Coalition Co-Coordinator Stephanie Cappa (’14, MPP) is a public policy student at the Kennedy School. Originally from Virginia, she worked in Washington D.C. first as a foreign policy staffer for a member of Congress and then led international development advocacy for InterAction, the largest coalition of U.S. international relief and development nonprofits. She believes that private sector responsibility and leadership are critical to addressing global poverty and environmental degradation.
Gabriel Bayard (Lowell ’15, Social Studies) is from Sacramento, CA. He is passionate about social justice issues, especially labor issues, LGBTQ issues, and immigration. He is a member of SLAM, the Harvard College Democrats, and he tutors for the Keylatch afterschool program. He is thrilled to be part of RI@Harvard to help Harvard be a better community member in Massachusetts and the rest of the world.
Kevin Wang (Stoughton ’16, Applied Math and Government) is originally from South Burlington, Vermont. On campus he is also involved with Harvard College Consulting Group and the Small Claims Advisory Service through PBHA. He’s a member of RI@Harvard because he believes that this institution is uniquely positioned to set a positive example for the world.
Eliza Nguyen (Quincy ’14, History and Science) is from Old Lyme, Connecticut. She is involved in Harvard’s first student-run Emergency Medical Services, CrimsonEMS, and is an advocate for justice in Palestine with Harvard’s Palestine Solidarity Committee. Eliza is also the president of the Harvard Half Asian People’s Association, an organization for mixed race students on campus. Eliza is proud to be part of RI@Harvard because she believes that Harvard should be a champion of social change by refusing to invest in companies that contribute to the violation of human rights.
Justin Jungé, PhD (Eliot ’03, alum) is a post doc in the Psychology Department, originally from southern CA. He supports RI@Harvard because he wants HMC to invest Harvard’s endowment where the the University’s heart and mind are: in brief, to embrace transparent accountability, to end the exploitation of vulnerable people and environments for profit, and to better the world through pro-social and environmentally sustainable investment strategies.
Sam Wohns (Quincy ’14, Social Studies) is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He studies political economy and institutional design, with a focus on Latin America. Sam works for AYUDA, a public health NGO that empowers youth with diabetes in resource-poor settings, and he helped found Economy Futures, a think-and-action tank for academics and activists to collaborate on new economics. He is proud to be a part of RI@Harvard because he believes that the Harvard Management Company can become a powerful force for positive social change.
Nicole Granath (Currier ’15, Engineering Sciences and East Asian Studies) is involved with Women in Business, Students for a Just and Stable Future, the Environmental Action Committee and the Leadership Institute. She is also in the Harvard Financial Analysts Club and teaches local elementary school students with EnviroEd. Nicole thinks that, because Harvard can make the same (and sometimes better!) returns on the money it invests by using responsible investment as opposed to conventional principles, there is no reason not to invest in a socially and environmentally conscious way to benefit the university she loves.
Camilla Gibson (Quincy ’15, Social Studies) is originally from Marietta, Georgia. She is the design and publicity coordinator for Harvard Meditation Club and Harvard Club Spikeball as well as an Harvard Outing Club leader. She is proud to be involved in RI@Harvard because she believes Harvard has the power to create positive change by investing in environmentally and socially responsibility ways.
Casper ter Kuile (’14, MPP) is a public policy student at the Kennedy School from the United Kingdom. He is the co-founder of the UK Youth Climate Coalition, a member of the Harvard Center for Public Leadership Student Advisory Board and an Advisory Board member to 350.org. Through his association with the Finance Innovation Lab in London, Casper has seen how the financial sector has enormous potential to serve the public good and planetary health through long-term strategic investing. He believes Harvard’s financial strategy can do the same.
Masha Burina (’14, MPP) is a public policy student at the Kennedy School. Raised in the Seattle-area, she has been part of the trade justice movement from helping institute a corporate social responsibility mechanism for a major coffee company, to advocating for improvements to trade deals in Congress. She believes that Harvard’s wealth of research shows that RI can address negative externalities in current markets, by protecting human rights and environmental sustainability while ensuring financial returns: Truly increasing the shared value.
David Garfunkel (’14, MPP) is a public policy student at the Kennedy School. Originally from Minnesota, he spent the last five years working in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in the D.R. and then with Haiti’s largest microfinance institution. His work in development caused him to want to study the root causes of poverty in the developing world, and his involvement in RI@Harvard stems from a belief that we can influence investment practices at home to have a more positive effect abroad.
Caroline Zhang (College ’16) is from Carmel, Indiana. On campus, she is involved with the Harvard Crimson. She feels that Harvard students and alumni should take a more active role in making their school into a force for positive social change.
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Lovinger is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is active in the LGBTQ Caucus and the Kennedy School Review. Before coming to Harvard, she advocated for better HIV prevention in state and federal prisons, and participated in organizing efforts around labor rights and police reform. She is passionate about promoting human and environmental rights and urging Harvard to be a responsible owner of its investments.
Sandra Korn (AB/AM ’14) studies History of Science and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. As a member of the Student Labor Action Movement, she helped pressure Harvard not to reinvest in HEI Hotels and Resorts, then started to investigate whether other parts of Harvard’s endowment also profited off of labor rights abuses. Now, she helps manage RI@H’s website and organize with the responsible ownership campaign. After graduating, Sandra will work as a research analyst at the Croatan Institute in North Carolina.
Blake McGhghy (College ’17, Social Studies) is originally from Keokuk, Iowa, and is proud to be a part of RI@H, as he believes Harvard should be a force for positive change. On campus, Blake is also involved with the Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM), and is an intern for the Small Planet Institute.
Coalition Co-Coordinator Michael Danto (Adams ’13, Social Studies) calls Southern California home. He leads trips for the First-Year Outdoor Program and talks about aspects of identity with Sustained Dialogue. He is also active in Adams House, where he has filled various roles including House Committee treasurer. His interest in RI@Harvard grows out of a desire to feel better about how Harvard funds itself.
Leadership Team Member Alexi White (’13, MPP) is a public policy student at the Kennedy School with a focus on comparative social policy in the developed world. Originally from Toronto, Canada, he worked as Executive Director of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance representing 140,000 students in dealings with government and the broader higher education sector. He joined RI@Harvard because he believes Harvard’s endowment should advance rather than detract from Harvard’s mission to advance the public interest.
Treasurer Krishna Dasaratha (Quincy ’13, Mathematics) grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. He volunteers at PBHA’s Cambridge After School Program and teaches for the Math Circle. Krishna is a part of RI@Harvard because he believes institutions should be transparent and accountable. He also believes that Harvard University can and should be a leader in socially responsible investing among non-profits.