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Nonprofit & Public Management
Thomas Angiulo ’20 interned with Blue Engine, a nonprofit that empowers schools to create or support multi-adult classrooms to accelerate learning for all students impacted by educational inequity. Thomas worked on multiple projects during his internship, including developing a COVID-19 reopening strategy for organization leadership, building financial models for multiple budget scenarios, and analyzing potential funding models to support the organization’s growth strategy.
Elina Arbo, ’22CC, interned with Blank Forms, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting new, underrepresented artists working in a range of art practices, specifically experimental music and other forms of performance-based art. Blank Forms uplifts artists through curatorial support, residencies, commissions, and publications to document, spread knowledge of their work, and advance their practices. Elina worked directly with leaders of the organization to oversee day-to-day operations, fundraise, research, and contributed to the Blank Forms magazine.
Chip Brownlee, ’20JRN, interned with The Trace, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to reporting on gun violence in the United States. During the fellowship, Chip worked with reporters and editors to do long-form, investigative journalism to expand public knowledge about gun violence.
Justine Chausson ’20 worked with West Side Campaign Against Hunger senior staff to help capitalize on COVID-19 efforts as a springboard to building a stronger, more engaged organization. Specifically, she supported the executive director to transform board member engagement through board fundraising training, staff communication with the board, and building a framework for stronger recruitment and tracking board member activation. She also supported the development director and the finance/admin senior director in efforts to strengthen teamwork across the organization.
Eric Chen ’21MPH, worked with Autoimmune Registry, a Connecticut-based nonprofit founded in 2016 to create a hub for research, statistics, and patient data on all autoimmune diseases. Eric developed and executed a strategy to increase participation in the registry through social media and advertising, established collaborations with disease-specific nonprofits, coordinated patient recruitment activities with researchers, and developed and implemented fundraising strategies.
Megan Daley ’20 and Mac Stormont ’21 interned at Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), a nonprofit real estate developer and management company owned by the City of New York. BNYDC's mission is to fuel New York City's economic vitality by creating and preserving quality jobs, growing the city's modern industrial sector and its businesses, and connecting the local community with the economic opportunity and resources of the Yard. Megan worked with the BNY business support services program and drove initiatives for the Yard’s COVID-19 relief program, including developing plans to help create additional revenue streams for tenants, providing COVID-specific resources for the Yard community, and raising funds on behalf of BNYDC to ensure long-term impact for the corporation and the community. Mac interned with the development team, with responsibilities including market research, tenant strategy, and business development for a new 700,000 square foot industrial building. Mac also contributed to feasibility, underwriting, asset management, and development support.
William Dunn ’21 interned at the Health Finance Institute (HFI), a US-based nonprofit that aims to catalyze and scale pathways for increased investment in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with the ultimate goal of accelerating the expansion of fiscal space for NCDs globally. William's principal project centered around the development of the initial phase of a multi-staged blended finance project and partnership to address the burden of NCD's in Nigeria. This model is expected to gather the capital required to fund the integration of cardiovascular disease and diabetes prevention into existing primary care programs in Nigeria.
Elizabeta Ealy ’20, worked with Building for the Arts NY, a nonprofit dedicated to arts initiatives supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. As a strategy fellow on the music and brain team, Beta focused on determining how the program could grow through operational, budget, and planning issues. In this role, Beta conducted interviews, examined the use of metrics, analyzed organic as well as purchased audience growth, and explored new distribution and promotion partners. Beta worked on establishing a strategy and plan for attracting dedicated institutional and other revenue streams for the program.
Charles Gariepy ’20 worked with the Yale Prison Education Initiative (YPEI), an organization committed to providing credit-bearing educational opportunities to incarcerated people in Connecticut. He developed a strategic approach for YPEI to enter a new space of advocacy: prison reentry. Based on his work with the center’s REAP program, Charles researched, developed, and designed a programming strategy for YPEI to leverage its current resources, build new partnerships, and grow according to benchmarked best practices from peer institutions.
Chenlu He ’20 interned with Reel Works Teen Filmmaking in New York, a nonprofit that provides free, intensive in-school and after-school filmmaking workshops to youth and creates pathways for diverse youth in film and television to emerge as tomorrow's storytellers. Chenlu worked with the executive director and the development and communications associate on a social media strategy and long-term business strategic planning.
Di Jin ’20 interned with International Center of Photography (ICP), the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. The mission of ICP is to champion “concerned photography,” socially- and politically-minded images that can educate and change the world. Through exhibitions and education programs, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the power of the image. As a summer fellow, Di was engaged in ICP’s two-year strategic planning project, leveraging his management consulting skills to work on modules, including data strategy, financing, and fundraising.
Ingrid Keppe ’20 interned with Mind Research institute, an independent nonprofit that uses the experiential learning approach to develop innovative, visually-based software games. Through data analysis and research, Ingrid delivered reports and recommendations for MIND’s current and future donor strategy. Additionally, Ingrid developed tools to allow the social impact team to easily evaluate data and update reports for future years, which will allow Mind to validate whether their initiatives have the desired outcome.
