Meet the Executive Board of the HLS Urbanists. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments. We’d love for you to be a part of our team!

Jonathan Yang

Welcome to the Urbanists!  I am a 2L from Los Angeles, California. In addition to my work with this exciting young organization, I serve as a Fellow in the Law and Government Program of Study, and am active with a number of other campus groups. My interests include community economic development, national security, workforce and economic opportunity, and politics. In 2018, I will take part in the Community Enterprise Project of the Transactional Law Clinic, as well as the State Attorney General Clinic. I am also currently assisting a professor with research on how cities can directly address economic inequality.

I spent my 1L summer working on housing and homelessness at Inner City Law Center in downtown Los Angeles.  Before HLS, I worked for the Mayor of Los Angeles on strategic partnerships, international relations, special events, and a range of other projects. I studied Ethics, Politics & Economics at Yale College, focusing on US foreign policy. I collect bourbon and books, and do accents and impressions with inconsistent skill but consistent enthusiasm.

Sterling Johnson
Co-VP / Community & Partnerships Co-Chair

Emma Goold
Co-VP / Events & 1L Outreach Co-Chair

Emma is a 2L from Portsmouth, Virginia. She graduated from McGill University with a B.A. in Political Science and International Development Studies. Emma then taught elementary school in Jackson, Mississippi for four years. She spent her 1L summer in Boston at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute learning about progressive policy advocacy at the state level. In addition to her role in the Urbanists, Emma is an editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review, a programs chair for the HLS chapter of the American Constitution Society, and an active member of the Prison Legal Assistance Program.


Paul Kominers
Treasurer / Controller

Paul is a 3L from Bethesda, Maryland and graduate of MIT.  Prior to law school, he worked at Democracy Works, a nonprofit which builds technology to make voting a simple and seamless experience for Americans.  Paul spent his 2L summer at Anderson & Kreiger, his 1L summer working in Governor Charlie Baker’s Office of Legal Counsel as a fellow of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy, and his 2L J-term in the Government Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  Outside of his work with the Urbanists, he is co-President of the Journal on Legislation and organizes a day trip to Boston to meet with leading state and local government lawyers.  He is also on the boards of JLSA, and student government.

Thomas Carroll
Communications Chair

Tom is a 3L from Miami. He is interested in how land use and transportation infrastructure affect urban life. Tom has interned at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and is a Legal Fellow at Advocates for Publicly Owned Private Space.

Wendy Chu
Events & 1L Outreach Co-Chair

Wendy is a 2L from New York City. Before attending law school, she worked at a tech startup and interned at a White House Initiative. She spent her spring break on a HKS Urban Innovation Trek and her 1L summer at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco. In her spare time, she enjoys playing in classical music ensembles and frequenting cafes.

Nick O’Neill
Academic Affairs & Career Development Chair

Nick grew up in Syracuse, NY, and worked for a New York State Assemblymember in New York City for almost six years before heading to law school. At HLS, he’s stayed involved with state and local government in as many ways as he can, including serving as a Student Fellow for the Law and Government Program of Study, as well as interning with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the City of Boston Law Department. He is also a co-founder of the HLS Space Exploration and Admiralty Law Society, and worked as a deckhand on boats in the Caribbean, East Pacific, and Latin America for about a year after college.

Lena Swanson-Nystrom
Community & Partnerships Co-Chair
Lena is a 2L from Chicago. Before starting law school, she worked on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s policy team, on issues related to public safety, police-community relations, public health, homelessness, and transportation. This past summer, she worked for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s policy director and for Chicago CRED, a new violence prevention initiative. In addition to her role in the Urbanists, she is a member of the Harvard Mediation Program and a member of Harvard Divinity School’s Sustainable Peace Working Group.

Suzanne Schlossberg
Political Chair

Suzanne is originally from Northern Virginia and earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Tufts University in 2012. Between college and law school, Suzanne spent a year working in NYC’s Department of Probation and then two years as a campaign staffer here in Massachusetts. While in law school, Suzanne has enjoyed her work with the Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) representing clients at disciplinary hearings, and working for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. Suzanne spent her 1L summer as a litigation intern for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and last summer split her time between the DOJ Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, and the ACLU of Massachusetts.