2018 Executive Board
Majda Radovanovic: CO-PRESIDENT
Majda Radovanović is a Serbian-Bolivian, pursuing a Master in Financial Policy and Economic Development at SIPA. Before SIPA she worked at LISC, a community development finance institution with a loan portfolio supporting health, education, affordable housing and economic development. She was part of a small team which successfully led the first IPO ever by a community development finance institution. Prior to that she ran programs for neighborhood revitalization and entrepreneurship in Newark, where she designed and initiated a social enterprise, worker-cooperative which currently employs 18 immigrant women. She obtained her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College in political economy. At SIPA she is studying lending and business models which generate sustainable and equitable economic growth.
Carolina Gomes: CO-PRESIDENT
Carolina Gomes is a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP) candidate, specializing in Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis and Management. Originally from Brazil, she attended the United World College in India when she was 17, and later went on to Brown University where she earned a B.A. in Economics and International Relations in 2014. After graduation, she joined the Latin American team at J.P. Morgan in New York, assisting Brazilian clients in finding investment opportunities globally. In 2015, she joined the J.P. Morgan team in São Paulo, Brazil. Carolina has been involved in voluntary work in Brazil and India, and while working in financial markets, she has developed a passion for impact investing. At SIPA, she has been deepening her knowledge in the field and hopes to use her finance background to help change the investment framework in Brazil in the future.
Marcia Sanzovo: Chief Consulting Chair
Márcia is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) candidate, concentrating in Urban and Social Policy and specializing in Management at SIPA. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2011 and started her career at Integration, a Brazilian management consulting firm, where she implemented projects in different sectors and areas in Brazil, Argentina and Peru. In 2014, she joined Instituto Natura, a non-profit organization, working on a nationwide literacy project and leading an initiative to support 5,000 Brazilian education municipal offices. At SIPA, Márcia is interested in designing and evaluating public policies so she be better equipped to lead the implementation of impactful policies in the local level.
Pintian Chen: Consulting Chair
Pintian is an MPA candidate focusing on Energy, Finance and Africa at Columbia University. He has experience working for the United Nations and in management consulting and social innovation. Prior to SIPA, Pintian studied economics at Renmin University of China, with a focus on public finance. In the United Nations, he monitored and evaluated UNDP’s projects in energy, environment and poverty reduction in China. His career interest is to help finance renewable energy projects in developing countries. Pintian is a Sichuan cuisine lover and enjoys running in the Riverside Park.
Billy Erdenebat: Consulting Chair
Bilguun-Ochir (Billy), is a Master of International Affairs candidate at SIPA, Columbia University. Born in Mongolia, he pursued his international development interest after graduating from the National University of Mongolia with a degree in the international relations. He coordinated the Youth Business Mongolia program and, managed other small social projects. Interested in creating a space for social entrepreneurship, he initiated a city-wide movement to promote social entrepreneurship in Ulaanbaatar. Besides his classes, he is now seeking to learn more about the practices of social impact projects in the U.S.A.
Sanjana Gorti: Consulting Chair
Sanjana Gorti is a Master of Public Administration candidate at SIPA, Columbia University specializing in Economic and Political Development. She has 7 years of work experience as a microfinance practitioner in Bharat Financial Inclusion Limited (formerly SKS Microfinance), one of the largest MFI’s in India. She was instrumental in starting operations and expanding the outreach of financial inclusion services to remote villages in India. She played a key role in handling the post crisis fallout of the Andhra Pradesh Microfinance Institutions (MFI) Crisis in 2010 that severely crippled the micro-finance industry. At SIPA, she intends to enhance and broaden her knowledge and skills to contribute meaningfully to social enterprises that work towards improving the lives of the under-served. An avid reader, she enjoys spending her free time solving Sudoku’s and spending time with her daughter.
KAthy XIE: professional development chair
Kathy is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) candidate, concentrating in Urban and Social Policy and specializing in Management at SIPA. She is interested in how cities can promote social entrepreneurship and impact investing as well as how social enterprises/impact investing can improve cities. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Wellesley College, and prior to SIPA, Kathy worked in the education sector in higher education and as an education consultant. She is lucky to have lived in Boston, Vancouver, Shanghai, Bloomfield Hills, and is excited to be living in New York City now.
ARisha Salman: INVESTMENT CHAIR
Arisha Salman is pursuing the Master of Public Administration in Economic and Political Development program at SIPA where she’s specializing in Management. Prior to SIPA, she worked as a Management Consultant at PwC where she advised large financial institutions on how innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence can be leveraged to advance financial services in underserved markets. Before PwC, Arisha was employed with Visa Inc's Micro Pension Foundation, a non- profit organization, where her work was focused on policy consulting in the areas of financial and social security inclusion. Arisha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from the University of Delhi, India.
Marc Tannous: OUTREACH chair
Marc is an MPA Candidate, Class of 2019. He is an experienced financial professional, who builds partnerships based on honesty and integrity among the government, business and social sectors to address socioeconomic issues. He has over 16 years of experience in three primary areas: commercial banking, community development, and entrepreneurship. At Columbia, he is concentrating in International Finance and Economic Policy. He has a particular interest in applying the Social Impact Bond (Pay-for-Success) model, and other forms of impact investing, to scale proven social programs and interventions. These include cradle-through-career programs, successful charter school programs, and purpose-built communities.