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Meet the Team!

We make learning fun and accessible, no matter your location or subject of interest!

Our team consists of college students that will serve as educators first and foremost, but also be there for students as friends and mentors. Forever curious, we are committed to sharing our love of learning with others! 

Founding Team

Audrey Wisch

Co-founder, CEO

Audrey is pursuing a major in History with a double minor in Education and Gender Studies at Stanford University. Committed to criminal justice reform, immigrants’ rights, and women’s rights, Audrey is currently conducting research on the history of sexual assault reports in the US and tutors the Stanford custodial staff in ESL. Audrey started Curious Cardinals with the intent to create a platform for college students to share their strong passions with younger students.

Alec Katz

Co-founder, CEO

Alec Katz is an undergraduate at Stanford University pursuing a major in Aerospace Engineering and minor in Computer Science. He is passionate about aviation, social entrepreneurship, and business in Africa. At Curious Cardinals, Alec hopes to inspire students to aim high and that the sky's the limit!

Ashwin Reddy

Head of Education + Pedagogy 

Ashwin Reddy is an award-winning educator, health equity advocate, and recent Stanford graduate. An aspiring physician, he co-founded Stanford Alzheimer’s Alliance, an organization that pairs student volunteers with dementia patients, and conducted health system improvement research in India.

Montanna Riggs

Head of Diversity and Social Outreach 

Montanna is a cellist, avid intramural sports fan, and self described chatterbox passionate about advocating for women in STEM. At Stanford she is a material science and engineering student who is passionate about the material qualities of skin and their applications to the beauty industry. 

Cece King

Head of Mission Alignment and Communication; Editor of Curious Cardinals Blog

Committed to exploring the world to make it more equitable, Dartmouth undergraduate Cece studied Arabic in Morocco through a State Department scholarship, traveled to Texas to advocate for asylum seekers, and was appointed to Manhattan Community Board 8 in New York City. Also a journalist, she can never resist a conversation with an interesting thinker.

Teaching Team

Grace Pan

Economics, Government, Business, International Relations 

Grace graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and is now pursuing her master’s degree in Economic Policy Management at Columbia University.

Julia Larson

Math, Economics, Government 

When not running along the Charles River, Julia can be found calculating advanced math problems or contributing as a member of the Harvard Financial Analysts Club and the Harvard Kennedy’s Institute of Politics.

King Vanga

Math

King is pursuing a major in  Computer Science and a coterminal master's in Mathematics at Stanford University. He currently provides college counseling and SAT tutoring to students across California and is working for Kare packages, a non-profit organization which provides COVID-19 protection kits to homeless shelters and communities across California.

Emily Schrader

English, History, Math, South American Politics, Journalism

Emily is passionate about amplifying student voices, directing newspaper coverage and organizing mass student walkouts. From the doorsteps of Congress to the isolated highlands of rural Ecuador, she seeks to transform young people into catalysts for change through engagement and advocacy.

Paloma Aisenberg

Spanish, Musical Theater, Acting, Singing

Paloma, a student at Stanford University, is passionate about exploring the space where art and social practice collide. A star of many musicals, Paloma has received immense recognition for her talent, such as the Hispanic Heritage Foundation - Gold Award for Media and Entertainment

David Mazouz

Math, Economics, Acting 

David, a student at Stanford University, previously starred as Bruce Wayne/Batman on FOX’s Gotham. He shares his superhero power for acting on the stage and now in the Curious Cardinal’s Zoom classroom.

Valeria Gonzalez

Writing, Spanish, Public Policy

Passionate about using writing for social justice, Valeria co-authored “Just a Thought,” a book on mental health, and investigated sexual harassment and sex education in high school. Now at Stanford University, Valeria is a coxswain for the men’s rowing team.

Lucas Gelfond

Computer Science, Math

Lucas is a writer and software engineer studying Computer Science-Economics at Brown University. He graduated cum laude from Harvard-Westlake in 2019 after winning HW Venture's "The Founder" award for his work in entrepreneurship.

Elsa Chung

Writing, English, Screenwriting

A film major at Columbia University, Elsa recently premiered her first short “His Diana,” which was produced at the Frick Museum. Also an actress, Elsa performs with the Kings Crown Shakespeare Troupe and has trained in many theater conservatories.

