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Society and Business Fellows
Michael Bailey - MBA '14
Michael is the founder of One Stone Apparel—a company focused on accomplishing life changing objectives through the use of clothing. The current initiative of One Stone Apparel is called Vocab-T and is aimed at improving student achievement, helping teachers focus their efforts, and enhancing the overall learning environment in schools—all while changing the face of PE uniforms. Currently there are more than 100,000 students impacted on a daily basis through the program in schools across California. Prior to One Stone Apparel, Michael was responsible for starting the premier banking division for OneWest Bank which grew to 13 bankers and over 500MM in funding. Michael holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA.
Kelly Browne - MBA '14
Kelly Browne currently heads up the Financial Planning and Analysis team at Maker Studios, a venture capital backed digital media company. After beginning her career in consulting, Kelly pursued financial planning and strategy at HBO in New York City and at Warner Bros. in Los Angeles. Passionate about social impact, Kelly came to business school to explore a path where MBAs use analytical business skills to solve our world's most challenging social problems. Kelly is most interested in Impact Investing as this field harnesses her strengths in finance and problem solving and her deep rooted interest in creating positive social impact. Kelly is Vice President of Career Development for Marshall's Net Impact Club, a Board Member on The Marshall Alumni Association and a Marshall MBA.PM Ambassador. She graduated Cum Laude from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Charli Kemp - MBA '14
Charli Kemp was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Charli attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she double majored in Economics and Political Science to earn her BA. Upon graduation from college, Charli joined Teach for America in New York City. She taught middle school math for 5 years, 3 years in the South Bronx, and 2 years in East Harlem. While teaching, Charli integrated music, technology, and cooking into her teaching to motivate and inspire her children to develop an understanding of and passion for mathematics. While teaching, Charli began a school store in both of her schools where she used the profits to help fund much needed resources for the schools. After teaching for 5 years she decided she wanted to make more of an impact within communities similar to the one she worked with. Charli has returned home to Los Angeles where she is attending USC's Marshall school of Business. Charli is currently a Consortium Fellow at Marshall School of Business where she is focusing on creating her own social impact venture.
Margo Lang - MBA '15
Margo Lang is currently a first year full time MBA student at the USC Marshall School of Business. After graduating with a B.S. in Psychology from Yale University in 2010, she moved back to her hometown of Manhattan Beach, CA. She co-managed a community partner program called Ability Calls seeking to employ those with transportation challenges (i.e. paralyzed war veterans) as virtual call agents who could work from home. In parallel, she worked to bring a Relay for Life event to Manhattan Beach and acted as Event Chair for two years. She also spearheaded various fundraising events for organizations such as Team Rubicon (a disaster response veterans service organization) and Give Love (an organization installing sanitation processes in Haiti). Later, she worked for a start-up technology company working to generate donations for nonprofit companies online. As Margo's passion for social enterprise became clear, she transitioned into an Experiential Marketing position at TOMS. Additionally, while in high school, she became a certified yoga teacher and has continued to teach yoga as well as lead yoga teacher trainings. She developed the Sanskrit curriculum for the Mukti School of Yoga. Margo believes that the most tangible way to effect positive change is to orient a business around a philanthropic mission.
Shuo (Kristy) Liu - MBA'14
Kristy grew up in China and received a B.S. in International Business from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. After graduation she worked for Ernst & Young in its Assurance and Advisory Business Services Department. Out of a passion for helping at-risk individuals, she came to USC Marshall to pursue an MBA degree. Kristy has long been active in community service: she volunteered in nursing homes and at homes for autistic children in China and, in Los Angeles, became a volunteer for the Downtown Women's Center (DWC) and a Taproot pro bono volunteer consultant. In the summer of 2013, Kristy worked as a Strategic Planning and Financial Analysis Intern at Chrysalis, an L.A.-based 29 year-old nonprofit organization that provides career services for homeless individuals and operates two social enterprises as transitional job sites. Kristy aspires to contribute her professional expertise and business knowledge to a future career in the social and nonprofit sector serving at-risk individuals.venture.
Rachel Pedowitz -MBA/MSW '16
Currently pursuing the joint MBA and Masters in Social Work at USC, Rachel hopes to apply business principles to the delivery of social services. While studying Psychology and Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, Rachel acted as the Director of School Operations for the student run non-profit, the Golden Cubs Foundation, Inc. aimed at increasing awareness of higher education and the importance of academic goal-setting among elementary school students. After graduation, Rachel returned to her hometown of San Diego to work at Rady Children's Hospital. From the Quality Management department facilitating performance improvement projects, Rachel moved to a clinical role, providing developmental assessments for young children involved in San Diego County's foster care system. Rachel believes that the key to a healthy society and a stable economic future is the empowerment of today's youth of all backgrounds and upbringings, requiring dedication to education, healthcare, and programs that promote emotional wellbeing.
Haleta Belai - MBA '14
Haleta grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Columbia University in New York City. She is pursuing a career in healthcare management, with a long-term interest in the intersections of healthcare, education, and social enterprise. Haleta previously worked at Achievement First, an exceptional organization that manages a network of over 20 high-performing public charter schools in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Prior to this, Haleta co-founded a successful non-profit skill-training program for commercial sex workers in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Both experiences highlighted the complexities in addressing issues of access and the many ways in which business tools and frameworks can be applied to more effectively support social impact work. Haleta looks forward to spending her time at (and after) Marshall building and leveraging her experience to support this work.
Sarah Craemer - MBA.PM '13
Sarah is pursuing a joint MBA at Marshall and Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management at Hebrew Union College. Prior to graduate school, Sarah worked in the financial services sector as a Junior Financial Associate at Oppenheimer and Co., Inc. She spent a summer at ESAN Graduate School of Business in Lima, Peru and obtained a business/ Spanish certification. Recently, Sarah has pursued her passion for social justice by serving as a mentor to young women. Sarah graduated cum laude from UCLA in 2007 with a degree in political science.
Gina Kim - MBA '13
Two percent of the food eaten in the six-county Sacramento region is grown locally. This is what drove Gina toward an MBA - the hopes of developing a food system in which everyone has access to fresh food, even those living in inner cities where grocery stores are sometimes as scarce as convenience stores are abundant.
Gina grew up in Cupertino, Calif., and earned a bachelor's degree in political science and mass communications at the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree in print journalism at Boston University. She worked as a staff reporter for the Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune and the Sacramento Bee, covering stories about crime, business and local news.
But it was the articles about Central Valley farmers juxtaposed against the rising users of Sacramento food banks that made Gina realize there is a disconnect in food distribution plaguing even the cities located within the nation's most fertile farmland. In 2012, Gina studied sourcing issues while compiling a sustainability report at an organic and natural foods manufacturer.
Tim Kline - MBA '14
A San Diego native, Tim moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he received a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design. Beginning a career in architecture and construction, Tim realized the great potential cities have to curb greenhouse gas emissions and serve as inspiring places to live and work. Tim came to USC focus on how sustainable development, human centered design, and entrepreneurship can rebuild our environment to better serve society.
Paul Moore - MBA.PM '14
Paul is a Program Officer for the Los Angeles-based David Bohnett Foundation, where he has worked for over a decade. Every aspect of the Foundation's grant-making process comes under Moore's purview, including monitoring grant requests and grantee reports, conducting site visits, and representing the David Bohnett Foundation at community and industry events. Among Moore's chief responsibilities is supervising the Foundation's entire David Bohnett CyberCenters program, which currently numbers over 60 centers nationwide. The CyberCenters offer free Internet access and technology support to the LGBT community, and provide educational and job-search resources for seniors and youth. A native of Orange County, California, Paul Moore holds a B.S. in Finance, cum laude, from California State University, Northridge. Paul serves as a Board Member of CenterLink, the national association of LGBT Community Centers and is the Vice President of Community of the USC Marshall Gay and Lesbian Association.
Dara Pastor - MBA '14
A California native, Dara received her B.A. in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. She then returned to her hometown of Los Angeles, to work as a linguist for a software startup. After a switch to the non-profit sector, Dara gained important experience building greater social capital in low-income communities in the Los Angeles area. As an MBA candidate at the Marshall School of Business, Dara is focusing on social enterprise and entrepreneurship.
Stephanie Schwartz - MBA '14
Over the course of her career, Stephanie has been an advocate for counter-terrorism policies, a leader of non-profit programs dedicated to women's and human rights, and a strategy consultant for some of the nation's largest non-profit, academic, and federal organizations. Stephanie has a solid foundation upon which to build a career committed to social enterprise, combining two years of strategy consulting and four years managing the start-up of an international non-profit organization. As Program Manager at The Center for Liberty in the Middle East (CLIME) and Taavana.org, Stephanie developed project concepts leading to more than $3 million in federal grants, and oversaw management of grant programs, leading a team of 20+ located throughout the U.S., Europe, and Middle East. Her work on CLIME's Online Activism Institute contributed to the program's receipt of the "Top 10 who are Changing the World of Internet and Politics Award" in 2009 by PoliticsOnline magazine. As a Senior Consultant with PwC, Stephanie developed strategic plans for industry leading clients in defense, healthcare, and academia. She contributed to proposals leading to new work and served as Captain of the PwC Health Industries Advisory Academy. Stephanie graduated, Cum Laude, from USC in 2006, with a B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Policy, Planning and Development.
