Hi! I’m Kevin. I'm a sophomore majoring in public policy and computer science (B.A.S.).
Here at Stanford, I serve on the executive board of the Stanford Democrats. I'm also on the board of directors of the Stanford Daily. I had the great joy of living in Soto my frosh year, and I'm excited to now live in Branner. I've also been involved with the Stanford Axe Committee and Stanford in Government.
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, as part of a series of projects aimed at improving the public discourse and engagement, I've been 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 enshrining as a basic principle the proactive release of public records whenever practicable.
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.