President & Civic House Associates Coalition Representative

Elizabeth SchwartzElizabeth Schwartz

The College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2016

Sociology Major, Political Science Minor, Urban Education Policy Minors

A native of Southeast PA, Lizzy is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She spends much of her time tutoring, teaching, and mentoring in various educational settings, ranging from a eighth grade classroom at the Lea School to the peer Writing Center at Penn. The city faces some complex challenges, but Lizzy is passionately interested in the future of education in Philadelphia and is keen on a career in education policy or research. Contact her at

Vice President

Katherine Miller
Katherine Miller

The College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2016

French Language Major, History Major

Katherine believes education enables individuals to fulfill their unique potential and to lead meaningful lives. She hopes to ensure national access to an excellent education. Katherine is currently co-president of the National French Honor Society at Penn and involved with the Late Night Show on campus.

Secretaries of Operations

Talia Marcus

The College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2016Talia Marcus

Mathematical Economics Major, Statistics Minor

Talia Marcus is inspired everyday by her mother, a public school teacher in the Bronx. In addition to juggling all things logistics for PES, you can find her goofing around with her “Penn Pal,” a sixth grader at the MYA school, or practicing reading with third graders at the Huey School. She aspires to use economics and quantitative research to study educational policy. She can be contacted at

Golda Kaplan

The College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2017Golda Kaplan

Sociology Major

Golda Kaplan is proud to be from Chicago, Illinois. She is a junior studying Sociology and is studying abroad in Stockholm this semester! She loves being around and working with kids and has worked as a camp counselor for the past three summers. She also worked at Penn Children’s Center this past semester. In her free time, Golda enjoys exploring the city of Philadelphia and being an active member of the community at Penn Hillel.

Financial Officer & Student Activities Council Representative

Ashlin Oglesby-Neal
Ashlin Oglesby-Neal

The College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2016

Criminology Major

Ashlin Oglesby-Neal believes education is the best way to empower people to succeed in life. Besides being involved in Penn Education Society, Ashlin is a tutor at Huey Elementary School for Penn Reading Initiative and does research on Philadelphia public education and crime through the University Scholars program.

Director of Information & Awareness

Brooke Edwards

BrookeEdwards_PESBioPicThe College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2017

Urban Studies Major, Political Science Major

Brooke Edwards is a junior in the College studying Political Science and Urban Studies and wants to work to increase access to higher education in low-income areas. Outside of Penn Education Society, Brooke is an active member of Penn Dems, WriteOn!, and the College Access and Career Readiness program. A native of Pasadena, California, she enjoys outdoor activities in the warmth of the West Coast like trail running, hiking, rafting and picnicking.

Directors of Event Planning

Cherice NealyCherice Nealy

The College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2016

Philosophy, Politics, & Economics Major

Cherice Nealy is a Senior in the College of Arts and Sciences from New York City. She has spent the last for years working in public schools of the West Philadelphia area, which opened her eyes to the great educational disparities that inner city youth have to face. From working with CSSP, Penn Reading Initiative and Capstone Legacy Foundation. Her work has made her realize her true calling in life, educational reform.

Rachel Pomerantz

The College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2019 

Rachel PomerantzUndecided

Rachel is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences from Charlotte, North Carolina and interested in the intersection of education and public policy. Her passion for education comes from volunteering at special education schools and seeing how socioeconomic differences in schools impact educational outcomes. As an Action Organizer, she believes in creating equal access to a quality education. Outside of PES, Rachel is also involved in Penn Democrats, the Penn Undergraduate Law Journal, and Hillel and enjoys reading, playing cello, and watching football (Go Buckeyes!).

Community Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator

Jessica LimJessica Lim

The College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2019


Jessica is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences from Far Hills, New Jersey. She is undecided in her major, but is very interested in STEM and urban education. Before attending Penn, she took a gap year to serve as a City Year AmeriCorps member. She worked full time in a fifth grade classroom at an inner-city school—where she became more informed about education inequalities and passionate about finding solutions. Outside of PES, Jessica works on the Quant/Data team at the Netter Center and she is involved in Class Board and Global Impact Collaborative.

Campus Liaison

Sarah HarrisSarah Harris

The College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2016

English Major, Political Science Major, Urban Education Minor

Sarah is a senior from a small town in Wyoming and believes in the power of education as a force for change and in the benefits of a little bit of dark chocolate on rainy days. During her time at Penn, she has discovered that she and her peers do not have to wait to make a difference in education. She has worked with the Philadelphia School District, the U.S. Department of Education, and various schools in Philadelphia. Currently, she works at several North Philadelphia Schools with ASAP (an after schools program), coaches debate at Huey Public School and is exceedingly proud of her students. She believes in the vision of PES: to build lifelong investors in education policy and reform — possibly because she is one! She can be contacted at

Penn Political Coalition Representative

Diane Bayeux
Diane Bayeux

The College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2019

Urban Studies Major

Diane is a junior from Paris, France. She studies urban studies, focusing more on the study of communities and noticing how the city welcomes newcomers. Apart from being a blogger for PES, she is involved with Impact Magazine, FCP (Francophone Community Partnership), and works at the library of a public elementary school named Lea. She is mostly interested in social work to ensure everyone finds a right home in the long-term. .


Adel Boyarsky

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Class of 2019

Networked and Social Systems Engineering Major

Adel is a freshman at Penn Engineering, and very interested in education and helping to make sure that all children can receive a strong public education. To get in touch, email her.





Seidy Pacheco
Seidy Pacheco

The Wharton School, Class of 2017

Undecided Major

Seidy Pacheco is a junior in Wharton from Los Angeles, California. She is invested in ensuring that all students have equal access to education opportunities. At Penn, she has worked with the Netter Center Mentoring Program coordinating mentors and mentees from Penn and local Philadelphia high schools. Her freshman year she has worked with Community School Student Partnerships (CSSP) as a tutor at Huey during her freshman year. In addition to PES, she also serves on the board of Penn First and the Quest Scholars chapter at Penn.

Sarah Cornelius

The College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2018Sarah Cornelius

Political Science Major, Urban Education Minor

Sarah is a Philadelphia native and grew up witnessing the challenges that her city faces in providing a high-quality education to all of its students. She hopes to spend her life combating education inequality and is glad to have found a group of students committed to the same goal. Beyond being a proud member of PES, Sarah is an intern at the School District of Philadelphia and a mentor for students at Comegys with the Community School Student Partnership. Contact her at .

Nishant Upender

The College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2019Nishant Upender

Psychology Major, Urban Studies Major

Nishant Upender is a freshman from Nashville,TN in the College of Arts and Sciences. He plans to study in the departments of psychology and urban studies. In addition to being a member of the Penn Education Society, Nishant is a faculty affairs beat for the Daily Pennsylvanian as well as a member of the SPEC Film Committee. Nishant is interested in the role education plays in forming a sense of identity and is currently working on a series of stories in the DP concerning such topics. In his free time, Nishant enjoys reading short stories and listening to Beach House.



Francesca PolizottoFrancesca Polizotto

The College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2019

Francesca Polizotto is proud to represent her hometown Hobart, Indiana. She is a freshmen studying Political Science and Urban Education. She is interested in state-level education policy and the growing educational inequalities in the United States. This semester she is enrolled in “Healthy Schools” an academically based community service class at Penn where she will go into West Philadelphia Schools to better understand and learn about school-based inequalities through student learning projects. Francesca is also a member of Circle K and the Polybian Society.