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Nonprofit & Pubic Management
Mónica Viñuales, ’19BUS, interned with the NYC Department of Education as an education pioneers fellow at the Office of School Wellness Programs (OSWP), part of the Office of School Health that guides schools in teaching 1.1 million students what they need to know to make healthy, informed choices throughout their lives. She analyzed innovative ways to report on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) school health profiles survey and youth risk behavioral survey results for NYC schools.
Alissa Ayden, ’19BUS, and Cindy Qin, ’19BUS, worked as strategy associates with the Robin Hood Foundation, New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization, which provides financial, real estate, and management support to more than 200 of the best nonprofits. Robin Hood uses a system of metrics, cost-benefit ratios, and counterfactuals to rigorously evaluate poverty interventions and its investments. Alissa provided consulting services to some of Robin Hood’s grantees and assisted Robin Hood’s senior leaders in assessing opportunities and recommending directions on a set of key initiatives. Cindy provided the education team with recommendations that helped them influence for-profit education market players to advance poverty alleviation efforts. In addition, Cindy worked with Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), a Robin Hood community partner, to rebrand its communications with external and internal stakeholders.
Joshua Barrett, ’19BUS, interned at New York Presbyterian as the quality and patient safety coordinator for Weill Cornell Medicine, one of the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the country. Focusing on the opioid addiction epidemic, Joshua led the initiative to develop an engagement tool for outlier prescribers to help providers achieve the health system’s goals around de-escalation of opioid use. He met with multiple stakeholders to clearly articulate opioid prescribing problems, delivered an opioid engagement tool and prescribing tracking mechanism, and presented recommendations for how managed care contracts may encourage and sustain opioid de-escalation and tracking.
Mayana Bonapart, ’19CSSW, was a Sustainability Education Program (SEP) summer intern with Trash for Peace (TfP), a public service and sustainability nonprofit in Portland, Oregon that provides hands-on, creative experiences to encourage resilient communities. SEP’s central focus is to empower youth and community at various “home forward” properties through weekly after-school sustainability education. These properties are in areas that struggle with poverty and gentrification. Mayana supported the bilingual yoga program by teaching classes directly to low-income housing residents and actively seeking out new partnerships to support the sustainability and further development of the bilingual yoga programs.
Andrew Rodriguez Calderon, ’18JRN, and Mustafa Z. Mirza, ’18JRN, were fellows at The Marshall Project, a Pulitzer-prize-winning, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the United States’ criminal justice system. Andrew was the data journalism fellow and used tools such as Python, Excel, Github, UNIX, SQL, and d3. He reported on long-term investigative stories and produced several smaller pieces over the course of the fellowship. He worked closely with the interactive reporter, designer, director of technology, and deputy managing editor on a marquee investigation, and he visualized data for stories in the pursuit of strong accountability reporting on the U.S. criminal justice system. Mustafa carried out research for ongoing investigative projects and pitched stories on issues that lie at the intersections of mental health and criminal justice.
Andrea Floersheimer, ’19CC, interned with the Armed Services Arts Partnership, an organization based in Alexandria, VA that focuses on reintegrating veterans into their communities through the arts. ASAP offers free, weekly classes in stand-up comedy, improv, storytelling, and creative writing to U.S. veterans. During her time with ASAP, Andrea directly supported the executive director in planning and executing Laugh Your ASAP Off, the organization’s annual stand-up comedy competition and fundraiser. She also supported the executive director and program manager in the development of ASAP’s internal site for ASAP’s staff, instructors, and board of directors.
Wook Hwang, ’19BUS, interned with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations, which has overseen more than $3 billion in grant-making since its inception. RPA provides research and counsel on charitable giving; develops philanthropic programs; and offers complete program, administrative, and management services for foundations and trusts. Wook worked with the CFO to create financial models, pricing structures, and decision support tools for each service line that would inform ongoing business strategy.
Belle Lin, ’18JRN, was an investigative reporting fellow at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, an independent, nonprofit news organization in Madison that focuses on statewide public-interest journalism. The center collaborates with Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television, and is a founding member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, the first network of nonprofit journalism organizations conducting investigative reporting in the public interest. During her fellowship, Belle investigated labor trafficking in the Wisconsin restaurant industry, shedding light on an exploitative practice by finding public records, analyzing data, and conducting interviews. Belle also produced photography and other multimedia elements for various pieces on the center's website, WisconsinWatch.org.
