2019 Executive Board
ELEANOR KATZ: CO-PRESIDENT
Eleanor Katz is a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP) candidate at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She holds a BA in Global Development Studies and Spanish from the University of Virginia. Before SIPA, Eleanor supported domestic and international public-sector clients as a management consultant with Deloitte in Washington, DC. She recently returned from Guatemala, where she participated in Deloitte's sabbatical program to research indigenous rights and mining with local NGO, Ceppas. Eleanor is interested in leveraging public-private partnerships towards the implementation of sustainable, equitable development solutions across the world
LAUREL JIANG: CO-PRESIDENT
Laurel is an MPA candidate, specializing in International Finance and Economic Policy at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), She is keen on leveraging finance to create and scale up social impact through impactinvesting. Prior to SIPA, Laurel attained her Bachelor degree in Economics, majoring in Public Finance. During undergraduate, she worked at China Social Enterprise and Investment Forum (CSEIF) for one year, where she collaborated with both public and private sector to promote social enterprise and impact investing concept, as well as conducting related researches. She also served as Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) analyst in SynTao Green Finance, to deliver Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating evaluation. Before SynTao, she helped clients generate branding and marketing strategies in Ogilvy. Laurel has abundant experiences in social enterprise industry, and would like to pursue her career concentrating on impact investing and social venture capacity building. This lady enjoys traveling, cooking, and band practicing. Her favorite spot in town is farmers' and flea markets. Laurel is also a city adventurer and a big fan of indie folk and vintage.
SHIVIKA CHAUHAN: Chief Consulting Chair
Shivika is a Masters of International Affairs candidate, concentrating on Economic and Political Development at SIPA. Prior to SIPA she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from the University of Delhi, India in 2015. She has extensive experience working in strategy consulting at boutique consulting firm for three years, where she was part of and led 30+ projects, across markets in India and Africa. Majority of her work was undertaken in the healthcare sector. During her work in developing markets, Shivika grew a keen interest in sustainable development strategies and impact investing, and hopes to leverage her experience at Columbia to understand the policy frameworks and combination of parameters conducive to financing and creating sustainable growth in developing economies.
LAURA KUNSTLER: Consulting Chair
Laura is an MIA candidate concentrating in Economic & Political Development and specializing in Gender and Public Policy. She is generously supported by the Baron Baillet Latour fellowship at the Belgian American Education Foundation. A devotee of Elinor Ostrom, she's passionately committed to bottom-up development and financing of women-owned enterprises in developing countries, and has amassed development experience in Kenya and China. She is also an avid alpinist.
LUCAS RIVERS: Consulting Chair
Lucas is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) candidate concentrating in Economic & Political Development and specializing in Management at SIPA. He has experience working in the social entrepreneurship space, with several years of experience on the due diligence team of a social enterprise accelerator with ventures in 80 countries around the world. In 2015, Lucas received a Fulbright Scholarship and spent a year in central Vietnam teaching English and working to build capacity for a Hanoi-based HIV/AIDS education initiative. As a futurist, Lucas spends his time at SIPA trying to understand the future of economic development and how it can intersect with human-centered design, purpose-driven strategy, and creative technology. Lucas has a BA from Union College (NY) in Political Science and Chinese, as well as a language certificate from Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
CHAARVI BADANI: professional development chair
Chaarvi is studying for a Masters in Public Administration, with a Development Practice concentration at SIPA. She is passionate about innovative businesses that have a significant impact on society. Before joining SIPA, Chaarvi worked for a with Villgro, India’s leading social incubator and impact investment firm. She has led technical assistance programs to help entrepreneurs scale, raised up to $3M for portfolio companies, and implemented a social enterprise accelerator in Vietnam, among others. Chaarvi started her career as a social entrepreneur, co-founding Karmaara, a social enterprise to revive artisans’ livelihoods in rural India’s nascent handcrafted footwear market. At SIPA, Chaarvi is keen to further her capacity to develop sustainable, impactful businesses across the world.
OMNI NISHAR: INVESTMENT/MiINT CHAIR
Omni has worked for 6 years prior to SIPA. She started her career as an analyst with an Investment Banking firm for 2 years and then spent the next 2 years as a Teach for India fellow. After a business school degree, she worked as a development consultant in India managing multi stakeholder teams with a focus on CSR program management and building inclusive communities. At SIPA Omni is concentrating in Economic & Political Development and aims to go to back to development consulting to help governments and social enterprises design and develop effective, efficient and sustainable programs.
ALLISON ROGG: OPERATIONS CHAIR
Allison Rogg is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) candidate at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), concentrating in Urban and Social Policy and specializing in Management. Prior to SIPA, she worked at Bloomberg Philanthropies in a number of roles, most recently Chief of Staff to the Global Head of Philanthropy & Engagement. She is intrigued by the premise, that philanthropy, when focused on engaging stakeholders and providing an economic return, can have a multiplying effect and result in improved equality and how impact investing can amplify the work of philanthropists, foundations and nonprofits. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Georgia.
HEIDI CAO: OUTREACH CHAIR
Heidi Cao is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual-degree candidate at Columbia University. She received her BA in Government & Legal Studies and Asian Studies from Bowdoin College, where she was keen on cultural diplomacy and spent her extracurriculars interning at museums and galleries in the United States and China. Before her time at Columbia, she worked for two years as a litigation paralegal at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York, New York, serving on the American Express team and for other securities litigation matters alongside pro bono cases. She discovered her passion for social welfare policies while working with pro bono clients, and hopes to one day create impactful health-related goods and services for children and the aging population. Heidi is currently working on a research project on New York City youth employment at the Pinkerton Foundation. On the weekends, you can find her practicing handstands at yoga studios or indulging a good Onion piece.