February 2018 Alumni Buzz

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Angad Singh Padda

2015 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, University Of California, Berkeley

Angad joined J.P. Morgan as an investment banking analyst this past spring. He focuses on mergers, acquisitions, IPOs and follow-on transactions for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medtech companies through J.P. Morgan's globally top ranked Healthcare Investment Banking group. Most recently, Angad helped a company raise $140 million to develop cancer medication for terminally ill patients.


Marissa Courey

2003 Undergraduate Scholar, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2005 Graduate Scholar, London School of Economics and University of Wisconsin, Madison

Based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Marissa is working for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an HIV epidemiologist.  Marissa is implementing medicated assisted therapy programs for people with opioid dependency throughout Central Asia as part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). 


Emann Odufu

Young Scholar, 2007 College Scholar, The New School

Emann has been touring his short film (co-created with his sister Chelsea Odufu), Ori Inu: In Search of Self, winner of several international and national awards. Emann has been instrumental in strategic planning, marketing, branding, PR, and art direction that led to being featured in over 25 top media publications/media outlets including Huffington Post, NBC News, and screenings at 35+ film festivals worldwide. He recently managed and produced a 40 state tour with the installation “In Search Of the Truth” by acclaimed visual artist Hank Willis Thomas and the Cause Collective.


David Jones

2010 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, University of California, Merced

2013 Graduate Scholar, University of California, Santa Cruz

After earning his Master's, David took what he thought would be a temporary position at his community college alma mater. There, David found his true passion, and is now a professor of mathematics at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. He focuses on sharing opportunities beyond community college with his students, incorporating his own story frequently into his teaching. David is working on several projects, including work with two local high school districts to improve attrition rate into college, developing a transfer-friendly curriculum with his department, starting a Phi Theta Kappa chapter on campus, and establishing a career exploratory program in conjunction with the NASA Ames Research Center for his students.


 Edna Simbi

2014 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, Columbia University

2016 Graduate Scholar, Columbia University

Transitioning from a two-year post at Goldman Sachs, Edna has accepted a position with the State of California in the Department of Social Services (CDSS) with the Fiscal Policy and Analysis Bureau (FPAB). Edna is developing fiscal policy for the Department’s core programs which include California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) assistance, Welfare-to-Work, CalFresh and food assistance, Foster Care and In-Home Supportive Services.


 Bo Ra Kim

Young Scholar, 2010 College Scholar, Bates College

2014 Graduate Scholar, Columbia University

Bo Ra is an international project manager for APEC Climate Center in Busan, Korea. She facilitates and manages international sustainable development projects with a focus on disaster management. A few of her recent projects include the Climate Information Services for Resilient Development in Vanuatu, Republic of Korea-Pacific Islands Climate Prediction Services, and ASEAN Science-Based Disaster Management Platform. Bo Ra recently received the Korean Meteorological Administration Commendation Award in recognition of exceptional performance and contributions to improvements in the field of international cooperation.


Deeneaus Polk

2008 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, University of Mississippi

Dee is overseeing the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program, an initiative to expand the concept of apprenticeship throughout the state. Using his research on Germany’s vocational education system he conducted as a German Chancellor Fellow, Dee and his team are trying to make this model a viable pathway in Mississippi for those who decide to not pursue a baccalaureate degree. He’s worked with many partners from around the world to create a thriving system in Mississippi to ensure that women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and opportunity youth are included in what his team is crafting.


 Dee Baskin

2004 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, University of Indianapolis

2006 Graduate Scholar, University of Minnesota

Last fall Dee started as the Operations Manager of the non-profit Gender Justice in St Paul, MN. The organization aims to eradicate gender inequity through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education and training. They focus on the overall impact and how they can change the broader narrative taking on cases that private firms won't--whether it's because the client can't afford to pay attorney fees up front, there isn't a big payout potential at the end, the case isn't "sexy" enough for media attention, or they don't have the expertise to handle gender issues.


 Kayci Baldwin

Young Scholar, 2010 College Scholar, Harvard University

Kayci is the co-founder and head of brand at Six Things, a boutique branding and product design studio with a knack for turning concepts into startups and startups into game-changers. Six Things staff work on distilling visual branding and positioning, crafting compelling fundraising pitches, designing and building websites and apps, creating content and developing user acquisition strategies. The impetus for founding the company, and the heart of the mission beyond their service menu, is a commitment to increasing representation for women in the world of technology and innovation. Check out Six Things' weekly blog that features entrepreneurial and creative women who are taking the world by storm.



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