Summer Fellows 2019

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Nonprofit & Public Management

Champe Barton, ’19JRN, was an intern at The Trace, an organization that reports on gun-related public health issues to fill an absence of coverage in the United States around guns and the influence of institutions that promote them. Champe assisted The Trace’s team with research and data analysis and provided original reporting for spot news coverage and long term investigations.

Cecilia Chu, ’19CSSW, interned with Pathways to Leadership (P2L) which works to pave a bold path to bright futures by working with school systems to develop programs and provide mental health services to meet the intellectual, behavioral, and socioemotional needs of each and every marginalized youth served. Cecilia worked with Stephanie Stolzenbach, the director of clinical services at P2L, to create a development plan and run fundraising events in preparation for a larger scale annual event. Cecilia was a part of the strategic planning process for the organization and her development projects created a framework for P2L’s development and partnerships team.

Chiara Eisner, ’19JRN, and Weihua Li, ’19JRN, spent their summer with 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. As their investigative fellow, Chiara reported on issues of local and national interest, around themes of criminal injustice. Weihua was their data journalism fellow and used her graphics, analytical, and computational skills to assist reporters on their investigation about criminal justice issues in the United States. She also pitched and produced smaller data-driven stories.

Matt Elmore ’20 and Ian Sukienik ’20 interned with Columbia Law School's Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), an interdisciplinary graduate program that consults for public- and social-sector organizations undertaking and supporting transformational change in K–12 education. Matt collaborated with the State Department of Education to guide districts on the development and implementation of school integration pilot programs for the 2019–2020 school year. He assisted in the content creation and facilitation of training sessions and check-in calls for a professional learning community of 20 state school districts. Matt and Ian also both worked with a Midwestern nonprofit place-based fund (NDA-signed) to assess the impact of its grant portfolio and overarching school support strategy. Building on key interviews with leading stakeholders at regional and national levels, he helped develop a suite of tools to enhance the fund’s matching and progress tracking processes of the partnerships between school improvement organizations and the fund’s portfolio of schools. Ian also wrote a case study capturing the progress and achievements of a personalized learning nonprofit organization that received a grant from a New York foundation led by a Columbia Business School alum. The case study illustrated program successes and areas for future improvement and provided guidance on how the grantor can deepen their impact with future partners. He conducted interviews with the CEO and other top-level leaders.

Madeleine Foley, ’19JRN, joined the Transmitter Media team for 10 weeks as a production fellow. She assisted in the creation of a six-part podcast series exploring the life and philosophies of Fred Rogers and how his efforts contributed to improving society as a whole. Transmitter Media is a creative podcast company specializing in highly edited and beautifully sound-designed work. Proudly woman-owned and operated since 2017, Transmitter aims to do creative work that is made by and for a diversity of voices and perspectives.

Caitlin Gallagher ’20 and Benjamin Seeto ’20 worked with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a nonprofit that partners with individuals, families, and institutions to help make philanthropy more thoughtful and effective. As a summer fellow on the donor services team, Caitlin worked on over five research assignments and client-facing projects with philanthropists, nonprofits, and individual families. She experienced the inner workings of a social enterprise and gained a deep understanding of the philanthropic sector by providing advisory, management, and implementation services. Benjamin worked directly with the CFO, helping plan and build actionable strategies for the organization to manage, access, and develop operating reserves, among other things.

Lindy Gould ’19 served as an education pioneers summer fellow with Uncommon Schools, a nonprofit charter school network that manages urban schools for low-income students. In this role, Lindy examined NYC student recruitment and enrollment data trends to design new strategies that would allow Uncommon to meet the education needs of students, families, and communities in New York City and across the country. Through a combination of data visualization, statistics, and project management, Lindy created recommendations for Uncommon Schools that would serve as a blueprint for the organization’s 2019–2020 strategic student recruitment plan.

Savannah Jacobson, ’19JRN, interned at The City, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the people of New York City. The City strives to help fill the gap in local news by listening to the needs of New Yorkers and shedding light on powerful institutions. Savannah worked on various assignments, pitched, and produced her own stories, and reported on a long-term project that she decided upon with her editors.

Prachi Jindal ’20 was matched by Inspiring Capital—a social impact consulting firm that pairs MBA students with high-potential, purpose-driven organizations ranging from large nonprofits to social enterprise startups—with LEAP NYC, an education nonprofit that provides quality educational arts programs to promote access and equity for New York City students and has served over two million children in grades K–12 in over 500 schools throughout the greater New York metropolitan area underserved in the arts. Prachi worked with the management team to transition the organization into an in-house finance function to streamline the operations of this $10 million establishment as well as perform due diligence and build a financial model for a merger deal.

