Student Leaders

Student leaders perform many of the operational functions of PDLI. They plan and organize the capstone trip, bring speakers to campus, promote PDLI to other students and in the media, and help raise funds for the program.

President

Weaver Lilley
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Weaver Lilley is a junior studying History. He was enrolled in Yale’s Directed Studies program, sits on the Student Board of Yale’s William F. Buckley, Jr. Program and is a member of the YPU’s Conservative Party. This past year, he has worked on a number of campaigns in CT. Weaver enjoys hiking, whitewater canoeing, and following the disappointing Washington Nationals.

Vice President

Shreeya Singh
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Shreeya Singh was born in India and lives in Florida. She is a junior majoring in History, and has researched family law reform in Morocco and studied economic development strategies in China. Shreeya recently interned with an NGO focused on conflict prevention and track II diplomacy. At Yale, she is the South Asian Society’s Political Chair, an associate editor for the Globalist Magazine, and a member of the Yale Debate Association.

Trip Director

Lucas Ferrer
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Lucas Ferrer is a junior studying History and Political Science. He is the Chair of the Progressive Party of the YPU, President of Students for a New American Politics PAC, and is a FOOT Leader. He has studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia and most recently worked for Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign. Lucas is from New York City and really hopes that the Giants win more football games this year.

Fellowship Director

Jesse Nadel

Jesse Nadel is a junior studying Ethics, Politics and Economics with a concentration on social and economic policy. On campus, he is a Production and Design Editor for the Yale Daily News and a Communication and Consent Educator with the Yale College Dean’s Office. Last summer, he conducted health policy research at a think tank in Washington, D.C.

Jesse Nadel

Finance Director

Michael Huang
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Michael Huang is from Houston, Texas and studies Economics and Statistics at Yale University. He served as President of the Urban Philanthropic Fund, a student-run 501(c)(3) investment group, and interned at the Yale Investments Office, which manages Yale’s $29 billion endowment. Michael is passionate about international economics, investment policy, and climate change solutions.

Outreach Director

Mehmed Can Olgac
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Mehmed Can Olgac is a second year international student from Turkey, studying History and Applied Mathematics at Yale University. Aside from working as an undergraduate learning assistant (ULA) on campus, he sits on the board of Turkish Students Association. Mehmed went back to the region after PDLI to study Arabic in Jordan over the summer.

Events and Media Director

Jasper Boers
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Jasper Boers is a sophomore studying Economics and History.  Jasper splits his time between debating in the YPU, running events for the William F. Buckley Jr. Program, and researching for the political science department.  He has interned for the U.S. Small Business Administration and completed programs at AEI and the Hertog Foundation this past summer. Jasper hails from Maryland and enjoys hiking and reading presidential biography.

Senior Advisor

Nick Wade
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Nick Wade is a sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio.  Nick has studied Arabic in Morocco during the summer of 2016 and interned at his local chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations. He is majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science. campus, Nick is a board member of Students of Salaam and the advertising manager and a writer for The Yale Globalist.  Nick hopes to work as an ambassador in the Foreign Service.

Senior Advisor

Elias Mastakouris
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Elias Mastakouris is a senior in the BA/MA program in political science. He has worked at the Department of Defense, the NYC Mayor's Office, and at Yale as a military history research assistant. On campus, he is involved in the Grand Strategy program and Yale's ISPS. 

Senior Advisor

Liana Wang
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Liana Wang is a senior studying Economics/Global Affairs. She works with the Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project, has presented research on hunger at the Council on Foreign Relations, and delivered a TEDx speech. Liana is a columnist for the Yale Daily News, on the Title IX Student Advisory Board, and a tax preparer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Last summer, she conducted public health research in Uganda.