Spring 2007 Fellows
EUNICE CHO is currently working as an attorney at the National Employment Law Project's Immigrant Worker Justice Project in California.
Eunice was born in Urbana, Illinois in 1978 to parents from Korea who are naturalized US citizens. Her family resides in Tempe, Arizona.
Eunice received her JD from Stanford University and clerked for Hon. Judge Kim M. Wardlaw of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles. She graduated from Yale University, magna cum laude, with distinction in the double majors of American studies and ethnicity, race and migration in 2000. She also received the Holmes Pearson Prize for best senior thesis in American studies.
Eunice co-organized and participated in the US migrant rights delegation to the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism in South Africa. Since 2002, Eunice also served as the Education Director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. In this role, she headed the BRIDGE project (Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy), and co-authored a curriculum for immigrant community groups in the US, which received the 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. She has served as a board member for the US Human Rights Network, Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, and the Western States Center.
Eunice intends a career as an immigration lawyer, a political activist, and a legal scholar of migration issues.
YAHONNES CLEARY is an Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York.
Yahonnes was born in 1979 in Lynn, MA, to parents who emigrated from Jamaica. He grew up in the Bronx, where his mother still lives.
Yahonnes received his JD from Yale University in 2009 and clerked for Hon. Barrington D. Parker, Jr. for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. After receiving a BA, summa cum laude, with election to Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in 2000, Yahonnes earned an MSc from Oxford University in modern history in 2002, where he was a Marshall Scholar.
While at Columbia University, Yahonnes interned at the New York City Parks Department, and the office of Congressman Charles Rangel. Yahonnes also spent a semester abroad in Zimbabwe studying micro-credit and grassroots development. Upon returning to New York, he worked with a micro-enterprise organization in Harlem. As a Truman scholar, Yahonnes interned in the Mayor's office in Washington, DC, supporting the city's economic development initiatives.
After completing his MSc, Yahonnes worked as a Program Associate at the Ford Foundation supporting asset-building initiatives. Later he was a Lowenstein Community Development Fellow at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, working on affordable housing and prisoner re-entry initiative. In particular, he coordinated efforts to expand access to affordable home improvement financing for low-income New Jersey homeowners.
Yahonnes plans to use his law degree to further his career in community development and urban policy.
WEI LIEN DANG is a JD/MBA candidate at Harvard University.
Wei Lien, was born in Los Angeles to a family of Chinese descent. His father emigrated from Taiwan and his mother from Singapore; they are both naturalized US citizens
Wei Lien graduated with a MS in applied physics at Harvard in 2008. Prior to that, he completed his MPhil in engineering at Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree in applied physics with a 4.0 GPA at the California Institute of Technology in 2005. He was also a member of USA Today's All-Academic College Team.
Wei Lien worked as a researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and later became involved in nanotechnology research, co-authoring a paper while still an undergraduate student. He plans a career in bringing new, early-stage technologies to market.
MARY FARAG is currently a Ph.D. student in Ancient Christianity at Yale University's Department of Religious Studies.
Mary was born to parents who immigrated to the US from Egypt and are naturalized US citizens. She grew up in Hackensack, NJ
Mary completed her MA, summa cum laude, in religion at Yale University. She graduated from Harvard University, summa cum laude, after majoring in linguistics. She speaks English, Egyptian Arabic, and German, and reads Classical Greek, Latin, Coptic, and French. She recently presented a paper at a conference held at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music called "Looking East," about the rite of Epiphany in the eastern Christian churches. Mary was awarded the DAAD Fellowship for the year of 2009-2010 to study Coptology in Münster, Germany.
Mary intends to be a leading scholar/teacher with specialty in Coptic liturgy and history.
SHELLI FARHADIAN is a resident in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Shelli's parents fled Iran after the Shah's fall and reside in New York City.
Shelli earned a MD/Ph.D. program from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Rockefeller University. she earned a BS in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003, and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to India to conduct genetics research.
