PEG Alumni (2011-2018)
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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James is an active community member of the San Francisco HIV Prevention Planning Council.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.