Student Workers

Arsema Thomas
Arsema Thomas

WE @ Yale Coordinator

Arsema Thomas is a second-year MPH candidate studying Health Policy with a concentration in Global Health. After studying Biophysics as an undergrad at Carnegie Mellon University, she felt the need to further explore the application of the technical science. Having lived in 5 different countries in sub-Saharan Africa as a child she had been exposed to some of the injustices in the health field, due to bad governance and donor-dependency, which led to her to the realization that innovation might be the solution to many of the region's problems. After working in a maternal and child mobile health clinic in Northern Kenya and the Kakumah Refugee Camp on the Kenya-Sudan border, Arsema attended Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) to find the intersection of innovation and health policy. After her first year she created Mosaic with two other YSPH students which acts as a virtual network for refugees, connecting them to loans, vocational training, and an online marketplace to sell their goods. Through the mentorship she gained with Yale's innovation resources on campus, she was able to join the Board of Trustees for the Adebisi Babatunde Thomas Entrepreneurship Institute (ABTEI) in Nairobi, Kenya, and gain endorsements for Mosaic. Bringing women to the forefront of innovation and health is what Arsema is passionate about and why she found deep interest in WE@Yale at Tsai CITY.

Hannah Stonebraker
Hannah Stonebraker

WE @ Yale Coordinator

Hannah Stonebraker is an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. Prior to coming to Yale SOM, Hannah worked at the International Women’s Media Foundation in Washington, DC, where she provided programs and grants for women journalists covering new narratives worldwide. Hannah’s work is driven by elevating the voices of women globally through storytelling and design. Originally from Chicago, IL, Hannah studied International and Global Studies, with a focus in Political Science, African Studies, and French at Middlebury College. At CITY Hannah is a Program Coordinator for Women Entrepreneurs at Yale (WE@Yale).

Felicia Chang
Felicia Chang

Tsai CITY Ambassador

Felicia Chang is a sophomore at Yale University, originally from Southern California, looking to specialize in Computer Science and Psychology. She has experience in research and analysis as a member of a think-tank group, the Yale Roosevelt Institution, on international development. Felicia is also a varsity golfer on the Yale Women's golf team. 

Jinchen Zou
Jinchen Zou

Social Entrepreneurship Collaborative Coordinator

Jinchen is a senior in Grace Hopper College. She studies Economics & Global Affairs, and loves anything social sector related. She first got involved with the entrepreneurship community via Net Impact and the social enterprise conference, Spark, and she's very excited to help grow the social entrepreneurship ecosystem as a student coordinator for the Social Entrepreneurship Collaborative. During her spare time, she's been tinkering with climate migration policies to mobilize action and hopes to kick off climate migration thinkathons before the year ends.

Naile Hacioglu
Naile Hacioglu

Impact Measurement and Metrics Intern

Naile is the Impact Measurement and Metrics Coordinator at Tsai CITY

and an MAM student at Yale School of Management. Prior coming to Yale,

she spent more than six years working at Arcelik, an international Durable

Goods and Consumer Electronics Company from Turkey. She has

experience in product development, software design, innovation

management and entrepreneurship. She also co-founded a start-up

named TVitrin, which aims to provide seamless shopping experience of

the products seen on TV shows.

 

Naile is also enthusiastic about contributing her time and energy to social

causes. She took part in several social responsibility projects during

university years and professional life. She acted as a project manager and

trainer in UN Women’s “HeforShe” project for gender equality and was

selected for McKinsey event "Next Generation Women Leaders 2016" in

Paris. She holds a BSc in Electronics Engineering from Sabanci

University andan MBA from Koc University.

Veena McCoole
Veena McCoole

YaleWomen Innovation Fellow

Veena McCoole is the YaleWomen Innovation Fellow at Tsai CITY, helping to promote women speakers and alumni who come to campus as part of the Yale Women Innovators Series. Veena is an English major at Yale as well as a Yale Daily News staff writer. She’s also the Service and Philanthropy Director for the Yale chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, marketing research assistant at the Yale Office of International Affairs, and member of the Yale Equestrian Team. And Veena is a former editorial apprentice at The Business of Fashion in London and Project Manager for the Yale Startup Consulting Group. Her interest and expertise lies at the intersection of journalism, fashion and business.

