciplinary skillset; I felt that the CORe helped me develop this necessary analytical framework.
What's on the career horizon for you?
I would like to enroll in a JD/MBA program because I earnestly believe that the intersection of law and business defines civic-technology. I concede that an MBA is an unusual degree for a career in the public sector, but this is exactly why I believe it is necessary.
Civic technology is a bridge between public and private ventures, and if I want to successfully effect social change, I have to understand many points of analysis (e.g. industry growth, market headwinds, and tax incentives).
The MBA will provide me with a nuanced ability to have the greatest impact. Addressing the former degree, a cyber-law degree would further enable me to work in the private/public sector. In sum, the dual JD/MBA program stresses the importance of interdisciplinary study in an Internet age.
BA, Government, Secondary in Slavic Studies, Harvard University
I think that CORe is bridging the gap between what I learned in liberal arts, which is how to identify major problems in the world and be a global citizen, with hard-skill knowledge such as analyzing a business problem.