Meet the 2019-2020 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.

Daniel Baume

The Wharton School, 2021

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Daniel is a Master of Business Administration Candidate concentrating in Business, Energy, Environment & Sustainability at The Wharton School. Prior to joining Wharton, Daniel worked as Strategic Assistant to the CEO at Burn Manufacturing, a social enterprise dedicated to providing fuel-efficient cook stoves to low-income households in Kenya. He worked with Burn’s CEO to secure funding and establish strategic planning. Prior to this, Daniel worked in real estate private equity and corporate strategy. Daniel’s interests include social impact, cooking, and traveling to remote places.

Fortunate Ekwuruke

Graduate School of Education and School of Social Policy & Practice, 2020

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Fortunate Kelechi Ekwuruke attends the Graduate School of Education and School of Social Policy and Practice at University of Pennsylvania where she is obtaining dual Master degrees in Education, Culture, and Society and Nonprofit/NGO Leadership. Additionally, Fortunate is pursuing a practicum exploring how government and NGOs interact within the education sectors in Nigeria. Fortunate is a member of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition and a Graduate Associate in Perry World House at Penn.

Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, Fortunate taught English at Clara Barton high school where she developed discussion-based lesson plans and assisted students in using critical theory to connect literature to current events. Fortunate also served as a counselor and journalism instructor with the I Will Graduate Youth Development Program working with homeless and underprivileged students in NYC.


Poorwa Godbole

The Wharton School, 2021

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Poorwa Godbole is an MBA candidate in Health Care Management at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Stanford University. Previously, she worked at Gates Ventures as a Health & Life Sciences Program Analyst doing content development and research on U.S. Healthcare and venture philanthropy in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Prior to that, she worked at McKinsey & Company as a Business Analyst focused on improving operations, access, quality, and patient satisfaction for providers and health systems. Additionally, Poorwa co-authored “Examining the effect of 5-HTTLPR on depressive symptoms in postmenopausal women 1 year after initial breast cancer treatment,” Supportive Care in Cancer, July 2018. Poorwa enjoys cooking, New York Times crosswords, and Orangetheory Fitness.

Eileen Huang

The Wharton School, 2020

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Eileen Huang is a Master of Business Administration candidate concentrating in Strategic Management and Marketing. Prior to Wharton, she worked at the intersection of education and technology, most recently with Google for Education. During her time at Google, Eileen partnered with district leaders across the U.S. to tackle challenges around student access to technology and devised district-wide technology implementation strategies.

Her interests include yoga and wellness, pu’er tea, hiking, and exploring Philly restaurants.

Joan Larbi

The Wharton School, 2020

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Joan Larbi is pursuing a Master of Business Administration at The Wharton School. Before coming to Wharton, she worked as a manager for the African Leadership Academy (ALA), a Johannesburg-based educational non-profit. Joan worked with a team of 6 to coach over 1000 ALA alumni and MasterCard Foundation Scholars from 50 African countries to secure internships and first jobs. Prior to joining ALA, Joan taught 5th grade math and science in Miami as a Teach For America corps member.

At Wharton, Joan is co-president of the Wharton Africa Student Association (WASA), a GUIDE mentor for undergraduate Wharton students, a Wharton Dance Studio choreographer, and a team lead for Wharton Africa Growth Partners. Her interests include learning about youth employment initiatives, traveling, and dancing to afrobeats music.

Xochitl Luna Marti

Perelman School of Medicine, 2020

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Xochitl Luna Marti is pursuing a Master of Public Health at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Bachelor of Art in Health and Societies with a concentration in Global Health from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Currently, she is working at the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives as a Research Coordinator overseeing two NIH-funded studies on topics related to digital information privacy and using behavioral economics tools to encourage safe and healthy behaviors. She enjoys working on an interdisciplinary research team of investigators across the University and Health Systems.

In her spare time, Xochitl likes to spend time outdoors and go salsa dancing in Philly.

Amber Mackey

School of Arts and Sciences, 2023

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Amber Mackey is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she conducted wok as an Urban Leaders fellow, developing an action plan to equip charter schools with solar panels and collaborating with the Bureau of Governmental Research to analyze jail structures and operations across 20 cities.

Additionally, Amber has served as a counselor and mentor in the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute where she assisted students ages 13 -17 taking courses at Princeton University and delivered lectures on social movements and stigmatization.

Neil Mehta

The Wharton School, 2021

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Neil Mehta is a consultant at BCG where he has assisted institutions with value chain disruption, pricing strategy, management strategy, and business operations. Prior to joining Wharton as a MBA candidate, Mehta worked as a strategy & operations associate at the Obama Foundation where he developed and presented a five-year strategic plan as well as long-term financial and endowment strategy to President Obama and the organization’s Board of Directors.