Carson Kessler, ’20JRN, interned with 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. Carson worked on various assignments, pitched and produced her own stories, and reported on a long-term project that she decided on with her editors.
Beverly Leon ’20, was a summer research fellow at Children’s Aid, one of the oldest and largest children’s nonprofits in the United States. Children’s Aid helps children in poverty to succeed and thrive by providing comprehensive support to children, youth, and their families in targeted, high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Beverly examined New York City youth education data to generate a series of education policy recommendations for Children’s Aid and their COVID-19 response. Using Python and other programming tools, Beverly conducted a landscape analysis of community schools and created several data visualizations to help inform the organization’s strategy.
Stephanie Lin ’21 and Li Wang ’20 interned with CP Unlimited, an organization that advocates for and supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the New York metro area. Stephanie analyzed data collected over a 12-month period for a New York state, grant-funded telemedicine project. Li worked on a COVID-19 project, performing analyses of data collected for the services and preventive measures implemented by CP Unlimited to address the COVID-19 pandemic for individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in order to understand the infection rate and the effectiveness of infection control in order to recommend improvements.
Alexandra Lobel ’21 interned with the Financial Health Network (FHN), the leading authority on consumer financial health whose mission is to improve financial health for all in America. Through thought leadership, advisory services, research and measurement tools, and innovation support, FHN promotes awareness, understanding, and best practices in improving financial health for customers, employees, and the communities where they live. Within FHN, the Financial Solutions Lab supports and scales innovative fintech companies that seek to improve the financial lives of low- to moderate-income individuals and those underserved by traditional financial systems. Alexandra conducted a comprehensive behavioral economics literature review to identify potential ways employers can maximize employee engagement with workplace financial health programs. She led quantitative market-sizing analyses of financially underserved consumers’ participation in auto loan, auto lease, student loan, and savings account markets to be published in a 2020 study. She also spearheaded the collection of a variety of impact metrics for four fintech companies participating in the Financial Solutions Lab Accelerator Program.
Humera Lodhi, ’20JRN, was a data fellow with The Marshall Project, a Pulitzer-prize-winning nonprofit news organization focused on criminal justice reporting. She contributed data work and visuals for stories published at the Marshall Project, conducted data research and analytics for long-form investigations, and pitched and produced smaller data stories for the organization.
Kunal Malhotra ’20 interned with The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF), a foundation that focuses on finding, funding, shaping, and accelerating solutions that help impacted veterans, service members, and their families thrive. In this role, Kunal designed an internal system to transform BWF’s quantitative and qualitative data collection into an insight engine that guides BWF’s understanding of the state of community services for veterans.
Deepti Mani, ’21SIPA, interned with Games and Learning, a nonprofit news and information service aimed at increasing the amount of information available for those interested in developing and funding new educational games for children and young adults. Deepti assisted with tracking and analyzing the response of school districts, policymakers, companies, edtech providers, nonprofits, and other institutions in the United States to COVID-19, as well the implementation of plans by these entities. Deepti also reviewed and curated product recommendations to be considered for the platform.
Carla Melaco, ’21BC, worked as a fundraising and development intern with Peace Rising, a team committed to breaking cycles of environmental destruction, food insecurity, and conflict, with a focus on supporting local communities through the COVID-19 crisis. Carla expanded the fundraising capacity of the organization by refining her grant research and prospecting skills and created digital outreach campaigns in order to meet fundraising goals.
Sam Mindlin ’21 interned with the Bronx Community Relief Effort, a philanthropic initiative to establish and fundraise for the Bronx's first-ever community foundation. Sam provided support towards designing a tool to measure the efficacy of social services provided to the Bronx community, worked on helping to implement a solution leveraging information to index and measure socio-economic levels of citizens in the Bronx, and assisted with the design of a technological apparatus to promote positive community engagement and small business development in the area.
Alex Moore ’21 worked as a development intern at The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates and reports on abuses carried out by powerful interests. Alex worked with the development team to implement new business-side initiatives, carried out research on the organization's overall business strategy, and presented solutions to improve researched items.
Wineeta Paul, ’21BUS SIPA, interned with Microlumbia, an early-stage impact investing fund led and run by Columbia Business School students that makes debt investments across the world in social enterprises focused on deepening financial inclusion. Wineeta assisted Microlumbia’s board with building a long-term fund strategy, continuity planning, and ensuring legal and compliance requirements for 2020 are met.
Santiago Sarquis ’21 interned with Qualitas of Life, a nonprofit that provides financial education to Hispanic individuals and their families to foster their financial security and improve their standard of living. Santiago designed and implemented tools to measure the impact of what the organization does in the community and assisted in the development of content for a new course on micro-entrepreneurship.
Anya Schultz, ’20JRN, interned with The Counter, an independent, nonpartisan newsroom investigating the forces shaping how and what America eats. Anya was a part of the news team filing stories on the business, culture, and economics of food.