Andrew Schmidt
Andrew Schmidt

Video Intern

Andrew Schmidt is a visual artist currently enrolled at Yale College, now a senior in the Film & Media Studies department. Though he focuses on film production, he also studies and works in photography and printmaking. When not studying or cooking, he frequently does freelance photography/videography for Yale organizations and local businesses.

Haywood Perry III
Haywood Perry III

Leaders Innovation Lab Coordinator

Haywood’s pursuit of the Master of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School (YDS) is in response to a calling to both connect people to their purpose, while bridging institutions with resources to the communities most in need. He’s a Graduate Assistant at the Afro-American Cultural Center, and he actively supports members of the House as they discern and explore potential professional pathways. Prior to matriculating at Yale, Haywood served as a Graduate Fellow & Program Associate supporting the Youth & Engagement division of the Aspen Institute; as an intern in the White House Office of Social Innovation & Civic Participation; and as an analyst in the Global Philanthropy division of JPMorgan Chase. He has worked on and conducted research in social enterprises, community building & youth development in Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa and Bangalore & Chennai, India. He earned his B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. “

Christina Neiva de Figueiredo
Christina Neiva de Figueiredo

Leaders Innovation Lab Coordinator

Christina Neiva is the student leader-designer at the Leaders Innovation Lab (LIL). She contributes to make CITY a place where students: (1) identify what is meaningful to them and (2) learn the skills necessary to become effective leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship. Christina hopes to build on her previous work with Alibaba's User Experience Research Team and with the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Global to help students develop skills useful for working in teams to develop technology. She plans to major in Applied Math.

Heaven Berhane
Heaven Berhane

Equity and Civic Engagement Coordinator

Heaven Berhane is a third year Divinity Student. This is her second year working at the House. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Divinity. Prior to attending Yale, she obtained her Bachelors in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters in Social Work from Howard University. Heaven was born in Sudan, and her family is originally from Eritrea. Heaven and her mom, dad, and sister immigrated to America as refugees. Heaven has worked in the field of social work for four years. During her time as a licensed social worker, she worked for various non profits that focused on marginalized communities, in particular those from the Diaspora. Her hope is to combine her passion for social work, ministry, and social justice to advocate and help those in the Black community.

What Heaven loves about the House: “What I love about the House is the sense of family that it provides. Additionally,  the leadership and compassion of Dean Nelson as her role as director of the House has been an inspiration to myself and many others here on campus.”

 

Jessica Alzamora
Jessica Alzamora

Human-Centered Design Intern

As CITY's Human-Centered Design Intern, Jessica is developing a project at CITY using design principles. As part of her works, she'll be pursuing independent study about the design world, taking trips to museums, and interviewing important members of the design community at Yale.

Jessica is a Designer who uses Engineering principals and Human Centered Design to approach the world’s problems. During her undergraduate studies, she is focused on learning the basics of mechanics and computer science. After college, she wants to pursue design and gather experience both the in the social services field (such as working to improve water quality in the developing world, or reduce homelessness) as well as the consumer world of design (product design and stage design). She plans to study architecture in the future in hopes of rounding out her design experience, and adding to her understanding of how people interact with spaces and systems. She uses her skills to lead Design for America at Yale. DFA is a national organization with chapters at schools across the United States. She has helped develop the Yale club from a small group that hosts 4 design projects to one with 30+ members, 6 projects, and multiple outreach initiatives for local New Haven schools. Each of these teams work with a community partner (for instance working with the Errera Center for homeless veterans and the beth-el family shelter), and uses the DFA design process to identify a problem, emphasize with the users, and develop a solution. In a team she provides in depth-experience in engineering and mechanics as well as experience working with social service groups and vulnerable populations. She has worked in projects ranging from designing a self-driving sailboat, to creating a water disinfection unit for disaster relief and low resource settings. Current projects include understanding and using 3D printers to their full potential as well as developing tools to help teach children how to fabricate and use everything from a hammer to a laser cutter.

Aarshiya Chaudhry
Aarshiya Chaudhry

Human-Centered Design Intern

Aarshiya is an MBA candidate at Yale School of Management. She worked for five years as a teacher, program coach and manager, as a project lead and consultant with Teach For India in the nonprofit education space in Delhi. She has an in-depth understanding of Human-Centered Design as applied in the social space, leadership development theories and practices, pedagogies for building and facilitating inclusive, collaborative, creative and stimulating experiences. Aarshiya has worked with a variety of stakeholders ranging from children and parents in low-income communities; principals and bureaucrats in the government offices; and leaders in other social sector enterprises.