Youn Impact Scholars

Youn Impact Scholars

Youn Impact Scholars are an elite group of Kellogg students and alumni who are passionate about social impact. Highly regarded for their intellect, passion and drive, these innovators draw upon their business skills to create positive change in the world.

Endowed with a generous gift from Christopher and Courtney Combe in 2013, Youn Impact Scholars named its first cohort in 2014. A new group of Youn Impact Scholars is named each spring.

The application for the 2023 cohort of Kellogg Youn Impact Scholars is currently open. Applications will be due by January 15, 2023. Apply now.

2023 Impact Leaders

Jonathan Chaparro

Jonathan serves as the Executive Director of Innovation & Head of Chicago for Braven, managing strategy for two innovative products, program implementation, and partnerships with a range of educational institutions and employers. Braven is a leading national EdTech nonprofit supporting First-Generation, Pell-Eligible college students on their path to strong first jobs and upward economic mobility.

Prior to this, Jonathan held a variety of roles in recruitment, talent development, and program, for an array of nonprofit and corporate organizations including Teach For America, Noble Schools, ArcelorMittal, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, and McKinsey & Company. Jonathan is a 2017 Surge Institute Fellow, a 2018 Ricardo Salinas Scholar with the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program, a 2020 Chicago Latino Network DE&I Honoree, and a 2020 Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, a master’s in teaching from Dominican University, and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

A native of Chicago, Jonathan enjoys exploring the city and remaining engaged through philanthropic endeavors. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Rowing Union, the Midwest’s only LGBTQA rowing organization. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Artists Coalition which supports emerging contemporary Chicago artists and curators and advances visual arts and its importance to Chicago’s culture and economy. Jonathan is also a part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Advisory Council on Small Business, Community and Economic Development, Agriculture and Labor. As an education advocate, he currently serves on the national Board of Directors for BES- which trains high-capacity individuals to take on the demanding and urgent work of leading high-achieving schools.

Preeth Gowdar

As a veteran of the impact investment space, Preeth offers 20+ years of experience across private equity investing, transaction design advisory and strategy consulting. Educated as an engineer, Preeth has focused his recent career on using financial innovation and transaction engineering to mobilize capital to tackle some of the deepest social and climate challenges facing developing regions of the world.

Preeth began his career in impact investing as far back as 2007, as one of the earliest team members of Lok Capital. As a fund manager that was at the time pioneering impact private equity, Lok Capital launched its first strategy by investing in and scaling microfinance institutions in India. Preeth supported on a number of investments in financial institutions, such as Ujjivan and Janalakshmi, which today are India's leaders in banking the underserved.

At Palladium Impact Capital, Preeth has led the US team of a one-of-a-kind investment bank dedicated to impact investing. Palladium Impact Capital works almost exclusively at the cutting edge of mobilizing impact private equity and debt by designing novel investment vehicles that are pushing the boundaries of innovation in impact investing. Preeth's focus in recent years has been in utilizing creative financial engineering to design 'blended finance' investments. With this view, he advises entrepreneurs, fund managers, non-profit organizations and corporations, on themes spanning financial services, agribusiness and healthcare in developing countries.

In addition to private sector impact investing, Preeth's career has crossed into both government service and academics. He has worked with the US Defence Department to use impact investing to bring greater stability to post-conflict regions within Afghanistan. Preeth has also been regularly guest lecturing a graduate class at Columbia's University's Earth Institute, on using blended finance innovation to scale climate impact. He is now launching a class in Social Entrepreneurship at New York University.

Soenda Howell

Soenda Howell is a Partner at Charter School Growth Fund, a non-profit philanthropic venture fund that identifies the country’s best charter schools, funds their expansion, and helps to increase their impact. In this role, Soenda leads the Seed investment strategy and team that is responsible for sourcing, investing, and supporting a national portfolio of early-stage charter networks, with a focus on those led by entrepreneurs of color and those operating in underserved communities with limited access to high-quality schools.

Previously, Soenda served as Director of Instructional Leadership on the KIPP Foundation’s Leadership Development Team. In this role, she provided direct support focused on instruction, leadership, and strategy to schools in emerging regions. In addition, she led and expanded three of the KIPP Foundation’s national and global leadership development fellowship programs for school founders – the Fisher Fellowship, the Global Fellowship and the Miles Family Fellowship. Soenda began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member and later transitioned to be a teacher and a principal in the KIPP network.

Soenda serves on the board for Girls on the Run Chicago, Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School, and the national advisory board of Teach for America’s Collective. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and has an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Tom Keleher

Tom Keleher is the Global Equity Director and an Executive Committee member of Oikocredit, a pioneer social impact investor with assets in excess of $1 billion. Tom heads the organization’s global private equity investment activities and manages a team of 18 investment professionals in 9 countries across 5 continents.

After graduating from the Kellogg School of Management, Tom taught Finance at Universidad San Francisco de Quito and performed consulting work in the Ecuadorian financial and agriculture sectors. After serving as a professor, Tom created and managed the Emerging Markets Fund at Newport Pacific Management in San Francisco where he also served as Head of Research, identifying technology applications to enhance valuation analysis, risk management and investment decisions.

In 2004, Tom returned to his home state to co-found New Mexico Community Capital, one of the first community development venture capital (CDVC) funds in the United States. He managed all investment activities for the fund. The organization leveraged his work to become certified as a CDFI with a mission to change the status quo in Native-owned businesses through tailored mentorship, financial literacy and digital skills programs.

In 2008, Tom moved with his family to The Netherlands where he joined Oikocredit in 2010 and has helped lead the growth of the private equity impact portfolio to a value of approximately $200 million. Over the course of the last twenty years, Tom has served as a board director and committee member for many companies focused on financial inclusion and renewable energy.

Tom served as a mentor for Endeavor Ecuador in 2021 and as a judge for the Inclusive Finance 50 business plan competition in 2022. He holds the CFA designation and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado and a Master of Management degree from the Kellogg School of Management.

Michael Monteleone

Michael Monteleone serves as the economic growth division chief for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), based in Washington, DC.

His expertise includes engaging innovative private capital and blended finance in areas such as agriculture, trade, infrastructure, entrepreneurship, and inclusive economic growth throughout Southeast Asia and South and Central Asia. He has led the design and management of several innovative development projects across Asia, including: the Regional Investment Support for Entrepreneurs (RISE) program, a collaborative technical assistance platform for high growth businesses with social impact in Southeast Asia; the Transaction Advisory Fund, an interagency tool to promote sustainable, high-quality infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific region; and the Asia Care Economy activity, a new platform to partner with leading private sector companies to support the care economy across Asia. He has also co-led USAID engagement on the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and previously served on the Agency’s Credit Review Board for several years. He was awarded the Arnold C. Harberger Award for Excellence in Economic Analysis, USAID’s highest honor for economic analysis, for his work analyzing the economic impacts of COVID-19 on the Indo-Pacific region.

Prior to USAID, he practiced corporate law in New York at a major international law firm, where he worked primarily with private equity clients on mergers and acquisitions, credit, and fund formation transactions. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University. He holds a A.B. with honors in Economics from the University of Chicago, a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

2023 Emerging Changemakers

Nicole Cuervo

Nicole is passionate about social entrepreneurship and developing inclusive solutions. She firmly believes in the power of applying empathy to design and how the best solutions are rooted in engaging with those impacted by a challenge and co-creating together.

Prior to Kellogg, Nicole worked at Deloitte Consulting on design thinking and strategy projects for government and non-profit clients. Her projects focused on designing and informing solutions, policies, and programs for underserved constituent groups, such as the children of military families and healthcare practitioners. During that time, Nicole also worked pro-bono with Halcyon Incubator advising their social entrepreneurship fellows on their business strategy. She has an undergraduate degree in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations from Brown University, where she learned to love entrepreneurship and to think critically about social impact.

Nicole founded Springrose, a social startup that she’s currently working on full-time, while at Kellogg. Springrose’s mission is to improve quality of life for women with limited mobility by developing adaptive intimate apparel that women can put on painlessly and independently; thereby giving women back their time, dignity, and independence. Nicole won multiple pitch competitions for Springrose, including first place at the Kellogg Venture Challenge and third place at VentureCat, and personally won the Kellogg Social Entrepreneur Award 2022 and the MMM Design & Innovation Award 2022. She was also a Kellogg Zell Fellow and worked to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem as co-president of the Kellogg Founders Club.

Björn De Groote

Björn is a ’23 Kellogg MBA candidate who is passionate about making a climate impact. As co-president of the Kellogg Energy & Sustainability Club, he is trying to build more awareness around sustainability to inspire Kellogg students to integrate sustainability within their career path. Through internships, he learned more about climate-tech entrepreneurship. At Elemental Excelerator, a climate-tech accelerator, he gained a better understanding of the intersection of climate and social impact entrepreneurship. At Living Carbon and Ebb Carbon, both carbon removal startups, he was able to use his business development experience from P&G to build go-to-market strategies for carbon removal technologies. Now, he is determined to apply what he learned full-time at climate impact startups.

Prior to Kellogg, Björn lived close to the Belgian coast. The large wind turbines that lined many of the roads were an early inspiration for him to study engineering. At Ghent University in Belgium, he delved into sustainability for the first time through his studies in sustainable materials engineering. His master’s thesis centered around material design to increase efficiency in nuclear fusion reactors, a now burgeoning field of research within clean energy. After graduating, he started a career in business development at Procter & Gamble, where he co-founded a local sustainability education team. Bringing in speakers and organizing sustainability initiatives, he fostered a growing sustainability mindset within the Belgian organization.

Next, Björn would like to continue pursuing his passion at the intersection of climate and innovation by working within climate impact entrepreneurship. In his spare time, you can find Björn running, cycling, reading books or exploring nature.

Clay Holk

Clay Holk serves as Director of the Grants Management Office for the State of Oklahoma. In this role, he helped state and local governments respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and stood up the State's first Broadband Office, with the goal of providing high-speed internet to 95% of the state's residents. Before coming to the State, he led COVID response efforts at the City of Tulsa.

He is a recent graduate of the Kellogg School of Management (MBA) and the Harvard Kennedy School (Master's Degree in Public Policy). His thesis on Affordable Housing policy in Tulsa was awarded the Taubman Center Prize for Outstanding Research on Urban Issues. At HKS, Clay served as Chairperson for the 19th Annual Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard, the largest student conference on campus, which drew over 1,200 participants from across the field of Social Impact.

Before graduate school, Clay served as an Armor Officer in the United States Army. Prior to that, he worked in strategy and analytics at the American Red Cross in Washington, DC and JPMorgan Chase in New York City. In 2008, Clay received his Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, where he studied International Relations. He originally hails from Magnolia Springs, Alabama. In his free time, Clay enjoys reading nonfiction, Southern cooking, live music and triathlons.

Zareen Khan

Zareen Khan is dedicated to driving positive impact across communities through public policy and impact-focused investments. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, leading a range of social and environmental initiatives, and has experience spanning advocacy, government, and impact investing.

Zareen manages a sustainability-focused startup accelerator program that invests in and supports founders from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and communities, who are building solutions to address our climate crisis. Previously, Zareen served in Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s administration as Chief of Staff to the Illinois First Lady. In this role, she led the office’s initiatives on women’s justice and women’s reproductive health, and worked across government agencies and sectors to improve outcomes for justice-involved individuals and strengthen policies to protect a woman’s right to choose. During the height of the pandemic, Zareen also served as a core member of the testing team within the Illinois Department of Public Health that was tasked with expanding Illinois’ capacity for and accessibility to testing for COVID-19. She worked across stakeholder groups to ensure effective distribution, efficient use of resources, and more equitable access to testing across communities in Illinois.

Zareen began her career in politics, interning for US Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and later joining Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She also helped lead statewide operations for JB Pritzker’s successful 2018 gubernatorial campaign. Zareen remains politically engaged, advocating for and organizing across the Asian American community and serving as an advocate for marginalized communities. 

Zareen is a first-generation Pakistani American and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She is a former dance teacher turned amateur photographer, and enjoys runs and bike rides along Lake Michigan. Zareen graduated cum laude from Loyola University with a degree in Psychology and Business Administration and earned her MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

Sara Lamb

Sara is a Private Sector Advisor for USAID Kenya/East Africa (KEA), forging partnerships for the regional Mission that enable it to achieve sustainable, locally-driven development outcomes. While mostly focused on economic development-- specifically increased trade from and within the continent, job creation, particularly for women and youth, and agriculture-led growth-- she works with USAID teams across East Africa to co-create activities with the private sector.

Sara began her career at Accenture Federal Services (AFS) in Washington DC, in the rotational Management Consulting Development Program. In addition to her client work, primarily focused on change management and technical implementation for various federal agencies and nonprofits, Sara led the Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP) Volunteer Community, overseeing 16 global hubs of volunteers working on development consulting projects. Post-MBA, she spent a year consulting for social enterprises and the Government of Rwanda with a small, U.S.-founded strategic consulting firm in Kigali.

Apart from her full-time engagements, Sara also spent two summers teaching English in the Dominican Republic, interned at a growth-stage ed-tech startup in Nairobi, and provides business consulting services for international organizations and investors looking to do business in Africa.

Sara earned her BA in International Studies and Spanish from Virginia Tech, and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2019.

2022 Impact Leaders

Joi Freeman

Joi Freeman is the Founder & CEO of Remnant Strategy, a consultancy working at the intersection of culture and commerce to help legacy and emerging businesses navigate the ever-evolving global terrain. As a strategist, youth culture enthusiast, and advocate for voices of vulnerable populations, Joi is regarded as a brand builder who connects the dots between corporate strategy, brand marketing, and social impact so discover their roadmap to inclusive growth.

In this last year, Freeman led engagements across the public, private, and non-profit sectors including clients ranging from arts education, tech, financial services, mental health, to economic development. Prior to founding Remnant Strategy, she developed brand strategies for a host of businesses including The Boston Consulting Group, the YMCA, Claire’s & Icing stores, the Girl Scouts, MoneyGram International, HOPE Worldwide, McDonald’s, and Burger King.

As a frequent presenter on issues impacting Gen Zs globally and specifically youth of color, Freeman is deeply committed to creating successful pathways for the next and most diverse generation to maximize their full potential. She was selected as one of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Class of 2021 Emerging Leaders, serves on several non-profit boards including alt_ Chicago, GirlForward, and Together Chicago, and is the Chicago City Director for Resource Global.

Freeman has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature of the African Diaspora and Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Daniel Hayden

Daniel is the President and CEO of Restore America’s Estuaries – a coalition of ten coastal organizations helping to protect, restore and advocate for America’s coasts and coastal communities. In this role he leads the coalition in their legislative efforts, oversees federal and private sector partnerships, directs the largest coastal themed conference, and promotes thought leadership in coastal blue carbon and living shorelines.

