Student Bios

Clarke Wheeler
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
Barnard College, 2016
Africana Studies/Political Science, B.A.
Washington, D.C.
Clarke was most recently a government relations associate at Planned Parenthood of New York City, where she advocated for sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice through stakeholder engagement, coalition partnerships, and policy analysis and advising. Prior to this role, she participated in the New York City Urban Fellows Program, through which she worked at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment and coordinated the NYC Free Tax Prep Initiative. While in New York City, she volunteered with groups dedicated to investing in girls, young women, and transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth of color, including the NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color and BlackFem. She was also a participant in the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service, a program of NYU Wagner and the NYU Leadership Initiative. Clarke graduated from Barnard College with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and Africana studies in 2016. While at Barnard, she developed a passion for social justice and public service through her participation in the NYC Civic Engagement Program, Student Government Association Committee on Inclusion and Equity, Emerging Leaders Program, and several public service internships. During her junior year, she spent a semester abroad in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, where she learned about Afro-Brazilian history and culture and improved her proficiency in Brazilian Portuguese. Clarke spent her summer before math camp in New Orleans with the Urban Leaders Fellowship. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she plans to return to her hometown after graduation to work on federal child and family policy.
Parker Wild
MPA1
I - International Relations
Princeton University, 2018
Computer Science, BSE
Brunswick, Maine
Parker Wild, of Brunswick, Maine, graduated from Princeton’s computer science department in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He is returning to the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs for a Master in Public Affairs as a graduate fellow with the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI). Wild is primarily focused on cybersecurity and technology policy, although his interests also include international relations and renewable energy. As an undergraduate, Wild worked on projects to strengthen electoral accountability and identify competitive districts in the midterm elections. His senior thesis, a platform for peer-to-peer energy trading, sought to modernize the electricity grid by incentivizing customers to invest in renewable energy. In 2018, Wild studied at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics and spent the summer developing firmware for Hearth Labs, a startup focused on reducing HVAC energy consumption. Before returning to Princeton for his fellowship, Wild interned for Senator Angus King (I-ME) in Washington, D.C. Wild was a member of Princeton’s Sustainable Engineering and Development Scholars (SEADS) and the Princeton University Cycling Team. A recipient of the 2017 Martin A. Dale ’53 Award for mountaineering and photography, he also managed Outdoor Action’s climbing wall and is certified by the American Mountain Guide Association as an instructor.
Theodore Wilson
MPA2
I - International Relations
State University of New York-Geneseo, 2012
International Relations, B.A.
Clinton, New York
Originally from Clinton, New York, Theodore (Theo) Wilson spent the past summer interning for the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he drafted policy papers, op-eds, and conducted research on issues related to national security and the rule of law. Before arriving at Princeton, Theo was the Senior Program Officer at Freedom House in Washington, D.C., where he managed programs and advocacy projects related to human rights and democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Theo also lived in Cairo, Egypt, from 2012 to 2015 and was a program manager for Education for Employment Egypt, an Egyptian youth employment NGO. Theo holds a B.A. in international relations from the State University of New York College at Geneseo and is proficient in Egyptian Arabic. After graduating from Princeton, Theo plans to attend law school in the hopes of becoming an international human rights lawyer.
David Wylie
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Dartmouth College, 2015
Economics/Government, B.A.
Baltimore, Maryland
A Baltimore, Maryland native, David graduated from Dartmouth College where he studied economics and government. Upon leaving the mountains of New Hampshire, he worked for Hamilton Place Strategies in Washington, D.C., prior to transitioning to an analyst role at the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). During his three years in the CBO's Microeconomic Studies Division he helped produce in-depth reports for Congress, including ones examining the expected economic and budgetary costs of storms, the financial soundness and affordability of the National Flood Insurance Program, and infrastructure financing costs. He also helped build an econometric model to study how state and local governments alter their spending on highway infrastructure in response to changes in federal investment. At the Woodrow Wilson School, David aims to supplement his economic research experience with more applied and interdisciplinary training while also furthering his analytical capabilities. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, trying new recipes, and doing pretty much anything outdoors.
Lindsay Wylie
MPA2
IV - Economics and Public Policy
American University, 2016
Applied Mathematics/International Studies, B.S./B.A.
Medford, New Jersey
Lindsay was born and raised in the town of Medford, New Jersey. She moved to Washington, D.C., to attend American University and study mathematics and international studies with a focus on environmental policy. After Hurricane Sandy devastated her home state, Lindsay became even more passionate about pursuing a career in fighting the threat of climate change. During her time in D.C., she participated in a scholarship program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and an internship at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She spent a semester studying the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. Lindsay worked on the Political Affairs team at the Environmental Defense Fund after graduating, putting her quantitative skills to work as a financial analyst. This summer, she returned to Washington to complete her internship at Resources for the Future.