Madison Skinner ’21 interned with the Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship across a game launch and impact measurement. On the game team, she developed the go-to-market strategy and partnerships on college campuses by conducting customer discovery with college esports students to understand their entrepreneurship pain points. This analysis will provide insight into how to position Venture Valley (a Singelton-funded, free, esports-style game that lets players create new startups to develop entrepreneurship skills), communicate messaging, and prioritize channels. She also worked with the million stories team to determine impact goals and identify partners that may help collect and aggregate feedback about million stories.
Destiny Spruill, ’20CC ’21SIPA, interned with B8 of Hope in Geneva, Switzerland, an NGO that functions as an incubator for grassroots organizations in Israel and the Palestinian Territories by spearheading fundraising for 14 organizations in the area and sponsoring and hosting peacebuilding events for participating organizations. Destiny created a survey testing the efficiency of B8 of Hope’s outreach, and was in charge of executing the survey and presenting results to the board.
Josephine Wei ’21 interned with Restore NYC, an organization that exists to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign-national survivors. Josephine worked with Restore's economic empowerment program to manage the launch of a new co-op social enterprise and to assist in restructuring the current social enterprise.
Leandro Willarte ’20 worked for the home office of Uncommon Schools in New York. Uncommon’s mission is to close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students in grades K-12 to graduate from college and achieve their dreams. Leandro's project focused on strategy and process development for external teams, growth assessment regarding the COVID crisis, and risk strategy and mitigation.
Meredith Bilski ’21 interned with Bodily, a company dedicated to providing evidence-based research and design-led products around postpartum care. As a strategic development intern, Meredith played a critical role in supply chain, procurement and operations, growth marketing, business development and partnerships, product launch strategy, and site experience.
Naomi Buie ’21 interned with Unchained Stories, an organization that uses multimedia and film production, advocacy, and consulting work to create bridges between the unheard stories of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated young people and the public. Naomi supported the startup team in developing processes for budgeting and project management for the production company’s operations. In addition, she assisted with social media marketing and helped develop content to promote the brand and attract new clients and partners for their social impact production work.
Jen Chiang ’21 and Ankit Dhingra ’20 interned with Hatch, a digital marketplace launched in Australia that matches people to meaningful paid professional work comprised of 3-12-month projects. During COVID-19, Hatch implemented the Hatch Exchange to rapidly redeploy furloughed workers to roles where they are most needed. Jen assisted the team with assessing the feasibility of an American launch strategy, focusing on customer and value proposition testing and customer growth strategy. Ankit worked to develop their growth strategy for the US market. Ankit's main responsibilities included end-to-end market sizing, competitor analysis, financial modeling, and product design specifically for the US market.
Leila Collins ’21 and Amanda Martin ’21 interned with MSquared, a new real estate development and investment platform that delivers solutions by partnering with government, developers, and investors to build mixed-use, mixed-income projects that include housing for a wide range of incomes, non-residential uses that add to the neighborhood’s social infrastructure, and high-quality, sustainable design and materials, led by the former Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. Leila assisted on development projects, performed due diligence on new real estate sites and analyzed new markets. Amanda worked on projects across all aspects of a development deal — from research on potential markets, understanding federal and local government programs and affordable housing, and financial modeling.
Satoshi Endo ’20 interned with Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member Plan A Health, an organization working to bring accessible, affordable health care on wheels to Mississippi. Satoshi worked on a business plan and path for sustainability for the clinic, including research into different revenue streams and how to access them and options moving forward. Satoshi researched comparable organizations and plans, considered how Plan A can replicate successes and avoid failures, and crafted an overall strategy.
Caitlin Gallagher ’20 and Efi Turkson ’20 worked with Local Civics, an education technology platform transforming youth civics education and community participation. Caitlin focused on business development, securing contracts for curriculum and technology with school districts and nonprofits. She redesigned the curriculum with alignment to the New York State standards, and rebranded the 25+ modules of this evidence-based curriculum for middle and high school students exploring leadership and pursuing careers of interest. Lastly, Caitlin worked to host virtual workshops to engage 250+ students during the pandemic. Efi delivered instruction and programming focused on community entrepreneurship, college, and career resources for high school students.
Tiffany Yijia Gao ’20, and Aditi Garg, ’20SEAS, interned with Virimodo, a social enterprise with a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cities by connecting city residents with renewable energy while providing actionable energy analytics including utility bill error checking. Aditi was involved in building an energy analytics graphical tool to measure carbon profiles, calculate comparative building pollution rankings, and predict potential monetary fines, and also created carbon intensity dashboards. Tiffany created the marketing strategy and data analysis for campaigns and customer research to promote the company and increase online influencers.
Aneesh Goel, ’20SEAS, and Anunay Sanganal, ’20SEAS, interned with Zootera, a patent-pending platform that offers a direct, transparent and fun way to help protect wildlife and natural habitats. Aneesh and Anunay both worked as product engineers, creating a prototype for a business intelligence sustainability offering by implementing various techniques for data gathering, such as web scraping, database setup, and natural language processing techniques.