Previously, Daniel was an advisor to the Paradise Foundation (China) and helped establish an ocean fund to increase protection of coasts and encourage sustainable fishing in the Pacific basin.

As Senior Director for Business Operations at the United Nations Foundation he oversaw grant making, finance, reporting, and human resource for the Digital Impact Alliance. Before joining the UN Foundation, he advised the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in designing two global campaigns to reduce marine litter (CleanSeas) and reduce wildlife trafficking (Wild for Life), recognized as one of the top 10 advocacy campaigns of 2016 by Weibo and winning a Webby Award.

Daniel began his career in conservation as the Senior Director of Global Programs at Rare, an international conservation NGO. His role integrated program development, performance management and impact reporting processes.

He has published on the role of performance management in improving NGO effectiveness, the role of marketing in promoting behavioral change, co-wrote standards on integrating human wellbeing into conservation projects. He has also conducted strategy and operations consulting with the firms MarketBridge, Oliver Wyman and the Corporate Executive Board.

Daniel earned his A.B. cum laude from Hamilton College in economics and history and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He serves as Board Chair of the Washington Literacy Center and the technical advisory board of the Blue Initiative Fund of the Paradise Foundation.

Bryan Lee

Bryan was born and raised in the United States and did his undergraduate at Cornell University in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation, with a sense that he wanted to have a positive impact on the world but not yet having clarity of long-term goals, he decided to become a consultant with Accenture to build business knowledge and skillset. After three years at Accenture, he joined Nemesis Records, an Asian-American record label in order to build greater media representation for Asian-Americans. In 2008, after taking a class in social justice and doing volunteer work with several international organizations, Bryan developed an interest in international development and pursued his MBA at Kellogg. At Kellogg, as part of the CRTI program, Bryan did his summer internship in India working with small farmers. From that experience, he decided he wanted to come back to build a business to help small farmers. Bryan now heads Krishi Star ( in India, whose vision is to improve lives for smallholder farmers and deliver quality food to end customers by transforming agricultural value chains. Outside of work, Bryan is a regular guest lecturer for entrepreneurial courses at BITS and mentors professionals and entrepreneurs in values-driven work and business.

Dorri McWhorter

Dorri McWhorter became President and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago in August 2021. Prior to joining the YMCA, Dorri served for 8 years as the CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago transforming the organization from a traditional social service organization to 21st Century social enterprise. Increasing impact and organizational sustainability, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s operating budget quadrupled. The organization has been an active contributor to many critical initiatives across the region, and under Dorri’s leadership, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago expanded its service footprint to 10 new locations, completed seven mergers and acquisitions, implemented paid family leave and developed a retirement plan to include retirement options for thousands of childcare providers and small business owners. Dorri led the effort to develop an exchange traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment (NYSE: WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product. Dorri is a 2019 Inductee in the Chicago Innovation Hall of Fame.

Dorri prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader and is committed to creating an inclusive marketplace by leveraging a cross-sector approach of engaging business, civic and community partners. Dorri serves on the Board of Directors for Lifeway Foods, William Blair Funds and Skyway Concession Company (Chicago Skyway). Dorri is also active in the accounting profession and serves on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council and having served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a past Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Illinois CPA Society. Dorri serves as Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the First Women’s Bank (in development). Dorri received a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Lake Forest College.

Matt Saragih

Matt Saragih is the cofounder and Managing Director of PT Sosial Bisnis Indonesia, in short SOBI, an impact enterprise established in 2016 that builds collaboration with multi-stakeholders and utilizes ICT to deliver innovative sustainable land use management schemes. SOBI believes that an ideal solution needs to consider market demand and motivate local communities to be actively involved.

Over the past 5 years, SOBI has been partnering with communities across Indonesia to promote the sustainable land use management through agroforestry models. SOBI presents as a platform that not only establishes market connectivity through a centralized marketing channel but also provides comprehensive support that allows communities to get better income from agroforestry products. To date, SOBI has engaged over 3,500 farmers and impacted more than 15,000 beneficiaries.

Matt earned a Bachelor's degree in Finance from University of Indonesia. He then built expertise in the banking industry after working for 7 years combined in a strategic unit of the biggest bank in Indonesia named Bank Mandiri and as a consultant who mostly assigned in banking projects with McKinsey and Company. Driven by his call to create a more direct impact, Matt then worked on a local government project with Asian Development Bank and decided to further expand his knowledge by pursuing MBA at Kellogg School of Management with Social Enterprise as one of his majors.

After graduating from Kellogg in 2015, he fully immersed himself in the impact sector focusing on initiatives that aim to create a better distribution of wealth while preserving the condition of nature. Matt initially worked as a consultant in Marine Change in projects to empower communities to get better income while protecting marine life, before later cofounded SOBI that focuses on community-based sustainable land use management.

2022 Emerging Changemakers

Ashley Abraham

Ashley’s commitment to social impact is fueled by her life experiences and her understanding of how our actions can impact others.

Ashley is originally from the Washington, DC area and went to Pepperdine University in Los Angeles for her undergraduate degree. While there she studied sociology and conflict management and was a Posse Scholar dedicated to exemplifying values of leadership and inclusion. After graduating Ashley joined the Teach For America corps as a high school English teacher in Baltimore, MD. Her passion for teaching and education stemmed from her own experience with her teachers who had encouraged her to pursue college, even nominating her for the Posse Scholarship she was later awarded.

Given her passion for expanding opportunity for students, Ashley transitioned into the nonprofit space joining the Posse Foundation staff as a Career Program Manager. In this role she supported 600 Scholars and alumni in advancing Posse’s goal of diversifying leadership in the workforce. Ashley was the first alum of the program to serve on the senior team at Posse DC.

Ashley was later selected to join the 2019-2020 Cohort of the TFA Capitol Hill Fellows program where she served as a congressional staffer on the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee. During her time as a fellow Ashley worked on a variety of initiatives ranging from developing bills to address childhood trauma to curating hearings to review regulatory actions.

At Kellogg Ashley would value and contribute to the unique community by becoming engaged in CIM, BMA, KSA and Net Impact leadership. She also pursued social entrepreneurship in the Chicago area and participated in a host of consulting projects and field studies with social impact organizations throughout Chicagoland.

Sebastian Dominguez

Sebastian is a ’22 MBA candidate from Chile at Kellogg where he is involved in Kellogg Latin American club and the Gender Equity Network. Sebastian is a recipient of the Zeta Chapter Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship based on his past achievements and background. Through the Gender Equity Network, he is trying to learn how relevant is for men to gather tools to be an ally in the Workplace. Through Kellogg Board Fellows, Sebastian serves as an ex-officio board member at Peer Health Exchange, learning how to serve a board, not only from the classroom but also from his diverse cohort experience. Outside Kellogg, Sebastian will be joining BCG Chicago Full-time and has spent his time at Kellogg exploring his future pathway along with Impact trying to take every opportunity to blend a market-based approach with social impact. That’s where he found Impact Investing and where he seeks to build a long-term career.

Before Kellogg, Sebastian has always been looking for ways to develop his toolkit to then use it to create social impact. He graduated from Universidad Catolica in Chile with an Industrials Engineering diploma. He focused his time at Universidad Catolica leading Catholic Missions and joining an impact-driven political movement Solidaridad UC. After graduating he chose to work in management consulting in MatrixConsulting to then use those tools to work as an Advisor at the Ministry of Women and Gender Equality within the Chilean Government where he led 5 parallel cross-functional projects with focus on increasing women’s economic autonomy within the country.

Sebastian is passionate about narrowing the inequality gap in Latin America especially in housing access and educational quality. In his free time, Sebastian loves to read, listen to reggaeton, and is passionate about soccer following his hometown team Universidad Catolica.

Sammy Goldstein

Sammy is passionate about developing solutions to close socioeconomic disparities that disproportionately affect people of color. She began her career researching the causes of and potential policy solutions for these disparities at the U.S. Department of Labor, the Wellesley Centers for Women, and MDRC. She later chose to pursue a career as a leader at a private or public sector organization that directly generates an impact. This led Sammy to move to the technology startup space so she could gain key skills, understand what it means to work in the private sector, and prepare for business school. Outside of work, Sammy has served as a Lead Volunteer for La Cocina, a non-profit incubator that helps immigrant and low-income women of color formalize their culinary businesses. She also served as Vice President of her alumni club.

While at Kellogg, Sammy serves as President of the Kellogg Student Association and as Co-Chair of the Black Management Association Conference. While serving as KSA President, Sammy has led key initiatives that target inclusivity and equitability for the diverse lived experiences that her classmates carry. She has also worked with administration leaders to create a more accessible path to Kellogg. Sammy was also a semifinalist in the 2021 John R. Lewis Racial Justice Case Competition alongside a team of Kellogg students. She is currently enrolled in Kellogg’s Social Impact GIM where she will study microenterprise development in Peru/Chile as well as in Kellogg Leading Voices where she will research optimum funding reinvestment following drug decriminalization policies.

Sammy is recruiting for a post-MBA role that has an impact within the education, healthcare, or financial empowerment space, and that builds the skills necessary to someday lead her own organization.

Nathan Joo

Nathan is passionate about bringing a customer service lens to strategic problems faced by social impact organizations. During his time at Kellogg, he focused on the application of marketing tools to grow mission-driven organizations and make them more effective.

Prior to his time at Kellogg, Nathan was a Research Analyst at the Urban Institute in Washington DC, where he managed cross-functional teams to evaluate new USDA pilot food delivery programs and produced recommendations to food banks on growth opportunities and service improvements. His publications focused on the state of food insecurity in the United States. Before working at the Urban Institute, Nathan was a Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution, where he used modeling techniques and regression analysis to generate policy insights for policymakers in education. Nathan has an undergraduate degree in Mathematical Economics from Rice University, where he first developed an interest in developing data-driven policy solutions to social issues. As President of the Baker Institute Student Forum at Rice, he focused on connecting students with the Baker Institute for Public Policy and developing productive debate on campus regarding the issues studied by its policy experts.

At Kellogg, Nathan served as the Co-President of Net Impact. Through the Board Fellows Program, he was a board member at High Jump, a Chicago nonprofit providing educational enrichment programming for high achieving middle-schoolers from disadvantaged backgrounds. After graduating, Nathan will join Camber Collective’s San Francisco office as an Associate, where he will provide consulting services to a range of social impact organizations across the country. It is his long-term aim to make the delivery of public safety net benefits more equitable through innovative tools and strategies.

Megan Wenrich

Megan Wenrich is mission driven leader who has channeled her energy into helping organizations partner with philanthropists, corporations and investors to change the world. She has a track record and reputation for launching new programs, elevating performance, and turning things around.

She’s currently leading a multi-year change effort at help The Nature Conservancy to increase fundraising results from $800M/yr to $1B/yr. She is responsible for improving the results and effectiveness of TNC’s decentralized team of 750 fundraisers who operate in 79 countries and all 50 states.

Megan has planned and participated in fundraising campaigns ranging from several million to several billion dollars. She has worked extensively with non-profit boards, individual philanthropists and has a knack for recruiting and building high performing teams. In addition to working in-house at non-profits for 20 years, she spent four years launching and growing a philanthropic consulting firm that serves nonprofit clients as well as individual philanthropists and foundations.

Much of Megan’s success in growing programs comes from on-the-job training and experimentation with program analysis, metrics, KPIs, analytics, structured listening, and formal assessments. She’s pursuing an MBA to grow her competency in these areas, learn from others who think differently, and explore opportunities to expand her impact and contributions to society and the planet.

Megan is a lifelong competitive rower, a mother of two, and finds respite in long walks in the woods, reading and yoga. She’s proud graduate of a women’s college, Hollins University, where she double majored in Biology and Environmental Studies. She also has a Masters in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and spent four years lobbying on behalf of progressive companies to reform the tax code to incentivize renewable energy.

2021 Emerging Changemakers

2021 Youn Emerging ChangemakersSanat Daga, 2Y

Sanat is an MBA candidate at Kellogg where he is involved with the Education Club, KICC, and STAC. Through Kellogg Board Fellows, Sanat serves as a board member at La Casa Norte, a Chicago housing nonprofit. He was the Kellogg McGowan Award Recipient for 2021, allowing him to participate in a year-long social impact project with a Chicago nonprofit and a series of ethical business leadership seminars and coaching sessions. Outside of Kellogg, Sanat completed strategy internships with the Mayor’s Office in Chicago in Economic and Neighborhood Development where he developed a Covid-19 distribution model; Sesame Workshop, where he worked on a philanthropy strategy for Sesame India; and Chicago Public Schools, where he created a series of strategic recommendations to support alternative and option schools in Chicago.

Before Kellogg, Sanat was a project manager at Dalberg Advisors, where he worked on social impact strategy consulting projects ranging from financial inclusion in Jordan for the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor to access to higher education with Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative. He graduated from UC Berkeley with the highest distinction in economics and wrote his honors thesis on gentrification’s effects on low-income students in Oakland. While at Berkeley, he led a literacy program at a local elementary school, supervising 15 other university students who worked with 50+ elementary students annually for four years.

Sanat is passionate about the intersection of educational equity, affordable housing, and criminal justice reform. In his spare time, Sanat provides unconditional love to the Chicago Bulls (unfortunately), and he loves reading, listening to hip-hop, and consuming every burrito in a 50-mile radius.

2021 Youn Emerging ChangemakersTracey Fetherson, 2Y

Tracey Fetherson, a native of Virginia and a United States Marine Corps veteran found her calling to serve early in life. A lifetime volunteer in youth sports and K12 education-focused organizations, Tracey has always sought opportunities to give back to institutions that have given so much to her. During her military service as a logistics officer, she completed two deployments, including one combat tour to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Upon transitioning from the military, Tracey took her service beyond the uniform, seeking ways to create broader social change by leveraging the resources and expertise of private corporations.

While at Kellogg, Tracey served as a vice president in the Education Club, Black Management Association and Kellogg Student Association, fostering her desire to give back to the institution. Tracey also serves on the junior board of the Ryan Banks Academy, a mentor with MBA admissions program for students of color and veterans. During her summers at Kellogg, Tracey interned with Education Pioneers at a charter school in Memphis, TN and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the K-12 Education team developing their COVID-19 recovery strategic plan. Upon graduation, she will sharpen her strategic focus in the 2-year corporate strategy rotation at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

2021 Youn Emerging ChangemakersAaron Morales, Evening/Weekend

Aaron Morales is a sustainability, ESG and business development professional specializing in helping corporations and financial institutions use data, science, and technology to quantify ESG performance, communicate positive impacts and inform impactful decisions.