During her undergraduate career at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Shelli conducted research on population genetics and disease, working in several different labs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oxford University, Yale University, and BioTransplant, Inc. She has co-authored three publications as a result of this research. While competing her graduate work, Shelli was engaged in a program that educates medical students about reproductive health and was a founding member of Female Association for Clinicians, Educators, and Scientists (FACES), an organization that fosters professional mentoring of students by female physician-scientists.
While in New York, Shelli founded the Cornell Center for Human Rights, a medical clinic that evaluates asylum applicants for physical and psychological signs of torture, and trains physicians and students in health advocacy for asylum applicants.
DOV FOX is an assistant professor of law at the University of San Diego.
Dov was born in Rehovot, Israel. His first languages were Hebrew and Arabic.
Dov holds a B.A. from Harvard, D.Phil. from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and served as Lecturer in Politics and Philosophy; and a J.D. from Yale, where he was twice recognized for teaching excellence and three times awarded the faculty prize for the best student paper in law and science.
After law school, Dov served as a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, then completed an academic fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center.
RICARDO GONZALEZ RUBIO
Ricardo was born in the Dominican Republic, where he lived until 2002, when a limited availability of physics programs prompted him to move to the United States. Ricardo is a green card holder.
Ricardo completed an MBA at Stanford University after receiving his MS from MIT. He holds a BSc in physics, summa cum laude, from the City College of New York (CCNY), where he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
As an undergraduate, Ricardo worked with molecular nanomagnets and also investigated how students try to learn and understand Newton's Third Law. At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has worked as a research and technical assistant at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Ricardo's lab work focused on the development of an X-ray guided neurosurgery system for small animals.
Ricardo envisions a career in research and teaching.
GAURAV GUPTA is a resident in neurological surgery at the Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University Medical Center.
Gaurav was born and raised in McLean, Virginia. His parents, both Indian, immigrated to the United States four years before Gaurav was born, and have since become American citizens.
Gaurav majored in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, graduating in 2007 with both a BS and a MSE. He then attended the Stanford University School of Medicine, graduating in 2011, prior to beginning residency training.
Gaurav has co-authored over a dozen articles in academic journals, filed for two patents, licensed a device for use in spine surgery, and edited a book on the technical, ethical, and policy implications of using tissue engineered products in the operating room. His interests include neuro-oncology and health policy, particularly with regards to innovation.
CYRUS HABIB is the Democratic elected representative for Washington State, House of Representatives. He is the first blind lawmaker elected in 50 year, and the first Iranian-American elected in the US.
A Seattle native, he was born to parents who emigrated from Iran in the 1970s.
Cyrus received his B.A. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in 2003, where he double-majored in Middle East Studies and English and Comparative Literature. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, obtaining an MLitt in Postcolonial English Literature.In 2009, Cyrus graduated from Yale Law School,
A Truman Scholar, Cyrus worked for Senators Cantwell and Clinton during his college years. At Yale, he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. He also co-authored an appellate brief under the supervision of the law school's dean, Harold Hongju Koh, testified before Congress on potential changes to U.S. currency, managed a judicial campaign in Washington State. He also served as a Teaching Fellow in Yale’s Political Science department, and worked on the landmark Guantanamo Bay detention case, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.
In 2006, Cyrus worked on Middle East business development in Google’s London office, and during his second year in law school he worked part-time for Goldman Sachs' Private Equity Group in New York. In 2008, he worked on the legal team representing Obama for America at Perkins Coie. He previously worked as an associate in the Seattle-based law firm of Perkins Coie.
Cyrus's publications have appeared in the Washington Post, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Houston Chronicle, and his photography has been published by Princeton Architectural Press.
CAROLINA GABRIELA JAUREGUI is a published author and founding memebr of sur+ publishing collective in Mexico.
Gabriela was born and raised in Mexico City, immigrating to the United States in 2000.
Gabriela holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Southern California. She earned a MFA degree in creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. Gabriela holds a BA in English from Loyola Marymount and an MA in English and comparative literature from the University of California at Irvine.