Matt McConnell, ’19BUS, spent the summer as a business plan intern with the National Park Service (NPS). He worked at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SAMO), where he created a comprehensive business model for short-term leasing of underutilized park resources and managed federal land encroachments. His goal was to ultimately support the mission of the NPS and to preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of future generations.
Marsha McLeod, ’18JRN, was a reporting fellow with The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to covering guns and gun violence at national and local levels across America. As a summer fellow, Marsha provided investigative support for ongoing projects, including filing Freedom of Information Act requests, acquiring and analyzing data, and researching people and companies. In a climate of increasingly polarized public conversation around guns and gun control, Marsha designed and reported an accurate, balanced, and in-depth investigative story about guns in the U.S.
Chris Moon, ’18BUS, interned for Voices Foundation for Vulnerable Children, a nonprofit organization based in Thailand that provides shelter and medical aid for orphans. The foundation facilitates volunteering programs at an orphanage and fundraises to purchase basic necessities and medical aid bundles for the orphans. Chris assisted the founder in developing an initial development and management plan for prospective resources and a daycare center in Bangkok. Chris also assisted in raising its fund so that it can be a direct investment vehicle in building more homeless shelters.
Caitlyn Passaretti, ’20CSSW SIPA, interned at Root and Rebound, a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures awardee dedicated to assisting people upon release from prison and helping them navigate the legal barriers of reentry. Root and Rebound strives to create a just system, educate communities, and strengthen reentry practices. As an intern, Caitlyn was responsible for working with the Native American tribes in Northern California, conducting needs-based assessments and addressing the lack of resources on the reservations. She advocated for supplying and providing resources to women of color as they reenter society, and researched and compiled a comprehensive list of social service partners.
Andres Palacios Schippert, ’18BUS, worked with School of International professor Michael Eckhart and Columbia Business School Professor Bruce Usher for the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise as a research assistant for their upcoming book on Climate Finance. The book will cover the ways in which the financial sector—and the private sector in general—can play a fundamental role in deploying capital efficiently into climate mitigation and adaptation solutions. Andres provided research support and edited the text, based on his academic experience in the sector. The goal of the project was to make the co-authors’ vast experience available to students and professionals interested in contributing to address climate change.
Katie Spradley, ’19BUS SIPA, worked at the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, assisting Professors Bruce Usher and Todd Jick and the Chazen Institute to further institutionalize the immersion course “Bridging the American Divide.” The course will be taught for the second time in the fall of 2018, and strives to continue to foster understanding of the divides in America, how they might apply to the global community as a whole, and how MBA graduates might identify opportunities to solve such challenges. Katie also assisted in further strengthening the local relationships that the School is building with the Youngstown community.
Jill Scovanner, ’19BUS, worked at the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, supporting Gwen Shufro, ’06BUS, director of the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program (NBLP). Jill worked to enhance the NBLP by creating a “theory of change” framework to help NBLP participants better understand how their partner organizations create value. In addition, she developed a nonprofit consulting resource guide that provides program participants with resources for the most common types of projects, including fundraising, metrics, board development, and finance and budgeting. She also conducted the center’s benchmarking analysis with quantitative and qualitative measures to improve programs. Finally, she researched innovative philanthropic models and thought leaders in New York City as part of an ongoing philanthropy series designed to explore how to scale different impact areas.
Elizabeth Weiland, ’19BUS, and Yuanan Zhang, ’19BUS, worked at the MTA New York City Transit Authority (NYCT), the largest transportation agency in North America. NYCT operates the New York City Subway, the Staten Island Railway, and the New York City bus system. Elizabeth developed operational scenarios related to the deployment of staff between the field and a new bus command center, which will be three times the size of the current center. She also worked with an internal change management team to survey internal stakeholders on issues and challenges regarding significant new technology, and devised adoption strategies for the new system. Yuanan worked on a project to improve the customer feedback handling processes to reduce staff time per submission, shorten response time, and increase the number of complaints acted upon. Her work also included developing new metrics as needed.
