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PEG Alumni (2011-2018)


Naomi Andebrhan

Naomi Andebrhan

Naomi has worked as a senior associate at AmeriCares, managing the effective and efficient delivery of medical aid to global partners. She led AmeriCares’ first wave emergency response efforts in Brooklyn and Queens following Super Storm Sandy. Prior Naomi worked as a researcher and analyst for a variety of initiatives including Get Screened Oakland through the Global Business Coalition on Health, the International Family AIDs Program, the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, and the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Team.

Naomi received a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.


Lianna Brenner

Lianna Brenner is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, with a concentration in nonprofit and public management. Prior to starting graduate school, she worked for several years in the nonprofit-education space in New York City, first as an AmeriCorps VISTA at New York Cares and then as Community School Director of a diverse elementary school in south Queens, where she oversaw programs and partnerships to meet the needs of over 500 students and families.



Sarah Cargill


Sarah is a community activist, artist, and youth development worker whose artistic and professional work is guided by and serves to address the needs of the Bay Area’s LGBTQ communities and communities of color.  She received her BA as a double major in Gender and Women’s Studies and in Music from the University of California, Berkeley.

Previously, Sarah was a Program Facilitator for Nor-Cal FDC, an Oakland-based small business development corporation, and an Administrative. Assistant for Purple Lynx, a consulting agency owned and operated entirely by woman of color.


John Collins

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John is an experienced management consultant and program manager focused on nonprofit clients in the social service, education, and philanthropic sectors. In this role, he utilizes his problem solving, project management, research, and analysis skills to address critical organizational issues.  John’s PEG clients to date include Yale and Harvard Universities (collaborating in the establishment of LEAD, a new institute to build governance capacity in Africa); Tipping Point Community; The DC Department of Health; Metro Teen-AIDS; and the Institute for Public Health Innovation. Independently, some of John’s clients to date include The Blue Shield of California Foundation and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (National).

Prior to consulting, John was Manager of Professional Programs for the NYU Stern School of Business, where he functioned as an internal strategist, identifying opportunities for institutional improvement. He managed a diverse project portfolio, including new program development, curriculum analysis, data system and management improvements, and student satisfaction measurement. In addition, John served as the senior administration liaison for the Social Enterprise Association and the Stern Campus Greening Initiative.

From 2001 through 2004, John was a Project Manager at REDF (formerly the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund), a social venture capital fund founded by George Roberts of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. While there, John led the strategic planning and implementation of the organization’s knowledge management system and portfolio-wide financial analysis database. Previous to this, John held various positions, including senior analyst at a private equity firm and financial consultant at Ernst & Young, LLP.

John currently is completing a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business from Lehigh University. He is proficient in Spanish and has lived and worked in Latin America. He is an active volunteer for AIDS Walk New York and Pro Mujer International and a member of the Board of Advisors for Project Word, a media diversity organization.


Brian Elliot


Brian is a strategy and management consultant who helps foundations, nonprofits, and socially responsible companies design high-impact strategies and develop and launch new innovative new programs and products. Brian brings over a decade of multi-sector and entrepreneurial experiences to his work with clients. He is the founder and former CEO of Friendfactor—an award-winning online LGBT advocacy nonprofit. Previously, Brian served as the Director of Entrepreneur Services at Endeavor Global, an international development venture philanthropy firm. He has served clients while at Bain & Co. and The Bridgespan Group and has worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Brian, who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in Public Policy from Stanford University. Brian is a winner of the SXSW 2012 Dewey Winburne Community Service Award, the 2010 Harvard Business School Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship, and Splashlife’s 30 Under 30: Civic Leaders Award.  Brian has published on the subject of entrepreneurship and international development (Harvard Business School case study entitled “Endeavor: Creating a Movement for High-Impact Entrepreneurship”) and is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics involving social innovation, technology, digital media, and authentic leadership.


Iquo Essien

Iquo is a multimedia storyteller and strategy consultant with 10+ years of global experience.

While a Stanford biology undergrad, Iquo conducted primary research as a fellow with the National Institutes of Health. Upon graduation, she worked at a strategic consulting firm helping influential global clients—such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Program—mobilize support for critical health issues among policymakers, the media, and the public.

Driven to combine her passion for social justice and the arts, she received her MFA in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has screened her award-winning films around the globe.

She served as Communications and Marketing Director of Culture Project, a nonprofit theater, and Dance Theatre Etcetera, a cultural organization that transforms the lives of youth through the arts.

Iquo currently works as an independent consultant with expertise in strategic planning, communications, multimedia storytelling, marketing, and fund-raising.


Evan Fisher


Evan is a consultant specializing in data-driven strategy for multi-sector impact. He started his career at a mid-market investment bank where he helped raise capital for public companies in industries including clean_tech, health care, and transportation. Since then he has served as an adviser to a social venture capital firm, a portfolio associate for Epic Foundation, and a consultant to the NYC Department of Transportation.

Evan received his BS in International Political Economy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MPA from NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

He is the Founding Chair of the Wagner Impact Investing Network (WIIN) and also served as a Co-Chair of Bridge: Students for Social Innovation.


James Edward Hill III

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James is a strategy consulting analyst with Public Equity Group. James received his BA in Sociology with a concentration in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. Prior to PEG, James worked with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and San Francisco Department of Public Health as a testing counselor and research intern, where he engaged in public outreach and engagement, program development, and project management.

James is an active community member of the San Francisco HIV Prevention Planning Council.



Khadija Jahfiya

Khadija Jahfiya is a research analyst with Public Equity Group. She has experience in administrative operations, planning and evaluation, and electronic medical record (EMR) documentation. Khadija received her BA in Economics from Spelman College and will be starting an MPH program in Fall 2017. She is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. Her career aspiration is to develop, implement, and evaluate health policies toward more equitable outcomes.




