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Michael Tubbs: Youngest and First Black Mayor of Stockton, CA

At Stanford, Michael studied Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (Class of 2012) and earned a master's degree in Policy, Leadership and Organization Studies. At Stanford in Washington, he interned at the White House. Now, he is working as the Mayor of Stockton, instituting impactful change through policies for people to revitalize Stockton as a major California city. You can read more about Michael here:

James Hohmann

James Hohmann is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post. He is the author of The Daily 202, The Post's flagship political newsletter, and the voice of its affiliated Big Idea audio briefing.

Ailsa Chang

Ailsa Chang is an American journalist. She is currently heard on Planet Money and All Things Considered on National Public Radio (NPR). She formerly reported on the United States Congress for NPR.

Meet Matthew Colford: Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Matthew Colford, from Palo Alto, California, will pursue a JD at Stanford Law School. He graduated from Stanford with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He aspires to serve in public office at a state or local level, working on regional issues such as conservation and capital formation for local businesses. Prior to his position as a partner in policy and regulatory affairs at Andreessen Horowitz, he served as special assistant to US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, and as a research assistant at the Hoover Institution in the Office of Condoleezza Rice. While at Stanford in Washington, he interned at The White House in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Additionally, he interned at the US Embassy in Rabat, Morocco. He co-authored a chapter in General Jim Mattis' book Warriors & Citizens: American Views of Our Military, published by Hoover Institution Press. At Stanford, he won the Stanford Award of Excellence and a John Gardner Fellowship, and was awarded a research grant to conduct thesis field research and data collection in West Africa.

Meet Amanda Zerbe: Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Amanda Zerbe, from Woodside, California, will pursue a master's in environment and resources at Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and a JD at Stanford Law School. She graduated from Stanford with bachelor’s degrees in earth systems and international relations. As a research consultant for UN Global Pulse, an innovation initiative of the United Nations, she manages the Data for Climate Action challenge, and attended the United Nations climate change conferences in Paris and Bonn. Amanda is also a consultant for the Flora Family Foundation. At Stanford, she interned at NOAA Fisheries through Stanford in Washington and the Micheli marine ecology lab, and was a summer fellow at the National Audubon Society. She also served as co-editor-in-chief of Intersect, Stanford’s journal of science, technology, and society, and was a co-founder and vice president of the Stanford Ocean Group.