Christine Heidelberg ’20 interned with Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member Eat Offbeat, a catering company that hires and trains refugees as chefs and delivers food from their native countries. Eat Offbeat is made up of food enthusiasts defined not by immigration status, but by a commitment to the shared flavors, stories, and values that make each of us New Yorkers. Christine produced financial projections for internal planning and fundraising and helped develop the go-to-market strategy for new care package products, including evaluating unit economics of current products, analyzing customer data, and recommending new product iterations.
Valerie Ho ’21 and Cynthia Mantassas ’21 interned with Neopenda, a healthtech company focused on bringing innovative and needs-based products to emerging markets. Neopenda is in the process of commercializing its wearable vital signs monitor for babies and, in response to the pandemic, is also working on adapting its products for adults. Valerie worked on Neopenda's pricing strategy recommendations and defined the data strategy. Cynthia led the development of a data management strategy for Neopenda to best leverage the invaluable data collected through its patient monitoring system.
Amanda Hosek, ’21SIPA, interned with Parlay Ideas, a K-12 education technology startup dedicated to supporting the next generation of critical thinkers and communicators through inclusive, student-driven discussions that foster each student's unique voice. As part of the research and innovation team, she worked directly with students and schools to understand more about their challenges in creating inclusive environments for every student. She translated these insights into actionable takeaways to support the company's mission to empower historically marginalized students to build confidence, grow, and ultimately thrive both inside and outside of the classroom.
Nikki Holzberg ’21 interned with Soteria International LLC, a social enterprise that was founded to address the lack of PPE in the United States and worldwide during the pandemic. Nikki worked with Soteria to source and supply millions of high-quality protective masks to critical workers, most specifically harvest workers and food processing plant workers.
Charlton Hook ’21 interned with Produce Pay, a social enterprise startup that sits at the intersection of fintech and agriculture by providing liquidity to farmers across Latin America. Charlton helped produce materials for potential Series C investors by aggregating product and financial information and interfacing with investment bankers — materials to garner debt and equity investments from impact investing firms alongside traditional VC investment firms. Additionally, Charlton automated internal finance reporting using tableau and SQL to reduce human error in delivering payments to farmers and distributors.
Xiaoxiao (Erin) Huang ’20 interned with Butterfly Networks, an organization whose mission is to democratize health care by making medical imaging universally accessible and affordable. Erin assisted the team with research on go-to-market plans in Singapore and supported education partners in the United States.
Seoyoung Jang ’21 interned with Mathison, a talent marketplace helping underrepresented professionals advance careers while helping employers recruit diverse leaders. Mathison is dedicated to advancing intersectional diversity and promoting diversity and inclusion. As a marketing associate, Seoyoung worked closely with the co-founders and helped Mathison’s business development team by supporting the scaling and operations for outreach and digital marketing.
Ariana Lee, ’20JRN, interned with Transmitter Media, a company that produces highly-edited and sound-rich podcasts that reach millions of listeners worldwide. Ariana assisted Transmitter's team with the production of a forthcoming podcast. She pulled together archival sounds, contacted interviewees, drafted questions, assisted with the actual interviewing, and conducted background research in court records and old publications. She also assisted in the outlining and writing of one of the episodes.
Par Pavadee Jitngamplang ’21 and Priya Sharma ’20 interned with Pure Mitti, a social enterprise focused on providing zero waste solutions and rural upliftment through selling personal and home care products made of 100 percent natural, organic, and non-toxic ingredients. Par worked closely with the founder to improve brand positioning and direct-to-consumer marketing strategies, and contributed to product development. Priya led market and financial analysis as well as the development of a B2B/B2C marketing strategy to help the company achieve future sales goals.
Shayna Johnson ’20 was a strategy intern at SAM, a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultancy and content company founded by Business School alumnae. She worked alongside the CEO to develop short-term and long-term strategic plans, including an operational budget to inform fundraising strategies. She also canvased best practices across the consulting industry to provide recommendations for systems and processes to help SAM consistently deliver high-quality products and value to clients.
Ingrid Keppe ’20 and Hunter Lew ’20 interned with Applied XL, a data science startup building artificial intelligence tools to help track the health of people and places, with the mission of providing ground truth for leaders charting a new path to a resilient and sustainable future post-COVID-19. Ingrid served as the data partnerships intern, helping to expand Applied XL’s footprint in sustainability and economic resilience projects by developing and executing the strategy for new customer acquisition across sectors. Hunter managed product development and strategy for the firm as it shifted its focus to develop AI-driven solutions addressing the socio-economic impact of COVID-19.
Jenna Kirschner ’20 interned with Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member Dollaride, a mobility company for communities underserved by public transit. Dollaride’s innovative technology platform facilitates the connection of passengers, drivers, and operators across New York City’s informal transit network of dollar vans. Jenna focused on developing Dollaride’s new product: a delivery service network that aims to leverage the existing 500+ driver network to provide a transparent, flexible, and affordable delivery service. Tasked with building the delivery service from the ground up, Jenna was responsible for market analysis, strategy development, pricing, and lead generation.
