Sister Spotlights

Olivia Franklin

Class of 2016

Meet our motivated and inspiring sister Olivia, a History and Communications double major from Cohasset, MA! She recently was awarded a very competitive job with Teach For America in Chicago. Olivia’s passion for education began with her cousin’s participation in the organization, which inspired her to intern there during her sophomore year. Her other internships with organizations, such as the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, helped her pursue her passion as well. This year, she worked as the TFA Campus Campaign Coordinator in order to recruit students and spread awareness for American education issues such as the achievement gap. Aside from her impressive work with TFA, she has held various leadership positions on the GW campus, including being the former Vice President of Philanthropic Service for Sigma Kappa and the former Secretary of Order of Omega, Greek Honors Fraternity. Olivia says she is excited to pursue her career in education in order to “get into the classroom and start making an impact on students' lives!” We wish her the best of luck and are very proud to call her our sister!

Allie Coukos

Class of 2018

Meet our political and perfΣKt sister, Allie! She hails from Newton, MA and is likely double majoring in Communication and Political Science with a focus on Public Policy. We are proud to recognize Allie’s innovative work through her website, The Capitoline! Allie’s interest sparked with her family’s deep interest in politics. “[My family] always felt that it was, and is, extremely important to be up to date on current events”. Her interest as a child soon grew into a fascination as she got older. This, paired alongside her love of writing, made her want to pursue political news in an unbiased way: “it was really important to me to either write objectively or give both sides of the story.” Her co-written website, The Capitoline, began after she discussed the issue of soundbites and the difficulty of understanding politics as a college student. Her friend suggested making an unbiased news source for college students, and together, they started the website. Now, Allie writes about anything she finds interesting, from satire pieces to economic issues. The most exciting part of her job is making a difference: "So many college students feel like their vote doesn’t matter. They don’t understand why politics matter. I feel so lucky that Allie and I are getting the opportunity to hopefully change how college students view politics and help them understand that they have the opportunity to change their future. We’re able to give them the tools to help make those informed decisions.” We are so proud to call Allie our sister and can’t wait to see what The Capitoline accomplishes in the future!

Maddie Bronstein

Class of 2017

I spent my summer living and working here in DC with a startup public affairs and communications firm, Clyde Group. We’re a small office (there’s 13 of us in the entire company), but what we lack in size we make up for in creativity and hard work! Working in communications in DC is a blast- the politics, policy, and energy around the city keeps my job interesting and offers endless opportunities to learn something or meet someone new. In July, I traveled with my team to Philadelphia to work with the media center for the Democratic Convention, Studio 2016. Contributing to this election and watching history unfold around me was incredible, and as someone who loves politics and media, it was an unreal opportunity. Watching my party nominate the first major female candidate for president wasn’t too bad either!

Chloe Becker

Class of 2020

I'm helping an organization called YourStory International start a branch at GW! Their goal is to help develop a community in Haiti socially, economically, and especially medically. For YSI, local perspectives are the top priority. Volunteers go on 8 day trips in the winter and summer, working with both students from other universities and directly with the people they are trained to help in the weeks leading up to the trips. I'm so excited about this opportunity and excited for my sisters to take part in it with me!

Danielle Rosenthal

Class of 2019

Meet Danielle! Part of the class of 2016, she is a double major in International Affairs and Economics from San Francisco, California! Danielle is currently studying abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, conducting research on multilateral investor state dispute settlements. She is also working with UN agencies to consult on her research. In her free time she loves hiking in the mountains of southern Liechtenstein! Last semester Danielle was also one of the founding members for GirlUp GW, a student organization supported by the United Nations that brings awareness to the empowerment of girls around the world. So proud of such an outgoing and driven sister!

Lily Werlinich

Class of 2020

Meet Lily! An amazing, outgoing, and talented sister from Rye Brooke, New York. She is currently the Public Relations Chair for GW Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) here on campus. The organization is incredibly active, from working with the administration to improve Title IX implementation to providing direct support to survivors. As PR Chair, she administers SASA’s social media accounts, including their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, along with the organization’s weekly newsletters. Students on campus who aren't familiar with SASA may have heard of the organization in relation to the Aniqa Raihan protests from last year which they helped to coordinate.

Madison Wempe

Class of 2018

Meet Madison! A senior sister of Sigma Kappa. At GW she majoring in Public Health and minoring in Economics. In combination, these fields of study allow her to examine issues of public health from two very different, but collaborative perspectives. Last spring, she spent her semester studying Community Public Health in Botswana where she examined the impact of a universal health care system on patient outcomes. She is currently interning with an organization called Friends of Cancer Research where she does research on a number of issues and regulatory frameworks that impact the timely and effective delivery of treatments to patients. She is hoping to continue her research in public health post grad before returning to school to earn a higher level degree.

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