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Executive Board

Executive Board

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Katie Ryan

Executive Director

Katie is a junior at Columbia University studying English Literature. She is a student scholar at Columbia's graduate School of International and Public Affairs' (SIPA) Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. Katie is particularly interested in studying how conflict escalation is portrayed through literature. She has been with the Sycamore Institute for three years and is honored to be serving as the current Executive Director.

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Zoe Taylor-Ploog


Zoë is a third year at the University of California, Berkeley studying Legal Studies and Public Policy. Her interest include the intersection between political science, public policy analysis, journalism, business, and social justice reform. Growing up in New York City, as a biracial child, Zoë saw a lot of injustices. Thus, she is interested in using her degree and knowledge to work in creating a more equitable society. She is excited to serve as the Sycamore Institute's Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to ensure that the various branches are connected, and are able to successfully tell a diversity of stories.

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Leah Winter


Leah was born in Munich, Germany but grew up in Los Angles, CA after her family migrated there for her father's business. She has been all over the world and travels to Europe annually to visit her family there. Her first two languages were Serbo-Croatian and German, and she now speaks Spanish as well as English. She is fascinated by cultural differences, loves trying new cuisines, and hopes to continue being able to travel when she begins her career in finance.

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Cheryn Ryoo

Chief Publisher

Cheryn is a Sophomore at NYU studying Economics. Outside of Sycamore, she is affiliated with the NYU Economics Review, IR Insider, the West Lab, and the Lewis Lab.

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