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Stanford in Government ended the year with a retreat—we wanted to give our seniors a chance to share what SIG has meant to them, and to give our entire team the opportunity to reflect on our year. Our incoming community development directors on the board, Miles Lichtman, ’16 and Hannah Long, ‘16, led us in ice breaker games before we broke out into groups to discuss what worked this year, and how we can improve next year. We’re envisioning new ways to recruit new committee members with more energy than ever before.

Our seniors are moving to Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Oxford and around the Bay Area—Alumni Relations Director Amanda Jaffe ’17 has collected their contact information and every senior has said they are willing to mentor students in their area. We’re especially excited because we keep Matt Anderson on the Farm, as he finishes his coterminal Master’s degree in Computer Science and serves as our Vice Chair of Operations!

We’re grateful to the class of 2014 as they transition from members to alumni:

  • Stanford in Government Chair Meredith Wheeler for her leadership as Stanford in Government chair,
  • Vice Chair of Operations Lauren Felice for managing reimbursements and a record number of stipends
  • Vice Chair of Fellowships Lauryn Williams for publicizing, reading and awarding amazing fellowships
  • Director of Special Events AJ Sugarman and committee member James Honsa for bringing David Petraeus to campus
  • Director of Campus Awareness Bobby Liu for a series of policy lunches that culminated with David Kennedy on civil-military relations,
  • Director of Alumni Outreach Matthew Colford for organizing a new committee and pushing a database to connect current Stanford in Government members to former members
  • Director of Technology Matt Anderson for keeping us digital
  • Director of Community Development Danna Seligman for facilitating a tight-knit and supportive group, and for designing and ordering amazing t-shirts.
  • Director of State and Local Fellowships Dylan Conn, for his tireless commitment to SIG’s local programs

After wrapping up the year with the announcement of the new board, a policy lunch with David Kennedy, a reflective retreat facilitated by the new community development directors and a celebratory banquet organized by our outgoing board, Stanford in Government is ready to say goodbye to its seniors and prepare for next year. Look for us this summer, sharing how Stanford interacts with government at many different levels. We’ll be looking for our seniors in Uncle Sam hats at the Wacky Walk, and for familiar faces to visit us at the Haas Center anytime!

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