About Us

The Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize is made possible through a generous gift from Barry and Marie Lipman and reflects their strong commitment to socially responsible organizations and action. The Prize is administered by the University of Pennsylvania through the Wharton School and engages faculty, staff, and students from across the University.

The work of the Prize resides within the McNulty Leadership Program and is conducted with the support of other university institutes and centers, such as the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, the Center for Leadership & Change Management, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, the Center for High Impact Philanthropy and the Master of Science Program in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership.

“Our goals for the prize are to expand the benefits of social impact organizations using competition to identify and reward excellence, to inspire Penn students to enter the field, and to facilitate the transfer of successful methods of operation to other organizations.”

Barry Lipman, W ’70

Barry & Marie Lipman

Barry and Marie Lipman have served their San Francisco community as philanthropists, board members, and volunteers deeply involved in the social sector for more than 25 years. With sweat equity and strategic leadership they both have contributed directly to the sustainable growth of several nonprofits in the Bay Area. The Homeless Prenatal Program and San Francisco Zoological Society are just two groups benefitting from the Lipmans’ generous support.

A commitment to the greater social good is what led Barry, W’70, and Marie to create this prize. The global nature of the prize and its focus on knowledge dissemination align perfectly with the institutional assets and goals of the University of Pennsylvania. It is here, at Barry’s alma mater, they are building a lasting legacy of societal contribution through collective learning.

Penn’s Tradition of Service

The Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize takes its place in a rich tradition of innovative leadership and service at Penn — a tradition rooted in the founding visions of both the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School.
In 1740, Benjamin Franklin founded the College of Philadelphia, which subsequently became the University of Pennsylvania, as an institution dedicated to education for citizenship and service. The development, “of an inclination joined with an ability to serve” was, for Franklin “the great aim of an end of all learning,” as well as the mission he set for Penn.

In 1881, Joseph Wharton founded the world’s first collegiate school of business at Penn with a similar focus. Graduates of the Wharton School would become “pillars of the state, whether in public or private life.”

Both Ben Franklin and Joseph Wharton also believed that knowledge was to be useful and produce, in Wharton’s words, “solutions to the social problems inherent to our civilization.”

Through the Lipman Family Prize, the University of Pennsylvania continues to realize its potential to promote dialogue and discovery across disciplines and to “bring the benefits of Penn’s research, teaching, and service to individuals and communities at home and around the world.

Steering Committee & Staff

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee for the Barry and Marie Lipman Family Prize includes Barry Lipman, the founder of the Prize, as well as faculty and staff from across the University of Pennsylvania, chosen for their expertise and experience in the areas of business and non-profit leadership and cross-sector collaboration. They are deeply invested in thinking carefully about how best to activate the University of Pennsylvania’s vast resources in service of change-makers, and how to meaningfully partner with the broader social sector at large.

They represent the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, the Center for Leadership and Change Management, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, the School of Social Policy & Practice, and the Wharton School.


Barry Lipman

Former Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman
Founder, Lipman Family Prize


Barry began his professional career in 1975 as an attorney. In 1981, he was a founding partner in Goldfarb & Lipman. His area of expertise was real estate, particularly housing. His clientele included developers and non-profit sponsor organizations, and he was a pioneer in creating and employing unique legal structures to make housing available and affordable to families, the disabled, seniors, and low-and-moderate income owners and tenants. Among the legal structures were the limited equity cooperative, the multi-use vertical subdivision, the live-work unit, and the tax-free or tax-deferred transfer of a residence to housing that included life-care.

In the mid-1990s, Barry transitioned from the law to becoming an investor/philanthropist deeply involved in the social sector. He has contributed to the sustainable growth of several non-profit organizations in the Bay Area and other locales, while serving as a board director to three for-profit and four non-profit entities. The Homeless Prenatal Program, the San Francisco Zoo, the UCSF Medical Center, and Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City are among the organizations that have benefited from his support.

In the early 2000’s, Barry wanted to promote and assist those areas of the social sector that found it difficult to attract private capital and governmental assistance. While continuing to support his preferred cultural institutions and his children’s schools, Barry searched for organizations in which neither he nor his family could receive a direct or indirect benefit other than personal satisfaction for having helped them achieve their goals. With that motivation, in 2010 Barry entered into discussions with the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School to create a prize for the benefit of the social sector. The outcome was the Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize, and the first Honorees were chosen in 2012.

