2017-2018 Board of Directors
Fanxuan, President. As the first female President of the Junior Economic Club of Chicago, Fanxuan aspires to make an impact through contributing her best ideas to the cause of social policy, education reform, and youth empowerment. She is the Co-Chair of Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council, where she persistently fights for the rights of immigrant, refugee, and undocumented students in Chicago Public Schools and brings recommendations to the state policy-makers. FanXuan is also the Co-President of On the Money Magazine, where she writes articles on financial literacy that reaches over 9,000 CPS students each semester. Aside from advocacy, Fanxuan developed a passion of social entrepreneurship after attending the MIT Launch incubator. One of Fanxuan’s biggest goals for the year is to continue empower students in Chicago to launch startups and solve real problems in their communities through our partnership with 2112 Inc.
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.
Allison Cavallo, Chief Financial Officer, is passionate about addressing social issues through public policy, community engagement, and youth empowerment. Her goals for the year include restarting JEC’s Youth Economics Council and inspiring more students to pursue economics education. Outside of JEC, Allison volunteers with refugee girls, sings in the Whitney Young Concert Choir, competes in Model United Nations, and discusses community issues. She is also Co-Director of the Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action, chairing the CPS Sustainability Board and empowering students to take action in their own schools. She loves to read, travel, and listen to music, and she hopes to study economics or public health at university.
Nina Boord, Chief Marketing Officer, plans on pursuing a career in technology and business. Nina is the CEO and co-founder of Teen Insider Magazine, an informative online magazine written by and for high school students. Additionally, she interns at MakerGirl, an initiative that brings 3D printing and STEM to younger girls. Nina knows four coding languages, and participated in a 7-week Girls Who Code program last summer. Through networking, she has received free memberships to the two largest business incubators in Chicago, 2112 and 1871, and hopes to use them to expand her magazine. Finally, Nina plays water polo and has a passion for photography and writing. Her goals for JEC this year are to expand membership to underrepresented schools, continue JEC's partnership with 2112, and seek out new opportunities for JEC's members.
Natalie Wexler: Editor of The Junior Economist publication
Natalie is a former Chief Marketing Officer, and Chief Innovation officer of The JEC, and she is looking forward to her new role as Editor of the Junior Economist. Natalie is also a reporter for Girl Tribe Magazine, and a former reporter for The Scholastic Kids Press Corp, and Sports Illustrated Kids. Natalie is interested in entrepreneurship, and was the founder of an app called Thoughtswap. Natalie is also interested in the business of entertainment, and is an intern at Amarok productions, a Chicago based film and TV production studio, and she performs improv with The Second City Teen Ensemble.
Tiana Luo, Director of Ambassadors, is an avid researcher in policy-making and behavioral economics, with experience in running her family's small business and trading stocks. At her school, Tiana is a co-founder of Defining Justice, a moral philosophy club exploring ethics and personal beliefs, and she leads the Christian club. Tiana has won awards for speech, essay, and financial literacy in the national competitions Business Professionals of America and Academic Decathlon. She loves reading economic treatises, theology, and 19th century literature. Tiana is a frequent writer for Teen Insider Magazine about money and current events. A firm believer in equality of opportunity, she spends one night a week serving in a Chinese-language fellowship for immigrants and international students.