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 30 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 &
Co-Lead of Mental Health
Evan Mizerak ‘22
Cell and Molecular Biology
VP, Research
Katie Lee ‘22
Public Policy &
Social Analysis and Research
VP, Project Dev & Co-Lead of SAFE
Amelia Shapiro ‘23
Math &
International and Public Affairs
Co-Lead of Mental Health
Carlie Darefsky ‘22
Cognitive Science
Co-Lead of BEARS
Molly Siegel ‘23
Public Health &
International and Public Affairs
Co-Lead of BEARS
Matthew Grady ‘24
Philosophy &
International and Public Affairs
Co-Lead of Student Privacy
Isabel Culver ‘23
International and Public Affairs
Co-Lead of Student Privacy
Max Harris ‘22
Political Science
Co-Lead of Older Adult Policy
Zach Reiss ‘23
History & Economics
Co-Lead of Older Adult Policy
Jasper Long ‘23
Political Science
Analysts

Mental Health Analyst
Margarita Te ‘23
International and Public Affairs
& Sociology
Mental Health Analyst
Jared Dunn ‘24
Computer Science &
International and Public Affairs
Mental Health Analyst
Catherine Kawaja ‘24
International and Public Affairs
Mental Health Analyst
Shravya Sompalli ‘25
Computer Science
Older Adult Policy Analyst
Rachel Kim ‘24
Political Science
Older Adult Policy Analyst
Claire Yoonsoo Park ‘24
Applied Mathematics &
Education
Older Adult Policy Analyst
Ava Ward ‘25
Public Health
Older Adult Policy Analyst
Clara Tandar ‘25
Biomedical Engineering &
International & Public Affairs
Older Adult Policy Analyst
Rebecca Blumenthal ‘25
Behavioral Decision Sciences
Student Privacy Analyst
Alana Cho ‘24
Environmental Science &
Applied Mathematics
Student Privacy Analyst
Nishant Jayachandran ‘24
Economics & Biology
Student Privacy Analyst
Dani Poloner ‘24
International and Public Affairs
Student Privacy Analyst
Pradyut Sekhsaria ‘24
Computer Science &
Anthropology
SAFE Analyst
Alexandra Mork ‘25
History &
International and Public Affairs
SAFE Analyst
Raima Islam ‘25
International and Public Affairs
SAFE Analyst
Becca Erdenebulgan ‘24
Economics &
International and Public Affairs
SAFE Analyst
Brynn McGlinchey ‘23.5
Public Health
SAFE Analyst
Halleluiah Girum ‘25
Political Science &
Applied Math-Economics
SAFE Analyst
Ava Glazier ‘24
Public Health
SAFE Analyst
Will Poellnitz ‘25
Political Science
Alumni

Rohan Dalvi ‘21
Business Analyst,
McKinsey & Company
Krista Stapleford ‘21
Law Student,
Harvard Law School
Alexander Philips ‘21
Medical Student,
Warren Alpert Medical School
Viknesh Kasturi ‘21
Medical Student,
Warren Alpert Medical School
Elinor Martinez ‘21
Business Analyst,
McKinsey & Company
Michael Mireles ‘21
Southwestern Redistricting Coordinator,
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Stella Robertson ‘22
Fourth-Year Undergraduate,
International and Public Affairs
Jack Andrews ‘21
Research Associate,
Democratic National Committee (DNC)
Noah Montemarano ‘22
Fourth-Year Undergraduate,
Public Policy & Economics
Grace Lee ‘23
Third-Year Undergraduate,
Computer Science & Economics
Paola Vazquez Gomez ‘21
Associate,
EY-Parthenon
Lili King ‘22
Fourth-Year Undergraduate,
History & Economics