Currently, Aaron works as an Account Director and ESG Specialist at S&P Global Sustainable1, a group within S&P Global that brings together ESG and Climate benchmarking, analytics, evaluations, and indices. Aaron works with companies and investors across the central USA and Latin America. Prior to joining S&P Global, Aaron worked as a Business Development Management Consultant of ESG data management technology solutions at UL. Before that, Aaron worked as consultant at a boutique sustainability consultancy firm in Mexico helping companies define their sustainability strategies. Aaron spent six months interning at Robert Bosch’s HQ in Germany, where he conducted research on hydrogen fuel cells.

Aaron holds a BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Systems from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), an MS in Environmental Management and Sustainability from Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. Aaron is originally from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

2021 Youn Emerging ChangemakersJosh Nathan, JD/MBA

Josh is passionate about leveraging the strengths of the public and private sectors towards solving the world’s most persistent challenges related to poverty, education, and criminal justice. A Boston native, mediocre skier and volleyballer, and global traveler, Josh excels at finding questionable street food and getting lost down unknown streets around the world.

In his first full-time job after college, Josh joined Teach For America as an 8th grade writing teacher in Dorchester, MA. There, Josh developed innovative curricular materials and led his students to 95% “advanced” or “proficient” scores – among the best scores in the state. Interested in expanding the scope and impact of his work, Josh pivoted into international education – first at a media literacy nonprofit in Cameroon, and later at Bridge International Academies, a provider of low-cost private schools and government-funded charter schools in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, Josh served as founding Academic Director of Bridge’s charter school intervention in Liberia, where he helped found a chain of 68 charter schools providing education to over 25,000 students daily. In the first year of operations, a randomized controlled trial demonstrated that students in these charter schools learned over 1 standard deviation more in English and math – equivalent to one extra year of content in just 10 months.

Josh is currently completing a dual JD/MBA at Kellogg. He holds a B.A. in English from Amherst College and a Master’s in Education from Boston University. At Kellogg, Josh served as VP of Professional Development for Net Impact, VP of Careers for the JD/MBA Association, and has participated in numerous case competitions and internships in Chicagoland. Upon graduation, Josh will join Social Finance’s Boston office as Associate Director and Staff Attorney, where he will support efforts to create pay-for-success contracts between governments, impact investors, and impactful service providers.

2021 Youn Emerging ChangemakersSam Schiller, Evening/Weekend

Sam Schiller is a climate impact entrepreneur and environmental policy advocate based in Chicago. He helped launch and scale two related environmental startups - Wabashco and Tradewater - which focus on carbon offset development through the destruction of CFC refrigerants and methane emitting from abandoned coal mines. These projects were among the first credited under California’s compliance emissions reduction initiative. Under Sam’s leadership, this work produced 21 carbon offset projects that generated over 2 million tons of greenhouse gas reductions.

Since exiting Tradewater in the spring of 2018, Sam has focused on utilizing environmental markets to advance carbon sequestration in agricultural landscapes. In 2019, Sam founded Carbon Yield, where he has utilized his deep experience in carbon markets and agricultural communities to better align farm profitability with soil health and land stewardship. Carbon Yield has worked closely with eminent scientific, agronomic, and philanthropic institutions to improve opportunities for farmers in carbon markets and unlock scalable climate solutions. Carbon Yield also designed a financial product that serves large grain farmers, allowing them to stay cash positive through transitions to more profitable, climate resilient practices. His work with Carbon Yield earned the Zell Fellowship, Kellogg School of Management's premier entrepreneurial program. Carbon Yield presented its fund model in Hong Kong and won the 2019 Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge. The model was also recognized by Fast Company in its World Changing Ideas series.

Sam serves as Board Chair of the Delta Institute, a nonprofit with deep experience in environmental markets, regenerative agriculture, and conservation finance. Sam graduated with a degree in social policy and environmental policy from Northwestern University and will complete his MBA from Kellogg in 2021. He is an avid urban cyclist and lives in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, Rebecca, and their enchanting one year old son, Theo.

2021 Impact Leaders

Becky Betts, '98

Becky Betts is the chief marketing and external affairs officer at A Better Chicago. In this role, Becky leads the organization’s marketing and communications, strategic partnerships, and development work. She seeks to elevate A Better Chicago’s brand at the local and national levels while maintaining and cultivating relationships across sectors to garner the resources required to achieve A Better Chicago’s mission to fight poverty with opportunity.

Becky’s track record for developing and implementing innovative social impact initiatives includes launching Chicago CRED—a foundation focused on reducing gun violence through philanthropy, direct service programs, community engagement, and advocacy—with former United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. As chief of staff, Becky led the creation of a direct-service, anti-violence program and established collaborative partnerships with city agencies and community-based nonprofits to enable rapid expansion, including employment of more than 5,000 high school students each summer through the City of Chicago’s One Summer program. On the advocacy side, she organized events to engage young adults from Chicago’s South and West side neighborhoods in local and national conversations around gun violence prevention. Prior to her time at Chicago CRED, Becky provided strategic guidance to a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies as a management consultant with PwC and A.T. Kearney.

Becky is on the board of directors for Advance Illinois, a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization that works towards building a healthy public education system for Illinois. She also serves on the board of Fishtank Learning, a national nonprofit focused on providing high-quality, open-sourced instructional content for K-12 educators. Becky holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s of business administration from Northwestern University.

Jeffrey Burrell, '11

Jeffrey Burrell is the Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Riot Games, a video game company with over 25 offices around the world that engages 100 million active players each month. He is also the Executive Director of the Riot Games Social Impact Fund, an independent philanthropic venture fund focused on improving the areas of STEM education, access to equal opportunity, mental health, and online citizenship.

In his role at Riot Games, he started the CSR department from an initial concept into a $15M+ / year business unit and oversees all of Riot's social impact investments, grantmaking, sustainability efforts, employee engagement, and social impact corporate policy.

Riot's in-game fundraisers have raised over $20M to date for more than 100 charities around the world, engaging over 10 million players, and have won multiple awards and international recognition.

Prior to Riot Games, Jeffrey worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he was on the Strategy and Finance team working on the Education portfolio. He started his career as a management consultant in Silicon Valley, worked with microfinance institutions in Tanzania, and consulted on precision-drip agriculture projects in the Middle East. Jeffrey holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BS from the University of Montana.

John Duong, '13

John is the Founder of Kind Capital, an impact investing platform and investment firm to drive scalable sustainable impact profitably. He was formerly the Managing Director and Founder of Lumina Impact Ventures, the $50M impact investing arm of Lumina Foundation. Previously he was Program & Portfolio Officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, managing a $110+ million MRI and PRI investments portfolio across funds and direct investments, and making grants to further the field of impact investing. John started his career as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch in various roles including M&A advisory, credit risk analysis, equity research, capital structure optimization and corporate finance in both debt and equity products. John has extensive for-profit and nonprofit board experience including Cell-Ed, Upswing, BrightHive, EduNav, Credly, Global Communities, Vitas Group, and AAPIP.

John earned his BA degree in economics and East Asian studies from Yale University and holds an Executive MBA, with a concentration in management and entrepreneurship, from the Kellogg School of Management. He is a Kauffman Fellow. Born in Cambodia, John immigrated to the U.S. at a young age. He and his parents are survivors of the Khmer Rouge concentration camp and were sponsored to the United States by the Catholic Sisters of St. Francis in La Crosse, WI where he grew up.

Axel Kadja, '19

Axel Kadja, based on the reading of Eric Ries’ book Lean Start Up, founded in 2020 Intellinvest, an initiative aiming at improving problem solving skills of Ivorian Bachelor and Master students. At the professional level, Axel joined TechnoServe in May 2018 as Country Manager for Côte d'Ivoire where he has been supporting various agricultural value chain projects added to several urban entrepreneurship initiatives.

Prior to joining TechnoServe, Axel worked for five years with Cargill in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. In Côte d'Ivoire, Axel led the company’s sustainable sourcing strategy, focusing on access to finance for cooperatives and cocoa trade digitalization. He launched the Coop Academy project, a Mini EMBA for cocoa cooperative managers in addition to the joint IFC-Cargill truck leasing project, Doni Doni, the first financing scheme between the Ivorian banking sector and a large portfolio of 80 cocoa cooperatives. This project was awarded at the Food and Ingredient Europe forum in Paris in December 2015.
In Ghana, Axel contributed to the set-up of the first digital cocoa purchasing scheme in the country. The scheme currently facilitates daily e-payment transactions between Cargill and 25,000 farmers. Prior to Cargill, Axel was Country Manager for the European Institute for Cooperation & Development-Ivory Coast where, between 2005 to 2012, he contributed to the set-up of a Family Farm Schools network that still exists today.

Axel is a Kellogg EMBA graduate.
A father of 3 children, Axel regularly practices table tennis, swimming, biking and running (while listening NPR Hidden Brain Podcasts) and is currently enrolled in a comedy class. His main sources of inspiration are Herb Kelleher ,Greg Page (ex Cargill CEO), and Jack Ma.

Kartik Wahi, '10

Kartik is a serial impact entrepreneur having founded 2 social ventures centred around creating value for small landholder farmers in India. His first venture Claro Energy, one that he co-founded with a Kellogg classmate, provides innovative, affordable & reliable solar irrigation solutions for farmers across India. Claro Energy engineered India’s first large scale community solar irrigation system back in 2011 and is now pursuing its award winning Pay-As-You-Go solar irrigation concept. His second venture Claro Agro, is a Farm to Retailer Agri commerce enterprise that provides market linkage services to their small land holder solar irrigation farmers. Claro Agro uses technology to bring transparency & efficiency to a broken Agri supply chain in which small land holder farmers have no leverage. Prior to Kellogg, Kartik spent several years in the Electrical Switchgear industry in India, including a stint at Larsen & Toubro, India’s largest engineering conglomerate.

In 2017, he was awarded the Asian Entrepreneurship Award, hosted by the University of Tokyo & Mitsubishi Fudosan in Japan. He is also the recipient of the Amit Leadership award in 2018. In 2013, leading business publication, BusinessWorld, featured him amongst ‘India’s Hottest Young Entrepreneurs’. He is also an active speaker on Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation at several premier Business Schools in India and regularly contributes to various print & digital publications in India.

He is an Electrical Engineer from Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Pune, and holds an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

2020 Emerging Changemakers

2020 Youn Emerging ChangemakersBhargavi Ammu, 2Y

Bhargavi Ammu is a second year MBA student at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to Kellogg she spent four and a half years in the Global Health Bureau of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington D.C. At USAID, she worked in the Health Systems Office, increasing visibility for USAID efforts in health systems strengthening by leading a pilot call for success stories. She was also a program analyst in the Office of HIV/AIDS, and traveled to 15+ countries across southern Africa and southeast Asia to provide strategic, budgetary and operational support for $1.6 billion in investments..

Bhargavi has an undergraduate degree in Health & Societies and South Asian Studies with a minor in International Development from the University of Pennsylvania. At Kellogg, Bhargavi was an Impact Consultant for a Chicago based healthcare nonprofit, was the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Women’s Business Association and is the Director of Speakers for a global health panel at the Kellogg Business of Healthcare Conference. After graduation Bhargavi will return to GlaxoSmithKline where she interned, to join a leadership development rotational program where she will continue the work of improving global health outcomes.

2020 Youn Emerging ChangemakersHanna Colin, 2Y

Hanna has been always a caregiver, a healthcare advocate, and a devoted leader across the social impact space. Growing up in a family of psychologists, Hanna witnessed both the professional and personal sides of mental health. As a social entrepreneur and founding member of B-Vitals, Hanna supports the growth and customer acquisition to expand mental health access for children and teens. B-Vitals is a comprehensive behavioral health assessment tool designed for early detection of mental health issues for children ages 4-18 that empowers pediatricians as the first line of care.

Prior to joining the B-Vitals team, Hanna was a management consultant at Deloitte focused in commercial healthcare strategy, where she advised integrated health systems to advance patient medical record access and interoperability. She also served as a Fellow in innovation and business operations at Sanergy, a sanitation social enterprise in Kenya. Hanna has work experience with a leading venture philanthropy fund and with U.S. Congress focused on health policy. Hanna graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. (June 2020) from Kellogg School of Management.

2020 Youn Emerging ChangemakersBrent Kuennen, Evening/Weekend

Brent leads the Fund Management team at New Markets Support Company (NMSC), where he is responsible for the management of NMSC’s investment fund portfolio, structuring investments funds and client relations. He works with investors, community development organizations and capital providers across the country to develop and close specialty impact loan funds.

Prior to joining NMSC, Brent was a Fund Manager at National Equity Fund (NEF) for five years, where he structured and managed affordable housing investment funds, closing $1 billion in investments while overseeing part of NEF’s $10 billion portfolio. Brent holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, finance and real estate from the University of Northern Iowa and is currently an M.B.A. candidate at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, where he serves as the VP of Finance for Kellogg’s Net Impact chapter. Brent is also a long-serving delegate for Hummingbird Missions, which brings medical services to rural communities in Haiti and El Salvador.

2020 Youn Emerging ChangemakersSinthuja Nagalingam, 2Y

Sinthuja found her passion for education in college when she joined a student-run tutoring organization called Project Literacy. As Executive Director, she was excited to lead and scale the organization to a staff of 18 with more than 150 tutors working at 6 different community sites through Los Angeles.

After graduating, she started her career as an economic consultant at Cornerstone Research, developing a strong set of technical and analytical skills. During her free time, she continued to stay involved in education by volunteering on the Young Professionals Board for a larger charter system in Los Angeles. After visiting one of their high schools, she made the leap to pursue a career in education full-time. She joined Teach for America and became a high school math teacher. While teaching, she received her teaching credential and a Master’s in Education in Urban Teaching. Interested in having a greater impact than just her classroom, she joined Summit Public Schools and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help scale their personalized learning initiative and quantify their impact.

Sinthuja started at Kellogg with a commitment to use this time to explore social entrepreneurship. She is now the Founder and CEO of Tilt, an education technology company focused on creating a more student-centered and inclusive college financial aid process. She is also the president of the Education Club, a Zell Fellow, and Garage Resident. She continues to be excited about technology’s potential to help address problems in our education system.

2020 Youn Emerging ChangemakersSam Vance, 2Y

Sam is an MBA candidate at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management where she is concentrating in public-private collaboration, specifically within industries at the intersection of government and technology.

Before beginning her MBA, Sam was part of the leadership team at grassroots democracy organization, Swing Left. Sam launched the Local Communications Network ahead of the 2018 midterms, managing the recruitment and training of 10K+ campaign volunteers in 72 swing districts across the U.S.

Prior to Swing Left, Sam led U.S.-China cultural diplomacy programs at Brown Lloyd James, a New York City-based international affairs firm. In her role, Sam hosted delegations of former congressman and journalists across different parts of China and facilitated meetings on such issues as environmental policy, government relations, and human rights. Sam came to BLJ from Edelman Public Relations. At Edelman, she was part of the New York public affairs team where she led grassroots initiatives for civics organizations and women’s rights foundations.

