The LIDS Executive Board is composed of current students actively engaged in the organization. It is responsible for the overall management of the organization and implementation of its activities. Each spring semester, new co-presidents are elected and a new board is appointed for the following academic year.
CO-PRESIDENT: LINDSAY BAiley
Lindsay Bailey is a member of the J.D. class of 2019 at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada with a B.A. in Politics and Governance. Prior to law school, Lindsay spent three years in Ghana working with municipal governments to improve project planning, budgeting, and municipal taxes. She has worked for a variety of organizations, including Engineers Without Borders, Amplify Governance, Global Communities, and UNICEF.
She has worked on one project since joining LIDS, contributing to a report regarding advocacy for land tenure for Habitat for Humanity. She also assisted in planning the LIDS career trip to D.C.
CO-PRESIDENT: Meghan Liu
Meghan Liu hails from Texas and Shanghai and is a member of the J.D. Class of 2019 at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Tufts University in 2014 with a B.A. in International Relations and Economics. Prior to law school, Meghan worked as a legal assistant in New York for Sullivan and Cromwell’s Financial Institutions Group. At HLS, Meghan has been involved with the International Law Journal, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and HLS Negotiators’ Catholic Charities Maine Project focused on dialogue and refugee resettlement. During her 1L summer, Meghan worked for Public International Law and Policy Group in DC supporting CSO clients in Burma.
Last year, Meghan participated in LIDS’ NRDC Beijing client project and helped organize the annual career trip to DC. As Community VP this year, Meghan is committed to organizing fun events and happy hours where LIDS members can meet and connect across schools.
Co-Vice President, Projects: João Marinotti
Co-Vice President, Projects: Anzhelika Ishkhanyan
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Co-Vice President, Projects: CATherine Mengyun Yang
Catherine is a master candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with concentrations on energy and development economics. She was born and grew up in Shanghai, China. She earned her BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2017. Catherine has a great passion for clean energy and digital development. She currently is a consultant at the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) division of World Bank. She is also doing research at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The research project focuses on using SEI’s Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) Modeling Framework to support developing countries in their energy and climate mitigation planning activities. Prior to Fletcher, she interned at United Nations Information Center, Mass Health Policy Commission, and UNICEF with extensive research and data analysis experience.
Catherine led a LIDS project last semester. As one of the LIDS Co-Vice Presidents of Projects, she aims to help LIDS members get hands-on and exciting experiences from LIDS projects.
Co-Vice President, Events: Charlie Hobbs
Charlie Hobbs is currently in the second year of his JD degree at HLS. Prior to law school, he worked for several years in Mumbai as a consultant for Vera Solutions, a social enterprise that builds data management systems for organizations working in international development. Charlie received his A.B. in Government from Harvard College in 2013.
Co-Vice President, Events: Ava Liu
Co-Vice President, EVENTs: JUSTIN BOGDA
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Vice President, FINANCE: Spencer Bateman
Spencer Bateman is a member of the J.D. Class of 2020 at Harvard Law School. Originally from California, he graduated from the University of Arizona in 2017 with a B.S.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to law school, Spencer interned with the U.S. House of Representatives, California State Assembly, and QGA Public Affairs, focusing on a variety of public policy issues including financial services, economic development, and international trade. As an undergraduate, he managed Government Affairs as a member of student government and was a member of the Financial Management Association Executive Board. At HLS, Spencer has been involved with the International Law Journal and Harvard Law and Entrepreneurship Project. During his 1L summer, Spencer worked with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Last year, Spencer participated in LIDS’ CPI client project team. As the VP of Finance, Spencer aims to help maximize LIDS’ financial resources to ensure an engaging and exciting experience for all LIDS members.
VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS: SETH NORRIS
Seth Norris is a member of the JD Class of 2019 at Harvard Law School. Before coming to Harvard, Seth earned his B.A. in East Languages and Literature from Yale University in May of 2015. He then spent a year working as a bankruptcy clerk at Legal Services Alabama, primarily helping low income clients work through the preparatory stages of bankruptcy filings.
After his first year of law school, Seth worked as a legal intern in the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Beijing office. His work included formal commentary on new soil pollution legislation under consideration in the National People’s Congress and research into protected areas law. Seth is interested in international finance and development work, especially as it pertains to cross-border transactions and environmental regulatory work.
Vice President, Press & Media: Ashley Lee
Ashley Lee is a doctoral candidate and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studies the Internet and youth’s civic and political expression. Ashley has worked on a number of international development projects with the U.N., focusing on labor and human rights, youth empowerment, and child protection. Ashley graduated from Stanford University’s School of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
As Vice President of Press & Media, Ashley is responsible for media relations, coverage and promotion of LIDS events and projects, including on social media. Ashley is also responsible for managing LIDS Live.
VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY: Cristina COrnejo
Bio coming soon
Co-Vice President, ALUMNI/External Relations: Reginald Nii Odoi
Reginald Nii Odoi is a member of the LLM class of 2019 at Harvard Law School. He is a practicing barrister and solicitor from Ghana who is very passionate about social change, development and advocacy. Reginald pursued his undergraduate studies in law at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana after which he did his professional law program at the Ghana School of Law. At KNUST, Reginald served as the President of the Law Christian Fellowship, President of the Law Faculty of Law, Judicial Recorder of the SRC and the Legal Affairs Commissioner of the SRC amongst other positions of service.
He is the President and Founder of the Good Shepherd Love Foundation (www.tgslf.com), an NGO which seeks to bridge the social divide by promoting societal inclusion, advocacy and mentorship for the vulnerable in society. Reginald is also a Delegate of the Young Diplomats of Ghana Program, an initiative which brings together and trains young aspiring diplomats who advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Reginald has interest in Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Constitutional Law, Corporate and Commercial Practice amongst others. He is also a very prolific writer and has great interest in writing articles and contributing to journals.
As VP of External Relations/Alumni Development, he is responsible for maintaining and expanding LIDS contacts with professional organizations and individuals working in development.
Co-Vice President, ALUMNI/External Relations: Ishan Khokar
Bio coming soon
CO-VICE PRESIDENT, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Ayoung Kim
Ayoung Kim is a second-year HLS student with an interest in rights-based approaches to development, business and human rights, and gender. She graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in political science. Prior to law school, Ayoung has worked primarily with displaced and marginalized women on the grassroots, most recently at the Calais refugee camp. At HLS, Ayoung has been involved with LIDS, Advocates for Human Rights, the Women’s Law Association, and the Journal on Law and Gender. During her 1L summer, Ayoung worked as a legal intern at Oxfam in the Philippines, reviewing and revising banana farmers’ contracts from a BHR perspective, as a legal intern at Kim & Chang, and as a negotiation research assistant for Professor Moffitt. She grew up in and has worked in six different countries, and continues to be interested in transnational perspectives.
Co-Vice President, Professional Development: CLAIRE YI
VICE President, Collaboration: Sabrina Singh
VICE President, LIaIsons: Anastasia Karimova
FLETCHER SCHOOL OF LAW & DIPLOMACY LIAISON: Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson is a second year Masters Candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. With concentrations in law, development, and international political economy, he is specifically focusing on the role that good governance and state institutions play in political, economic, and social development. Prior to The Fletcher School, he worked in New York City as a corporate legal assistant in private equity and investment management, where he also had the opportunity to work on pro bono cases to assist unaccompanied minors from Central and South America
Ryan is spending the summer between his first and second years interning in the Governance and Peacebuilding cluster of the United Nations Development Program at the Istanbul Regional Hub in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a Colorado native and holds a BS/BA in journalism, political science, and Spanish from Syracuse University.
FLETCHER SCHOOL OF LAW & DIPLOMACY LIAISON: GRISHMA Rimal
Grishma Rimal is a Masters Candidate in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is concentrating in development economics and human security studies with a regional focus on South Asia. Most recently, Grishma worked as an impact analyst intern at Ashoka. Prior to Fletcher, she was an education reporter for a newspaper in Atlanta. She graduated from Troy University with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. She is a native of Kathmandu, Nepal.
Boston College Liaison: JACOB STANSELL
Maithili Parikh is a member of the LLM Class of 2019, and is from Mumbai, India. Prior to commencing her LL.M. studies at HLS, Maithili was practicing litigation at the High Court of Mumbai as a junior counsel in the Chambers of Zal T. Andhyarujina, an Oxford University alumni. Maithili received her LLB from Government Law College, Mumbai, where she served as the Chief Student Editor of the college magazine and President of the Government Law College Teach for India Society. While in law school, Maithili co-founded a legal awareness blog called ‘You’ve Been Served’, which was aimed to help the youth gain a better practical understanding of their basic legal rights. Maithili has also co-authored a handbook on women’s rights. This handbook was adopted by Vogue India, who published and distributed 60,000 copies of it as part of their women empowerment campaign in India. In the past, Maithili has interned for over a year with Justice Gautam Patel of High Court of Mumbai as his judicial intern. She also worked as the City Convener (Mumbai) for the Youth Forum on Foreign Policy, a think tank with operations in several Indian cities.