2007 Summer Fellows

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Juliana Almeida interned in Brazil with PlaNet Finance, an international nonprofit organization that aims to alleviate poverty by contributing to the development of the microfinance sector. Almeida performed field research at branch microfinance organizations in Mexico, developed a comparison analysis of the Brazilian market, revised lending procedures of the microfinance institutions, and participated in the development of new projects, recruitment and training.

Samantha Brenner worked in the New York City Department of Education for the Office of New Schools (ONS) as a fellow with Education Pioneers. ONS was created in response to Children First, New York City's comprehensive school reform effort that has led to the creation of more than 200 new schools since 2003. Brenner focused on strategy development for the ONS portfolio of new schools and conducted best practice research and data analysis on school performance metrics, as well as developed an internal knowledge management system.

Andrea Burgess and Madlen Massarlian interned at Ashoka, a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs who have innovative and practical ideas for solving social problems. Burgess joined the Social Financial Services team and oversaw projects aimed at educating leading financial intermediaries about the social sector. Massarlian worked directly with social entrepreneurs in India to design feasibility studies, develop business plans for scaling up operations through business and social partnerships, create marketing plans for products and services that serve the poor, and identify sustainable business models.

Young Chase, an Education Pioneers fellow, worked with Leadership Prep Charter School, an elementary school that prepares students to succeed in high school, college and beyond. Chase documented school operations and procedures, assisted in the preparation of the annual report for the charter authorizer, worked with board members to create a fundraising calendar for 2007-2008, and designed data collection materials and procedures.

Laura Coates worked for the New York City chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, which aims to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, and to provide and enhance care and support for people affected by the disease. Coates investigated and reported on how different ethnic communities handle Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Her report was presented to select members of the board and will help direct the Chapter's limited resources to the areas that will have the most impact.

Enrique Coronado interned with Endeavor, an organization that seeks to transform the economies of emerging markets by identifying and supporting high-impact entrepreneurs. Coronado was paired with Lixis, an Argentinean company that provides reliable, user-friendly and accessible quality control solutions to the pharmaceutical industry. Coronado implemented performance metrics to revamp the financial planning process and developed a strategy to increase customer lifetime value.

Melissa D'Agostino worked at Resources for Indispensable Schools and Educators (RISE) as a fellow with Education Pioneers. RISE is a national nonprofit that strives to attract and retain highly qualified teachers in public schools serving low-income communities. D'Agostino created a strategy for RISE to expand into New York City by exploring partnerships with existing organizations, investigating fundraising opportunities, and identifying potential candidates to serve as executive director.

Emanuele de Santis interned with Good Morning Africa (GMA), a U.S.- based, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting high-growth social entrepreneurship in Africa. GMA supports African Business leaders who have an exceptional mind for business and a genuine passion for bettering their communities. De Santis worked in Ghana on a business plan for BusyInternet, the largest privately-owned and operated ICT center in Africa.

David del Ser Bartolome split his summer between two organizations: Donors Choose and Endeavor. Donors Choose strives to improve public education by creating an online marketplace where individual donors can direct their support to educational projects of their choice. Del Ser Bartolome worked for the head of operations to complete the digitization of the donor feedback process.

At Endeavor, Del Ser Bartolome worked in South Africa for Red Five Labs, a technology company, identified as a high-impact entrepreneur, that has developed an innovative product aimed at bridging the two main types of smart phones. Del Ser Bartolome developed a strategy to market the product to mobile operators, handset manufactures and third party developers.

Joseph Fisher interned with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which aims to inspire classical music lovers with fresh interpretations, and to foster classical music appreciation among a new generation through outreach to public schools in the New York Metropolitan area. Fisher worked on a strategic plan aimed at increasing revenue while remaining true to the organization's artistic mission. Fisher also conducted financial and operational analysis of the Orchestra's recording process, and explored strategic partnerships with corporations, music schools and other performing arts organizations.

Cristina Garcia-Coleman worked at the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) as an Education Pioneers Fellow. KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools that operate in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. Garcia-Coleman developed business planning tools and support structures for existing KIPP sites that are considering growth in their respective cities and markets.

Brian Lavery interned at Trinity Foundation, the development arm of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. The Foundation supports Trinity College through fundraising and development, and encourages innovative business activities from start-up companies and university programs. Lavery identified new opportunities for development and liaised with the university's research departments to encourage the pursuit of new opportunities.

Giselle Leung worked at REDF (formerly Roberts Enterprise Development Fund), which invests in businesses that employ people working their way out of long-term poverty. Leung researched new nonprofit capital market practices to advance the field of venture philanthropy and served as a consultant on business assistance projects with organizations in REDF's portfolio.

Emi Kubota worked at the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund, a nonprofit organization that manages a portfolio of funds that invest in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. Kubota analyzed and evaluated the financial viability of new initiatives for fundraising purposes, and valued portfolio companies for the bi-annual Fair Market Valuation.