Adam Klestadt ’20 interned with Sonen Capital, a dedicated impact investment management firm, to help launch their Latin American impact fund. Adam's duties included surveying the current business landscape across Sonen's eight core investment areas to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the ecosystem and to create and update marketing materials to be shared with potential investors. Adam also helped survey Sonen's existing pipeline by contacting funds throughout Latin America.
Tobias Kreiman, ’23CC, interned with Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member Supportiv, an organization that provides stigma-free, anonymous, and affordable hyper-targeted peer support, resource recommendations, and service referrals that address clients’ needs. Tobias helped Supportiv provide accessible support groups for people online and improved the effectiveness of the platform using machine learning.
Meshal Alduraywish ’20, Joseph Anello ’20, Jeremy Holder ’20, Corey Leung ’21, Sarah Ling ’21, and Becky Shin ’21 interned with Merton Capital Partners, a venture firm that pools large philanthropic capital to invest in nonprofits focused on high impact needs in the United States. Corey and Becky engaged US philanthropists and conducted due diligence and financial modelling to identify the best PE funds with which to partner for the Water Philanthropy Fund. Jeremy and Joseph assisted in all aspects of developing the Housing Philanthropy Fund, identifying, targeting, and reaching out to the largest housing developer families and philanthropists and researching large philanthropic deployments of other large venture philanthropy organizations globally. Sarah and Meshal worked on developing the strategic marketing plan for the firm.
Kim Loan, ’21SIPA, interned with NaTakallam (we speak in Arabic) to build out new product offerings and develop their corporate growth strategy. Founded in 2015, NaTakallam connects refugees with employment opportunities using technology to offer language lessons, cultural immersion, and translation services to clients all over the world. Kim supported NaTakallam in building new offerings for organizational clients — including a Spanish curriculum — and developed a B2B/B2C strategy, enabling the organization to grow and expand its impact.
Yaoxin (Xin) Liu ’20 interned with Brett Lauren, an organization that employs local underserved women in Connecticut to craft and sell jewelry. Xin assisted the owner with developing a business plan for potential investors, building out marketing capabilities, improving operational efficiency, and expanding partnerships with local organizations.
Jacob Mazzarella, ’21GS, interned with BallotReady, an organization that provides non-partisan voter guides in all fifty states using content from candidates’ websites, social media, press, and endorsers to ensure that all voters are informed. By linking back to original sources, the BallotReady guide provides voters with the ability to verify any piece of policy before their decision to vote. Jacob helped BallotReady with research for its voter guide and contributed to business development on the client-oriented side of the organization.
Mike McCarter ’20 interned with Shift Capital, a Philadelphia-based impact investing firm that uses real estate to tackle intergenerational poverty by investing holistically and at scale in and around a neighborhood catalytic project. Mike worked with Shift as a finance and research analyst as they raised their second fund, the Shift Multi-neighborhood Fund, focusing on sourcing deals and capital.
Jon Rave ’21 interned with Social Impact Capital, a venture capital fund that invests in social impact ventures at the seed stage. Jon focused on investment due diligence support and analysis, as well as improving internal systems and processes.
Anıl Rızaoğlu ’21 interned with Voiceitt, whose purpose is to interpret distorted speech of people with speech disabilities via artificial intelligence-based solutions. At Voiceitt, Anıl developed a B2B go-to-market strategy by identifying the essential needs of people with speech disabilities. As a result, he developed an end-to-end roadmap to launch an AI-based product for the US and UK markets, along with a prioritization of key customer segments.
Rola Saleh ’21 was a marketing and partnerships intern with Birmingham Enterprise Community, an award-winning social enterprise with the goal of building a collaborative and supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem based in the UK. Rola designed and implemented a marketing campaign to strategically attract international entrepreneurs to the startup sprint project and accelerator project. She also worked on the Gulf-area strategy, onboarding relationships with accelerators in the region.
Zuheir Sharif ’20 interned with HXE Partners, a firm that helps clients achieve their ESG goals by supporting the development, management, and integration of sustainability best practices within organizations. Zuheir aided the CEO and managing partners in expanding HXE’s corporate structure by developing a corporate strategy, business plan, and financial models. He also assisted with client engagements.
Alexis Kirton ’21 and John Sullivan ’20 interned with Noir Labs, whose mission is to deliver a world in which Blackness is centered and celebrated through beautiful and intuitive live and digital experiences by building virtual and traveling film experiences featuring aspirational Black films, futuristic VR art, curated retail experiences, food, and music from across the African Diaspora. As interim chief financial officer, John was responsible for advancing Noir’s financial vision and strategy; assessing financial risks and opportunities; overseeing financial management activities; and setting and tracking financial goals, objectives, and compensation/benefits. Alexis joined the Noir Labs as interim chief marketing officer and assisted in the execution of the virtual Noir Fest experience and the development of the digital platform, which allows for easier tracking of film, art, and product preferences. She also designed the digital content strategy, set marketing metrics, secured press partnerships, and conducted market research with current and future clients.