Onika Williams, ’18BUS, served as a strategic project manager under the direction of president and CEO Jon Rosenberg at Hebrew Public, an organization in the process of evolving its school design and model to continue improving outcomes for students. She managed various initiatives of this strategic planning work, which will ensure that Hebrew Public has a rigorous international plan for its next phase and will ultimately enable the organization to better support their teachers, students, staff, and the greater community.
Julia Zweig, ’19BUS, worked at the New York Road Runners, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running. She worked on the strategy, planning, and organization operations team to support the CEO in strategy development, growth plan execution, and cross-functional team project implementation. She assisted on several key strategic initiatives and conducted research and analysis in order to develop recommendations for the senior leadership team. She also led content development for the annual summer strategy sessions, creating sessions aligned to the NY Road Runners five-year business plan.
Carli Roth, ’19BUS, was matched by Inspiring Capital—a social impact consulting firm that pairs MBA students with social enterprises—with the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, a community-based organization that provides after-school educational and developmental programs to youth (6–18 years old) throughout the Bronx. She created an impact assessment and measurement tool that the organization can use to track their impact across their various program offerings on a quarterly and annual basis.
Rodrigo Inurreta Acero, ’19SIPA, and Jose Clautier, ’19BUS, worked with solar broker SolarKal in New York City. Rodrigo assisted the director of product by analyzing solar project economics; handling feasibility studies; researching federal, state, and local solar-related policy; and conducting technical analysis. Jose worked in business development, defining metrics and doing data analysis to provide management with tools to negotiate future rounds of funding. He also assisted the COO in evaluating SolarKal’s geographic expansion in the United States and supported the team in creating the overall strategy for the company. Lastly, he conducted research to identify trends and opportunities in cleantech for SolarKal.
Jiexin Cai, ’19BUS, interned with the FlexTraPower, Inc. (DBA Bonbouton), a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures awardee that provides a technology platform for preventative diabetic health care. Bonbouton aims to eliminate the occurrence of amputation through their first product, a smart shoe insole that detects the early signs of foot ulcers, simplifies patient self-monitoring and reduces the frequency of doctor visits. Jiexin assisted the CEO and the COO with the development of due diligence material for investor pitching and sales activities for hospital outreach.
Jane Chongsuwat, ’19GSAPP, was a summer research intern with Studio Rede, a landscape and conservation research and design studio. The studio challenges the present paradigm of global conservation by exploring the territories of the fourth world—the hunter-gatherer, nomadic, pastoral, and subsistence farming peoples living beyond the modern industrial norm. A publication, complemented by a digital platform, seeks to shift the perception of fourth world people by discovering, documenting, and detailing the ancient indigenous innovations that they have used to sustainably adapt their ecosystems for millennia. This project is the recipient of the New York State Council of the Arts Architecture and Design Award and is fiscally sponsored by the Storefront for Art and Architecture. Jane was responsible for the creation, curation, and launch of the digital platform, publication, and several exhibitions around the project.
Julia Fiks Salem, ’19CSSW, interned with BE MORE, a social venture based in New York City with the mission of unleashing human capital and creating a measurably better world by eradicating bias. BE MORE provides science-based implicit bias trainings and consulting services to help health care and business professionals be aware of implicit bias and make workplaces and services more inclusive. As the communications and marketing Intern, Julia helped BE MORE attract new clients by creating a new social media strategy, revamping their website, and conducting market research to expand BE MORE’s impact to new markets.
Molly Hazlehurst, ’19SEAS (undergraduate), interned with Radiator Labs, a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures awardee committed to eliminating overheating in steam-heated buildings through a product design that enables radiator level controls and real-time data visualization. The technology eliminates wasted fuel and, at the same time, provides a comfortable environment where users have the ability to control the climate. Molly worked on optimizing the supply chain and operations management for timely and cost effective installation of the product for their upcoming project to install 4,000 radiator covers. She was also involved with optimization of insulation material.
Caitlin Jones, ’19CSSW, interned at JustFix.nyc, a New York City-based nonprofit that provides crucial new resources for tenants, community advocates, and legal service organizations. Their technology enables unrepresented tenants to take action on issues of apartment disrepair and landlord harassment and to connect with community-based organizing and advocacy efforts. Caitlin coordinated the day-to-day tasks of the “Housing Rights Program,” complementing the self-help website with an additional direct service component. She recruited and trained housing coaches to aid clients in need of support when faced with housing struggles.
Jiaxi Lu, ’18SEAS, and Fei Sun, ’18SEAS, were summer software engineer interns with Social Solar, a third-party online platform that matches families and businesses seeking community solar opportunities with vetted community solar developers. Social Solar believes that instead of utility companies telling customers what they owe, customers will tell utility companies what they will pay, helping customers to save money and encouraging clean energy usage. Jiaxi worked on an online ration system of energy companies and an online service that extracts information from utility bill pictures. He also worked to solve a decision-making algorithm for the customers to allocate their energy sources. Fei was responsible for enhancing the energy platform to include matching algorithms, an energy supplier rating system, a peer-to-peer ratings-comment system, and AI machine learning utility bill plug-in. She also engaged with solar customers and suppliers to better understand how energy software meets their needs.
Nissa Ostroff, ’18BUS, interned with Plentify, a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures awardee that aims to create sustainable, intelligent cities that are resilient to the impacts of climate change and rapid urbanization. Nissa worked on expanding the company’s solar water heating business, as well as other initiatives that aim to tackle the water crisis in Cape Town.
Josie Rosario, ’19CSSW, worked at Sweet Water Dance and Yoga (SWDY), a for-profit social impact startup that provides culturally relevant and affirming health and wellness services to adults and children in the South Bronx. Josie worked specifically with their signature program Roots and Rivers Kid’s Wellness Summer Program to provide technical and programmatic assistance. By providing data management and analysis, as well as conducting a comprehensive program evaluation, Josie expanded SWDY’s capacity to scale the program in future years, secure additional funding, and improve upon current processes to more effectively and efficiently increase its impact for the South Bronx community.
Josh Schanker, ’18BUS, interned with Valpro Health, a startup nonprofit that seeks to improve health care and primary care services by assisting providers to adopt a value-based care system, improving access to care services via telemedicine, and addressing the lack of quality care given to underprivileged communities. Valpro is currently developing a donation-based health care cryptocurrency called CareCoin. CareCoin enables individuals and institutions to donate their earnings, interest, and gains to charitable funds that subsidize medical costs for underprivileged and low-income families. Josh worked in business development, where he helped define the business model, go-to-market growth strategy, and competitive landscape.
Yuvprakash Singh, ’18SEAS, and Tarun Srinivasan, ’20CC, were technical interns at Kinnos Inc., a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures awardee dedicated to protecting health care workers and patients. Their product, Highlight, has increased the effectiveness of disinfectants, reducing the possibility of disease outbreaks and saving lives by eliminating human error. Yuvprakash was responsible for designing his own experiments, conducting literature reviews, and generating publishable data. By generating new chemistry, Tarun’s project focused on developing future products that would catalyze the expansion of the company’s product portfolio.
Laura Barrera Vera, ’19SIPA, interned at MeshMinds, a startup impact investor in creative technology based in Singapore. MeshMinds incubates Asian artists to bring emerging technology to life in creative, engaging, and meaningful ways that build awareness around the most pressing issues in our society, including climate change. During her time at MeshMinds, Laura was responsible for assisting with the management of Singapore’s first technology accelerator for social good and developed a strategy for the long-term sustainability of the organization’s flagship program, which she aligned with the sustainable development goals.
JoAnne Williams, ’18BUS, interned with My Money, My Future, a social venture that provides financial wellness tools to millennials of color to facilitate the creation of wealth and address the racial wealth gap in the U.S. JoAnne helped the organization develop a go-to-market strategy for a white label financial wellness product for companies and universities with multicultural workforces and students. She created whitepapers on the business case for culturally relevant financial wellness tools, and she drafted external-facing sales materials for potential clients. Additionally, JoAnne helped scope and access potential future clients and community partners.
