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.

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

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.


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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 2024 Lipman Fellows

Adwoa Boateng

The Wharton School, 2025


Adwoa Boateng MBA’25 is a first-year Wharton MBA candidate, majoring in Social and Governance Factors for Business. Prior to Wharton, Adwoa was a senior analyst at the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan, the U.S. government’s oversight agency on Afghanistan reconstruction. She has experience in evaluating economic development across sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia. She is interested in the intersection of public and private partnerships to provide basic needs in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Global South. Adwoa holds a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Anomitra Banerjee

The Wharton School, 2024


Anomitra Banerjee MBA’24 is pursuing his MBA at The Wharton School. Prior to business school, Anomitra led VC investments and M&A at The Times Group, India’s largest media conglomerate. He is actively involved in investing, advising, and helping startups grow in India and southeast Asia. Outside of work, Anomitra is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and has served as a founding curator of a hub in north India. Anomitra holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from BITS Pilani and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Ashoka University, where he was the Kusumben Kothari Scholar.

Ashima Gauba

The Wharton School, 2025


Ashima Gauba MBA’25 is a first-year student at The Wharton School studying Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. Ashima believes that much of the positive change we will see in the future will be catalyzed by social ventures, and she is passionate about helping social entrepreneurs pave this path forward. Prior to Wharton, Ashima worked as a business operations analyst at an edtech startup based out of San Francisco which focused on supporting individuals from non-traditional backgrounds breaking into tech sales. Previously, she was a high school teacher in Metro Atlanta. Ashima holds a B.S. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a M.S. in education from Johns Hopkins University.

Brennan Burnett

The Wharton School, 2025


Brennan Burnett MBA’25 is a first-year Wharton MBA candidate. He’s an avid marketer and enjoys applying analytics to business. He is also passionate about helping others and plans to make social impact an integral part of his career. Prior to Wharton, he worked at T-Mobile in Seattle. He also developed a pilot program to train future business leaders through Fargreen, a Vietnamese social enterprise. He developed the curriculum and coordinated the design of an online course to teach rural Vietnamese workers critical business and leadership skills as they prepared to take on leadership roles. Brennan received his undergraduate degree in business strategy from Brigham Young University.

Caiying (Catherine) Zhang

Penn Carey Law School, 2025


Caiying (Catherine) Zhang JD’25 is a law school student at Penn Carey Law School. Hailing from Singapore, Catherine worked in Mississippi prior to law school. She initiated and led a health-screening collaboration aimed at enhancing healthcare accessibility for low-income and immigrant populations. Previously, she interned at the Office of the General Counsel at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she combined her passion for healthcare and law while making a meaningful contribution to an institution dedicated to children’s welfare. Catherine holds a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in psychology from Millsaps College and a Master of Public Health from UPenn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

Daira Natalia Povez Gamboa

School of Arts & Sciences, 2024


Daira Natalia Povez Gamboa MPA’24 is pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the Fels Institute of Government in the School of Arts & Sciences. Born in Peru, she is passionate about gender and economics research and policy in Latin America. Daira wrote her economics thesis about the effect of motherhood on Peru’s informal labor market and was selected to present at two international conferences. Prior to matriculating at UPenn, she was head of newsletter and company tours at Women Societies Alliance, an organization that helps UK-EU female students build their careers in finance. She also interned for a tech firm in London focusing on data analysis and customer management. Daira holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Warwick in the UK.

Diego Bautista

School of Social Policy & Practice and Penn Carey Law School, 2024


Diego Bautista MSSP’24 is pursuing a Master of Science in Social Policy with a Certificate in Law from the School of Social Policy & Practice and Penn Carey Law School, respectively. Raised in the Philippines, Diego is eager to learn more about existing welfare programs, particularly those that alleviate food insecurity, which can be implemented in his home country. Prior to matriculating at Penn, Diego was an analyst for a regional advisory firm which specialized in public policy analysis and government affairs in Southeast Asia. He also worked in the public sector as a Junior Political Officer for former Philippines senator, Francis Pangilinan. Diego holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of the Philippines.

Giovanna Parini

Penn Carey Law School, 2025


Giovanna Parini SJD’25 is a Doctor of the Science of Law candidate at the Penn Carey Law School. Her research interests center around constitutional and international human rights law, public policy and reproductive justice. Giovanna worked for over ten years in the Judiciary, most recently as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Paraguay. In her various roles, she has led judicial reform and access to justice projects and has also volunteered in indigenous communities to enhance coordination with government entities. Giovanna is a co-founder of WeImpact, an all-women consultancy firm dedicated to promoting sustainability and social impact projects in Paraguay. She holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and an LLB from the National University of Asuncion.

