Aamer Ali (MBA ’14)
Aamer is a second year MBA student with emphases in Finance and Marketing. Last year, he co-led the due diligence of SVF’s third investment, Mytonomy. Aamer spent his summer at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Detroit. He is passionate about the future of education and access leading to improved long term outcomes for students. He is a native Chicagoan that loves all things Chicago, playing volleyball and a rowdy game of chess.
Varun Bandri (BBA ’15)
Varun is a junior at the University of Michigan pursuing a double major in Business and Interdisciplinary Physics. He is passionate about finance and is especially interested in how socially responsible finance can change the world. In his free time, he plays basketball and tennis, trades stocks and options, and reads books on topics ranging from philosophy to economics.
Haley Bash (BBA ’14)
Haley is a BBA Senior pursuing emphases in Finance and Accounting with a minor in Cultural Anthropology. Most recently, she interned at Lazard Frères & Company in New York. Last summer, Haley worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in their broker-dealer examination division. She has also interned at Unión Microfinanza, a microfinance firm based in rural Honduras that lends agricultural loans to low-income individuals. She also spent time in Tanzania teaching English at a start-up nursery school. Haley currently serves as Chairman of the Navara Foundation for International Development. Her interests include couture fashion, professional bull riding, and geocaching
Kaitlyn Brown (MBA ’14)
Kaitlyn is a second year MBA student focusing on Strategy, Social Enterprise and Emerging Markets. This summer she interned in consulting with IBM Global Business Services. Before Ross, Kaitlyn worked for Ashoka where she managed the launch of a multimillion dollar African youth employment initiative and worked on a team creating business partnerships between companies and non-profit organizations to deliver essential goods and services to low-income markets. Previously, Kaitlyn created extreme agricultural supply chains in West Africa while a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso. Kaitlyn is an avid traveler and speaks French, Spanish and Fulfulde. She received a B.S. in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University.
Sarah-Jane Caban (MBA ’14)
Sarah-Jane is a second-year MBA student concentrating in marketing and organizational strategy. In addition to her role on the Fund, Sarah-Jane currently serves as Co-President of the Education + Business club. Prior to Ross, Sarah-Jane worked for National Geographic in Washington, D.C., where she assumed a variety of roles with the Education Foundation. Most notably, she managed a national awareness campaign that brought geography education materials to thousands of students and teachers, and she helped launch a leading-edge educational website. Outside of the classroom and the boardroom, Sarah-Jane enjoys running, spending time outdoors, and attempting new athletic pursuits such as the afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira. Originally from the Boston suburbs, she is embracing her new home in metro Detroit and enjoys supporting entrepreneurship ventures in the city. Sarah-Jane holds a B.A. in Psychology and Geography from Colgate University.
Nydia Cardenas (MBA ’15)
Nydia is a first year MBA focusing on finance and inner city economic development. Prior to Ross, Nydia was a senior analyst at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) focusing on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. While at ICIC, she met hundreds of small business owners from across the country who inspired her with their energy, creativity and commitment to employing local residents. Prior to ICIC, Nydia was a program manager for the New America Alliance where she worked to increase business opportunities for Latino-owned asset management firms. Nydia’s love for sports led her to the Boston Red Sox for a six-month fellowship during which she spent many evenings at Fenway getting to know Red Sox Nation. Nydia is from Fort Worth, Texas and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Steve Davidson (MBA/MS ’14)
Steve is a third-year dual MBA / MS student with Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. Since joining the fund in 2011, Steve helped to close its investment in Jack & Jake’s and has led other due diligence efforts. This past summer, he worked as a Summer Associate with McKinsey & Company in New York. Prior to Michigan, he built and managed innovative technology within the private and nonprofit sectors: after beginning his career in the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs, he led the launch of a free Wi-Fi network in Times Square. Steve graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a dual degree in Computer Science and Philosophy. In his spare time, he enjoys running, backpacking, and great coffee.
Chad Dibble (MBA/MS ’15)
Chad is interested in the integration of sustainability metrics with capital market decision-making. Last summer, Chad interned with the National Park Service’s Business Plan Initiative, where he completed a consulting project focused on increasing vehicle fleet management efficiencies at Grand Teton National Park. While in school, Chad has also interned at Clean Energy Coalition, where he contributed to a number of Michigan-focused clean energy policy projects, including a white paper exploring alternative fuel vehicle financing options. Prior to Michigan, Chad was a research analyst covering hedge fund managers at a San Francisco-based wealth management firm, where he also covered Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) fund managers. Chad holds a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from U.C. Berkeley, and he earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. In his free time, Chad enjoys bicycle touring and exploring the fermentation sciences.