Gabriela has published a number of poems and essays; her full-length collection of poetry, titled Controlled Decay, was published in the Spring of 2008 by Akashic Books/Black Goat Press in New York. She is currently spending time on a three-narrative novel with the working title Ball Game. Several of her screenplays have been produced, and she has delivered papers at a variety of institutions. She has also worked as the poetry editor of Crate, journal of literary borders and boundaries. She recently served as a judge for the American Academy of Poets.
AMIT KAUSHAL is in the final year of his MD/Ph.D. (Biomedical Informatics) program at Stanford University. He will begin residency training in Internal Medicine at Stanford this summer.
Amit was born in New York City in 1981 to parents who had emigrated from India two years earlier.His parents are naturalized US citizens and live in Newhall, CA.
A Stanford University undergraduate, Amit received in 2004 his BS in biomedical computation (a major he created) and an MS in biomedical informatics.
Amit plans to dedicate his career to using the tools of molecular biology, computer science, medicine, and economics to develop novel diagnostics and screening tools that will improve patient health.
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Michelle is the daughter of two naturalized US citizens who were born in Taiwan.
Michelle graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Harvard College in 2003 with a B.A. in Social Studies and Women's Studies. At Harvard, Michelle served as the volunteer director of the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, the only student-run shelter in the nation. She was also chosen in 2002 as a Truman Scholar. Upon graduation, Michelle earned an MPhil in development studies from Cambridge University as a Harvard-Knox Fellow.
Upon receiving her master's, Michelle became a Mississippi Delta corps member of Teach for America in Helena, Arkansas. As a reading and writing teacher, Michelle sought to motivate her students to develop a reflective capacity and lifelong passion for the written word.
Michelle graduated from Harvard Law School in 2009, where she received the Outstanding Clinical Student Award and the Derek Bok Distinction in Teaching. Following graduation, Michelle was a Skadden Fellow at Centro Legal de Raza, a community-based organization that protects and advances the rights of immigrant, low-income and Latino communities in Oakland, California. Michelle has also been a volunteer teacher in American Government and English at the Prison University Project, the only college-degree granting program in a California prison. Michelle clerked for Hon. Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.
Michelle has been published in the New York Times, Public Books and L.A. Review of Books.
DROR LADIN is currently a Skadden Fellow at the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project in New York.
Born in Boston, Dror is the son of two naturalized US citizens who were born in Israel and immigrated to the US in 1978.
Dror finished his JD at Yale University. Following graduation, he clerked for Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A graduate of Vassar College, he earned a BA in political science and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Previously, Dror was a senior research and policy fellow at the African American Policy Forum. In his work there he led teams in writing education and advocacy materials for affirmative action, and as a Compton Fellow, he designed and led workshops for high school students about affirmative action. He was also a planning committee member of the Anti-War Group at Vassar College and the founder and president of the Just Peace Group, a student group that sought to raise awareness about the Israeli and Palestinian peace movement.
Dror plans to begin his career in human rights litigation and advocacy and later to become a professor of law, focusing on issues of social and racial justice.
SCOTT LEE is an MD-PhD candidate in health policy and management at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School.
Now a naturalized citizen, Scott was nine months old when his parents immigrated to the US from Korea.
Scott graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 2003 with a BA in medical anthropology, comparative religion, and African studies. He then completed an MPhil in environment and development as a Gates Scholar at Cambridge University and an MPA in health policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. At Harvard University, Scott directed a mentoring program for children with cerebral palsy and sang in the Harvard Glee Club.
Since 2001, Scott has spent five summers working in rural Kenya, where he has teamed with local villagers to establish a high school and a nursery school for AIDS orphans, a microfinance program, an agricultural training program, a computer training center and a community health clinic. Scott has recently co-founded a nonprofit organization, Common Hope for Health, to support the Kenyan health clinic and other community-based health initiatives in low-resource settings. He has supplemented this hands-on experience with internships at the World Health Organization and Partners in Health.
JIE LI will join the Harvard University Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations as Assistant Professor in Fall 2013.
Jie came to the US at age 11 from China and is a naturalized US citizen.
