Hi! I’m Kevin, a Stanford student double majoring in public policy and computer science, the areas which seem to me like those with the most power to dramatically improve lives: policy, as a means to create systems which facilitate lasting change, and computer science, as the field with the most promise to directly address many of our world's biggest problems.
Here at Stanford, I serve on the executive board of the Stanford Democrats and am an Assistant Elections Commissioner for the Associated Students of Stanford University. I'm also a member of the Stanford Axe Committee and Stanford in Government, and I'm a 2018-19 ASSU Senate Associate.
I believe in a world in which every person has free access to the sum of human knowledge. I've been an active Wikipedia editor since 2014, and I've had the honor to be a Wikipedia administrator since my election to that position in September 2018. I was interviewed as a Wikipedia expert for a 2018 Slate article. Since February 2015, I've also served as Clerk of the English Wikipedia Arbitration Committee, Wikipedia’s highest binding adjudicative body. Most of all, though, I love the process of writing and editing articles, and I think anyone can learn a lot from giving Wikipedia editing a try.
I hail from Des Moines, Iowa; back at home, I’m the Executive Director of the Iowa Institute for Public Accountability, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to facilitating citizen-government relations and advocating for transparency and accountability in government. My projects at the Institute have included sunshine law advocacy, election recordkeeping accountability, and work towards proactive release of public records.
Aside from the Institute, I've worked on all sorts of advocacy projects across the Des Moines metro, ranging from direct campaign work to organizing political action groups. I help organize with Action Iowa and Indivisible Iowa, and I have interned with organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors.
I’m a staunch advocate for mental health, particularly student mental health. I led S.P.E.A.K. (Students Promoting Emotional Awareness and KidPowerment) for several years at Central Academy, a student group dedicated to supporting students emotionally, not just academically. We worked to implement programs that foster community and mutual support, as well as to promote open dialogue and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Here is some coverage of us in the Des Moines Register.
If you’re curious about anything I do or have any ideas for collaborations, please get in touch! My contact information is on my personal website – I would love to hear from you.