Student Staff

Ellen Broaddus

Ellen Broaddus

Team Lead

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“In middle school I set the “record” for the lowest cookie sales in my entire Girl Scout troop, and I’ve continued to think that business wasn’t for me ever since. That is, however, until I learned about the intention behind “social innovation”: using the power of business to make a positive impact in the world. I realized that although doing your part to better the world is important, real change is when you can motivate your community to do the same. At Kravis Lab, I’ve had the opportunity to see first-hand that change is possible and develop the skills and confidence to make changes of my own.

What I love about Kravis Lab is that the answer is always “yes”. Not only are there countless workshops and opportunities to learn, but we are always pushed to create programs of our own. Through interactive dinners with top social entrepreneurs, case competitions, and one-on-one support from world-renowned entrepreneurs Gemma and Scott, students have the freedom to explore and cultivate their own groundbreaking ideas. Every day at Kravis Lab is an exciting adventure, and I’m so thankful to be part of such a dynamic, supportive, and inspiring team of change-makers.”

Luis Salazar

Luis Salazar

Team Lead

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Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Luis grew up exploring every cozy nook in the museum campus. He is the youngest of three and thoroughly enjoys playing and watching competitive baseball with his brother and sister. He is a junior at Claremont McKenna College and is majoring in government and history. At CMC, you can find him giving tours for the Admissions Office, or planning and leading events at Kravis Lab. He spent the past three months interning for AME Asistencia Médica, a private health insurance company in Barcelona, Spain which focuses on providing satisfactory health coverage for VISA-approval. With his free time, Luis creates playlists, reads some David Sedaris, and travels (fun fact: he has spent more time on airplanes than at home in the past year). After CMC, he hopes to continue his journey on making a positive multigenerational change by pursuing a career at an international U.S. embassy.

Julie Tran

Julie Tran

Team Lead

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Born and raised in San Diego, California, Julie grew up in a loving family and has one little brother who she both loves and hates on a daily basis. She is a rising junior at Claremont McKenna College and is majoring in government and literature. At CMC, she works with peers to prepare oral and written works at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and plans, supports, and leads events at Kravis Lab. She is currently working at a Vietnamese pho restaurant in San Diego and interning at the Immigration Justice Project, a non-profit organization with the American Bar Association that helps detained individuals in removal proceedings acquire citizenship status in the United States. Julie loves to enjoy food, drink boba, sing in the shower, dance in her room, read, write, host social gatherings, plan every second of her day, and travel. She hopes to be able to do one good pull up one day… someday…  After graduating from CMC, she hopes to attend law school, pursue a career in law, and to be someone that can contribute something both positive and unique to society. 

Patrick Elliott

Patrick Elliott

Program Assistant

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Dual Government-Philosophy Major, Sequence in Public Policy, Patrick Elliott is a senior from Chicago. He is currently serving as a Resident Assistant, outside of that, Patrick is the student manager for the CARE Center, a member of the Kravis Lab, a tour guide, and a researcher for President Chodosh. Patrick loves to help empower lowerclassmen and help them find their voice throughout their time at CMC – which is why he has served as a First Year Guide twice. His professional goals will eventually land him in the world of education reform, but immediately after college, he plans on doing diversity work for a large corporation.

Tori Johnson

Tori Johnson

LACI Makership Lead

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Since childhood, Tori Johnson’s interests have been bizarre. Her parents struggled to keep up as she moved from her bagpipe phase to her exotic reptile, rhythmic gymnastics, and amateur hydraulics phases. Her upbringing in the mountains of Colorado have shaped her into a full-fledged tree hugger/climber. In high school, Tori pursued clothing design and professional sewing. Her experience with the design process in the realm of sewing has translated over to her recent interest in product prototyping. She is currently collaborating with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator to develop a sustainable consumer product. Tori hopes to further exercise her creative problem-solving skills in a business setting and is interested in market-sustainable social enterprises that alleviate poverty.

Salomé Lefort

Salomé Lefort

Program Assistant

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“When I was younger I always dreamed about the perfect career: I wanted to be a race-car driver, the person who puts the luggage on the conveyor belt, and even a grocery store cashier. Those were the dream careers as a kid. I am aware they are a bit wacky. My mom always fostered an environment where I would be able to dream big and know that I would be able to conquer anything!

Kravis Lab means to me to remind our students at CMC that there is nothing in this world you cannot conquer as long as you are your own supporter. When it may seem that everyone is telling you ‘NO’ if you say yes and stay resilient and proactive you can reach your goal. Kravis Lab means to me giving back to our community and always finding a way to make it better. Kravis Lab pushes the boundaries of what we are taught at school and enhances skills already in us to enhance our success and to show everyone wherever you work you can make an impact.  We can build an amazing community at CMC if we are able to support one another!”