Jie completed a Ph.D. in East Asian languages and civilizations and film studies at Harvard University, She received her BA in East Asian studies in 2001, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her senior thesis, combining anthropological and literary approaches to oral history, has been awarded the Hoopes Prize and included in a Harvard University social studies syllabus.
Having studied literature at the Cambridge University and the University of Heidelberg, Jie is fluent in English, Chinese, and German as well as conversant in French and Japanese. She is also a bilingual fiction writer and documentary filmmaker. Her "film portraits" of families in China and Cameroon have been shown at various campuses and film festivals, among them the Bilan du Film Ethnographique in Paris. Her film on polygamy in Cameroon, "The Al-Hadji and His Wives", is distributed by Documentary Educational Resources.
Jie's book "Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life" is forthcoming with Columbia University Press. Having published numerous essays on Chinese cinema and culture in journals and edited volumes, she is also working on a book manuscript entitled "Utopian Ruins: A Memory Museum of the Maoist Era".
MARIANGELA LISANTI is an Assistant Professor in physics at Princeton University, beginning in Fall 2013.
Mariangela, was born in the Bronx and raised in Connecticut. Her parents immigrated to the US from Italy and are now naturalized US citizens.
Mariangela graduated in 2005 from Harvard, where she received a BA,summa cum laude, in physics and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Goldwater Scholar, a National Science Foundation and NDSEG Graduate Research fellow, and a First Prize winner of the Intel Science Talent Search and Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition. She completed her Ph.D. in physics at Stanford.
While even in high school, Mariangela began serious research in university laboratories and a project at Harvard University won her significant recognition, including the 2002 TR100 Award, given annually to the world's top innovators under 35. At Harvard University, she was the president of the Women in Science student group and editor-in-chief of the Harvard Science Review.
Following her Ph.D. Mariangela was a post doctoral Fellow at Princeton University focusing on theoretical and experimental physics. In Fall 2013 she joined the faculty at Princeton as an Assistant Professor.
Mariangela is now thoroughly engaged in theoretical particle physics. She intends to be a researcher and professor, and hopes to also be involved in science policy advising.
Phuong was born in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The family was given asylum in the US in 1990 and settled in Seattle. They are now naturalized US citizens.
Phuong was an undergraduate at Seattle University, where she majored in biology and graduated in 2005, magna cum laude. She completed her MD at University of Washington School of Medicine, where she was part of the Underserved Pathway Program and is specializing in primary care.
At Seattle University, Phuong was a Gates Millennium Scholar and Sullivan Scholar. As a Truman Fellow, she served as staff member of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
As an undergraduate, Phuong worked with Habitat for Humanity; as a medical student, she has worked at various health clinics and on the Hepatitis B campaign through the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association and has served as the lead student for the University of Washington ImproveHealthCare.org project.
Phuong intends to be a primary care physician with commitment to serve the underserved. She envisions a public policy-related career.
PATRICIA MCGREGOR is a Harlem-based director, writer and deviser of new work. She most recently directed a production of "Becky Shaw" opening May 2013 at Round House Theatre in New York.
Patricia was born on St. Croix, Virgin Islands, in 1978 to parents of mixed ancestry: her mother was born to an Irish and Italian immigrant family in London shortly before World War II, and her father was an Afro-Caribbean civil engineer. Both parents became naturalized US citizens, and her mother lives in Bryson City, NC, and her father lives in St. Croix.
Patricia completed a MFA in directing at Yale University's Drama School. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2000 with a BFA in theater studies and spent a year at the Beckett Center at Trinity College, Dublin.
As a director, actor and stage manager, Patricia has collaborated with some of the world's leading theatre artists, including Deborah Warner and August Wilson at venues ranging from Broadway, BAM, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Institute, The Public, and The O'Neill National Playwriting Conference. She was a Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage Theatre. She was also the associate director for "Fela" at the end of its Broadway run and has had several shows at the Harlem Stage and Apollo Theater in uptown New York.
As a director, Patricia hopes to use theater to give voice to neglected stories. She volunteers with the 52nd St. Project and sits on the Executive Board of the Yale Cabaret.
