| Virginia Policy Review |
| 2014-2015 Editorial Board |
Franklin Bontempo, Editor-in-Chief
Frank is a second-year MPP candidate at Batten. He began his professional career as a research fellow in the Molecular Therapeutics and Drug Discovery Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), where he conducted research on non-invasive pharmaceutical treatments for breast cancer patients. His big-picture interests in public policy eventually led him to work for AMTV, LLC, a government affairs and technology consulting firm. For the last several years prior to coming to Batten, Frank worked as a Senior Associate at AMTV, leading projects for the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security (DHS). This past summer, Frank interned at the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Rebecca Beeson, Content Director
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, Rebecca felt called to join Teach for America’s 2010 Corps. She taught fifth grade dual language reading in a high-poverty public school in southern Dallas for three years. While teaching, she earned her Master of Education degree with a bilingual education focus at Southern Methodist University. She is excited to be in her second year 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 is a second-year MPP Candidate at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Yuhuan has interned at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in Washington, DC. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Yuhuan is originally from the great state of New York.
Chris Palmer, Managing Director
Chris is currently a Master’s of Public Policy Candidate in the Batten School. He graduated with honors from George Mason University receiving his Bachelor of Arts with a double major of History and Religious Studies. While he was an undergrad he he competed on the cross country and track teams at GMU. 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. Chris has served as a Senior Editor and the Director of Events on VPR.
Michael Bock, Senior Editor
Michael is a second-year MPP Candidate at the Batten School and received his BA with distinction in Political & Social Thought from UVa in 2014. He is interested in municipal governance and metropolitan planning and has worked for local governments and community foundations in Hampton Roads, VA and Chicago, IL. Michael has also been a part of local and national civic engagement and education reform initiatives with State Farm Insurance Companies and America’s Promise Alliance. Prior to moving to Virginia, Mike lived in Vancouver, Helsinki, and Kuwait City.
Graham is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Government, along with a minor in Mathematics. His academic interests include criminal justice and education policy, with a specific concentration on their interactions with American Constitutional Law. He has previously interned in the New York City Federal Affairs Office in Washington, focusing on federal legislation regarding gun control, human trafficking and government nutritional programs, and on the Regulatory Policy team in Goldman Sachs’ Finance Division, where he helped track and interpret new developments in capital-related policies directed towards large financial institutions.
Zach Porter, Senior Editor
Zachary is a second year MPP student at the Batten School. He enjoys challenges, playing basketball, economics, and coffee. He previously worked at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, doing economics research. Zachary has spent many years abroad, having lived in various southeast Asian countries, Australia, and Turkey. During his time in Turkey, Zachary grew to love Mediterranean food. As an undergraduate, Zachary studied Music and Economics. This lead him to firmly believe in the power of markets and just intonation.
Joe Liss, Senior Online Editor
Joseph Liss is a second year Masters of Public Policy at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He serves as the Senior Online Editor for the Virginia Policy Review; last year, he was one of the founding editors of VPR’s blog, The Third Rail. Joseph completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Virginia with distinction and has focused on the study of healthcare policy. He has interned on Capitol Hill and in the Data Analytics Department at the University of Virginia Health System. Prior to joining VPR, Joseph served as a news writer and editor for the Cavalier Daily, the student-run newspaper at the University of Virginia.
Juliana Echeverri, Outreach Coordinator
Juliana is a second year Master of Public Policy candidate at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology May 2014. Juliana is originally from Cali, Colombia and is really interested in civil rights and arts policy. Her most recent internship was in Boston, MA where she worked as an Arts Administration and Operations intern at the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston.
Locher Grove, Events Coordinator
A third year, foreign affairs major and Religious Studies minor, Locher is currently pursuing his Mast of Public Policy through the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. In addition to being the Director of Events for VPR, he is also the Co-Chair of Community Affairs in Student Council, the Alumni Chair of the Psi Chapter of Sigma Chi, Vice President of Musicians on Call, member of the Echols Council, and a tutor through Madison House at Cale Elementary School. He enjoys playing banjo and violin and watching good TV and movies.