Shayna Johnson ’20 worked as a strategy associate with the Robin Hood Foundation, New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization. Robin Hood provides financial, real estate, and management support to more than 200 nonprofits and uses a system of metrics, cost-benefit ratios, and counterfactuals to rigorously evaluate poverty interventions and select its investments. Shayna completed customer segmentation and competitive analysis and created a go-to-market strategy for one of Robin Hood’s income security grantees. She also researched adult literacy and produced research-backed recommendations and concepts for programs and community engagement plans. Her work assisted senior leaders in assessing opportunities to support initiatives focused on literacy activities.

Christopher Kang, ’22SEAS, interned at the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise. Chris worked specifically with the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures, which provides seed grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid early-stage social and environmental ventures. He utilized the F6S platform, which is the world's largest platform for startup founders, to compare the relative success of past applications to the fund. By investigating previous ventures based on industry, size, and funding, he analyzed the success of the fund’s portfolio ventures to the success of ventures who did not receive funding, developing a framework with which to evaluate the efficacy of the fund selection process.

Jamie Landsman, ’20BUS MPH, interned with OneCity Health, New York City’s largest Performing Provider System (PPS). Established by NYC Health and Hospitals, and the NY State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program, OneCity Health works to ensure care for all NYC residents, working with hundreds of community-based health care providers to engage patients and close care gaps. Jamie assisted in the development and prototyping of new care models and community partnerships. Later in the summer, Jamie also interned with Quantified Ventures, an impact investing advisory firm that focuses on financing innovative and evidence-based environmental, health, and educational outcomes. Jamie worked with the health and human services department to structure social impact investments for health systems, health plans, and service providers.

Cathlyn Lee, ’20BC, was a communications intern at Libby Creative Arts, a life-coaching service aimed at helping young adults with psychological disability feel socially connected and lead fulfilling, independent lives. Katie’s summer project dealt with increasing the organization’s clientele by three to four members through communications and marketing work. Her responsibilities included managing social media platforms, conducting marketing campaigns, and revamping LCA’s website.

Tara Matalka, ’20SEAS, was a summer intern with Endeavor Global on their business and data analytics team in their New York office. Endeavor is a nonprofit following the concept of entrepreneurship as a development tool for emerging markets. The team closely follows the growth of the entrepreneurs in Endeavor’s network, analyzing them in relation to similar companies and other companies in the network, creating data-informed reports and suggestions for the local entrepreneurs. As their dataset grows, encompassing almost 700 Endeavor companies around the world, Tara’s team was tasked to make sense of this data and extract useful insights for entrepreneurs as well as potential investors, taking into consideration the entrepreneurs’ data security concerns.

Julian Richardson, ’21BUS SIPA, worked as an intern with the Treasury Office of International Monetary Affairs. Julian worked with office economists to prepare senior officials for meetings on international economic and financial policy issues (e.g., G-7 and G-20 summits) and draft official communications. He also reviewed member country requests for International Monetary Fund (IMF) programs. Over the summer Julian contributed substantially to the formation of US international financial and economic policy.

Ericka Song, ’20GSAPP, interned at One Architecture & Urbanism (ONE), a design firm of Dutch origin at the forefront of climate-adaptive urban design, planning, and infrastructure in the United States and Southeast Asia. At ONE, Ericka worked on the firm’s resilience projects in New York, including the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project, which, once implemented, would protect nearly 100,000 individuals from flood risk. Ericka also worked on the Harlem Greenway project in East Harlem, part of the city’s larger initiative to renew Upper Manhattan’s access to its coastal edge while building in new protective measures for vulnerable adjacent communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

May Wang ’20 interned for the investment team at Accion Venture Lab, an impact investing fund that focuses on innovative technology and business models that help underserved individuals and small businesses benefit from the formal economy, by providing capital and post-investment support to seed-stage fintech companies. May’s main responsibilities included working with social entrepreneurs to conduct due diligence, making investment recommendations that maximize social impact and financial sustainability, researching the trend in financial inclusion sectors, and helping the fund with fundraising activities.

Miriam Wishnick ’21 was matched by Inspiring Capital—a social impact consulting firm that pairs MBA students with high-potential, purpose-driven organizations—with Goodwill of NY / NJ, which empowers individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work. She worked with Goodwill to optimize their sorting and grading activities for goods that cannot be sold in Goodwill’s retail stores. Her main deliverable is a process design and financial analysis that will increase the value Goodwill is able to realize from each donation and reduce the amount of material sent to landfill. This will be especially important when Goodwill’s new warehouse facility opens in the next couple of years.

