2017 Ullman Fellows
Emily 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 was an active member of the Woodrow Wilson Action Committee organizing volunteer and funding drives, and participated 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. Emily received her MPA in June 2017.
Emily is spending her fellowship year at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA). Her first project at MOIA has been coordinating the Global Mayor’s Summit on Migrants and Refugees, which will bring together local and international leaders during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly to discuss cities’ role on the front lines of unprecedented global migration and refugee challenges. The Summit will highlight local innovation on migration and integration, identify opportunities for cities and stakeholders to share lessons, and further partnerships.
Emma was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey and went on to attend Princeton University. Emma graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School in June 2017 with a certificate in Latin American Studies and Spanish Language and Culture. At Princeton, she focused on human rights and social policy. 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 gave 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 is 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 a lover of travel, music, dance and wool socks.
Samantha was thrilled to be chosen as an Ullman Fellow. She spent her fellowship year (2016-17) with the Impact Team for Acumen, first in NYC executing lean data projects across their portfolio companies and further shaping the lean data proposition and then in the field, going back to Ethiopia to work on a local agricultural project. She returned to Princeton in September 2017 to finish her Master in Public & International Affairs degree at the Woodrow Wilson School.
Asmod is from Kathmandu, Nepal. Graduating from the Woodrow Wilson School in 2016, 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 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 was involved in the Religious Life Council (RLC) and the 2-Dickinson Street Co-op and served as a Peer Health Adviser. Asmod thinks that his practice of mindfulness, tea conversations and walks around the Princeton town helped him learn tremendously outside the classes.
Asmod spent his Ullman fellowship year in Nepal, leading a series of projects in his home country. During the first part of his fellowship he worked with Daayitwa, where he helped administer a national symposium and worked on community farming projects that aimed to increase agricultural production and promote rural entrepreneurship in five communities, including Rackham, the same district where he had worked in the summer of 2015. He subsequently helped a school install solar cookers in Kalikot, a district around 250 miles to the west of Kathmandu, and then developed strategy for a team running a study observation campaign in five districts along the southern Nepali border. The team aimed to bridge the increasing ethnic divide between the northern and southern region in the country and to identify areas for economic growth in the southern region.
In March 2017, Asmod was named a Yenching Scholar, which provides a fully funded interdisciplinary one-year master’s program in China Studies at Yenching Academy in Peking University to outstanding graduates from all over the globe. In September 2017, at the end of his fellowship year, he moved to Beijing to pursue that opportunity.
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 served as an Ullman Fellow at the White House Community Solutions Team, which worked to advance the Obama Administration's "place-based" portfolio. She returned to the Woodrow Wilson School in February 2017 to finish her Master in Public & International Affairs degree.