Maya Zamir ’20 worked on the business development team at ClimaCell.co, focused on emerging markets to build out its initiative for ClimaCell.org. The team’s mission is to transform billions of lives by improving access to weather data globally. Maya was responsible for building out partnerships and executing projects with organizations in the agriculture and food space in Africa. In addition, she assisted with Project Locust with the World Bank and the World Meteorological Organization white paper, fundraising efforts, and defining a strategy for private public partnerships with local governments in Africa.
Gonzalo Alvarez de Toledo ’21 interned with the Anesvad Foundation, a nonprofit fighting neglected tropical diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. The foundation has an endowment that is invested following ESG criteria, including a policy of investing a minimum of 20 percent in impact investing funds. Gonzalo worked with different existing methodologies to measure the social impact of impact investments, analyzed the current impact investing funds within Anesvad’s portfolio, and helped the foundation in their reporting of the actual impact of its investments.
Nabila Amarsy ’21 was a product manager intern at Sokowatch, a Nairobi-based logistics and supply chain tech startup serving retailers in Africa’s informal markets. Working closely with the data and engineering teams, Nabila analyzed user behavior trends and used analytical tools and techniques to make data-driven product decisions.
Shayla Campbell, ’20BUS SIPA, 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, since increased access to information promotes the institutions’ ability to serve their borrowers and results in more people gaining access to financial services and economic opportunities. Shayla worked alongside the team on their communications strategy and assisted the customer acquisition team with lead generation for microfinance institutions in Oradian's target markets.
Gregorio Cioppa ’20 interned with Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member Ilara Health, a Nairobi-based health company bringing accurate and affordable diagnostics to rural Africans through miniature, AI-powered diagnostic devices that are integrated via a proprietary technology platform and distributed directly to primary care doctors. Gregorio researched the SME asset lending opportunities in Kenya through microfinance institutions and worked with those organizations to enable funding for Ilara Health clinic partners for asset financing.
Dicarlos Davis ’21 interned with Tugende Limited in their mission to build a long-term ecosystem for micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises to grow economically and create opportunities for Ugandan entrepreneurs to improve their economic trajectory through ownership and financial independence. Dicarlos helped Tugende ensure that it achieves its 2020 goals despite COVID-19 by formalizing their international expansion strategy and building processes to improve handovers and alignment between their R&D and operations departments and helped senior leadership create a more systematic impact reporting structure.
Laura Dreese ’20 interned with Envest Microfinance, a for-profit microfinance wholesale lender that is committed to increasing financial inclusion by bridging the gap between microfinance and capital markets. Laura’s primary project was to conduct a systems audit of internal processes, which looked at Envest’s internal systems through the lenses of cybersecurity, efficiency, and quality. Subprojects that emerged from the audit included conducting a data inventory of Envest’s data, gathering data related to efficiency and quality from employees, and a technology review and recommendations across three areas of the business.
Daniela Figueroa, ’21SPS, interned with WeGrou, a company with a social impact in Colombia that works on the international trade of organic coffee, produced by peasant women with a fair-trade label. It connects the producer with the final consumer, eliminating intermediaries and increasing the income of rural families by 35 percent. Daniela worked directly in the Coffee Farming Project 2.0, led by WeGrou and financed by Mercy Corps and the United Nations Multi-Donor Fund for the Maintenance of Peace in Colombia, which has the objective of improving farmers' conditions to prevent their return to illicit crops. Daniela worked to create sustainable operations and in business development, specifically defining target markets, prioritizing channels according to margins and purchase volume, and defining the value proposition associated with each market.
Ka Lun Lee ’20 interned with Phoenix Foundation, a crowdfunding fintech social venture based in Hong Kong with the goal of leveraging impact investing to end poverty. Ka Lun provided support to the organization in their efforts to operationalize their fellowship program, including selecting, convening, and supporting outstanding candidates to help improve their impact.
David Abi Diwan ’20, Brook Kidane ’20, Arusha Kelkar, ’20SEAS, Danielle Kohn ’21, Tae Lee ’20, and Swarna Mantena, ’20SEAS, interned with Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member Plentify, a sustainable energy startup in Cape Town that aims to enable South Africans to switch to reliable and sustainable energy sources while minimizing utility bills by harnessing the power of AI and advanced grid technology. Focusing on strategy and business development, Tae, Brook, and David evaluated growth opportunities in new markets and developed market entry strategies by prioritizing markets given fit with Plentify’s core product, formulated a detailed go-to-market by channel, and supported securing partnerships required for a successful market entry. Arusha and Swarna were data science interns, predicting electricity demand using information from various device usages, working with data from water heater IOT controllers and building machine-learning models for enhancing efficiency of electricity usage. Danielle was a product manager intern selecting and migrating the company's database to a new server, redesigning and leading engineering/data science through a new agile development process, and creating key data metrics to identify and debug technical performance issues.