Hannah Woit ’20 spent her summer working for the City of Detroit, MI’s General Services Department, which manages services shared by other city departments. Its programs include fleet maintenance, forestry, maintaining vacant lots, city-owned buildings, parks and recreation, and general design, upgrades, and programs. The Services Department’s mission is to make the city “a clean, safe, and vibrant place” while guaranteeing every person has “accessible opportunities for recreation within walking distance of their home,” regardless of their socioeconomic status or background. Hannah developed a cost allocation model so that the department could track use of its shared services by the various city departments.

Maya Zamir ’20 worked on the Rockefeller Foundation’s innovative finance team.Through both grants and program-related investments (PRIs), the team pursues innovative finance solutions such as the use of financing mechanisms to mobilize private sector capital in new and more efficient and scalable ways to solve social, economic, and environmental problems globally. Maya was responsible for portfolio management that included analysis and reporting, impact M&E and communication with partners. In addition, she assisted with deal sourcing, conducted due diligence for potential deals, and worked together with investees and partners of the team.

Social Entrepreneurship

Jean Yunqin Cai, ’20LAW, was a summer legal intern with KoeKoeTech, a social venture that creates information systems for hospitals, labs, and government, as well as mobile health apps for the general population. She participated in the development of applications in Rahkine state, digitizing court management and the legal access system, and Facebook’s “coordinated propaganda” project. Jean was responsible for assisting in researching conflict drivers in Myanmar, employment law for Rahkine and Rohingya people, international law, writing reports for the United Nations Development Program, and articulating procedures for Facebook in identifying propaganda campaigns or inflammatory speech in Myanmar.

Ziyu Fan, ’19SEAS, and Celeste McFarlane, ’21SEAS, worked as technical interns with Kinnos Inc., a New York-based Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member dedicated to raising the standard of infectious disease decontamination to protect health care workers, patients, and the general public. Ziyu served as a technical intern to design and conduct experiments. Her work at Kinnos accelerated product development and advanced new technology into applications to further improve the efficiency of disinfectants and save lives. Celeste was responsible for designing her own experiments, performing literature reviews, and generating data to expand the functionality of Highlight.

Brian Fitzgerald, ’20BUS SIPA, interned with Think.iT, a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member and Tunisian engineering collective on a mission to unlock human potential with technology by developing and deploying high-caliber software engineers with innovative partner teams around the world. Think.iT builds a holistic collective approach to distributed talent development and deployment to help companies rethink how to build high-performing technical teams. Brian worked with Think.iT’s CEO to launch the company’s new open learning community, which brings together learners—both at the beginner and intermediate level—from North Africa’s ecosystem of talented engineers and provides them access to a selection of learning modules through a blended learning approach.

Gabriela Elena Giraldo, ’20BC, and Mary Liu, ’20GS, interned at ALTRD Clothing, a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member that creates at-home employment opportunities for female immigrants and refugees (SewExperts), who are the backbone of the company. Gabriela managed ALTRD’s social media content and marketing material to share SewExperts’ stories to various communities via social media, spreading ALTRD’s influence to one day make it a national company. Mary worked as a website developer and operations intern building a mobile-optimized website in addition to several other technology initiatives that would built a stronger online presence. Mary developed a browser plugin that improved customer user experience and bolstered ALTRD’s brand awareness throughout New York City. Additionally, she helped create a marketing campaign that capitalized on SEO strategy and constructed five-year financial projections of ALTRD’s bottom line.

Christian Guillermo ’19 interned at Critical Ideas, Inc., doing business as Chipper Cash, a venture-backed early-stage financial technology company that aims to make Africans more financially included, and offer a more affordable, reliable, and secure money transfer platform for Africans. As a product and business Intern, he led the initiative on the rollout and adoption of Chipper Cash’s new product, Chipper Checkout, a merchant-focused consumer-to-business payments product. He also performed data analysis techniques on both quantitative and qualitative feedback of Chipper Checkout’s product performance. With insights from the data analysis, Christian provided Chipper Cash’s founding team with recommendations on how to improve and further optimize the product.