Maricel Jiménez

Maricel is a writer, copywriter, and translator with over 10 years experience in the field of communications. While at the University of Puerto Rico her studies focused on the relationship between stress and aggression and how these factors affect human development and behavior. During this time, she also focused on developing her creative writing skills that eventually lead to a career in translation.

A member of the American Translators Association (ATA) and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Maricel focuses her spare time in creating books for children, where she likes to emphasize the importance of keeping a balance with nature. Her volunteer work includes writing for Prensa Comunitaria in Puerto Rico, working at the university’s stress clinic, and offering writing workshops for children.


Kaitlyn Jong

Kaitlyn is a rising junior at Stanford University studying Bioengineering. At school, she is involved with a sexual health group and leads the outreach program. She is also a member of a business fraternity where she leads a project for a bay area startup. In past internships, Kaitlyn has worked for a consulting firm, a bioengineering lab, an investment management firm, and a solar company.


John Knox

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John is a consulting analyst who currently specializes in conducting community needs, program landscape, and best practice research with a focus on organization and implementation analysis. He enjoys crafting growth and change scenarios, interviewing stakeholders, and plotting trends to inform future client strategy.

Before joining Public Equity Group, John worked, interned, and volunteered with a variety of organizations, including East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition; Street Level Health Project, and Psychologists Without Borders, a non-profit based in Spain that coordinates efforts to extend mental health services to those from low socioeconomic backgrounds. John also has worked with East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, an immigrant services/advocacy center in the San Francisco Bay Area where he served as volunteer coordinator and visa application assistant.

John is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, with a BA in psychology. While at UC Berkeley, John conducted research with the Cultural Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab, contributing to joint projects launched between the Boalt School of Law and the psychology department.


Serene Lau

Serene Lau

Serene is a consultant with interests in health care, entrepreneurship, and community/international development.  She concurrently works with the executive director at XX in Health, an initiative of the healthcare startup accelerator, Rock Health.  Previously, Serene specialized in hospital payment review and revenue cycle management at Triage Consulting Group, where clients included single and multi-facility health systems.  Serene is a volunteer copywriter for Kopernik, an Indonesia-based technology marketplace bringing innovation to rural communities.  Her other experiences include volunteering as a business communications tutor at Year Up, a national skill-building program for urban young adults, and interning at the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business.

Serene is fluent in Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin).  She studied abroad at the University of Hong Kong, and holds a BS in Business Administration and a BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley.


Jasmin Matos

Jasmin is currently a student at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where she is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration, Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy (MPA-PNP) with a specialization in Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment. With experience in the private and nonprofit sectors, Jasmin is passionate about helping to empower communities through multi-sector partnerships. As a Forest Foundation Fellow, she had the opportunity to learn about the most pressing obstacles that nonprofits face and strategic approaches to addressing issues of public concern.

Jasmin received her BA in May 2016 from Northeastern University with a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies and a minor in Business Administration. During her time at Northeastern, she was president of the Iota Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a service-based organization where she led various programs in the Boston community centered on economic empowerment, mentorship, financial literacy, and environmental ownership.


Azra Rehan


Azra is an MPA Candidate at New York University, majoring in Public Policy and Non-Profit Management. She has more than 13 years of diverse experience in software engineering, project management, and public relations in both the public and private sectors, and has worked with multinational brands like HSBC and J. Walter Thompson.

Since 2013, Azra has worked with various international NGOs, including Children’s Health and Education Foundation, and is on the board member of War Against Rape. Her recent projects include setting up free health care centers and preschools for low-income families in underdeveloped areas in Pakistan. She also has worked closely with international organizations like USAID and ICARE USA on projects to spread health awareness among Pakistan’s rural residents. Azra pioneered the first self-defense classes for women in Pakistan, to prevent rape cases in high-crime cities. She has excellent presentation and communication skills and speaks three languages.

Azra has a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from Staffordshire University (UK) and began her career as a software engineer in 2003. Azra moved to New York City in 2015 with her family and loves to spend her free time traveling across the world. She hopes to work on causes related to women and children upon graduation from NYU.



Abigail Stewart-Kahn

Abigail supports nonprofit, government, and philanthropic clients in creating greater social impact through landscape review and analysis, data collection, strategic planning, charter development, team and organizational development, partnership development, and coalition building.

Abigail is a senior professional and passionate leader with over 15 years of experience in management, strategy, fund-raising, program development, and direct service. She has an unwavering commitment to creating change with and on behalf of disenfranchised individuals and communities through clinical intervention, systems, and advocacy work. She has expertise in working from vision setting through implementation with organizations at various stages of development and life cycle. She has focused deeply on consensus building and partnership, collective impact work across sectors, organizational change management, and managing and inspiring a team, as well as facility, program, and operational management.

From 2008 to 2016 Abigail was the Director of Community Education and Strategic Partnerships at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. There she was responsible for two of three program areas and spearheaded the development of the programs, facility, and operations of Children’s Advocacy Center of San Francisco, a public-private partnership. Overseeing a diverse and expanding team of educators, advocates, clinicians, and operations staff, Abigail created an effective, data-informed culture including the Prevention Center team and seven on-site public and private partners, who worked together setting shared priorities and improving the system’s response to child abuse. Abigail also oversaw community-wide training and awareness efforts throughout San Francisco.

Prior to her work in San Francisco, Abigail was a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program lead in various child-and family- serving organizations in New York City, working with survivors of trauma and youthful offenders. Abigail developed the first therapeutic children’s program in a Family Justice Center context in Brooklyn and worked with adult survivors of domestic violence in courts in Queens. She is a licensed clinical social worker.