Our Team

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Lauren Hayat

Lauren Hayat is the founder of Eager Leaders. She has obtained a dual degree in Psychology and Communications from UCLA and now works as a Learning and Development Specialist at Gilead Sciences, creating professional development opportunities for employees across the organization. Lauren believes in the importance of integrating leadership into every child's life from an early start so they can be most successful in their academic years, careers, and efforts to change the world. She aims to foster a fun and creative learning environment for her students, and to impart in every child that they are never too young to make a difference.

Ananya Iyer

Ananya Iyer is a recent graduate of UCLA where she earned a Bachelors in Communications and a minor in Public Affairs. She is excited to bring her knowledge and skills in social media marketing to the Eager Leaders team. Having volunteered in organizations such as the Interact Community Service Club and the UCLA Daily Bruin newspaper, she is passionate about using her voice to advocate for issues affecting her local community. Ananya’s aim is to help students discover the power of their voice and leadership skills to create lasting change.

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Samantha Rubin-Pope

Samantha Rubin-Pope is a recent graduate of UCLA with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies, and is currently an Analyst at Palladium, an international development consultancy. At UCLA, she co-led Bearing Witness, a program that connects Holocaust survivors with students to exchange stories and build relationships. She also interned for the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, an honor given to selected teenagers who have demonstrated significant service and leadership in their communities. Through these experiences, Samantha has learned the importance of investing in youth to foster leadership skills that will make impactful change in their communities and beyond. She looks forward to bringing her knowledge and enthusiasm to the Eager Leaders team.

Adya Tewari - Intern

Adya Tewari is a rising 8th grader who has taken the Eager Leaders course before. She is looking forward to interning and working with the program again because she enjoys giving back to others and she likes working with the new kids taking the course! 

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