Patti Topete - MBA '13
Patti is a southern California native and the first in her family to graduate from college, receiving a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to business school, she spent more than six years working as Nutrition Program Director for a local non-profit. In that capacity she oversaw about 50 employees, 100 volunteers, and a $2 million annual budget. Her desire to affect social change at a larger level drove her to pursue her MBA at USC Marshall. She holds leadership positions on the boards of Net Impact, MarshallWear, and the Wine Club, and is a Fellow for Consortium and Forté Foundation. In the summer of 2012, she interned with Education Pioneers, a nationwide organization that places select graduate students in roles outside of the classroom, to work towards education reform. After graduation Patti plans to continue her career in social impact, either at a nonprofit or social enterprise, and is looking forward to building upon the momentum that is fostered here at Marshall.
Lauren Wagman - MBA '14
Lauren comes to USC Marshall with a deep curiosity for exploring the connection between business and social good. This interest builds on a lifetime of community involvement and nearly 10 years of professional experience in various facets of the nonprofit sector. Lauren's commitment to social change has led to work with agencies as a volunteer, board member, staff member and consultant. Most recently, Lauren consulted with nonprofit organizations, providing leadership for fundraising, strategic planning and board recruitment efforts. Lauren also served as a member of the board of directors for Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County, an organization dedicated to educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Lauren has a BA in communication studies, political science and Spanish from Vanderbilt University, where she was an Ingram Scholar.
Christian Basa - MBA.PM '13
Christian was born and raised in the Pacific island of Guam. He moved to Los Angeles to earn a degree in Biomedical Engineering at USC. Christian worked in product development for several years before pursuing a career in operational excellence. His experience stretches from small, privately-funded research labs to Fortune 500 companies in the medical device and biopharmaceutical industries. Currently Christian works for a large, non-profit healthcare organization as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, leading organizational transformations that improve hospital operations and patient care. He is also pursuing his MBA at USC with emphasis on Finance and Healthcare. Christian wants to lead a career dedicated to lowering the barriers to high-quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare to those in need. In the last eleven years, Christian has worked with HOPE Worldwide in various projects including HOPE Youth Corps, Day-On HOPE, and most recently, Hoops for HOPE which raised funds for a free hospital in Cambodia.
Jonathan Beckhardt - MBA '13
Jonathan comes to Marshall by way of San Francisco, where he spent four years managing film production and post-production. He worked on projects ranging from documentaries to advertising for Fortune 500 companies. He is eager to apply background in managing creative, socially-aware projects in a career managing the development of socially innovative products and technology. Jonathan received his B.A from Oberlin College with a major in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Studio Art.
Veronica Chen - MBA '13
After graduating from Cornell University with a B.A. in Biology, Veronica Chen was drawn to the world of education after discovering her love and talent for teaching children. As a result, she went back to school and completed her California mathematics high school teaching credential and Master in Education at UCLA. Since then, Veronica has been teaching 10th and 11th grade mathematics in low-income, urban schools in Los Angeles. Confronted with the struggles of inner-city students on a daily basis, Veronica became more impassioned to change the field of education. What started as a simple desire to help children became the driving force behind her interest in social entrepreneurship. Accordingly, Veronica applied to Marshall to develop her entrepreneur skills in hopes of one day changing the lives of inner-city, low-income students through education reform inside and outside the classroom. In her spare time, Veronica enjoys ballroom dancing, karaoking and MC-ing for fundraising events in the Asian American Community. She is very honored to be selected as a member of the SBL Fellowship, Class of 2013.
Stephen Lin - MBA '13
Stephen grew up in Southern California and during that time was exposed to international social work through the service organization Tzu-Chi. He has undergraduate degrees in business and political economy from UC Berkeley. He began his career in Taiwan with a focus on equity sales, afterwards, he moved to Singapore were he joined a startup company that sought to commercialize energy-efficient technology. It is there that he had the opportunity to explore his interest in carbon credits, and worked to structure financing agreements between corporations, governments, and external investors. The intersection between finance and sustainable/social goals continues to be an area of strong interest for Stephen and has given a seminar on the subject at Lawrence Berkeley Labs. He is very excited to be at USC and looks forward to exploring new opportunities and social entrepreneurship.
Cristian Liu - MBA '13
Cristian grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and received his BSE in Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in North Carolina. Before pursuing his MBA at the Marshall School of Business, he served as a healthcare technologist/strategic business analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Innovation Team led by the Chief Technology Officer. His main focus was on innovation and open government efforts, ensuring that public health information is easily accessible and usable by entrepreneurs and innovators. Cristian has also served as chairman of the board of directors for both the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, a Washington, D.C., based nonprofit focusing on Asian American leadership development, and Lambda Phi Epsilon National Fraternity, Inc, a fraternal organization. His goal is to continue in the field of healthcare technology, positively transforming it through business and technology.
Jennifer May - MBA '13 Jennifer is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a BA in Marketing/Theater Arts Management. After graduation, she worked as the Senior Event Coordinator for the Generic Pharmaceutical Association in Washington, D.C. Jennifer then moved to Los Angeles to work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. After working for two years as the Special Event Coordinator, she was promoted to Manager of Special Events. Jennifer is now an MBA Candidate at the USC Marshall School of Business, and plans to pursue a career in non-profit management for arts organizations. Sean Mendy - MBA '13
Prior to joining Marshall, Sean worked at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula serving as the Director of the Center for a New Generation and leading the organization's College Bound Initiative with the goal of increasing the 35% high school graduation rate in the communities he served. He was also a founding partner of GetConnects, a social enterprise that linked minority college students with internship and entry level job opportunities. Sean has always had the desire to transform low-income communities. He has developed a solid understanding the complexity and connectedness of issues facing these communities, and was attracted to the Society and Business Lab as its focus is strongly aligned with his own mission and beliefs. SBL nurtures leaders who desire to use business models as a means of tackling the difficult issues facing our world, something Sean hopes to continue doing as he seeks to create significant, sustainable, and systemic change in low income communities through community organization, educational reform, and economic development.
Jessica Risch - MBA '13
A Santa Monica native, Jessica spent the year prior to Marshall in Thailand working with a local non-governmental organization that assists migrant and refugee populations from Burma settle in Thailand. Prior to her work there, Jessica spent two years in Washington, DC, where she managed The Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation, a philanthropic foundation, and served as the director of programs and operations at DC Action for Children, Washington's oldest children's advocacy organization. During her free time, Jessica started a non-profit organization dedicated to combatting sex trafficking to Israel and served as a director for the Board of Young Trustees of ThinkImpact, a non-profit organization that catalyzes social businesses in Africa. Jessica graduated in 2007 from the University of Michigan where she studied Political Science.
Tracy Dennis - MBA '12 Prior to coming to Marshall, Tracy received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and gained experience in the non-profit sector as a fundraising manager for both the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and Sundance Institute. Tracy was initially attracted to Marshall because of the educational and professional support systems of the Society and Business Lab, and is eager to use these resources to cultivate a deeper understanding of how business interests and societal needs intersect. She plans to seek career opportunities in non-profit management and venture philanthropy with organizations focused on arts and education. In 2011, Tracy worked with the Partnership for L.A. Schools as an Education Pioneers Fellow. Asa Firestone - MBA '12 Asa graduated from the University of Colorado in 2005 with a degree in engineering physics. After graduation, he worked as an energy efficiency engineer in buildings. Over the last several years, Asa received a few notable grants to pursue his passion as a climber and explorer. As a National Geographic Society Young Explorer in 2007, Asa headed a climbing expedition deep into the heart of the Venezuelan Amazon. He produced a short film documenting the adventure. Asa speaks fluent Portuguese and is currently helping to develop a climbing school within the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Asa aspires to blend his professional career as an engineer with his passion for exploring to help develop affordable clean energy for the emerging world. In 2011, Asa interned with General Electric working in clean technology sales. Kevin Futch - MBA '12 Kevin is originally from Chicago, IL and graduated from Indiana University, where he majored in Finance. After college, he spent 5 years with General Electric's financial leadership programs, which took him throughout the US and China to work in a number of diverse industries. During his time with GE, Kevin helped found a young leadership board in Chicago for buildOn, and in July 2009, Kevin left GE to pursue experience in the social sector, volunteering his time for buildOn. He joins Marshall and the Society and Business Lab to further his experience with the intent to pursue a career in microfinance or community banking. In 2011, Kevin interned with Teach For America in Chicago as an Education Pioneers Fellow. Takuya Hoshino - MBA '12
After graduating with a degree in Law from the University of Tokyo, Takuya began work at the Ministry of Finance of Japan. Through various policy projects, Takuya became interested in the ways in which public finance policy can enhance private capital flow to the social sector. He came to Marshall to study finance, and hopes that through the Society and Business Lab, he will gain a deep understanding of the relationship between the nonprofit and private sectors in relation to social change. After graduation, Takuya will return to Japan and hopes to use his knowledge to contribute to a more innovative policy at the Ministry of Finance.
