2009 Summer Fellows

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Nonprofit and Public Management

This summer, Elliott Baer '10 served as a Special Advisor Intern for the Department of Justice, joining the Internal Advisory Group of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The main mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorism and foreign intelligence threats, upholding and enforcing the criminal laws of the United States while providing leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners. Elliott developed a strategic recommendation and implementation plan for a specific organizational improvement project. At the end of the summer, he delivered a presentation to a group of senior executives at the FBI.

Two students interned with the Robin Hood Foundation, which targets poverty in New York City through partnerships with over 240 nonprofit organizations. Robin Hood focuses on alleviating poverty through programs in early childhood, youth, education, jobs and economic security.

    Gabrielle Breslow '10 interned in the Jobs and Economic Security Portfolio. Gabrielle worked to institutionalize a workforce development initiative to train low income women for jobs in the cosmetology field. She performed due diligence on potential project partners, developed a budget, and created policies and procedures for the program.

    Kim Smith '10
    worked jointly with the Development Department and Program Department to develop a program-related investment fund that will focus on job creation across New York City, in for-profit and nonprofit entities.

Five students worked with Education Pioneers a national nonprofit, which aims to train, connect and inspire a new generation of education leaders dedicated to transforming the educational system through placements at primer education organizations.

    Amanda Cahn '10 worked in the District of Columbia Public Schools to create and implement a district wide professional development curriculum. Amanda’s responsibilities included structuring the implementation, establishing accountability, and developing tools to measure the impact on teacher quality and student achievement. Her final deliverable aligns professional development initiatives throughout the year and ensures consistency across school districts.

    Anne Eidelman '10 spent her summer working with the KIPP Foundation, which is dedicated to creating a respected, influential, and national network of public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. Over the course of the summer, Anne, in conjunction with the Network Growth and Sustainability team developed a framework to evaluate the sustainability of single site schools, including benchmarks of financials across the KIPP network.

    Jazmine Leon '10 interned with the NYC Department of Education, Office of Student Enrollment. This Office was created as part of the Children First reform to be a strategic, data-driven organization that manages the enrollment, registration and transfer of students citywide. During the summer, Jazmine developed a strategic communications plan to address the needs of a variety of stakeholders, including internal staff, students, parents, guidance counselors, principals and community organizations. Her work is part of the organization’s mission to increase equity and transparency in all enrollment and admissions processes.

    Alex Mitchell '10 worked at the NorthStar Academy, a charter school based in Newark, NJ. NorthStar Academy is part of a greater network of schools managed by Uncommon Schools, a nonprofit charter school management organization working towards the elimination of the achievement gap. During the summer, Alex developed operational models for the campuses, created a school-wide efficiency dashboard, and designed a standardized implementation guide for future expansion. His research provides a critical framework for the school as it looks to add three new campuses within the next five years.

    David Noe '10 interned at Jobs For The Future, a Boston-based nonprofit research, consulting, and advocacy organization, which seeks to ensure young people have the education necessary to recognize professional opportunities, and that adults have the skills to hold a job and support a family. David led a team on the “Achieving the Dream” project, which aims to ensure the success of Massachusetts community college students. Responsibilities included analyzing the impact of the State’s financial allocations on the success of community college graduates to develop legislative guidelines to influence state policy, schools and job placement organizations.

Rachel Feinberg '10 worked with New York City’s Office of Management & Budget on the Housing and Economic Development Task Force in the Housing Unit. Rachel helped research the cost to construct a unit of housing in the NYC private market as part of a larger initiative to establish a construction cost index as the basis for determining and evaluating affordable housing projects throughout the City. In addition Rachel tracked changes in the private market’s underwriting and lending standards and tracked City intervention in a random selection of HPD (Department of Housing Preservation and Development) buildings.

Heather Feinstein '10 worked in the Financial Operations and Analysis Unit (FOA) for the New York City Department of Corrections. The FOA functions as an internal operations consulting group for the New York City prison system. Heather improved the efficiency and wait time of inmate visiting hours at Rikers Island through statistical and operational analysis. She also implemented best practices in the Application Investigation Unit by studying process and workflow. Additionally, she researched and optimized staffing for inmate transportation to and from court.