Today, the Lipman Family Prize has evolved to what Barry had originally envisioned. It has become a significant means for rewarding and inspiring positive social impact among social sector organizations worldwide, and faculty, students and many others at Penn. It is fully endowed with the intent to sustain and expand positive social impact for as long as necessary.

Barry and his wife Marie love to travel. According to the Travelers Century Club, they have visited and experienced more than one hundred countries. Their goal is to visit as many more as possible in their lifetimes.

Barry is a 1970 graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1975 graduated from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California.

Elyse Lipman

Chief Strategy Officer
Lipman Family Farms


Elyse currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Lipman Family Farms, North America’s largest supplier of tomatoes and fresh produce. In her role, she assesses how emerging technologies and shifting business trends are transforming current and potential markets, and in turn how to position Lipman for growth. She is the fourth generation of Lipman family members to join the company, and the first woman on the Lipman executive leadership team.

Prior to joining Lipman Family Farms, Elyse led the World Economic Forum’s programme on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Elyse curated projects and content for the Forum’s emerging technology agenda, which included technologies such as blockchain and the internet of things, and mobilized the Forum’s multi-stakeholder community to address the challenges for emerging technologies to benefit society. Her work spanned global markets, concentrating on the US, China, and Europe with the WEF’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and Annual Meeting of New Champions in Tianjin, China. She was also named a WEF Global Leadership Fellow and a System’s Leader for Public-Private Cooperation.

Previously, Elyse built her career in journalism, most prominently as a Photo Editor for National Geographic Magazine in Washington, D.C. The Lipman Prize has long been an inspiration, and continues to fuel her work to achieve positive social change. Elyse earned her BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Journalism from New York University. She earned her MBA in Innovation Management from Wharton.

Lipman Family Prize Steering Committee

Doug Bauer

Penn Lecturer of Urban Studies
Executive Director, Clark Foundation


Doug Bauer is the Executive Director of the Clark Foundation in New York City. The Clark Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in New York State through a variety of grantmaking and operating programs. Doug was previously the Senior Vice President at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) where he lead RPA’s Strategic Initiatives Team. He also served as Vice President at Goldman Sachs and President of the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund, the firm’s charitable giving vehicle.

From 1997 to 2000, Doug was Director of Community Partnership at SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline) and Executive Director of the SmithKline Beecham Foundation, where he focused on community-based health care around the world. From 1992 to 1996, he was a Program Officer for Culture at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and from 1988 to 1992, he managed the Scott Paper Company Foundation. Doug’s opinions and ideas on philanthropy have been featured in the Associated Press, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Contribute, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Post and on CNBC. He also co-authored with Steven Godeke, Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear; Mission-Related Investing, A Policy and Implementation Guide for Foundation Trustees. Doug chairs the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and the Support Center of Nonprofit Management and serves on boards or committees for the Carbon Disclosure Project (UK), Children’s Health Fund and New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (NYRAG).

Doug is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a M.S. from Penn and a M.J. from Temple University.


Umi Howard

Senior Director, McNulty Leadership Program
Former Director, The Lipman Family Prize

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Umi joined the Wharton School in 2011 to establish and serve as Director of the Lipman Family Prize, an annual global competition that celebrates leadership and innovation in the social sector with an emphasis on impact and transferability of practices. As of January 2018, he has taken a new position as Senior Director of the McNulty Leadership Program. Umi is responsible for developing and executing an external strategy for Wharton’s leadership initiatives, in partnership with Wharton Executive Education and Wharton External Affairs.  Key components of the strategy include the stewardship of key donors, development of corporate and foundation partnerships, and the design of executive and public programs in support of the School’s revenue-generating and philanthropic goals.  He also leads our portfolio of civic leadership programs, including the Lipman Family Prize, the Lipman Fellows Program, and the Nonprofit Board Fellows Program.

Prior to joining Wharton, Umi spent fifteen years working in the social impact sector in a variety of roles, including running a social enterprise, organizational consulting, curriculum design and instruction, philanthropy and board service. Umi is a graduate of Vassar College and received his Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

Jeff Klein

Executive Director, McNulty Leadership Program
Lecturer, Management Department
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Jeff Klein is the director of the Wharton Graduate Leadership Program and the Wharton Leadership Ventures and a lecturer in the Management Department of the Wharton School. In this role, he is responsible for the portfolio of curricular and co-curricular leadership development programs available to Wharton MBA students and for the leading the creation of the Wharton Global Leadership Institute. Jeff works with hundreds of MBA students and executive clients every year. As a lead Venture Instructor, he supports multiple expedition-based experiential leadership programs each academic year.

