Georgetown Student Involvement

Teaching Assistants

Richard Williamson

Richard is the Graduate Assistant for the Pivot Program. In this role, Richard is responsible for one-on-one coaching and development of Pivot Fellows. In addition to providing mentorship, Richard leads Pivot’s efforts to create impactful events that connect Pivot Fellows to the students and faculty of the McDonough School of Business.

Prior to business school, Richard served as an officer in the United States Army for 8 years. Currently, Richard is a first-year MBA Candidate in Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business studying Supply Chain and Sustainable Business. On campus, Richard serves as the Vice President of the Black MBA Association (BMBAA), and the Vice President of Admission for the McDonough Military Association (MMA). Richard is also an Executive Board Member for the SGA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Board.

Pivot Peer Tutors

George Abalekpor

George is a sophomore in the College majoring in Government with a minor in African-American Studies. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska and his family is originally from Togo. On campus, George is a member of the African Society, Mock Trial, and the Student Advocacy Office. His work with the Pivot Program stems from his passion for criminal justice reform, and he is excited to continue connecting with the Pivot Fellows.


Claire Alarid

Claire is a sophomore in the SFS studying Regional and Comparative Studies (Latin America and Asia) with a minor in Diplomatic Studies. She is originally from Bellingham, Washington. Claire’s interest in the Pivot program stems from her desire to put her previous tutoring experience to good use and simultaneously learn about the prison system and from the Fellows. Claire is also involved with Delta Phi Epsilon and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and works as a student assistant at the LGBTQ Resource Center.


Solveig Baylor

Solveig is a senior in the College double-majoring in Economics and Philosophy with a minor in Math. She is from all over the U.S. including Nevada, Tennessee, and Washington state. Tutoring with the Pivot Program continues her experience teaching financial literacy through Moneythink, debate and stock market investing through SPARK Business Academy. By getting to know and work with the Pivot Fellows, she has learned as much about unjust economic and legal systems as she has in her studies.


Emily Bruner

Emily is a senior in the SFS majoring in International Politics and minoring in Philosophy and French. She is originally from Knoxville, TN. At Georgetown, Emily is currently president of the Georgetown Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Biddin’ Foyas and has been involved with campus organizations such as H*yas for Choice and GU College Democrats. Emily has also worked for the Prince George’s County Office of the Public Defender and many local campaigns in her home state of Tennessee. Emily has goals of attending law school with the aim of becoming a public defender in the future.


Jack Gasdia

Jack Gasdia is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service studying International Politics with a concentration in Foreign Policy and Policy Processes. He is originally from Hudson, New Hampshire and enjoys long-distance running, reading, and listening to music. On campus, Jack is involved with the Georgetown Bipartisan Coalition, Pep Band, and Catholic Faith Communities, and he is excited to work as a Pivot Tutor this semester!


Rachel Gaudreau

Rachel is a senior in the College studying Biology of Global Health and Justice and Peace Studies. She is originally from Middletown, CT. At Georgetown, she is involved with the Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society and is a board member of the university’s Prison Outreach organization. She is also the former sports editor for The Hoya. As someone who has worked with incarcerated populations throughout her four years at Georgetown, Rachel is excited to join Pivot as a Peer Tutor to engage with and learn from the students in the program.


Caroline Hecht

Caroline is a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics with a certificate in African Studies as well as a first-year student in the Security Studies M.A. program. She is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At Georgetown, she is a member of the women’s rowing team and the Georgetown Language Project. She is excited to join the Pivot Program as a peer tutor to work directly with the fellows as well as in support of Georgetown’s broader criminal justice reform work.


Benjamin Oestericher

Benjamin is a first-year student in the School of Foreign Service, originally from New York City. He plans to major in Regional and Comparative Studies with a concentration in Africa. On campus, Ben is involved with the Student Advocacy Office, the Bipartisan Coalition, and the Undergraduate Law Review. Ben has always been interested in the justice system, growing up with two parents working as federal prosecutors. He is excited to get to know and work with Pivot Fellows as he cares deeply about criminal justice reform, having volunteered for the campaign of Manhattan’s first African American DA and organized with the ACLU’s Smart Justice Initiative.


Isabella Ottomanelli

Bella is a sophomore in the College intending to major in Economics and minor in Business Administration and Psychology. She is originally from Long Island, New York. On campus, Bella is a Debt Analyst for the Georgetown University Public Real Estate Fund (GUPREF), a player on the GU Women’s Club Lacrosse Team, and a member of The Women’s Network. With a passion for mentorship and a longstanding interest in pursuing a career in law, Bella is grateful for the opportunity to work closely with the Fellows and learn from their experiences with the legal system.


Aiden Penry

Aiden is a sophomore in the College intending to major in Political Economy and Mathematics. He is originally from Tempe, Arizona. On campus, Aiden writes for the sports section of The Hoya. He is excited to get the opportunity to work with the fellows and help them pursue their career goals.


Himaja Reddy

Himaja is a junior in the SFS studying Culture and Politics with minors in Arabic and Economics. She is from Columbus, Ohio. Her interest in the Pivot program is rooted in wanting to connect more with the DC community and make a positive impact during her time on the Hilltop. Himaja is also involved with Georgetown Global Consultants, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and researches Islamic social movements for the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.


Jacob VanderZwaag

Jacob is a senior in the Walsh School of Foreign Service majoring in Global Business with minors in Spanish and Journalism. He is originally from Rochester, New York. On campus, Jacob is a member of the club golf team and writes for Thompson’s Towel, a student publication covering the Georgetown men’s basketball program. While on the Hilltop, Jacob has deepened his interest in entrepreneurship and criminal justice reform, and he hopes to pursue a career in one of these areas. He is excited for the opportunity to work with the Pivot Fellows and to help them meet their goals.


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