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Ranen (he/him) is a Research Assistant at the Social Policy Institute and a senior at Washington University studying political science, sociology, and women, gender, sexuality studies. He is concurrently working on projects about maternal mortality and food insecurity, the relationship between SNAP benefits and evictions, and public policies surrounding free and reduced-price meals. Previously, he has helped with grant writing and research on vocational and technical schools and the Child Tax Credit. Ranen is passionate about leveraging public policy to improve people’s lives and has previously worked at the American Civil Liberties Union, two Congressional Offices, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, and the St. Louis Community Foundation. At WashU, he is a Merle Kling Fellow and is completing an independent research project with the program, alongside two theses. In his free time, Ranen enjoys singing with his acapella group (the Sensasians), binging cute Netflix shows, and working on public policy proposals.