SUMIR MEGHANI is the Vice President of Groupon in the Bay Area.
Sumir was born in the United States to Indian immigrants who have since become American citizens, and was raised in the Metro Detroit area.
Sumir completed his MBA at Harvard University in 2008 where he founded his own company called Ramo Games. He holds a BA with honors in economics and a MS in computer science, both from Stanford University.
When he was only sixteen years old, Sumir founded The Eyepiece Network, a company that managed a leading internet magazine and community for young adults. Eyepiece grew to reach several hundred thousand regular readers and published articles on topics ranging from politics to pop culture. Sumir oversaw a staff of more than a dozen writers and site designers based around the world.
After graduating from Stanford University, Sumir worked for Yahoo! Inc., where he helped form content partnerships for the company's search business and led efforts to launch the Open Content Alliance, a free, open repository of digital text and multimedia content. He also co-founded the Hindu Students Council, the first Hindu student association at Stanford University.
Sumir intends to be an entrepreneur who effects positive change in society by using digital media to enable people to communicate more effectively, and secondly, a public servant helping to design legislative policies to address issues such as the digital divide and religious freedom.
SUE MENG is an associate of the Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York.
Ms. Meng received a J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 2010, where she was a Coker Fellow and an editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. Ms. Meng received a M.St. with distinction in English Literature and a M.Phil with distinction in Modern Chinese Studies from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar. She received an A.B. magna cum laude with highest honors in History and Literature from Harvard University.
Ms. Meng serves on the Alumnae Board of the Brearley School and has served on the national selection committee for the Rhodes Scholarships. Ms. Meng has been published in theWashington Post and The Harvard Review. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
ANBINH PHAN is starting a social-justice venture revolving around stateless persons and human trafficking victims in Southeast Asia.
Anbinh was born in a refugee camp in Pulau Tengah, Malaysia, as her parents were en route from Vietnam to the United States. Her parents now reside in Torrance, CA. They and Anbinh are all naturalized citizens.
Anbinh graduated with a law degree from Georgetown University and now. She earned an MPA at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 2004, and a BA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Pomona College in 2001.
At Princeton she was the manager of the Volunteer Center, served in student government, and studied abroad at Oxford University. In 2000 she was selected as a Truman Scholar. While at Princeton University, she was the coordinator of an Intellectual Property Rights and Global Public Health Study in New Delhi and Mumbai. She also interned at the International Trade Center UNCTAD/WTO in Geneva and was Assistant Editor of the Journal of Public and International Affairs.
Prior to her graduate study, Anbinh worked with micro-credit loan programs in Southern Vietnam through Saigon's Children Charity. Since 2004, as an international economist at the US Department of the Treasury, she worked on World Trade Organization Accession and free trade agreement negotiations, as well as the Generalized System of Preferences program.
Anbinh intends a career in trade law and aspires to advance international trade policy that promotes economic development and poverty alleviation.
NINA SHEN RASTOGI writes the Brow Beat culture blog for Slate and is co-editing DoubleX, the magazine's section for and about women. (See her work at ninashenrastogi.com.)
Nina was born in the United States to parents who have since become American citizens. Her mother is from Taiwan and her father is from India.
As a Soros Fellow, Nina received an MA in cultural reporting and criticism from New York University's Arthur L.Carter Journalism Institute. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with a BA in English, and also holds an MA in Shakespearean studies from King's College London and the Globe Theatre, where her dissertation on Measure for Measure was awarded a mark of distinction.
Previously, Nina was an editor at Barnes and Noble Publishing, where she developed academic material in literature and drama as well as a wide range of Shakespeare titles, including new editions of the plays and a series of graphic novels. Prior to B&N, she taught English at a high school in Seattle.
VIVIANA RISCA is a Postdoc Fellow in the Greenleaf Lab at Stanford University.
Viviana was born in Bucharest, Romania. She immigrated to the US in 1992, and grew up in the suburbs of New York City. She is a naturalized US citizen.