Ana De Almeida Amaral

Computer Science, Ethnic Studies

Ana advocated for, designed and taught an ethnic studies course at her high school amidst a broader push in California to make ethnic studies a requirement in schools. Now a student at Stanford University, she has presented her work with educators around the world and at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and has been featured in Forbes magazine. 

Asher Vogel

Math, Writing, Mandarin

Asher is a sports-loving, Chinese-speaking physicist studying at Dartmouth College. After high school, he took a gap year where he taught English at a secondary school in China to 900 students and mountaineered and sea kayaked in Patagonia, Chile.

Tyler Newman

Writing, Journalism

Tyler Newman is writer and art activist who founded the online platform Afro Puff Chronicles for women of color. Before starting at Stanford, Tyler was a teen consultant for Instagram and Facebook and won the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

Blake McGill

Writing, English, History, Public Policy

After studying ethics and policy in DC, Blake was galvanized to address political polarization in the US. She has been a speechwriter for CNN host Michael Smerconish and works at The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop at Dartmouth College where she is a student.

Javi Arango

English, Writing, Philosophy, Spanish

Javi Arango is a senior at Harvard studying Philosophy. A lover of literature and languages, Javi has received awards for his short fiction and has studied French, Italian, Portuguese, and Latin, as well as his native Spanish. Javi currently works as a researcher on projects in linguistics and  philosophy, and is also a licensed pilot. 

Charlotte Jones

Math, Computer Science

Northwestern undergraduate Charlotte Jones is passionate about female STEM education and won the Peter and Adrienne Barris Service Award for excellence for her work as a computer science teaching assistant. Charlotte channels her passion for women’s rights outside of the classroom through the period poverty non-profit she founded, Mission Sanitary Product Awareness.

Ian Reinke 

French, Mandarin

Committed to cross-cultural human rights activism and policy, Ian has studied over six languages. Ian has written for the Dartmouth Political Times and has taught language on campus and in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire. 

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Titilayo Mabogunje

Biology, Premed, Theater

If she’s not baking up a storm, writing a play, or making terrible puns, you’ll probably find Titilayo exploring the intersection of medicine and the performing arts. She recently completed degrees in Biology and Theatre at Yale University. Her current work focuses on implementing a new model of healthcare delivery and studying best practices for medical schools to take an actively anti-racisist stance.

Daania Tahir 

Debate, International Relations, Writing, History, Theater

Daania is a humanities and arts lover currently studying at Stanford University. In high school she was heavily involved in Speech and Debate, founded her school's first political journal, and received various Scholastic writing awards for her essays.

Alegria Ruseler-Smith 

Writing, English, Spanish, Math

Committed to public service, education and corporate responsibility Alegria is a recent graduate of Stanford University having completed degrees in Economics and Political Science. As an undergraduate Alegria was Co-President of Stanford Women in Politics, a tour guide and an international student ambassador. Raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina she was a strategic analyst at Mercado Libre and next year will be joining Deloitte Consulting as an analyst in San Francisco.

Nora Draper 

Math, Science

Nora, pursuing a major in Econ and Mathematics at Yale University, is passionate about all things math and science and dedicates her time to empowering younger women in STEM. 

Gordon Martinez-Piedra 

Physics, Computer Science, Math

Gordon, a junior at Stanford University, has always been passionate about computer systems, the philosophical implications of physics, and educational reform. Gordon can’t wait to delve into the interests and passions of Curious Cardinals students as he shares his own.

Gary Schmidt 

Econ, Writing, Math

An economics major with dreams of changing the worlds of finance and sports, Gary is a second year at Stanford University, where he also plays Rugby. His dedicated background in journalism has contributed to his transition to the startup space, working in the digital sports media space.

Darnell Carson

English, Spoken Word, Poetry

Darnell “DeeSoul” Carson is a Black queer poet, performer, and educator from San Diego. He is the co-Director of the award-winning Stanford Spoken Word Collective, and Editorial Assistant at the Adroit Journal. He is currently pursuing a degree in Cultural/Social Psychology with a minor in Creative Writing at Stanford University, where he has also led two-quarter long poetry workshop courses.