Sharmin Karim - MBA.PM '13
Sharmin received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Boston University. Soon after graduating, she moved back to her hometown of Southern California to pursue her passion for brand marketing at various consumer product companies. Prior to starting the USC Marshall MBA.PM program, she joined her family business, which manufactures and markets vitamin products. With the help of Marshall's Society and Business Lab, Sharmin hopes to break into the non-profit consulting industry, working with organizations focused on children's right and healthcare issues. Sharmin's long-term goal is to develop her family business into a socially responsible global brand in the nutritional health industry.
Ayesha Khan - MBA'12 Ayesha came to the Marshall School after having studied economics and business management at Occidental College. With a large international family Ayesha realized her interest in business with a social conscious after her frequent trips between Pakistan and the US. Those trips allowed her to witness firsthand the necessity of business models to consider the social and environmental impact of their actions to the future of the global economy. Ayesha is interested in utilizing microfinance initiatives to benefit education in developing countries, especially in South Asia. In 2011, Ayesha interned with Acumen Fund in Karachi, Pakistan. Ayesha accepted a full-time position as an Analyst for Nike, Inc.'s Sustainable Business Group. Jennie Kung - MBA '13 Jennie has over six years of consulting and business development experience prior to Marshall, where she is currently pursuing a career in global health management. She graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a dual major in government and legal studies. It was there she first explored her interest in health care/public health and wrote her thesis on the United States prescription drug policy. Jennie's past experiences include Wells Fargo, Deloitte - Capital Markets Consulting, and The Walt Disney Company. During her time at Marshall, she hopes to further align her passion for the health care sector and leverage her business skills to find the perfect blend of business efficiencies, research, and social awareness. In 2011, Jennie interned with Johnson & Johnson. Arjun Kushwaha - MBA.PM '12
Arjun is a professional Audiologist and Speech Pathologist and has worked in healthcare and education industries for over eight years. Having been raised in India, he is acutely aware of the issues people face when they cannot access affordable and quality education or healthcare. In the past, Arjun has worked with Rotary Club International and GN Resound Inc. to bring hearing diagnostics and rehabilitative services to the marginal sections of the Indian society. Through the Marshall School and the Society and Business Lab, he hopes to bring about a positive change in people lives by formulating newer channels of service delivery and improving access to such services. In 2011, Arjun interned with USC University Hospital/USC Norris Cancer Hospital.
Sally Lee - MBA.PM '11 Sally received her B.S. in Business Administration at USC. After graduation, Sally accepted a position as an associate analyst with The Walt Disney Company. She worked for the company for over ten years in a CSR capacity, specifically overseeing the social compliance program for the Disney Stores to ensure that vendors and factories adhere to the Company's Code of Conduct regarding labor standards. Sally is also passionate about volunteering and served on Disney's VoluntEARs Leadership Council to review project applications that support Disney's goals to serve the local community. Upon graduation, Sally accepted a position as Director of Corporate Responsibility at the Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies and in Fall 2012 was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Responsibility. Genevieve Gonzalez-Turner - MBA '12 Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Genevieve earned her Bachelor's degree from Yale University. Prior to entering Marshall, Genevieve moved to Los Angeles and worked in the entertainment industry for companies including Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. and The Walt Disney Company. She left Disney to pursue her passion in the social sector, working for the J. Paul Getty Trust in both the Museum and the Getty Research Institute. Genevieve's interests include creating sustainable growth for non-profits and providing strategic thinking to institutions that support public projects in healthcare or the arts. In 2011, Genevieve interned at Disney in the CSR department. Jessica Salazar - MBA '12
Jessica earned her undergraduate degree from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. After graduation, she worked for Deloitte Consulting in the strategy and operations service area and for Oakwood Worldwide as an operations analyst. Jessica pursued her passion to serve her community outside of the workplace. She has committed her time to AmeriCorps, and America Reads and volunteering for Education First. Jessica aspires to couple her professional experience in strategy and operations with her passion for serving the community. As a fellow of Marshall's Society and Business Lab, Jessica aims to gain a greater understanding of ways in which business principles can be used, for underserved communities, to increase access to education, healthcare and economic mobility. She is seeking career opportunities in the fields of non-profit management, education, and healthcare. In 2011, Jessica interned with LAUSD as an Education Pioneers Fellow.
Elena Zager - MBA '12 Elena Zager grew up in Bulgaria and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Lake Forest College in Illinois and Schiller International University in Germany. She worked on the Trading Floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Commerzbank, and spent most of her career managing over $1.5 billion for high net worth individuals at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in Chicago. Her passion to help people brought her to a prominent organization in Los Angeles which provides critical resources to some of the most vulnerable children in the world. In 2011, Elena interned at Margery Tabankin & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm which advises high net worth individuals and private foundations on their philanthropy. Upon graduation, Elena accepted a full-time position as a Senior Associate at the Milken Institute. Ashkun Zaker - MBA '12 Ashkun cites SBL as the number one reason behind choosing to attend USC Marshall. Prior to graduate school, Ashkun studied Managerial Economics at UC Davis and worked in investment management while trying to start two social businesses. He served as a Microenterprise Fellow at a San Francisco-based social enterprise and helped develop a social business incubator for undergraduate students. In the future, Ashkun would like to bring microfinance to his family's country, Iran. In 2011, Ashkun interned at CBS EcoMedia.
Todd Benshoof - MBA '11 After graduating from Beloit College, Todd Benshoof came to Marshall to be surrounded by a community of students, professors, and alumni interested in the power businesses hold to positively impact society. Currently, Todd enjoys the opportunities he has as a fellow to interact with other social entrepreneurs. He hopes to someday start a successful company that works to solve a global issue while treating all shareholders equally. Summer 2010, Todd interned at Anklesaria Group, Inc. as a consultant helping to create operational, cost and negotiation solutions for global firms. Todd has accepted a position in Business Development at FileTrek. Jyoti Gaur - MBA '11 Jyoti's passion for environmental and sustainability issues led her to Marshall's Society and Business Lab. Exposure to a number of inspiring social entrepreneurs during her time at the SBL helped Jyoti solidify and expand her ideas and goals. During the summer of 2010, Jyoti interned at the Deshpande Foundation in India. She created a network for NGOs that works with the HIV/AIDS community by using mobile phone technology in rural India. Her experience was invaluable to her career goal of working for a socially responsible investment fund that focuses on international development and emerging energy projects. Jyoti was selected as a 2011 Clinton-Orfalea Fellow with the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. Pat Hodgins - MBA '11 After receiving his B.A. from UCLA in 2004, Patrick moved to northern California to work for a manufacturer of assistive devices for the blind and visually impaired. "It was that job that confirmed for me that I wanted my career to have a positive impact on people's lives." Patrick transitioned to the Museum of Science in Boston and spent several years in the non-profit sector raising money from corporations to support science, technology, engineering and math education. In that capacity he was introduced to cutting edge research on climate change and renewable energy. These topics struck a chord with him, and Patrick decided to go to business school to work toward a career in renewable energy. Patrick was drawn to USC Marshall because of its strong commitment to helping students use their degrees to create positive change in the world. "I was intrigued by the Society and Business Lab, and also by the opportunity to take courses in other USC graduate schools - it made for a compelling curriculum, and allowed me to tailor my education to my career goals." As a fellow, Patrick enjoyed learning and interacting in a community with progressive views on the role business can play in society. During the summer of 2010, Patrick worked towards a career in renewable energy and technology by marketing energy efficient programs at Southern California Edison. Patrick accepted a full time position in renewable and alternative power at Southern California Edison, and is grateful to be using his degree to help California reach its goal of procuring 33% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2020. "The renewable energy industry is growing and changing very quickly, so it's a very exciting time to be involved." Erin Keller - MBA.PM '11 Erin grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended USC as an undergrad, studying English and Education. Before returning to USC as a Marshall MBA.PM student, Erin taught high school English in LAUSD. Erin has continued to work in non-profit management for organizations that work to improve urban education as both the Service Director for City Year Los Angeles and now as the Associate Director of Recruitment and Selection at the Broad Center. Molly Larson - MBA '11 Before attending Marshall, Molly worked for the City of Malibu for five years. Her responsibilities included managing all staff, independent contractors, and programming at the City's two largest facilities. Prior to her position with the City of Malibu, Molly attended UCLA, where she majored in Physiological Science. For the summer of 2010, Molly interned with Chrysalis Enterprises. Her main focus for the summer was identifying opportunities to expand operations and more effectively track select data. Upon graduation, Molly became an associate with the non-profit consulting firm Blue Garnet Associates. She is now the Director of Operations at Chrysalis Enterprises. Vince Lazalde - MBA '11 Vince Lazalde has returned to USC after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and Global Communication in 2005. A native of Santa Cruz, California, Vince followed his undergraduate studies with four years of experience on staff to multiple political campaigns at the local, state and national level. As a fundraising consultant, Vince primarily worked with California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to create and execute successful development campaigns focused around Southern California. As an MBA student, Vince held dual fellowships from the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and from the Society in Business Lab. He served on the Board of the USC Challenge for Charity as the non-profit Director for Junior Achievement and as the Vice-President for Social Enterprise at the Net Impact chapter at Marshall. Vince accepted a full-time position in public finance at De La Rose & Co. Jacob Sullivan - MBA '11 Jacob graduated from the University of Missouri, where he majored in economics and finance. After college, Jacob worked for the nonprofit organization The Hope Alliance in Iquitos, Peru, where he started and managed the organization's first microfinance program. Following his work in Peru, Jacob served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps serving in Iraq and throughout the Middle East and Africa. Jacob was a 2010 summer fellow with Education Pioneers in Los Angeles. Breana Teubner - MBA '11 Breana received her undergraduate education at UCLA and came to Marshall in order to learn the business skills required to effectively create change. The Society and Business Lab coursework, dinner discussions, and Lunch & Learns provided her an alternative perspective on how business skills can be applied to help individuals and the society. During the summer of 2010, she interned at Deloitte Consulting. In the future, her knowledge acquired will be put to work for companies creating sustainable and ethical economic systems in developing countries from which they source. Breana accepted a full-time position at Booz & Company consulting firm.