Two students interned with New York City’s Department of Small Business Services (SBS), which serves New York City’s small businesses and commercial districts.

    Wesley Flamer-Binion '10 interned in the Business Express unit on the Strategic Operations team. Wesley played a key role in the development of Business Express, a Mayor Bloomberg priority project that will culminate in a one-stop online portal where businesses interact with the city for a number of activities ranging from permit and license applications to cost-reduction consultancy and technical assistance.

    Rebecca Holden '10 worked in the NYC Business Solutions Training Funds agency, which awards small business with funding to subsidize the cost of training and performance development programs. Rebecca researched the strategic question of why some businesses ultimately withdraw from the program after receiving an award from the Agency. Through interviews with staff and businesses as well as reviewing qualitative and quantitative information about past awards, Rebecca analyzed information about the cause of award rescissions and issued a set of recommendations to mitigate the drop-off of award recipients.

Shauna Grob '10 interned with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with the Chief of Capital Planning. The Port Authority is charged with coordinating regional transportation and furthering economic development of the New York metropolitan region, as well as managing reconstruction of the World Trade Center and related facilities at Ground Zero. Shauna worked on two main initiatives for the summer: an assessment of alternative financing approaches for certain Port Authority capital projects and an evaluation of current capital program management processes. With these efforts, Shauna identified opportunities to increase funding capacity for public infrastructure and improved the effectiveness of ongoing capital program work.

Laura Hahn '10 worked with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the city agency responsible for ensuring “adequate public funding for non-profit cultural organizations, both large and small, throughout the five boroughs”. During the summer, Laura analyzed the small purchase procurement process defining the landscape of purchases, their actual timelines and identifying general issues. Laura also created a baseline sustainability report on the 34 city-owned cultural organizations, benchmarking their current operations as well as assessing their strategic plans for compliance with the PlaNYC initiative. Finally, Laura managed a competitive federal stimulus funds procurement and proposal process for a workplace art handle training program.

Ryan Kinney '10 is interning with the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), a nonprofit membership organization that operates a training institute and clinical center that provide free or low-cost therapy for low-income patients. Ryan is working on constructing an organizational and financial plan for maintaining the organization in the current economic environment.

Jim Lindstrom '10 interned at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a leading academic medical center, in the Office of Strategy. He contributed to the development of the Comprehensive Center for Digestive Diseases by designing metrics for evaluating its operational, quality and financial performance. Jim also completed several internal consulting projects including an evaluation of the recession's impact on the hospital and the creation of strategies to fund innovation at the hospital.

Erica Lock '10 interned with the Mayor’s Office for Long-Term Planning and Sustainability working on the GreeNYC initiative. She researched and supported the development and execution of campaign messaging, media strategy, licensing deals and corporate partnerships. She also implemented large, complex public awareness campaigns – in coordination with City and non-City agencies and private entities – and created a scorecard system to benchmark and measure achievements.

Patrick Ondoa-Fouda '10 interned with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York (OCME), whose responsibilities include investigating cases of people who die in any suspicious or unusual manner. The OCME has developed leading technology for DNA testing in forensic investigations. As part of the Finance Division, Patrick provided a cost-benefit analysis to investigate the possibility of using the DNA technology for outside jurisdictions on a fee-for-service basis.

Nandeeta Seth '10 interned with the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), a national leader in financing nonprofits, strengthening their financial health and improving their capacity to serve their communities. NFF serves both nonprofits and their funders, offering an integrated package of financial and advisory services. Nandeeta reviewed financial statements and evaluated financial data to develop recommendations for a wide variety of nonprofit clients. She also worked to gather and analyze information from client organizations as part of the due diligence effort for loan requests.

Katrina Simon-Agolory '10 interned at the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) in the Human Resources Department. HCZ encompasses a multi-year comprehensive community building initiative. The organization's mission is to create significant, positive opportunities for all children living in a 100-block area of Central Harlem by helping parents, residents, teachers and other stakeholders create a safe learning environment for youth. Katrina led the effort for the second annual employee satisfaction survey and tracked employee turnover rates to create strategies to increase employee satisfaction and retention

Steven Thrush '10 interned for WNET.ORG/Thirteen.org (WNET) in the Interactive and Broadband Division. On air, online, in the classroom and community, WNET provides media that makes a difference. WNET pursues a single, overarching goal: to deliver media experiences of lasting significance for New York, America and the world. Steven worked on projects directed at optimizing WNET’s online search and user-experience as well as performing competitive analysis. All efforts were targeted toward improving WNET customer access to online content, opportunities for self-improvement and community dialogue.

