2019 Ullman Fellows
Tom Clark MPA ’20 will spend his Ullman fellowship year using big data to improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa. Clark will take a middle year out in 2019-20 to work in countries that, despite being some of the very poorest in the world, receive far below the average aid per capita for the region, such as Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has been inspired by initiatives such as UN Global Pulse, which have found that food insecurity can be detected far more quickly and efficiently by relatively simple observations such as changes in cell phone credit purchasing. He hopes such insights will drive innovations in food security, which will help resources go further in places where they are scarcest.
Clark was born and raised in Warwickshire, England. In 2012 he earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Exeter (UK), where he focused on international relations, trade, and development. He spent the next two years with grassroots NGOs in the Philippines and Madagascar. In the Philippines, Clark worked on indigenous rights, education, and livelihoods. He then joined an NGO based in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar, where he provided support on operations and proposal development on projects spanning education, livelihoods, and community health.
He subsequently moved to the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, initially supporting a technical assistance program to improve fiscal governance in fragile states, including projects in South Sudan, Uganda, and Liberia. He then project-managed ODI’s Agricultural Development and Policy research program, whose themes included land governance, property rights, and climate resilience. While at ODI, Clark also studied part-time for a graduate diploma in economics at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Paulina Lopez Gonzalez MPA ’19 is pursuing a certificate in Urban Policy. She plans to spend her Ullman Fellowship year rethinking the role of government and policymaking in the context of the gig economy, centering on domestic work. “My time at the Woodrow Wilson School has expanded my appreciation of the role imagination and creativity play in the social sciences,” she said, “and I am looking forward to the great freedom that the Ullman Fellowship provides to pursue this further.”
At the Woodrow Wilson School, Lopez Gonzalez’s studies focus on issues related to economic security in urban contexts. She’s a member of the Gender and Policy Network’s Steering Committee, and was a Diversity and Inclusion representative in the Woodrow Wilson Action Committee. She spent her summer internship working at the New York City Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, where she collaborated with the management of evaluations and evidence reviews for anti-poverty programs.
Lopez Gonzalez grew up in Puebla, Mexico and moved to Mexico City for college, where she received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Convinced of the importance of interdisciplinary action, she became a member — and spent a year as elected coordinator of — a youth group that discusses Mexico’s most pressing issues with experts and students from various fields. Upon graduation, she worked for two and a half years at the economic research division of the Mexican central bank. She contributed to research projects that studied different policies’ impact on Mexican women’s economic opportunities and health outcomes. Interested in better understanding gender inequality, she later completed a certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Law at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE).
2018 Ullman Fellows
María was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. As a child, she moved to Texas with her family. A Woodrow Wilson School concentrator graduating in June 2018, she focuses on migration policy, especially in the context of Latin America and Latinx communities in the United States, and is pursuing certificates in Latino and Latin American studies.
María is deeply involved with Dream Team, the migrants’ rights advocacy group on campus, serving as a project coordinator and then as a co-director. She developed and led a Breakout service learning trip to Arizona, which grappled with the border’s humanitarian aid crisis. Since her first year on campus, she has also been part of Community House, a Pace Center program that seeks to close the achievement gap for underserved communities in the Princeton town. She served as a project liaison, a summer camp counselor, a general volunteer and on Community House’s executive board.
The summer after sophomore year, María returned to Mexico and worked with Centro De Los Derechos del Migrante (CDM), a transnational migrants’ labor rights organization based out of Mexico City and Baltimore. For her junior paper, she volunteered with RAICES, a migrants’ rights organization that provides legal and pro-bono assistance to migrants and asylum-seekers in Texas. Most recently, María interned with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), a national legal nonprofit, in Los Angeles. Currently, María serves as a Whitman College Peer Academic Advisor and sits on the Woodrow Wilson Department Advisory Council.
María returned to CDM as an Ullman Fellow to advocate for migrant labor rights from this side of the border. She has been conducting outreach trips to meet with H-2B and J-1 guest worker communities in Maryland, advocating for state and national guest worker labor protections, and assisting with legal campaigns. Most recently, she has been elected to serve as secretary of the Alianza Nacional de Campesina's (National Alliance for Farm-working Women) executive board, where she represents CDM and migrant farmworking women at the national level. María is thrilled to continue learning and engaging with issues and the community she cares deeply about.
Teresa grew up in the south but ventured north to complete her undergraduate studies in languages and international politics at Middlebury College in Vermont. As an undergraduate, she lived in France, China, and Romania researching disparities in access to primary education based on ethnicity and their impact on educational achievement for marginalized groups. After graduating, Teresa worked in international advertising as a director at Craft Translation, where she oversaw the rollout of global ad campaigns for companies including Coca-Cola and Google in over 100 countries.
At the Woodrow Wilson School, Teresa brought together her private sector experience in project implementation and her passion for international education policy. She earned her Master in Public Affairs in 2018, with a focus on programming and best practices for education in emergencies. During her time at the Woo, Teresa worked in New York with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), supporting their Standards & Practice Working Group. She also worked in Amman, Jordan with UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States on issues related to youth and innovation and with UNICEF’s No Lost Generation initiative supporting education responses to the crises in Syria and Iraq.
Teresa is spending her fellowship year at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, where she supports the development and implementation of early childhood programs in humanitarian settings from Bangladesh to the Middle East. Through an innovative combination of media and direct services, Teresa works to ensure children, caregivers, and communities have access to quality early childhood programming and resources that support cognitive development, social-emotional wellbeing, and resilience. Her work also focuses on developing solutions to ensure the scalability and sustainability of these critical early childhood initiatives.
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.
He was named as a Yenching Scholar at Peking University in 2017. He is researching about Nepal-China trade ties during his time at Yenching. He hopes to continue building bridge between Nepal and the rest of the world through his works in future.
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. Following graduation, Elizabeth joined the Lumina Foundation to invest in early stage ventures focused on education and skill-building with an eye toward the future of work.