At the center of each of Sam’s experiences, personal and professional, is the commitment to addressing the real challenges facing underrepresented populations - particularly immigrant, non-white, lgbtq+ and low-income communities, with special devotion to the women within them.

2020 Impact Leaders

Andres Idarraga, EMBA '20

Andres Idarraga is passionate about sustainable economic development and about the provision of educational opportunities to people in distressed circumstances. In 2019, he co-founded Creci (pronounced kre-si, and in Spanish a play on the word “to grow”), a fintech platform that connects social impact investors in the U.S. with social impact small businesses in the U.S. and Latin America that need credit facilities. Creci has built a suite of online tools that will allow small businesses to identify, measure, and report their impact. Creci believes that that if small businesses had easy-to-use tools that would help them identify, measure, and report their impact, they could better attract funding from large number of investors interested in impact investing.

Andres is also the co-founder of the Transcending Through Education Foundation (“TTEF”). TTEF provides resources and support services to people in U.S. prisons who are pursuing post-secondary education. Since 2011, TTEF has awarded almost 30 scholarships, funded six 20-person community college courses at a maximum-security prison, conducted annual workshops inside prisons on applying to college with a criminal record, and provided mentors to select awardees. As a personal project, he awards modest college scholarships to high school students in Cocorna, Colombia, a small town where his family is originally from. Andres believes economic and education opportunities are the key pillars of healthy and vibrant communities.

His beliefs and passions stem from personal experience. Andres grew up poor and turned to education while serving time in prison as a young man. Education saved his life. After his release, he earned bachelor’s degrees from Brown University and a law degree from Yale University. He then practiced law at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. In 2016, he left to work at a fintech startup before founding Creci and enrolling in Kellogg’s Executive MBA program.

Thomas Liu, 2Y '09

Thomas Liu is the Deputy Regional Director for the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Pacific Region, which manages energy resources offshore the West Coast and Hawaii. Thomas has a variety of experience in the government and private sector.

In the government, he served as Chief of Concessions for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, as a Presidential Management Fellow at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and completed the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.
In the private sector, he worked in investment banking for Merrill Lynch, corporate development for Level 3 Communications, product management for Zurich Insurance, and as an investment analyst for a Hong Kong based hedge fund.

Thomas earned a BS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, and completed the Senior Executive Fellows certificate program from Harvard's John F Kennedy School of Government.

James Margolis, 2Y '84

James Margolis is a Senior Partner with ERM, the world’s largest pure-play environmental, health, safety and sustainability (EHSS) consultancy, with over 5,000 staff in 140 offices in 40 countries. He is one of ERM’s senior management consulting practitioners and a nationally recognized expert in EHSS governance and management systems.

Over the last 30 years of his career, Jimmy has been on the front line of corporate sustainability, having helped dozens of major companies develop and implement EHSS strategies and programs, contributing to significant reductions in environmental impacts, safety incidents, and costs, while strengthening corporate relationships and reputation with external stakeholders. He works with leaders across functional areas and organizational levels to identify EHSS-related business risks and opportunities, develop strategies to address those risk and opportunities based on a robust business case, and then implement those strategies from the corporate level down through plant-level operations.

During the course of his career, he has visited hundreds of industrial sites, developed and led several hundred EHSS management seminars and workshops, and trained literally thousands of people on EHSS topics. He has published articles in GreenBiz, Environmental Leader, and various other industry newsletters, and spoken at multiple Conference Board, GreenBiz, GRI and NAEM conferences.

Prior to joining ERM, Jimmy spent eleven years with Arthur D. Little and six years with Deloitte. He started his career as an engineer at an oil refinery. Jimmy also served on the Board of a 501(c)(3) organization, Mwangaza, which provided on-the-ground health education and medical services to remote underserved communities in Tanzania (2000-2011).

Lara Metcalf, 1Y '95

Lara Metcalf has deep experience in the public and private sectors, focused on driving better outcomes for low income and vulnerable populations using innovative investment capital approaches to solve our nation's most pressing problems. She is currently a Managing Director at TSEF: The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund, an early stage (series A+) venture fund investing in healthtech, fintech, and human services tech, including “Future of Work”, to improve access and economic opportunity for low income communities. Two-thirds of the companies in their portfolios are led by women or minorities. Lara believes that we can use capital and markets to drive sustainable positive change in the world.

Prior to joining TSEF, Lara was a Fellow at The Engine, a VC fund founded by MIT that aims to bridge the gap between discovery and commercialization of “tough tech” solutions. Lara previously played a leadership role in building the Pay for Success field during her five years as the Managing Director of Social Finance, an innovative 501c3 social enterprise, where she led the creation of $80M+ in project finance impact investments around issues ranging from refugee and immigrant employment, to child welfare, to maternal and child health, to recidivism. Prior to Social Finance, Lara was the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at the Harvard Kennedy School. Lara spent the first 18 years of her career on Wall Street at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Credit Suisse, where she achieved the title of Managing Director. Lara currently serves on the board for Longfellow Investment Management, an $11 billion MWBE fixed income/alternative institutional investment manager. She has been an active volunteer in a number of education, microfinance, and refugee-focused organizations. She is a proud alum of Boston College and Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and lives with her husband and children in the Boston area.

Prentiss Taylor, E/W '99

Prentiss Taylor Jr., MD, FACP, currently serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Doctor On Demand, a leading innovative national telemedicine company. There he is currently co-leading national health initiatives with Walmart, Humana, United Airlines, and several other national companies. He is also a blog writer for the Kellogg Business of Healthcare Conference 2020.

He was awarded the Unsung Hero Award by WGN-TV for his volunteer work at a free clinic. Prentiss has volunteered as guest lecturer for the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple Seven program, has spoken to church groups, and has appeared on local radio stations in support of Hypertension Awareness and Control. He is involved with three local mentoring programs for students as well as on the National Alumni Council of National Medical Fellowships, which gave him a scholarship to Harvard Med School.

He has most recently been Medical Director at Advocate Aurora Health Care, the largest health system in the Midwest. At Advocate, he was the physician leader running the JP Morgan Chase employee health service in downtown Chicago and suburbs. He also had responsibility for launching Advocate’s successful Patient Centered Medical Homes sites.

Prentiss is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, the Kellogg Business School, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Prentiss is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He has been chosen as a Top Doctor by Chicago Magazine, Castle Connolly, and US News, multiple times, including in 2018. He has served as a local medical director for Blue Cross Blue Shield and for United Healthcare. He has previously been a faculty member of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

2019 Emerging Changemakers

2019 Youn Emerging ChangemakersDwight Hopkins ‘19

Dwight Hopkins is currently the Alexander Campbell Professor at the University of Chicago, where he teaches courses on social entrepreneurship and wealth and culture in global relationships and within the United States. Hopkins is a member of Z.H. Island International U.S.A. (July 2018 to present) and a Board Member, Global Corporate Social Responsibility Foundation (July 2018 to present).

In 2005, Hopkins founded and managed a 14-country not-for-profit startup, network. With representatives from Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, Japan, India, England, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, and the USA, the network increased learning about neighbors through neighbors sharing their cultures.

After graduating from Harvard University in 1976 with a focus on Afro-American Studies and global political economy, Hopkins spent 5 years as a community organizer in New York. He then went to Union Theological Seminary in New York City for graduate degrees, focusing on global comparative cultures.

Hopkins prides himself on his ability to source international deals and his ability to bridge cultures. He wants to participate in social impact investments where resources are used for the double bottom line – increasing profit and helping people and the environment.

2019 Youn Emerging ChangemakersSahar Jamal ‘19
Founder, Maziwa

Sahar, Kellogg MBA'19, is the Founder of Maziwa, the only breast pump specifically designed for working mothers in developing markets. Prior to Kellogg, her career focused on developing healthcare solutions and award winning marketing campaigns for organizations like Johnson & Johnson. Now, she aims to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations in developing regions like East Africa where her dad was born.

In this pursuit, she interned as a Business Development Associate at Jacaranda Health, a social enterprise start up in Nairobi, focused maternal and newborn health. Through this experience, she developed the concept of Maziwa when she learned about the life-saving powers of breastmilk and interacted with mothers who struggled to breastfeed their babies.

Sahar leads Kellogg’s Net Impact Club and her academic and extracurricular involvements intersect healthcare and social entrepreneurship. Sahar was born in Vancouver, Canada and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce & Arts Dual Degree from Queens University.

2019 Youn Emerging ChangemakersMegha Kosaraju ‘19

Megha is passionate about expanding access to quality healthcare around the world.

She brings multi-level perspectives from her time in pharmaceutical and MedTech pricing consulting at Simon-Kucher & Partners and in product innovation for U.S. healthcare providers at Lumere. Having seen first-hand that both medical product design and business models can get in the way of optimally serving patients, Megha’s mission is to take a patient-first approach to designing better healthcare products and systems.

Megha’s trilingual upbringing speaking English, Telugu, and French exposed her to a unique appreciation of cross-cultural conversation and learning. She hopes to bring this perspective to the healthcare world as she joins Medtronic’s Leadership Development Rotational Program after Kellogg. Her focus will begin in Medtronic Labs – an incubator developing new solutions for global health access.

Megha graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Health & Societies and will complete her an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in June 2019.

2019 Youn Emerging ChangemakersLauren Levine ‘19

Lauren is passionate about ending the deep injustices and inequity in our world through the intersection of public and private action.

After graduating with a degree in history and psychology from Tufts University, Lauren worked as a non-profit consultant at M+R Strategic Services, working with organizations ranging from AARP and the American Red Cross to Mayo Clinic and the Human Rights Campaign. While there, she managed the team that deployed the Human Rights Campaigns digital marketing efforts to secure LGBT marriage equality across the U.S., culminating in the award-winning Red Logo campaign on Facebook after the Supreme Court Decisions in 2013.

From there, Lauren moved to Oxfam where she managed Oxfam’s US-based marketing program, engaging millions of Americans through advocacy and fundraising on major humanitarian emergencies including the Nepal earthquake in 2015 and the ongoing global refugee crisis.

Lauren is currently completing her MBA with a finance major at Kellogg and serving as a Co-President of Kellogg’s Net Impact club. While at Kellogg, Lauren interned with national CDFI New Markets Support Company where she overhauled their impact management and reporting system and supported portfolio management activities.

2019 Youn Emerging ChangemakersHan-Wei Wu ‘19
MD/MBA/MPH Candidate, Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine

Han-Wei is dedicated to integrating his business and medical experiences and capabilities to increase access to quality healthcare for all pediatric patients and their families. Han-Wei graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a double major in Biological Sciences and Psychology and a minor in Chinese language and culture. He is now a MD/MBA candidate at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Kellogg School of Management. Prior to Kellogg, Han-Wei utilized his medical training and public health advocacy to create positive impacts in the community. As a public health researcher with the Injury Prevention and Research Center of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Han-Wei identified risk factors and recommended target interventions in pediatric injury prevention to decrease the number of preventable sleep-related deaths. He evaluated data on pediatric window falls to determine the effects of Chicago city-wide interventions and also taught children practical nutrition lessons in underserved communities for Chicago Youth Programs (CYP), a non-profit organization offering comprehensive programs to serve at-risk youth living in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Han-Wei has published his findings and presented his work at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conferences and Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. At Feinberg, Han-Wei directed monthly student-led, cross-functional free clinics in Chinatown, providing Hepatitis B screenings, vaccinations, and health counseling to underserved Asian populations. As president of the Asian Pacific American Medical School Association (APAMSA), he highlighted the Asian/Asian American experience at the medical school community through coordinated events while establishing a permanent seat for the Asian/Asian American voice on the medical school’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. Currently, he is working with Lurie Children’s Hospital to investigate and evaluate the impact of CYP on the youth and communities it serves by applying his business skillsets and medical/public health experiences. Han-Wei looks forward to creating further impact in healthcare by leveraging his medical/public health training and business skillsets to solve challenges across divisions within a hospital system as well as the greater healthcare system.

2019 Impact Leaders

Hydie Hudson ‘13
Director, Social Finance

Hydie Kim Hudson is a Director at Social Finance, a national nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing capital to drive social progress. As an impact investing intermediary, Social Finance brings uncommon partners together around a common purpose: to measurably improve the lives of those in need.

In her role at Social Finance, Hydie designs and implements outcomes-based financing structures using the principles of Pay for Success: clearly defined outcomes, data-driven decisions, uncommon cross-sector partnerships, strong governance and accountability, and catalytic capital to drive impact.

Prior to joining Social Finance, Hydie worked as New Ventures Director for One Acre Fund in East Africa, incubating new programs and services for the organization to generate more scalable impact. Hydie started her career in management and strategy consulting. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.

Kevin Marinacci ‘96

In his role as President/CEO of Fabretto, Kevin oversees operations in Nicaragua, Europe and the United States, focusing primarily on fundraising and representing Fabretto as chief spokesperson before public and private donors.

Kevin first traveled to Nicaragua in 1989 as part of a Georgetown University volunteer program, where he met Father Rafael Maria Fabretto and was introduced to Father Fabretto’s work with Nicaraguan children who were living in extreme poverty, or had been abandoned by their families. After Father Fabretto’s untimely death in 1990, Kevin took on a leadership role establishing a much-needed organizational structure to continue Father Fabretto’s work with disadvantaged children. Since then, Kevin has dedicated his life to developing Fabretto’s mission to offer hope and opportunity to Nicaragua’s poorest children.

Under Kevin’s stewardship, Fabretto has grown to an established organization with registered non-profit status in Nicaragua, the U.S., and Spain. The organization serves over 30,000 students and families with a budget of US $ 5 m, and a staff of 275 colleagues. Kevin earned his BA in American Studies from Georgetown University in 1989 and his MBA from the Kellogg Business School in 1996. Kevin lives in Managua with his wife, Manely, and their son, Nicolas.

Michael Whelchel ‘95
Co-Founding & Managing Partner, Big Path Capital

Michael is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Big Path Capital, “impact investing’s investment bank”, a boutique impact investment bank focused on providing Corporate Finance, M&A, and Placement Agent services to impact companies and funds globally. Big Path has worked with over 180 impact and sustainable companies and funds, more than any firm in the sector.

In 2007 the old economy driven by the single gear of profit maximization reached a dead end in the financial crisis. It was a moment of reckoning during which Michael left his fifteen-year career in private equity to form Big Path Capital with his partner, Shawn Lesser, leveraging the engine of capitalism for an expansive economy built on natural, social, and financial capital. Recognizing that impact investing isn’t just a different way of investing but a superior way of deploying capital, Michael is committed to challenging the status quo and to raising the expectation of capital.

