Growing up in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression got me interested in understanding the economy and impacting economic policy. In 8th grade, I started blogging about economics; I distinctly remember my stimulus plan recommendation was "give all the money to teenagers." Since I'm not a teen anymore, I no longer think it's a good solution.

I've dived deeper into the world of economics at Columbia. I was the Director of Economics for the Columbia Economics Society and a Managing Director at Lion Fund, where I led two teams in analyzing the effects of economic trends (among other factors) on specific equities.

Off campus, I helped found the International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics, an organization with dozens of chapters around the world that promotes pluralism in economics through workshops, seminars, conferences, and curriculum reform advocacy. I also helped organize the 2014 Rethinking Economics NYC conference, which drew in over 1000 participants, including Paul Krugman, Michael Sandel, Willem Buiter, Philip Mirowski, James Galbraith, Dean Baker, Deirdre McCloskey, and Steve Keen.

I also have written about the economy/finance and provided policy recommendations to address California's $765 billion 10-year infrastructure deficit


Photo: Some newspapers around the world that have covered Rethinking Economics and our recent open letter.