Gur Yalon
MPA2
I - International Relations
IDC Herzliya, 2016
Government, B.A.
Tel-Aviv, Israel
Gur was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He is an IDC Herzliya cum laude graduate, holding a B.A. from the honors track for strategy-planning and decision-making in government. Upon his graduation, he co-founded ACT.IL, a civil online community that aims to build bridges between Israelis, their Middle-Eastern neighbors, and international audiences. Gur served a compulsory draft for three years in the I.D.F as an infantry unit combat-fighter and commander. Prior to his army service, he volunteered for a gap-year program where he devoted a year for strengthening new immigrants’ communities in Israel through formal & non-formal education while tutoring high-risk adolescents. He spent the 2019 summer interning as a consultant to itrek’s management and eating Pizza in NYC. Gur was a competitive sailor and coach representing Israel, and is an overall die-hard sports fan.
Yujing Yang
MPA2
II - International Development
Shanghai International Studies University, 2009
International Politics, LLB
Chongqing, China
Yang grew up in Chongqing, an inland city in southwest China, where people feed on chili peppers. Influenced by her family members in public service, Yang took special interest in politics and received a bachelor’s degree of law from Shanghai International Studies University where she learned about world politics in an idealist manner. To put the theories to test, Yang returned to her home city and started a five-year relationship with the U.K. Foreign Office, picturing herself in West Wing-style scenes. She didn’t get to indulge in her fantasies for long. Exposed extensively to real-world public policymaking in two governments, she witnessed how little an “agreement” can deliver and how much a whimsical idea costs. She was not disheartened after all. Trying out different roles, from press officer to science and technology officer to climate change and energy officer, Yang discovered the environmental and energy policy field was a place where she could not only insatiate her intellectual curiosity, but also continue her quest for inspiring-yet-practical solutions to one of the biggest global policy challenges: climate change. Last summer, she interned at the Energy Foundation in San Francisco. Yang hopes to pair the training she receives at WWS with her past experience to guide her future journey in the policy realm, where uncertainties and false hopes are never out of print.
Victor Yau
MPA1
I - International Relations
University of Houston, 2019
Finance/Human Resources Management, B.B.A.
Dallas, Texas
Victor is a b-boy (breakdancer) from Dallas, Texas. Throughout his seven-year career, he has enjoyed training, competing, and teaching domestically and internationally. He studied business, East Asian languages, and international affairs in college to increase his versatility as a professional dancer. Upon graduating from the Woo in 2021, he will enter the U.S. Foreign Service as a Public Diplomacy Officer. In that position, he aims to build bridges among international communities through hip-hop art.
Rachel Young
PhD
Lewis & Clark College, 2011; University of California-Berkeley, 2017
Environmental Studies, B.A.; Public Policy, MPP
Minnetonka, Minnesota
Rachel is a student in the science, technology and environmental policy (STEP) Ph.D. program. Her research intersects climate science, migration and labor economics, and epidemiology to understand the effect of climate-related disasters on the economy. Rachel’s recent work examines the long-run impact of hurricanes on labor and health outcomes, including employment and mortality. Before starting at Princeton, Rachel was a full-time research assistant at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment for Jesse Rothstein, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She completed her MPP at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley, in 2017. She began her research career as a policy analyst for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, in Washington, D.C., where she evaluated national energy efficiency legislation. Rachel holds a B.A. in environmental studies from Lewis & Clark College. During her college years, she worked as a climate activist with the Sierra Student Coalition and Avaaz.org. In her free time, Rachel enjoys trail running and crocheting.
Zachary Zook
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
Eastern Mennonite University, 2014
Economics, B.A.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Zach was born in Haiti and lived in Bangladesh as the son of development workers. He spent the rest of his childhood in the “Mennonite capital” of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and naturally, he attended Eastern Mennonite University to study economics and learn more about Mennonite peacebuilding thought. For the last 2+ years, Zach was the program coordinator for Lebanon and Syria with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) where he managed 50+ projects across a variety of sectors as part of MCC’s Syria Crisis Response. This included multi-million dollar food security and livelihoods projects, and a regional EU-funded peacebuilding project, aimed at promoting religious tolerance and mutual understanding in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq. Previously, Zach did financial products and business analysis with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan. After Princeton, Zach hopes to work to address issues of poverty, food insecurity, and inequality in his home state through working in the Pennsylvania state government. Prior to arriving at Princeton, Zach spent the summer traveling across the United States with his wife, Meghan, to visit family in Montana, Michigan, and North Dakota. Zach is an avid Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers fan and enjoys running, reading, and playing with his three-legged Lebanese cat, Karkour.

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