Meet the people behind covid19today.
Nathan Frey is a regulatory policy expert, entrepreneur and problem solver. He is the founder and managing principal of Regulatory Strategies and Solutions Group, a global consultancy that develops and implements regulatory risk management strategies for Fortune 100 companies, industry trade associations and prospective emerging market entrants. Nathan recently relocated his Washington, DC practice back to his native Seattle, Washington to pursue opportunities at the intersection of technology and policy.
Previously, Nathan served for over eight years in the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) where he oversaw Executive Branch review of federal environmental regulatory policy and helped lead the Administration’s efforts to promote regulatory cooperation among U.S. trading partners throughout Latin America. As a former civil servant with a passion for service, Nathan was inspired to help create COVID-19 Today to help the public better understand and draw lessons from the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic response.
Keelin Kelly is a policy advisor at Marten LLP. She is a graduate of Cornell University with degrees in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences and Development Sociology. Keelin has worked on a number of research and consultancy projects, including projects with ActionAid Zambia, The Southern African Institute for Policy and Research, The United Nations Development Program of Armenia, The Armenian Center for Agribusiness and Development and The Kingdom of Tonga’s Climate Change Office.
She has also represented Cornell University at the UNFCCC’s 25th Conference of the Parties in Madrid, Spain. Keelin is skilled in the fields of environmental governance, environmental sociology and international development. She has a particular combination of international and domestic policy experience, giving her unique insights into the policy process.
Matias is a full-stack web developer, a business major and fluent in Spanish. He has worked at an export management enterprise in China, a marketing agency for corporate clients in Argentina and a binational electric-bike startup. Today he spends his time designing and creating web applications to help others better navigate and understand U.S. government policy.
Eileen is a recent graduate of Brown University with majors in International Relations and Applied Mathematics. She is particularly interested in economic growth and development and is considering pursuing a graduate degree in that field. In the past, she has done a lot of academic policy research and has worked in municipal government. She was born and raised in Rhode Island, so any drive longer than 20 minutes is too long for her unless it’s to the beach. If she's not working, eating, or sleeping, she's reading a fiction novel, and has recently discovered the multitasking enabling joy of audiobooks.
Caroline is from Niantic, Connecticut, and currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 2017, majoring in International Relations and Hispanic Studies. She then worked as a field organizer on political campaigns in Connecticut and at the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford until 2020, when she enrolled at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy with concentrations in International Security and Conflict Resolution. She hopes to pursue a career in diplomacy. In her free time Caroline enjoys traveling, playing tennis, going to the beach, and walking with her dog, Gia.
Shannon Grimes is currently studying social policy as a graduate student at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. She recently moved to Seattle from Belfast, Maine, where she managed Maine Farmland Trust's nutrition incentive (food access) program, helping provide extra local fruits and vegetables to people using SNAP benefits. She was also involved with regional food systems network Food Solutions New England, particularly to help advance their commitment to racial equity, and served on the board of the Belfast Co-op. Her policy interests build off her undergraduate major in Government from Bowdoin College. Other pursuits she enjoys include hiking, cooking, and salsa dancing.
Chris is a rising junior at Pomona College in Claremont, California, majoring in International Relations and Economics. He also studies Arabic, has an interest in economic development, and hopes to work in diplomacy in the future. He writes for a couple of publications at college, including the Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy. Last sumer, he worked as an intern for New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky and focused on communications and legislative research. Currently living in his hometown of Lido Beach, New York, Chris enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time at the beach.
Cha Cha Sawyer is a Master of Social Work student from the University of Washington. Her concentration is in Administration and Public Policy. She also attended the University of Washington for undergrad and obtained her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in International Studies. Her policy interests are in social, economic environmental justice. Cha Cha grew up and currently resides in Seattle, WA. Some of her favorite things to do are train for (half) marathons, ski, hike, cook, read, and hangout with her dog. She is also involved in school clubs, which include: Environmental Justice and Social Work, Asian American and Pacific Islander Club, and the Transracial Asian American Adoptee Group.
Yoshiteru Ito is a rising Junior from Tufts University, double majoring in Applied Physics and International Relations. Born and raised in Japan, he attended St.Mary’s International School in Tokyo. With his bilingual skills and multicultural background, he has been involved in several multinational organizations including Global China Connection, Japan Festival Boston Logistics Team, and TAMID Group. He specializes in the utilization of quantitative analysis in various projects from market research to web traffic analysis for advertisement. To pursue his career in the field of science diplomacy in the future, he joined the COVID-19 Today team.
Min Kim grew up in the Seattle area and is now a sophomore at the University of Washington. She is majoring in Communications, hoping to pursue a career in marketing/communications. Min has experience working as an intern for the Pacific Science Center, focusing on social media. Some of her hobbies include baking and watching movies. Min is excited to be a part of the COVID-19 Today Team and provide the public with fact-check information.
Fiona is a senior at Emory University. She is double majoring in Mathematics and Sociology, hoping to pursue a career in public health/international law. Fiona has experience working as an intern for the Habitat for Humanity International, focusing on communications. Some of her hobbies include cooking, art, and competitive badminton.
Brad Marten is the founder and Managing Partner of Marten LLP, an environmental law firm practicing in offices throughout the western United States. He is consistently ranked by his peers as one of the nation’s top environmental lawyers. Brad is Past President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute. He is on Law Dragon’s 2020 list of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America.
Brad gained his national reputation by successfully representing clients in some of the largest environmental cases ever brought in the United States. These include the State of Louisiana in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the State of Alaska in the Exxon Valdez oil spill. More recently, he has been active in working with technology companies to bring innovative ideas to market to promote environmental protection.
Gabe has launched nearly a dozen micro-mobility operations in cities across Europe, Latin America, and the United States for Uber. Previously, Gabe helped start up an electric bike company in Argentina and also founded an environmental justice program on the US-Mexico border.