Viviana has a Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a BS with distinction and honors in physics from Stanford University. Viviana was the first-place winner of the 2000 Intel Science Talent Search and was named to USA Today's All-American Academic Team the same year.
Viviana’s current research focuses on the cytoskeleton, the filamentous scaffold that gives cells their shape and is thought to control their mechanical properties. In addition to her scientific pursuits, Viviana has frequently worked as a tutor. She continues to work in an after-school program for high school students in Berkeley, CA and has tutored at the Center for Excellence in Education's Research Science Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Viviana plans a career in academic research, combining techniques from biology and physics to answer questions about how cells sense and respond to their physical environment.
KEYAN SALARI is completing his residency in the Harvard Program in Urologic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital
Keyan was born in Lansing, Michigan. Both of his parents come from small, rural towns in Iran. They arrived in America in the 1970s and are now naturalized American citizens and live in Cupertino, CA.
Keyan graduated from the Stanford Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD). He is a 2004 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a BA with honors in molecular and cellular biology. Keyan's research includes work with professors at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at San Francisco, and Stanford University, and has resulted in seven scientific publications. He was awarded Berkeley's Spencer W. Brown Award for the best undergraduate research conducted in genetics, and was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biology Fellow.
Keyan plans a career as a physician-scientist-educator, with the goal of becoming a leader in cancer research and oncology, and a dedicated educator and mentor.
ENRIQUE SCHAERER is a Litigation Associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in downtown Los Angeles
Enrique was born in Reno, Nevada. His parents, both natives of Asuncion, Paraguay, immigrated to the United States shortly before he was born. The family now resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Enrique received his JD from Yale Law School in 2008. Valedictorian of his class at the University of Notre Dame, he received a BA in political science and a BBA in finance, both summa cum laude. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. At Yale University, he represented asylum seekers as part of a clinic, Immigration Legal Services, and taught a class at a nearby high school. He has worked as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Enrique has interned in the offices of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and United States Senator Harry Reid. He also worked as a litigation associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Prior to these experiences, he clerked for the Honorable Carlos T. Bea of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, CA. and with the Honorable James V. Selna at the US District Court for the Central District of California.
Enrique plans to devote his legal career to working to end employment discrimination. He has also completed several marathons.
REZA SHABANI is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of California at Berkeley.
Born in France in 1983, Reza was brought by an uncle to the US from his native Iran at the age of seven. He was granted asylum status which has since been converted to permanent resident status.
In 2006, Reza completed his BA, with highest honors, in economics and his MS in applied economics and finance from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
As an undergraduate, Reza participated in many research projects, one of which -- on the health consequences for veterans of the Vietnam War -- resulted in a joint authorship. At the University of California at Santa Cruz, Reza started a chapter of the Global Youth Partnership for Africa and through various fundraising efforts amassed enough money to improve the water supply of a slum area in Kampala. In addition to these efforts, he participated as an undergraduate in the African/Black Student Alliance's mentoring program.
At University of California at Berkeley, Reza primarily studies labor economics and development economics with an orientation towards issues of public policy.
RAJ SHAH is the Co-Founder and CEP of Morta Security, a stealth mode start-up developing a new paradigm to counter advanced network threats.
Raj is the son of naturalized US citizens of Indian origin. They currently reside in Bonaire, Georgia.
Raj received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in May. He holds an AB from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Previously, Raj served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for International Technology Security in the US Department of Defense. Upon graduating from Princeton University, he took a job at McKinsey and Company but left 4 months after 9/11 to join the United States Air Force. A distinguished graduate of both United States Air Force pilot training and Officer Training School, Raj flew eighteen combat missions in Iraq as a captain and F-16 pilot. After four years of active duty, he transitioned to the reserves and rejoined McKinsey and Co., followed by his stint in government.
Raj also has started a nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving education in his father's village in India; as a result of his fundraising efforts, the village now has a 30-unit computer lab, scholarship programs, and English tutoring programs - and the graduation rate of the village high school has tripled.
Raj's career goal is to create a global technology company focused on aerospace and to eventually serve in a leadership capacity in the government
Gaurav was born in Pittsburgh, PA. His parents emigrated from India and now reside in Maryland.
