Nikita Agrawal, National President, is a senior at Whitney Young High School in Chicago. She previously served on the JEC Chicago Board of Directors as Vice President during the 2022-23 school year. Nikita is an entrepreneur and was recognized as a Prudential Emerging Visionaries Grand Prize Winner by Prudential Financial, Ashoka, and the Financial Health Network. She is also a karate black belt and avid martial arts practitioner, having received both national and regional level awards. Nikita spends her free time solving 1000+ piece jigsaw puzzles, listening to music, and biking.
Rahul Kochar, National Vice President, is a senior at the Riverdale Country School in New York City. He is a co-leader of his school's Finance and Economics Club, and he enjoys giving back to his community by tutoring students in his local area in mathematics. He served as Chief Financial Officer of the New York branch of the JEC during the 2022-2023 school year. Rahul has always had an interest in economics and business, and he'd like to work in the finance world when he is older. Rahul has been playing basketball throughout his entire life, and he enjoys spending time with friends and family. He has also recently become interested in watching Formula 1 and playing golf.
Sohan Bendre, National Director of Marketing, is a senior at Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago. His interests include industrial engineering, applied mathematics, business, and public policy. Previously, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer of JEC Chicago for the 2022-23 school year. Outside of JEC, he leads the American India Foundation (AIF) Junior Board of Chicago, which is currently fundraising to provide mental health resources for underserved communities in India. Additionally, he is a 3-time AIME qualifier, and also participates on his school's varsity chess team, which recently placed 3rd overall at the IHSA 2023 State Chess Championships. He loves playing soccer, and one of his favorite experiences was playing in the soccer Youth World Cup in Sweden in 2017. In his free time, Sohan enjoys traveling, exploring Chicago, and trying different types of food. He is excited to continue growing the positive and meaningful impact that JEC has on his community and throughout the nation.
Justin Wang, National Director of Strategic Initiatives and Atlanta Chapter President, is a senior at Lambert High School, where he serves as Founder and President of the Economics Club, Captain of the Economics Team, and President of the Investment Club. Previously, Justin has served as the Atlanta chapter’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, wherein he founded the Atlanta Youth Economic Council and the UNG Nighthawks Essay Competition. Outside of school and JEC, Justin is passionate about getting involved in end-to-end healthcare policymaking processes; he serves a Health Economics Researcher at the University of Georgia's College of Public Health, a National Youth Advisory Board Member at the School-Based Health Alliance, and a Legislative Fellow at the Georgia General Assembly's House of Representatives. Through these diverse experiences, Justin hopes to drive change and bring equitable healthcare access to many of the socioeconomically-challenged populations living in the United States.
Carlos Murillo, National Director of The Junior Economist, is a senior at Whitney Young High School in Chicago, IL. He is particularly passionate about finance, economics, and music. At his school, Carlos runs the investment team, which placed top 10 in the Investing Challenge USA competition. Additionally, as Co-president of his school's Business Professionals of America chapter, Carlos has qualified for the National Leadership Conference twice and helped others achieve the same. Additionally, Carlos created Whitney Young FBLA, which swept the State competition in its first year competing. Outside of business and economics, Carlos is an avid musician. He is a member of the Ravinia Jazz Scholars, a prestigious program that incorporates the best young jazz musicians in Illinois. Additionally, Carlos produces House music and plays in a rock band. In his free time, Carlos enjoys watching Formula 1, exploring Chicago, and playing/producing music with others.
Bella Brown, National Director of Events, is a junior at Walter Payton College Prep. She is Vice President of her school's Business Outlook Team as well as being involved in her school’s Economics & Investment Team. Outside of school, she enjoys tutoring elementary students in math and furthering her own knowledge through personal finance courses. She is interested in the world of business but is especially drawn to behavioral economics. Bella is a competitive dancer, and in her free time, she loves binging a good TV show and spending time with her friends and family.