Dean Duffy (BBA ’15)
Dean is a BBA junior pursuing emphases in Finance and Accounting with a Pre-Medicine liberal arts curriculum. Most recently, he interned at StartUp Health working with a community of entrepreneurs passionate about transforming healthcare. Dean also spent time in Ghana building medical infrastructure in rural communities. Last summer, Dean worked in research lab at New York Medical College using organoselenium compounds as chemo-preventive agents. His lab’s abstract for their research was accepted to April Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology meeting in Boston. In addition, he spent time at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center working with Dr. Pietanza in outpatient clinical care. Dean currently serves as board member and co-founder of Compassion Let It Begin With Me, which is an organization, founded on the focus to bring comfort and hope to lung cancer patients’ lives. His interests include weight lifting, Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, meeting new people, traveling, and eating great food.
Kenny Fahey (MBA/MS ’16)
Kenny is interested in food systems, with a focus in consumer habits and consumer choice, and impact investing in urban communities. During his first year as a dual MBA/MS student he worked with WWF on a commodities initiative, acted as a research assistant for a professor, focusing on the fossil fuel industry and regulatory policy, and interned as an EDF Climate Corps fellow with Mondelez International. Prior to joining University of Michigan, Kenny worked as a sustainable butcher in San Francisco and subsequently as a paralegal for Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, a nationally based plaintiffs law firm. There he specialized in international personal injury litigation administration. Kenny graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Art History. Outside of school and work, Kenny is a cold weather surfer, guitar player, and avid runner. He will graduate with his MBA/MS in 2015.
Juan Pablo Garcia (MBA/MS ’16)
Juan Pablo’s main interests are the alleviation of poverty and the regeneration of the environment through the creation of sustainable projects. Before joining the University of Michigan, he was working at an investment banking firm on bringing together the global orange juice industry with the principle of shared value creation, by working in the creation of an OJ exporter with over 2,500 local orange producers in Mexico and two major companies. Prior to working in the financial industry, Juan Pablo worked at the Secretary of Social Development where he managed projects between NGO’s, private companies and the government, but was quick to learn that business driven solutions are more effective and longer lasting than political or altruist ones. In his spare time, Juan Pablo enjoys live music, good food and outdoor sports.
Philip Ginsberg (MBA ’14)
Phil is a second-year MBA student focusing on tech. Recently, he was a business development intern at the online marketing startup Livefyre. Before Ross, he worked in London as a strategy consultant for entrepreneurs in the education sector and sat on the board of a school in a low-income area. Prior to this, Phil curated art exhibitions and co-founded a disruptive art fair. Beyond the classroom, you can find him racing for the U-M Cycling Team. Phil studied Philosophy and French at University College London and the Sorbonne. He also has an MA in Critical Methodologies from King’s College London.
Joanna Herrmann (MBA/MS ’16)
Joanna is a first year MBA/MS dual degree student in the Erb Institute in Global Sustainable Enterprise focusing on market-based solutions to global challenges. Prior to coming to Michigan, she worked at the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit in Washington, DC. At Aspen, Joanna helped build the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) – a membership network of organizations working to support small and growing businesses in emerging market, as well as the Aspen Global Leadership Network – a Fellowship program of 1,500 entrepreneurial business leaders from 40+ countries. Prior to her time at Aspen, Joanna founded the Ben Topus Camp, an overnight camp for inner-city youth in DC and Maryland. She has a BA in Human Rights from the University of Virginia and wrote her senior thesis on the International Criminal Court.
Kyle Kilebrew (MBA ’15)
Kyle is a first year MBA student at the Ross School of Business concentrating in Strategy, Finance and Social Impact. Prior to Ross, he served six years as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Air Force. During that time, he maintained a wide range of responsibilities to include command of up-to 40 person mission teams to advisory to the Royal British Air Force. He began his transition toward a career Social Impact this past summer, as an Associate on the Partnerships Team of Ashoka Changemakers, where he supported the organization’s business development activities. Outside of school, Kyle spends his time developing his (very) amateur visual art and ice hockey talents and singing the praises of the great State of Michigan. Kyle graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with a degree in Political Science and Organizational Studies. .
Will Kletter (MBA/MS ’16)
Will is interested in the intersection of business and international development. He began his career in New Delhi, India where his work with consulting on water resource issues for the Indian Government and the World Bank confirmed the critical role of private investment in improving quality of life. He then developed an expertise in marketing at an environmentally responsible investment firm, where he relied on his policy background to implement a rigorous approach to data analysis in an effort to better guide firm strategy. His passions include travel, writing and politics. He was born in Los Angeles, California and received his BA in Political Science from Yale University.