Recently, Jeff’s passions and interests have led him to the study of cross-sector collaborations that create sustainable economic and social wealth. He teaches two graduate-level courses at the University of Pennsylvania — Transformational Reasoning and The New Leadership Frontier — which examine the historical and current context of cross-sector collaboration. Jeff has also begun a doctorate in Educational Leadership to further ground his studies and these practice-based courses in interdisciplinary theory.

Jeff graduated with honors from both the Wharton School (MBA, Entrepreneurial Studies) and Penn State University (BS, Finance; BA, Media Studies).


Katherina Rosqueta

Executive Director, Center for High Impact Philanthropy
University of Pennsylvania


Katherina M. Rosqueta is the founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania. Before accepting her appointment at the Center in the Spring of 2006, Kat was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Prior to joining McKinsey, Kat worked in community development, nonprofit management, and venture philanthropy. She has held numerous volunteer and civic leadership positions including board president of La Casa de las Madres (San Francisco’s oldest and largest shelter for battered women and their children); chair of the United Way’s Bay Area Week of Caring; and co-founder and executive committee member of the Women’s MBA Network. She currently serves as an advisor to Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, and on the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Responsibility Advisory Committee.

Her work and comments have been cited in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek, and Miami Herald. She has lectured at the Wharton School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, University of California Haas School of Business, and the University of San Francisco’s Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management.

Kat received her BA cum laude from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Mike Useem

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management
Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management
Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Michael Useem, the William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management, is director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His university teaching includes MBA and executive MBA courses on leadership and change, and he offers programs on leadership, teamwork, governance, and decision making for managers in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He also works on leadership development and governance with many companies and organizations in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

He is the author of The Leadership Moment; Investor Capitalism; andThe Go Point: When It’s Time to Decide. He is also co-author and co-editor of Learning from Catastrophes, and co-author of The India Way: How India’s Top Business Leaders Are Revolutionizing Management.


The Prize is managed by a staff with extensive experience in the nonprofit and leadership sectors.

Euria Min

Director, The Lipman Family Prize
McNulty Leadership Program
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Euria is the Director of the Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize and Lipman Fellows Program. She oversees the strategy and execution of the annual global social impact competition and partnerships with the wide Lipman Prize community of honorees organizations, nonprofit partners, philanthropic partners, reviewers and selection committee and steering committee members, fellow alumni, and University partners. She also leads the interdisciplinary year-long Lipman Fellows program which engages graduate students from across the University in a learning community immersed in the social sector through the philanthropic process, and in their individual leadership development.

Euria previously served as the Director of Operations for the Fels Institute of Government, Penn’s Master of Public Administration program. Prior to that role, she served as the Director of Operations for the Robert. A. Fox Leadership Program in the School of Arts & Sciences at Penn, helping students identify, develop, and apply their unique skills and passion through developmental research or public service fellowship opportunities and learning trips, both domestically and internationally.

Euria graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Communication Studies and minor in Global Studies, and received her Master’s in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach. Euria grew up in Chicago and Los Angeles, and now calls Philadelphia home. She aims to be active in the Philadelphia community with her broad range of interests and passions, and has engaged in various volunteer capacities such as serving as judge of elections for her neighborhood polling place, an associate board member for Covenant House PA, community panelist with the district attorney’s office juvenile justice diversion program, and the American Red Cross disaster action response team. She also currently serves as a deaconess at her church in Chinatown. Euria currently lives in the East Kensington neighborhood with her husband, daughter, and rambunctious cat.

Tunisia Meek

Program Manager, The Lipman Family Prize
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Tunisia co-manages the logistics and operations for the Lipman Family Prize and Lipman Fellows Program. Prior to joining Wharton, Tunisia worked at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, where she provided administrative and operational support for the Education Team in the Impact Department, reviewed grant applications and handled reporting. She also served as a Special Projects Coordinator at The Philadelphia Tribune where she co-run special events.

Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Tunisia stayed in her hometown for higher education receiving her Bachelor’s degree in English from Temple University. She is a founding Steering Committee member of the Philadelphia Black Giving Circle and hopes to continue her professional journey along the philanthropic path.

