The Team

Each state’s chapter of The Polling Place is led by one to three regional directors.

Cameron Ake | Director of Virginia

Cameron is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. While she enjoys math, statistics, and computer science, she is also passionate about politics and elections. At The Polling Place, she hopes to apply this passion in a way that can help people. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her cats, watching the live feeds on Big Brother (usually Canada), and listening to music.

Matthew Kim | Director of Virginia

Matthew is a junior at Oakton High School currently interested in economics and international relations. He joined The Polling Place to learn more about the inner workings of the election process and increase civic engagement through pointed research and widespread outreach. Matthew enjoys taking long walks outside, reading, as well as the occasional debate round.


Dennis Liu | Virginia Research Team

Dennis is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s interested in politics, public policy, international relations, and economics. He hopes that through The Polling Place he can help reduce confusion and make the voting process more accessible, especially locally and in New Jersey. He loves to play basketball, drums, and is the biggest Kobe fan you’ll ever meet.

Aditi Bhattacharjya | Virginia Research Team

Aditi is a junior at Oakton High School. She is passionate about public policy, law, and political philosophy. She pursues these interests through policy debate, Model UN, and various service-oriented organizations. Aditi hopes to increase voter turnout and political awareness through her work at The Polling Place, especially for historically underrepresented groups. Her interests aside from policy include linguistics and economics. In her free time, she enjoys bullet journaling, dance, and getting boba tea with her friends.

Felix Howton | Virginia Research Team

Felix is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He has a passion for politics and current events. Through The Polling Place, he hopes to make it easier to find non partisan information about local elections and to inspire others to participate in the electoral process. In his free time he enjoys play soccer, reading, playing video games and spending time with friends.

Sean Lacalle | Virginia Research Team

Sean is a junior at Westfield High School. Sean is deeply fascinated by public policy and constitutional law. Sean is active in his community giving back mostly through Scouts, and Sean is especially engaged in environmental conservation projects. Through The Polling Place, Sean wishes to present candidate information in a non-partisan way. In his free time, Sean enjoys watching football and playing video games.

Iris Cheng | Virginia Research Team

Iris is a senior at Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas. Her primary interests include philosophy, business, and public policy. Iris is co-captain of speech at her speech and debate team and enjoys reading critical literature regarding racial and reproductive equity. Through The Polling Place, Iris hopes to promote electoral transparency and increase Texan turnout in local elections. In her free time, Iris enjoys listening to SZA songs, shopping, and getting brunch with her friends.

Ellen Yu | Virginia Research Team

Ellen is a junior at Stuyvesant High School in New York. She’s interested the various forms of government and how systems can work together. Ellen cares a lot about the environment and the policies surrounding it. She wants to use The Polling Place as a way of spreading accurate information about elections and their candidates.

Anahita Chowdhary | Virginia Research Team

Anahita is a junior at Jericho High School in New York. She is interested in science and politics. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar and painting.

David Lopez | Virginia Team Member

David is a senior at Oakton High School. He enjoys talking about politics with friends and family. David participates in his school’s Public Forum debate team. The Polling Place allows David to turn his love for politics into real-world resources for people to use to become better-informed voters. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and basketball with friends, traveling, and playing casual 5-minute chess matches.

Esha Lohiya | Virginia Research Team

Esha is a junior at Oakton High School. She is interested in various sciences as well as politics. Esha enjoys giving back to her community by hosting STEM workshops for local children and volunteering at hospitals and senior homes. Through The Polling Place, Esha wants to increase voter turnout, especially amongst young voters. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with friends and family.

Interested in joining our team? Apply here!