Meet the Team
We're a non-profit for students, by students.


Chris Kuang
Co-Founder & Board Member

Chris is a junior at Harvard College studying Applied Math and Economics with a minor in Sociology. He works closely with federal agencies, students, and partners in spearheading the Civic Digital Fellowship. Chris also holds leadership roles at the Harvard Institute of Politics and Harvard Yearbook Publications. 

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Ariana Soto

Ariana is a junior at Harvard College studying Government with a minor in Computer Science. This summer, she interned at the New York Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics. In 2017, Ariana was an intern through the inaugural DataLA Summer Academy with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Data Team. When she’s not busy doing all things data and civic tech, you’ll find her singing a tune or soaking up some sun.

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Rachel Dodell
Co-Founder & Board Member


Rachel recently graduated from Wellesley College with honors, and was a 2017 Civic Digital Fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau. Rachel oversees CIF's day-to-day operations, partnerships, and communications. When she's not writing words or code, Rachel is likely listening to a podcast. 

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Christine Jou

Christine is a junior at Harvard College studying Computer Science on the Mind, Brain, Behavior Track with a minor in Statistics. This past summer, Christine interned on Facebook’s Community Integrity team to fight spam. Last summer, she was an intern at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on malware detection and virus classification. If she isn’t coding, you’ll probably find her beatboxing, dancing, or on a food adventure.

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Mariam Baqai

University Partnerships

Mariam is a junior at Mills College majoring in Business Economics with a minor in Computer Science. In her role at CIF, she connects tech students with social impact opportunities. Mariam was a 2017 Civic Digital Fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau, and currently, serves on the Associated Students of Mills College Senate. She is passionate about women’s empowerment, economic opportunity, and good brunch. 

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