Peter Tong '10 interned with the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC), one of New York’s oldest not-for-profit local real estate development corporations. GJDC is focused on transforming downtown Jamaica, Queens through revitalization and economic development with a community-building mission. Projects include mixed use hotels, affordable housing, retail complexes, office facilities and parking garages. Peter is responsible for detailed reports and analysis identifying strategic acquisition, expansion and development strategies throughout the downtown area.

International Development

Rashi Agrawal '10, interned at Intellectual Capital Advisory Services (Intellecap), a multiple bottom line investment company that facilitates investment initiatives and creates knowledge focused on profitable and sustainable development. Rashi worked with the Business Advisory Group to research critical issues in the microfinance sector. Research topics included the rising competition in the microfinance industry, the geographical diversity in the industry, and assessing social impact. Her work contributed to Intellecap’s position as a thought leader and provided input to Microfinance stakeholders on areas of strategic importance.

Two students interned with Frogtek, a social venture dedicated to creating business tools for micro-entrepreneurs in emerging markets founded by Columbia Business School alumni. Using mobile phones, Frogtek has developed management applications for small businesses, providing point-of-sales functionality, basic accounting and financial reporting.

    Fernando Apaez '10 worked closely with shopkeepers in Bogota, Colombia, running the first trial of the company’s business tools. Fernando assessed the micro-entrepreneurs needs to help the Frogtek team improve products, its marketing plan and its business model.

    Leandro Caputo '10 refined the business model, evaluated the business needs and incorporated system requirements of consumer packaged goods companies into Frogtek’s operating flow. Leandro was also involved in the development of operative algorithms to optimize the operation of the application.

Three students interned with Endeavor, a New York based nonprofit organization that promotes high impact entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

    Letícia Yumi Beppu '10, served as an Endeavor eMBA with Robtec, a Uruguay and Brazil-based company. Robtec offers services and solutions related to highly specialized products called Rapid Prototypes. Leticia’s responsibilities included building a business plan focused on financial projections and sales strategies for the introduction of a new low-cost 3D printer in Latin America that would help Robtec to expand its operations in the region.

    This summer, James Wynne '10 worked with SubwayLink, one of Endeavor’s portfolio companies in Brazil. SubwayLink is a pioneer in corporate television and in store programming in the Brazilian market. James worked directly with Arnold Eugenio Correia, the founder and CEO of SubwayLink, to assess the Brazilian retail and advertising markets and the feasibility of scaling the company. Together, they developed a corporate presentation for some of the largest retailers and advertisers in Brazil.

    Fernando Velarde '10 spent the summer in Santiago de Chile, Chile, as an Endeavor fellow with Kibernum, a specialized outsourcer of IT services. Fernando generated operational models for process improvement and designed and implemented a management performance scheme for promoting continuous learning as well as enhancing employees’ sense of belonging to the company. Additionally, Fernando assisted Kibernum to establish a roadmap for the activities of the new marketing department in the coming year.

Melissa Cheong '09 was a Summer Associate for Enterprise Solutions to Poverty, an organization that seeks to mobilize and support leading companies and entrepreneurs in building profitable and inclusive businesses that incorporate millions of low-income individuals as suppliers, distributors, and consumers of asset building products. Melissa provided consulting and advisory services to Innosight Ventures, an early stage incubator of innovative business models that incorporate the socially disadvantaged linking financial and social investors in mutual benefit. Melissa assisted with fund marketing and fundraising, structuring financing to fund the growth of existing ventures and developing social impact metrics for reporting purposes for investors and stakeholders.