Megan Olomu 

Math, Economics, Writing, English, Law, Public Policy

Megan Olomu, a cum laude graduate from Greenhill School, is passionate about law, economics, and politics, and has interned for a civil district court, local law firms, and a campaign for the Supreme Court of Texas. Now at Stanford, she is working as a Research Assistant for the Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and is a sprinter on the Track and Field team.

Aidan Chandra

Computer Science, Engineering

Aidan is a making-obsessed electrical engineer and historian studying at Stanford University. In high school he worked at a few different start ups in the Bay Area and has recently started working on his own.

Oliver Brady 

Computer Science, Math, History

Oliver is a curious student who loves to ingest information about the world across all disciplines. At Stanford he teaches CS and is an avid scholar of history, always looking for a way to mix STEM and humanities.

Eliana Stern

Environmental Science, Writing, Math

Eliana is a nature-loving writer, artist, and creative thinker studying Earth Systems at Stanford University. Minoring in Arabic and Creative Writing, Eliana is passionate about exploring human-oriented systems through an ecological lens. Eliana serves as Vice President of Stanford Roots, the student organization associated with the educational farm on Stanford’s campus.

Emma Jaeger

Biology, Chemistry, Math, French, Philosophy

Emma is passionate about STEM and health care! At Stanford she is majoring in biology with a concentration in Neuroscience, but also has background in cardiovascular surgical practice as a former teaching assistant in the Stanford Cardiothoracic teaching labs.

Benjamin Zaidel

Math, Bioengineering

Benjamin is a tutor for Curious Cardinals and student at Stanford University. Backed by his conviction that memorization based math diverts student interest and understanding in the subject, he will bring a fresh outlook on math education in his tutor sessions. 

Lana Kalfas

Writing, Math

Originally from North Carolina, Lana is energized by grassroots community organizing whether at home or in her new life at Barnard College in New York. She wholeheartedly believes that structural inequities in education and public health can be healed creatively—and works towards this as Director of Social Activism and Awareness for Columbia’s Public Health Club and through her nonprofit work with middle schools in Durham, NC.

Maggie McDowell 

Spanish, Reading, Psychology 

Maggie, a sophomore at Stanford University, loves working with children and has a passion for understanding the human mind and human behavior. When not teaching or tutoring, Maggie can be found dancing on the Stanford club team.

 Alec DeCaprio

English, Poetry, French, Art History

Alec is a senior at Harvard studying English. His interests include poetry, music, and film history, and he is currently researching speech recognition in the Italian language. Alec has studied guitar since his early childhood and has performed live at some of New York City’s most historic venues. As a springboard diver, Alec was a finalist at several junior national competitions and is now a member of the Varsity Swimming and Diving team at Harvard.

Alejandra Salazar

Spanish, Reading, Sign Language

Alejandra, a sophomore at Stanford, is pursuing a major in public policy with a minor in Arabic. The proud daughter of Guatemalan/Mexican immigrants, Alejandra loves connecting with people across languages, including sign language.

Maggie McDowell 

Spanish, Reading, Psychology 

Maggie, a sophomore at Stanford University, loves working with children and has a passion for understanding the human mind and human behavior. When not teaching or tutoring, Maggie can be found dancing on the Stanford club team.

 Alec DeCaprio

English, Poetry, French, Art History

Alec is a senior at Harvard studying English. His interests include poetry, music, and film history, and he is currently researching speech recognition in the Italian language. Alec has studied guitar since his early childhood and has performed live at some of New York City’s most historic venues. As a springboard diver, Alec was a finalist at several junior national competitions and is now a member of the Varsity Swimming and Diving team at Harvard.

Alejandra Salazar

Spanish, Reading, Sign Language

Alejandra, a sophomore at Stanford, is pursuing a major in public policy with a minor in Arabic. The proud daughter of Guatemalan/Mexican immigrants, Alejandra loves connecting with people across languages, including sign language.

Leila Orszag

Math, Reading, Psychology 

A Stanford psychology student hoping to pursue a career in pediatric medicine, Leila has experience working with students of all ages. Leila was the recipient of the Loenning-Sobel Math Award, given to students who show proficiency in and a passion for mathematics. Leila currently serves as a Research Assistant for the Stanford Psychology Department’s Social Concepts Lab.