Dominique Keefe ’20 interned with Angaza Design, a social enterprise startup based in San Francisco. Angaza’s platform solved challenges associated with last-mile distribution, costly customer acquisition, and lack of access to credit for many businesses and end-use customers in emerging markets. The company developed a software platform that allows distributors of products such as solar home electrification kits and clean cookstoves to offer these items to customers on a pay-as-you-go basis. Dominique helped establish a debt fund to finance working capital for Angaza’s distributor partners, enabling them to scale their business more quickly, and conducted a research project on SAAS key performance indicators from the perspective of venture capital investors.

Gabriel Metzger ’19 interned as an operations summer intern at Red Rabbit, a food service and delivery organization that partners with local schools and provides them with made-from-scratch, customized, healthy meal programs for thousands of students every day. Gabriel worked closely with the VP of operations and the broader senior management team to help document, improve, and standardize operating processes throughout the organization, such as the onboarding and training process, as well as other company best practices. Gabriel interviewed and collaborated with numerous stakeholders to understand the intricacies of various functions, specifically surrounding packaging and customer service analysis.

Kaleigh Post, ’20MPH, interned at TrekMedics, a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member and one of the first startups to emerge from Columbia’s Startup Lab. As an international 501(c)(3), TrekMedics’ mission is to improve emergency response systems in communities around the world, currently operating in six countries outside of the United States. Kaleigh worked to improve the design and user-experience of TrekMedics’ digital emergency dispatch system, Beacon. She also beta tested the new interface through field-based user-research. By improving Beacon’s user experience and interface design, TrekMedics can onboard and retain more users, which enables the venture to respond to more emergencies.

Priya Purewal ’20 was an intern for SWAT Equity Partners, an early-stage venture that focuses on supporting entrepreneurs aiming to create social impact through well-being and consumer-focused brands. By helping the company invest in entrepreneurs, Priya was able to help brands that support wellness, such as companies focused on producing sustainable materials made from plants, to reduce plastics in the environment and increase renewable alternatives. Lastly, Priya worked on investing in communities that are underrepresented, such as minority founders, and founders in the renewable consumption space working on making a measurable environmental impact.

Jing Qian, ’19SEAS, and Ethan T. Schmidt ’19 interned at the Earned Asset Resource Network, Inc (EARN), which works at the intersection of financial technology and economic inclusion to empower low-income Americans to take charge of their financial lives. As part of their partnership with the Columbia Business School Fintech Initiative, EARN aims to help consumers build financial resilience as well as devise nudges to increase personal saving rates through the use of data analytics. Jing worked with the researchers to generate new insights through various forms of data analytics techniques, including machine learning and statistical / data analysis. Ethan worked on developing data models that analyzed and predicted consumer spending and saving habits and behavioral triggers based on traditional financial histories. These students were supported with new SESF funding earmarked for financial inclusion.

International Development

Oyku Ahipasaoglu ’20 was a summer associate at Pact Ventures within Pact, a nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971 to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. Pact Ventures is the impact investing team, which explores how private capital and market-based mechanisms can be incentivized to solve complex social problems in collaboration with Pact’s core development projects. Oyku worked alongside the team on core work from market research and analysis to structuring investments and financial modeling.

Amna Akhtar, ’20SIPA, and Dorothy Lutz, ’20SIPA, interned at Jusoor, an organization that operates schools and educational programs for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Jusoor serves over 1,200 students annually in three centers across Beirut and Bek’ka Valley. Amna, a Fullbright Scholar, contributed to the strategic design, data analysis, and impact assessment outcomes using participatory action research methodologies. She also supported Jusoor in streamlining its communication and organizational strategies objectives, leading various communication and fundraising initiatives. Dorothy helped Jusoor to implement a new monitoring and evaluation program, focused on collecting high-quality data on student educational attainment in an education in emergencies (EIE) context. Additionally, she supported data collection and analysis, and helped Jusoor to produce reports on program outputs and outcomes for partner organizations and donors.

Vaishnavi Bala, ’20SIPA, was a summer fellow at IMAGO, working with IMAGO’s client Fundacion Paraguaya. IMAGO serves as a catalyst for global grassroots organizations to scale up to their unique potential, serving as “the missing middle” that is essential to development. IMAGO has been working with Fundacion Paraguaya on the Poverty Stoplight (PS) since 2016 and is helping the PS build its expansion strategy. As the PS enters new regions, maintaining quality and measuring impact remain crucial in order for this innovative social tool to build its place globally. Vaishnavi was tasked to work on these objectives and helped the PS build a framework to measure impact and analyze its quality assurance process.