Jessica Knapp (MBA ‘ 15)
Jessica is a first-year MBA interested in for-profit solutions to improve community food security and environmental sustainability. Prior to Ross, she worked in non-profit fund development, specifically for organizations focused on supporting local, sustainable agriculture and building equitable food systems in the state of Rhode Island. At Southside Community Land Trust, she helped to support urban farmers, many of them recently arrived refugees from agrarian backgrounds, with access to land, resources, and education to help them successfully grow food in the city. She also served as an Americorps VISTA member at Farm Fresh Rhode Island, where she helped connect Rhode Island farmers and food artisans to consumers through farmers’ market management and promotion, including the launch of the state’s first year-round, indoor farmers’ market, and the development of a local food distribution program. Jessica is originally from Hollywood, FL and has a BA in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College.
In Jae Lee (BBA ‘ 14)
In Jae is a senior BBA with emphases in Strategy and Operations. In Jae spent his summer in the Bay Area with WHILL Inc., a leading force of innovation in personal mobility devices for the disabled and the elderly. His career vision is to to build and help people build impactful business. As an active member of SVF’s Education circle and a member of Mytonomy due diligence investment team last year, he hopes to contribute and learn from inspiring entrepreneurs in education.
Emily Litwin (MBA ’14)
Emily is a second-year MBA student focusing on strategy and social entrepreneurship. This past summer, Emily interned with LearnZillion, an ed-tech start up and SVF portfolio company. At LearnZillion, she launched the Customer Development team and led strategic marketing initiatives. Prior to business school, Emily was on the development team at Lyric Opera of Chicago where she managed relationships with the 100+ Board of Directors. Emily had the privilege of joining the CWHC Board of Directors to focus on fundraising for the organization. Emily’s interest in social entrepreneurship was piqued after designing and implementing a puppetry arts workshop with at-risk youth in Northern Ireland with funding she secured through the Davis Foundation. Emily holds a B.A. in History from Carleton College.
Berry Kennedy (MBA/MS ’14)
After graduating from Yale University in 2008, Berry Kennedy moved to Mexico to work with the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, Latin America’s largest national environmental fund. She worked in the Watersheds Department overseeing projects utilizing market mechanisms for ecosystem protection for nine months before moving to the executive office to initiate the organization’s Development Office. Berry designed and implemented new fundraising and communications strategies and managed special projects for the Executive Director. During her first summer internship, Berry worked for the Sustainability Department at Walmart, and this past summer, she worked for the strategy consulting firm The Cambridge Group. Her interests include impact investing, market-based mechanisms that promote conservation and sustainable agricultural systems.
Bobby McCarty (MBA ‘14)
Bobby is a second-year MBA student focusing on strategy and social entrepreneurship. Prior to Ross, Bobby worked with mothers2mothers in Cape Town, South Africa, a global health organization focusing on the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV. While there, he managed the implementation of a new budgeting process and defined a set of social metrics for the organization. Prior to that, Bobby worked as a consultant with Alvarez & Marsal in Chicago, IL where he helped companies implement strategic cost saving initiatives. This past summer he interned at Google in Mountain View, CA as a financial operations analyst. Bobby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Indiana University.
Sripriya Navalpakam (BBA ‘15)
Sripriya is a BBA Junior studying Strategy and Entrepreneurship. She is an aspiring Social Entrepreneur who is passionate about the intersection of education and finance. In 2012, Sripriya co-founded a consumer finances services social venture called ReSource Fund. The organization provides community members with financial products and services so as to empower them to avoid the debt trap of usurious financial services and develop a toolkit of skills to fight financial burdens. Sripriya is also a former Lend for America Fellow and a strong proponent of student entrepreneurship on campus. In addition, she enjoys singing, listening to music, and cooking.
David Paollela (BBA ‘ 14)
David is a BBA senior pursuing emphases in Finance and Accounting. Last summer, he interned at Guggenheim Partners in their Securities business, doing primarily investment banking and capital markets related activities in the media and technology industries. Previously, David has interned at a long-short equity hedge fund and other financial services firms. His interests include playing soccer, reading, and his grandmother’s cooking.
Ebony Pope (MBA ’15)
Ebony is a first year MBA student focusing on social enterprise and marketing. Due to her passion to uplift her hometown of Detroit, she is excited to serve on the Urban Revitalization Circle for the Social Venture Fund. Prior to Ross, Ebony worked at New Urban Learning, a charter education management company focused on preparing Detroit students to successfully graduate from four year colleges and universities. A non-profit organization, operated like a start-up, New Urban Learning allowed her to oversee a range of responsibilities including hiring, governance, marketing, student recruitment, and external relations. Before her work in education, she lived in the Bay Area, where she was an Account Strategist for Online Sales at Google. Ebony holds a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University.
