National Student Board

Leo Kantrow

Leo Kantrow, President, is a senior at Walter Payton College Prep, where he leads the economics and investment team, participates in math team and chess team, and is a member of NHS. Leo led his team to a 2nd place finish in the Wharton Global Investment Competition, for which he constructed a unique, Monte Carlo-based simulation model. In addition, he placed 1st in both rounds of the Northwestern Economics Tournament and 1st in the written competition of the UChicago Pre-Collegiate Business and Economics Competition. Outside of school, Leo takes classes at Harold Washington College and interns for the Economic Awareness Council, where he writes articles and conducts financial education presentations. In his free time, Leo likes to take walks, play cards, and spend time with family and friends.

Eileen Ye
Vice President

Eileen Ye is a senior at the Brearley School where she works with girls to foster their love of STEM. In addition to being the co-founder of the Technology Club, where she teaches members about current debates in technology, she volunteers and teaches at both the Middle School Math Team and Computer Science Club, and she is the co-captain of the Upper School Math Team. Eileen has won numerous awards in competitive mathematics, including the inaugural Maryam Mirzakhani AMC 10 award. She is an avid competitive programmer and plans to pursue a career in computer science and business.

Cole Francis
Director of Operations

Cole Francis is a senior at Jones College Prep with over two years of experience on the JEC Board of Directors. Cole lives in Hyde Park, and his main interests lie in bettering the environment and his community, vegetarianism, cycling, thrifting, exploring various art mediums, and volunteering. He has experience planning/executing business ventures and events as well as managing/growing social media channels with various organizations. He is the Co-President of Black Leaders and Mentors and Student Body Treasurer of the Student Government Association at Jones HS. Cole loves to travel around and outside of Chicago and try different cultural cuisines. He is eager to help JEC meet its exciting goals.

Brian Lin
Director of Marketing

Born and raised in New York City, Brian is a senior at Brooklyn Technical High School in the Finance Major. His interests are in business, activism, and sustainability. Brian has experience in marketing, budgeting, planning, and designing. At school, he leads the Finance Major & Club and created his own initiative to empower and educate minorities about social issues in society. His end goal is to have a positive impact on low-income and underprivileged families around the world. During his free time, Brian enjoys volunteering, exploring the city, and trying the newest food trends with his friends.

Olivia Ruffalo
Director of Initiatives

Olivia Ruffalo is a senior at Benet Academy. She plans to pursue a career in either law or finance. Olivia is a member of her school’s campus ministry program, concert choir, varsity golf team, and student government. She is also a member of the volunteer committee at the Necahual Foundation, which aims at improving the lives of orphans in Guadalajara, Mexico. She enjoys frequently volunteering at junior golf camps to teach elementary students the sport that she loves. She spends her free time competing in IJGA golf tournaments, developing her culinary skills, working at a local small business, and spending time with family and friends.

Oscar Boccelli
Director of Expansion

Oscar Boccelli is a senior at Walter Payton College Prep, where he is interested in Behavioral Economics and Cognitive Science. He is a Finance & Legal Associate Intern at Manifest, a startup that helps make 401k transfer seamless. He is also the Finance Team Lead at On The Money Magazine, a for teens by teens magazine publication that reaches 9000 youth through various mediums. At Payton, he is a member of National Honors Society, and also serves as the Treasurer of Student Government. In his free time, he enjoys playing board games and hanging out with friends.

Harman Dhilon
Director of the Junior Economist

Harman Dhillon is a senior attending the STEM Academy at Bartlett High School. She is Vice President of her school’s chapter of National Honors Society, Historian of Student Academy Council, and Secretary of French Club. She is also an Intern at On the Money Magazine and founder of People Project Magazine. In her free time, Harman likes to read, write, go out to the city, and spend time with her friends. She plans to study engineering as a career while continuing to pursue her interests in business and entrepreneurship.

Claire McHugh
Director of Technology

Claire McHugh, Chief Technology Officer, is a senior at Walter Payton College Prep. She is the President of Get Coding; Co-Leader of the annual Code.Chi conference and Co-Head of School Outreach; Co-Founder, Co-Leader, and Director of Social Media for the Payton chapter of Females for Finance led by Yale students; and member of the 2nd place team of the 2021 Wharton Global High School Investment Competition. Her passions include multi-day backpacking in alpine Colorado, playing Varsity volleyball, and reading books by organizational psychologist Dr. Benjamin Hardy.