Jesus Luis Zuniga IV

Graduate School of Education and School of Social Policy & Practice, 2024


Jesus Luis Zuniga IV MSEd’24/MS’24 is currently a dual master’s student in International Educational Development and Nonprofit Leadership as a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow in the Graduate School of Education and School of Social Policy & Practice. Jesus is passionate about philanthropy and is dedicated to improving quality and access to education. Prior to his graduate studies, Jesus was the Director of Development at the Latin American Leadership Academy in Medellin, Colombia. Previously, he taught English in Cameroon as a Peace Corps volunteer and later in Puerto Rico, after making a pivot from investment banking. Jesus holds a B.A. in economics from Amherst College.

Jingyi Chen

School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, 2024


Jingyi Chen MSE’24 is pursuing a master’s in electrical engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Jingyi is passionate about technology and problem-solving. Prior to UPenn, Jingyi worked as an investment intern at Decent Capital and as a technical support member at Anteland Technology. Her interests center on nanotechnology and quantum engineering, where she aspires to drive innovation and create positive impacts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic information engineering from Shanghai University.

Jordan Harris

The Wharton School, 2025


Jordan Harris MBA’25 is pursuing her MBA at The Wharton School. She is passionate about advancements in precision medicine and improving accessibility to healthcare for underrepresented populations. Prior to Wharton, Jordan was a consultant in KPMG’s Deal Advisory & Strategy group, where she focused on healthcare and life sciences. She has experience providing growth strategy, commercial strategy, and M&A support to a variety of clients, ranging from global biopharmaceutical companies to emerging early-stage companies. Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University.

Mackenzie Nolan

The Wharton School, 2025


Mackenzie Nolan MBA’25 is a Wharton MBA candidate studying Social and Governance Factors for Business. Mackenzie is passionate about driving social impact. She previously consulted for McKinsey & Company where she partnered closely with public and social sector clients on strategy development and implementation. Mackenzie holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame where she studied political science, Arabic and business economics.

Molly Shields

The Wharton School, 2024


Molly Shields MBA’24 is a second-year student at The Wharton School studying Strategic Management and Operations. Prior to Wharton, Molly was part of a growth-stage marketing technology startup in New York City. She has experience developing customer strategies for clients from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in a variety of different industries. Additionally, Molly led consulting projects for non-profit organizations through Net Impact’s New York professional chapter. She holds a B.S. in business analytics and marketing from Boston College.

Neelam Vohra

School of Dental Medicine and Perelman School of Medicine, 2024


Neelam Vohra DMD’24/MPH’24 is currently a dual degree student pursuing a Doctorate in Dental Medicine at Penn Dental Medicine and a Master of Public Health at the Perelman School of Medicine. Prior to dental school, Neelam served with the National Health Corps, a division of AmeriCorps, where she worked with a Philadelphia refugee resettlement agency to connect clients with essential medical and dental care. She is deeply passionate about improving healthcare access and equity for marginalized communities and hopes to integrate her experiences in dentistry, public health, and leadership as she pursues a career in pediatric dentistry. Neelam holds a B.S. in molecular biology and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

Sabrina Fathi

The Wharton School, 2025


Sabrina Fathi MBA’25 is a first-year student at The Wharton School studying Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Sabrina is a multi-lingual speaker who was raised in North Africa and has lived and worked across Europe, Morocco, and the U.S. Prior to Wharton, Sabrina was a product operations specialist at a crypto firm, Dapper Labs, where she led the analysis for several financial product initiatives and published research on token economics. She holds a B.S. in environmental economics and policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Yasaswini (Wini) Dandu

The Wharton School, 2024


Yasaswini Dandu MBA’24 (who goes by Wini) is a second-year student at The Wharton School studying Marketing and Operations Management. Wini is passionate about reducing educational disparities and mentoring young people. Prior to Wharton, she worked as a consultant at Guidehouse (formerly Navigant Consulting) in their financial services practice, specializing in mortgage risk, compliance oversight and compliance analytics. Wini holds an undergraduate degree in finance and accounting with a minor in global medieval studies from Georgetown University.

2023-24 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.

Melissa Berkowitz

School of Social Policy & Practice and Carey Law School, 2024


Melissa Berkowitz MSSP’23/ML’24 is a current dual Master’s student in the Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) program in the School of Social Policy and Practice and the Master in Law program in the Carey Law School. Melissa also holds a Master of Public Policy with a Policy Analysis Specialization from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from New York University. Melissa currently works as a Project Manager on the Accelerate Health Equity Initiative at Penn Medicine. In this role, Melissa manages a portfolio of health equity projects in partnership with Independence Blue Cross and health care institutions across the city, including projects focused on access to specialty care, maternal health, and cardiovascular health.

Nicole Ventrone

The Wharton School, 2024


Nicole Ventrone MBA’24 is pursuing her MBA at The Wharton School. Prior to Wharton, Nicole served as a Public Policy Fellow for a state department of education. She developed and strengthened data collection and analysis infrastructure for postsecondary career technical education programs. Nicole has also worked as an educator in Baltimore and Mexico City. In that time, she led her school’s first Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports team, first combination classroom, and first Student Council, all while ensuring her students consistently made more than a year’s worth of growth. She has also interned with a Maryland legislator researching the state’s digital divide. Nicole is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education.

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