Joshua (Josh) Atwood is a management consultant, adviser, and entrepreneur. He spent five years with McKinsey & Company serving clients across multiple industries and functions in the US, Middle East, and Europe. While at McKinsey, Josh acted as an intrapraneur, designing and launching the McKinsey Social Initiative – an independent nonprofit organization founded by McKinsey & Company which brings together expert problem solvers to develop innovative approaches to complex and systemic social challenges. He has been an adviser to Albright Stonebridge Group, Gurnet Point Capital, and over a dozen other start-ups and investment firms as an independent consultant. He was a Summer Associate at Santander InnoVentures – Santander's financial technology venture capital fund. He is pursuing an MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. It was during his studies that Josh focused his time and attention towards air quality and where he joined two other entrepreneurs in starting Enhale LLC – an innovative air purification technology company that aims to deliver clean air to millions of people around the world.
Micaela Connery is an MPP Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School focusing on disability, inclusion, and community development. She is a research fellow for the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard and a teaching assistant in social entrepreneurship. Inspired by her cousin Kelsey, Micaela is the founder of Unified Theater, an organization she launched at age 15 and served as CEO from 2002-2014, expanding operations across the country. She serves as a Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum. She's spoken at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Vatican Summit on Social and Economic Exclusion, the National Conference on Inclusion, the National Collegiate Leadership Conference, and Chicago Ideas Week. Her work has been profiled by the TODAY Show, VH1, FastCompany, USA Today, The Hartford Courant, ABC, and CNN.
Laura Franklin is currently pursuing an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Prior to graduate school, Laura served as a Teach For America corps member and taught fourth grade in Lexington, Mississippi. She fell in love with the Mississippi Delta and also with the community in Lexington. Laura believes that the power of, and the investment from the community contributed enormously to her students' success. She remains committed to doing her best to help solve some of the problems facing the American public education system today. During graduate school, Laura has been working on a social enterprise idea with another classmate, Gabe Hakim, which addresses the point at which the achievement gap begins: early childhood. Laura is committed to figuring out the best ways to deliver the highest quality early childhood education to as many children as possible. This summer, Laura and Gabe interned at Bing Nursery School at Stanford where they observed high quality early childhood education in practice. Laura is originally from Houston, Texas. Laura’s hobbies include reading, gardening, and writing bios in third person about herself.
Gabriel (Gabe) Hakim hails from metropolitan Detroit and attended college at the University of Michigan. His life moves to the rhythm of Motown sounds and his heart pounds to the beat of Michigan’s fight song: Hail to the Victors. Previously, Gabe worked in Chicago as a consultant at McKinsey & Company focusing on the public and social sectors, including projects with Denver Public Schools and the Gates Foundation to close the achievement gap. After McKinsey, Gabe helped build the team and nationally scale impact at Interfaith Youth Core, a nonprofit promoting interfaith cooperation. His team launched an initiative with the White House, The President's Interfaith Service Challenge, and spread programming to over 1,000 campuses across the country. In his final year as a concurrent MPA/MBA student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Gabe is working tirelessly with his classmate Laura Franklin to start a social enterprise with a mission to increase access to high quality early childhood education across the country.
Eric Howard has spent the past eight years at Boeing Commercial Airplanes working within Supplier Management, Global Business Development & Policy, and Sales. The majority of his career has been devoted to developing aviation industrial capacity with airline carriers and national governments in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. In 2014, he championed an agreement with South African Airways to construct a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain sourced from a genetically modified tobacco crop called Solaris.
Eric is pursuing an MPA at Harvard Kennedy School. He received an MSc from the University of Chicago and a BSc from the University of Minnesota where he spent an academic year studying at the University of Dar es Salaam and consulting for the microfinance agency FINCA International. He is a native of northern Wisconsin and a Green Bay Packers season ticket holder.
Revital Kishinevsky is a public interest lawyer with eight years of professional experience dedicated to promoting gender equality through public advocacy. She specializes in mediating between the grassroots levels and public policy makers, and building collaborations that not only address specific needs of underrepresented groups but further forge social inclusion. Over the past decade, while training as a lawyer and obtaining her LL.M. (cum laude), Revital has been managing community-driven projects of Arab and Jewish women, primarily in the area of gender and social justice. She has established partnerships among academic units, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropic foundations. For the past three years Revital has been co-director of the Women Legal Leaders Program and the Legal Feminism Clinic at Haifa University, which promotes leadership among women from marginalized communities, and functions as a hub for social entrepreneurship in the areas of gender equality and coexistence.
Stephanie Pow hails from Sydney, Australia and is currently a candidate in the Harvard MPA / Wharton MBA dual degree program. Prior to graduate school, Stephanie worked in equities sales and trading for four years. She completed her first summer internship with the Frontier Investments Group at Accion International, focusing on early stage fintech investment in emerging markets. She recently completed her second summer internship with PT RUMA, an Indonesian mission-driven growth-stage start-up that uses basic feature phones to drive m-commerce in suburban and rural areas. Stephanie is an adventure enthusiast and an avid traveler, and one of her goals is to travel to more countries than she is years old. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of New South Wales.
May Samali is an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also an Australian Sir John Monash Scholar, a Young Leadership Dialogue Fellow at the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, and a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership. May’s primary areas of interest include social entrepreneurship, technology and startup policy, urban innovation, venture financing, and tri-sector leadership. She is published in a variety of outlets on these topics, including TechCrunch, the San Francisco Chronicle, and 1776 Insights. May has had extensive experience working with mission-driven companies. Most recently, she held the position of Resident Advisor at Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator in San Francisco, and served as Program Director at the Annual Harvard Social Enterprise Conference. Prior to HKS, she worked as a Strategy Consultant at Alchemy Growth Partners and as a Corporate Lawyer and Philanthropy Manager at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney. In addition, May served as Deputy CEO at 180 Degrees Consulting for three years. In this capacity, she grew a local university club into the world’s largest university-based social impact consultancy. May completed her Economic and Social Sciences and Law degrees at the University of Sydney.
Andrea Sorce is a second-year student in the Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) program. Prior to coming to HKS, she served as a business specialist with Peace Corps in Honduras and El Salvador, specializing in entrepreneurship training and financial education. She also spent three years working with education-focused nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area. After completing the first year of the MPA/ID program, she interned at Calvert Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland, where she focused on research, marketing, and portfolio development for an upcoming Latin America impact investment initiative, and specifically on the engagement of U.S. Hispanic populations in the impact investing space. She is particularly interested in financial education in Latin America and amongst immigrant populations in the United States. Andrea is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, and earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Patrick Tomlinson is a Master of Public Administration (Mid Career) candidate at the JFK School of Government. At Harvard, Patrick is studying how energy market design can effectively address issues of poverty, particularly in rural and remote communities. Prior to moving to Boston, Patrick lived and worked among the Gwich’in First Nation, whose traditional territory includes areas of what is now known as Alaska, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. On behalf of the Gwich'in, Patrick successfully negotiated a multi-party resource royalty agreement, which established for the first time in Canada's history, a royalty sharing agreement between the Government of Canada and Aboriginal groups related to mining and oil and gas development. Patrick was born and raised in downtown Toronto, Ontario, and has since lived in various other regions of Canada. He has proudly jigged for cod in the North Atlantic, harvested mussels on the low tide beaches of the Bay of Fundy, eaten a traditional tourtiere in the woods of Lac St. Jean, and most recently, spent many nights gazing at the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis.