Student Advisory Board

Franz Hochstrasser
Franz Hochstrasser

Tsai CITY Student Advisory Board Leader

Franz Hochstrasser serves as a Teaching Assistant at Yale Law School, and a Research Assistant at Yale University with the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications, and the Data Driven Yale: Environmental Solutions Group. He's pursuing a Masters in Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Hochstrasser served 8 years in the Obama Administration, most recently as Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the US Department of State working on international climate negotiations and policy. Prior to that, he was Deputy Associate Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality working on energy, environment and climate policy; and a Confidential Assistant and Legislative Analyst at the US Department of Agriculture working on food security policy, agricultural research and conservation, and open-data. He also worked on both of Barack Obama’s Presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Nya Holder
Nya Holder

Tsai CITY Student Advisory Board Leader

Nya is a proud native of the Bronx, NY. At Yale, she is pursuing a joint degree—a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree of Public Health in Health Care Management. As a first generation American, she grew up in a Caribbean family who believes that with each opportunity comes the great responsibility to improve the lives of those around you. From an early age, Nya has been passionate about using business strategy to make a difference in the world. Last year she launched a project in her hometown to introduce mindfulness practices and creative self-expression to help young women better navigate the high pressure environment of high school. Last summer she worked for a health reform consulting firm to develop strategic plans to support New York City's public hospital system. She is currently building a new program to enable financial sustainability and professional development for up-and-coming entrepreneurs. After Yale, Nya hopes to use her leadership opportunities, academic endeavors, and professional experiences to continue to promote positive social change.

Sheila Qasemi
Sheila Qasemi

Tsai CITY Student Advisory Board Leader

Sheila is junior in Morse College studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.  She's passionate about education and innovation. She is the Executive Director for the Teaching Peace Initiative, a non-profit organization offering peer-to-peer peace education.  Additionally, she is an Operations Associate for Firoz Academy, a for-profit start-up offering Afghan youth the skills necessary for jobs in technology. She is also a Public School Intern for Dwight Hall at James Hillhouse High School.

JP Kenney
JP Kenney

Tsai CITY Student Advisory Board Leader

John Paul is a sophomore from Buffalo, New York (Go Bills!) who is still undecided on his major but looking into Molecular Biophysics & Biophysics or Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.  Outside of the classroom you can find him running around New Haven with the Club Running Team or helping organize events for Not So Straight Frosh. In his spare time he’s often studying, doodling, or watching Rom-Coms with members of his Fro-Co Group.

Anna Marra
Anna Marra

- 2nd year PhD student from Italy studying Medieval Literature

- Alumni Leader at Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY)

- Flimmaker working on documentary & shorts

- Inspired by her father who shot family films with a Super 8 camera and is working on a project about the meaning of family and the connection with memory.

QUOTE: “The interdisciplinary aspect of CITY is amazing. At Yale, you don’t tend to connect outside of departments. I want to connect on topics we all care about.” 

Allison Greaney
Allison Greaney

- 3rd year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering studying lung - tissue engineering

- Co-President of the Graduate Society of Women Engineers

- Won the 2016 CBIT Healthcare Hackathon

- Created a carrying case and washing system for a nebulizer

QUOTE: “I’m excited to make innovation accessible to everyone of all walks of life.” 

Jinchen Zou
Jinchen Zou

- Senior studying economics and global affairs. 

- On the Net Impact Executive Board

- Helped organize Spark, the first social venture conference for Yale undergrads

- Student representative at the Yale Collaborative on Social Entrepreneurship

QUOTE: “Entrepreneurship is trying to put things together and see how you can create new things—such as high tech equipment with research and knowledge. I’m interested in climate migration and using creative tools to help shape policy.” 

Brian Cash
Brian Cash

- 2nd year Architecture major

- BA in Architecture from Miami University in Ohio

- Worked for Edun Live on campus (sweatshop-free apparel)

QUOTE “I’m interested in learning how to build interdisciplinary workplace cultures from the ground up.”

Jennifer Gilbert
Jennifer Gilbert

- Currently in the accelerated MBA/MPH program

- Co-Chair of SOM Net Impact

- Working on starting a Yale-wide case competition with a social theme.

- Volunteer for New Haven Reads and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

- Feels most creative when cooking  - especially bread and ice cream 

QUOTE: “I like that CITY is expanding what entrepreneurship is and stretches how you think about it.” 

Ana Barros
Ana Barros

- Yale College ’18 – Saybrook College – studying political science & education

- Chair of the Politic magazine

- President of West Wing Weekly, a group that watches the West Wing and eats wings

- From Brazil, has lived in Venezuela and Panama

- Education Fellow for InnovateHealth Yale

QUOTE: “I’m excited to bring education issues to the forefront of innovation.”

Anushree Agrawal
Anushree Agrawal

- Yale College ’19 studying CS and Humanities

- Head of sponsorship at YHack

- Head TA for CS50

- Working on a Hacker Retreat

Ariel Hudes
Ariel Hudes

- MBA ‘18

- Ran a communications consulting business for art museums and galleries

- Lead Innovation Advisor at Tsai CITY

- Loves supporting artists and plans to work with them 

QUOTE: “The Innovation Advisors at Tsai CITY are amazing. I love working with these all-star students and helping to shape the program.”