Cohort 5 2014-2015
India Bulkeley - '15
India Bulkeley is passionate about discovering sustainable solutions to development problems around the world. A senior from New York City, India is studying Cognitive Science and is minoring in International Relations and Consumer Behavior. She recently spent a semester studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and interned for a non-profit providing funding and training for entrepreneurs. This past summer, India joined Think Impact in Rwanda where she worked for eight weeks with local entrepreneurs to create businesses based on assets in the community. At USC, India is involved with the organization Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (W.Y.S.E), recently serving as its Director of Involvement. She is looking to learn more about social enterprise and microfinance, particularly through the lens of human rights and gender issues.
Kayla Caldwell - '16
Kayla Caldwell is committed to serving the local and global communities. Originally from Seattle, she is a junior double majoring in economics and international relations at USC. She has mentored high school students from low income neighborhoods in preparation for the college admissions process; worked with international teaching assistants to improve their English, teaching skills, and cultural understanding; and recently became a program assistant at the Joint Educational Project. Through these, as well as through her internship with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C., she has seen development issues firsthand. Kayla enjoys addressing these important topics with fellow Trojans by facilitating discussion as the Vice President of the International Relations Undergraduate Association, by taking action as a volunteer with the global health nonprofit Emergency USA, and by working with the Teaching International Relations Program.
Sherry Chan - '15
Sherry Chan, born and raised in Los Angeles, is double majoring in Business Administration and English Literature. She is an active tutor/mentor and assistant coordinator with Joint Educational Project's Readers program during the school year and has continued to work and intern each summer with organizations that primarily serve low-income, first generation students. Falling into this category herself, she is passionate about being a constant, optimistic learner as well as a teacher. Her time spent with students focuses on teaching and modeling how to overcome barriers and how to look at failure and be encouraged to try again. Enthusiastic about serving the community, she is also a USC Helene, a study leader with the USC Navigators, and an active volunteer at A Place Called Home in Downtown LA.
Kevin Chuang - '15
Kevin Chuang grew up with a simple belief: if it scares you, it’s worth pursuing. Fascinated by the intersection among people, design and electronics, Kevin took on a one-year technology evangelist challenge of helping Apple transform education on the USC campus. He is also actively involved in Global Brigades at Marshall, Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (APASA), and Society 53, the Leadership Board of the USC Student Alumni Society. Moving forward, Kevin believes in using technology and his entrepreneurial spirit to create impact on a larger scale. Kevin is a senior from San Jose, California, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Innovation: The Digital Entrepreneur.
Alissa Gwynn - '15
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alissa Gwynn is currently a senior at USC studying Public Relations and Consumer Behavior. As a former JEP Program Assistant, Alternative Spring Break participant, Jumpstart Reader volunteer, and intern at the Alliance for Children’s Rights, Alissa has always had a commitment to the social impact sector. However, after learning about social entrepreneurship and seeing firsthand many of the problems non-profit organizations face, she became interested in using business models to create impactful, sustainable social change. While studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, Alissa interned at an impact investment firm that helped empower local community members through its portfolio of social enterprises. In the future, Alissa hopes to continue exploring the social impact industry and help enterprises scale in order to have as much positive impact as possible.
Mohamed Malik - '15
Mohamed Malik is currently majoring in International Relations and Middle East Studies, while pursuing a minor in Business Finance. He is the president of Delta Omicron Zeta, a co-ed fraternity that seeks to foster the leadership development of students on campus. Mohamed was born in Los Angeles, California but spent the second half of his life prior to USC living in his parents’ home country of Sudan. Moving between the US and North Africa gave Mohamed a strong sense of the disparities in the quality of life around the globe. His dream is to remove these disparities by utilizing the power of the private sector to invest in technology, infrastructure, health care, and education in the developing world. He hopes to return to his home in Africa in the future to create measurable and meaningful impact on the lives of many.
Perry Nunes - '15
Originally from Seattle, Perry Nunes flocked to sunny Southern California to study Economics and International Relations. Throughout his time at USC, he has capitalized on many of the university's invaluable international opportunities, from a microfinance consulting trip in Honduras to a marketing internship in Taipei to his recent semester studying abroad in São Paulo, Brazil. Throughout this constant process of discovery, Perry has developed an interest in international development, specifically in using social entrepreneurship as a means of economic empowerment. At USC, he can be found walking backwards as a tour guide for the Admission Center or exploring nature as a guide for the outdoor adventure club, SC Outfitters.
Geronimo Ramos - '15
Geronimo Carlo Ramos is a senior from Los Angeles, California majoring in Business Administration. His journey as a changemaker began in rural Kenya, where he utilized human-centered design with local community members to develop asset-based business concepts. Inspired by the power of design thinking, Geronimo co-founded Design for America at USC, an organization creating local and social impact through interdisciplinary design. As a member of Global Business Brigades, he leverages his bottom of the pyramid experience by consulting micro-enterprises in rural Panama. He recently returned from studying abroad in Pamplona, Spain where he organized events that generated food and clothing for the needy. Eager to better understand scalable impact, Geronimo is currently interning at Ashoka. Looking ahead, he aspires to learn more about the world while making an impact at the intersection of business and design.
Christine Xu - '15
Christine Xu, a senior majoring in Business Administration, is a native Angeleno who grew up fascinated by the diversity of Los Angeles and the unique stories and struggles of citizens living here. She entered USC wanting to help individuals in her community seek personal growth, and became interested in the potential of social enterprise to create such opportunities. A hallmark experience for this has been her involvement in Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI), a student-run pro bono consulting group that works directly with nonprofits and social startups to address business-related needs. She also participated in Project Breaker and BSEL's Social Innovation Design Lab, which introduced her to field-based approaches to implementing design thinking in communities of need. After graduation, Christine plans to look into design consulting for social innovation and also strategy and program development for social enterprises, particularly in mental health.
Sara Yang - '16
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sara Yang remains intrigued and motivated by people and their stories. This has shaped her outlook and interests, from user-centered design to sustainable development. This year, she continues to serve as President and co-founder of a USC design thinking studio, tackling social issues within the local community. She studies Business Administration and International Relations and has worked in the nonprofit and education sectors, most recently interning for Global Brigades. Based on her time as President of the USC Microfinance Club and on-the-ground experience in Honduras on a Global Microfinance Brigade, Sara looks forward to exploring disruptive innovation and international development to create impactful change. Sara also serves as Director of External Relations for the Trojan Consulting Group and trains with the Marshall Case Team. Constantly inspired by connections and interactions with others, she remains actively involved with USC Troy Camp and Society 53. Sara’s interests range from hip-hop and Bollywood dance to photography and slam poetry and she strives to continually learn by doing.