Gaurav completed his MD at the Harvard and MIT HST Program, and is performing his residency in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his BS degree in computer engineering at Columbia University, graduating summa cum laude and with election to Tau Beta Pi.
Gaurav is interested above all in the medical potential of artificial intelligence. He has worked in labs at Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Columbia University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology exploring robotics, neuroengineering, and computational vision. He has operated several vision camps in India to address the problem of congenital blindness, which often goes misdiagnosed and is seldom treated. He is launching www.MyHealthChecklist.org, a website he developed with Shantanu Nundy, MD (Soros '06), which was featured in Chicago Magazine as the "Best Website for Preventive Health" (http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2012/High-Tech-Health-15-Best-Health-Websites/).
A work of his in progress was recently accepted as an abstract to Heart Rhythm 2012 as an abstract and invited for an oral presentation: "Chemotherapy-Related Cardiomyopathy Treated with Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)".
EBUNOLUWA TAIWO is Counsel in the Office of Regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, DC.
The child of Nigerian immigrants, Ebun was born in the United States. Her parents are naturalized US citizens.
Ebun received her JD from Yale Law School in 2008. In 2003, she earned a BA from Ohio State University, magna cum laude, with election to Phi Beta Kappa, and a Master de Sciences Politiques from the Institute of Political Studies, Paris. She was also chosen in 2002 as a Truman Scholar.
While at Ohio State University, Ebun won numerous institutional awards and scholarships for her research, academic performance, and community service. She has served as a Policy Intern at the US Department of Labor, a John Glenn Fellow at the US Department of Justice, and an intern at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. In addition, she was the founder/executive director of the Coalition for Equal Opportunity in Education. At Yale Law School, Ebun served as a Teaching Assistant for Civil Procedure, Co-Director of the Yale Civil Rights Project, Treasurer of the Black Law Students Association, and Co-Chair of WYSE (Women and Youth Supporting Each Other), a youth mentorship program.
YULIA VAN DOREN
Yulia was born in Moscow. She immigrated with her mother to the US in 1984 and is now an American citizen.
Yulia received her MM from Bard College's Graduate Program of the vocal arts in 2008. She is currently an independent artist. She received her BM in classical voice in the spring of 2006 from the New England Conservatory.
A classical soprano, Yulia has won a number of prizes in competitions, including grand prize in the 2006 International J.S. Bach Vocal Competition. She has already amassed impressive professional engagements, particularly in Baroque music. This year, she made debuts at Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood, as well as her professional operatic debut in Seattle.
JAMES R. WILLIAMS works at the Santa Clara County Deputy County Counsel, where he is the main advice attorney for the Finance Agency. He also works in the Social Justice & Impact Litigation Section.
James was born in Syracuse, NY, and grew up primarily in Portland, OR, the son of a Zoroastrian Persian mother and a Christian Indian father.
He completed his JD at Stanford University. A Truman Scholar, he worked on environmental law and policy in India, supported by a Labouisse Fellowship. He graduated in 2006 from Princeton University, where he earned an AB summa cum laude in public and international affairs, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and won the Pyne Prize, one of Princeton University's highest undergraduate distinctions. In college, James was an active member of student government and many campus organizations, including the largest, the Student Volunteers Council, of which he was chairman.
James has worked in Portland's City Hall and with Campaign for a National Majority, a national PAC. He argued before the California Supreme Court on behalf of the County of Santa Clara in the California Redevelopment Ass'n et al. v. Matosantos et al. case. This significant case, which was televised and considered by the Court on an expedited basis, involved the constitutionality of major legislation affecting the state's redevelopment agencies. The Court issued its decision in late December -- and the County's position prevailed. As a result, all 400 redevelopment agencies in California were dissolved on February 1st and the money they divert, 12 cents of every property tax dollar, will be returned to schools and counties to fund basic public services. (See an LA Times article on the decision here: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/29/local/la-me-redevelopment-20111230)
James lives with his wife and two sons in California