Neha is currently pursuing a joint MBA and MA in Education from Stanford. Previously, Neha served as a staff economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, advising Presidents Obama and Trump on economic opportunity policy areas including early, K-12, and higher education. Her experience also includes higher education advocacy; senior and founding roles at multiple nonprofits; volunteer teaching and mentoring in seven countries; quantitative education research with economist Raj Chetty; organizing and representing youth in a variety of capacities; and speaking, writing, and consulting on related topics. Additionally, she served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard International Review. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her work on education and youth issues, including being named to Forbes’ 30-Under-30 list and as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. At 16, she was admitted to Harvard, where she completed a bachelor’s and master’s in a combination of mathematics, economics, and education.
Joyce focuses on how education can be a force to reduce socioeconomic inequities, bridge cultural divides, and build empowered and resilient communities. She is currently a researcher at Harvard Business School where she looks at how higher education innovation can better address 21st century challenges. Prior experience in education ranges from policy advising at the U.S. Department of Education and the UN to and designing educational experiences in Bali and Tokyo. She has also researched the civic engagement of North Korean defector youth as a Fulbright Scholar and launched a digital storytelling project for North Korean defectors in London, Seoul, and the U.S. in conjunction with the U.S. State Department. She serves as a youth advisor to the U.S. National Commission to UN. She has a B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as the first female Student Body President and a M.Phil. with distinction from the University of Cambridge where she was a Rotary Global Grant Scholar.
Donya is a passionate advocate for gender equality, youth empowerment, and racial equity. For over a decade, she has worked diligently to ensure the rights of young people, women, and marginalized communities to sexual and reproductive health services, leadership representation, and intentional engagement. She has accomplished this through coupling advocacy efforts with policy change, most recently as the U.S. Gender Inequalities Delegate at the G7’s Youth Summit (Y7) and a UN Association of Civilizations Peacebuilding Fellow. Donya served as the first Iranian-American and Muslim U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations from 2015-2016, and is currently the youngest Board Director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Action Fund. She is also a Director for the Board of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)/ Western Hemisphere Region and a Trustee of the IPPF Governing Council. These roles have enabled her to take an active lead in designing and funding sexual and reproductive health programs that impact over 200 million people around the world. Donya is a Gates Foundation 120 Under 40 Family Planning Leader, Glamour Magazine Top 10 College Woman, and L’Oreal Woman of Worth. She graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and went on to study at SOAS, University of London, complete a Scoville Fellowship, and receive a Fulbright Grant to Tajikistan.
Jessica is a technology investor at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), which has invested in world-changing education technology companies such as Coursera and Duolingo, and companies like Robinhood, which is democratizing access to financial markets. She is interested in how technology can be applied to improve lives globally. She has been an advocate of youth representation in organizations and has served on the Advisory Councils of Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation, the American Association of University Women, Crisis Text Line (the world’s first 24/7 teen text line), and UNICEF’s Chinese Children Initiative. She has also worked with Facebook’s InspirED initiative and Intel’s Hack Harassment Coalition to create positive social environments for youth to thrive in. She hopes to expand the youth voice and work with other passionate leaders through her work with the Youth Working Group. Jessica studied at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received a B.A. in Social Welfare and B.S. in Business Administration.
With youth development programs being pivotal in Jazmin’s growth, she has been tenacious in ensuring everyone has the opportunities those programs afforded her. Jazmin is a catalyst for youth empowerment, an intersectional gender and economic equity advocate, as well as a career readiness and STEAM education champion. In 2018, Jazmin Co-Founded and began the operation of Project Z, a nonprofit addressing the skills gap by preparing underrepresented youth for the future of work through experiential project-based learning, while simultaneously creating a pipeline of diverse talent for companies. Jazmin also proudly supports the vision of a world where we freely share in the sum of all knowledge through her role as a Technical Program Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation. As a Technical Program Manager she is a chaos calmer and accountability partner for teams creating and running products that allow users to edit and access Wikipedia from mobile devices and desktop computers. Jazmin has been recognized as an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, World Economic Forum Global Shapers DC Curator, National Black MBA Association DC Mentor of the Year, and Inductee of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Jazmin has provided board development and growth strategies for education nonprofits including City Year DC, as well as programmatic advising to health NGOs including the Oddariya Foundation.
Emiola is a Kleiner Perkins Fellow currently leading product design across Twitter’s global saleforce as well as their CSR program, Twitter For Good. His activism is focused on engaging a youth movement for Integrated Sustainable Development.
Shalin R. Jyotishi is a strategist, researcher, and communicator dedicated to advancing sustainable and inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. His background spans science and technology policy, higher education administration, and economic development. By day, he is the Assistant Director for Economic Development and Community Engagement at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), North America’s oldest presidents-led higher education association. He directs APLU’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities program and manages a portfolio focused on higher ed transformation, workforce development, and technological innovation. Outside of APLU, he is a University Innovation Fellow of Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, a World Economic Forum Global Shapers, a member of the United Nation’s Major Group for Children and Youth, and as a member of the International Economic Development Council’s Higher Education Advisory Committee. He fulfills his entrepreneurial calling as CEO of the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, a non-profit organization focused on youth science-policy research. He has held various positions at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the University of Michigan, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His work has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, InsideHigherEd, and the Institute for International Education.
Stephanie Kenner is based in Washington DC and currently works as a Grant Programs Associate at the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery. Prior to this role, she was a Senior Project Coordinator for the USAID-funded projects, Reading within Reach and Human Resources for Health 2030 at URC. Before moving to DC, Stephanie worked in Detroit as a sustainability business analyst at Ford Motor Company. She was also highly involved with grassroots activism and the response to the Flint Water Crisis. Stephanie has an MA in International Human Rights with concentrations in Human Trafficking and Humanitarian Assistance from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She has been a member of the Global Shapers Community since since 2016 and was the curator of the Detroit Hub.
Aletta is a Program Analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Inspector General. Her current projects include a program evaluation on the internal controls for EPA’s Vehicle Emissions Testing Program, prompted, in part, by the Volkswagen emissions violations announced by EPA in 2015. In addition to her work at ELI, she is a member of the DC-Sierra Club Environmental Justice Committee and the Roosevelt Institute network. Previously, she worked at the Environmental Law Institute where her research focused on supporting healthy Gulf of Mexico communities and ecosystems, using federal law towards environmental justice, and international environmental dispute resolution. Prior to ELI, her work included both qualitative and quantitative research on transnational freshwater negotiation, mechanisms for stronger public participation in the political process, and developing interview mechanisms for advancing effective multi-stakeholder engagement. She has received awards for public speaking, quantitative analysis, creative writing, research excellence, leadership, and moral excellence. Additionally, she was a Department of State Critical Language Scholar in Amman, Jordan in 2015. Aletta received a BA (Honors) in Political Science from Wesleyan University in 2015.
Austin is CEO of ImpactEd, a platform bridging universities with businesses, NGOs, and governments to solve pressing challenges and reduce the skills gap. Since founding ImpactEd in 2017, he has led partnerships to connect leading organizations like NASA, Unilever, and H&M with a variety of universities including Stanford, Vanderbilt, and University of Illinois. He previously served as G20 Young Global Changer, carried out research on sustainable development in Sweden as a Fulbright Scholar, and authored a book entitled The American Workday. As Chair of the Youth Working Group, Austin directs his energy towards accelerating the impact of youth, with a focus on championing efforts to improve the quality of education and reduce economic inequality. Austin is a native of rural North Carolina.