Katie Barnum, ’20SIPA, and Sean Hansen, ’20SIPA, interned with Together We Build It (TWBI), a multigenerational, community-driven, nonprofit. TWBI seeks to support a peaceful democratic transition in Libya through the empowerment of local communities. Their grassroots efforts promote the integration and engagement of women and youth in the political and public sphere. Katie was responsible for research advocacy, project coordination, policy recommendations, monitoring, and evaluation plans, and drafting of human rights reports for the United Nations. Sean assisted the team by contributing research and writing of a report on the status of human rights in Libya for the United Nations, as well as creating a monitoring and evaluation framework to measure the impact of several TWBI advocacy projects aiming to redefine social norms for women in Libyan society.

Natasha Bhuta, ’20SIPA; Fabian Crudele ’20; and Sabaa Notta, ’20SIPA, and worked with Lidya, a financial services platform improving access to credit and finance for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) across frontier and emerging markets starting with Nigeria. Lidya has an online platform that makes it easier for SMEs to grow—creating wealth and employment, and supporting diversification of the economy. Lidya’s platform has allowed SMEs to apply online, get credit in 24 hours, and build a credit history. Natasha assisted with market expansion efforts that involved assessing market viability for Lidya's products and services in target markets and business development with enterprise partners, regulators, and other private sector players. She also helped develop and implement Lidya’s annual business plans for expansion markets in Eastern Europe. Sabaa’s role was to assist with the country's expansion in the new region—from building new partnerships to acquiring and managing new customers. Sabaa’s role also included research around expansion opportunities, as well as working on the business plan and budgeting. Fabian helped Lidya—which is based in Lagos, Nigeria, to expand to other frontier markets in Eastern Europe—by creating an expansion strategy and forming the right partnerships in new countries. These students were supported with new SESF funding earmarked for financial inclusion.

Emma Gamble, ’20CSSW, was a summer intern with Re:Coded in Istanbul, Turkey. Re:Coded works with conflict-affected and vulnerable youth to develop their professional technological skills to compete in the ever-expanding digital economy. This is achieved through coding boot camps, entrepreneurship academies and shorter workshops. This summer, Emma served as a Leadership Curriculum Advisor to Re:Coded’s education programs. Her responsibilities involved improving the current soft skills curriculum, adding new subject elements, and designing more effective ways of delivering programming and measuring its outcomes.

Sofia Ruiz de Teresa, ’20SIPA, interned with MeXCo Soluciones in Mexico City where she collaborated in the pilot project of Banco Santander that aimed to digitally onboard mom-and-pop shops so they can better manage their finances and create an agent banking ecosystem that can allow them to compete with large banks and retailers that offer financial services. MeXCo seeks to bridge the gap between new digital financial technologies available and their low adoption among low-income and unbanked populations. She helped scout unbanked locations, explore technology solutions, and prepare a report of findings with recommendations on improving efficiencies in this process. Lastly, Sofia conducted research to identify trends and opportunities of this new venture.

Katie Tsantes ’19 worked with Open Startup Tunisia (OST), an organization that runs a pre-incubation program and entrepreneurship competition aimed at fostering an entrepreneurial mindset across Tunisia. OST gives young Tunisians the resources and tools to create innovative businesses that solve social problems. Katie supported the team’s domestic and international expansion by creating a benchmarking system based on other international pre-incubator programs and supported further development of Columbia’s relationship with OST. Finally, Katie worked to create a recurring dashboard of OST-alumni feedback to identify and address future programming opportunities.

Michael Woods, ’20SIPA, worked with ReNew Power within their business excellence team. ReNew Power is a renewable energy developer and operator based near New Delhi, India, and has scaled from startup to the largest renewable energy power producer in India. ReNew’s mission is to be a leader in reducing India’s carbon footprint by changing the country’s energy sources. Michael supported this mission by focusing on generator performance, with an emphasis in developing tools and protocols related to asset monitoring, data analytics, and artificial intelligence.

CSR and Sustainability

Gurwin Singh Ahuja ’20 worked in business development and marketing at SolarKal, the first network of solar energy brokers in the United States representing businesses and commercial real estate owners who want to switch to solar to cut their energy costs. SolarKal helps businesses navigate the process of going solar by conducting feasibility assessments, financial analysis, and installer selection for their clients. Gurwin analyzed solar project economics, handled feasibility studies, researched federal, state, and local solar-related policy, and conducted technical analysis.

