Jonathan Oates is a junior studying political science with interests in political philosophy and democracy reform. Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Jonathan hopes to use his experience in the Grand Strategy Program to explore how to bridge divides between disparate groups and create a fairer society. At Yale, he currently serves as a YCC Senator representing Silliman College and has previously served as a member of the YCC Executive Board and First-Year Class Council. He also serves as co-president of the Silliman Activities and Administrative Committee. Outside of Yale, Jonathan has interned at ThinkTennessee, a nonpartisan research group dedicated to supporting working families and increasing civic engagement, and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. He is also a proud member of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship and an avid sci-fi/fantasy reader. Jonathan can usually be found studying in the “Silli”brary or avoiding work by discussing politics with his friends in the dining hall.