Get to know more about some of our national team members below!
Shreya Joshi is a second-year student at Stanford University. During her sophomore year of high school, she founded Project TEAL with the goal of encouraging youth involvement in the political process. She is deeply passionate about creating spaces for productive political discourse and combating political polarization, which was the focus of her TED Talk at the TED2022 Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In her free time, you can probably find her curled up with a good book or scrolling through TikTok.
Emily Won is a senior at Barrington High School, IL. She joined Project TEAL because of her passion for educational policy and is proud to serve students nationwide as a Co-Executive Director. She discovered her passion when she started engaging in career and technical education with her State Board of Education and advocating for student representation in educational policymaking. In her free time, you will always find her listening to music or eating Raising Cane’s.
Shom Joshi is a junior in high school from Naperville, Illinois. He joined Project TEAL because of his love for civic engagement and youth activism. Through Project TEAL, he hopes to involve his peers in political advocacy and work towards creating spaces that value diverse political dialogue and ideas. In his free time, Shom can be found gaming on Xbox with friends, playing sports, or eating Chipotle.
Tony Liu is Project TEAL’s Director of Management from Illinois. He is excited to work closely with Project TEAL this year, manage various chapters, champion political depolarization, and help others gain access to civics education. Outside of Project TEAL, he does debate, plays golf, and bakes desserts.
Rhea Gupta is a junior at South Brunswick high school and Project TEAL’s Director of Curriculum! She is passionate about politics, civic engagement, and debate. Outside of Project TEAL, she serves as the National Editor in Chief of the High School Democrats of America, and is the President of her local HSDA. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and reading a good book!
Brian Hu is currently a junior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Illinois. Brian joined Project Teal because he believes in the importance of civic education and youth empowerment in an ever changing world. Outside of Project Teal, he also frequents Model UN conferences and serves on various nonprofit positions to advocate for youth mental health and the furthering of inclusive spaces. In his free time, he enjoys playing badminton and hanging out with friends/family.
Samra Khan is a senior at Plano East Senior High School. Her love for civic engagement began when she joined debate in 6th grade. She enjoys running, watching movies, and painting.
Sophia Bao is a junior from California. She is passionate about global affairs, writing, and music. She is part of Model United Nations and several magazines at her school. Sophia joined Project TEAL because she believes that civic engagement and awareness is essential, especially in today's polarizing political climate. In her free time, she enjoys binge watching Netflix shows, listening to Lana Del Rey, or scrolling through TikTok.
Allyson Kim is a high school junior and Project Teal’s Director of Social Media. She’s excited to work with an organization that equips young people with the necessary tools to become engaged citizens as she hopes to promote the importance of youth involvement in government. In her free time, Allyson loves to read, bake, go on walks, and binge-watch movie series.