Da Hua Chen, ’19SEAS; Nithya Kocherlakota, ’19SEAS; and Yiwen Xiao, ’19SEAS, interned with Social Solar, an organization founded by Columbia University graduate students in 2017. Social Solar is a trusted online platform that matches individuals and businesses seeking clean energy alternatives with vetted solar energy suppliers. The company helps solar energy customers make informed decisions by analyzing their energy usage and assessing their energy needs. Da Hua worked on enhancing the company's AI utility bill reader and rating and decision algorithms, wrote and integrated an API for property technology platforms, and tested various channels and platforms for gaining traction. Nithya was responsible for energy analytics, using Social Solar’s machine learning utility bill plugin. She was also involved in developing a product roadmap for Social Solar to gain a competitive advantage and establishing partnerships with real estate portfolios looking to move to green energy alternatives. Yiwen worked on projects aimed at enhancing Social Solar’s energy platform. Her duties involved enhancing current decision-making clean energy algorithms, performing energy analytics using the AI machine learning utility bill plugin, and developing a product roadmap. Yiwen also engaged with solar customers and suppliers to better understand how energy software meets their needs.

Sam Cialek ’19 pursued his career goals with the property technology company Maalka. At Maalka, Sam helped to develop and commercialize the existing suite of SaaS products which allow cities and large companies to collect, validate, analyze, and visualize resource usage in their buildings. The data is then made available across Maalka’s clients to allow resource managers to discover and implement best practices. Maalka has helped dozens of cities and, more recently, a few Fortune 500 companies lower their carbon footprint in a way that’s verifiable with methods that are reproducible.

Matt Guevara ’20 spent his summer as a summer associate with Climate Finance Partners (CLIFI), a startup fund launching a publicly traded ETF to create a global price for carbon offsets allowances. The ETF will support the maturation of new markets to increase the liquidity and size of the carbon markets around the world, accelerating awareness and action to reduce greenhouse gases. Matt supported fundraising activities to prepare for the launch of the ETF, including investor research and outreach, research report creation, and CRM process buildout.

Aashish Jain ’19 interned as a private equity summer associate for 17 Asset Management (17AM), a global asset management company that specializes in blended finance and aligns investments with the 17 UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), with the belief that achieving these global goals will contribute to a world that is economically prosperous, environmentally secure, and more inclusive, while also delivering superior long-term returns. Aashish sourced and screened potential investments for the SDG Jordan Growth Fund, and participated in due diligence, assessed financial strengths and risks, and developed an investment thesis and framework that aligns all investments with the UN SDGs.

Samuel Malin ’20 worked as a summer associate with CrossBoundary Energy, a renewable energy developer and independent power producer in Africa with the goal of removing the hurdle of high upfront investment costs and facilitating the expansion of the African renewable energy industry. In his role, Samuel supported the project development throughout Africa, streamlined company tools and processes based on his experience in the US solar development industry, and provided as-needed support to all business units based in the Nairobi office.

Jonathan Moallem, ’20SEAS, interned at Sustainable Westchester, an environmental nonprofit that aims to support community choice aggregation (CCA), to function as a group of local Westchester County governments procuring sustainable and environmentally-friendly energy supply to residents. His summer work was focused on low- and middle-income communities in White Plains, NY. Jonathan supported the organization’s goals by conducting field work within the communities to quantify a need for transition to sustainable energy while spreading awareness. The long term goal of the organization is to benefit Westchester County residents by transitioning to sustainable energy while reducing capital costs.

John Plaisted ’19 spent his summer working with the Madda Studio, a socially responsible business in Oaxaca, Mexico that manufactures and markets handmade textiles for the luxury home décor sector. It employs local artisans using ancient techniques and is committed to sustainable business practices. Madda Studio was exploring how to grow the business and have a bigger impact at scale, and John developed the company’s strategic plan, created financial projections, evaluated the current pricing strategy, and identified operational improvements for the business as it scaled.

Riyana Razalee, ’20SPS, was a summer research and strategy intern with Re-Nuble, a Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member based in NYC that is dedicated to increasing resource efficiency and sustainability in our cities. By developing and analyzing food waste recycling tools and strategies, Riyana equipped Re-Nuble with a sound long-term growth strategy that led to the company’s successful business commercialization, scaling up, market entry opportunities, as well as business process and operational improvements.

Shangyou Wu, ’19SEAS, was a data scientist intern at GrowSquares. He was a key player in the development of plant recommendation and support engines of GrowSquares’ digital products and services. Shangyou defined the data structures GrowSquares used to determine which plants work best and ensured they are performing when used by customers. He also improved the engine behind plant success and developed tests that isolate susceptibility to varying diseases / fungi and improve plant yield.