About the Author

Stephen is a recent MBA graduate of the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.  He has worked and volunteered for more than three years in the not-for-profit sector, including social services, education, grantmaking, and community organizing.

While at Smith, Stephen has been involved in a number of projects, including developing market entry strategies for the Chinese forestry and Tunisian fisheries sectors, commercializing a molecular diagnostic technology, and improving the health care supply chain at USAID.  Over Summer 2011, Stephen designed and developed a consumer research tutorial and certification program and conducted shopper analytics research for Kraft Foods.  After graduation in May 2012, Stephen will intern at Veenome, a business intelligence firm that can turn video into data.  In August 2012, he will begin his Masters in Public Policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Stephen is interested in social businesses that pass their profits on to their communities either because they produce a critical good/service or because its workers or community own the business and receive its profits.  For more on this, he recommends Muhammad Yunus’ “Creating a World without Poverty.”

Stephen grew up in San Francisco, CA and graduated from Pomona College in 2007 with a B.A. in Sociology.  He is a Public Policy and International Affairs fellow, a StartingBloc fellow, and served as an SEO intern.

Stephen enjoys dancing, music, and tennis.  Besides his coursework, he is currently reading Naseem Nicholas Taleb’s “The Black Swan,” Raghuram Rajan’s “Fault Lines,” and Kazuo Ishiguro’s “The Unconsoled.”  He recenlty finished Sheena Iyengar’s “The Art of Choice,” Thaler and Sunstein’s “Nudge,” and Aravind Adiga’s “The White Tiger.”

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