Vishal Luniya ’20 interned with TBL Tourism, a coalition of corporate and nonprofit entities aligning NGO-public-private partnerships to create an innovative, impact-driven model of hotel development. Vishal researched the creation of a funding model that involves providing meaningful ownership to philanthropic and charitable organizations in developed properties, which will help form the organization’s views on future opportunities in the industry and will be used in marketing materials during fundraising. Vishal also worked directly with the founder and external experts to advise socially responsible developmental projects on their ESG scorecards and fundraising needs.
Li (Mary) Ma ’20 interned with Kwara, a Nairobi and Berlin-based startup offering cooperative financial institutions a digital platform so they can deliver modern online and mobile banking experiences to their members. Li, a business developer intern, assisted Kwara with market research and analysis and provided original reporting for their Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) market entry strategy as well as implementation support, which will help Kwara’s business grow and facilitate financial inclusiveness in emerging countries.
Alisha Mehndiratta ’20 interned with Cowrywise, a fintech platform in Nigeria that empowers people to save and invest their money in a simple and flexible way. She focused on strategizing, optimizing, and executing digital marketing campaigns to more effectively connect with potential and existing users.
Lizzie Merrill ’21 worked as a ventures analyst Intern with Mercy Corps Ventures, the impact investing arm of Mercy Corps, a global non-governmental, humanitarian aid organization. Mercy Corps Ventures aims to find and support the world's most promising social entrepreneurs and social enterprises. They invest in and build solutions to tackle some of the world's most pressing challenges in emerging markets. Lizzie worked with the entire ventures team to source new ventures, analyze business and financial models, prepare market and investment research, and support portfolio companies in their growth and expansion efforts.
Kush Mody ’21 interned with the Harvard Global Orthopedic Collaborative, an organization that works on increasing access to orthopedic care in low- and middle-income countries, including Colombia, Malawi, India, Haiti, and Uganda. Kush conducted a financial burden analysis of orthopedic trauma in Malawi and worked on developing a strategic development plan for orthopedic trauma care for the Ministry of Health in Malawi.
Sai Sathvik Nuthalapati ’20 and Azul Modak ’20 interned with the Center for Global Health and Development, a global health nonprofit that brings together diverse public and private sector stakeholders through their publications, projects, and roundtable forums. Sathvik and Azul worked to develop a sustainable and scalable insurance platform for disadvantaged and marginalized communities in emerging economies, customizable by region. Responsibilities included conducting extensive primary research to understand the ecosystem of potential partner countries, identifying partners and forging relationships with potential stakeholders in the health care sector, targeting potential investors/donors for seed capital, and creating a pitch deck to help raise funds.
Silvia Perez, ’21SIPA, interned with Ashoka, a nonprofit that identifies and supports leading social entrepreneurs worldwide and mobilizes the global community towards a world of changemakers. Silvia researched and analyzed social innovations in Latin America and contributed to the development of knowledge products in the field of social entrepreneurship.
Priya Purewal ’20 interned with Mensa on a variety of social impact projects sourced by the United Nations, with the objective of helping grassroots organizations across the world to solve small business challenges. Priya assisted organizations in Western Africa by creating fundraising strategies and deal flow boards of impact investors and advised on pitch decks and communications with impact investors. She also worked with clients to develop sponsorship programs for children’s education needs, designed education programs for children, and created educational materials on climate change and biodiversity conservation.
Eduardo Santa Rosa e Silva ’20 interned with Amigos do Bem, which aims to improve the lives of people in the dry part of the Northeast of Brazil, mainly by providing education and housing. They fund their overhead costs through the production and sale of cashew nuts and other products, and Eduardo helped assess the KPIs and reports used to measure performance in all areas of the organization, both business-related and impact-related.
Josephine Wei ’21 and Minna Schilling ’21 interned with Endeavor Global, a mission-driven organization that seeks to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high impact entrepreneurs in 34 countries worldwide. Josephine collaborated with the head of worldwide operations on talent management projects related to learning and development, performance management, career paths, compensation strategy, and manager onboarding. Minna served as a business development summer intern, collaborating with the head of global partnerships to develop and implement several revenue-generating initiatives, including Endeavor’s Open Innovation, Global Ambassador and Gender Diversity programs. Minna researched, engaged, and cultivated relationships with prospective corporate and institutional partners, tracked ongoing partnerships, and drafted fundraising materials to both support and foster new business development opportunities for Endeavor.
CSR and Sustainability
Inigo Arana ’20 interned with Sympheny, an early-stage Swiss startup that has created software to optimize urban energy supply planning and ultimately maximize sustainability while minimizing infrastructure investments and energy costs. Inigo assisted Sympheny in the refinement of a pitch deck to be used to raise funds, the development of a pricing model, and the design of a payment workflow that avoids liquidity problems.
Angelica Crispino ’20 interned with Entouch Controls, which provides hardware and software applications to deliver energy management as a service. The company offers a solution to integrate a customer’s existing building appliances with machine learning algorithms to maximize energy savings. Angelica worked on three deliverables: a five-year financial model, an energy management systems competitive study, and a private equity firm marketing campaign.
