executive team


John Luo
executive director

John is a fourth-year Economics Major and Statistics Minor hailing from the coasts of New Zealand. He joined PDF at the end of his first year. Outside of strategy consulting, John is involved with strategic and creative marketing. With his free time, he enjoys photography, hiking, and traveling.


Chahat Kapila
assistant executive director

Chahat is a fourth-year Political Science major from New Delhi India. In her free time, Chahat can be found either rehearsing for dance and acapella shows or helping to organize Speaker Series events at the Institute of Politics.



Tanner Houghton
Director of outreach

Tanner is from Dallas, Texas and is a fourth-year double majoring in Economics and Slavic Studies. After completing his first year at The University of Chicago, Tanner spent two years founding a non-profit English education program in Eastern Ukraine. He loves the Boy Scouts of America, is an Eagle Scout, and has been an active member for fifteen years. Tanner began waterskiing at age two and spends most of his leisure time on the lake.


Julia Hu
Director of Operations

Julia is a third-year Economics major originally from New Jersey. In her role as the Director of Operations, she helps to manage communications within PDF, facilitate the recruitment process of new associates, and shape the long-term vision of PDF. After serving as a Girl Scout for eleven years, she became passionate about nonprofit work and social impact. Julia is also an avid cellist and enjoys watching cheesy rom-com films in her free time.


Michael Montoya
Director of finance & legal affairs

Michael is a fourth-year majoring in economics and minoring in statistics. He joined PDF in the spring of 2018 and is now the Director of Legal and Finance. As the Director of Finance and Legal Affairs, Michael oversees PDF’s RSO and 501(c)(3) status and manages the internal financial and legal matters. Outside of PDF, Michael enjoys playing club soccer and learning new activities like snowboarding and scuba diving.


Dhruv Bhartia
Director of Marketing

Dhruv is a fourth-year Economics and Public Policy major from the University of Chicago. He is involved with various financial and community-service RSO's on campus. In the future he hopes to combine his love for entrepreneurship and social-service to start his own impact fund. Dhruv loves playing and watching soccer, camping and cooking.