Student Staff


Annie Wanless is a senior from Oakland, California, majoring in Political Science and Economics with a minor in Consumer Behavior. On campus, Annie is a Trustee Scholar and member of the Trojan Scholars Society. Annie is a recipient of the Diana Chudacoff Levin Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and an initiate of Phi Beta Kappa. Off campus, Annie interns at Benenson Strategy Group, learning about polling and strategy. This summer, Annie interned in the Public Affairs & Crisis practice at Burson-Marsteller in Washington, D.C., working on several international and technology industry clients. She has also interned with The Raben Group, a public policy and strategic communications firm in downtown Los Angeles. Annie has also worked as a Social Media Intern for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. Annie is interested in public affairs and campaign communications and hopes to pursue a career in these fields after graduation.




Brianna Johnson is a sophomore from Dallas, Texas, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Economics. She is a Presidential Scholar and a member of the Trojan Scholars Society. This past summer, she interned at The Raben Group, a political consulting firm, and is currently interning at the LA Mayor’s office. On campus, she is a Resident Assistant, a student leader in YoungLife USC, and a trip lead for Peaks and Professors. She has also been involved in on campus research, Undergraduate Student Government, the Teaching International Relations Program, and the Polymathic Academy. She is interested in campaign communications and public policy and hopes to pursue a career in these fields after graduation.


Lida Dianti is a junior from Los Angeles, California majoring in International Relations with a regional emphasis in the Middle East. In addition to working at the Institute, she also interns at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She spent Spring semester of 2015 as an intern researching immigration integration for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. On campus, she has written opinion pieces for the Daily Trojan and is a member of the pre-law fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta. Upon graduating from USC, Lida hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in human rights law. 



Rebecca Harbeck is a freshman double majoring in Economics and Sociology. She previously clerked at David Wells & Associates, an estate law firm, and currently coaches students in policy debate at The Harker School in San Jose, CA. Outside of the classroom, she is Founder and President of the China Care Club at USC, writer for US-China Today at the USC US-China Institute, intern for the Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment, External Events Associate for the Asian American Business Association, recipient of the Trojan Debate Scholarship, member of the Trojan Debate Squad, volunteer tutor with the Joint Educational Program, and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, a National Honors Society for first year students. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and baking. Rebecca intends on pursuing consulting in the future, connecting her interests in communications and public speaking, problem-solving, and research. 


Enrique Licon is a junior from El Paso, Texas, double majoring in Political Science and Economics. He is currently interning at HSG campaigns and has extensive experience working in political campaigns in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. He is a Gates Millennium Scholar and was awarded the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Outside of the classroom, Enrique is the co-founder of Objetivo Juarez, a bi-national non-profit organization dedicated in raising awareness and helping communities in need. He volunteers for the Joint Educational System, forms part of AEM Jovenes USC, and plays for the USC Club Baseball team. After graduating, Enrique hopes to pursue a career in law and politics. 

Laura Reilly is a junior working toward a dual degree in Political Science and Public Policy with a minor in Spanish. She has conducted research with Green Dot Public Schools and serves as a delegate in student government, the co-chair of the Caruso Center’s Homeless ministry, and an ambassador for USC’s Club H2O. With the Levin scholarship, Laura currently interns at, a non-profit dedicated to improving global access to clean water. Upon graduation Laura hopes to earn a JD & MPP and to pursue a career in education law. 

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