Kim Leichtner

Program Manager, The Lipman Family Prize
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Kim manages the relationships and partnership benefits for the Lipman Family Prize honoree community. Her experiences are in nonprofit management and leadership development. Kim is a trained facilitator and moderates civic dialogues with undergraduates through the Penn SNF Paideia Program and with community members through Keystone Civic Ventures and the Free Library of Philadelphia. She has been a High Performing Team Facilitator for Wharton undergraduates, observing and coaching them on effective teamwork. Previously, Kim has led research on the role of State Chief Administrators and worked with hospital physician leaders on medical workforce issues.

Kim grew up outside of Boston and received her B.A. from Harvard College in Biological Anthropology, and her Master’s in Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government. She was an inaugural Lipman Family Prize fellow and is thrilled to support the honoree community that has grown since she was a fellow. She is currently the Co-President of the Penn Wynne Library Association Board. Kim enjoys trying out different recipes, running, and exploring new hiking trails with her two elementary aged kids.

Christiana Kallon Kelly

Project Manager, The Lipman Family Prize
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Christiana supports the operations and logistics of the Lipman Family Prize. Christiana joined the Lipman community first as a 2017-2018 Lipman Fellow and later served as an external application reviewer. She has extensive experience working with non-profit and non-governmental organizations in the United States, Jordan, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.

In addition to her role at The Wharton School, Christiana is a William Fontaine PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education where her research and teaching interests include education, youth, gender, peace and conflict, development, technology, and public policy in Africa. She holds an MSEd in International Educational Development from Penn and a BA in Sociology from the College of William & Mary.

Christiana was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and raised in Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, and Bangladesh. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and infant son.

Umi Howard

Umi Howard

Senior Director
McNulty Leadership Program


Umi joined the Wharton School in 2011 to establish and serve as Director of the Lipman Family Prize, an annual global competition that celebrates leadership and innovation in the social sector with a dual emphasis on impact and the transferability of practice.

Since January 2019, he has served as Senior Director of the McNulty Leadership Program. There, he is responsible for oversight of the organization’s strategy development and revenue generation work, executed in partnership with Wharton Executive Education, Wharton External Affairs, faculty partners, major donors, and other key stakeholder groups. He also leads MLP’s portfolio of civic leadership programs. A Lecturer at Wharton’s Management Department, he has taught a graduate level course on social impact interventions.

Prior to joining Wharton, Umi spent fifteen years working in a variety of roles, including running a social enterprise, organizational consulting, curriculum design and instruction and philanthropic administrator. For nearly two decades, Umi has served on nonprofit boards and advisory groups focused on social justice and diversity, equity and inclusion issues. His current work in that arena includes a signature initiative at MLP, sponsored by Deloitte, combining original research and program development to improve team inclusiveness. Umi is a graduate of Vassar College and received his Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.


Kate FitzGerald

Marketing Director
McNulty Leadership Program


Kate FitzGerald is a Director of Marketing & Communications for the McNulty Leadership Program and has been with Wharton since 2007. Kate is responsible for all marketing and communications activities across the Center, McNulty Leadership Program, and the Lipman Family Prize. This includes development and implementation of a strategic marketing plan and overall brand identity. She oversees the ongoing maintenance of multiple media channels, including the Center and Program websites, the McNulty Leadership and Lipman Prize social media presences and the photography and video creation needed to promote the brand and programs..

Kate holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of San Diego and an M.A. in Marketing and Advertising from Emerson College. She is graduating in May of 2020 with a Masters in Science of Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. Kate comes from a 20+ year career in corporate marketing, with a focus on identity branding and messaging. Prior to coming back to her home base of Philadelphia, she spent several years living in Europe and Asia. Kate lives outside of Philadelphia and cherishes her time with her two children, Erin and Brendan. In her “free time”, Kate is an avid runner, having completed five marathons and many sprint triathlons.

Lipman Fellows Program

Lipman Fellows are invaluable members of the Lipman Family Prize community. Through the year-long fellowship, the Lipman Family Prize invests in nurturing the next generation of social impact leaders. We believe that direct experience getting immersed in learning about those driving innovative change on the frontlines will enable students to better understand and uproot complex social problems throughout their professional lives. Our commitment to student learning and leadership is setting the stage for future innovation. Our student fellows are building a network of relationships and resources that they’ll take with them wherever they go, and apply to whichever cause they champion next.


Please note: Our next application cycle will be in August 2022.