Paloma Pineda

Paloma Pineda

Program Assistant

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Paloma Pineda is a current senior pursuing a dual degree in Economics and Media Studies from Bellevue, WA. At the Kravis Lab, Paloma helped lead the first Women of Color Power and Purpose Forum, and loves to work with the Claremont community to inspire social innovation and foster entrepreneurial mindsets.

Outside of The Kravis Lab, Paloma works at The Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Creativity (The Hive), and is involved with the Multi-Ethnic Racial Group Exchange, MERGE. She is fascinated by the intersection of technology, art, and behavioral economics and is interested in pursuing projects involving data science, and fashion. During her free time, Paloma enjoys traveling, watching foreign films, and cooking French cuisine.

Toluwani Roberts

Toluwani Roberts

Program Assistant

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“I’m drawn to take the road less travelled. One of my favorite quotes is by T.S. Elliot: “We will not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” My desire to explore led me to Washington D.C., Tanzania, and Ecuador. My immersion in these communities refined my identity as a global citizen. It gave me a type of education that my brick brown Brooklyn school building could not: the opportunity to connect with people drastically different from me. They helped me grow in empathy and to expand my environmental consciousness. Each return to New York City felt different. I could see its diversity, wealth disparity, and its industrial consumption of earth more clearly.

I am now exploring California, living and learning as a first year in CMC. Inevitably, I have returned to traditional education – the type that expands my mind but limits my body to the classroom’s four walls. Kravis Lab breaks down the fourth wall (like “The Office” does) with each relatable speaker they connect us with that has struggled and succeeded in the “real world”. Kravis Lab encourages us and gives us the tools to take our minds’ ideas and bodies to various spaces, from Mozambique (Moonshot 2018) to LA (LACI) and Hawaii (Moonshot 2019). It inspires me daily me to be around peers and leaders who shoot even further than the moon in the spirit of changing self and community to do so as well.”

Shanil Verjee

Shanil Verjee

Program Assistant and Staff Writer

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My name is Shanil, and I am a sophomore at Claremont McKenna College. If I had to describe myself in just a few words, I would say that I am ambitious, witty, and (if I manage enough sleep the night before) energetic! I love making my friends and family laugh and smile. I immensely enjoy performing arts, debate, public speaking, and writing. At Claremont McKenna, I work at the Kravis Lab, write for the CMC Forum, and participate in Under The Lights (the CMC theatre group). I am also in Mock Trial and am on the Alumni Relations Committee of CMC’s Senate. As a possible career path, I would be interested in pursuing international relations, through international law, but at this stage I am not really sure. Another thing I love to do is travel. My favourite place to travel is Europe, but I would also love to visit Japan one day!

Kendall Hollimon

Kendall Hollimon

Program Assistant

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“I always thought that amazing retreat experiences were something that happened to other people until my first interaction with Kravis Lab. From the first moonshot house, the Sophomore Leadership Experience to the numerous dinners with world changers, I have felt empowered by the KLab staff every step of the way. Working at Kravis Lab has forced me to stretch my perspectives, challenge myself, and grow in ways I never knew I could. I am in contact with amazing social entrepreneurs and doing work the impacts of which I can really see. Working at Kravis Lab has really shaped my college experience for the better.”

Lesley Chavarria

Lesley Chavarria

WeThrive Mentor

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“Growing up, my parents made sure to teach me the value of hard work, whether that be academically or in any other aspect in life. When I transferred to a predominantly white high school, I started attending a number of diversity conferences which taught me the importance of social justice. The one saying that has stuck with me from my favorite conference is ‘Love itself is a revolutionary act.’

Getting to CMC and working for Kravis Lab for Social Change has given me the opportunity to combine the work ethic my parents instilled in me and my own passion for social justice. I love being able to mentor local high schoolers in Social Entrepreneurship and truly feel like I am directly impacting the lives of others. Kravis Lab has also pushed me to see what more I can do for the overall community. This work always leaves me wanting to do more and finding new ways to spread the love, since that is what is going to change the world after all.”

Dini Mittal

Dini Mittal

WeThrive Mentor

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“If you asked my five year-old self about her dream career, the answer would’ve been some odd combination of a teacher, nurse, Broadway actress, among a myriad of other professions. I was a firm believer in the fact that I could learn to do anything and everything, unable to answer the question of “what’s your thing?” From elementary through to high school, my involvements ranged from swimming on the swim team to acting in plays to debating with Model UN to playing classical piano to community service work. When it came time for college applications, I struggled to find a concrete “theme” to present, but quickly learned this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Being at CMC has taught me the value of diversified interests and Kravis Lab has provided me with an avenue to apply them. Working with Kravis Lab has allowed me to apply myself in roles as a leader, mentor, event-organizer, and at its root: a team member. K-Lab not only conducts a huge variety of social impact programming, but promotes individual impact for members of the team, in and outside the office. It is incredible to be part of something where every new interaction or event leaves you inspired and motivated to do more towards making an impact.