In his free time, Neil enjoys playing soccer, baseball, the guitar, and piano. Additionally, Neil volunteers as a mentor coach for America Needs You.

Jesslyn Poulson

Graduate School of Education, 2020

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Jesslyn Poulson is obtaining a Masters in International Educational Development. Poulson teaches social science at Canyon View Junior High School where she aids her student’s development in critical thinking, interpersonal communication, and research through project-based learning as well as school-wide presentations and exhibitions. Jesslyn was awarded PTSA’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year. She was also an English Teacher for International Language Programs in Moscow, Russia.

Sayeeda Rashid

School of Social Policy and Practice, 2020

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Sayeeda Rashid is a student at the School of Social Policy and Practice obtaining a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership and a Master of Social Work. Sayeeda is a Graduate Associate at Riepe College House where she supports undergraduate students with their academic needs, interpersonal skills, health, wellness, and financial awareness. Over the past year, Sayeeda worked as a Social Policy Fellow at the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, where she supported several Office initiatives, including creating applications, conducting interviews, and developing a curriculum with the Executive Director of the LGBT Affairs for Philadelphia’s first LGBTQ Community Leadership Pipeline. In addition to her work as a social impact professional, Sayeeda teaches yoga and meditation.

Hana Rouse

The Wharton School, 2021

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Hana Rouse is obtaining a Master of Business Administration with a major in Business, Energy, Environment and Sustainability. Prior to joining Wharton, Rouse served as a research assistant in the Office of Communications for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer. Hana researched and synthesized information for use by top press and policy staffers to advance Democratic leadership messaging. Additionally, Rouse helped Senate Democrat revamp their digital presence by conceptualizing videos that highlighted favorable local and national media coverage.

In her free time, Hana helps elementary school students with below ­grade level reading skills reach proficiency as a Reading Partners tutor. Some of Hana’s interests include vegan cooking, bullet journaling, and fitness.

Abigail Steinberg

School of Social Policy and Practice, 2020

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Abigail Steinberg is a Master of Science candidate at the School of Social Policy and Practice. Previously, she served as a Project Manager and Senior Associate at global consultancy firm BFA where she managed the Mastercard Foundation’s FIBR program to promote financial inclusion in Africa. Additionally, Abigail planned and executed strategy for global teams and clients across Asia, Africa, and Europe. She has spoken at many global events and classes, designed and led conferences, and has written numerous blogs and published an article with MIT Press tilted, “Democratizing Legal Information Across Africa An Inside Look at Digitizing Local Content.”

She has an M.A. and B.A. from Brandeis University. She is always up for urban and culinary adventures, volunteering, outdoor activities, reading, and podcasting.

Tobin Stuff

Weitzman School of Design, 2020

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Tobin Stuff is a Korean-adoptee who embraces his story to fuel his passion as an urban planner. He has five years of planning experience ranging from working with empowered high school students from slum communities in Nairobi, Kenya to leading planning charrette exercises in locations across the United States, South Korea, and Japan. Tobin also started his own photography business to pair his knowledge in design and photography to provide community-focused media that supplements planning efforts and captures planning principles in communities large and small.

Tobin is currently a 2020 Master of City Planning Candidate exploring the role planners have at the intersection of design, development, and community engagement and the field’s greatest challenges in addressing housing affordability and leveraging under-invested civic assets to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Naoki Torimura

The Wharton School, 2020

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Naoki Torimura is obtaining a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Prior to joining Wharton, Naoki served as a director for Daiwa Securities where he was recognized as trusted M&A advisor in the electronic and IT sectors based on exceptional leadership and experience with over 30 announced deals throughout his career. He was a member of the internal valuation committee in the M&A Advisory team of Daiwa Securities and oversaw valuation on over five M&A projects each year. During his time with Daiwa Securities, he has trained over 20 junior members on valuation and modeling. Naoki’s interests include fashion, art, hiking, rowing.

Serena Yoon

The Wharton School, 2020

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Serena Yoon is a Master of Business Administration Candidate concentrating in Finance and Business Analytics. Prior to joining Wharton, she worked as a Senior Associate for private equity firm Coller Capital. Serena conducted valuation and leveraged buyout analysis of portfolio companies across multiple sectors including consumer & retail, media & telecom, and healthcare in the US and Asia.

Serena serves her community as a volunteer for Habitat-for-Humanity, Make-a-Wish, and Room-to-Read. Serena’s interests include cooking, traveling, and hiking.