The POFA Team

As of Fall 2021, POFA’s team includes ten fantastic students at Johns Hopkins University. From social media strategists and audio experts to political science nerds, the POFA team has it all!

Co-Founder and Head Producer

Zach Wheeler

Zach is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and a current second-year student at SAIS. He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His favorite episode of the podcast is 5G Wireless with Dr. James Lewis, because it was the first episode POFA ever did at a think tank.

Editor-in-Chief

Amanda Yuen

Amanda is a senior at Johns Hopkins majoring in International Studies and Anthropology. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA and in her free time loves baking and trying new DIY projects. Her favorite POFA episodes are Becoming Kim Jung Un episode with Dr. Jung Pak and Uighur and Human Rights with Olivia Enos. 

Chief Financial Officer

Cameron Brown

Cam is a senior at Johns Hopkins studying cognitive science and Spanish. He is originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Post Production Team

Samuel Koh

Samuel Kho is a sophomore at John’s Hopkins university majoring in Neuroscience. He is from Fullerton, California. His favourite episode is Japan’s economic miracle because it was the first narrative pod released on POFA.

Host

Chris Park

Chris Park is a rising junior at Johns Hopkins University.

Chief Executive Officer

Julia An

Julia is a junior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in International Studies and Molecular & Cellular Biology. She is from Nashville, Tennessee. Her favorite episode of the podcast is the Politics of Humanitarian Aid with Dr. Ilil Benjamin because it was the first episode she created with POFA!

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

franz Osilia

Franz is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and a current second-year student at SAIS. He is from Lake Forest, Illinois, but he was born in Venezuela. His favorite episode of the podcast is Populism with Dr. Yascha Mounk!

Chief Marketing Officer

Indi Aufranc

Indi is a sophomore at Johns Hopkins studying international studies. She is originally from Wellesley, Massachusetts. Her favorite episode of POFA is China’s Belt and Road Initiative with Dr. Daniel Markey.

Vice President of Operations

Lauren Zou

Lauren is a sophomore at Johns Hopkins studying international studies and economics. She is originally from Scarsdale, New York.

Host and Social Media Team

Andres Meijia

Andy is a junior at Johns Hopkins studying international studies and sociology. He is originally from Silver Spring, Maryland.

POFA ALumni

Chief Marketing Officer (2020 – 2021)

Fabiana Corsi Mendez

Fabi graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A in Public Health and Political Science. Her hometown is Pembroke Pines, FL, but she was born in Venezuela. Her favorite episode of the podcast is Mexico’s Economic Spiral with Dr. Ryan Berg!

Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief (2017-2021)

Megan Rutkai

Megan Rutkai graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in International Studies and sociology. She is originally from Annapolis, Maryland, and in her free time she enjoys sailing and reading Persuasion magazine. Her favorite episode is USAID and Great Power Competition with Bonnie Glick.