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


Rachel Dodell
Co-Founder & Executive Director

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

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Christine Jou

Product Manager

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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Chris Kuang
Co-Founder & Director of Operations

Chris is a junior at Harvard College studying Applied Math and Economics. 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. Born and raised in Boston, MA, Chris is a diehard Red Sox and Patriots fan.

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Ariana Soto

Project Manager

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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Mariam Baqai
University Partnerships Manager

Mariam is a senior at Mills College studying Business Economics with a minor in Computer Science. In her role, Mariam leads student recruitment for the Civic Digital Fellowship. Previously, she was a 2017 Civic Digital Fellow and a Digital Strategy Intern at McKinsey & Co. She is passionate about women's empowerment, economic opportunity, and good brunch.

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Emily Fong

Community Manager

Emily is a senior at NYU studying "Decolonial Computing," which combines computer science, public policy, and critical social theory into a custom course of study. She is working to engage impact-minded students on their campuses. Previously, Emily was a 2018 Civic Digital Fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau, and loves thoughtful code, great tea, and sci fi.

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