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.
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.