Jamie Zamora - '15
Originally from Corona, California, Jamie Zamora is currently a senior majoring in Policy, Planning, and Development with an emphasis in Non-Profits and Social Innovation, and minoring in Social Entrepreneurship. She is the Vice President of the USC Caruso Catholic Center and has led several social justice initiatives at the Center such as alternative spring breaks, homeless ministry, inner city school tutoring, and ESL classes. Jamie interned at a local non-profit Children's Bureau and on the Corporate Citizenship team at DIRECTV. Moving forward, she plans to explore ways to combine philanthropy, volunteerism, and business.
Cohort 4 2013-2014
Mackenzie Allen - '14
Mackenzie Allen is a Civil and Environmental Engineer passionate about water resources and purification. She is president of Engineers Without Borders at USC, leading trips twice a year to Honduras. She helps design and plan the water projects before implementing them in the village during the trips. She has also worked for the Hydraulic Research team under Professor JJ Lee's Foundation for Cross Connection Control Research and has interned as a hydraulic modeler for San Francisco's DPW Bureau of Engineering. She is excited to learn more about sustainable water practices in developing countries this coming year through SBL scholars and mentors.
Austin Carter - '15
Austin Carter is a Junior from Beaverton, Oregon. He works with a club called GlobeMed which partners with a Ghanaian NGO on a maternal health project. He recently returned from a visit to Ghana to strengthen the partnership. He loves the outdoors and is a guide for SC Outfiiters which leads adventure trips for USC students. He attempts to be a constant learner, taking in information about all topics of study. He is passionate about international development and hopes to one day work in that field. His particular interest is in metrics and evaluation for development projects. Austin is double-majoring in Economics/Mathematics and Global Health.
John Ingram - '15
John Ingram, from Massachusetts, is guided by the simple belief that people need people. A people person, he invests himself in the local community. He enjoys exploring the diverse neighborhoods and rich culture of Los Angeles. John served two years as a teacher in local preschools through Jumpstart. He is the Director of Philanthropy for the Trojan Knights, spearheading various fundraisers and service projects. John is most involved in USC Troy Camp, mentoring two cabins of third grade boys and serving as a Director of Fundraising for Pass The Can. Through his interdisciplinary education as a sociology major in Dornsife with a minor in social entrepreneurship through Marshall, he hopes to tackle social issues on the local level with a particular interest in education.
Amy Kao - '15
Originally from Houston, Amy Kao is currently double majoring in Business Administration and Interactive Media. She discovered her passion for kids and education within the inner city after she spent a summer living in an at-risk neighborhood and running a summer camp for elementary school kids. After that, she mentored and tutored 11th graders in a low-income area to prepare them for the college application process. In addition, she is also interested in exploring serious games to see how they can be used to raise awareness of social issues. She currently serves on the leadership team of her fellowship, Intervarsity, and is a part of USC Helenes. In addition to the SBL Scholars program, she is also extremely excited to have the chance to go on a Global Brigades trip this winter break.
Tiffany Kao - '14
Originally from New York, Tiffany Kao is majoring in Chemical Engineering. Tiffany has been involved with Engineers Without Borders since her freshman year and has traveled with them to Honduras twice to design and implement a water pump delivery system for the community of La Estanzuela. Their work has contributed to providing more than 350 people access to clean drinking water. These experiences sparked an interest in social entrepreneurship, leading Tiffany to the USC Marshall Society and Business Lab. Tiffany interned there this past summer before she headed off to Kenya with ThinkImpact for eight weeks, where she teamed up with local entrepreneurs in a community to design market-based solutions to some of the challenges they face.
Angie Kim - '14
Angie Kim is currently a senior from Los Angeles, California studying Cognitive Science and Organizational Leadership and Development. Angie realized the power and importance of social entrepreneurship and volunteerism when she interned with LA Works and served as a Co-President of Global Brigades @ Marshall. Angie will be leading her third and last brigade to Ghana this winter with Global Business Brigades. As a strong believer of the enterprise of education, Angie hopes to help elementary and middle school students realize the leaders within themselves. Angie also sings with the USC Sirens and is an Orientation Advisor. Ultimately, she hopes to pursue a career in higher education.
Harleen Marwah - '15
Harleen Marwah is a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Major from Upland, CA. Her passion for social justice has always held an important place in her heart, but really took root during her fellowship year under "Young People for," a year-long progressive leadership program. Harleen aspires towards medical school, and plans to use her voice as an M.D. to facilitate communication between the science, business, and policy worlds. At USC, Harleen works at the USC Office for Wellness and Health Promotion, serves as the Outreach Coordinator for Students Taking Action in the Name of Diversity, and is establishing the undergraduate ambassador program for USC's Keck School of Medicine. In addition to this, she works with V.N.A. Home Health Care making bereavement calls to families, is a research assistant at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and helped develop the curriculum for a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder recovery program for veterans. Harleen finds herself constantly drawing connections between her seemingly polar interests and has come to appreciate the value of interdisciplinary studies. She believes that life is all about connections, from organisms' common DNA coding patterns to the health behavior model's applicability to civic engagement. As such, she sees the effective communication between the science, business, and government sectors as not only beneficial, but crucial to the future of public health. Harleen is thrilled to learn, grow, and exchange ideas this year in the SBL Scholars' Program.
Payal Mukerji - '14
Payal Mukerji is a senior majoring in Business Administration, and minoring in Psychology. Payal was born and brought up in Southern California but lived in Kolkata, India for two years. In India, she worked with the Future Hope School, an organization that rescues and educates impoverished children from the streets of Kolkata. Payal is the social chair for USC South Asian Rural Student Aid, a student-run non-profit. She is also a columnist for the Daily Trojan, and a member of the first place winning team for the 2013 USC Global Health Case Competition. She hopes to explore microfinance and venture capital for social enterprise with the goal of alleviating poverty.
Katie Norwood - '14
Katie Norwood, from Wellesley, MA, is majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. After interning at Fidelity Investments, Katie decided to pursue entrepreneurship as well. She became passionate about the value of social impact in businesses. In Spring 2013, Katie took Social Innovation Design Lab, in which she and her classmates sought to solve the ongoing health problems in Kern County- only an hour and a half away from Los Angeles. In Summer 2013 she went to Guatemala on the Social Entrepreneur Corp's Engineering for Impact Program, where she helped with the design, testing, and implementation of water heaters and showers for communities with limited electricity. In her free time Katie enjoys running, playing sports, and just being outside.
Emily Reinstein - '15
Emily Reinstein is majoring in International Relations and double minoring in Social Entrepreneurship and Digital Studies. Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, Emily has been fortunate to travel around the world, learning first-hand the struggles faced in developing countries such as Tanzania and India. From her travels, she has developed a passion for studying international development, human rights, and gender issues. Through her classes at USC, Emily has become interested in blending digital forms of communication such as social media and cinema to create social impact. She spent a semester as a work-study student for the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and has spent her summers as a Senior Leadership Counselor at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu. A dedicated volunteer with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization since 2004, Emily established the Emerging Leaders Program and has been a speaker at the organization's international conferences.
Catherine Uong - '14
Catherine Uong is double majoring in Business Administration and East Asian Languages and Cultures. Having lived in three metropolitan cities (New York, Houston, and Los Angeles), Catherine was initially interested in how global businesses impact interconnected communities. But after tutoring at a local Kumon throughout high school, her interests became more focused on the education sector and how private institutions can create more student-centric curriculums. At USC, Catherine has served two years as President of Net Impact Undergraduate, led an alternative spring break to Honduran coffee cooperatives and villages, and coordinated EdMonth 2013, USC's first student-led movement for education reform. After interning at One Degree, GOOD, and Dev Bootcamp, Catherine looks forward to bringing an entrepreneurial mindset to education reform. In her free time, she enjoys jamming with her cover band, hiking, and reading about psychology and cognitive theory.
Joy Xu - '15
Joy Xu is a Business Administration major from Fremont, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has always had a passion for positively impacting her community by getting involved and helping those in need. Despite her enthusiasm and involvement in many community activities in high school, it wasn't until experiencing USC that Joy discovered her passion for social enterprise. Joy spent her summer after freshman year interning for Chrysalis Enterprises, an innovative and successful social enterprise that is centered right here in the heart of Downtown LA. After her summer at Chrysalis, her fascination with the intersection between social welfare and business management grew tremendously. She visited the small community of El Canton in Honduras with Global Brigades @ Marshall and worked with the rural community Caja to develop a business plan for their new local bakery. Soon after her trip, she became Vice President of Events on the Global Brigades @ Marshall E-Board for the upcoming school year. She is also heavily involved with the USC Helenes. In her free time, Joy enjoys reading, hiking, painting and drawing, boxing/muy thai, reddit, and live music. Moving forward she hopes to absorb as much knowledge as she can and continue broadening her horizons by gaining a better understanding of the world around her.
