Our Leadership

Beth Wang

Beth is a second year from Rhode Island majoring in Economics and Public Policy. She joined PDI in the fall of 2020 and began as a researcher analyzing Ban the Box initiatives in Illinois and across the nation. This spring, she helped with analyzing Illinois farm subsidies and its environmental impacts. Throughout the year, Beth was also a member of the Media Committee and worked to develop media strategy and outreach processes for future PDI projects. With this experience, Beth is hoping to increase PDI's media presence in this upcoming year with the help of everyone on the Media Committee. Outside of PDI, Beth is a member of Promontory Investment Research. She is also involved with the UChicago Institute of Politics.

President of Media


Kristy Lam

Kristy is a fourth-year Political Science major from Hong Kong. She joined PDI during her first year, researching housing discrimination in Chicago/Cook Country in a partnership with Heartland Alliance. Since then, she has worked on various other projects with PDI and was the PDI team leader for GSPA's Global Climate Policy Database in the first summer of the collaboration. Kristy hopes to help PDI continue to grow its membership in a way that facilitates connection and a sense of community within the organization. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports and music--whether that's jamming amateurishly with friends or listening to some live jazz at a bar.

President of Recruitment


Michael Bushnell

Michael is a fourth-year student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After completing his bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science in three years, Michael is using his fourth year to finish a master’s degree in international relations through the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations. Michael oversees financial planning, maintaining PDI’s 501(c)(3) status, and big-picture goals. With PDI, Michael has co-authored and presented a policy research paper on police arbitration to the Chicago Office of Police Accountability and co-led a team of student researchers from PDI and The Wilberforce Society of Cambridge University to produce a policy paper advising specific reforms to international plastic waste trading practices in the U.S., the U.K., and China. Michael is writing his master’s thesis on international housing finance and will be a real estate investment banking analyst with Raymond James after graduation.

President of Finance & Operations


Mo Mitchell

Mo is a fourth year majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Sociology. Mo joined PDI last fall and has worked on several projects focused on sustainability, most recently one that analyzed the environmental impacts of Illinois farm subsidy policy. As PDI's President of research, Mo determines project topics, develops partnerships and oversees Project Leaders and teams. She's currently working on her thesis, a comparative study of environmental education curriculum in India, Ghana and Australia. Originally from San Francisco, Mo enjoys backpacking, cooking, running and reading books by the beach.

President of Research


Morten Lee

Morten is a third-year from Madison, Wisconsin majoring in Chemistry. He has been part of PDI since the fall of his first year, during which he researched ways to redefine the role of social work in trauma response in Chicago Public Schools. In the 2020-2021 school year, he led a project investigating urban/rural healthcare inequalities across Illinois. As President of Education and Partnerships, Morten is excited to expand PDI's network and support incoming members as they begin their research.

President of Education & Partnerships