Daniel Aho, ’19SIPA, and Maud Schmitt, ’19SIPA, worked with Kiron Open Higher Education, the world's first university for refugees that provides online education for students in Jordan and Germany. Founded in 2014, Kiron uses an innovative combination of online and offline learning to provide accessible, sustainable, and cost-effective education. In Amman, Jordan, Daniel used his experience in audio-video production to improve Kiron’s monitoring and evaluation of a newly developed facilitator training program. Maud provided job-market analysis to identify the skills needed by local industries. She also developed courses to build the needed skills to maximize students’ integration into the highly competitive job market in Jordan.
Angela Concha, ’18BUS, and Arianna Espinosa, ’19BUS, interned at Endeavor. Endeavor is a global nonprofit that works to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs worldwide. Angela worked in the Colombian office helping Refinancia, an SME that provides alternative financing options for people who are not served by traditional banks or do not have a formal credit option in the country. Arianna focused on building an agri-bio pipeline in Peru by performing industry research identifying the key players and building a framework to visualize the industry’s ecosystem. Additionally, Arianna worked alongside one of Endeavor’s entrepreneurs, La Grama, a Peruvian social enterprise that empowers smallholder farmers and buys their produce to export overseas. Arianna supported La Grama in their transformational journey from paper-based to digital.
Tom Demaio, ’19SIPA, worked with the Social Innovation Academy (SINA) and Kyusa in Kampala, Uganda. Both organizations aim to stimulate entrepreneurship amongst marginalized youth to decrease unemployment. Tom's role involved improving their program designs by linking them to monitoring frameworks. For SINA, he streamlined the organization's conceptual framework to clarify how participants develop into entrepreneurs. At Kyusa, Tom developed feedback mechanisms to predict the viability of program operations in expansion sites outside of Kampala. In support of these tasks, Tom also led capacity building workshops on monitoring and evaluation (M&E).
Laura Dreese, ’19BUS, interned with Oradian, a Croatian fintech company that provides core-banking software to microfinance institutions in Africa and Southeast Asia. Oradian’s SaaS platform adapts to the needs of microfinance institutions, enabling credit managers to access information more efficiently. Increased access to information promotes the institutions’ ability to serve their borrowers, resulting in more people gaining access to financial services and economic opportunities. Laura served in a market entry strategy role focused on Oradian’s expansion into the Ghanian market. She was based in Croatia for seven weeks and Ghana for three.
Thomas Frischknecht, ’18BUS, interned with eduK, an online educational platform that offers courses and other tools necessary for people to learn, grow, and invest in their areas of interest. The company’s ultimate goal is to empower low and medium income families to become entrepreneurs. EduK relies on free live streaming as well as an exclusive catalog for subscribers, with over 1,700 courses in topics like gastronomy, crafts, photography, business, fashion, beauty and more. His responsibilities included providing support to the firm’s board through preparing and analyzing financial statements, as well as sound financial projections used in the series C round of funding.
Wesam Hasnain, ’18BUS, interned with Sukoon Water, a Pakistani nonprofit organization that establishes community-based water treatment plants to treat, market, and supply World Health Organization standard drinking water to communities at affordable prices. Wesam’s summer consisted of two phases: distribution/operational optimization and product and marketing alignment. In the first phase, Wesam developed a robust set of KPIs and improvement strategies for the company to better track and refine both its distribution and operational process. In the second, he developed effective marketing strategies to differentiate Sukoon from competitors while also educating consumers on the benefits of the consistently safe water that Sukoon provides.
Amir Khouzam, ’19SIPA, worked with the Center for Civil Society and Democracy (CCSD) in Beirut, Lebanon, where he monitored and evaluated the organization’s programs, as well as analyzed and synthesized reports on American stabilization programs in Syria. These activities supported CCSD's mission of increasing the capacity of Syrians, both at home and abroad, to build institutions of inclusive, responsive, and effective governance and civil society.
Indira Martinez, ’19CSSW, interned with She’s The First (STF), an international nonprofit whose innovative work fosters the next generation of female leadership by providing girls around the globe with scholarships for education. Indira worked to expand STF’s capacity to monitor and evaluate their grassroots education projects that increased the efficacy and impact of their global partner agencies. Indira also created, managed, and expanded STF’s innovate action network and global citizenship initiative. By developing advocacy tools and resources for young female scholars, she helped to extend the international STF network and promote global awareness of the need for sustained investments in girls’ education. Indira also worked with executive leadership to evaluate ongoing projects, expand the capacity of the mission, and ultimately, promote a brighter future for the female leaders of tomorrow.
