July 12, 2010

Taking Action

In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, Nikisha Alcindor ’10 created Haiti Med Connect, a website that links doctors with reliable organizations deploying emergency physicians.

Nikisha Alcindor ’10 took immediate action after a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January.

“I sat down and asked, ‘What is the need? What can I do?’” she recalls. The event had a special urgency for Alcindor, whose family is Haitian. Her husband’s aunt and cousin were killed in the tragedy.

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Drawing on her various networks — including doctors she encountered as a top sales rep for Pfizer and connections from her MBA internship at Johnson & Johnson — Alcindor created Haiti Med Connect (, a website that links doctors with reliable organizations deploying emergency physicians. In the days and weeks that followed the earthquake, many doctors went to Haiti through connections made on the site.

“Everything I have done in my life — from learning HTML to networking to thinking on my feet — came into play to do this,” says Alcindor, who is now working in private wealth management at Goldman Sachs.

Volunteer outreach is part of Alcindor’s lifelong work. While studying chemistry as an undergraduate at Emory University, she volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House in Atlanta. Even as the urgency behind Haiti Med Connect has eased months after the disaster, Alcindor is grateful that she was able to help. “It was cumulative knowledge that enabled me to do this,” she says.

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