Paolo D’Aprile '10 interned with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations, the UN organization that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Paolo contributed to the expansion and the development of the “e-Agriculture” initiative, whose goal is to enhance sustainable agricultural development and food security by improving the use of information and communication technologies in the rural development sector. Paolo focused on developing the e-Agriculture program’s critical information and knowledge resources related to policy frameworks, and the use of mobile telephony for rural development. Paolo analyzed the current state of the art technologies and documented leaders in the field to identify key success factors and guidelines, and the role of public-private partnerships.

Samantha Dwyer '10 worked for Holsman International a start-up social venture headed by Henrietta Holsman Fore, former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Holsman International aims to have a high impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems and is committed to delivering clean and efficient products and services to the developing world. This summer, Samantha developed a portfolio of potential investment opportunities in emerging products and technologies within energy, water and green building materials.

Raquel Fernandez Porras '10 interned with the Costa Rican Ministry of Trade, a government institution that develops trade policies to promote and facilitate Costa Rican immersion in the international economy. Raquel worked as a public policy consultant to develop an accountability strategy to measure Costa Rica’s success at attracting foreign direct investment in the areas of trade, environment, agriculture and technology. She also worked with a group of negotiators on the free trade agreement negotiations between Central America and China.

Two students worked with Gawad Kalinga (GK), a Philippines-based economic and community development organization that seeks to transform poverty stricken areas, with the goal of building 700,000 homes in 7 years.

    Cheryl Gladstone '10 worked on the Designer Village Campaign, which aims to mobilize top architects and designers to create housing and structures for those who otherwise cannot afford their services. Cheryl combined her Business School experience with her background in urban planning to form the foundation of the Designer Village Campaign, with a focus on developing a new Gawad Kalinga community in Taguig.

    Ray Liu '10 worked on the productivity program, which conducts livelihood and skills training and provides start-up capital and materials for microfinance and microenterprise for GK community members. Ray used his background in marketing research consulting and general business development to create a baseline assessment and evaluation of current enterprises in GK communities. In particular, Ray focused on GK’s relationship with individual entrepreneurs and the marketing of GK community products.

Three students worked with Acumen Fund, a social venture capital fund committed to building thriving social enterprises that serve the poor in developing nations. Since its inception in 2001, the Acumen Fund has invested in 36 organizations in India, East Africa and Pakistan helping an estimated 36 million people.

    Arvind Gopal '10 worked as a consultant to analyze new investment opportunities and develop an in-depth market study on Kenya’s bottom of the pyramid agriculture industry. Arvind reported on the industry size, competitive landscape, supply chain requirements and regulatory environment. His findings will be used by the Acumen Fund to identify and invest in sustainable, scalable agriculture businesses that serve Kenya’s poor.

    Monika Jhaveri '10 spent her summer at the India office of the Acumen Fund. She worked on Acumen’s water portfolio, conducting due diligence on key prospective investments, as well as supporting existing high-potential investments. She also helped refine the portfolio by identifying key sectors within water enterprises which had greater potential for creating social impact while balancing financial returns.

    Julia Sanchez Abeal '10 interned with Acumen Fund East Africa based in the Nairobi Office. Julia contributed to the Energy portfolio by carrying out in-depth analyses of the East Africa energy market and industry; developing findings on customer demand, competition, regulation and the present supply chain; and identifying key challenges energy players face entering the market as well as a list of key opportunities.

Hahna Kim '10 interned for the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) in Bangkok, Thailand. She worked on PDA’s flagship program, the Village Development Partnership (VDP), which strives to eradicate poverty from Thailand’s rural communities by helping them identify and start up sustainable business activities. Examples include raising pigs, creating organic fertilizer, and selling handicrafts. For her project, Hahna wrote a business plan on how each community could grow the market potential for such activities outside of their local communities.

Maggie Kirilova '10 spent the summer working for the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a major initiative of the Clinton Foundation. CGI aims to drive action in addressing some of the most serious global challenges of our time. All member organizations of CGI devise practical solutions to global issues through the development of specific and measurable Commitments to Action. Maggie worked with members to develop these commitments by offering strategic advice, developing partnerships and advising on best practices. Her work leveraged her background in economics and her volunteer work with social programs to develop solutions in the area of Poverty Alleviation.