In this vein, Big Path has created a number of initiatives demonstrating that impact investing represents a better way to deploy capital. These include the Five Fund Forum, Impact Capitalism Summit, and Impact & Sustainable Trade Missions.

Michael received his BA summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN and received a joint MBA and MEM (Master of Engineering Management) from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Michael is an advisory board member of the Croatan Institute and is a member of the Social Venture Network and Net Impact.

Megan Zamora ‘14

Megan is a global responsibility manager on Starbucks Social Impact team, where she leads strategic programs and corporate partnerships that help to connect populations who have faced employment barriers to jobs and career opportunities. In this role, Megan defines and executes program strategy, develops resources and tools, and builds and manages relationships with key internal and external partners. She also serves on the Executive Steering Committee for the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a coalition of companies Starbucks co-founded that is committed to hiring and supporting Opportunity Youth.

Previously, Megan was a strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting. There, she collaborated with cross-sector stakeholders to develop organizational strategy, launch new initiatives, and measure program progress and impact. Megan has also worked for three nonprofit organizations, analyzing programs and designing new strategies to better meet the needs of disadvantaged communities.

Megan is passionate about the power of business to make a positive social impact at a global scale, and has worked abroad in Africa, Latin America, and Oceania in the pursuit of that passion. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was an FC Austin Scholar, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland.

Victoria Zimmerman ‘13

Victoria serves on the Global Supply Chain & Sustainability team at McDonald's. Her current role integrates risk management, contingency and sustainability strategies to be rolled out around the globe. Her previous role as a buyer for the US integrated sustainability into the core business while she managed >$2B in spend including Beef, Cheese, Coffee, Tea and Fish. She led national platforms for these products increasing sustainable supply and working with the industry to transform supply chains.

Prior to being a commercial buyer in the US, Victoria led multiple cross-functional sustainability strategies in the Global Sustainability Group with a focus on environmental and social impact. She was a leader in driving impact by transforming waste into resources by developing and executing the first ever McDonald’s food recovery program resulting in >5M lbs. of safe nutritious food feeding local communities.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Victoria held several positions at UBS Financial Services and the Chicago Wolves. She has worked as a consultant developing growth strategies and marketing for sustainable low income housing in Nicaragua, as well as a consultant leading corporate partnership strategies for the UN Humanitarian Envoy.

Victoria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public/Environmental Affairs from Indiana University, a Master’s Degree in Human Capital Management from Utah State University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. She is originally from Barrington, IL and spent her youth competing in sports.

2018 Emerging Changemakers

2018 Youn Impact ScholarAkanksha K Arya ‘18

Akansha is passionate about leveraging her business and medical skills to promote health equity.

As a Public Health Associate at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she worked with the New York State Department of Health Western Regional Office to promote public health through implementing environmental health and maternal/child nutrition programs. During the emergency Ebola Virus Disease response, she supported passenger screening at JFK International Airport and deployed as a junior field epidemiologist in Sierra Leone.

She supported initiatives increasing health access to underserved communities internationally through working with Doctors for Seva (service) in Bangalore, India, and A Promise to Peru medical mission in the Sacred Valley of Peru. In her community, she co-founded a student group addressing homelessness and worked in a student-run clinic providing healthcare to the uninsured.

At Kellogg, she has continued to create social impact in healthcare. Through the Kellogg Impact Consulting Club, she worked with a team consulting for a substance abuse treatment center. Through the Social Innovation course, she and her team consulted for a global health private-nonprofit partnership seeking to launch a novel sanitation device for hospitals in Africa.

Akanksha plans to use her degrees to enthusiastically about integrating her business and medical skills to advance her mission of improving healthcare access for all.

2018 Youn Impact ScholarAlykhan Kaba ‘18
Rotational Manager, Corporate Strategy - King Digital Entertainment, Activision Blizzard

Alykhan Kaba believes that media and entertainment can be used as a platform for social advocacy. Specifically, his passion lies in building the entertainment industry in post-conflict zones, leveraging media and entertainment as a vehicle for social and economic development.

Today Alykhan manifests this vision as the manager for Kabul Dreams, the first rock band from Afghanistan. The band serves both as a voice for Afghans fighting radical ideologies, and as a cultural bridge between Afghans, Muslims and Americans. Since Alykhan’s involvement, Kabul Dreams has launched its second album with a Grammy winning sound engineer, co-starred in the award winning film “Radio Dreams,” and been featured on the Beats 1 podcast “It’s Electric” by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.

In addition to his work with Kabul Dreams, Alykhan is also participating in a Leadership Rotational Program at Activision Blizzard, the company behind video games such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. He completed his first rotation in human resources at the company's corporate headquarters in Santa Monica, and his second rotation in franchise finance at the Blizzard headquarters in Orange County. He is currently completing his third and final rotation in London, England, where he works with the corporate strategy team at King Digital Entertainment, the business behind mobile games like Candy Crush and Bubble Witch. As Alykhan continues to progress in his career, he becomes more excited about applying what he has learned to his short- and long-term social impact goals.

Prior to Kellogg, Alykhan worked in corporate strategy at Live Nation Entertainment and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He has also completed short-term projects for several media companies including Entertainment One, Corus Entertainment and Roshan Telecom. Alykhan holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an HBA from Ivey Business School.

Chikemma Nwana ‘18

Chikemma co-founded Water For Life Nigeria, a non-profit organization focused on providing clean water to underserved communities in rural Nigeria. As a social entrepreneur, she has always been fascinated by impact and the outcome of helping humanity.

Prior to Kellogg, Chikemma worked as a technology project manager for Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. She focused on implementing in-house proprietary technology platforms that facilitated revenue generation in the loan origination space and the proper reporting of quarterly and annual financial statements. An adept project manager, Chikemma decided to use her skills gained from executing projects on Wall Street to projects that provide clean water to communities in Nigeria. Chikemma first became interested in social impact when she returned home for holidays during her college days. Having been a victim of the Nigerian water crisis and seen the difference in developed countries, she was determined to make an impact starting with the rural areas in Nigeria.

During her time at Kellogg, Chikemma has led and participated in various clubs and events. She is one of the co-presidents of the Africa Business Club and a member of the Impact Consulting Club, where she participated in an impact project for the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) in Chicago.

Chikemma holds a BA in Computer Information Systems from Wartburg College, where she currently serves as a member of the Diversity Advisory Board, and was a recipient of the $10,000 Davis Project for Peace Award.

Kathryn Bernell ‘18

Kathryn kick-started her career in food at age four when she began rocking the neighborhood lemonade stand and serving up some mean innovations with her Easy-Bake Oven. These early experiences cultivated a deep passion for the food industry which Kathryn built her career around.

Kathryn came to Kellogg from San Francisco where she worked at Clif Bar for four years. Outside of work, Kathryn deepened her commitment to proactive health, food justice, and female entrepreneurship via her work as a fundraiser and business consultant for The Breast Cancer Fund and La Cocina.

Kathryn stepped onto campus with a commitment to further her impact in the food justice space, and has brought this passion to life in and outside the classroom. A MMM student (dual degree with a Masters of Science through the McCormick School of Engineering and MBA through Kellogg School of Management), at Kellogg, Kathryn has also excelled outside the classroom as the President of the Food and Agribusiness Group where she launched an inaugural TEDx-style conference last year, FOODx.As a student social entrepreneur, Kathryn has been Kellogg’s Shark Tank Venture Challenge winner, a Zell Scholar, Youn Impact Scholar, and Garage resident.

Kathryn is deeply impassioned about the intersection of personal wellness, food justice, and agricultural sustainability which drove her to launch reBLEND, a business that delivers the fuel people need to better win their day via functional smoothie cubes crafted with misshapen produce. Kathryn’s philosophy is that food should not just taste good, but should do good too. She is on a mission to build a business that does just that.

Ruthie Hubbard ‘18
Strategy & Solutions Development Manager, Google

Ruthie strives to be a cultural influencer and plans to focus her career on forging connections between people, institutions, and media institutions so that they can then form partnerships and create content that positively uplifts Americans’ collective psyche in this socio-political climate.

While at Kellogg, Ruthie interned at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she worked on US policy & advocacy and young people’s participation in community work and worked with the Obama Foundation to organize the launch of the Presidential Center and the inaugural Obama Summit. She has led two premier conferences as the Sponsorship Chair for Kellogg on Growth in 2017 where she led a team that raised $138K from 13 corporate sponsors and served as the Speaker Chair for the Black Management Association Conference where she designed the content and identified 27 speakers to come share their insights.

Prior to Kellogg, Ruthie spent four years in the financial services industry working as a Relationship Manager at JPMorgan Asset Management where she was responsible for advising multi-million dollar corporate and public institutional pension plans on investing across every asset class. During her pre-MBA internship at Starfish Media Group, she helped develop content for Soledad O'Brien's then new show, Matter of Fact, during the 2016 U.S Presidential Election. Ruthie graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a B.A in Communication & Marketing.

Ruthie works at Google in Business Development role focused on connecting scalable narratives to strategy and insights that pitch Video & YouTube Products for Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Finance & Travel clients. Since returning to New York, she is looking for new inspiration for her next volunteering project in civic engagement, education or philanthropy.

2018 Impact Leaders

Chris Addy ‘07

Chris is a Partner in Bridgespan's Boston office and the Co-Head of Bridgespan’s philanthropy practice. Chris advises groups that seek to make social change. His work has been split across philanthropy and impact investing, with much of his experience being with ultra-high net worth individuals/couples. He helps clients understand the potential impact of any funding under consideration and to identify, design, and execute on big bets; large initiatives for social change. His experiences cover many topics within the broader social sector: education from early childhood to college completion, youth development, global health, infectious diseases, veterans, agriculture, and the environment/clean energy. He has helped donors and investors deploy over one billion dollars for social change. Chris also works closely with NGO leaders and social entrepreneurs to refine their strategies and develop operating plans to make the best use of their resources. Chris has been quoted as an expert in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Chris has served on multiple boards and is currently an advisor to Andrew Youn’s One Acre Fund. Before his Kellogg MBA, he spent several years in Southern California as a teacher and youth outdoor adventure trip leader. Chris earned his BS in Biology, from UNC-Chapel Hill. Chris lives outside of Boston with his wife, Danika, and his two daughters, Elise and Margot.

2018 Youn Impact ScholarSarah Berghorst ‘10
Executive Director, OneGoal

Sarah Berghorst is the Executive Director of OneGoal-Chicago, an innovative organization that works to close the college degree divide and create a more equitable future. OneGoal starts as a credit bearing class in students’ junior year of high school and continues during the critical transitional period through their first year of college or other postsecondary path. The organization partners with schools in low-income communities, equipping teachers with the training, tools, technology and partnerships ensure their Fellows (students) realize their postsecondary dreams. Today in Chicago, OneGoal is in 79 non-selective high schools and serves 6,200 Fellows.

Prior to joining OneGoal in 2013, Sarah served for over two years as a consultant at Bain and Company, where she worked with clients in private equity, healthcare, financial services and technology. Before Bain and Company, she led Ashoka’s Global Development team and served as the Director of the Entrepreneur-to-Entrepreneur Program in Latin America. Sarah also worked with DAI, an international development consulting firm, where she managed economic development projects.

She is an associate of the Prison Creative Arts Project based in Ann Arbor, a member of the Chicago Ideas Week Co-op and a partner with Social Venture Partners, Chicago. Sarah also serves on the board of directors of Braven and of the Erie Elementary Charter School, is an Alumna of Leadership Greater Chicago, and is a member of the Kellogg Alumni Council.

2018 Youn Impact ScholarStacy Ratner ‘18
VP of Creative, Public Good Software

Stacy Ratner is a social entrepreneur based in Chicago. She is the founder of Open Books (providing exciting and innovative literacy programs to 5,000 K-12 students annually, funded in majority by the sale of donated books in two award-winning stores) and the Chicago Literacy Alliance (fostering opportunities for creative and effective collaborations among 120+ member organizations serving 18 million people each year, headquartered at North America’s first nonprofit shared workspace dedicated to literacy). Prior to founding these organizations, Stacy spent a decade in key roles at high-tech startups, where she helped take three companies from idea through national rollout and a combined $30 million in venture funding. In 2020, she returned to the corporate sector as a member of the Public Good team, where she directs creative projects that bring brands, consumers, and media channels together to make the news actionable.

Recognition for Stacy’s mission-driven work includes the Library of Congress’s Best Practices in Literacy award, the Social Enterprise Alliance Innovation prize, and local honors including Chicago Magazine's Chicagoan of the Year, the Lit50 Hall of Fame, and the Chicago Community Trust’s Emerging Leader Fellowship. She holds a JD from Boston College Law School, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (EMP110), and advisory/investment positions in a select portfolio of social impact and women-founded startups. Stacy writes a novel every year, eats ice cream every day, and is always starting something.

2018 Youn Impact ScholarJohn Rush ‘11
Founder & CEO, CleanTurn / Third Way Cafe

John is a social entrepreneur focused on creating small businesses that provide supportive employment for individuals impacted by homelessness, incarceration, addiction, domestic violence and other traumatic experiences.

Over the last two decades, John has served on several non-profit boards and assisted with the creation and/or growth of nearly thirty social enterprises in Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus. In 2011 a handful of interested investors recruited John to help launch CleanTurn. CleanTurn has provided over 900 training and employment opportunities and created a social and economic return of over twenty-five million dollars in Central Ohio. In 2015, John founded Third Way Cafe which was recently featured in the New York Times and has been ranked one of the top ten coffee-shops in Columbus.

John currently serves on neighborhood boards focused on the Westside of Columbus. John is also on the Advisory Board for the Office of Enterprise Development for the State of Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

John holds graduate degrees focused on urban studies, religion, history, nonprofit management as well as his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. John is married with eight children and currently resides on the southwest side of Columbus.

Nikki Tyler ‘13
Senior Market Access Advisor, Center for Innovation and Impact, US Agency for International Development

Nikki Tyler is a Market Access Advisor at USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII). CII applies business-minded approaches to the development, introduction and scale-up of health interventions to accelerate impact against the world's most important health challenges.

Among other initiatives, Nikki has supported strategic planning around products / services aiming to reduce neonatal sepsis in Nigeria, to increase access to community health services in Malawi, and to improve outcomes related to child pneumonia – the number one infectious disease killer in children under five – globally. Along with partners, she is co-launching the GlaxoSmithKline | Kellogg School of Management | USAID Global Health Case Competition, which looks to build business and global health capacity in top business schools across the United States, Africa, and Asia. At home in Washington D.C., she co-founded and co-directs the DC chapter of Changemaker Chats, a not-for-profit organization that equips women with the networks and know-how to be more effective at work, at home, and in their community.

