Our History
BIP began in the Winter of 2018 as merely a concern amongst friends about a reality seen in the local community. Why weren't Rhode Island teachers required to be CPR-certified but students were to graduate high school, and why couldn't a policy be passed to change things? Suddenly, extensive research on the issue had been converted into a piece of legislation introduced into the RI Senate. It also inspired the realization that other students at Brown may be just as passionate about contributing to the advancement of sensible policy solutions.

Today, BIP specializes in education, health, and urban policy issue areas and is actively managing four research projects. Our approach emphasizes student collaboration with relevant, local stakeholders in Providence to conduct on-the-ground research, creating valuable opportunities for policy and community-action proposals. We actively seek new opportunities to leverage student -driven research and ideas into real-world contexts. With over 40 members, BIP has quickly become Brown’s leading policy and research student organization.
Community partnerships and a unified, research-focused mindset are at the core of our initiative.
Our Mission
Proposing and advocating for sensible solutions to problems in Brown's community.
Meet our Team
Leadership

President
Krista Stapleford '21
Economics & Public Policy
Vice President of Operations & Mental Health Lead
Evan Mizerak '22
Cell and Molecular Biology
Vice President of Research
Stella Robertson '22
International and Public Affairs
Co-Director of Politics & Advocacy
Isabelle Beckwith '22
Public Policy & Public Health
Co-Director of Politics & Advocacy
Jack Andrews '21
Public Policy & Economics
Co-Lead of BEARS
Amelia Shapiro '23
Math &
International and Public Affairs
Co-Lead of BEARS
Zach Reiss '23
History & Economics
Co-Lead of Refugee Education
Jack Doughty '22
Public Policy, Political Science
& Urban Studies
Co-Lead of Refugee Education
Noah Montemarano '22
Public Policy & Economics
Co-Lead of Water Quality
Katie Lee '22
Public Policy &
Social Analysis and Research
Co-Lead of Water Quality
Grace Lee '23
Computer Science & Economics
Advisors

Advisor for BEARS
Alexander Philips '21
Health Economics
Advisor for BEARS
Viknesh Kasturi '21
Public Policy
Advisor for Club Management
Elinor Martinez '21
Economics
Advisor for Project Management
Michael Mireles '21
Development Studies
Analysts

BEARS Analyst
Molly Siegel '23
Public Health &
International and Public Affairs
BEARS Analyst
Abigail Sinotte '23
Statistics & Economics
Mental Health Analyst
Stephen Dabrowski ‘22
Neuroscience
Mental Health Analyst
Carlie Darefsky ‘22
Cognitive Science
Mental Health Analyst
Paola Vazquez Gomez ‘21
Public Policy
Mental Health Analyst
Margarita Te ‘23
International and Public Affairs
& Sociology
Refugee Education Analyst
Hannah Dunn ‘23
Public Health & Sociology
Refugee Education Analyst
Steph Lee ‘21.5
Political Science &
Behavioral Decision Sciences
Refugee Education Analyst
Basit Muhammadi ‘22
Economics & Public Policy
Refugee Education Analyst
Aaron Rosario Jeyaraj ‘23
Computer Science
Water Quality Analyst
Izzy Culver ‘23
International and Public Affairs
Water Quality Analyst
Max Harris ‘22
Political Science
Politics & Advocacy Analyst
Aden Littlewood ‘23
International and Public Affairs