2017 Ullman Fellows
Emily Ruskin is a proud Midwesterner from Wisconsin. She graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in Diplomacy and International Relations. Highlights from her eight years between undergraduate and graduate school include: two years in Taiwan working and studying Mandarin Chinese; serving her country and the people of Thailand in the US Peace Corps; managing cultural and language programming for the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota; volunteer teaching EFL and resettling refugee families in Minneapolis’ vibrant refugee community; and working for the international advocacy agency ECPAT in Bangkok, which focuses on ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children worldwide. At Princeton, she has been an active member of the Woodrow Wilson Action Committee organizing volunteer and funding drives, as well as participating in the Petey Greene program as a tutor for incarcerated juveniles. She feels doubly blessed to be honored as an Ullman Fellow in addition to the opportunity to pursue her Master in Public & International Affairs degree at the Woodrow Wilson School. As always, she credits any success to her mother, who taught her to love the world.
Emma Wingreen was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey and went on to attend Princeton University. In the Woodrow Wilson School, she focuses on human rights and social policy, and is a certificate candidate in Latin American Studies and Spanish Language and Culture. Emma first visited Latin America on a volunteer trip to Peru with her high school Spanish class. After graduating high school, Emma took a gap year in the Dominican Republic and Spain where she volunteered at local elementary schools teaching English and Spanish. During her sophomore year of college, Emma studied abroad at the University of Havana with the Princeton in Cuba program. She has also interned in Chile, designing a curriculum to prepare small business entrepreneurs for tourism services, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, researching environmental education programs offered by Latin American NGOs. She enjoys giving back to the student community as a Peer Academic Advisor and a Peer Health Advisor and to the larger community as a Petey Greene Prison Teaching Initiative Volunteer. Emma is excited to be an Ullman Fellow and to return to the Dominican Republic, where she will be working with Mariposa DR Foundation to implement a digital literacy campaign for girls and young women.
2016 Ullman Fellows
Samantha was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She attended Brown University where she ran varsity track, studied geology and discovered an unexpected love for soil science. After graduation, Samantha traveled across Asia and Latin America, exploring ways to connect her passion for social justice with her love for research. She completed a Fulbright research grant in Panama where she studied tropical agriculture techniques and coauthored a book of oral folklore. From Panama, Samantha moved to Ethiopia, where she worked as a consultant on projects around adolescent empowerment, local capacity development, communications and monitoring and evaluation. She is thrilled to be an Ullman Fellow and during her fellowship she will be working with the Impact Team for Acumen in 2016-17 where she will execute lean data projects across their portfolio companies and further shape the lean data proposition. Furthermore, Samantha is a lover of travel, music, dance and wool socks. She is pursuing her Master in Public & International Affairs degree at the Woodrow Wilson School.
Asmod Karki is from Kathmandu, Nepal. In the Woodrow Wilson School, he concentrated in development and had research interests in livelihood, environment, education and migration. A native Nepali speaker, he also is proficient in Hindi and speaks Urdu. After his freshman year, Asmod conducted a computer education and creative arts project in a rural village in Nepal. The next summer he was in Malaysia undertaking ethnographic research among Nepali migrants, during which he also had a broadcasting and marketing internship for an online radio station. He has also worked as a policy consultant for a Member of Parliament in Nepal to analyze policy issues related to resettlement. On the Princeton campus, he is involved in the Religious Life Council (RLC) and the 2-Dickinson Street Co-op. He also serves as a Peer Health Adviser. During the Ullman Fellowship year, he will lead a series of projects to assess the nuances of development issues in Nepal. Asmod thinks that his practice of mindfulness, tea conversations and walks around the Princeton town have helped him learn tremendously outside the classes.
2015 Ullman Fellow
Elizabeth is a native of Detroit and graduate of Kalamazoo College, where she studied political science, Spanish and international economics. She began her career researching corporate social responsibility in Brazil and Italy. Elizabeth then spent four years working in domestic microfinance with ACCION USA, where she focused on public-private partnership development, including the “Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream” microloan program to grow small food and beverage businesses in urban communities nationwide. In 2012, Elizabeth returned to her hometown of Detroit to build a nonprofit organization called Michigan Corps, designed to leverage social enterprise to support Detroit and Michigan’s economic transformation. She founded the Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, seeding hundreds of social enterprises with resources and attracting nearly $2 million in new entrepreneurial investment from business and philanthropic leaders. Elizabeth is currently serving as an Ullman Fellow at the White House Community Solutions Team, which is working to advance the Administration's "place-based" portfolio. She is pursuing her Master in Public & International Affairs degree at the Woodrow Wilson School.