Prior to joining USAID, Nikki worked as a Program Officer at Results for Development, a consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, and a financial and economic consultant at Cornerstone Research. Nikki holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston College.

2017 Emerging Changemakers

H. Kay Howard
Director, Third Sector

As a Director based out of Third Sector’s Boston office, H. Kay supports government and nonprofit partners to leverage data, build feedback loops, and develop incentive structures that drive resources to improve education and employment outcomes in historically underserved communities. H. Kay manages Third Sector’s work locally in Massachusetts to link public benefits data statewide and to implement outcomes-based approaches for economic mobility programs. She also oversees the Pay for Success in Higher Education national cohort.

Prior to joining Third Sector, H. Kay worked at Civic Consulting Alliance, a public sector consulting firm in Chicago, where she led a project to redesign Cook County Central Bond Court in order to promote fairer bond-setting. H. Kay also spent five years on the operations and programs teams of The Partnership Schools, a nonprofit school management organization in New York City. There, she trained and coached school-based Operations Managers to streamline the business aspects of running elementary schools. She also managed the six Partnership Schools’ after-school and scholarship programs.

H. Kay graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Middlebury College with a B.A. in English literature and religion. She also holds an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management with a concentration in Finance and was recognized as a McGowan Fellow and Youn Impact Scholar. When not working to improve education and economic mobility outcomes, H. Kay enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, and generally exploring the outdoors with her husband and miniature schnauzer, Proctor, who is named after their favorite Middlebury College dining hall.

David Piza C.

David was born and raised in Colombia where he developed a passion for rural development. With over 10 years of experience in the coffee industry, David strives to leverage the power of international markets to drive growth and well-being for small farmers.

He holds and BS. in Industrial Engineering from La Universidad de Los Andes and is completing the Executive MBA program at Kellogg. David has served as an economic adviser for the Colombian public sector and coordinated international projects for the Specialty Coffee Association and the Coffee Quality Institute.

As Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability for S&D Coffee & Tea, David cultivates relationships with customers and farming communities with the goal of extending prosperity along the value chain through inclusive business models that also lead to environmental stewardship and social development. David is currently a member of the McDonald's North America US Supplier Sustainability Advisory Council, the Sustainable Coffee Challenge Advisory Council and the Tea 2030 North America Steering Committee.

David plans to user his Kellogg MBA to forge ways for the coffee and tea industries to better extend and communicate social impact to end-consumers.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Bobby PowersSaumya

Saumya has been a social entrepreneur in India for the past 5 years, even throughout her Kellogg education. Early last year, in her first year at Kellogg, Saumya co-founded Kheyti, a new social enterprise to help smallholder farmers in India overcome income variability by providing them with affordable, modular greenhouses and services to support their success. Saumya and Kheyti have created partnerships with Stanford’s d.School and Northwestern’s Segal Design Institute for product design. She has also raised grant funding of $100K for Kheyti over the past two years.

Prior to Kheyti, Saumya spent three years innovating in the vocational training sector in India. She founded YellowLeaf, a social enterprise helping blue-collar workers get access to high paying overseas jobs free of exploitation. Through YellowLeaf, Saumya placed 60 school dropouts with jobs in a large shipyard in Qatar, improving both work conditions and income. She was also part of the leadership team of a skill development startup in India called B-ABLE where she launched and led operations in two of India’s most impoverished states and built B-ABLE’s franchise model, extending to train and place 500 youth in well-paying local jobs.

Saumya is a recipient of the Resnick Family Social Impact Fund Fellowship and the CRTI Fellowship at Northwestern. Saumya is also a Starting Bloc Fellow 2014, an Ashoka Emerging Innovator 2016, a Zell Fellow 2016-17 and winner of the CommonBond Social Impact Award 2016.

Saumya plans to use her Kellogg MBA to position Kheyti to deliver affordable technologies that will provide steady, dependable income to millions of small farmers in India.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar David MilestoneTiffany Smith

Tiffany is the Founder and CEO of Tiltas, pairing technology with social justice to solve some of the most complex issues facing society today.

Prior to starting Tiltas, Tiffany spent time in the construction industry working as an Engineer/Manager for commercial developments for Clark Construction where she was responsible for over $20 million in contract executions across several projects. Tiffany also spent time working in field operations where she developed keen skills in project scheduling, personnel management, and financial estimates for construction contracts. Her expertise in project management and construction execution led her to a role within Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services practice including work on behalf of the Transportation and Security Administration’s Advanced Surveillance Program.

During her time at Kellogg, Tiffany has led various clubs, events, and programming including a session at the premier Kellogg on Growth Forum in 2016 that focused on the business case for investment in minority and women-led enterprises. She currently leads the Social Venture HUB at Kellogg and sits on the executive boards of several organizations and conference committees. Tiffany graduated from Howard University in 2011 with her Bachelor’s of Architecture. She continues to be an active member in her local neighborhood.

Tiffany plans to use her MBA to create access and opportunities to disadvantaged populations.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Cardoso DudaJessica Tsai

Jessica Tsai is completing the 1-Year MBA Program at Kellogg. While completing her studies, Jessica has founded and launched a social enterprise called QuickPulse, a startup focused on predicting and solving frontline employee turnover in China with a particular focus on women’s growing role in China’s professional workforce. Jessica is passionate about the empowerment of women in developing countries, business with social impact/purpose, and coaching young professionals through difficult decision-making and personal challenges.

Jessica earned her B.A. at the Berkeley Haas School of Business and joined the Apple Leadership Rotation Program in Cupertino, eventually establishing Apple's Retail Expansion team in Shanghai.

Jessica will head to Shanghai with Nike Brand Marketing upon graduation and will continue to grow QuickPulse’s reach in Asia.

2017 Impact Leaders

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Jamie JonesSelim A. Bassoul '81
Chairman and CEO, The Middleby Corporation

Selim A. Bassoul is Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of The Middleby Corporation, a world leader in commercial and residential kitchen equipment and food processing/packaging solutions.

Central in Selim’s life is giving back. Through his Bassoul Dignity Foundation, Selim developed a stove for refugees and personally delivered them to camps in Lebanon. The oven can heat food, purify water, power a light, and charge small electronics. Selim’s goal is to ease lives of women and girls by allowing them time to attend school and find employment instead of spending hours searching for wood to cook. In June, 2016, Selim received the EOY Alumni Award for Social Impact at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the World Event in Monaco for his efforts on behalf of refugees.

Selim joined The Middleby Corporation in 1996 and in 1999 became Chief Operating Officer. He was named CEO in 2001, and three years later was appointed Chairman of the Board. During his tenure as CEO, Middleby (NASDAQ: MIDD) has been one of the top performing companies on the NASDAQ, and Selim and his unconventional management style have been featured in top business media.

Selim attended the American University of Beirut where he received a B.A. in Business Administration. He later moved to the U.S. and continued his postgraduate education at Kellogg, earning his M.B.A. in finance and marketing with a certificate in Accounting.

Jorge Calderon '03
Founder & CEO, Eddily

Jorge is a career entrepreneur, management consultant, venture investment professional & educator. He is currently the Founder & CEO of Eddily, a Bay Area tech start-up that helps college students build the skills they need for a successful career launch. Previously, Jorge founded Impact Strategy Advisors, a social venture & investment design consultancy focused on helping capital sources & operating companies transform intentional social purpose into economic & positive impact value.

Jorge is the author of the Purpose Centered Design methodology and its related business model frameworks and teaches entrepreneurs at the Berkeley-Haas School of Business, where he built the Social Lean LaunchPad and Startup Disco curricula. Jorge is additionally a Fellow within the Institute for Business & Social Impact and helps lead the LAUNCH accelerator.

Jorge previously founded Springworks, a program lab that was committed to developing paths for women and minorities in innovation-related careers. Earlier still, he was the founding Director for the West Coast office of a tech-focused seed stage venture capital firm and has had roles in top-tier management consulting, banking and technology companies. Jorge is a University of Michigan graduate and received his MBA from Kellogg.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Mandy Taft-PearmanNjideka Harry ‘12
Founder & Board Member, Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF)

Njideka U. Harry is the President and CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), an innovative nonprofit focused on using the power of technology to transform the lives of youth and women living in low income and developing world communities.

YTF’s strength lies in its ability to respond to market demands and provide linkages that accelerate economic opportunities while administering customized information and communications technology (ICT) education and entrepreneurship training programs for youth and women. To date, YTF’s education technology programs have benefitted over 1.6 million youth and women and have empowered over 18,000 women entrepreneurs living in developing countries.

An Ashoka Fellow and World Economic Forum social entrepreneur, Njideka has a global reputation as a thought leader in ICTs and as an advocate for the awareness of and participatory development through gender and technology. She serves as a consultant to several social enterprises and international agencies on matters related to technology for development, entrepreneurship, gender equity and economic empowerment. Prior to founding Youth for Technology Foundation, Njideka spent the majority of her career working in various finance and product management roles at General Electric and Microsoft.

Njideka holds an MBA from Kellogg and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She completed post-graduate studies at Stanford University where she was a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Patrick FisherCarmita Semaan ‘04
Founder and President, The Surge Institute

Carmita (Vaughan) Semaan is Founder and President of The Surge Institute. The Surge Institute is transforming the field and practice of education by training, supporting, connecting and elevating emerging leaders of color within the field. Surge strengthens the pipeline of diverse talent and ensures a next wave of leaders that will represent the populations that education reform and equity efforts seek to serve.

Carmita’s career began in Corporate America where she quickly advanced in global marketing, strategic planning, and engineering/operations management for Fortune 500 companies including Procter and Gamble and Danaher Corporation. Emerging from her corporate career, Carmita has since blazed a trail within the nonprofit sector, primarily in K-12 urban education. Carmita’s commitment to empowering our country’s most underserved young people by providing them with pathways to excellence through education and holistic supports led her to a decade of executive service, driving results for visionary leaders including Alma Powell, Gen. Colin Powell and Arne Duncan, the former US Secretary of Education.

Carmita holds an MBA from Kellogg and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She received a 2016 Chicago Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award and was selected as a 2013 Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund. She was a 2010 Pahara Aspen Fellow, a 2009 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, and is a graduate of the Broad Residency of Urban Education.

Karlo Young '15
Vice President & General Manager, 2U Inc.

Karlo is a Vice President & General Manager for 2U Inc., an education technology company that partners with top colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs. Karlo is responsible for building and managing relationships with 2U’s university partners and for managing strategic planning, program operations, marketing, sales, technology, admissions, student and faculty support services, and curriculum development.

Prior to joining 2U, Karlo was an Investment Banker at Signal Hill Capital where he advised C-level executives on mergers & acquisitions representing approximately $200M in aggregate transaction value within the education, technology, and media sectors. Prior to investment banking, Karlo was a Director in Advisory at KPMG, worked at a consulting startup, and was a Manager at Deloitte.

Karlo is active in several professional and community organizations. He serves on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, The Gilman School and was recently elected to serve as President of the Board of Trustees for the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (B.E.S.T.). One of Karlo’s primary passions is the work he performs as Co-Director of the Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute (GBALI). GBALI, now in its 12th year, is a weekly leadership and exposure program which brings together promising Baltimore area high school students and adult mentors, who offer information about their careers, higher education choices, and many other life decisions. To date, GBALI has prepared over 300 students for college and life beyond.

Karlo received a BS in Information Systems from Drexel University and MBA from Kellogg.

2016 Emerging Changemakers

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Cardoso DudaDuda Cardoso

Duda Cardoso is passionate about inspiring and empowering others to achieve their potential. Duda is currently pursuing her JD/MBA at the Kellogg School of Management in order to hone the legal and business skills needed to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. She spent the summer as a Portfolio Associate at Acumen where she focused on the off-grid energy space and worked closely with the Impact team.

At Kellogg, Duda has taken every opportunity to blend a market-based approach with social impact. She serves as President of the Net Impact Club, sits on the board of RefugeeOne as part of the Kellogg Board Fellows Program, and has represented the winning Kellogg team in the MIINT program. Duda has also conducted international projects in Kenya for mobile banking and Zambia for global health, and has worked with organizations such as Year Up, Posse Foundation, Impact Engine, and Future Brilliance.

Prior to Kellogg, Duda spent six months in Kenya with Kiva, testing the viability of a new character-based microfinance model aimed at providing individuals at the bottom of the pyramid with access to capital. Before Kiva, Duda was a consultant at Deloitte & Touche, where she helped Fortune 500 clients establish new governance structures to comply with the changing regulatory landscape. Duda is originally from Brazil and received her B.B.A from the University of Notre Dame in business and psychology.

Duda plans to use her Kellogg JD/MBA to leverage market-based solutions and public-private partnership to create an ecosystem approach to tackling poverty.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Ashima GuptaAshima Gupta
Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group

Ashima Gupta Patel believes in the power of private sector principles and market-based solutions to tackle today’s most pressing social issues. At American Express, she built expertise in both marketing and strategy, which she was able to leverage in consulting roles with Taproot Foundation, a pro-bono consulting non-profit. She provided recommendations on sustainable business practices to education non-profits leading to organizational growth and success. Following this, she was an Education Pioneer Fellow at Chicago Public School’s Department of Procurement. Through private sector principles, Ashima developed and grew a vendor performance and relationship management program to improve department operations reducing costs of a financially strapped, 3rd largest school district in the US.

At Kellogg, she co-founded a market-based social enterprise, The Graide Network, to tackle the challenges faced by teachers in 6-12th grade with the ultimate goal of improving student outcomes. She was the Executive Vice President of Net Impact, developed a strategic plan for the NGO Future Brilliance, and conducted on-the-ground market research in Africa for the commercialization of low cost HIV and TB diagnostic medical devices.

Ashima is currently a Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group where she has focused primarily on strategy, operations, and people strategy / organizational redesigns across energy, technology, healthcare, and consumer goods.

Ashima received her MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, and her B.S. in Economics from New York University, Stern School of Business.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Sharanya JaidevSharanya Jaidev
Manager / Foundation Partnerships, UNICEF USA

Shar Jaidev works in Foundation Partnerships at UNICEF USA, which supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, education and advocacy. She manages a $95M grant portfolio funded by US-based foundations focused on child health and health systems strengthening. Shar is also the business development lead for Maternal and Child Health (MNCH), Adolescent Health, and Advocacy, with the goal of increasing contribution from foundations to UNICEF in these thematic areas. Prior to joining UNICEF USA, Shar worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Pediatric HIV Strategy, supporting the Ministries of Health in Malawi, Uganda and Lesotho to reach UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals. Shar began her career at Citigroup as a bond trader for four years. She holds a B.A in Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences and Economics from Northwestern University, and an M.B.A with a focus in Social Impact and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Jamie LuJamie Lu

Jamie Lu began her career at Citigroup’s Los Angeles office as an investment banking analyst focused on M&A in healthcare and industrial industries. After Citigroup, she joined the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a Bay Area-based foundation that focuses on environmental conversation, patient care, science and the San Francisco Bay Area. As an investment associate on the endowment investment team, she focused on manager due diligence and portfolio monitoring for the Private Equity and Real Assets portfolios. After three years at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, she pursued an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. At Kellogg, she was part of the MIINT (MBA Impact Investing Network & Training) program, an impact investing competition, and part of the Kellogg Net Impact Club Leadership Board, where she was responsible for bringing speakers and learning opportunities to campus.

