Board & Staff

PPR Executive Board

Editor-in-Chief: Elizabeth Peng

Elizabeth is a junior studying Finance in The Wharton School and Anthropology in the College. Her previous roles in PPR include Managing Editor, Editor-at-Large, and Operations Manager. She is especially interested in comparative systems of law, the global economy, race relations and cultural conflict, and of course, political journalism. Other interests include capital markets and the art market. In addition to serving as the Editor-in-Chief of PPR, she has held positions on the Executive Boards of the Clio Society, Penn Weekend Service, and the Women in Art Initiative.

Managing Editor, Magazine: Jack Hostager

Jack is a sophomore from Dubuque, Iowa studying International Relations in the College. Outside of PPR, he is involved in the Penn Symphony, West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, Penn Global Impact Collaborative, and Penn Faith and Action. He is also a research assistant at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research.

Managing Editor, Online: Geeta Minocha

Geeta is a sophomore in Wharton studying Finance and Business Economics & Public Policy as a Joseph Wharton Scholar and healthcare as a Public Policy Research Scholar. She served as Managing Editor of the Penn Spectrum prior to its merger with the Penn Political Review. Outside of PPR, Geeta is involved with Penn’s Students Against Human Trafficking group and the Wharton India Economic Forum, as well as many charitable and political projects.  Additionally, Geeta is a blogger for the Huffington Post.

Editor-at-Large: Justin Lee

Justin is a Junior majoring in Political Science and Economics and minoring in Cinema Studies. Outside of PPR, he is involved in theater and film at Penn.

Interview Editor: Michaela Palmer

Michaela is a sophomore in the College from New York City studying Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. She joined PPR’s interview staff as a freshman. Outside of PPR, Michaela is involved with the Penn Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Women’s Political League, Penn Hillel and political science research.

Layout Editor: Karen Whisler

Karen is a sophomore from Long Grove, IL studying International Relations and Economics in the College. Outside of PPR, she is a design associate for The Daily Pennsylvanian, an executive member for Penn Model Congress, a brother of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and is involved in political science research.

Operations Manager: Lena Leszinsky

Lena is a freshman studying Biology in the College. Outside of PPR, she is a member of the Polybian Society, and is involved with volunteering programs such as Penn Cares and Play on Philly. She also works at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a lab assistant.

Business Manager: Joey Harrison

Joey is a Junior from Boise studying Finance and Social Impact and Responsibility. In addition to PPR, Joey is involved in Community School Student Partnerships, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Netter Center, and WQHS Student Radio. Joey’s interests include political philosophy, postmodernism, and food.

Webmaster: Sam Leavitt

Sam is a Sophomore from Orlando, Florida, studying Finance, Statistics, and Computer Science. Outside of PPR, he is involved in the Undergraduate Statistics Society, Wharton Investment and Trading Group, and Undergraduate Economics Society.

GPA President: Whitney Stewart

Whitney is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in International Relations and double minoring in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and Consumer Psychology. She served as the 2015-16 National Youth of the Year and Teen Spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In this role, she represented the organization’s 4 million youth and met with leaders like Attorney General Loretta Lynch and President Barack Obama. On campus, she is involved with the Global Impact Collaborative and the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association. In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts, performing spoken word poetry, and reading anything written by Toni Morrison. Feel free to reach out anytime to chat or grab coffee!

PPR Staff

Senior Editors
Alex Anderson (Senior National)
Kody Sun (Senior Global)

Staff Editors
Laura Beck | Benjamin Fung | Joy Sun | Czarina Yip

Layout and Art Staff
Gabrielle Fink | Benjamin Fung | Carter Gale

Interview Staff
Cary Dannenberg | Isabella Fierro | Kira Flemke | Jamie Gleklen
William Lee | Claire Lisker | Nishant Upender

Soapbox Staff
Olivia Gibbs | Erika Harness | Daniel Leone | Jamie Gleken

Past Editors-in-Chief:

Robert Levinson
Brian Goldman
Arynne Wexler
Urja Mittal
Stephen Fritz
Ned Shell
Bob Ma


Honorary Board:

John M. Bridgeland
Director, White House Domestic Policy Council (2001-2004)

Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (1977-1979)

Connie Morella
U.S. Congresswoman (1987-2003), U.S. Ambassador to the OECD (2003-2007)

Bart Stupak
U.S. Congressman (1993-2011)