13 May 2014

Harvard Business School Announces 2014 Leadership Fellows

MBA graduates to work in high-impact roles for leading nonprofit and public-sector organizations
Top row from left to right: Janine Kacprzak, Gerhard Binas, Matthew Cohlmia, Larissa Marco, Christina Anderson Bottom row from left to right: Eleanor Joseph, Roniesha Copeland, Sage Trombulak, Kasia Stochniol, Tracy Massel Absent from photo: Yeshanth Gunewardena, Xueling Lee, and Rebecca Zofnass
Photo: Susan Young

Now in its thirteenth year, the program provides Fellows with a one-year position in a nonprofit or public-sector organization where they can make a significant impact. Since 2001, the program has placed 125 Fellows with 53 organizations. Participating organizations pay Fellows $45,000, and Harvard Business School (HBS) awards Fellows $50,000. Throughout the year, Fellows also benefit from access to HBS resources and return to campus for networking and professional development events with other Fellows.

This year's Fellows and their organizations are:

  • Christina Anderson, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel and Margaret T. Morris Foundation Leadership Fellow, Harlem Children’s Zone. During the summer of 2013, Anderson worked as an Education Pioneers Fellow in the Newark public schools’ Office of Strategy and Innovation. Prior to HBS, she was on the National Alumni Affairs team at Teach For America, developing strategies on how to best support and engage alumni in their efforts.
  • Gerhard Binas, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel Leadership Fellow,The Nature Conservancy. While at HBS, Binas worked for the International Finance Corporation’s Forestry Group, where he assisted with a greenfield plantation investment.
  • Matthew Cohlmia, Michael E. Porter and Richard and Helen Bibbero Leadership Fellow, Health Leads. Cohlmia previously worked with pharmaceutical clients at ZS Associates and then with the Chartis Group, doing strategy consulting for hospitals and healthcare providers. Before HBS, he interned with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he helped design and implement Medicaid policy.
  • Roniesha Copeland, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel Leadership Fellow, L.A. Unified School District. Last summer, Copeland worked on the education team for Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, CA, as a Summer Fellow in Innovation through the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
  • Yeshanth Gunewardena, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel Leadership Fellow, Mercy Corps. Gunewardena most recently was a consultant for D.light Design, developing growth strategies for base-of-the-pyramid solar energy. In the summer of 2012, he worked as a consultant for BRAC Sri Lanka, assessing mobile microfinance.
  • Eleanor Joseph, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel and David J. Dunn Leadership Fellow, City of Boston Mayor’s Office. Prior to HBS, Joseph worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Kampala, Uganda, advising and supporting the Ugandan Ministry of Health in its efforts to increase the diagnosis and treatment rate among HIV-positive individuals.
  • Janine Kacprzak, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel and Richard and Helen Bibbero Leadership Fellow, KaBOOM! Before HBS, Kacprzak worked at Endeavor, an organization that empowers high-impact entrepreneurs and was based in Chile, managing an entrepreneurship education program for high school students.
  • Xueling Lee, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel and Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Leadership Fellow, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Last summer, Lee worked for J. Crew’s financial planning and analysis team, supporting them with investor relations and business development. Before HBS, Lee taught economics at a high school in Singapore and was a consultant with Bain & Company in Southeast Asia.
  • Larissa Marco, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel Leadership Fellow, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Prior to business school, Marco lived in Tel Aviv, where she worked at MATIMOP, the Israeli Industry Center for R&D, a government agency focused on international R&D.
  • Tracy Massel, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel Leadership Fellow, Hospital for Special Surgery. Before coming to HBS, Massel was an assistant vice president at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership that leverages New York City’s assets to drive growth, create jobs, and improve quality of life as the primary engine for local economic development.
  • Kasia Stochniol, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel Leadership Fellow, Acumen. During the summer of 2013, Stochniol helped launch Indonesia’s first mobile money system and worked with an impact investing firm in Washington, DC.
  • Sage Trombulak, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel Leadership Fellow,The Boston Foundation. Before HBS, Sage served as director of operations at the Tobin Project, a nonprofit research organization in Cambridge, MA. Her work there focused on human resources, project management, financial planning and accounting, fundraising, and office infrastructure and logistics.
  • Rebecca Zofnass, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel and Richard Lumpkin Dean's Discretionary Leadership Fellow, Teach For America. Last summer, Zofnass was as an Education Pioneers Fellow for the Lawrence, MA, Public Schools, helping the district to redesign and turn around that city’s school system.

The Leadership Fellows program gives nonprofit and public-sector organizations the opportunity to maximize their effectiveness by leveraging the experience, energy, and analytical skills of graduating MBAs for one year. Fellows apply their expertise to roles where they will produce immediate results and build long-term capacity in the organization. Leadership Fellows Program organizations are selected each year by an HBS steering committee of faculty and staff.

More than 90 percent of Fellows receive an offer to stay at the organization that initially employed them. Approximately one-third of the program's alumni are still at that organization, while one-third have moved into other social enterprise roles, and one-third have joined the for-profit sector. For more information, visit the HBS Leadership Fellows Program website.

About the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative:

Since 1993, the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) has applied innovative business practices and managerial disciplines to drive sustained, high-impact social change. The Social Enterprise Initiative acts as a catalyst for creating social value by serving as a focal point for the creativity and energy of its worldwide community. These efforts have manifested themselves in a number of areas, ranging from the participation of approximately 90 faculty members in social enterprise research and teaching to the creation of over 500 social enterprise cases and teaching notes. Courses that focus on social enterprise are embedded into the MBA curriculum and HBS Executive Education program offerings, reflecting a real-world blending of business and social issues. Beyond the classroom, the Initiative offers career development and community engagement programs designed to support students and alumni engaged in the social sector. For more information, visit: http://www.hbs.edu/socialenterprise/.


Cullen Schmitt

About Harvard Business School

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