It is important for us to recognize that social impact comes in a variety of forms, and I am so grateful to have had the experiences Kravis Lab has given me to explore that so far!”

Elizabeth Song

Elizabeth Song

WeThrive Mentor

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“Growing up, I always attended community events hosted by my local library in New Jersey that promoted entrepreneurship, technology skills, and creativity. All of these community events were led by high school and college students. I always admired these students who seemed to know exactly what they were doing and organized amazing events that my friends and I were always enthusiastic to go to.

When I came to CMC, I loved the idea of learning for the sake of doing. At the club fair, Kravis Lab gave me an opportunity to take on a role similar to the event organizers I had respected. At Kravis Lab, I have the chance to make a change with the students at Pomona Hope by instilling entrepreneurial ideals and creating a social impact. As a WeThrive mentor, I can give back to the community around me by inspiring the high school students, just like how I was once inspired.”

Hyunjin Kim

Hyunjin Kim

Social Innovation Research Assistant

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Hyunjin is an exchange student from Yonsei University, Seoul. This semester is her second semester in Claremont, and she chose CMC because she loved the small classroom environment and Californian sunshine. Double-majoring in Economics and International Relations, Hyunjin has always contemplated the ways she can make the world a better place.

Before coming to CMC, Hyunjin worked as a consultant intern in Peach Market, a social venture startup that publishes books and journals for people with the developmental disorder. She never expected to work as a Research Assistant during her study abroad, but Kravis Lab for Social Impact gave her the opportunity to pursue her passion for social innovation.

Outside the Kravis Lab, she is a jazz-singer, actress, and a beginning ballroom dancer. She loves to be on and behind the scene to create a piece of art. She believes that Kravis Lab is another stage to her; where she can collaborate with other people, work hard to achieve a common goal, and have fun. “Let the show begin!”

 

Vedika Vishweshar

Vedika Vishweshar

Social Innovation Research Assistant

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Vedika was born in Mumbai, but spent most of her life in Hong Kong, and these international experiences have been instrumental in shaping her perspectives and interests today. Having grown up in extremely unequal societies, she hopes to devise solutions for the pressing social issues back home, ranging from inadequate public housing to the inefficient distribution of social services. She plans on dual-majoring in Economics and Applied Mathematics to ultimately employ quantitative, data-based strategies to generate social change. 

In Vedika’s first year at Kravis Lab, she worked as part of the Social Innovations Research team, and devoted herself to investigating social impact and community engagement initiatives across universities in the United States. Ultimately, this research will help tailor Kravis Lab’s initiatives to incorporate best-practices in the field and become more impactful for both students and the community. 

In her spare time, Vedika can often be found playing Ultimate Frisbee, lounging in a dorm with her friends, or browsing 5C dining hall menus to decide where to eat. She loves to travel and hopes to study abroad in London in her junior year. 

 

Adam Wilkinson

Adam Wilkinson

Social Innovation Research Assistant

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Adam is a freshman at Claremont McKenna College, hailing from the frozen tundra of Minnetonka, Minnesota. One of the reasons he chose CMC was the radical shift in culture and extravagant diversity, something that was less evident back home. This has inspired him to become a global thinker, critically analyzing the problems of today and brainstorming plausible solutions. In high school he participated in VANTAGE, a business enrichment program at Minnetonka High School, as well as DECA, which challenged him to think creatively in a high-paced environment.

He is currently a dual major in Economics and Psychology, pursuing an interest in the cross-section of how we as humans think and act, and the relationships between the two.  However, his passions broaden to entrepreneurship, government, and literature, all fields he plans to explore during his time at CMC.

Outside of Kravis Lab, he competes for the CMS cross country and track and field teams, sports he has been involved in since freshman year of high school, as well as working at the Athenaeum.

Carley Barnhart

Carley Barnhart

Community Impact Research Assistant

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Carley Barnhart is a current freshman pursuing a degree in International Relations with a sequence in Human Rights, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies. Carley grew up in the Bay Area, but moved to Basel, Switzerland after her sophomore year of high school. She values her international experience immensely, and will happily rave about how good fondue is. Carley is a Community Impact Research Assistant at Kravis Lab, and is currently partnered with a for-profit social enterprise called Social Cipher.
Outside of Kravis Lab, Carley is involved in both the Amnesty International and Power of Women campus clubs. Carley is deeply passionate about human rights work, gender equality, and politics. She is also a member of the Claremont Women in Business Innovations team, currently incubating her own business targeting the empowerment of women in the workplace. Carley feels incredibly lucky to be studying at CMC, and is excited to further pursue her interests at such an amazing school.
Flor Canales-Morones