Rafael Ferreira ’20 interned with Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member Déchets a l’Or, a waste management company in West Africa that originally started with a focus on providing solid waste management service to fast growing cities, but is shifting focus to be a tech startup for waste management and services companies operating in West Africa. Rafael worked to build tools for fundraising and marketing and was responsible for analyzing and recommending potential business models for the company.
Sean Fleming ’21 worked with Professor Bruce Usher at Columbia Business School on how capital markets can be used to help mitigate and adapt to climate change. Sean’s focus was on the specific methods that investors can use to express their views on climate change, such as divestment, shareholder activism, project finance, and the specific investment opportunities that could best address these important challenges, including renewable energy, reforestation, and infrastructure development.
Heetika Vipul Gada, ’20SEAS, interned with Conservation X Labs, whose mission is to end human-induced extinction. She utilized artificial intelligence to build their product Sentinel, which is used to run object and animal detection. Using computer vision algorithms for a wide range of animal species and characteristics, she worked on algorithms for detection of wildlife diseases to prevent extinction. Her project included improving the speed and accuracy of machine learning algorithms for animal detection.
Umang Goel ’20 interned with Takachar Limited, a spin-out from MIT focused on dramatically increasing the amount of waste biomass economically transformed into marketable products around the world. Takachar is simplifying reactor design to enable small-scale, portable, and decentralized biomass conversion that cuts transportation costs by about 30 percent. A successful adoption would cut greenhouse gas emission by preventing biomass from being burned. Interning in the business development division, Umang conducted market research to identify pain points and bottlenecks in the transportation of biomass and in adoption of the technology. He also mapped out a business plan.
Ignacio González-Blanch ’20 and Caroline Thompson ’20 interned with Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member Zero Emissions Livestock Project (ZELP), a London-based startup dedicated to mitigating the impact of the livestock industry on the environment. Ignacio worked as strategy and operations manager and assisted the team in developing a go-to-market strategy, as well as identifying and ensuring that organizational priorities are being successfully delivered across the company to support launch. Caroline assisted the team with the launch of their product into the market by producing long-range strategic plans, pricing models, and materials for fundraising.
Matt Guevara ’20 interned with myAgro, a social enterprise with the goal of moving smallholder farmers in West Africa out of poverty through the use of innovative mobile layaway systems for the purchase of seed and fertilizer. Matt partnered with the CFO to map and standardize field finance practices in order to more effectively scale their operations and achieve their North Star of reaching one million farmers by 2025.
Tasnia Chowdhury, ’20SEAS, and Vatsal Jaipuria, ’20SEAS, interned with Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member Folia Materials. Folia's vision is to ensure and enrich the quality of life of working-class consumers that earn $1 to 2 per day with high-quality and affordable germ-free water by manufacturing antimicrobial paper water purifiers. Vatsal worked as a materials engineering intern and was responsible for bench-scale testing for chemical treatment of filter materials, materials characterization, and performing filtration experiments. Tasnia assisted in programming and building physical systems used in Folia Water's lab for quality control.
Aditi Khandelwal, ’20SEAS, interned with Wavelength, a firm that helps existing buildings reduce energy wastage to comply with New York City’s most ambitious energy requirement policies and reduce their carbon footprint and meet sustainability clauses, since only two percent of New York City’s structures are responsible for 48 percent of the city’s energy use. Aditi conducted data analysis using open source data and derived insights for Wavelength on their target buildings to assist them with reducing their carbon footprint.
Dominique Keefe ’20 interned with Closed Loop Partners, working on their private equity team, which focuses on acquiring companies in the recycling and resource efficiency space. As a firm, Closed Loop invests in the circular economy through several funds: venture capital, growth equity, infrastructure and corporate debt, and private equity. Dominique worked on the evaluation of new investment opportunities in the areas of recycling, organics, and circular construction, supported capital-raising activities, and helped a portfolio company of Closed Loop's venture fund complete its financial model for its subsequent fundraise. She also worked on a research study on where paper fiber commodity prices are expected to go, in light of factors such as China's National Sword policy and COVID-19, to inform the firm's investment strategies.
Leesa Ko, ’21GS, interned with The Years Project, a nonprofit climate change-focused media company based in New York City, formed out of the Emmy-winning climate change series Years of Living Dangerously with the mission “to inform, empower, and unite the world in the face of climate change.” As an environmental research and journalism intern, Leesa contributed in various capacities, including climate research, reporting, script writing, and monitoring its social media platforms.
Brian Kraus ’20 interned with Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member MicroTerra, a biotech social enterprise that recycles and commercializes agricultural wastewater. Brian's work focused on creating a business case for commercializing the technology with fish farmers in Mexico.
Charlotte Yu, ’21GSAPP, interned at One Architecture & Urbanism, a New York-based planning consultancy at the forefront of climate-adaptive urban design, planning, and infrastructure in the United States and Southeast Asia. Charlotte supported the international development aid sector work in Indonesia for the World Bank and in the Philippines with Global Resilience Partnership, by helping cities implement natural-based and green solutions for a climate resilient future. She also assisted in the final implementation of two projects for the local Lower East Side community: Two Bridges and East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR), which together protect nearly 100,000 individuals from flood risk.