Betsy Miles, ’19CSSW, interned with Friends of Kisoro, a community-based organization in Kisoro, Uganda committed to supporting the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) and the Office of the Prime Minister of Uganda in its mission to provide care for people fleeing conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Friends of Kisoro’s mission is to implement quality psychosocial care for survivors of trauma who arrive at the Nykabande UNHR transit camp. Betsy conducted psychosocial assessments, basic counseling, support groups, crisis support, referrals to other camp-based services, and provided support in transferring clients to resettlement camps.
Patience Olanitori, ’18BUS, interned at Praava Health, a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member. Through medical centers, Praava provides quality health care for the middle class in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Patience worked with the medical services and innovations teams on home-based medical services, as well as the experimentation and rollout process of the home care service. She also helped the communications team to evaluate and make recommendations to improve Praava’s feedback mechanisms.
Achenyo Otigba, ’19BUS, researched the socioeconomic impacts of the growing contemporary art market in West Africa. Working with the Foundation for Contemporary and Modern Visual Arts in Nigeria, Achenyo evaluated the regional art market by focusing on how local gallery systems affect the production, distribution, and resale value of works in West Africa.
Laura Palantone, ’18BUS, interned with De La Gente, a nonprofit working with small-holder coffee farmers and cooperatives in Guatemala to create economic opportunities that improve the quality of life for their families and communities. The organization offers specific training, education, and access to markets and financing for coffee farmers and cooperatives to develop and sell products. Laura assisted with strategic planning and helped build the capacity of the development and program teams.
Laura Postarini, ’19GSAPP, worked with Public Works Studio, an organization based in Beirut, Lebanon that is dedicated to the structuring and implementation of community-centered design solutions at an architectural and urban level primarily for informal settlings in Lebanon and the region. Public Works was part of the Beirut Design Week 2018 in their Design and the City program. Laura helped design a process of participatory planning for refugee camps; the work involved research and fieldwork in Mar–Elias, a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut. The aim of the project was to implement the participatory practices and develop a future vision for the field.
Laura Rodgers, ’19BUS, worked with AfricInvest, a Pan-African investment firm that helps African businesses scale successfully by providing growth capital and expertise. AfricInvest emphasizes and maintains the highest environmental, social, and governance practices at their portfolio companies, contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable business landscape. Laura focused on AfricInvest’s most recent fund, AfricInvest FIVE – Financial Inclusion Vehicle, an innovative, evergreen fund dedicated to financial inclusion. The fund aims to help the estimated 350 million unbanked Africans gain access to the financial system, which allows them to join a formalized banking system or subscribe to microfinance services, as well as access savings tools and funding necessary for their businesses.
Tarang Singhal, ’19SIPA, interned at Ashoka Social Financial Services (SFS), which works to identify and strengthen structural solutions for challenges faced by the world today. Ashoka is developing a framework called “economic architecture” to research and understand the market forces that drive the structural changes in developing a social innovation. Tarang studied a cohort of 30 Ashoka fellows across the world to understand and uncover the patterns on how they are disrupting markets. This will help Ashoka to identify and support new innovations in these markets in the future.
Jimena Vallejos, ’19SIPA, worked for IMAGO Global Grassroots to assess and strengthen the “theory of change” for Transforming Rural India (TRI), civil society initiative that seeks to transform economic and social lives in the poorest parts of rural India through empowering women (particularly through self-help groups), connecting villagers with both NGO and government social programs, and developing local economic entrepreneurship and links to value chains. Through qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, Jimena helped the organization evaluate its impact in communities and highlighted necessary adjustments to ensure that they are aligned with their mission and can ensure their long-term sustainability.
CSR and Sustainability
Sam Cialek, ’19BUS, worked on business development initiatives for Maalka, a three-year-old company that has developed a suite of products that allows cities and large private real estate owners to collect, validate, analyze, and visualize the resource consumption of their buildings. The data is then made available across Maalka’s clients to allow resource managers to discover and implement best practices. To date, it has helped many companies and cities lower their carbon footprint in a verifiable way with reproducible methods.
