2018 Strategy board

Roosevelt is guided by the Strategy Board, which manages day-to-day operations of the organization


Co- President: Gabe Malek '20

Gabe Malek is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College from Houston, TX. He is majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Politics and American Communities and pursuing the department's accelerated MA degree. Outside of Roosevelt, Gabe leads the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund, is a cast member in The Good Show at Yale, and serves as a Writing Partner for the Center for Teaching and Learning. For fun, Gabe enjoys watching basketball and listening to jazz.


Co-President: Anand Swaminathan '19

Anand Swaminathan is a junior EPE major from Phoenix, Arizona. Previously in Roosevelt, he served as the International Development Center Head for two semesters. His academic interests include economic development, comparative political economy, and philosophy. Outside of Roosevelt, Anand is a member of MUNTY, serves as a research assistant, and works as a Hopper College Aide.


Membership & Communications DIRECTOR: Kelsea Jeon '20

Kelsea is a sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College, majoring in History. Last year, she was the Equal Justice Center head and organized research projects relating to the Elm City Resident Card in New Haven and Measure H in Los Angeles County. Outside of Roosevelt, she helps file taxes for low-income residents at the New Haven Public Library, competes with her beloved Mock Trial Team, and is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.


Partnerships & Outreach Director: Elliot Setzer '19

Elliot Setzer is a junior in Silliman College majoring in political science. He was previously a member of the Education Center of the Roosevelt Institute. Originally from Canada, he transferred to Yale from Deep Springs College. Outside of Roosevelt, he is a member of the Party of the Left and the Telluride Association.


Parternships & Outreach Director: Vanessa Zhang '21

Vanessa Zhang is a first-year in Branford College planning to major in Economics and fulfill pre-med requirements. She’s a proud Bostonian and was previously a member of the Equal Justice Center. Outside of Roosevelt, Vanessa sings with Out of the Blue a cappella, writes for the Politic, and volunteers with CASPY. In her spare time, Vanessa loves binge watching Parks and Rec and surfing Pinterest for new baking recipes.


Parternships & Outreach Director: Helen Zhao '21

Helen Zhao is a first year in Morse College hoping to major in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, but also possibly History or Philosophy. She is from the great state of Maryland and misses it terribly. In addition to her work with Roosevelt, Helen is a dancer with the Yale Ballet Company, a staff writer for The Politic, and an editor of Light and Truth Magazine. She divides much of her remaining time between watching Bundesliga soccer matches, exploring New Haven food opportunities, and searching for new ways to stay warm in this desolate climate.