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Polina Solovyeva

Executive Director

Polina Solovyeva is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of ULI. She is a senior in the ILR School minoring in International Trade and Development. Polina is also the ILR School Representative on Cornell's Student Assembly, Chair of the Financial Aid Review Committee, and a Research Assistant for the Scheinman Institute. Through the Undergraduate Labor Institute,  she hopes to encourage conversation around and analysis of labor in the context of the current political climate. The world of work is ever-changing and ULI is there to serve as a forum for students to critique and research those changes


Richard Green

Research Director

Richard Green is a senior in the ILR School minoring in both Inequality Studies and Business. He is currently serving as the Research Director of ULI. Aside from the Undergraduate Labor Institute, Richard is also currently serving as the Director Of Finance for the Black Ivy Pre-Law Society, and is part of the Cornell Concert Commission.

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Sharon Perlmutter

Membership & Outreach Chair

Sharon is a senior from Argentina that grew up in New Jersey. At Cornell, she studies Industrial and Labor Relations with a minor in Developmental Sociology. Aside from being apart of ULI, Sharon is involved in JDC @ Cornell and Cornell Democrats. She is also the President of her social sorority, Alpha Phi. Outside of Cornell, she has worked at an IT firm and was on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Global Responsibility. In her free time, Sharon enjoys watching the latest Game of Thrones episodes, reading the latest Foreign Affairs articles, and getting bubble tea with her friends. 


Elijah Fox

Managing Editor

Elijah Fox is a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations from Brooklyn, NY. Elijah is a managing editor for ULI. At Cornell, he writes for the food and dining section of the Cornell Daily Sun and plays goalie for the Cornell water polo team. Outside of Cornell, Elijah serves as the Co-Chair of the Board Directors for Integrate NYC, a youth-led policy non-profit advocating for integration and equity in the New York City public school system. 


Marion Panepento


Marion is a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations minoring in Policy Analysis & Management and Inequality Studies. Marion is treasurer for ULI. At Cornell, she  is involved in the Society for Human Resource Management and the Epsilon Eta Professional Honors Sustainability Fraternity. 

Zila Ake

Executive Director

Zila Ake is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of ULI. She is a senior in the ILR school, minoring in Business. Aside from the Undergraduate Labor Institute , she is also a member of Class Councils and works in the Office of Residential Life.  Her aim in establishing the Undergraduate Labor Institute was to unite passionate individuals and create a platform for undergraduates to research and critique issues within labor relations. She is excited for everyone to read about these pressing and relevant issues within the workplace.

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Sherell Farmer

Internal Affairs Chair

Sherell is a junior in the ILR school pursuing minors in History, Law & Society, and Inequality Studies. In addition to ULI, Sherell is also apart of Cornell's Alpha Phi Omega, the Cornell Historical Society,  Black Students United Political Action Committee, Cornell Storytelling Club, Peer Review Board, and is an editor for Ezra's Archives.


Amelia Flaumenhaft

Public Relations Chair

Amelia is a junior from Long Island, NY, majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations, and pursuing minors in Inequality Studies and Law & Society. She is currently serving as ULI's PR Chair. In addition to the Undergraduate Labor Institute, she gives campus tours as an Information Specialist, and is involved with the Cornell ACLU, Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity, and Sigma Delta Tau.

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Kerry Wong

Managing Editor

Kerry is a junior from New York City majoring in Policy Analysis and Management and pursuing minors in Law and Society, Inequality Studies, and Business. She is particularly interested in non-profit management, criminal justice reform, and exploring the development and implementation of effective social inequality and welfare policies. Outside of ULI, she serves as the Director of Event Programming for the Willard Straight Hall Student Union Board, an Associate Operations Manager for the Cornell Policy Review, and a Co-Treasurer for the Association for Students of Color in the College of Human Ecology. 

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