Tory Grieves
Tory Grieves

- MBA/MEM ‘18

- Involved in Global Social Entrepreneurship Program at SOM and consulted for agro-forestry initiatives in Ghana

- Current TA for GSE India

- Poet

- Runs ultramarathons, including in Nepal where she used to live

QUOTE: “I think of entrepreneurship as a way of thinking and working within an organization. Having an entrepreneurial spirit is important to my own work of motivating private sector solutions to environmental problems.”

Nya Holder
Nya Holder

- MPH ’18 – healthcare management and psychology joint degree

- InnovateHealth Yale Social Innovation Fellow

- Co-chair of the Tsai CITY Student Advisory Board

- Launching a project around professional coaching for aspiring entrepreneurs called Sol Spark

QUOTE: “I want to offer people the tools to make their passions possible.”

Dianne Lake
Dianne Lake

- YC ’16, LAW ‘20

- From Sierra Leone

- Focused on how human rights interact with thinking about identity and gender

- Graduate Assistant of Intercultural and Social Justice at the Afro-American Cultural Center

- University-wide Chair of Black History Month & oversees Martin Luther King, Jr. Day campus events

QUOTE: “I’m interested in cross-discipline collaborations at CITY. In particular, the way that artists’ advocacy can help bridge gaps between lawyers and the community.”

Emily Chu
Emily Chu

- YC ’19 at Pauli Murray College studying mechanical engineering

- Design Thinking Instructor at Design for America

- Mentor for High School Robotics Team in New Haven

- Intramural Chair at Pauli Murray overseeing inner tube water polo, broom ball, and other more traditional sports

- Lover of sticky notes

QUOTE: “I love sticky notes because I don’t want to lose random good ideas.”

Arthur Thomas
Arthur Thomas

- Divinity School ‘19

- President of Yale Black Seminarians

- Member of Black Church Studies Committee

- Mentor at Brennan Rogers Magnet School, supporting boys in need of role models

QUOTE: “I’m working to create a partnership between CITY and Yale Divinity School and bring business acumen to ministries.”

Holden Leslie-Bole
Holden Leslie-Bole

- YC ’18 Morse College studying geology, geophysics & mechanical engineering

- Working at Landscape Lab designing rainwater collection

- On the Steering Committee for parisagreement.org, a nonprofit between Yale and the private sector tracking the negotiations

QUOTE: “My dream is to go into climate entrepreneurship – adaptation and mitigation. I’m hoping to build experience in entrepreneurship and develop real business acumen at CITY.”

Keniel Yao
Keniel Yao

- YC ’19 at Pauli Murray College studying data science.

- Impact Development Coordinator at Dwight Hall working on ways to evaluate the impact of student-run profits in New Haven

- A Christian who believes that innovation must be directed toward an end goal

QUOTE: “I’m excited to bring all the entrepreneurship resources across campus together. CITY’s emphasis on diversity is very Yale – it makes it very different from other accelerators.” 

Michelle Lim
Michelle Lim

- YC ’20 at Pauli Murray College studying computer science

- Organized the CBIT Healthcare Hackathon

- Built an app for Murray College to navigate the basement tunnels with plan to expand to other colleges

- Participated in an earlier startup called Hemostat

QUOTE: “I’m interested in innovation at healthcare. With so much support at CITY, it’s easy to start something.”

Bennett Byerley
Bennett Byerley

- YC ’19 at Saybrook College studying ethics, politics and economics

- Co-President of Yale Launch

- Foot Leader – Led freshman orientation trips in the Catskills and White Mountains

- Cofounder of Verb energy bars

- Coordinator for Hunger Heroes, a weekly soup kitchen

- Homebrews beer for Saybrook, 5 gallons at a time

QUOTE: “I’m excited to work with CITY to get student from diverse backgrounds and academic skills involved in entrepreneurship.

Kwasi Kyei
Kwasi Kyei

- MBA ‘18

- Co-chair of PE & VC Club

- Currently working on a startup

QUOTE: “It’s great having CITY at the center of Yale entrepreneurship. There are really smart people here with amazing ideas that need support.”

Vince Tenorio
Vince Tenorio

- MBA/MEM ‘19

- Member of Consortium for Graduate Study and Management

- Co-Leader of the Business and Environment Club at SOM

- Practices and teaches jujitsu at a gym in Hamden

- Former environmental scientist who worked for the city of Dallas doing water quality analysis

QUOTE: “I’m excited to support CITY in connecting students across the university who believe in a diversity of ideas and want to support them.”

Amanda Pellowe
Amanda Pellowe

- 2nd year PhD student studying biomedical engineering

- Founded and served as President of STEM Mentors for 3 years

- Coordinator for the Scholars Pathway to Science engineering program

- Co-founder of a medical device company that won the 2016 CBIT Healthcare Hackathon

QUOTE: “I’m excited to speak on behalf of grad students at CITY and push the idea of a post-graduation year for working on new ventures.”

Sandra Lynne Fryhofer
Sandra Lynne Fryhofer

Bio coming soon

Yihana Ritter
Yihana Ritter

Bio coming soon