Cohort 3 2012-2013
Angeli Agrawal - '13
Angeli Agrawal is a Business Administration and International Relations Major from Saratoga, CA. She first discovered her interest in social issues after volunteering for the Teaching International Relations Project (TIRP) and Joint Educational Project (JEP) at USC. After interning for Teach For America and recruiting other social-minded Marshall students for the program, she decided to delve into the social enterprise world by interning with Participant Media, a company that seeks to change society through film and social action campaigns. Besides the intern experiences Angeli has had here at USC, she also serves on the Panhellenic Council as the Vice President of Membership, is a Dean's Scholar, and has enjoyed traveling with USC programs to Spain and Cuba. Angeli is excited to learn more from this year's Scholars and Senior Fellows about the impact of businesses on social issues.
Annaliese Birrer, - '13
Annaliese (Anna) Birrer is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Global Management and minoring in International Relations. Anna grew up in Huntington Beach, California and has lived in Zurich, Switzerland, Zanzibar, Tanzania and South Africa. Anna worked with ThinkImpact during Summer 2012, partnering with rural communities to start sustainable businesses using asset based community development. She has also worked with One Heart Source and interned with the Society & Business Lab. On campus, she is the President of USC's One Heart Source, Director of Projects for Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI), Vice President of Operations for Global Business Brigades and is involved with Delta Sigma Pi. Her interests lie in education, design to improve life, strategy consulting, and sustainable development of rural communities. She enjoys scuba diving, blogging, hiking, Swiss Cards, and learning new languages. Anna has studied French, German, Kiswahili, Fante and Xitsonga.
Abby Chao - '13
Abby Chao, from Naperville, Illinois, is studying Business Administration with a minor in Web Applications & Technologies. Deeply interested in the intersection between business, technology, and social impact, Abby has spent the past year starting Conquest Capital Ventures, a USC student-run venture capital fund for social enterprise. She is also actively involved in the Marshall Case Team, Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI) Consulting, and USC's premier business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in startups and venture capital, using business to change the world.
Sarah Choi - '13
Sarah Choi is from Orange County, California and is a Business Administration and Cinematic Arts major in the Marshall School of Business. Having passion for the arts and entertainment, she hopes to learn more about the ways in which she can utilize the entertainment industry for social causes and philanthropies. Sarah learned that the medium of arts has potential power to bring about change while working on a project known as the Drop Box Documentary Film in Seoul, South Korea; a film bringing awareness on child abandonment issues. Having work experience at companies like Universal Music Group and CAA (Creative Arts Agency), she hopes to gain as much professional experience to be able to work in a field where she can use the medium of arts for a greater good. Sarah studied abroad in Hong Kong during the Spring 2012 semester.
Faye Espiritu, - '14
Faye Espiritu is from Castaic, California pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Communication Design. Faye realized that her passion was in marketing for nonprofit organizations after several experiences at USC. After three semesters of involvement with USC Spirits in Action, she is now the 2012-2013 Co-Director of the nonprofit organization that plans and hosts USC's version of the Special Olympics. This year, Faye is also the President of the Fisher Museum of Art's new student organization, Students with Fisher@USC. In the future, Faye hopes to use her combination of business, marketing, and design skills to create successful marketing campaigns for nonprofit organizations.
Scott Fairbanks - '13
Scott Fairbanks is a global learner, entrepreneur, and adventurer. Over the past three years at USC he lived, worked, or volunteered on four continents. As Co-President of Global Business Brigades, he led two trips of 21 students to rural Panama and Ghana for small business and micro-finance consulting. Last summer, he was off the grid in rural South Africa employing human-centered design practices to help develop sustainable, asset-based businesses. In between, he co-founded a social enterprise apparel company to aid the water crisis in Africa. Moving forward, his ambitions are to constantly gain knowledge, continue to better understand other cultures, enjoy the work he engages in, and have an overall positive impact. Scott is a senior from Arcadia, California majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Photography.
Jenny Ham - '13
Jenny Ham, from Los Angeles, California, is studying Public Relations and Social Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology. Jenny has always had a passion for creating positive social impact in the greater community and through her volunteer activities at USC, she learned how she could help close the achievement gap faced by low-income students. Jenny has been actively involved in Troy Camp since her freshman year. In addition, she created and streamlined the annual philanthropy project of USC's premier leadership fraternity, Delta Omicron Zeta, to better serve local middle and high school students interested in leadership. Her love of philanthropy can also be seen through her involvement in the Undergraduate Student Government, where she serves as the Director of Philanthropy Funds. Ultimately, Jenny hopes to pursue a career that aligns a business model with a philanthropic purpose.
Claire Marsh - '13
Originally from the Bay Area, Claire Marsh is earning her bachelor's degree in International Relations Global Business and Economics. Claire developed her passion for social entrepreneurship as Co-President of USC Global Business Brigades, a chapter of the largest student-led development organization in the world. As Co-President, she has led two business development trips to Panama and Ghana. During Summer 2012, Claire further increased her involvement with the organization and served as the Microfinance Intern for Global Brigades in Ghana. While there, she focused on the development of Global Brigades Ghana, along with her own research regarding the creation of a collaboration network for like-minded development organizations. Upon graduation, Claire seeks to start her own social enterprise dealing with the coordination of international development. Claire has previously interned as a USC Global Fellow in Hong Kong, and studied abroad in Sao Paulo, Brazil during her Spring 2012 semester.
Meghan Murphy - '13
Meghan Murphy, from Southern California, is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She is interested in social enterprise and has also interned with Rocketdyne in their renewable energy division. While studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa she volunteered with Engineers Without Borders to develop small stoves, which reduced CCA emissions in the Nyanga Township. Meghan also worked with a jewelry start-up in Los Angeles that sold jewelry handcrafted by women in the village of Kamboo in Kenya, whose proceeds helped fund the building of a school and health center.
Ankit Patel - '13
Ankit Patel, from Chicago, Illinois, is studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship. His passion for social entrepreneurship began after teaching English in rural Thailand. The power of education inspired him to think about giving back to the education sector of social entrepreneurship. Furthermore, traveling outside the United States gave Ankit a new perspective on how to give back to humanity. He plans on fusing his background in chemical engineering with an entrepreneurial mindset to create a social business venture.
Ian Ritchey - '13
Ian Ritchey is studying Business Administration at the Marshall School of Business. Ian is from the San Francisco Bay Area and initially gained interest in social entrepreneurship after embarking on a microfinance trip with Marshall Global Brigades to a small community in Ghana. Following the success on this trip, he found socially conscious models such as micro-lending to be truly successful in alleviating poverty. One of the things that he enjoys most about this approach is that it offers long lasting, sustainable solutions to many world issues. Ian also has a strong passion and respect for the environment and is a part of the outdoor community here at USC as a guide for the student organization SC Outfitters. Ian would like to see more businesses adopt both environmentally and socially sustainable models that focus on employee happiness, low-turnover, reduced emissions, and employment of materials produced locally and in a sustainable manner.
Brillante Wang - '13
Upon coming to USC, Brillante Wang quickly fell in love with the surrounding community and its rich culture. As a business major, he realized the potential of business to positively impact the lives of the underserved, and embarked upon a life-changing trip to Panama with USC's Global Business Brigades. Since then, he has spent two months in rural Ecuador teaching English, and has worked in Honduras as a leader with the USC Global Microfinance Brigades. He is also actively involved in USC's surrounding community by preparing resumes for low-income individuals as a Chrysalis volunteer, guiding high school students to start their own social businesses through Breakaway Education, and being a Troy Camp counselor. Brillante is proud to be the first Asian student to ever volunteer at a nearby Mexican meat market, which allows him to practice his Spanish and directly immerse himself in the community.