Yuanyuan Cui, ’18BUS, and John Christopher, ’19BUS, interned with Closed Loop Partners (CLP). CLP invests in sustainable consumer goods, advanced recycling technologies, and the development of the circular economy. Yuanyuan assisted in the investment process in social ventures, ranging from sourcing, screening, product assessments, management team assessments, valuation, and financial modeling, as well as social impact assessment. Using her experience and connections, she also acted as the China liaison, where she conducted research on capital and market opportunities, co-investors, and markets for company sales. John supported Closed Loop’s investment and impact professionals on pipeline evaluation, due diligence and portfolio evaluation. His work contributed to CLP at a critical point in their organizational journey and helped set the stage for the next phase of their growth.
Fernanda Isabel Avila Swinburn, ’19SPS, who is pursuing her master’s in sustainability, interned with Sustainable Westchester, an organization that works to promote sustainability in the county of Westchester, New York, by designing programs to facilitate access to renewables and clean transportation. Fernanda investigated the availability of funding for low- to moderate-income residents of the county through the Low-income Housing Tax Credit and Utility Allowance programs. She also analyzed the projected effect of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) goals on rates—the economic aspects of cost shifting to the target population. This contribution addressed the impact of the changing energy world on low- and middle-income families.
Lihan Jin, ’20GSAPP, interned at One Architecture and Urbanism, an urban design studio at the forefront of sustainable, resilient urbanism and smart city technology. Lihan participated in a multidisciplinary team working on the project BIG U, where he focused on tectonic design for the floodwall finishing and digital modeling for Stuyvesant Cove Park. As an architecture student with a landscape background, Lihan also assisted in One’s urban research and mapping activities in support of resiliency planning, as well as One’s efforts to codify and document the unique process by which these projects are developed and implemented. In addition, Lihan participated in the design and production of illustrative materials to communicate complicated planning and engineering concepts for the public and community groups.
Yen Le, ’19BUS, interned at Navajo Power, a public benefit corporation that develops clean energy projects on native lands. The organization partners with native communities to find energy solutions that provide economic benefits to the region and are competitive to the power grid. Yen worked with the organization and partner communities to understand the economic costs and benefits of keeping Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant, operating compared with alternatives, such as solar energy projects. She also supported fundraising efforts by refining pitch decks and related investor materials.
Javier Leon, ’19SIPA, interned with 10Power, which invests in renewable energy projects that can be paid back over time, providing clean power for businesses in developing countries. Javier implemented process efficiencies, created equipment databases, streamlined proposal processes, and refined the model for designing and estimating project costs to the customer, while having exposure to the operational, business, and the project management system.
Jeannette Paulino, ’19BUS, interned with Inspiring Capital—a social impact consulting firm that pairs MBA students with social ventures—and KNIC Properties LP—a group of investors redeveloping the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, NY to become the world’s largest indoor ice sports facility. She served as the liaison between KNIC Properties LP and the Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group to build a financial model to secure $150 million in financing for the construction and renovation of the capital project. The Kingsbridge National Ice Center is expected to be a sustainable green building and will generate over 3,000 jobs, $1B in economic activity over the next 30 years in the Bronx borough, and recreational opportunities for at-risk youth.
Christopher Picerni, ’19BUS, interned with Ember Infrastructure Management, where he conducted research and diligence on a renewable energy investment opportunity. One aspect involved thematic research around a particular industry, such as solar. This research helped form the organization’s views on future opportunities in the industry and was used in marketing materials during the fundraising process. Chris also focused on providing an early-stage diligence report on a particular investment opportunity within the industry. He worked with other members of the investment team, as well as engineering consultants, to determine the viability of the investment and modeled future cash flows and valuation.
Lydia Quinn, ’19BUS, was a summer fellow with Gore Range Capital, a social venture capital firm that invests in companies that seek to cure incurable diseases which, as a result, dramatically reduce health care costs, provide access to health care for those in need, and improve health care delivery and quality of life for underserved populations. Companies must be paradigm-shifting in the health care ecosystem, especially for those with limited access or resources. Lydia partnered with portfolio companies to actively drive success and support their social missions.