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2002 Summer Fellows
Frederick Brust divided his time over the summer between the Expeditionary Learning division of Outward Bound and Outward Bound NYC. Both organizations focus on "learning by doing" to encourage public school students to become more engaged with the material they are studying. NYC Outward Bound also tries to address specific problems, such as poor morale and low attendance. Fred helped restructure the accounting system for ELOB and developed a new marketing campaign to reshape NYC Outward Bound's public image.
Theresa Cassidy worked with Silicon Valley Community Venture, an organization that invests in and develops businesses that provide substantial economic benefits to low-income communities. Theresa helped identify potential target communities for investment through social, economic and demographic research, and developed an executable investment strategy.
Kelly Engstrom worked for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, on a research project entitled "Sharing the Burden of Supporting a Hospital." The report examined the cross-subsidization of hospital inpatient care among payer groups.
Miryam Frieder, a dual degree MBA/MPH student, performed financial and operational analyses of federal agencies and programs in the Health Care Division of the General Accounting Office. The internship allowed Miryam to gain experience in the public sector and insight into the inner workings of healthcare policy-making in Washington, DC.
Laura Goodman worked with Blue Ridge Foundation New York, an organization that provides intensive support to innovative organizations seeking to address such issues as youth development, education, community building, and the public use of technology. Laura worked with the Foundation's portfolio organizations to help focus their missions and operational measures. One of her tasks involved researching best practices in relevant nonprofit areas and developing benchmarks and financial metrics for measuring success.
Matthew Jacobs worked in the Planning, Design, and Development group of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the agency responsible for the physical planning around rebuilding at the World Trade Center site. Matthew's primary responsibility was to help devise a development strategy that successfully accommodates improved retail use while recognizing the overarching goal of building a structure that reconciles the tragic events of the past with a vision for the future.
Kari Loya worked in Los Angeles for The Broad Foundation, a private foundation founded in 1999 by business magnate Eli Broad. The Foundation provides funding for ventures seeking to improve the governance, management and labor relations in urban public school systems across the country. Kari managed the relationship with one of the foundation's largest grantees and met with public education leaders to identify new and exciting projects. He has a long-standing interest in education and has long term plans to establish and run a charter school in a low-income neighborhood.
Rebecca Stich served as the Program Coordinator of the Community Collaboratives for Refugee Women and Youth, an initiative of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The IRC has programs in more than 30 countries, ranging from immediate relief needs in refugee crises to long-term responses such as job training, education, family reunification, and demobilization of child soldiers. The Community Collaboratives program enables communities to give refugee women and youth the tools necessary for self-reliance. Rebecca oversaw 30 Americorps*VISTA volunteers at 10 sites around the country; trained volunteers in financial management, business standards and basic financial literacy in order to get the program up and running. Rebecca has experience in human rights and education in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
Ben Thomases worked in the Real Estate Division of The Greyston Foundation, an organization based in Yonkers, NY that offers services in housing, employment, childcare and healthcare to formerly homeless families and people living with HIV/AIDS. Ben helped develop and implement a financing plan for Greyston's first Homeownership Project, which offers lower income families the opportunity to purchase quality homes. Among other things, he conducted a financial analysis of the project, projected sources and uses of capital for this and future projects.
Kimberly Tuby worked in the Financial Services Department of The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). WCS focuses on saving wildlife and wild lands around the world through science, international conservation efforts, education, and management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, including the Bronx Zoo, NY Aquarium, Central Park and Prospect Park zoos. WCS experienced deep cuts in funding and a loss of revenue from ticket sales following the events of September 11. Kim worked closely with both the President and the Director of Budget and Financial Planning to compile and analyze financial data and helped draft a paper focusing on long-range strategic goals for the WCS.
Selen Ucak was a Corporate Development intern with Endeavor Global, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Selen supported the 2002 summer endowment campaign and identified and reached out to global endowment donors. She also helped develop an entry strategy for Endeavor Turkey. Selen's long-term plans involve supporting economic development in her home country of Turkey through social enterprise.
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.”