His collaboration with these organizations is focused on helping them communicate in the most dynamic and effective way possible. in Economics; Political Science, Macaulay Honors College, Hunter College, 2017 Nominating Institution: Hunter College Field of Professional Interest: Economic Development and Infrastructure Matthew Lo Castro recently graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College with a B. He interned at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, focusing on innovative business development in Downtown Brooklyn, and worked with the New York State Regional Economic Development Council on business grant and tax credit distribution. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute, Matthew contributed to the 2017 International Energy Security Risk Index Report and researched energy infrastructure development costs and legal proceedings.
Increasingly focused on his painting, Casey is currently undertaking his next major body of work. The internships and a course he took with General David Petraeus inspired him to take a closer look at the critical role of infrastructure in security and economic development. His work at Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts (KKR)’s Global Institute led him to pursue independent insights into emergency response infrastructure and sustainability, landing him on the island of Lesbos, Greece in the summer of 2017, volunteering in refugee camps.
Public health is another area in which Leah has had a diverse range of academic and professional experience. A., magna cum laude, in finance and public policy from The College of William and Mary.
A doula at UNC Hospitals, Leah has a background in maternal and child health and worked in a business development role at Maven, a digital health company that uses telemedicine to bridge gaps in perinatal care. While in college, Robert competed internationally in Model United Nations, earning the World MUN conference’s Diplomacy Award each year for his performance in simulations of financial policymaking bodies. in Water Resources Engineering, Oregon State University, 2016; B. in Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College, 2011 Nominating Institution: Occidental College Field of Professional Interest: Water and Wastewater Treatment Kelsey Harpham is passionate about water, and about the connection between communities and water resources.
Recognizing limited staff capacity in supporting participants of diverse identities, especially queer youth, Andrew launched an internal LGBTI Inclusion Working Group, and led trainings on strategies to best support queer youth and to improve the workplace for LGTBI staff.
As an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, Andrew studied American Studies and Psychology and served as president of Vanderbilt Model United Nations.
in Economics; Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2015 Nominating Institution: University of California, Berkeley Field of Professional Interest: Financial Inclusion and Empowerment Rishi Ahuja graduated from Berkeley in 2015 as a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar where he double-majored in Economics and Political Science. and Irish regulators focusing on emerging issues in consumer financial protection, and upon graduation joined the U. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as part of the Director’s Financial Analyst rotational program. in Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, (expected 2018) Nominating Institution: University of North Carolina Field of Professional Interest: Community Preparedness & Emergency Response In May 2018, Leah Everist will graduate from the University of North Carolina as a Morehead-Cain Scholar with a BSPH in Health Policy and Management, minor in Anthropology, and certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management.
Outside work, Kelsey serves as the curriculum director for AAUW Central Oregon Tech Trek, a summer STEM camp for middle school girls; the coordinator for the Watershed Community Scholarship, an alumni-funded award for OSU Water Resources students that she initiated; and is the Water for People committee chair for the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association. in Studio Art; Psychology, Wesleyan University, 2016 Nominating Institution: Wesleyan University Field of Professional Interest: Contemporary Art - Painting Casey Herrick is a Houston-based artist and a designer at ttweak LLC, an artist-based strategic communications firm in Houston.
She enjoys spending time adventuring in the mountains, lakes, and rivers that surround her hometown of Bend, Oregon. A 2016 graduate of Wesleyan University with a double major in Studio Art and Psychology, Casey was deeply involved with Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, serving as a photography lab assistant and a wood-shop monitor, in addition to working as a teaching assistant for several studio art classes.
Currently, Matthew works as an Urban Fellow with the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, focusing on renewable energy procurement for the City of New York.
His experiences in the public and private sector drive him to pursue a future as a federal public servant to develop the framework for long-term infrastructure investment required to ensure sustainable economic growth. in Economics; International Relations, Claremont Mckenna College, 2013 Nominating Institution: Claremont Mc Kenna College Field of Professional Interest: Economic Development and Social Entrepreneurship Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Robert spent a summer in Piura, Peru during high school in his first extended international experience.