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2001 Summer Fellows
Debra Carbonaro, a dual MBA/MIA student, worked in Bolivia for Fundacion Boliviana Para el Desarollo de la Mujer (FUNBODEM), a micro-finance institution affiliated with Women's World Banking. FUNBODEM seeks to promote the economic development of Bolivia by providing financial resources, training and logistical support to Bolivian women and by opening local markets. Debra's primary responsibilities were to implement and evaluate an artisan microenterprise fair, perform needs assessment and evaluation of training programs, and research the development of new products and market niches for local entrepreneurs.
Michael Clayton and Dieter Fenkart-Froeschl both worked for the National Parks Conservation Association on its Business Plan Initiative (BPI). The BPI places business and public policy students at national parks throughout the US and its territories to help improve the National Park Service's financial management capabilities and to communicate to Congress and the public the real operating costs of national parks. Michael spent the summer at The National Monuments National Park in Washington, DC, and Dieter was stationed at Big Bend National Park in Texas.
Melinda Cohen pursue an interest in venture philanthropy through her work with New Profit, Inc. (NPI), a nonprofit venture capital firm that funds proven social entrepreneurs in an effort to effect large-scale social change. Melinda managed the due diligence process to identify new organizations for NPI's portfolio and provided business support for three existing portfolio organizations in New York. One underlying purpose of Melinda's work was to analyze the Social Return on Investment (SROI) of NPI's investments.
Mark Kleger worked for Los Angeles Community Design Center, a nonprofit architecture and real estate development firm committed to the preservation and production of affordable housing and community facilities across Southern California. Mark worked closely with the Director of Planning and Development to identify and assess the financial feasibility of new residential developments in underserved neighborhoods.
Vishak Nathan spent the summer in Bangalore, India working for the Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE), a technology intermediary whose mission is to deliver technology from the country's top Research and Development institutions to rural communities. TIDE's programs help enable poor communities to plan health care programs, plan for population growth, recover reusable energy, increase the efficiency of local industries and effect positive change in governance, civil society and the local economy. TIDE is embarking on new initiatives in e-commerce and e-governance. Through daily visits to local villages, Vishak helped identify and assess the information needs of rural communities and developed a package of services to support access to government resources, commodity trading and online banking. His internship resulted in a proposal and the implementation of a pilot program to deliver the new services.
Rachael Royal, a joint MBA/MSW student, worked for the Robin Hood Foundation on its Management Assistance Initiative. Founded in 1988, the Robin Hood Foundation has given nearly $100 million to innovative programs in early childhood, education, youth, job training, healthcare, hunger, housing and domestic violence. Rachael had full responsibility for two management assistance programs. Her tasks included developing a marketing plan for a homeless organization's new social purpose business, performing a customer analysis for a job training program and helping another grant recipient organization implement a strategic plan.
Social Enterprise Summer Fellows
“My experience working with communities in India and Africa, as well as on developing public-private partnerships with government and non-profit agencies, convinced me of the need for innovative approaches to international development”
“I see entrepreneurs as the key leverage point in development, so interning at Ashoka made perfect sense.”
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy
“This internship matched my interest in harnessing the power and resources in the for profit sector to effect social change.”