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 Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow at the Truman Center for National Policy, a progressive think tank that identifies, trains, and positions leaders across America. Prior to this role, Donya pursued her Masters in Iranian Studies at SOAS, University of London, as a John Loiello and Kamran Djam Scholar. She is passionate about advocating for gender equality and reproductive justice; empowering women, youth, and minorities to become civically engaged, and contributing to Middle East policy while combating stigmas and stereotypes. Donya serves as the youngest Board Director of both the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund Boards, as well as Youth Director on the Governing Council of the International Planned Parenthood Fund. Donya served as the 2015-2016 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations where she focused on bringing the work of the UN to youth globally while representing them at the international institution. She believes in the power of galvanizing younger generations, who embody the potential of our future to secure equality and justice for all. She was honored as a 2014 Glamour Top 10 College Woman, 2014 Truman Scholar, and 2015 White House Intern in the Office of Legislative Affairs.
Jessica is passionate about women’s rights and youth activism. She has been an advocate of youth representation in organizations and has served on the Youth 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. In college, Jessica served on the Working Group of the University of California President’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and founded Young Women in Leadership, a nonprofit professional mentorship program connecting and empowering female students. 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.