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Meet the ESA Presidency

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Lizzy Linford - President

I am an Economics and Mathematics major, with a minor in computer science, because I love data and the way economics explains the world! I served my mission in Taiwan, Taipei, and hope to use both Econ and Chinese in my future career. Outside of school, I love reading, making delicious food, and checking items off my bucket list.

JP Lefgren - Executive Vice President

I am a senior majoring in economics with minors in Strategy and French. I enjoy studying economics because of the variety of real world applications. I like playing and watching sports, learning about the world, and finding ways to waste time. I am planning on pursuing a career in consulting and ultimately in public policy down the road.

Tayzlie Haack - Vice President of Women in Economics

I am a senior majoring in economics and minoring in political science. I am active in the BYU Honors Program and participate in clubs. This year, I am preparing for law school and for a career working with non-profits. In my free time I enjoy playing rugby, hiking, and traveling. Currently, I work as an intern for a tech start-up called Yoodlize.

Thomas Barden - Vice President of Academics

I’m a junior studying economics and mathematics and intend to pursue a PhD in economics following my graduation from BYU. Though initially a pre-med student, I switched to econ following my mission to the Baltic states, drawn by its wide applicability and ability to create understanding out of complex world. In addition to my work, I enjoy tennis, running, history, political philosophy, and travel.

Jack Ellison - Vice President of Careers

I am is a senior majoring in economics and minoring in Mandarin Chinese, hoping one day to work with healthcare or environmental economic policy. I am originally from Carmel California, and served in the Taiwan Taipei mission from 2017 to 2019. Outside of school, I enjoys running, swimming, tennis, and reading, and I currently work as a financial analyst for Vivint.

Taggart Hatch - Vice President of Events

I am in my third year of school and am majoring in Economics with a plan to minor in a business-related field. My goal is to one day use my brain to solve financial or operational issues in the world. I love different cultures and languages and have spent six years of my life living in Central and South America, two of them as a missionary in Brazil! My passions are sports, mainly basketball and tennis, and I really enjoy getting to know new people. Currently, I am working for Money 360, a niche commercial real estate finance company.

Brian Phillips - Vice President of Communications

I am a senior at Brigham Young University, a former Goldman Sachs employee, and the Vice President of Communications for the Economics Student Association. I have volunteered in various teaching and leadership capacities, including as a full-time missionary to the West African countries of Benin and Togo. I plan on pursuing a career in data science, investment banking, or private equity. I enjoy reading, running, hiking, swimming, and traveling.