Cohort 2 2011-2012
Richelle Gribble- '13 Richelle Gribble is a senior at USC pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Art degree with dual minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing. She is interested in utilizing art, crowdsourcing initiatives, and cause marketing to promote prominent social issues to inspire collaborative action. She currently interns at the USC Society and Business Lab where she recruits CEO-level speakers in fields of CSR, social entrepreneurship, and the nonprofit sector to speak to students for the SBL Lunch and Learn lecture series. Additionally, she serves as Project Manager for the USC Mobile News Incubator Program which utilizes mobile services to benefit a local nonprofit organization called TRUST South LA. Last summer she worked as a Digital Marketing Intern at (RED), a nonprofit organization which aims to 'harness the power of companies and people to help fight AIDS.' At USC, Richelle is a Residential Advisor of three years, coordinator of USC's annual art festival called Arts in the Park, president of the Students of Fine Arts association, and the Chief Communications Officer for the USC Entrepreneurship Club. She is a third-time recipient of the USC Provost Research Fellowship which funds her ongoing independent research project called Networked Life which makes visual comparisons between various network structures (i.e. molecular systems, neural networks, economic structures, social networks, etc.); her art and research explores concepts of virality, group dynamics, and social trends that connect us all. Ayushi Gummadi- '12 Originally from the Bay Area, Ayushi earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration and International Relations with a minor in Neuroscience. She first became interested in social entrepreneurship after studying sustainable development in Cairo, Egypt in the summer of 2010. Following that, she interned with the organization ThinkImpact to start small, socially conscious enterprises in rural South Africa. Ayushi served as the President of the Panhellenic Council, tutored through Student Athlete Academic Services, and was an Undergraduate Fellow with the Center for Excellence in Teaching. As of January 2013, Ayushi will teach English in South Africa through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program. Connor Jackson- '14 Connor Jackson is a junior from Orange County, California majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainability, Energy and Society. In addition to learning about the environment, Connor has a keen interest for social enterprise and creating environmentally sustainable business models. Connor has previously participated in research in a marine microbial ecology lab and in doing underwater data collection and analysis in the countries of Guam and Palau. Connor is also very involved with the USC outdoor community, SC Outfitters. Connor interned at Greenment Shanghai in Summer 2012. Johnny Jung- '14 Hailing from Southern California, Johnny Jung is a Computer Engineering and a Computer Science major hoping to one day change the world. A self-professed geek, activist, entrepreneur and programmer, Johnny is deeply involved in social entrepreneurship, and is interested in how business can be used to change (and hopefully save) the world. An engineer and programmer by trade, Johnny is currently starting his own technical startup, and is looking to solve difficult problems using technology and innovative solutions, especially in the education space. Aisha Lewis- '14 Coming from South Pasadena to USC's Marshall School of Business, Aisha Lewis knew that she wanted to use business to help others and be a global agent of change. In the summer of 2011, she was accepted to an internship position with a social enterprise in Nairobi, Kenya. Aisha leapt at the opportunity and soon found herself fully immersed in the start-up phase of LivelyHoods, a non-profit social enterprise that creates sales jobs for youth in developing urban markets and solves issues of last-mile distribution for the base of the pyramid. She continues her involvement today as LivelyHoods' Development and Communications Intern. In the future, she hopes to use her experience with LivelyHoods and her business skills gained through Marshall as a catalyst to further her passion for addressing issues of youth unemployment and activation of new markets in developing countries. Aisha is also a USC Dean's Scholar and a Rotary Youth Leadership Award winner. Ann Li- '12 Ann is a senior majoring in Business Administration with an International Relations Emphasis. She currently interns for Dewey Square Group, where she works on public campaigns and compiles weekly political reports. She is also the president of Fight on for Darfur, an anti-genocide organization on campus that works in education, advocacy, and fundraising. She has served as an instructor within the Teaching International Relations Program, which brings USC students to local high schools. Ann has held internships with the Consumer Education Foundation and Project Vote Smart, organizations aimed towards empowering consumers and voters to make educated decisions. Her past summer was spent in Shanghai with a marketing internship through the Global Fellows program. Following graduation, she hopes to travel and pursue a career in public policy or social enterprise. Nicholas Nomann- '12 Nicholas is from Huntington Beach, CA and has aspired to be a student in the Marshall School of Business at USC since his youth. Although his concentration was in finance and entrepreneurship, he has strayed away from the traditional corporate finance career path and has become interested in a profession that will aim to relieve extreme global poverty. He strongly believes that social enterprises will solve many of our world's most challenging problems. Upon graduation, Nick accepted the position as Chief of Staff at Roozt. Jennifer Padilla- '14 Jennifer Padilla is a junior majoring in Communication and minoring in Human Resources Management and International Relations. She is originally from San Jose, California. In high school, Jennifer worked with a number of Silicon Valley-based nonprofits including Sacred Heart Community Service and Girls on the Run and international causes such as the MAHAK Hospital for Children in Tehran, Iran. Jennifer is looking to combine her passion for alleviating global poverty and addressing women's issues with her skills in corporate communications and human resources management. In the Summer of 2012, Jennifer interned abroad through the USC Global Fellows Internship Program. Sarah Payne- '13 Sarah is very passionate about harnessing the power of business to influence social change, particularly in the financial services sector. Internships at Progreso Financiero, a microfinance company serving the Hispanic market, and at Visa in the International Small Business group have proven the importance of bringing financial services to the unbanked. Sarah came to USC from the Bay Area to study entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business. On campus she is also involved in the Delta Delta Delta sorority, Los Angeles Community Impact (a student-consulting group that works with local nonprofits), and the USC Repertory Dance Company. Melissa Rocque- '12 Melissa is a senior studying International Relations Global Business, with a concentration in Global Management and a minor in psychology. Melissa learned the power business has to create social change while interning with Quintessentially Soho, a members' club working to provide employment opportunities for people living on the streets in London. While studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa last spring she worked on marketing projects for Cocoafair, a chocolate factory and social enterprise that provided job training to local residents. Her passion for art also lead her to teaching art therapy classes for students living in Townships around Cape Town and for mentally disabled adults. Through the SBL Scholars Program, she hopes to become better equipped to utilize her passions to create social change. Melissa hopes to one day start her own company promoting healthy food and active living. Jessica Stauffer- '14
A Southern California native raised in the Trojan family, Jessica comes to USC with a love for the surrounding area and Trojan community. In high school, she founded and led Club A.S.A.P (Allied Students Against Persecution) in effort to raise funds and awareness to combat various types of injustice around the world. Also, she spearheaded the development of Club STRIVE, a community mentorship program for teens with developmental disabilities. Upon arriving to USC, Jessica became involved with SBL and grew fascinated with the field of social entrepreneurship because it offered a way to combine her philanthropic background with her goals for international development. Jessica studies Economics with minors in International Relations and Social Entrepreneurship. She valued her time in the SBL Scholars Mentoring Program as it provided her with exposure to the social entrepreneurship industry and a supportive community of like-minded students. Jessica remains involved at SBL as an intern and the leader of the Impact Organization Council. Outside of SBL, Jessica is active in Thematic Option, Joint Educational Project (JEP), Global Income Convergence Group, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and the Christian Challenge fellowship group.
Vina Vo- '13 Vina Vo, originally from Little Saigon, California, majors in Business Administration and is pursuing a Progressive Masters Degree in Urban Planning. Vina came to USC with a passion for creating social change from a business and administrative level. With an interest in providing more opportunities for success for students, Vina started an organization on campus that works with students to learn and practice leadership. During the summer, Vina worked with CARE Ecuador in their climate change project dealing with indigenous women of the Amazon jungles in Ecuador. Her other work experience includes: interning for the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim California, Origo Partners PLC in Beijing China, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Los Angeles, California. In Summer 2012, Vina participated in the Marshall Indonesia Summer Internship Program. After graduation, Vina wants to pursue a career that connects the field of entertainment and philanthropy
Cohort 1 2010-2011