, Associate Editor
Topher is a Second year M.P.P student at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2011 with an interdisciplinary degree in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law. After graduation, Topher completed a summer fellowship working on federal energy policy in Washington, DC before joining a small government contracting firm in Northern Virginia where he worked on business development. He spent this past summer working with both the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) in Charlottesville and the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council. His policy interests include renewable energy, sustainable development, and urban policy.
, Associate Editor
Baylee is currently a second-year Batten student in the accelerated B.A./M.P.P. program, with an undergraduate degree in Russian Language and Eastern European Studies. Baylee lived abroad during her high school years in Kyiv, Ukraine where she gained an interest in Eastern European Politics and Society and its relationship with the United States. Baylee has worked on policy dialogue with a consultant group for the U.S. – Ukraine Foundation, and in 2013 she interned with the State Department in the European Eurasian Bureau with the Office of Regional Security. She spent last summer interning with Global Aid Network, a Christian affiliated humanitarian aid organization, which provides relief and rehabilitation to the Middle East, Africa, Central America, and Central Asia.
Anna Barber, Associate Editor
Anna Barber is a second-year accelerated MPP student from Springfield VA. Her public policy interests include welfare policy, immigration reform and women’s policy. In her spare time she enjoys exploring Charlottesville’s many restaurants and wineries.
Emily McLean, Associate Editor
Emily McLean is a first year accelerated-MPP student and third year Economics major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her policy interests are all over the place, making VPR a great fit because it allows her to learn about new facets of public policy all the time. She joined the Virginia Policy Review as an Associate Editor in Summer 2014, and is excited to work on some new pieces during the academic year. Along with VPR, Emily works as a Senior Resident in one of UVa’s upper-class residences, and enjoyed chairing Model UN committees during her undergraduate years. In her free time, Emily loves to knit, read for fun, or hike.
Alex Gregorio, Associate Editor
Alex Gregorio is a third-year student, dual enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He currently is finishing his History B.A as well as working on his Masters of Public Policy. Alex hopes to do work involving National Security after graduation. In addition to VPR, he is involved with peer advising, Student Council, and research at the UVa Law School.
Matthew Comey, Associate Editor
Matt is a first year accelerated MPP candidate. As an undergraduate at U.Va., he is finishing his majors in Economics, with a concentration in Public Policy, and Government, where he Distinguished Major candidate. He serves as one of two news editor for The Cavalier Daily student newspaper, a member of the student-run Board of Audit and Management, and a co-moderator of the Presbyterian Student Fellowship. He is interested in urban policy, social policy, and budgeting, and has explored those interests both as an undergraduate research assistant in the U.Va. Economics Department and as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives under both Congressman Steny Hoyer and Congressman Jim Moran.
Eric Barker, Associate Editor
Eric Barker is a first year MPP candidate. He is a native of Richmond, Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs. After graduation, he lived in the United Kingdom and then received an Accounting Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Eric spent five years working in public accounting in Richmond and three years as an accountant and database manager in New Orleans, Louisiana. His policy interests include health care policy, budgeting, and financial regulation.
, Staff Writer
Grady Brown is a first year post-grad MPP candidate. He attende to Coe College in Iowa where he received his undergraduate degree in both political science and psychology. After graduation, Grady spent two years working with AmeriCorps VISTA at Coe College and the Title 1 and School Support Team at Wisconsin’s state education agency. He is interested in education policy and researching low performing schools and school turnaround initiatives.
Mike Mozelle, Staff Writer
Mike Mozelle is a first year post-graduate student at Batten. He grew up in Virginia, and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He immediately commissioned into the US Army upon graduation and spent six years in that organization, eventually separating to pursue his policy interests in July of 2014. During his time at VMI, Mike worked as an assistant editor and contributor for The Cadet newspaper for the OP/ED section. He served in military intelligence during his time in the Army, which drives his primary interests in Intelligence and National Defense policy.
Gabrielle Jorgensen, Staff Writer
Gabrielle is a 2016 MPP candidate from New Jersey who is currently finishing her B.A. in Foreign Affairs. Her undergraduate career maintained a focus on European affairs, something she hopes to continue in her graduate work. Her main policy interests include U.S.-E.U. relations, diplomacy, and the role of international institutions. In addition to VPR, Gabrielle is an editor for the Wilson Journal of International Affairs and transcribes White House tapes for UVa’s Miller Center. She is a lifetime lover of history, cities, and the U.S. Supreme Court.