She spent her summer at Sonen Capital, an impact-focused investment management firm, where she focused on social and environmental impact evaluation and manager diligence across various asset classes.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Global Studies from UCLA. In her free time, she is involved with RisingLeaders, a mentorship program for young women in the Bay Area that she founded. Prior to business school, she served on the Girls on the Run Bay Area Associate Board.

Jamie plans to use her Kellogg MBA to help organizations and companies adopt social and environmental considerations as part of decision-making processes and to scale those that have socially-minded and sustainable solutions.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Bobby PowersBobby Powers

Bobby Powers is currently pursuing an MBA and MS in Design Innovation in the MMM program at the Kellogg School of Management and McCormick School of Engineering and is expected to graduate in 2016.

Prior to Kellogg, Bobby worked as a technology consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP. He focused on implementing major public sector projects that provided the state’s poorest citizens with better access to social services through web and mobile technology. Bobby first became interested in the social impact space when he spent summers in 2009 and 2010 in Bangladesh teaching English and conducting research in development and poverty studies. Through the experience, he came face to face with the struggles of teachers in poorly-funded schools. Motivated by this experience, he cofounded the social venture sharEd in 2015 with his classmates Kate Geremia, Derrick Wolbert, and Nihar Shah. Together the group is working to bring play-based learning to preschools across India through an innovative subscription based sharing model.

Bobby graduated from University of Notre Dame with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Bobby plans to use his MBA to develop sharEd into a sustainable social venture that scales to reach hundreds of thousands of children every year.

2016 Impact Leaders

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Tom AielloTom Aiello ‘02
President, MARCH Marketing

Tom Aiello is a 2002 graduate of the Kellogg School of Management and has created significant social impact. Specifically, Tom has made significant social impact around the 24 million Americans who have served in the US military along with their families. His passion for the veteran community comes from his undergraduate studies at the US Military Academy at West Point and years of service as an officer in the US Army.

In 2013 Tom started MARCH Marketing (, a multicultural communications company focused on the insight of military service. He believes that more culturally-relevant communications to and about the military veteran population will create a positive social impact and close the perceived gap between the "1%” Veterans' and the rest of the US population. Clients of MARCH Marketing include many nonprofits such as Mission Continues, Leave No Veteran Behind, Veteran Launch, McCormick Foundation, American Legion, and many other nonprofits serving this community.

To date, Tom has raised over $120 million for nonprofits. In addition, Tom has created a social enterprise called Salute Snacks ( Salute Snacks sells snack foods with proceeds going directly to support military and veteran causes. This is another way that Tom has created positive social impact around the military and veteran community. Prior to MARCH Marketing, Tom held senior marketing positions at Leo Burnett Advertising,, and Sears Holdings Corporation.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Patrick FisherPatrick Fisher ‘04
Founder and Managing Partner, Creation Investments Capital Management, LLC

Patrick Fisher founded Creation Investments Capital Management in 2007, a leading Impact Investing firm with expertise in Financial Inclusion and Private Equity. Creation seeks to provide access to capital and needed products and services for those living in poverty to engage in small-business activity and income generation, significantly impacting those living at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Currently, Creation Social Venture Fund companies directly serve over 21.4 million entrepreneurs with over $14 billion in small business loans outstanding, $3.8 billion in micro-savings, 4.9 million micro-insurance policies and $3.7 billion payments processed through mobile payment tools.

Patrick is responsible for overall leadership and management of the firm, including deal generation, due diligence, deal structuring, negotiations, capital raising, and investor relations. He is a market leader in Emerging Markets and Impact Investing with an exceptional track record in equity and debt transactions in businesses which serve the Bottom of the Economic Pyramid (BOP) through microfinance / financial services, health care, affordable housing, clean energy, and technology.

Patrick is also a Partner of Promus Holdings, LLC, a multi-family office focused on alternative investments in private equity, hedge funds, real estate, managed futures, venture capital and impact investing. He currently serves as a director on the boards of several portfolio companies, public and private, as well as other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including Catholic Charities USA.

Prior to founding Creation Investments, Patrick spent the majority of his career working in the financial services industry, most notably for JPMorgan Chase. He is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he received an MBA degree in Finance and Marketing. He also received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, at the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife Jenny Nicole, son Desmond, daughter Meara, son Brendan and dog Bacon.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Jamie JonesJamie Jones ‘09
Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Associate Professor of the Practice of Management at Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Prof. Jones serves as the Executive Director of Fuqua’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) and is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Management.

Prof. Jones co-founded Impact Engine, an investment firm with a mission to bring more capital to a market where financial returns are linked to positive social and environmental impacts. Impact Engine supported three cohorts of early-stage companies through its accelerator program and is now placing capital into seed and series A venture investments through its second venture fund.

Prior to joining Fuqua, Prof. Jones served as the Executive Director of the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Lilie) at Rice University where she focused on developing curricular and co-curricular programs for students and faculty across the university. She taught courses on Financing the Startup Venture and Design Thinking, as well as managed the Student-lead Rice Venture Fund. Prof. Jones has also served as an Innovation Advisor at RTI International, a leading nonprofit research institute based in North Carolina, where she supported companies, governments, and non-governmental organizations in their quest to commercialize technology-driven new products. Sitting at the nexus of technology, customers, and markets, Dr. Jones has deep expertise connecting user-insights to technology commercialization pathways and business model development and has worked on project ranging from sanitation and energy to agriculture and health.

Prof. Jones maintains an affiliation with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she serves as the faculty lead for the Emerging Markets and Social Impact cohort of the Zell Fellows Program. Previously, Dr. Jones was the Director of Social Entrepreneurship and a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at Kellogg, where she worked with startups, nonprofits and companies to build and finance ventures that create both financial and social returns.

Prof. Jones has experience combining design thinking and Lean Startup practices to optimize business models. She has worked in India, East and West Africa and Latin America on agriculture, education, health, and water-focused ventures. Her contributions have been recognized by the Triangle Business Journal 40 Under 40.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar David MilestoneDavid Milestone ‘07
Senior Advisor, Global Health, McKinsey & Company

David Milestone is a Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Company working with healthcare clients on mission-critical strategic issues. Most recently, David was the acting director of USAID’s Center for Innovation and Impact (CII), which applies business-minded approaches to the development, introduction, and scale-up of health innovations. To do so, CII invests seed capital in the most promising ideas and applies a rigorous, market-oriented approach to cut the time it takes to transform discoveries in the lab to impact on the ground. Prior to joining USAID in 2012, David held various strategic marketing roles at Stryker where he led innovation, introduction, and strategy initiatives in India. He has also worked as a management consultant providing guidance to Fortune 500 companies on strategy and operations. David holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, an MS in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Mandy Taft-PearmanMandy Taft-Pearman ‘03
COO and Partner, The Bridgespan Group

Mandy Taft-Pearman has been with the Bridgespan Group since 2003. She is a partner in the Boston office and has served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer since 2012. In her role as COO, Mandy oversees Bridgespan’s HR/Talent, Finance and Information Services functions. She also works with the organization’s leadership team more broadly to set and manage Bridgespan’s annual strategic and operating agendas.

Prior to becoming COO, Mandy was an operating partner working with a variety of clients in the youth development, education and environmental sectors. In addition, she has developed a particular expertise in nonprofit networks, having served many different network clients of varying sizes, missions, and legal structures. Mandy is the co-author of two Bridgespan articles: “Getting Replication Right: The Decisions that Matter Most,” and “Growing Network Impact: How Nonprofit Networks are Raising the Bar on Results.”

Prior to joining Bridgespan, Mandy worked for the National Safe Kids Campaign, a national network focused on children’s public health, and served as an independent consultant for several other nonprofit organizations.

Mandy earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University magna cum laude and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where she was a F. C. Austin Scholar and president of the school’s Social Impact Club.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Agustin VitoricaAgustin Vitorica ‘99
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, GAWA Capital

Agustin Vitorica is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of GAWA Capital, Spain’s leading impact investing firm with €200 million assets under management. Agustin has been instrumental in introducing the impact investing asset class in Spain among private and institutional investors, having involved in this endeavor several Spanish private banks and high-caliber board members. The funds raised have allowed GAWA Capital to improve the lives of more than 215,000 families in developing countries.

Agustin has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital and private equity investments, having served as the CEO of one of Spain’s largest family offices. Previously he successfully launched and managed 6 new companies as Managing Director of New Businesses of the Spanish media conglomerate Grupo Zeta. These new companies employed more than 50 people and generated sales of over €30 million. Agustin started his career as an auditor and consultant for financial institutions at Deloitte.

Agustin earned a degree in International Business Administration from Centro Universitario Villanueva (college ascribed to Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He has also completed Doctoral courses at the University of Manchester. Agustin teaches microfinance at the International Master in Microfinance Degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and is a founding member of Spain NAB, part of the Global Steering Group for impact investing (GSG). He is also an advisor to several impact funds and impact focused organizations.

2015 Emerging Changemakers

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Nicole ChavasNicole Chavas
CEO, Greenprint Partners

Nicole is the CEO and co-founder of Greenprint Partners, a green infrastructure delivery partner that helps cities achieve high-impact, community-driven stormwater solutions at scale. As the leader of a woman-owned social enterprise, Nicole is passionate about demonstrating that commitment to diversity, mission, and values drives business performance and growth. After a decade working in investment management, she co-founded Greenprint Partners in 2014 to shift private capital toward projects that solve social and environmental problems in underserved communities. Nicole earned her BBA and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Laura Brenner KimesLaura Brenner Kimes

Laura Brenner Kimes is a strategist for sustainability, cleantech and utility companies. Currently, Laura is an energy efficiency policy and market development manager at CLEAResult, an energy efficiency consulting firm. In this role, she leads government affairs and strategic account planning for 12 Midwest states and California. While at Kellogg, Laura also co-founded a brownfield revitalization timber fund, Fresh Coast Capital, to address the problem of vacant and blighted land in legacy cities like Flint, Mich. and Gary, Ind. At Fresh Coast Capital, she is responsible for environmental research, government relations, and market development. Previously, Laura worked for Southern California Edison in the Customer Energy Efficiency and Solar Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), and the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE).

Laura holds a BS in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Restoration and Management from the University of Maryland, College Park and a certificate in project management from the California Institute of Technology. Laura has served as a Kellogg Board Fellow on the board of a Chicago-based nonprofit, Women Employed, for a 2014-2015 term. She will receive her MBA from Kellogg in June 2015.

Laura plans to use her Kellogg MBA to lead the profitable and sustainable growth of organizations whose missions align with her personal mission of helping create resilient communities supported by healthier ecosystems and more sustainable economies.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Alexandra KorijnAlexandra Korijn

Alexandra Korijn started her career at Dasra, a strategic philanthropy foundation in Mumbai, India. As a research and portfolio analyst, she conducted due diligence on nonprofits and social enterprises, and provided capacity building support to organizations in Dasra’s portfolio. After Dasra, she enrolled in Kellogg, where she focuses on management & strategy, social enterprise and finance. She is part of the Kellogg Board Fellows program, serving on the board of Spark Ventures, part of the MIINT program, an impact investing competition, and part of the Kellogg Net Impact Club Executive Board, responsible for organizing speaker events. She spent her summer as Consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, creating a landscape analysis of the innovative finance space for one of the largest foundations globally.

In addition to her activities at Kellogg, Alexandra co-founded New AJE Capital with her sister Josephine. As part of New AJE Capital, they invest in social-impact focused instruments across asset classes, with a particular focus on instruments that target the bottom of the pyramid in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Alexandra holds a BA in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University, where she was awarded the Ashoka Campus Changemaker Award, and selected as a StartingBloc Fellow.

Alexandra plans to use her Kellogg MBA to create systems change in the corporate and financial sector by making not only commercial, but also social and environmental considerations a key part of business and investment decisions.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Thiago PintoThiago Ascencao Carvalho Pinto

Thiago Pinto is the co-founder of New Hope Ecotech, a social startup that aims to create an inclusive “recycling credits” market in Brazil. Prior to New Hope Ecotech, Thiago was a consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was a member of its Sustainability Practice Area with projects in sustainability strategy and impact investing, focusing in communities impacted by mining activities. Thiago also co-founded PedalUSP, a startup that designed technologies to enable bicycle sharing in Brazil.

Thiago believes strongly in a hands-on, action-oriented approach to creating social impact. In Brazil, he led a project to connect unemployed women, UNICEF educational institutions and couture houses to create a dress-making cooperative to reduce inequalities by creating jobs. At Kellogg, Thiago was a project leader for the Impact Consulting Group, Kellogg Corps Club project and NUvention Impact course, where New Hope Ecotech’s concept was human-centered designed.

Thiago graduated with honors from Escola Politecnica da Universidade de Sao Paulo (POLI/USP) in Brazil with an Industrial Engineering bachelor and a Master in Science from Ecole Centrale in France. He is currently an MBA candidate at Kellogg with a major in Entrepreneurship.

Thiago plans to use his Kellogg MBA to scale New Hope Ecotech, a triple-bottom-line startup which aims to connect manufacturers with waste pickers via tradable environmental securities while creating financial, environmental and social impact.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Marvin SmithMarvin Smith

Marvin Smith is a values-based leader with experience in K-12 public education, state & local policy and corporate social responsibility. Currently, Marvin serves as the government and public affairs manager at U.S. Cellular, where he cultivates relationships with governors, mayors, and other public officials within the company footprint to strengthen brand equity and advance legislative and regulatory priorities. He’s also managed CEO-level civic engagement strategy, signature charitable giving programs and external partnerships.

Marvin began his career managing policy advocacy at Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) on behalf of charter public schools in Illinois at the district and state levels. While at INCS, Marvin worked collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, community organizations, elected officials and school district leaders to expand access to quality education for local youth.

Marvin is an active member of the Kellogg student body. He’s competed in the Hult Prize competition, a startup accelerator for social entrepreneurship, and serves as a member of Net Impact and president of the Black Management Association. In addition, he volunteers on the board of directors at Erie Elementary Charter School and is an executive committee member on the Metro Board at Metropolitan Family Services.

Marvin holds a BA from Loyola University Chicago in Communications, and will graduate in June 2015 from Kellogg with an MBA in Management & Strategy.