Caroline Lundberg '10 worked with the TechnoServe Coffee Initiative in Kenya. TechnoServe helps entrepreneurs in poor areas of the developing world build businesses that create income, opportunity and economic growth. The Coffee Initiative supports farmers transitioning to more lucrative specialty coffee markets by providing access to a pulping machine that cleans their coffee beans to the standard required by the specialty market. Caroline worked to arrange financing between coffee farmer co-operatives and the pulping machine manufacturers. Specifically, Caroline developed the financial structure, evaluated the creative collateralization methods, performed loan risk assessments, determined risk mitigation techniques, and standardized contracts across Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

Scott Overdyke '10 interned as a financial analyst in the microfinance division of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Washington, DC. OPIC is an independent government agency working to stimulate American private investment in developing economies through financial innovation and creative public-private partnerships. In the midst of a global credit crisis as foreign direct investment continued to plummet, Scott helped evaluate double and triple-bottom-line investment opportunities in portfolios of microfinance institutions around the world.

Lakshmi Potluri '10 is working this summer in Chennai, India for the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) Capital. IFMR Capital is an IFMR trust venture whose mission is to act as a bridge to mainstream capital markets for entities and asset classes of relevance to low-income households. Lakshmi is working on identifying relevant sectors based on primary and secondary research andstructuring financial solutions for small and micro enterprises in rural India.

Kevin Rehak '10 worked for the Earth Institute's Millennium Villages Project (MVP) in Bonsaaso, Ghana, an organization that helps communities in sub-Saharan Africa overcome extreme poverty through investments in health, education, agriculture and infrastructure. Kevin helped support and develop sustainable business models that could leverage a 3G network. He advised entrepreneurs managing 3G kiosks and supported community efforts to deliver health and education services over the network.

Natalie Wieder '10 spent the summer working for the Indian School of Business’s Center for Emerging Market Solutions, which was formally inaugurated within the school in March of 2009. The center is committed to investigating inclusive economic growth for the purpose of solving a myriad of problems in developing and emerging markets, including poverty. The center focuses its research on the private sector, specifically small and medium size businesses. Natalie analyzed small and medium sized businesses to determine needs across a sector. She used this research to make recommendations on possible equity investments in impactful organizations.

Colleen Hsia '10 worked on a project in Cambodia involving the Kampot Pepper, a crop indigenous and unique to the Kampot region. This peppercorn was once recognized worldwide as a leading luxury spice in the early 1900's, but it disappeared from the marketplace following the ascension of the Khmer Rouge, as the hostile regime ceased exports and forced many farmers to destroy profitable plantations. The local farmers' association is currently working with a number of groups to revive this crop on the world market. Using the Kampot Pepper as one of its flagship products, Colleen completed a business plan with input of a World Bank development consultant. She also spent time working with a local group of volunteers who routinely brought food and first aid to families and children living in the Phnom Penh trash dump.

Two students interned with Protect the Earth, Protect Yourself (PEPY), an educational NGO in Cambodia which supports sustainable educational projects.

    Sachit Shah '10 worked on PEPY's partnership with a NGO named Daughters, which strives to give women an option outside of the sex industry. They do this through training and by providing employment to former sex workers. Sachit's role was to design a business and marketing plan for a money belt that would be designed as a fashion accessory. Sachit approached a number of local stores in Phnom Penh, outlined ideas for a focus group and designed a questionnaire. Furthermore, this experience allowed Sachit to apply his business skills and knowledge while working with two NGO's that could result in a revenue generating project for PEPY and Daughters.

    Jake Goldberg '10 also worked on the same revenue generating project to help PEPY sell "The Hipster". This is a money-belt made out of Kroma, a traditional Cambodian scarf, sewn by former-sex workers who have received jobs and training from some of PEPY's partner organizations. Jake focused on and is continuing his work while back in the US, to help launch an international marketing campaign.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Chris Backus '10 interned with Thornton Holdings, a renewable energy consulting business focused on wind, solar, green buildings and new renewable technologies. Projects included preparing several banking models for 20 -200 MW wind projects in Morocco and Tunisia. Other efforts included drafting a preliminary information memorandum for financing a new renewable energy technology company and assisting in the fund raising efforts for a California based solar energy company. Short term contributions included assuring the most accurate and complete tools for measuring project bankability and equity returns. Long term contributions included helping define the strategy for a start-up which could have a dramatic impact on reducing fossil fuel dependence.

