2013 - 2014 Executive Board
Matthew Hennessy - President
Matt is a Master of International Affairs candidate in Economic and Political Development at SIPA. Spending the past four years working in finance in beautiful sunny Southern California, Matt arrived at SIPA planning to further his educational pursuits of economic development cultivated at Wake Forest University. Building on his experience in Ghana conducting research on urban and agricultural microfinance models, he hopes to leverage the wealth of educational and professional resources at SIPA to better connect the need for economic growth with sustainable energy projects. Matt is also a member of the SIPA Sustainability Committee focused on retrofitting the SIPA campus with energy-efficient, cost-saving, sexy LED lights. He moonlights as an ultimate frisbee player traveling around the country representing the brash squad of New York City's finest.
Melody Ma - Consulting Chair, Impact Investing
Melody grew up in Hong Kong and received her MA law degree from the University of Cambridge. She commenced her legal professional training at Linklaters LLP, where she subsequently became a capital markets lawyer in its London office and developed a specialization in derivatives and structured products. She also has in-house experience at a number of investment banks and the Hong Kong stock exchange. Her first exposure to impact investing was through her pro bono work in India where she conducted research on social enterprises. She recently spent a year in rural communities in Latin America, which ultimately led her to come to SIPA to pursue an MIA degree and learn more about how to approach development issues, especially those in relation to energy and environment.
Mohammad Khan - Consulting Chair, Social Entrepreneurship
Mohammad is a Master of Public Administration student at Columbia University SIPA, concentrating in Economic and Political Development. Prior to beginning graduate studies, he worked for over four years at the US Department of the Treasury, OTS/OCC as a financial institutions examiner. Before working at the Treasury, Mohammad worked in the CFO’s office at a small commercial bank. A native New Yorker, he received his undergraduate degree in Finance & Investments from Baruch College in 2008. Mohammad’s passion for impact investing and social enterprise is spurred by a desire to apply and enhance his skill set to projects with a social focus. In his spare time he enjoys photography, travel, and fitness, having qualified for the New York City Marathon in 2012 and 2013.
Erica Matsumoto - Communications Chair
Erica is a Master of Public Administration candidate in Urban Policy and Management at SIPA. After spending 2 years as an Economic Development and Community Organization volunteer with the Peace Corps in El Salvador, Erica arrived at SIPA to further her education in sustainable urban economic development. Prior to fixing potable water pumps and creating a youth development program in her village in El Salvador, Erica worked in institutional project management and financial operations analysis. She is excited to build upon her experience in order to find innovative ways to develop urban economies, particularly through social entrepreneurship and the new media and technology sectors. Erica is also a board member of student group Women In Leadership at SIPA.