Meet the Executive Team
Shawn Haq: Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Shawn Haq is a policy wonk with an interest in public service. In high school, he was the California State Champion in Congressional Debate by the largest margin in state history and was elected Student Body President of the National Speech and Debate Association's 120,000 students. Two years ago Shawn founded the Millennial Institute, a national nonprofit organization, which now has staff in 5 states and Washington D.C. He worked as a community organizer with Environment America before joining the Policy Team of Attorney General Kamala Harris' US Senate campaign. He currently works at the Office of U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris where his legislative focuses include National Security, Intelligence, Criminal Justice, Environment, and Transportation. When he isn't speaking, debating, or writing, he is listening to Hamilton non-stop. 
Jane Irons: Chief Operations Officer
Jane Irons is a sophomore at Yale University. She previously attended Marlborough School for Girls in Los Angeles, California where she was the captain of the parliamentary debate and speech team. She was a member of the U.S. National Debate Team and is currently a member of the Yale Debate Association. She has received several international debate awards including 1st place speaker and 2nd place team at the Slovenia National Debate Tournament, 1st place speaker at the Old Parkland Invitational, 3rd place speaker and semifinal team at the Chinese National Debating Championships, and 2nd place team at the U.S. National Championships. She also coaches debate at both middle and high school levels. Aside from debate, she has done biochemistry research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and likes to read, write, and draw.
Phillip Hedayatnia: Chief Technology Officer
Phillip Hedayatnia is a freshman at Rice University in Houston, Texas. A serial entrepreneur, Phil serves as CEO and co-founder of GoForge, Inc., a developer hosting and machine learning startup based in Palo Alto, California. Phil is also active in Speech & Debate as a finalist at the 2015 Tournament of Champions and a top 12 speaker internationally in World Schools Debate. Phil also founded Fight for Forensics, a nonprofit/resource organization for speech & debate developing online curriculum, conducting studies on the impact of debate, and working with municipal governments to establish a greater focus on extracurriculars within schools. Aside from entrepreneurship, Phillip also leads the City Club of Cleveland's Youth Council as President, where he moderates nationally televised public forums on civic issues for C-SPAN, NPR, and PBS. He enjoys playing tennis, ultimate frisbee, bowling, and cycling.
Edward Millet: Chief Business Officer
Edward Millet is a freshmen at Moorpark College studying Political Science and Business. He comes from a long line of diplomats and wants to carry on that tradition. He previously was an intern for congresswoman Julia Brownley. Edward considers himself to be a people person and has served as a camp counselor, on a youth team for his church for 4 years and served on the advisory board for the youth program as well. He has always had a passion for politics and through his life has helped his parents fundraise and volunteer for many organizations. Edward is from Paris, France and he currently holds dual U.S. and French citizenship, which in his mind allows him to offer a world view on all matters of life. In high School he played water polo and served as his team's MVP his sophomore year. In his spare time he enjoys playing sports, watching football, hanging out with friends, and engaging in political debates.
Clara Varner: Chief Media Officer
Clara Varner is currently a Junior at Cal State Los Angeles studying Communication for Social Change. She has a deep passion for political communication and hopes to provide a platform for political change in the world. Clara was an active member of the Bernie Sanders for Santa Monica College club where she got many college students registered to vote and informed these voters about the candidate. Clara worked for the Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate campaign where she assisted the digital department with social media, generated briefings, and traveled on the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) bus. When Clara is not campaigning or studying, she enjoys working out, actively engaging in political conversations, and hanging with her cat Walter.
 

Rachel Chiu: Communications Director
Rachel Chiu is a sophomore at the University of Southern California studying Political Science and Communication. She currently works at the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, where she assists in the planning and execution of mayoral and community events and composes briefing reports in preparation for the Mayor’s official appearances. Previously, she worked for the Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate campaign, where she aided staff members in writing policy memos & legislation digests, contributed to donor research and voter outreach, and assisted in the execution of special events. Rachel also worked as a political journalist for Annenberg Media, covering events at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions during the summer of 2016 and leading up to the presidential election. She served as a campaign field researcher as a freshman in college and is a proud alumna of the We the People program at the Center for Civic Education. Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends & family, and tweets often about politics and The Bachelor.
Iain Lampert: Editor-in Chief
Iain Lampert is pursuing an M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Learning at the George Washington University. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from UCLA. Iain is a lifelong advocate for Speech and Debate; he has founded six teams, coached winners of over 3,000 individual awards (including over 300 individual championships), received the National Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the activity, and currently serves as both chairman for the West Los Angeles district of the National Speech and Debate Association and secretary of the Tri-County Forensics League. During his time as a high school competitor, Iain set a record for the number of Impromptu Speaking championships in a single season; during his college years, he won the American Mock Trial Association’s national championship twice. He currently serves as Speech and Debate director for the iLEAD Schools. Iain loves improv, musical theater, trivia, nature walks, and wearing glasses to make himself look smarter.