A Unique Opportunity for Students

 Organizations applying to the Prize are working on universally experienced social challenges in public health, educational equality, economic development and beyond. Each year, students have opportunities to help refine the execution of the Prize and its ability to leverage the many Penn resources to support the work of world-class social sector organizations. Lipman Fellows support the selection of the Prize winners and develop their leadership skills while learning about the social sector. With the guidance and support from Penn staff and key partners, student fellows from across the University review applications, analyze data, prepare materials for the Prize Committee, meet with the leaders of winning organizations, and participate in the annual awards ceremony


The 12-16 fellows participate for a full academic year between late September and May. This is an intensive learning community experience that requires on average 5-7 hours of work per week, several mandatory weekend trainings, and weekly meetings throughout the year. The months of October, November, February and March are typically the busiest.


Any current graduate student who is studying at the University of Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia main campus is eligible, including students in one-year programs and first and second year MBAs. We do not require previous experience with nonprofits, philanthropy or social enterprises. Regardless of past work experience, fellows must demonstrate a current interest in the social sector and in their personal leadership development.

The Experience

The goals of this fellowship is for students to learn about the social sector through the philanthropic process, immerse themselves in a learning community, and invest in their leadership development. The Lipman Fellows’ team structure offers students the chance to explore the leadership dimensions of communication, teamwork, group decision-making and emotional intelligence while employing technical skills like data analysis and project management. The multidisciplinary composition of the Lipman Fellow community allows students to collaborate and challenge themselves in a safe learning environment.

Lipman Fellows Experience Series

Get to know some of our Lipman Fellows in the videos below!
View the rest of the Lipman Fellows Experience Series HERE!

2019 Lipman Fellows Experience

Jenny Kim | 2019 Lipman Fellow

Adamseged Abebe | 2018 Lipman Fellow

Cynthia Degros | 2019 Lipman Fellow

Meet our 2022 Lipman Fellows

Albert Lo

The Wharton School, 2023


Albert Lo MBA’23 received his B.A. in English Literature at National Taiwan University. Prior to coming to the Wharton School, Albert was a Product Manager at DBS Bank. He also participated in the same-sex marriage legalization movement of Taiwan.

Andrew Parambath

Perelman School of Medicine, 2023


Andrew Parambath MD’23 is a medical student at Penn who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Biology. Prior to medical school, he was a Teach For America Corps Member in Texas and obtained his Master’s in Education from Southern Methodist University. He also has four years of translational research experience in vascular biology. Andrew is now deeply interested in healthcare innovation, quality improvement, and access to care. He hopes to become a leader in the healthcare system and address healthcare disparities through innovations within medicine and digital health.

Arélyss Eblohoue

School of Arts & Sciences & The Wharton School, 2023


Arélyss Eblohoue MBA/MA’23 is a dual degree student at the Wharton School and the Lauder Institute. Born and raised in Benin, Arélyss studied computer science and applied mathematics in France. She graduated from French Grandes Ecoles ENSIMAG and is a Financial Engineer. Following her studies, she moved to the trading environment where she held various positions. Her latest position is Quantitative Research where she helped building automated trading strategies.

Arélyss has a passion for the social sector where she invests her best efforts. She collaborates with the Vallet Foundation in France and cofounded the NGO “Benin Excellence” that operates in education and provides medical care in prisons. Arélyss aims to be an accomplished leader a multicultural environment.

Ayodeji Aladesanmi

Carey Law School & School of Arts and Sciences, 2023


Ayodeji (Ayo) Aladesanmi MPA/ML’23 is a dual degree student pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration through the Fels Institute of Government and a Master’s in Law, focusing on administrative law & regulatory policy, through the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. In 2019, he graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Economics. Prior to Penn, Ayo worked as a Research Economist & Planning Associate with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) in Atlanta, Georgia, and served as a National Hometown Fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Lead For America fellowship program. Calling the Atlanta area home, Ayo also serves on the Board of Advisors for Georgia Tech’s School of Economics as well as the Executive Board of the Atlanta Economics Club.

Catherine Rolfe

The Wharton School, 2022


Catherine Rolfe MBA’22 is currently a Wharton MBA candidate in Strategic Management and Business, Energy, Environment and Sustainability. Prior to Wharton, she worked as a product manager at Bloomberg LP, where she conceptualized, developed and maintained Bloomberg’s marketing properties across all regions and business areas—a portfolio of over 100 websites spanning financial products, industry verticals, media and foundation. Catherine graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in sociology and creative writing. She is passionate about ensuring corporations make engagement with the social sector a core business tenet.

