I grew up in Arlington, Virginia and attended a bilingual public elementary school at the footsteps of the nation’s capital, an experience that sparked my fascination with the intersection of culture and politics. I graduated from Yale University and then taught math at a low-income public high school for three years, where some amazing students inspired me to co-found a ninth-grade academy and a course on How to Change the World, a program that I hope to eventually scale across the country. Following a year studying Public Policy as a Schwarzman Scholar in Beijing, I am thrilled to be joining the Gates community. As an MPhil student in Education at Cambridge, I hope to compare educational programs around the world and contribute to rapidly shifting debates on what it means to be a citizen in the twenty-first century. I plan to help build innovative institutions to develop the next generation of citizens in more just, effective, and democratic ways.