The POFA Team

In Spring 2021, POFA’s team includes twelve fantastic students at Johns Hopkins University. From social media strategists and audio experts to political science nerds, the POFA team has it all


Julia An

Chief Executive Officer

Julia is a second-year student at Johns Hopkins University majoring in International Studies and Molecular & Cellular Biology. She is from Nashville, Tennessee. Her favorite episode of the podcast is the Politics of Humanitarian Aid with Dr. Ilil Benjamin because it was the first episode she created with POFA! Julia is the cooliest~~~

Zach Wheeler

Co-Founder and Head Imagineer

Zach is a fourth-year student at Johns Hopkins University studying International Relations. He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His favorite episode of the podcast is 5G wireless with Dr. James Lewis, because it was the first episode POFA ever did at a think tank.

Fabiana Corsi Mendez

Chief Media Strategist

Fabi is a third year student at Johns Hopkins University studying Public Health and Political Science. Her hometown is Pembroke Pines, FL, but she was born in Venezuela. Her favorite episode of the podcast is Mexico’s Economic Spiral with Dr. Ryan Berg!

Franz Osilia

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Franz is a fourth-year student at Johns Hopkins University, studying International Studies and Economics. He is from Lake Forest, Illinois, but he was born in Venezuela. His favorite episode of the podcast is Populism with Dr. Yascha Mounk!

Amanda Yuen

Chief Financial Officer

Amanda is a junior at Johns Hopkins majoring in International Studies and Anthropology. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA and in her free time loves baking and trying new DIY projects. Her favorite POFA episodes are Becoming Kim Jung Un episode with Dr. Jung Pak and Uighur and Human Rights with Olivia Enos. 

Megan Rutkai

Editor in Chief & Co-Founder

Megan Rutkai studies International Studies and sociology as a fourth year student at Johns Hopkins University. She is originally from Annapolis, Maryland, and in her free time she enjoys sailing and reading Persuasion magazine. Her favorite episode is USAID and Great Power Competition with Bonnie Glick.

Andres Mejia

Host & Social Media Team

Andy is a sophomore at Johns Hopkins studying international studies and sociology. He is originally from Silver Spring Maryland.

Indi Aufranc

Host & Social Media Team

Indi is a freshman at Johns Hopkins studying international studies. She is originally from Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Cameron Brown

Host

Cam is a junior at Johns Hopkins studying cognitive science and Spanish. He is originally from Hershey Pennsylvania.

Lauren Zou

Host & Social Media Team

Lauren is a freshman at Johns Hopkins studying international studies and economics. She is originally from Scarsdale New York.