Meet the 2017-2018 Lipman Family Prize Fellows

Lipman Family Prize Fellows help to plan and execute elements of the Lipman Family Prize selection process.

Fellows are graduate students from across the University of Pennsylvania’s 12 schools. Fellows work closely with staff to execute the vetting process for applicant organizations.  Students complete data analysis with the support of industry experts, and present their findings to the Prize Committee responsible for selecting the prize’s finalists and winners.

Adamseged Abebe

MS in Nonprofit Leadership, School of Social Policy & Practice, 2019

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Hometown: Gondan, Ethiopia
Education: BS, Health and Societies
Before Wharton/Penn: n/a
After Graduation: Financial institutions, development banks
Extracurriculars: Residential Advisor, Society of African International Students, travel, soccer.

Pauline I. Alvarado

MPA and MS in Criminology, Fels Institute of Government, 2019

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Hometown: Makati, Philippines
Education: B.A. Mass Communications with French Minor, University of California, Berkeley
Before Wharton/Penn: Finance & Operations at the Council of State Governments Justice Center and Chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission (Mayoral Appointment).
After Graduation: Public Sector Consulting.
Extracurriculars: Lipman Family Prize Fellow, Women of Fels, Penn Data Science Group, New Leaders Council, Cal Alumni Association of Philadelphia.


Megha Bansal

MBA, The Wharton School, 2018

 

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Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Education: BA, University of Maryland. MPP, Duke University
Before Wharton/Penn: Strategy Consulting
After Graduation: Strategy Consulting
Extracurriculars: Lipman Fellow, Nonprofit Board Fellow Executive Committee, Wharton Africa Growth Partners Investment Associate, Wharton Social Impact Conference Co-Lead, Africa Global Immersion Program Participant.


Yi Dong

MBA, The Wharton School, 2019

 

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Hometown: Shanghai, China
Education: BBA, Emory University Goizueta Business School
Before Wharton/Penn: McKinsey and Company
After Graduation: Healthcare and economic development in China
Extracurriculars: Lipman Fellow, VP of Business Development at Digital Health Club, Trek Leader at Investment Management Club, Organizing Committee of Wharton Health Care Business Conference, MBA leader of multiple healthcare analytics projects, career coaching and mentorship, avid runner, intramural basketball and soccer.

Dexter D. Evans

 MSEd in Higher Education, Graduate School of Education, 2018 

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Hometown: Muskegon Heights, MI
Education: BS, Legal Studies, Paul Quinn College
Before Wharton/Penn: US Army Reserve, Civic Engagement Coordinator/Adjunct Professor
After Graduation: Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Higher Education
Extracurriculars: Lipman Family Prize Fellowship, GSE Student Government Representative, GAPSA, GSE Student Ambassador Lead, Presidential Assistant at Cheyney University.

Francisco Garcia

MPA, Fels School of Government, 2018 

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Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Education: BA, Vanderbilt University
Before Wharton/Penn: Financial Services
After Graduation: City government and economic development
Extracurriculars: Lipman Fellow, basketball, eating out.

Christiana Kallon

PhD in International Education, Graduate School of Education, 2022

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Hometown: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Education: BA, The College of William & Mary; MS Ed, University of Pennsylvania
Before Wharton/Penn: Programme Analyst, United Nations (Jordan). Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, The College of William & Mary.
After Graduation: International education research and scholarship
Extracurriculars: Lipman Fellow, Perry World House Graduate Associate, Coalition of African and Caribbean Communities in Philadelphia, Epiphany Fellowship, dancing to Afrobeat.

Melanie Kirshenbaum

MBA Healthcare Management, The Wharton School, 2019

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Hometown: Westchester, NY
Education: BA, Cornell University; VMD University of Pennsylvania
Before Wharton/Penn: International Development
After Graduation: Management Consulting: Agribusiness and Healthcare
Extracurriculars: Lipman Fellow, Wharton Social Impact Club Board, Wharton Agribusiness Club Board, Wharton Healthcare Business Conference 2019: Emerging Markets Panel Team Lead; American Public Health Association Veterinary Public Health Group Executive Board Member, walking, soccer.

Arisa Koyama

MBA, The Wharton School, 2019

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Education: BAs from National University of Singapore and Waseda University
Before Wharton/Penn: Nomura Securities Co.
After Graduation: Impact Investing
Extracurriculars: Lipman Fellow, Wharton Japan Trek, ballet, hiking.

Danielle Lake

Master of City Planning, PennDesign, 2019

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Hometown: Goldsboro, NC
Education: Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture, North Carolina State University
Before Wharton/Penn: Architectural designer at Hartman-Cox Architects in Washington, DC.
After Graduation: Urban designer, city planner, architect
Extracurriculars: Lipman Fellow, Editor of PennDesign Panorama Student Publication, PennDesign Social Justice Club, travel, photography, live music.

Nduka Nwankwo

MBA, The Wharton School, 2019

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Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Education: BA in Economics and Creative Writing, Pepperdine University
Before Wharton/Penn: Investment Analyst, Wells Fargo Principal Investments
After Graduation: Investment banking and education investing
Extracurriculars: Lipman Fellow, Wharton African American MBA Association, Wharton Africa Student Association.

Nicolas Perilla

MBA, The Wharton School, 2019

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Hometown: Springfield, VA and Bogota, Colombia
Education: BS Physics, University of Mary Washington, MA Education Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University
Before Wharton: President of a nonprofit organization
After Graduation: Investment Banking
Extracurriculars: Lipman Fellow, finance club, hiking and spending time outdoors, singing and playing stringed instruments, watching documentaries.

Caylyn Perry

JD, Penn Law, 2019

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Hometown: Waldorf, MD
Education: BA, Vanderbilt University, 2016
Before Wharton/Penn: Housing and Urban Policy
After Graduation: Energy and infrastructure at a law firm
Extracurriculars: BGAPSA, Lipman Fellow, Women in Entrepreneurship Law Society, Journal of International Law.

Jennifer Potvin

MBA, The Wharton School, 2019

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Hometown: Sherborn, MA
Education: BA, Williams College
Before Wharton/Penn: Project Management at The Brookings Institute
After Graduation: Management Consulting
Extracurriculars: Lipman Fellow, Wharton Welcome committee, Co-Chair MBA Student Admissions Program, Sponsorship Director of Wharton People Analytics Conference, Marketing Director of Innovation and Design Club.

Emily Stankaitis

MSW and MS in Nonprofit Leadership, School of Social Policy & Practice, 2019

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Hometown: Honeoye Falls, NY
Education: BA Psychology, Susquehanna University
Before Wharton/Penn: Project Coordinator at Presbyterian Support Central – Family Works (New Zealand), Early Childhood Education Administrator and Children’s Support Group Facilitator at the Napier Family Centre (New Zealand), New Zealand women’s lacrosse team
After Graduation: Social impact
Extracurriculars: Lipman Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Club Lacrosse Team, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

Shawn Xu

MBA and MA in International Studies at the Lauder Institute, The Wharton School, 2019

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Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA
Education: BA, Global Business. BS, Psychology at UC San Diego
Before Wharton/Penn: International Expansion at Square
After Graduation: Venture Capital
Extracurriculars: Lipman Fellow, Partner at Dorm Room Fund, Technology Policy Advisor for Gavin Newson