Justin Mandel interned with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), which mobilizes and facilitates the participation of United States private capital and skills in the economic and social development of less developed countries. Mandel reviewed new proposals on venture capital and private equity funds, assisted with research on potential fund managers, and generated annual reports.

Stacey McKeever interned with New York Prebyterian Hospital, the largest urban nonprofit hospital in New York, renowned worldwide for its excellence in providing services to those in need and giving back to its neighborhood of Washington Heights. McKeever worked in the Patient Centered Care department conducting research on internal operations and competitor institutions to improve patient satisfaction and quality of care.

Christopher Miller worked for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Suva, Fiji. ADB is a multilateral financial institution dedicated to reducing poverty and improving the welfare of people in Asia and the Pacific. Miller researched and produced reports on the policies of Asian Development Fund countries, with a specific focus on economic management and the business regulatory environment.

Vibhav Nuwal worked at Sustainable Conservation, which engages businesses and private landowners in the conservation of natural resources by using innovative and pragmatic strategies. Nuwal identified and evaluated opportunities for carbon trading/offset programs associated with agricultural production, as well as incentives and barriers associated with carbon trading.

Amancaya Torres Obleas interned at Women's World Banking, which gives poor women all over the world the means to lift themselves out of poverty by providing them with access to financial services and information. Obleas worked with the Development Team to develop strategies for approaching strategic and corporate partners, created templates for partnership agreements, managed the process of review and evaluation required by strategic partners, and searched for new strategic partnerships.

Folake Oguntebi interned in South Africa with the African Leadership Academy (ALA), a private co-educational secondary school dedicated to developing the next generation of African leaders. Oguntebi worked with international experts to develop a high-level African Studies curriculum, determined best-practices of surrounding African school systems, and identified specific curriculum modules and units to be implemented at ALA.

Olivia Peoples interned with Community Resource Exchange (CRE), a nonprofit management consulting firm committed to helping community-based organizations who work with people affected by poverty and HIV/AIDS. Peoples developed a business plan for CRE to provide human resources and accounting services to nonprofit organizations, and wrote a concept paper exploring the benefits and challenges of creating a nonprofit worker membership organization.

Lindsay Pollak and Meeta Sethna worked at Agora Partnerships in Nicaragua. Agora is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing talented entrepreneurs in emerging markets with the tools, networks, and financing necessary to launch successful, socially responsible businesses. Pollak and Sethna consulted with Agora entrepreneurs, developed post-investment services, promoted marketing strategies to expand communication to a broader community, wrote the first comprehensive social impact assessment, and identified additional entrepreneurs to fund.

Lydia Regopoulos worked for the New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) on the Westchester Campus. NYPH provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine and has consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals in the United States. As part of the Operations Department, Regopoulos developed a complete, up-to-date emergency preparedness plan for the NYPH/Westchester Campus and investigated effective billing practices to ensure compliance with Medicaid.

Kelly Roe interned with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, which uses the power of media to help children around the world reach their highest potential. Roe designed and conducted a comprehensive study of how Sesame Workshop enters and develops various geographical markets and a set of recommendations on how to standardize and make these processes more efficient.

Emily Sheetz interned with Transfair USA, a nonprofit organization that encourages sustainable development and community enhancement by creating equitable trade standards that benefit farmers, workers, consumers and the environment. Sheetz developed a system of tools for evaluating new fair trade product opportunities for the United States market and wrote a business plan allowing all Fairtrade Labeling Organization International certified products to be certified by Transfair USA.

Cai Steger joined the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which aims to protect the planet and promote environmental protection and sustainability. Steger work with NRDC's Clean Energy Project and new Market Transformation Center to help develop and support industry and finance policies that advance low carbon transportation fuels and low cost greenhouse gas reduction strategies.

Ira Trevedi worked for the Government of New Delhi on the Integrated Child Development Project (ICDP), an initiative of the Chief Minister's Office in New Dehli, India, which aims to provide preventative healthcare services to young children and women. ICDP also supports the education of young women through small savings accounts that can be withdrawn to pay for higher education. Trivedi investigated the operations and management of this initiative to reduce the incidence of fraud.

Jessica Wyman interned for New York Presbyterian Hospital, in the Marketing and Advocacy Department at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. The Children's Hospital has comprehensive medical services and facilities as well as surgical and emergency care for children. Wyman planned the town hall meeting and fundraising initiative in conjunction with CBS Radio, identified grant opportunities to support operating expenses, and organized the Family Advocacy Day and outreach campaign in Washington D.C.

Tracy Zhang interned at the William F. Clinton Foundation in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). CGI is a non-partisan "catalyst for action", which brings together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Zhang assisted the staff in tracking ongoing and new commitments in education, climate change, health and poverty.