2017-2018 Board of Directors
Roshaan Siddiqui, President, has a profound passion for the interconnectivity of business and engineering. To develop these interests, Roshaan has actively shaped his robotics team for six years as the lead programmer and builder. For his efforts, Roshaan has received recognition from various news outlets and has been given the famed FIRST Robotics’s Dean’s List Award. Prior to his presidency, Roshaan sat on the executive board of club as the Chief Strategy Officer. Through his leadership at the Junior Economic Club, Roshaan hopes to continue inspiring others around him and contribute a unique perspective to the JEC so that its members have more exciting opportunities to visibly impact the city of Chicago.
Carina, Vice President, with a bi-cultural background, Carina aspires to make an impact through contributing her best ideas to the cause of social policy, education reform, and youth empowerment. She is a KINETIC youth leader at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, where she persistently fights for the rights of immigrant, refugee, and undocumented students in CPS. Carina is also a member of the Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council, where she represents the students of Illinois and brings recommendations to the state policy-makers. Aside from advocacy, Carina was always intrigued by the idea of entrepreneurship, and this developed into a passion after attending the MIT Launch incubator. One of Carina’s biggest goals for the year is to empower more students in Chicago to launch startups and solve real problems in their communities through our partnership with 2112.
Nathan Medow, Chief Operating Officer, has a deep passion for teaching financial literacy. He is a member of the Magnetar Youth Investment Academy, as well as the founder of Everyday Economics at Walter Payton High School, a club that focuses on teaching the practical aspects of economics to students who do not want to a pursue a career in business. He enjoys reselling limited shoes and clothing for profit. He hopes to use the JEC to share his passion for financial literacy by working with the City of Chicago’s Treasurer’s Office to develop programs that will increase financial education among high school students as well as further developing the Youth Council.
Natalie Wexler is the Chief Innovation Officer of the Junior Economic Club. Natalie is the founder and CEO of Thoughtswap, a soon-to-be released app that enables communication between users based upon shared hobbies and interests. Natalie is a former "Sports Illustrated Kid Reporter" and "Scholastic Kids Press Corps" reporter. Natalie is a longtime member of the Second City Youth and Teen Performance Ensembles. As CIO, Natalie is excited to think of and execute ideas for people to become more aware of the Club and what the members are up to.
Alan Phung, Director of Ambassadors, is an extremely involved individual. He is a scholar of the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholar Program, Alumni of the Yale Young Global Scholar, and the Executive Director of the Youth Alliance for Climate Action. He also has his own startup company called Absolute Media Marketing. His passions are in business and economics and he always looks for ways to connect them to other fields like the climate change. He wants to use his passion to help the students in his community to gain new experiences that change their lives and turn them into the next generation of leaders.
Matthew Turk, Chief Technology Officer, has a distinct passion for economics, astrophysics, and technology. His interests have led him to learn eight programming languages, publish four iOS apps and three websites. He is the winner of office space from the OpenBuild Lacuna hackathon. Matthew rows varsity crew at Chicago Rowing Foundation, a nationally ranked program funded by a grant from the U.S. Olympic Committee, and he leads an astrophysics club at his school. He plans to further develop his interests and skillset and looks to implement larger scale projects in the near future. Matthew hopes to continue to progress his career and inspire others around him to contribute thrilling new perspectives to the JEC so that its members have more exciting opportunities to visibly impact the city of Chicago and economic organizations across the world.
Nia Robinson, Chief Marketing Officer, is a passionate, ambitious high school student with a strong background in economics and community service. She is a regional board member for Key Club International's Illinois-Eastern Iowa District where she serves as the Lieutenant Governor, running the Key Clubs in the city division. Nia also is a public speaker at many events in her community, including Junior Achievement’s 2016 Chicago Business Hall of Fame. She has a special interest in economics and writes for On the Money Magazine, which publishes articles on finance and economics for over 8,000 teens in the city of Chicago. Employing her love to engage in her community, Nia hopes to promote Junior Economic Club to more students in the city of Chicago.