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Lynch.Benjamin_photoBenjamin Lynch

Co Editor-in-Chief


Benjamin is a second-year at the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He is a graduate from Wake Forest University, Benjamin served as the Chairman of a state political organization, co-founded a community organization that sought to assist small businesses, and attempted to launch an undergraduate academic journal. After two summers of working for a presidential and senatorial campaign, Benjamin worked for the Department of Justice and became interested in the entanglements of law and public policy. His quest to serve humanity through the pursuit of knowledge led him to Teach For America at Yazoo City High School, where he served as department chair and taught science, and to StudentsFirst, where he worked as an associate during the summer of 2013.


Caitlin Cummings headshotCaitlin Cummings

Co Editor-in-Chief


Caitlin is a second year M.P.P. student at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 and originally hails from Richmond, Virginia. Before Batten, she lived in New York City, initially working as a Corporate Legal Assistant in the M&A group at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She also worked in the Political Science editorial department of W.W. Norton Publishing. She spent her summer internship at the Department of Justice’s Office of Policy and Legislation, and also serves on the executive board of Batten’s non-profit consulting group, FCG. Previously, she served VPR as both an associate editor and outreach coordinator.


VictoriaVictoria Catanese

Managing Editor


Victoria is currently a second year Master of Public Policy candidate at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining Batten, she received her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, in Human and Organizational Development (HOD). As an HOD student she “tracked” in both public policy and leadership effectiveness. As a Batten student, Victoria focuses on non-profit policy, corporate impact, and community development. Victoria interned at Sprint Corporation, in the Corporate Responsibility department.


Franklin Bontempo VPR Bio PictureFranklin Bontempo

Executive Director


Frank is a first-year M.P.P. candidate at the Batten School.  He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Pre-Professional Studies and concentration in biological sciences.  After graduation, Frank worked as a research fellow in the Molecular Therapeutics and Drug Discovery Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI).  His research there focused on a non-invasive, photosensitizing pharmaceutical and its prospective treatment of several types of subcutaneous tumor tissue.  His interests in public policy and small business eventually led him to work for AMTV, LLC, a government affairs and technology consulting firm.  For the last several years prior to coming to UVA, Frank worked as a Senior Associate at AMTV, leading projects for the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security (DHS). His work included the execution of cost-benefit and policy analyses and the drafting of numerous and extensive market research reports.

kyleKyle Schnoebelen

Content Director


Kyle is a 2nd year accelerated MPP student at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Virginia in 2013, where he focused on legal and Middle Eastern history and minored in anthropology. Kyle’s experience includes a summer with the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Program at the D.C.-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has also worked on defense policy issues for The Wilderness Society, an environmental NGO and advocacy group operating out of Sydney, Australia. Most recently, he interned in the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  His opinion work has been featured in several local papers, and he has never met an adjective he didn’t like.


AlexAlexandra Dumitriu

Senior Editor


Alexandra is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Having graduated from UVA in 2012, she studied German Literature and Linguistics. Alex held a yearlong internship with the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF), during which she became interested in public policy. She will represent the student body as the Batten Council president for the year 2013-2014.  Alex will also be the Outreach Chair for Batten’s non-profit consulting group, the Formative Change Group. A firm believer in philanthropy, she is a member of CACF’s Future Fund, a giving circle of professionals seeking to collectively make an impact in Charlottesville. Alex is currently a fellow in Governor McDonnell’s policy office in Richmond, Va.


ChrisPalmerChris Palmer

Senior Editor


Chris is currently a first year Masters of Public Policy student. He graduated with honors from George Mason University receiving his Bachelor of Arts with a double major of History and Religious Studies. While pursuing his undergraduate degree he participated in an honors study abroad program at Oxford University where he studied philosophy of religion and the history of religion. During this time he competed on the cross country and track teams at George Mason University and Oxford University. He worked as both an assistant to an attorney at MBH Settlement Group and an intern at the National Religious Campaign against Torture while he finished up his undergraduate degree. Upon graduation, Chris served in the Peace Corps as a Youth as Promise Adviser in which he taught “at risk youth” life skills in Jamaica for two years. On average he represented fifty Peace Corps Volunteers when he was elected president of the Volunteer Advisory Council while he served in the Peace Corps. Chris’s policy interests include international policy and international development.


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Rebecca Beeson

Senior Editor


Rebecca Beeson graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Lee University in 2010 as a double Spanish and History major with a Poverty Studies minor. After running her community’s ESOL program and focusing on English language instruction as a way to combat poverty, Ms. Beeson felt called to join Teach for America’s 2010 Corps. For the past three years, she taught fifth grade in a dual language program in a high-poverty public school in southern Dallas. While teaching, she earned her Master of Education degree with a bilingual education focus at Southern Methodist University. She is excited to be a part of the dual Ph.D. in Education Policy/ M.P.P. program in the Curry and Batten Schools at UVa. Ms. Beeson is especially interested in education policy issues pertaining to high-poverty ELLs and bilingual speakers.




Yuhuan FuYuhuan Fu

Director of Events


Yuhuan is a first-year Batten student in the accelerated B.A./M.P.P. program, concurrently studying Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. After serving as a middle school physics teacher in Manhattan with Breakthrough New York, Yuhuan founded the University of Virginia chapter of Students for Education Reform (SFER). It was during his first year with SFER that he developed an interest in public policy. Pursuant of this new interest, Yuhuan became a Teach for America Rising Leaders Fellow, and is now creating a program that seeks to increase college attendance of low-income, minority high school students. This summer, Yuhuan is in New York City working with the New York State Education Department (NYSED).


MalcolmMalcolm McGregor

Director of Outreach


Malcolm is a first-year M.P.P. student at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and originally hails from Kansas. Prior to attending the University of Virginia, Malcolm lived in Washington D.C. for six years. He worked as a manager in commercial real estate while attending Northern Virginia Community College. Before coming to Washington D.C. Malcolm worked for a non-profit doing development and missionary work in Israel and the West Bank. He is interested in urban policy and global cities.