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Summer 2019 Associates

Associates

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Unlike typical campaign interns, Blue Lab Associates are given the opportunity to do real, meaningful work directly with the candidates we support. Our associates and alumni come from over 40 different schools across the country and bring a wide set of skills to the table.

Blue Lab Summer 2019 Associates

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JULIANNA HAGER

Julianna is a second year at Simmons University studying political science and economics. On campus, she is a member of the Simmons Ignite! Chapter, and a dedicated barista. Originally from NH, Julianna is excited to see the differences in the Mass state politics and work hard to create political change.

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Hannah is a sophomore at Simmons University, double majoring in Political Science and International Relations. On campus she is the president of the Simmons chapter of IGNITE national, Treasurer of the class of 2021 and plays for the Women’s Rugby Team. A New Hampshire native, she is passionate about state politics, electing progressive candidates and advocating for social change!

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chloe beaumont-smith

Chloe is a rising sophomore at George Washington University studying International Affairs and Sustainability. On campus she is a member of the Bipartisan Women’s Supper Club and the International Affairs Society. Chloe is excited to get involved with local political campaigns!

Vigunthaan Tharmarajah

Vigunthaan is a junior at Boston University pursuing a joint BA/MA in political science. A former photo editor at The Daily Free Press, BU's independent student newspaper, he now sits on the paper's Board of Directors, focussing on staff development. Vig is excited to build on his campaign experience through his work with The Blue Lab this spring!

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Gillian Buckley

Gillian is entering her senior year at Simmons University, where she is studying political science, art, and journalism. She is passionate about the impact policymakers can have in protecting vulnerable populations, and is excited to use her experience working at the Massachusetts Statehouse to assist at the Blue Lab. She is excited to work with and learn from this organization!

Meriel Beyer

Meriel is from Gloucester MA and is currently a junior at The Governor’s Academy High School. She’s interested in politics and is hopping to learn more this summer.

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Eva CHANG

Eva is a sophomore at Wellesley College, studying International Relations and Political Science. On campus, she is a part of Wellesley's Asian Student Union and The Wellesley Globalist, an International Affairs publication. She is excited to bring her experience and enthusiasm working in a Congressional office to the Blue Lab.

Maeve Cronin

Maeve is an incoming senior from the University of Delaware studying International Relations. In the past, she has worked on Congressman Seth Moulton's re-election campaign and currently sits on the Executive Board for her sorority. Maeve is passionate about women's rights, accessible education, and voter involvement. She’s excited to work for The Blue Lab and help women, minorities, and first-time candidates get into office!

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ELEANOR FREMONT-SMITH

Eleanor is a freshman pursuing a degree in International Studies at Boston College. Originally from Newburyport, MA, on campus she is a member of the Women's Varsity Rowing team and Model U.N. She is excited to be working with a great team on creating modern campaigns and real political change in Massachusetts.

MICHAEL DIANETTE

Hailing from Akron, Ohio, Michael is a rising sophomore at Tufts University, majoring in International Relations and Anthropology. In the past, Michael has worked as a content development intern at a public relations and is extremely involved with Model United Nations at Tufts. He looks forward to expanding his knowledge of politics and continuing his work with communications this summer at the Blue Lab.

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Chris Grondin is a rising Sophomore at George Washington University in Washington D.C. He is majoring in Economics and minoring in Criminal Justice, with hopes to go to law school. In his free time, he enjoys photography, graphic design, and working on his car. Chris is very interested in politics, and excited to get the most out of his time at the Blue Lab!

JULIA FRIEDBERG

Julia is a rising senior studying Political Science and French at Tufts University, returning from a semester abroad in Paris. With a passion for election politics and strategy and the inner workings of local governments, she is very excited to start as an intern for The Blue Lab. On campus, Julia works as a student fundraiser, a tour guide for undergraduate admissions, and the director of social media for a Sexual Health and Education taskforce at Tufts.

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BEN MALLINGER

Benjamin Mallinger, a Boston native, and a rising senior at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania where he studies Government and Law. After spending last semester studying International Relations in Paris, he has returned to his home state to make an impact in democratic politics.

ELIF OKAN

Elif am going to be a senior in the Fall. She is majoring in political science/international relations at Stonehill College and minoring in Asian studies and dance. On campus she is part of dance club, the College Democrats, and the Asian American Society. In the spring she was lucky enough to intern at a non profit focusing on helping refugees in Boston. Elif is originally from Framingham and looks forward to working at The Blue Lab this summer.

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ABIGAIL POWERS

Abigail is a rising junior at Simmons University where she is studying Economics and International Relations and minoring in French. On campus, she is the president of French Liaison and the Treasurer of the Political Science and International Relations Liaison. She is very excited to help candidates bring positive political change to the state of Massachusetts.

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MAX RATNER

Max is a sophomore political science major at Saint Anselm College. He plays on the golf team at school, his favorite TV show is The Office, and last summer he worked for Ed Markey in Boston. Max is excited to get to work at The Blue Lab this year!

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Dimitris is a rising senior at Boston College majoring in Political Science and minoring in Philosophy. He has worked at a law firm in Kuala Lumpur for the past two summers, and plan to attend law school in the fall of 2020. He grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and attended boarding school in the UK before coming to Boston. Dimitris is incredibly excited to be able to get involved with the political processes at the Blue Lab this summer.

MELINA ROBERTSON

Melina is a rising senior at The Governor's Academy High School in Byfield, Massachusetts. She writes for the school newspaper and helps organize student debates and political discussion forums on campus. Melina has a passion for social justice and is excited to work at The Blue Lab this summer.

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Nik is a junior at the University of Rhode Island where he studies International Studies and Diplomacy, as well as German. On campus he is a captain of the Men's Volleyball Team. Originally from Germany, he has lived in San Diego as well as in the Boston area, and is excited to engage in the Massachusetts political process with The Blue Lab.

ANDREW UMANZOR

Andrew is interested in making an impact in Massachusetts through working on campaigns and understanding the community around me. He is studying to go into law, and plans to go to law school after graduation. Andrew currently is in the professional pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta at Syracuse University. Fun fact: Joe Biden is one of his 'brothers'.