Sarah Barrett- '12 Sarah is from River Forest, IL and majored in Business Administration and minored in Urban Policy and Planning. At USC, Sarah served as president of Los Angeles Community Impact, a student organization providing pro-bono consulting to local nonprofits and small businesses. She also co-founded Trojan Start-ups, an incubator for student entrepreneurs. In addition to her on-campus involvement, Sarah has interned locally at Community Partners and Chrysalis and abroad in Shanghai and London. Sarah accepted a full-time offer as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company and hopes to continue to study how organizations can affect social change in urban areas. Clay Busia- '13 A Los Angeles native, Clay studies Business Administration at the USC Marshall School of Business. A Society and Business Lab Scholar for the 2010-2011 school year, he is actively involved in many university programs and societies. Much of his time is spent working as Lead Host for the Marshall International Exchange Program as well as Co-Chief Communications Officer for the USC Trojan Investing Society. In 2011, he had the great honor of being selected as a USC Global Fellow which allowed him to work with Marriott International and act as a USC ambassador in Hong Kong for eight weeks during the summer. When he isn't traveling or learning different languages, Clay enjoys cooking for friends and family and going to the beach. Clay recognizes his USC education as a great privilege and seeks to use the many opportunities afforded to him to better the world. He is particularly interested in international commerce and finding ways to increase the role of social enterprise in the business sector. Tameca Davis- '12 Tameca, from Philadelphia, PA, graduated with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in International Relations. Tameca accepted a full-time offer at TJX Companies. Ada Del Rosso- '11 Ada graduated with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. She currently works as a financial analyst at NetApp in the Silicon Valley and is pursuing her interest in the education system through her volunteer activities. She is currently a Girls for a Change coach and a member of Rotaract. Alex Duong- '12 Alex, from Northridge, CA, majored in Business Administration with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and International Business. During his time at USC, Alex studied abroad in Rotterdam, Netherlands, followed by three months of organic sustainable farming in France, Italy and Spain with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) program. Upon return, Alex continued to develop his entrepreneurial pursuits while working for a local nonprofit, the Garden School Foundation, teaching cooking, nutrition, and gardening education. Alex also started a social entrepreneurship committee within USC Marshall Net Impact, to introduce social entrepreneurship to a broader USC audience. Alex was awarded the USC Global Scholar designation and the Top Ten Business Plan and Entrepreneurial Values of the Year from the USC Marshall Lloyd Greif Center. Post USC, Alex is continuing the development of his startup, Artful Planters, that upcycles pallets into consumer products. Katey Finnegan- '12 Originally from Foster City, California, Katey enjoys studying and traveling outside of her home state. A 2012 graduate in International Relations, Katey spent a semester studying in Nicaragua where she completed a research project on the sustainability of food security programs in the rural countryside. For this research, Katey was awarded the 2012 Global Scholar Prize. In addition to her studies, Katey interned for several social enterprises during her years at USC, including the Society and Business Lab, (RED), and GOOD/Corps. Katey accepted a full-time offer with Rustic Pathways, a company that provides service and cultural-exchange programs for high school students around the world, and upon graduation has moved to Thailand for a two-year international management training program. Praveen Gnanam- '10 Praveen, from Colombo, Sri Lanka, graduated with a BS in Business Administration with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Global Marketing and a minor in Nonprofits, Philanthropy & Volunteerism. Praveen accepted a full-time offer as a Brand Development Analyst at Innovation Protocol. Katherine Lau- '13 Katherine, from South Pasadena, CA, is pursuing a BS in Business Administration and has interned at Warner Bros.' Corporate Responsibility Department while at USC. Jeremy Schwartz- '12 Originally from sunny San Diego, Jeremy graduated with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Entrepreneurship. After graduation, he relocated to South East Asia to intern with a foundation through the Marshall Indonesia Summer Internship Program (MISIP) followed by a one year fellowship with a Filipino social enterprise, Kearny Alliance. While at USC, Jeremy worked at the Larta Institute, an organization that consults to international and domestic high-tech entrepreneurs, and previously worked for Curious Minds, a tech incubator located in West Los Angeles. Kyle Raines- '12 Kyle, from Hillsborough, CA, majored in Business Administration. After graduating, Kyle relocated to Chicago and is working as Manager of Strategic Operations at NSW Corp. Kelvin Tse- '12 Kelvin graduated from USC in 2011 with a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Philosophy. When Kelvin was a sophomore, he stumbled upon a newly founded club called Net Impact that introduced him to the ideas of social entrepreneurship. He led the organization for the next two years and was fortunate enough to participate in a variety of other socially minded groups throughout his time at USC. Through his involvement with the Trojan Consulting Group, he and a group of USC undergraduate students provided pro-bono consulting to LA nonprofits. Kelvin traveled to Panama with USC Global Business Brigades to assist a group of honey farmers in jump starting their business. Currently, he works at PayNearMe, a startup in the Silicon Valley which provides payment services to the unbanked and underbanked. Greg Woodburn- '12 Greg Woodburn was a 2012 Rhodes Scholar Finalist and Trustee Scholar at the University of Southern California graduating with High Honors in History and minors in Entrepreneurship and Painting. He was a four-year distance runner on the USC Track & Field team and served as the 2011-2012 Distance Team Captain as well as Co-President of the Trojan Athletic Senate. In 2006, Greg founded Give Running, a nonprofit organization, that uses running to instill in disadvantaged youth the character traits and skills that serve as a foundation for success in the classroom, community, and life. Give Running has been detailed in People Magazine, Reader's Digest, and O. the Oprah Magazine, as well as on CNN's Headline News Network and Ghanaian national television. A Liberty Mutual Responsible Scholar and Pearson Prize National Fellow, he has also received several prestigious public service awards: the 2010 David Chow Humanitarian Award Second Place; the 2007 Jefferson Award; and the Congressional Award Gold Medal. Greg is now leading Give Running full-time.
Annaliese began interning at SBL in June 2011. She is a Class of 2013 Business major. She plans to pursue social entrepreneurship and global business studies in her time at USC. Anna is active in multiple organizations on campus like Los Angeles Community Impact and Delta Sigma Pi. In the summer of 2011, she lived in Tanzania, Africa for four weeks as a volunteer with One Heart Source, an NGO whose core mission is to stop HIV/AIDS in Tanzania through education.
Katey began working at the Society and Business Lab in June 2010. Katey is from Foster City, California and is a class of 2012 International Relations major. Katey has a special interest in human rights and is co-president of the USC International Development Association.
Richelle Gribble is a senior at USC pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Art degree with dual minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing. She is interested in utilizing art, crowdsourcing initiatives, and cause marketing to promote prominent social issues to inspire collaborative action. She currently interns at the USC Society and Business Lab where she recruits CEO-level speakers in fields of CSR, social entrepreneurship, and the nonprofit sector to speak to students for the SBL Lunch and Learn lecture series. Additionally, she serves as Project Manager for the USC Mobile News Incubator Program which utilizes mobile services to benefit a local nonprofit organization called TRUST South LA. Last summer she worked as a Digital Marketing Intern at (RED), a nonprofit organization which aims to 'harness the power of companies and people to help fight AIDS.' At USC, Richelle is a Residential Advisor of three years, coordinator of USC's annual art festival called Arts in the Park, president of the Students of Fine Arts association, and the Chief Communications Officer for the USC Entrepreneurship Club. She is a third-time recipient of the USC Provost Research Fellowship which funds her ongoing independent research project called Networked Life which makes visual comparisons between various network structures (i.e. molecular systems, neural networks, economic structures, social networks, etc.); her art and research explores concepts of virality, group dynamics, and social trends that connect us all.
Nick began working at the Society and Business Lab in Fall of 2009. Nick is a Class of 2012 Business major with a focus on Entrepreneurship. Nick is from South Pasadena, CA and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.
Originally from New York, Tiffany Kao is majoring in Chemical Engineering. Tiffany has been involved with Engineers Without Borders since her freshman year and has traveled with them to Honduras twice to design and implement a water pump delivery system for the community of La Estanzuela. Their work has contributed to providing more than 350 people access to clean drinking water. These experiences sparked an interest in social entrepreneurship, leading Tiffany to the USC Marshall Society and Business Lab. Tiffany began interning there this past summer before she headed off to Kenya with ThinkImpact for eight weeks, where she teamed up with local entrepreneurs in a community to design market-based solutions to some of the challenges they face.
Jessica began working at the Society and Business Lab in June 2009. She is a Class of 2010 Global Business major. Jessica hails from Northern California and is active in Delta Sigma Pi, a national business fraternity.
Veronica Osinski, from Redondo Beach, California, worked at the Society and Business Lab for the Spring 2011 semester. She is a business major with a concentration in finance and entrepreneurship. During the summer of 2011 she will be living in South Africa for ThinkImpact, a program that focuses on asset-based community development to alleviate poverty and address social issues.
Dawn worked at the Society and Business Lab in the Spring of 2010. A San Diego native who studied International Relations, Spanish, and Portuguese, Dawn is interested in exploring social business as a model for sustainable development throughout Latin America. She is beginning her research as a Fulbright scholar on Brazil-China relations in Rio de Janeiro.
A native of Houston, Texas, Amy Rasplicka began interning at the Society and Business Lab in June 2012. Amy is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship emphasis, as well as a Communication Design minor. Amy is interested in the use of product design to solve social issues. At USC, Amy is also involved in Undergraduate Student Government and the Marshall Private Equity/Venture Capital Club.
David began working at the Society and Business Lab in June 2010. He is a Class of 2012 Business major. David is from Richardson, Texas and is involved in LACI and Dance Marathon USC.
A native of Orange County, Jessica began interning at the Society and Business Lab in June 2012. Jessica is studying Economics with minors in International Relations and Social Entrepreneurship. She is interested in building sustainable solutions to social problems through economic channels. At SBL, Jessica is a Cohort 2 Scholar and manages the Impact Organization Council. Outside of SBL, Jessica is active in Thematic Option, Joint Educational Project (JEP), Global Income Convergence Group, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and the Christian Challenge fellowship group.
Rachel Tobias is from La Canada, CA and began working at the Society and Business Lab in the Spring of 2010. A junior International Relations major, Rachel is interested in solutions to poverty and women's empowerment, specifically throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, through the vehicle of social business. After spending six months living in Egypt and traveling around the world, she has faith in the ability to adapt business models and solutions to the world's biggest problems, across continents and cultures. Rachel also enjoys writing and journalism, photography, and rock climbing.
Josh is from Honolulu, Hawaii and interned at SBL from June 2009-May 2010. Josh graduated in May, 2010, with a major in Business and a focus in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. Josh was active in LACI and NetImpact. Josh works at Ad.ly, a social media advertising platform.
Kerem began working at the Society and Business Lab in May 2011. He is a Masters of Public Policy/Planning Candidate at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. He spent six years as a consultant at Accenture, focusing on large-scale supply chain implementations. His interests include non-profit sustainability, social impact measurement, and the role of social entrepreneurs/enterprises in changing the future of government.