Enrique Morales

School of Design, 2022


Enrique Morales MFA’22 is pursuing a Master of Fine Art in the Weitzman School of Design. He is an artist, researcher, and educator, and views all three facets as integral to his creative practice. As an artist he is installation and lens-based, while simultaneously immersed in his social practice. As a researcher, his focus is cultural policy with an emphasis on the art and sport industries. As an educator, his approach is to enhance critical and creative thinking, using questioning and listening as pedagogical tools. Additionally, he makes time for tennis, film, city planning projects, and nature. Enrique is the cofounder of a non profit arts organization in Chicago, now in its tenth year of operation. He holds a BA in Political Science and Visual Arts from the University of Chicago.

Gloria Liu

Graduate School of Education, 2022


Gloria Liu MSEd’22 is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Education degree through the Education Policy program in Penn’s Graduate School of Education. Prior to coming to Penn, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Economics at the University of Michigan. During the past year, she worked with policymakers at the Ministry of Civil Affairs in Beijing to bring forward a disabilities grant reform proposal. Additionally, she volunteers as an English writing teacher for high school students in rural China.

Juni Nyheim Solbraekke

Carey Law School, 2022


Juni Nyheim Solbraekke LLM’22 is an LL.M. candidate at Penn’s Carey Law School. She is also pursuing the Wharton Business and Law Certificate at The Wharton School. She earned her first Master of Laws at the University of Oslo, and has also studied Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, both in Norway. Before enrolling at Penn Law, Solbraekke worked at the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations in New York and as a litigator in the Norwegian law firm Hjort. In May 2020, Solbraekke was elected as the General Secretary of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in Norway, which promote respect for human rights and the rule of law.

Kayla Clark

Perelman School of Medicine, 2022


Kayla Clark MPH’22 is a Master of Public Health candidate at the Perelman School of Medicine. She graduated from the Davidson College with a B.S. in Biology. Currently, Kayla works as a Research Coordinator at the Perelman School of Medicine Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Her work revolves around finding ways to reduce barriers to accessing medical care and improve health outcomes for Penn Medicine’s primary care population.

Louisa Lincoln

Annenberg School for Communication, 2025


Louisa Lincoln PhD’25 is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Annenberg School for Communication. Her research examines sustainable business models for journalism, with a focus on nonprofit news and public media organizations. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism and Political Science and a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies. Prior to coming to Penn, she worked in a variety of fundraising and business development roles at nonprofit media organizations including PRX, Public Radio International, NPR, and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Center for Media at Risk.

Meghana Puri

The Wharton School, 2023


Meghana Puri MBA’23 is a Wharton MBA candidate, who previously received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Economics at Northwestern University. Prior to Wharton, she worked in strategy consulting across the UK, Uganda, and India, mainly for non-profit clients. She has advised projects relating to sanitation, collective impact, and women’s employment.

Victoria Tellez

School of Social Policy & Practice, 2022


Victoria Tellez MSSP’22 is a Master of Social Policy student in the School of Social Policy and Practice. Prior to Penn, Victoria worked as a Senior Research Associate at FCLTGlobal, a not-for-profit think-tank based in Boston. Her research focused on rebalancing capital markets to support a long-term, sustainable economy. Victoria attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and completed her studies in Industrial and Labor Relations in 2016.

2021-22 Lipman Fellow Coordinators

The Lipman Coordinators serve as process guides and coaches throughout the fellows’ experience. They ensure a positive group culture among the fellows, manage certain group activities, facilitate weekly meetings, support the fellows individually and collectively and work with staff to strategize next steps throughout the fellows’ learning experience.

Ranjana Chandramouli

The Wharton School, 2022


Ranjana is a previous Lipman Fellow from the 2020-21 cohort who is now serving as one of our Lipman Fellow coordinators. She is a Wharton MBA candidate that graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2014. She led coordination for multiple plant shutdowns needed to implement continuous improvement projects and maintain equipment reliability as a Senior Process Control Engineer for Eli Lilly and Company. Additionally, she volunteers bi-monthly at Second Helpings for food rescue in Indianapolis and organized an engineering program so over 100 elementary school girls could learn about engineering.

Carrita Thomas

School of Social Policy & Practice, 2022


Carrita is an applied research assistant at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy working on a multitude including one involving the Lipman Family Prize. She is also serves as one of our Lipman Fellow coordinators. She is a Master of Social Policy student in the School of Social Policy and Practice. Prior to Penn, she served as a program support analyst at Charity Navigator, associate at Geneva Global, and financial analyst at Wells Fargo. Additionally, she participated in semester-long exchange programs at the University of Hyderabad in India and Zicklin School of Business in New York.

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