Aaron is a first-year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Kennedy School. He is particularly interested in nonprofit management, as well as hybrid models between business and social objectives, including shared value, social enterprise, and business development in the developing world. Prior to HKS, Aaron spent the past five years working in the Dominican Republic, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and later as the Programs Coordinator for Fundación Tropicalia, a private nonprofit which designs and carries out the shared value strategy for a large tourism investment in the D.R. Aaron was also an AmeriCorps*NCCC volunteer shortly after earning his undergraduate degree in finance at the University of Missouri.
Anya is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Government (GSAS). Anya’s work focuses on the political economy of development in the Middle East. She is particularly interested in the politics of employment and social service provision, and subnational variation in development outcomes. During the last two years she lived in Syria and Jordan, conducting research for her dissertation. She also has spent time in Yemen, where she consulted with the World Bank on civil society development and governance reforms. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Anya worked as a researcher in the Global Development Program with the Hewlett Foundation. She is fluent in Arabic, German, and Russian.