Student Staff

Julie Tran

Julie Tran

Team Lead

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Born and raised in San Diego, California, Julie grew up in a loving family and has one little brother who she both loves and hates on a daily basis. She is a rising junior at Claremont McKenna College and is majoring in government and literature. At CMC, she works with peers to prepare oral and written works at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and plans, supports, and leads events at Kravis Lab. She is currently working at a Vietnamese pho restaurant in San Diego and interning at the Immigration Justice Project, a non-profit organization with the American Bar Association that helps detained individuals in removal proceedings acquire citizenship status in the United States. Julie loves to enjoy food, drink boba, sing in the shower, dance in her room, read, write, host social gatherings, plan every second of her day, and travel. She hopes to be able to do one good pull up one day… someday…  After graduating from CMC, she hopes to attend law school, pursue a career in law, and to be someone that can contribute something both positive and unique to society.

Luis Salazar

Luis Salazar

Assistant Team Lead and WeThrive Mentor

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Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Luis grew up exploring every cozy nook in the museum campus. He is the youngest of three and thoroughly enjoys playing and watching competitive baseball with his brother and sister. He is a junior at Claremont McKenna College and is majoring in government and history. At CMC, you can find him giving tours for the Admissions Office, or planning and leading events at Kravis Lab. He spent the past three months interning for AME Asistencia Médica, a private health insurance company in Barcelona, Spain which focuses on providing satisfactory health coverage for VISA-approval. With his free time, Luis creates playlists, reads some David Sedaris, and travels (fun fact: he has spent more time on airplanes than at home in the past year). After CMC, he hopes to continue his journey on making a positive multigenerational change by pursuing a career at an international U.S. embassy.

Paloma Pineda

Paloma Pineda

Program Assistant

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Paloma Pineda is a current senior pursuing a dual degree in Economics and Media Studies from Bellevue, WA. At the Kravis Lab, Paloma helped lead the first Women of Color Power and Purpose Forum, and loves to work with the Claremont community to inspire social innovation and foster entrepreneurial mindsets.

Outside of The Kravis Lab, Paloma works at The Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Creativity (The Hive), and is involved with the Multi-Ethnic Racial Group Exchange, MERGE. She is fascinated by the intersection of technology, art, and behavioral economics and is interested in pursuing projects involving data science, and fashion. During her free time, Paloma enjoys traveling, watching foreign films, and cooking French cuisine.

Patrick Elliott

Patrick Elliott

Program Assistant

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Dual Government-Philosophy Major, Sequence in Public Policy, Patrick Elliott is a senior from Chicago. He is currently serving as a Resident Assistant, outside of that, Patrick is the student manager for the CARE Center, a member of the Kravis Lab, a tour guide, and a researcher for President Chodosh. Patrick loves to help empower lowerclassmen and help them find their voice throughout their time at CMC – which is why he has served as a First Year Guide twice. His professional goals will eventually land him in the world of education reform, but immediately after college, he plans on doing diversity work for a large corporation.

Shanil Verjee

Shanil Verjee

Program Assistant and Staff Writer

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My name is Shanil, and I am a sophomore at Claremont McKenna College. If I had to describe myself in just a few words, I would say that I am ambitious, witty, and (if I manage enough sleep the night before) energetic! I love making my friends and family laugh and smile. I immensely enjoy performing arts, debate, public speaking, and writing. At Claremont McKenna, I work at the Kravis Lab, write for the CMC Forum, and participate in Under The Lights (the CMC theatre group). I am also in Mock Trial and am on the Alumni Relations Committee of CMC’s Senate. As a possible career path, I would be interested in pursuing international relations, through international law, but at this stage I am not really sure. Another thing I love to do is travel. My favourite place to travel is Europe, but I would also love to visit Japan one day!

Tori Johnson

Tori Johnson

Multimedia Assistant

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Since childhood, Tori Johnson’s interests have been bizarre. Her parents struggled to keep up as she moved from her bagpipe phase to her exotic reptile, rhythmic gymnastics, and amateur hydraulics phases. Her upbringing in the mountains of Colorado have shaped her into a full-fledged tree hugger/climber. In high school, Tori pursued clothing design and professional sewing. Her experience with the design process in the realm of sewing has translated over to her recent interest in product prototyping. She is currently collaborating with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator to develop a sustainable consumer product. Tori hopes to further exercise her creative problem-solving skills in a business setting and is interested in market-sustainable social enterprises that alleviate poverty.

Josh Meadows

Josh Meadows

Social Media Lead

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Josh Meadows is a junior at Claremont McKenna College and a member of the Class of 2020. He went to high school in Washington, D.C. but has traveled the world with most of his family living in Australia and the Netherlands.

Josh is a proud Stag at CMC, however, Josh is also an Organizational Studies major offered at Pitzer College across the street. Josh is interested in answering the question of how, in any workplace environment, people get along and collaborate as a way of achieving their goals. When often asked the question “what are our barriers to success?”, Josh will in turn ask, “how can we work together as a team to achieve success?”

In Josh’s first year as a Kravis Lab social innovation fellow, he worked on a number of projects including the Kravis de-Roulet Conference and the Dinner with World Changers speaker series. Going forward, he has a particularly strong interest in exploring how the tools of social media and community outreach can be used to promote the Kravis Lab team’s mission.

In addition to working at the Kravis Lab, Josh is also a student intern for the Robert Day Scholars Program. He works closely with faculty over at CMC’s Soll Center for Student Opportunity to provide an impactful experience for other CMC students. In his spare time, Josh loves spending time with friends, eating out, and watching his favorite baseball team, the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Program Assistant

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Program Assistant

Elizabeth Song

Elizabeth Song

WeThrive Mentor

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Fernanda Lozana Martinez

Fernanda Lozana Martinez

WeThrive Mentor

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Hannah Abouchar

Hannah Abouchar

WeThrive Mentor

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Lesley Charvarria

Lesley Charvarria

WeThrive Mentor

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Nandini Mitra

Nandini Mitra

WeThrive Mentor

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