Ella Gantman ‘23, from Washington, D.C., is concentrating in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and pursuing a certificate in Spanish. Gantman is the Class of 2022 James D. Zirin '61 and Marlene Hess Scholar in the Nation’s Service. She is passionate about understanding how institutions exacerbate racial inequality in the United States. Her experiences in public service center on advocacy that works to dismantle the carceral system and expand access to voting. This summer, she interned at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia, where she worked directly with indigent clients and trial attorneys to prepare their legal defenses. During summer 2020, she was a legislative intern for U.S. Congressman Ami Bera, where she worked on various portfolios including foreign policy, non-proliferation, civil rights, and health policy. That summer she also co-founded The Poll Hero Project, which mobilized more than 37,000 young people to work as election workers during the 2020 election. In addition, during 2020, she served as the lead athletics fellow for the Vote100 program, spearheading voting initiatives for nearly 1,000 student-athletes. On campus, Gantman is a goalkeeper on the varsity women’s soccer team. She also is a student supervisor at Tiger Call at Princeton’s Annual Giving office and a fellow at the Princeton Writing Program.
In summer 2022, Gantman is working in the Department of Justice, Office of Civil Rights, Voting Rights Section.