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Campaigning for a Presidential CandidateMichael Ramdatt. He is an undergrad at the University of Penn who has a lot on his plate. While juggling a strenuous curriculum in the Wharton school of business, an executive board position for Penn for Hillary, and working for two different start-up companies, Michael is also an active member of AXP, serving as House Manager, and helping to position the chapter for its future.

“As a brotherhood, we embody the ideas of ingenuity and resourcefulness,” he said. “We're steadily rising on campus and I'm happy to have played a part in that.”


Q: Why did you join AXP?
A: I became a member of the Phi Phi club because I was seeking brotherhood. It can be hard to find genuine people on Penn's campus but this house is full of great, down-to-earth guys.

Q: What is your best fraternity memory to date?
A: At the beginning of this year, we went on a brotherhood retreat in the Poconos. It was a great opportunity to get together as a brotherhood and make memories that we still talk about at the end of the semester.

Q: How will your fraternity membership benefit you in the future?
A: The extensive Phi Phi alumni base will make networking a lot easier in the future. Whether I'm looking for an intro or career mentorship, I know I'll be able to rely on my brothers for help if I need it.

Q: I understand that you're Penn for Hillary's Executive Director of Political Affairs. Tell me more about that role.
A: I currently serve as an Exec board member for Penn for Hillary. I manage a department focused on maintaining political relationships, driving our political strategy, and organizing high-profile speaker events. I work with a team of 7 deputies to achieve these goals. We do, however, have a very flat exec board structure. We all pitch in on various projects whether it's merchandise design or Locust walk photo campaigns.

Q: You're also involved with two Philly start-ups. Tell me about them.
A: I'm a private consultant for a small R&D firm located just outside of Philly. I'm helping them to come up with a value proposition and standardize their branding materials. I also consult for an electronics company through Wharton Muse Consulting. We're working to improve their social media presence and identify new sales strategies. I'm leading an effort to develop a new video ad for them as well.

Q: How do you balance AXP, schoolwork, and your other activities? :)
A: It can be tough at times but the house doubles as a great support system. Chances are there is at least one brother who has taken a particular class before me. We share information and academic strategies with each other all the time. On the extracurricular side, the brothers are also very supportive. We've hosted a number of Penn for Hillary events at our house.

Q: What are your plans/goals after graduation?
A: My goal is to start my career in management consulting or venture capital. Eventually I hope to transition to a more permanent management position in the tech sphere.

Q: Why do you encourage alumni support of the Centennial Capital Campaign to preserve the Phi Phi house?
A: The undergrads have been working hard to keep the house in excellent shape. We do need support, though. As the house approaches 100 years old, there are a number of structural and cosmetic improvements to be made.

Q: Why are you proud to be a member of AXP?
A: I'm proud to be a part of a truly diverse house. AXP does a lot with very little resources. We embody the ideas of ingenuity and resourcefulness. We're steadily rising on campus and I'm happy to have played a part in that.


Michael is a sophomore at Penn and currently serves as the House Manager for the Phi Phi chapter. He is very politically active, being the Executive Director of Political Affairs for Penn for Hillary. Michael also serves as a marketing/business development consultant for two Philly start-ups: Designlynx and SPOR. Additionally, he is currently a Coordinator at the Office of the Executive Vice President.