ADVISORY COUNCIL

Past team member alumni who currently serve on the Up to Us Advisory Council:


Rose Allen
Simmons College, Year 3

Rose Allen

Rose is an Economics major at Simmons College. She will graduate in December 2015 with a double minor in Public Policy and International Relations. Rose considers herself a pragmatic optimist, always looking for the next adventure. She loves taking on challenges as opportunities to grow and learn, and thrives on collaboration and constant self-reflection.

As a team leader for Up to Us in 2014/2015, she found teaching her fellow peers about national debt to be a surprising challenge, but with tireless help from an inspiring team and extremely supportive faculty, the Up to Simmons initiative was a resounding success.


Angelo Bechara
Stockton University, Years 2 and 3

Angelo Bechara

Angelo is a junior Political Science and French double major at Stockton University in New Jersey. He participated in Up to Us Years 2 and 3, and led his team to the overall winning position in Year 3. Angelo plans to graduate in 2017 and take the Foreign Service Officer Test to join the U.S. Foreign Service. He fluently speaks Arabic and French, and is passionate about multiculturalism and world issues.


Chris Benavides
Texas State University, Year 3

Chris Benavides

Chris is a senior at Texas State University majoring in Finance and Accounting with a minor in Economics. He serves as president for the Texas State Net Impact chapter and as a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for Net Impact. Chris participated in Year 3 of the Up to Us campaign as team leader. In order to harmonize with the message of Net Impact, the Texas State team redefined debt to incorporate social and environmental responsibility — people, planet, profit. Gathering over 1,800 pledges to raise awareness about the national debt, Texas State placed 2nd in the competition. Chris had the opportunity to meet President Clinton and the CEO of Net Impact, Liz Maw!


Kelly Carlquist
Northwestern University, Year 2

Kelly Carlquist

Kelly is an analyst at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York City, where she focuses on product management for Fixed Income and Global Liquidity. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2014 with a BA in Economics and Business Institutions and a Certificate in Music Performance. She serves as Chair of the Young Professional Board of Directors for Moneythink. After participating in the 2014 Up to Us Competition representing Northwestern, Kelly joined the Up to Us Advisory Board in 2015 and is actively pursuing another selfie with the Clinton family. She believes life is best lived in neon running shoes.


Maggie Edmunds
Rice University, Year 2

Maggie Edmunds

Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Maggie is a senior at Rice University studying Psychology, Sociology, and Business. On campus, she is the Captain of the Women’s Club Lacrosse Team, Moneythink President, and the coordinator of Impact, a leadership development program for freshmen and sophomores at Rice. She spent this past summer living and working in Buenos Aires as a marketing consultant at a startup accelerator! In her free time, Maggie loves to explore the outdoors, try new restaurants and coffee shops around Houston, and travel.


Cathleen Jeanty
Bellarmine University, Years 2 and 3

Cathleen Jeanty

Cathleen is a recent graduate of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, where she majored in English. She participated in Years 2 and 3 of the Up to Us competition as Team Leader. In Year 2, she led her team to be chosen as the Sustainability Challenge winner, an accolade meant as a mark of distinction for a team displaying both creativity and promise. During Year 3, Bellarmine ran a multifaceted, far-reaching campaign that included a national debt-themed carnival with the illusionary premise: “The national debt will not magically disappear.” Cathleen led her team to place third overall during Year 3.


Toby Laforest
Pace University, Year 2

Toby Laforest

Toby Laforest was the Up to Us team leader for Pace University’s inaugural crew in Year 2. He went on to graduate from Pace shortly after the competition with a degree in Business Economics. Passionate about the Up to Us initiative, Toby signed on as a Net Impact Fellow and helped reengineer the training for the program. Currently Toby works as an Account Manager for Meltwater in their New York City division.


Thelmar Manyika
Spelman College, Year 3

Thelmar Manyika

Thelmar is a third Nuclear and Radiological Engineering student as well as an Ambassador Andrew Young International Fellow at Spelman College.


Janesh Rahlan
Northwestern University, Year 2

Janesh Rahlan

Janesh Rahlan, a 2014 graduate of Northwestern University and Year 2 participant in Up to Us, is very excited to be on the alumni board of the program. Passionate about economic development, Janesh is looking forward to working with students in expanding education about fiscal policy. Janesh works in the tech sector in San Francisco and enjoys basketball, politics, hiking and comedy. He also hopes to one day lead a coup against Gerard Pique and marry Shakira.


Ben Ritz
American University, Year 1

Ben Ritz

Ben Ritz was team leader for American University’s Up to Us team during the competition’s first year in 2012. Ben is currently a policy analyst with the Economic Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he focuses on federal budget issues and helps staff BPC’s Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings.

Prior to joining BPC in 2015, he served as the legislative outreach director for The Concord Coalition, coordinating the group’s activities with members of Congress and other organizations promoting fiscal responsibility. Before that, he also worked at the Economic Policy Institute and in the office of Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).


Juan Rosales
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly University of Texas-Pan American), Year 3

Juan Rosales

Juan Rosales, originally from Tampico, Mexico, is a graduate from the University of Texas Pan-American with a major in Economics and a minor in Business Administration. Juan has been an active leader through his student years, attending conferences and leading projects in Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, Houston and Dallas. In November 2014, Juan was selected to be University of Texas Pan-American Team Leader for Up To Us. Juan now works as an Economic Investment Analyst for Working Capital for Community Needs, a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for access to microfinance in Latin American countries including Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru.


Bud Sheppard
Loyola University of New Orleans, Year 3

Bud Sheppard

Bud is a Senior Economics major and Latin minor from Jackson, Mississippi. Bud has served in the Student Government Association during his whole time at Loyola, including as a past SGA President. As Chief Justice, Bud will Chair the Student Conduct Board and will preside over all SGA Elections. Also around campus, Bud is President of the ΒΕΓΓΑΡΣ fraternity and a member of the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity.

Whenever possible, Bud enjoys fishing, lazy movie nights, grilling out, and spending time with his cat and dog.


Lena Shi
University of Virginia, Year 1

Lena Shi

Lena joined Up to Us in its inaugural year with the University of Virginia team. At the University of Virginia, Lena earned a Bachelor of Arts in Global Development and a Master of Public Policy. She now works at her dream job as a Presidential Management Fellow in federal higher education policy.


Fabiola Urgel
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly University of Texas-Pan American), Year 2

Fabiola Urgel

Fabiola Urgel is a senior at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in Communication Studies. She is currently working at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas- San Antonio Branch in the Community Development Office. Last year, Fabiola was selected by the Economic Policy Institute to be part of the EARN Internship Summer Program. She worked as a research assistant at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability in Chicago. In 2013, she was appointed to serve as program coordinator for the Department of Economics and Finance; among her projects, she organized the Border Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Symposium (BEDES) in 2013 and 2014. BEDES is an academic conference highlighting the importance of the economic relationship between Mexico and the United States. Fabiola served as president of the Economic Society for the past two years, president for the Business Student Advisory Council, senator for the College of Business Administration, and is a member of several honor societies.


Danny Zeng
University of Texas at Austin, Year 2

Danny Zeng

Danny recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin (Hook’ em!). He dual majored in Finance and Government. He led the Up to Us effort at the school during the Spring of 2014. Danny currently lives in Houston. He runs financial models for a living. In his free time, he ventures off to the Peterson Foundation’s website to look at pretty charts about fiscal issues. On a good day, he even tweets out the debt clock to his meager base of followers. He has great faith that his generation can solve this massive yet elementary math problem the wonks call “fiscal deficit.”