DC Dialogues is a student-led initiative created to engage the NYU DC community in key discussions on politics, culture, business, environment, education – and more. Through active participation from the student body, DC Dialogues will convene prominent experts of various perspectives to discuss matters most captivating to students.
Gabriel Avalos is a sophomore at NYU double-majoring in Politics and Media, Culture, and Communication. From Cerritos, California, Gabriel is excited to make the most of his semester studying in the nation's capital. When not studying or working at his internship, he spends the majority of his free time listening to music and reading books on music history. Gabriel hopes to pursue a career in public service and plans on fighting to improve the lives of working people.
Yihan (Coco) Hua was born in Harbin, China. She is a freshman from the New York Campus. She plans to double major in psychology and food studies. Coco loves swimming, playing ping pong, and practicing taekwondo. She always likes trying different foods around the world and learning new languages. Coco is still working on her Spanish and planning to start learning German. She looking forward to working with her peers this semester.
Riley is an LS Freshman from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. After this semester he will transition to his home campus in New York, where he will double major in Economics and Mathematics. He chose NYU for its study abroad opportunities, to be closer to his family, and with the goal of one day making the city his home. He is excited to join the DC Dialogues team and be a part of promoting and planning events that foster great discussion and learning for students at NYU.
Payton Summers is a freshman in the Liberal Studies program at NYU, from Houston, Texas. She plans to major in linguistics with a focus in Italian and minor in history. She spends most of her time translating literature, finding new shows to binge watch on Netflix, or spending time with friends. Working in technology has been something that she’s been passionate about her entire life, ranging from AVP in middle school through technical theatre in high school. Currently, Payton wants to focus on furthering her own knowledge of languages and finding a path for her future.
Tom McIntyrye works to identify public programming opportunities for the Washington, DC site. He seeks out and manages VIP speakers, links programs to academic initiatives at NYU, builds audiences, and connects events to other NYU global sites. In addition, he initiates and facilitates the participation of national experts and scholars, policymakers, professionals and entrepreneurs in both classroom lectures and special program events. Coordinating with other NYU administrators and faculty, he creates and maintains a robust program and event schedule including symposium, speaker series, lectures, and extra-curricular programming. Tom oversees the NYU DC internship program by managing the relationships with the internship providers and ensuring placements for NYU students. He works with the Assistant Vice President for Government Affairs on State Department and Embassy initiatives in Washington, DC and abroad in order to ensure that technical issues such as visas are addressed and programmatic possibilities are explored. He is the founder and director of NYU Washington, DC's DC Dialogues program.
Tom is also the Deputy Director of Programming and Outreach of New York University’s John Brademas Center where he oversees the Center’s program agenda, acts as the Congressional liaison and coordinates its Congressional Internship Program. Recently, collaborating with other Congressional centers, he has created The Young Leaders Network, connecting today’s young leaders to established policymakers, experts and mentors in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining the Brademas Center, he acted as the office administrator for New York University’s office of government and community affairs. From 1999 until 2004, Tom worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), and was the Senator’s Director of Correspondence. Tom received his B.A. from The Catholic University of America with minors in Philosophy and Religious Studies and earned his Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in management of public and nonprofit organizations from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
Tom enjoys running around the Arboritum and exploring DC nightlife. He is an avid traveler having visited nearly 40 countries and has flown enough miles to circle the earth 60 times. He looks forward to working with students on their professional career goals while they live, study and work in the city he calls home.
Polly Terzian earned her Bachelor of Arts in Policy Management and Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Studies, with honors at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She studied abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador and Mendoza, Argentina and was a member of the cross country and track & field teams all four years. She worked at an event planning company in downtown DC before joining NYU Washington, DC and is a DC native.
Otelo Reggy-Beane, Content Manager
Bridget Galvin, Operations Manager
Alexandra Mathew, Communications Manager
Kai Byron, Communications Manager
Katelyn Frazier, Operations Manager
Evan Lodge, Operations Manager
Andrew Lusk, Content Manager
Mia Granek, Operations Manager
Mia Granek, Facilitation Manager
Kevin Kim, Operations Manager
James Pooler, Program Manager
Jennifer Tang, Communications and Outreach Manager
Luke Buttenwieser, Content/Operations Manager
Brianna Hall, Communications Manager
Ethan Liu, Content/Operations Manager
Payton Summers, Technical Manager
Pedro Tijerina, Content/Operations Manager
Leslie Kimura, Operations Manager
Winnie Kong, Communications Manager
Valia Mitsakis, Content Manager
Cynthia Orizaba, Content Manager
Carol Wu, Communications Manager
Louis Dalle, Operations Manager
Emily Fagel, Content Manager
Lillian Kerinek, Communications Manager
Rachel Moorman Miki, Student Volunteer
Millicent Wong, Technology Manager
Nofar Hamray, Program Manager
Jose A Morales, Operations Manager
Zhijie (Mark) Sun, Operations Manager