About Us

ABOUT US

How We Were Started

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Founders and Executive Directors Divya Ganesan and Eliza Goler first began thinking about “Real Talk” as middle school debate partners.

 

As a public forum duo, they recognized the value of the critical thinking skills and diverse perspectives represented in debate, but often absent from other settings.

 

In the face of increased political polarization on the national scale, they noticed a growing need to create opportunities for peers to engage in political discourse. In 2019, they started Real Talk to address these national trends in their local community and beyond.

OUR TEAM

Board Of Directors

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Stacey Kertsman

Dean of Equity Education and Social Impact

Castilleja School

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Mary Speiser

Chair of the Board

Castilleja School

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Peter Minowitz

Professor of Political Science

Santa Clara University 

OUR TEAM

Leadership

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Ayanna Gandhi

Director of Chapters

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Michael Ma

Director of Events

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Lauren Lin

Director of Marketing and Publications

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Emily Chan

Director of Finance

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Max Talwar

Co-Director of Curriculum

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Jackson Deutch

Co-Director of Curriculum

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Hannah Onderdonk

Social Media Lead

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Josie O'Hara

Blog Lead

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Gilli Nieh

Website and Graphic Design Lead