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2006 Summer Fellows
Rachel Albert worked with the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, which is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease. As a Summer Associate, Albert conducted site visits to long-term care facilities throughout New York City and produced a status report with recommendations on how to improve the quality of care for Alzheimer patients.
Caroline Andrews worked with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC). The EDC, in conjunction with the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), supports economic growth throughout the metropolitan area by providing finance, lease and real estate services. Andrews evaluated companies seeking financing from IDA tax-exempt bonds.
Andrew Archer interned in Kigali, Rwanda with the School of Finance and Banking (SFB), which provides post-graduate training and research for practitioners in accounting, banking and finance. Archer worked with SFB and Rwanda's Human Resources and Institutional Capacity Development Agency to develop and implement a self-sustainability strategy to reduce reliance on external (governmental) funding and subsidies.
Laura Clancy interned in the Community Sector Initiatives Department of Community Resource Exchange (CRE), a nonprofit consulting group that provides strategic advice and technical services to over 350 community-based organizations fighting poverty and HIV/AIDS. Clancy implemented a pilot project with CUNY targeting multiple-youth-focused client organizations through formal, credit-bearing nonprofit fundraising coursework.
Sybil Dodge worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), whose mission is to foster economic and social objectives in Latin America. As part of the Capital Markets Development group Dodge assisted in structuring and negotiating transactions for triple-bottom-line projects that increase access to capital and adhere to the IDB's social and environmental standards.
Sandy Eapen, Ronald Mincy and Juan Urrutia, worked with the United Nations Development Programme as part of the Growing Sustainable Business Initiative (GSB), a new initiative that seeks to eradicate poverty through the development of local sustainable businesses. Eapen and Urrutia investigated the merits for expansion of the GSB initiative in their host countries (India and Uruguay respectively) by assessing the investment potential of local socially responsible business models. Mincy worked in New York researching pro-poor commercially sustainable business solutions to address energy needs in developing countries.
Lauren Franks worked for EcoLogic Finance, a nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable financial services to community businesses in Latin America and Africa. Franks evaluated the availability of capital for small-scale farm cooperatives in Mexico and Central America by studying the attitudes and capabilities of local credit institutions.
Peggy Hermida interned in the Finance and Operations Department at the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), where she was responsible for managing financial planning and analysis, treasury functions and the NFF's cash and investment portfolio. NFF is a NYC-based community development financial institution that aims to support small-to-medium sized nonprofits by maximizing the impact of grants and the effectiveness of their organizations.
Debra Kurshan was a Fellow with Education Pioneers, whose mission is to develop the next generation of educational leaders through challenging internship opportunities, comprehensive training sessions, retreats and networking events. Kurshan worked with a charter school to develop financial systems, prepare for the annual audit and identify investment alternatives.
Christian Lee worked as a Summer Associate for Acap Development Trust (the Trust), a private equity fund with the dual mission of contributing to the reconstruction of Afghanistan through the renewal of the country's private sector and providing a financial return for investors. Lee assisted local businesses and entrepreneurs, source and structure investment opportunities, and evaluated requests for grants based on the mission of the Trust.
Marti Lilien interned with Environmental Defense (ED) a New York-based nonprofit committed to protecting the environment for current and future generations. As part of the Living Cities group, Lilien produced a report on reducing the effects of diesel emissions through partnerships between ED and various commercial shipping companies.
Eugene Lin worked with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a multilateral government development bank whose mission is to promote the economic development of its member countries throughout Asia and the Pacific. Lin worked with the Private Sector Operations Department to help identify potential investments for the ADB funds.
Yvonne Lu interned at the Robin Hood Foundation in the Management Assistance Strategy Group. The Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty in New York City through partnerships with over 140 nonprofit organizations. Lu assisted two nonprofits, a soup kitchen in the Bronx and a family support center in Brooklyn, to develop more effective program models.
Emily Robertson interned with the New York Philharmonic, whose mission is to perform and provide supporting activities for the western art music on a national and international level. As part of the marketing department, Robertson analyzed advertising expenditures and their relationship to sales for specific concerts in the 2005-2006 season.
Beth Robinowitz interned with the Biomimicry Guild, a for-profit LLC that uses nature as its guide to develop innovative products and solutions for companies including GE, Interface Carpets and Nike. Robinowitz consulted on current and new project pitches, evaluated the value of services and designs and worked on the company's five-year plan.
Sojin Song interned with Trickle Up Resource and Innovation Network (TRAIN) part of the Trickle Up Program (TUP). TUP, a nonprofit organization, assists low income people with business development through grants and workshops. As part of TRAIN, Song collected and developed tools for training practitioners in the micro enterprise industry in order to better serve clients.
Greg Zumas worked as a Summer Associate with Agora Partnerships, which supports talented small-to-medium sized entrepreneurs by providing the tools, networks and financing necessary to grow a successful business. As part of the finance team, Zumas helped to screen and select new entrepreneurs, consulted with current entrepreneurs and developed financial models to support Agora's planned investments.
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.”