Meet the Joint Venture Team
2020-2021 Benest Fellow
Research Associate, Institute for Regional Studies
Lukas Lopez-Jensen is a rising junior at Stanford University, where he is pursuing a major in Economics and a double minor in Data Science and Italian. He is also considering applying for a coterminal M.A. in Public Policy. Lopez-Jensen is originally from Denver, Colorado where he attended the Denver Center for International Studies and participated in Model United Nations. During his first year at Stanford, he took Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock's class on regional politics in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area and became fascinated by the unique dynamics of regional governments. The following summer, Lopez-Jensen joined Joint Venture as a Benest Fellow and contributed to the research activities of the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, focusing primarily on local government finances. In 2021, he became a Research Associate as a continuation of his work with the Institute. This summer, Lopez-Jensen is also serving in Colorado Governor Jared Polis's Executive Internship class, where he will be working in the Office of Operations and Performance Management.