Lizzie Reisman (MBA/MS ’14)
Lizzie is a third-year MBA/MS dual-degree student focused on Technology, Marketing, and Impact. Prior to Ross, Lizzie worked as the Development Director for blueEnergy, a San Francisco-based NGO that provides renewable energy and sustainable development solutions to rural communities in Nicaragua. She built the organization’s first three-year fundraising strategy, forged corporate sponsorship relationships, and evaluated the organization’s renewable energy projects. Before blueEnergy, Lizzie was an audit associate at KPMG San Francisco helping financial services clients identify and mitigate inefficiencies in internal controls. She holds a B.A. in Integrative Biology from the University of California.
Sarah Richardson (MBA/MPH ’15)
Sarah is in the second year of her dual MBA/MPH program, focusing on healthcare management and policy. She is excited to join the Social Venture Fund, where she will primarily be focusing on deal sourcing and due diligence within the Health Circle. Prior to University of Michigan, Sarah worked as a policy consultant at Avalere Health, a research and advisory services firm in Washington, DC. There, she advised life sciences clients on trends in evidence-based medicine and value-driven healthcare, providing analysis and recommendations for internal strategies. During the summer of 2013, Sarah was a Graduate Intern at UnitedHealthcare Community & State, the UnitedHealth Group insurance line that oversees Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care. Sarah received her B.A. in Anthropology and Economics from Wellesley College. .
Tara Tarazi (BBA ’15)
Tara is a junior BBA concentrating in Accounting and Strategy with a minor in Environmental Sustainability. This past summer she was a research fellow for the University of Michigan interning at a local food business incubator FoodLab Detroit. Last summer, she spent eight weeks interning in Ankara, Turkey teaching conversational English to first year university students. She has also created a sustainability initiative for her business fraternity Phi Chi Theta educating about the importance of sustainability in the workplace. Her passions include singing, playing piano, and learning about the local food system in her community.
Stefanie Thomas (MBA ’15)
Stefanie is first year MBA student focusing on social enterprise and technology startups. Prior to Michigan, Stefanie worked on a summer engagement with CODE2040, a Silicon Valley-based non-profit that provides Black and Latino/a computer science students with inroads to internships at prominent technology companies. Before that time, she spent six years on Wall Street within export finance at Citigroup and was a founding member of a career development organization out of Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Washington, DC, Stefanie holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and plans to return to DC, post-MBA, to launch a career in business development at a local start-up.
Jimmy Ward (MBA/MS ’14)
Jimmy is a third year graduate student pursuing a Master in Business and Master in Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan. He is interested in utilizing markets to create positive impact through technology and entrepreneurship. Recently, Jimmy was a Product Marketing Manager Intern at Microsoft. Within the Lync product marketing team, he analyzed the telephony market, established customer growth trajectory, and completed a go to market strategy and execution plan. Before graduate school Jimmy was a Sr. Financial Analyst with NORC, a non-profit social science research organization and helped the organization grow over 50%. Prior to NORC, he was a Finance Associate with LaSalle Bank and Bank of America as part of their Corporate Finance Rotational Program. Jimmy graduated cum laude from Augustana College with a BA in Business Administration concentrating in Management, Finance, and Management Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science. He is an active traveler, food lover, soccer player, outdoorsman, and woodworker.
Carrie Wolfe (MBA ’15)
Carrie is a first-year MBA student focusing on strategy and social enterprise. Prior to business school, Carrie worked as a management consultant with Accenture, where she partnered with public sector clients to design and implement programs aimed at improving the quality and effectiveness of administrative services by facilitating the sharing of scarce resources. Carrie also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, where she worked on small business development initiatives, including launching a business forum on local radio. Her experiences working with entrepreneurs in rural Africa were formative in her passion for business as a catalyst for sustainable solutions to address intractable social challenges. She is also a founding board member of Dagbé, a startup nonprofit that provides Beninese youth impacted by child trafficking with access to education and training. Carrie holds a B.A. in Economics from Miami University of Ohio.
Claire VanHorn (MBA ’15)
Claire is a first year MBA student at the Ross School of business concentrating in finance and strategy. In addition to her role on the Fund, Claire is involved in Net Impact and Michigan Business Women. Prior to Ross, Claire worked in Washington, DC at the Touchstone Consulting Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm partnering with government leaders. As a consultant she was involved in launch the cell broadcast emergency alert system, worked with first responders in developing comprehensive communication strategies, and partnered with the Center for Disease Control to enhance its organizational structure to achieve greater impact. Outside of the classroom, Claire enjoys running, hiking, and cooking all types of international cuisines. Claire holds a B.A. in Economics and International Affairs from the George Washington University.