Kelsi Okun

Psychology, Sustainability, Writing

Having finished her undergraduate degree in Symbolic Systems (Neuroscience Concentration), Kelsi is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Sustainability Science & Practice at Stanford University. Co-founder of a multi-million dollar charity, Residential Assistant, and a team captain, Kelsi cares deeply about thoughtful leadership and passionate follow-through in every challenge she tackles and she can’t wait to help other students find and grow their own passion projects!

Lauren Sanchez

American Politics, Law, Ethics, Disability Studies

Lauren is passionate about justice in theory and in practice; she spends her time studying Politics at Princeton University. Heavily involved with service organizations that center around disability advocacy for those with cognitive and intellectual disabilities, she is writing her thesis on the separate education of children with cognitive disabilities in the United States. Outside of academics, Lauren is the team caption of the varsity lightweight crew team and coaches a Special Olympic Rowing program.

Tara Jones

Computer Science, Math

Tara is a Stanford student from Carmel, California who is passionate about all things education! She has held leadership roles in a variety of organizations around campus and hopes to be involved with education her whole life. When not teaching computer science at Stanford, she spends her time competing for the Stanford Equestrian Team and cooking pasta. She hopes to inspire a joy for learning and computer science with her students.

Bradford Lin

Economics, Finance, Math, Computer Science

Bradford is a junior at Stanford who is fascinated by the intersection of finance and technology. In the past, he’s worked in venture capital in Hong Kong and in investment banking at JP Morgan in New York. Bradford also has extensive experience in science research and has travelled to Hawaii to conduct research on volcanoes and the Canadian Sub-Arctic to study climate change. In his free time, Bradford enjoys jogging and playing tennis.

Chloe Thai

Computer Science, Web and App Design, Product Design, Engineering

Chloe is a master's student studying product design engineering at Stanford University, where she also studied for undergrad. She has been an award winning teaching assistant for 4 design-centered courses in the computer science department, as well as a UI/UX designer professionally at 2 health startups. Outside of work, Chloe loves to sew and try new recipes!

Elena Mosse

Computer Science, Philosophy

Driven to design technology that puts humanity first, Elena is a Senior at Stanford studying

the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) track of Symbolic Systems, an interdisciplinary major composed of courses in Computer Science, Philosophy, Psychology and Linguistics. She is also pursuing a minor in Ethics and Technology and is the President of Stanford’s

Social Entrepreneurial Students’ Association (SENSA). 

Nicholas Pez

Real Estate, Architecture, Languages

Nicholas studies Public Policy at Stanford University and has a background in international real estate development, investment, strategic consulting, and entrepreneurship across various fields. He is also passionate about creating artwork, architecture, learning languages, history, and aviation.

Sadie Blancaflor

Environmental Science, English, History, Political Science, Public Policy

An activist passionate about human-centered solutions to the climate crisis, Sadie studies Anthropology and Earth Systems at Stanford. At Curious Cardinals, Sadie seeks to help students tackle the big issues around the environment and climate change.

Enjolique Hughes

English, History, Japanese, Biology, Music

Enjolique is a sophomore at Princeton University, majoring in History and completing pre-med requirements. She is passionate about alternative historical narratives, international law, space settlement design, musical theatre, and rural healthcare. Through education, she hopes to empower students to seek out truths in the stories others tell.

Camille Reeves

Math, Astronomy, Physics, Latin

Camille is a rising sophomore at Princeton University pursuing a degree in Astrophysical Sciences. She is passionate about teaching and education, especially when centered around uplifting young students of color. She is also the co-editor in chief of TigerTrends, Princeton’s fashion and lifestyle magazine, as well as an active member of Princeton Women’s Club Volleyball.

Marwah Sabrah

Engineering, Psychology, Math

A senior at Harvard studying mechanical engineering and psychology, Marwah has spearheaded diverse projects across 7 different countries, led novel synthetic biology research with the Broad Institute and Draper labs, and has filed numerous patents for her engineering innovations. Marwah is also the Project Lead for Harvard’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter to push global humanitarian initiatives and enjoys entrepreneurship and consulting.

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