Former Presidents

Leo Kantrow
President 2021-2022 | Northwestern University

Leo Kantrow graduated from Walter Payton College Prep and is now studying economics at Northwestern University. In high school, Leo led his school’s economics team to success in a number of business and investment-related competitions, and participated in several other clubs and activities. He is currently working as a part time analyst at Magnetar Capital.

Eileen Ye
Vice President 2021-2022 | Harvard University

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.

Lizzy Brahin
Chicago President 2020-2021 | Harvard College

Lizzy Brahin graduated from Walter Payton College Prep and is studying Applied Math & Economics at Harvard University. She is passionate about increasing access to financial education and, in addition to JEC, led On the Money Magazine and served as a Peer Money Mentor. Lizzy also founded Queens United Chess, where she developed a CPS-funded program empowering girls in chess. She has been recognized as a Coolidge Senator, a GE-Reagan Scholarship Semifinalist, and a Finalist in both the Wharton Global Investment Competition and National Personal Finance Challenge.

Baha Kharoofa
Chicago Vice President 2020-2021 | University of Michigan

Baha Kharoofa graduated from Saint Ignatius College Prep and is attending the University of Michigan. In high school, he was the President of the Robotics Team, the President of the Medical Club, and the Vice President of the Entrepreneurship Club at Saint Ignatius. He continuously volunteered at Care for Real, a food pantry in the north side of Chicago, and has interned at NewMedical Technology, a medical device company that creates scar refinement systems, during the summer.

Nina Boord
Chicago President 2019-2020 | Stanford University

Nina graduated from Jones College Prep and is now studying engineering and entrepreneurship at Stanford University. She is the founder and former CEO of Teen Insider, an online magazine for high school students. In addition, she has interned at MakerGirl, a nonprofit that exposes girls ages 7-10 to STEM through 3D printing, and BundlAR, an augmented reality tech startup.

Tiana Luo
Chicago Vice President 2019-2020 | Yale College

Tiana graduated from Northside College Prep in 2020. She is studying economics at Yale University. A Coolidge Scholarship finalist and former president of 2 school community clubs, Tiana continues to read widely and write avidly.

Carina Peng
Chicago President 2018-2019 | Harvard College

Carina graduated from Northside College Prep and is now studying economics at Harvard University. In addition to JEC, she acted as the Student Advisory Council Co-Chair at the Illinois Board of Education and fought for a CPS curriculum that better helps immigrant students. She also started a business through MIT’s LaunchX program.

Roshaan Siddiqui
Chicago President 2017-2018 | Wesleyan University

Roshaan graduated from Chicago Math & Science Academy and is now studying Computer Science at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is currently the VP of Operations at YouthHack and a software engineer intern at MassVR.

Miro Ehrfeld
Chicago President 2016-2017 | Georgetown University

Miro graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep and is currently studying Global Business at Georgetown University. He has interned for congresswoman Cheri Bustos, worked in Tanzania to implement business proposals, and is active in the Students of Georgetown, Inc.

Maggie Browdy
Chicago Vice President 2016-2017 | University of Pennsylvania

Maggie graduated from Whitney Young and is now studying business at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She has interned at PrintWithMe, Sidekick Education, the University of Chicago, and Chase Bank.

Sam Lurye
Chicago President and Founder 2014-2016 | Stanford University

Sam graduated from Lincoln Park High School and studied electrical engineering at Stanford University. He was the CEO and Co-Founder of Social Synergy Media and created a dating app for high school students. He was also a researcher at Nero Prosthetic Systems Laboratory. He is now the Founder and CEO of Kargo.

Samir Hadzic
Chicago Vice President and Founder 2014-2016 | Columbia University

Samir graduated from Lincoln Park High School and Columbia University with a degree in Statistics. At Lincoln Park, he started the Chess Institute of Chicago to give free chess education to elementary school students. He has since worked in analyst and data science roles at Applecart and Roc 360. He is now a data scientist at Chowbus.