Marvin plans to use his Kellogg MBA to scale proven programs that increase learning outcomes for youth by working collaboratively with frontline education leaders, policymakers and investors.

2015 Impact Leaders

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Paul ChengPaul Cheng
Chair of Trustees, SharedImpact

Paul Cheng is the chair of trustees of SharedImpact. SharedImpact is the world's first global Donor-Advised Fund — creating, designing and implementing smart philanthropy solutions. Headquartered in London and with foundation offices in New York City and Hong Kong, SharedImpact provides philanthropists, charitable foundations and family offices with access to social investment expertise.

Paul is the former head of CAF Venturesome, a pioneering social investment fund in the UK, and is currently the chair of the European Social Investment Taskforce. He is a regular industry commentator on social finance matters both in the UK and around the world. He also serves on the board of trustees of the LankellyChase Foundation (a £125 million grant-making trust), the FSE Social Impact Accelerator Loan Fund and The Foundry. He is also a BMW Foundation World Young Leader.

Previously, he worked as a corporate finance lawyer with the international law firm Slaughter and May, and as a business strategist for Microsoft. He holds an MBA from Kellogg and a law degree from Oxford University.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Deepa GuptaDeepa Gupta
Director of Education Initiatives and Strategy, Global Corporate Citizenship Group, Boeing Company

Deepa Gupta is the director of education initiatives and strategy in the Global Corporate Citizenship group at The Boeing Company. She is responsible for developing the company’s strategies to enhance support of early learning, primary and secondary education, and ensure alignment with higher education and STEM initiatives across the company aimed at developing the future workforce.

Prior to Boeing, Deepa served as a senior program officer for The MacArthur Foundation, where she managed its institution-building program called the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the arts and culture program, and internal efforts to define a framework for MacArthur’s programmatic strategy development and impact assessment. Before MacArthur, she was a senior associate at McKinsey & Company and, earlier in her career, she worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development. In 2012, President Obama appointed her a member of the National Council on the Arts, the governing board of the National Endowment for the Arts. She also serves on the local Chicago advisory board of New Leaders, a principal leadership development program, and is on the national board of the New Teacher Center, which focused on new teacher induction programs and leadership development.

Deepa holds an MBA from Kellogg and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy and Biology from the University of Chicago.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Jim SchorrJim Schorr
CEO, Social Enterprise Alliance

Jim Schorr is CEO of Social Enterprise Alliance, an organization that has been at the forefront of the social enterprise movement in North America since 1998. Previously, Jim was executive director of Juma Ventures, one of the United States’ most successful and admired social enterprises, and taught coursework on social enterprise as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University and as senior fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. As a student at Kellogg in 1992-94, Jim helped launch Net Impact, and subsequently served as a board member and chair during Net Impact’s growth and global expansion in the 2000s. He currently serves on the steering committee of the Social Enterprise World Forum, and as chair emeritus at Net Impact and Social Enterprise Alliance, where he was a board member for seven years before his appointment as CEO.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Luca TorreLuca Torre
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, GAWA Capital

Luca Torre is the co-founder and co-CEO of GAWA Capital, the leading impact investment firm in Spain with more than €35 million assets under management, investing in companies that are financially sustainable and have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Luca spent most of the last 15 years working with and advising microfinance, SMEs and financial institutions.

Prior to founding GAWA Capital, Luca was an investment banker at Credit Suisse in the Latin America Financial Institutions group, working on a variety of microfinance related transactions. Previously, he worked in India for a microfinance bank called Annapurna, supporting the turnaround of the organization to support financial sustainability and at the International Finance Corporation in Cambodia to support local Social Entrepreneurship. He started his career at the Boston Consulting Group, focusing on the Financial Services sector and worked extensively with the largest Italian banking group in better serving the Small and Medium Enterprise segment.

Luca received a First Class BSc from University of Brighton and an MBA from Kellogg, where he was awarded the Siebel scholarship for leadership and academic achievements.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Ursula WrightUrsula Wright
Managing Director, FSG, Inc.

Ursula Wright co-leads the Education & Youth practice at FSG, a mission-driven consulting firm for leaders in search of large-scale, lasting social change. Through its combination of customized services, powerful ideas, and learning communities, FSG helps foundations, businesses, nonprofits, and governments around the world accelerate impact. FSG is also a recognized thought leader in creating ‘collective impact’, which occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a specific social problem by aligning their efforts using a common agenda and shared measures of success.

Ms. Wright’s immediate past position was with the Obama Administration where she served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary equivalent for the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. In this capacity, she served as the Department’s policy lead on place-based initiatives like Promise Zones, Promise Neighborhoods, and Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2). Ms. Wright’s portfolio also included the federal Charter Schools Program, personalized learning, and a host of special projects for the White House.
Prior to her government service, Ms. Wright was an executive at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS), the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the quality growth of the charter school movement. She helped grow NAPCS from a start-up to an established organization serving millions charter school students nationwide and more than an additional one million students on charter school waiting lists. Before transitioning to the not-for-profit sector, Ms. Wright developed functional competencies in strategy, finance, and marketing at some of the nation’s most recognized private sector firms.

Ms. Wright has further contributed to public education through her board service, including tenures with The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preparing, certifying, and supporting people who want to improve their communities by becoming a teacher, and Achievement Preparatory Academy, a high performing charter school in Washington, DC’s most economically disadvantaged ward. She was also an appointee to the Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board (MCCAB) of Montgomery County, MD and a 2020 graduate of Leadership Montgomery (MD).

Ms. Wright earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She has also completed executive education coursework at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

2014 Emerging Changemakers

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Elissa DensbornElissa (Elise) Densborn

Elissa Densborn is the director of risk management for MPI Corporation, a growing, multi-corporate, multi-national holding company headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. Prior to that, she worked for PwC in Chicago, providing assurance services to clients in the utility, manufacturing, logistics and healthcare industries. She also has had public sector internships with the White House National Economic Council, the Mitch Daniels’ 2004 Gubernatorial Campaign and the Office of the Indiana Lieutenant Governor.

Elissa is committed to serving her communities with her business acumen. She has led United Way, Junior Achievement and Indianapolis Zoo fundraising campaigns, and currently supervises an underprivileged student at Providence Cristo Rey High School, teaching her skills necessary to succeed in the business world. Through involvement in Kellogg Corps, Elissa has become an adviser to Byoearth, a social impact startup in Guatemala that creates vermicomposting systems to sustain the environment and enhance the living conditions of Guatemala’s most vulnerable populations. Elissa plans to drive Byoearth’s expansion into the United States and further its mission for international sustainable development.

Elissa graduated with honors and high distinction from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Finance. She expects to earn her MBA from Kellogg in June 2014 with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Management, Strategy, and Marketing.

Elissa plans to use her Kellogg MBA to create positive social impact through application of her business acumen. Specifically, her efforts to internationalize Byoearth’s vermicomposting system are motivated by a desire to address inefficiencies in, and increase the security of, the global food system, to address food health and environmental challenges worldwide, and to drive sustainable socio-economic development. 

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Meladee EvansMeladee Evans

Meladee L. Evans is a 2014 MBA candidate at Kellogg. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology with degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering. Prior to Kellogg, Meladee worked as an engineer for Lexmark International in the areas of product development and manufacturing systems. Though she enjoyed the challenging work in the technology space, her passion for service was also recognized within the company. She was appointed to several corporate community-outreach steering committees, through which she was given opportunities to advocate for the company’s financial support of math and science teachers in the public school system.

At Kellogg, Meladee is an executive member of the Black Management Association (BMA) and was co-chair of the 2013 BMA Conference. She has participated as an executive member of the Day At Kellogg (DAK) committee and has continued to pursue social impact through participating in Kellogg’s Neighborhood Business Initiative as well as supporting Chicago inner-city mentorship programs. Meladee plans to graduate with majors in Management & Strategy, Management & Organizations, and Social Enterprise. After business school, she plans to enter the education sector and use her business acumen to support the transformation of our country’s educational ecosystem, focusing particularly on helping provide equal educational opportunities for low-income and minority students.

Meladee plans to use her Kellogg MBA to understand the interconnections between educational achievement gaps and economic growth in underserved areas. After education industry experience, she plans to establish a social enterprise that provides resources to help minority communities build and sustain healthy businesses and offers support for upward mobility.

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Katherine HandKatherine Hand

Katherine Hand started her career in the nonprofit sector as a program associate with the Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation in New York City, where she oversaw all grant-making activities for the organization’s economic and workforce development, criminal justice, environment and reproductive rights funding areas. As a development associate for the City Parks Foundation, she raised funds to support the organization’s sports and education programs, provided free of charge in public parks in underserved NYC neighborhoods.

At Kellogg, Katherine has taken every opportunity to blend a business-minded approach with social impact, having participated in the Neighborhood Business Initiative (now Kellogg Impact Consulting), Global Health Initiative, a venture lab position with A Better Chicago, Innovate for Impact, and more. This past summer, Katherine worked with B Lab, the pioneering nonprofit behind the B Corp Certification, which exposed her to a growing community of businesses and entrepreneurs that are actively integrating stakeholder interests into their business model. Katherine believes strongly in the power of markets and the private sector, when stewarded intentionally, to truly scale impactful solutions to seemingly intractable problems. She hopes to pursue this passion in an internal CSR role or in a communications role with an impact-focused business.

Katherine holds a BA from Vassar College in Urban Studies, and will graduate from Kellogg with an MBA in Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Management and Organizations.

Katherine plans to use her Kellogg MBA to help scale innovations, solutions and programs that intentionally focus on creating sustainable sources of opportunity for disadvantaged populations.

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Akifumi KitaAkifumi (Aki) Kita

Akifumi (Aki) Kita most recently was a management consultant with BCG in Boston. He advised companies in a wide range of industries, particularly focused on manufacturing. He was a volunteer consultant with business-solution-focused nonprofit TechnoServe in Zambia and Malawi, and worked on a private-public partnership funded by USAID+General Mills to improve local food manufacturing capabilities.

In the last two years, he has also had the opportunity to work on a rural market access strategy in India, rural development program redesign in Mexico and a job-creation strategy for Afghanistan. He spent his summer with international development consulting firm Dalberg Global Development Advisors and will be returning to BCG in Boston after graduation.

At Kellogg, Aki has been co-president of the Emerging Markets Club and on the leadership teams for Net Impact, Impact Consulting Club and the Innovating Social Change Conference.

He graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations and is currently a dual-degree MBA/MEM candidate at Kellogg and the McCormick School of Engineering.

Aki plans to use his Kellogg MBA to develop a local business/government strategy or an entrepreneurial concept that reduces the risk of starting a small manufacturing firm or develops scalable turnaround practices to improve underutilized manufacturing assets to create sustainable middle-class jobs in the least-developed countries.

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Charag KrishnanCharag Krishnan

An electronics engineer by education, Charag served as a primary school teacher at Teach for India and subsequently designed and implemented Corporate Sustainability projects for Bharat Petroleum. He has also been associated with Seeds of Empowerment, a nonprofit spin-off of Stanford University on educational technology projects.

At Kellogg, Charag serves as an admissions counselor, Kellogg Student Association Club director, co-president of the India Business Club and a Board Fellow. Outside of these roles, he has also initiated a partnership between UNICEF and Kellogg and has co-authored a Marketing case study with Kellogg faculty. Charag was a UNICEF Fellow during his summer internship and worked on the team for Backpack PLUS, a project that was named one of the top-ten lifesaving innovations in global health in 2013. He will be joining McKinsey & Company post graduation.

Charag plans to use his Kellogg MBA to facilitate partnerships between corporates and the international development sector and leverage technology to develop innovative, cost-effective solutions for pressing challenges in primary education and global health.

2014 Impact Leaders

2014 Youn Impact Scholar David ChenDavid Chen
Co-Founder and Principal, Equilibrium Capital Group
Adjunct Lecturer of Finance, Kellogg

Dave Chen’s focus on sustainability is a result of his work in venture capital, regional economic development and energy policy. In 2007, as a visiting executive at the Meyer Memorial Trust, he developed an investing thesis on mission-related investing (MRI); this tool has since been adopted by several institutions. In late 2007, he formed Equilibrium Capital Group, an investment firm focused on growth equity investment opportunities in the area of sustainability.

Previously, Dave was a general partner at OVP Venture Partners. Joining the firm in 2001, he focused on early stage tech venture investing. Until 2002, he served on the board of HNC Software and merged it with FICO (NASDAQ:HNCS, now NYSE:FIC). Prior to OVP, Dave founded GeoTrust (acquired by Verisign 2006) & The Ascent Group; was vice president at Marketing Mentor Graphics; was an associate at McKinsey & Co; and was an early team member in 1978-84 at Solectron.

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Matthew FortiMatthew Forti
Managing Director, One Acre Fund USA

Matthew Forti is the Managing Director of One Acre Fund, now the largest nonprofit social enterprise working exclusively to improve the yields, incomes, and resilience of over 1 million African subsistence farmers. Matt played an instrumental role in One Acre Fund’s founding, helping to raise seed capital and becoming its inaugural Board Chair. Today Matt coordinates the organization’s global operations, including partnership and business development, corporate finance, monitoring & evaluation, and the organization’s governing boards.

Prior, Matt was a Manager at the Bridgespan Group, co-heading its performance measurement practice and serving in the global development practice area. Matt received his MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management and BA summa cum laude from Northwestern University. Matt writes extensively on the topic of performance measurement, including through a blog series for Stanford Social Innovation Review.

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Debra SchwartzDebra Schwartz
Director, Program-Related Investments, MacArthur Foundation

Debra D. Schwartz is director of program-related investments for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She oversees a $300-million portfolio of innovative loans, equity investments and guarantees designed to advance the Foundation's philanthropic work in the United States and abroad. Before joining MacArthur in 1995, she was chief financial officer for a Chicago-based child welfare agency and an investment banker at John Nuveen & Co., specializing in municipal and health care finance.

An expert on affordable housing, community and economic development, social enterprise and philanthropy, Debra originated and taught a University of Chicago undergraduate course, "The Business of Nonprofits and the Evolving Social Sector," from 2009-2012. She also has guest taught classes at graduate schools of business, law and policy at Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, the University of Chicago and Oxford.

She is a past presidential appointee to the United States Treasury Department Community Development Advisory Board and a founder of the Mission Investors Exchange. She holds a Master's in finance and nonprofit management from Kellogg and received her Bachelor's Degree in History, summa cum laude, from Yale.

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Andrew YounAndrew Youn
Senior Partner, Executive Director and Co-Founder, One Acre Fund

Andrew Youn started the One Acre Fund in 2006. Andrew graduated from Yale magna cum laude, is a former management consultant, and received his MBA from Kellogg. Andrew co-founded the program in Kenya with John Gachunga, and lives in western Kenya.

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