Bennis Scholars: Cohort 6

Grace Amoafo

Grace Amoafo is a public policy and law major at the Sol Price School of Public Policy. She is an aspiring civil rights attorney and is very passionate about achieving justice for others. With the help of the Warren Bennis Scholars Program, she hopes to improve her leadership skills and achieve her goal of fighting for civil rights.

Christian Chung

Christian Chung is from Arcadia, California, majoring in human biology with minors in health care studies and science and management of biomedical therapeutics. His aspirations of becoming a PI of a research lab and advancing the fields of healthcare, education and mental health have led him to participate as an undergraduate researcher in a stem cell biology and mental health lab, while also being on the e-board for several college advising and tutoring organizations. During his free time, he enjoys photography, playing soccer and watching mathematical theory videos.

Rhea Desai

Rhea Desai is a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina, majoring in global health with minors in economics and health policy. On campus, she serves as co-president of GlobeMed at USC and as a TA and site coordinator for the JEP Young Scientists Program. She is also involved with Keck Student Ambassadors, Delta Phi Epsilon and USC Drishti. After graduation, she wants to work in the public health sector, where she hopes to address health disparities and improve health outcomes around the world.

Menna Elamroussy

Menna Elamroussy is a rising junior from Cairo, Egypt, studying industrial and systems engineering with a minor in computer programming. She has a passion for entrepreneurship and is currently the co-president of Spark SC at USC. She is also involved with Theta Tau and previously was a PM in LavaLab. In her free time, she loves to hike, eat brunch with friends, watch crime or medical TV shows, and simply relax.

Alvaro Flores

Alvaro Flores is from San Antonio, Texas, majoring in international relations and global economy, and minoring in business finance and legal studies. His affinity for politics and changemaking has helped him lead mass voter outreach efforts within local and statewide campaigns. Alvaro has worked with the Mayor of San Antonio to help implement a robust community outreach system as well as with the Mayor of Los Angeles to help monitor legislative and agency activities. After graduating from USC, Alvaro plans to obtain a law degree with an emphasis in global law and later pursue a career in public and foreign service.

Irene Franco Rubio

Irene Franco Rubio is a devoted social justice activist, writer and grassroots community organizer born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. As a fierce catalyst for change, she has devoted her efforts to advocating for BIPOC communities through intersectional movement building, digital community organizing and writing to uplift diverse voices. Irene is a young woman of color of Guatemalan and Mexican descent committed to various movements for justice as a writer, media professional, strategist and change-maker.

Madeline Hood

Maddy Hood is a junior from Camarillo, California, majoring in political science and minoring in human security and geospatial intelligence. She is a USC Army ROTC cadet and involved in Undergraduate Student Government and Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity. After graduation, Maddy hopes to serve as a military intelligence officer in the Army and go on to a career in national security or defense policy.

Hailey Irwin

Hailey Irwin is a junior from Washington, DC, majoring in GeoDesign with minors in communication technology practices and platforms and real estate development. She also serves as an officer with Alpha Chi Omega, the program director of the Women’s Network, and president of VoteSC. After graduation, Hailey plans to pursue a master’s in data science with the goal of working in geospatial intelligence analysis.

Hana Li

Hana Li is a junior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, studying business administration and human rights. She currently serves as a senator within Undergraduate Student Government, VP of finance within AcceptED, an organization dedicated to fighting education inequality, lead editor of the USC Journal of Law and Society, and a Marshall Student Ambassador. Hana seeks to bring social impact to business and to make a difference on those around her — for now, she enjoys trying new foods and playing tennis.

Steve Nguyen

On campus, Steve Nguyen is currently improving the entrepreneurial ecosystem as the current co-president of Spark SC and building community for those interested in quant finance as a co-founder of Quant SC. He studies business administration with a minor in programming and is currently pursuing a career in product management, interning at a health tech startup last summer. In his free time, he enjoys playing pickup soccer, a good game of chess and skating at the local skatepark. 

Antonio Okeke

Antonio Okeke is a junior studying in public policy and law with a minor in business administration. He transferred into USC in fall 2020 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the College of Southern Nevada. On campus, he loves interacting with his peers through his service as the director of advocacy for the Transfer Student Assembly, the director of relations for BusinessSC, a peer educator for USC’s Student Equity and Inclusions Office, and as a residential advisor for USC’s Residential Education Office. Upon graduation, Antonio plans to pursue graduate school, and aspires to serve as a US Diplomat in the future.

Katherine Owojori

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Katherine Owojori is currently a junior majoring in political science with a minor in business law. Katherine is a pre-law student and an advocate with USC Dornsife’s Agents of Change: Civil Rights Advocacy Initiative, as well as an active member of Black Lives Matter: Los Angeles’ policy team. After graduation, Katherine hopes to earn a J.D. and become a practicing attorney and work to reform civil rights laws in California.

Aman Patel

Aman Patel is a junior majoring in computational neuroscience and minoring in philosophy. He is the founder of a civic technology project, runs two effective altruism groups, and is interested in emerging technology governance and ethics. He thinks humans can create an immensely beautiful future if we figure out how to organize ourselves well, and he is excited to be a part of this endeavor.

Ygor Pereira

Ygor Pereira is a junior from Mount Vernon, New York, studying business administration with a minor in dance. His USC involvements include serving as the president of the Latino Business Student Association and the head of marketing of the Global Investment Society. Ygor is passionate about uplifting underserved communities and strives to make a positive impact on communities like his own. In his free time, Ygor enjoys track and field, snowboarding, and socializing with friends (ideally with some food).

Nicole Song

Nicole Song is a junior from Pasadena, California, studying cognitive science with minors in user experience and education & society. She is a research assistant in Marshall’s HiNT research lab that studies the intersections of technology, business, and psychology. Nicole also works for the USC Admission Center as a student ambassador, is a residential assistant for first-year students, and holds leadership positions in Troy Camp and The Asian-American Tutorial Project. In her free time, she enjoys exploring LA with her friends and traveling the world.

Yagna Sreerameni

Yagna Sreeramaneni is a junior from Hyderabad, India, majoring in global health with a minor in natural sciences. She is passionate about improving access to healthcare and health literacy in underserved populations, which led to her becoming involved with the LA Food Bank, Red Cross USC and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. After college, she hopes to work with both policy and healthcare administration at an international level.

Bobby Voong

Bobby Voong is currently a junior studying business administration with a passion for human resources and talent acquisition. On-campus, he is very involved with Troy Philippines, the only Filipino student-led cultural club, as well as Delta Omicron Zeta, the premier co-educational leadership society. Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Bobby enjoys volunteering, hiking and exploring new restaurants during his free time.

Shania Wang

Shania Wang (she/her) is a junior from San Jose, California, majoring in economics and health promotion & disease prevention and minoring in health care studies. At USC, she pursues her passions for medicine and education through being actively involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Global Medical Brigades, Trojan Scholars Society and the Health Sciences Education Program. She is also a student ambassador (tour guide) in the Admission Center and a supplemental instruction leader. 

Hannah Woodworth

Hannah Woodworth is a junior from Huntington Beach, California, studying journalism and public policy. On campus, she is a student ambassador for the USC Admissions Center, the executive aide to the USG President, a member of Society 53, and a political correspondent for Annenberg Media. Outside of USC, she has spent over a year on Capitol Hill serving two congressmen in the U.S. House of Representatives.