Three students interned with Carbon Credit Capital (CCC), an early-stage company that generates carbon credits through greenhouse gas mitigation and sequestration projects.

    Susan Basu '10 developed offset projects and marketing strategies to address the diverse market of carbon-intensive businesses in the United States. She also introduced clients to Carbon Credit Capital's new US-focused products through conferences and webinars.

    R. Daniel Pittman '10 worked on the development of CINCS, an affiliated company specializing in forestry carbon offsets. Towards this end, Daniel revised the business plan (accounting for the impact of the Waxman‐Markey Clean Energy Bill) and developed materials to enable stage one financing. Daniel further developed CINCS architecture through facilitating a pilot project to avoided deforestation in Madre de Dios, Peru. He refined financial forecasts underpinning the project investment plan and developed a new project methodology standard to successfully enable validation.

    Christian Toraldo '10 worked in the project finance group where he researched public and private financing for offset projects in the US and Canada including tax incentives, stimulus analysis, and the future carbon credit market. Christian analyzed the impact of renewable energy and carbon credits on return on investment (ROI), financing alternatives, and incentive structures within emerging US policy regulations. Christian also developed structures to raise capital and further expand the CCC business model in SE Asia.

Lakesha Cash '10 worked with the Majora Carter Group, a green-economic development consulting firm, to develop the platform for a venture capital fund that guides sustainable economic investments in distressed communities. Lakesha worked directly with Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx and a 2006 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, to identify key social factors that impede and stimulate growth in economically deprived communities; research successful traditional and social venture capital funds; meet with potential funders to discuss investment approaches that provide meaningful social and financial returns; and outline the mission, goals and investment strategy for the fund.

Ginger Elsea '10 interned with the ABC Home & Planet Foundation in New York, NY. Through a process of intensive research, commitment, and development, the Foundation inspires people to embrace a deeper spirit of giving through gifts that will be memorable and meaningful for a lifetime. Ginger helped manage the Gifts of Compassion program, which allows customers to purchase gifts that provide targeted services to heal our planet and its communities. Examples of gifts include bed nets to protect pregnant women in Africa from malaria and math and literacy classes for Afghani girls. She also developed a business plan for expanding the work of the Foundation through developing new brands.

Lindsey Greenberg '10 worked with Sustainable St. Louis, a start-up nonprofit whose mission is to serve as a resource and facilitator in the development of a more robust and holistic approach to regional environmental sustainability for the St. Louis area. Lindsey’s responsibilities included develop a stake holder database and collaborate with media consultants to expand and launch the organizations marketing and communications plan. She also benchmarked the organizations sustainability initiatives against peer initiatives to identify areas of improvement

Sanjay Hathiramani '10 interned at VeeV Spirits LLC, as a Business Development Manager. Veev is an entrepreneurial social venture that aims to provide consumers with a better way to drink: both literally, as a product, and environmentally, as a company fully committed to protecting the planet. Veev is the first spirits company to be certified carbon neutral and donate $1 per bottle sold towards green initiatives that protect the Brazilian Rainforest. Sanjay increased product awareness and product trials through the development of a novel digital marketing campaign that promotes eco-friendly practices in the industry.

This summer, Kayvan Parvin '10 interned at Equator LLC, a firm that generates and manages carbon credits and environmental assets derived from reforestation, avoided deforestation, and land management. Kayvan’s internship focused on the financial analysis and valuation of offset projects, primarily in South America, as well as research into new markets for offset projects. These new markets involve wetland and biodiversity conservation. Finally, Kayvan was tasked with keeping abreast of the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape surrounding cap-and-trade programs domestically and internationally.

Jesus Rodriguez ’10 interned with Connect Us, a social start-up that is a pioneer in the use of cell phone technology to improve care for low-income minorities and the founders of the organization have published peer-reviewed research in the areas of immunizations, oral contraceptives and cardiology. Jesus assisted Connect Us in developing the fundraising strategy. He also helped to streamline the management of day-to-day operations, product development and sales.