Flor Canales-Morones

Community Impact Research Assistant

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I am a Freshman at Claremont McKenna College. I was born in Baja California, Mexico, but I have lived in Denver, Colorado for most of my life. I am majoring in International Relations and Media Studies. As a Community Impact Research Assistant, I am able to pursue my passion for social advocacy, activism, and community outreach through direct community involvement. One of my favorite quotes comes from Dolores Huerta: “Every minute is a chance to change the world.” I try to live by this every single day, and I know that CMC and Kravis Lab will allow me to use my education as a way to make the world a better place for underrepresented communities. Kravis Lab has given me the chance to apply this quote by helping community leaders and non-profit organizations leave a lasting impact on the world.

Outside of Kravis Lab, I am also part of Claremont for Refugee rights, which is a group aimed at spreading awareness about refugee rights and helping Latin American refugees. Furthermore, I work for Organeyez, an organization aimed at creating online tools and resources to empower and help activists and social justice movements. Furthermore, I also love learning new things, reading, listening to music, and photography.

 

 

Sally Carlson

Sally Carlson

Community Impact Research Assistant

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Born and raised in Portola Valley, California, Sally Carlson is a junior at Claremont McKenna College. She grew up with her parents, Mark and Cathy, two sisters, Emily and Grace, and a Labradoodle named Michael.

 Sally is majoring in Computer Science through Harvey Mudd College. She just completed a semester of study abroad in Copenhagen, where she studied Video Game Development while living with a host family just outside Copenhagen in Charlottenlund. Last summer, she worked at StreetCode Academy teaching Computer Science classes for 8-12 year olds.

 On campus, Sally is also a Computer Science tutor and bakes for the Atheneum tea. Usually, she can be found walking too and from Harvey Mudd or behind her computer screen at the Hub completing homework while drinking a yerba mate.

Lauren Frost

Lauren Frost

Community Impact Research Assistant

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Lauren is from San Luis Obispo, CA (both Oprah Winfrey’s Happiest City in America, 2014 and Lauren’s favorite place in the world). She is a dual majoring in Chemistry (for her love of science) and Government (for her love of people). Her proudest accomplishment is starting a “science-outreach” for kids in after school programs in her local area. Lauren wishes to use her passion of art to better connect others to themselves and their community. In high school, she designed an interactive art installation that invited visitors of downtown to share their dreams and aspirations in a public place. When she graduates, Lauren wants to work for a non-profit. She’s really excited to be specifically a part of KLab’s Community Impact program to gain exposure to the inner-workings of a nonprofit.

 

Rachel Lim

Rachel Lim

Community Impact Research Assistant

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Lintong Lyu

Lintong Lyu

Community Impact Research Assistant

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Born and raised in Chengdu, China, Lintong grew up as a passionate Latin dancer and drummer. He was also an activist who promoted gender equality through the lenses of arts. He is a first-year student at Claremont McKenna College, majoring in International Relations and Economics. At CMC, he is involved with the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights and worked as the director for the Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by the Claremont Chinese Student Association. Working as a community impact research assistant at the Kravis Lab, he hopes to understand more about the operation and impact measurement of NGOs.

 

Fernanda Lozano Martinez

Fernanda Lozano Martinez

Community Impact Research Assistant

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“‘Fall in love with the problem, not the solution’, the advice that became my life philosophy. Life is so complex and full of variables that a one fits all solution does not exist. Living in an era of globalization, I believe that different approaches to any problem either already exists, is being developed, or is waiting to be elsewhere. Lack of effective collaboration is a problem I have fallen in love with. Kravis Lab has been a platform for ideating approaches. It has been a network for meeting problem solvers from around the globe. It has been a state of constant motivation, and most importantly, a reminder that just as we might be surrounded by problems, we are also surrounded by extraordinary people and tools waiting for collaboration and that can really be a fun journey.”

 

Samrath Machra

Samrath Machra

Community Impact Research Assistant

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Samrath Singh Machra is a Freshman at Claremont Mckenna College passionate about empowering his community. Samrath served as the National Programming Director of the Young Democrats of America HSC and founded the thriving Tennessee High School Democrats through which he has interned and managed several Congressional and Gubernatorial campaigns. Within his local community, he initiated the seven-time award-winning USJ Model UN Chapter, served as his school’s Student Body President, and was the founder and Chairman of the Jackson City-wide Student Council. Samrath is on a pre-med track and plans to major in religious studies. He looks forward to being able to work with the Kravis Lab for Social Impact and the Claremont community. 

 

Alexander Muehleisen

Alexander Muehleisen

Community Impact Research Assistant

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Alex Muehleisen was born in Minnesota but only lived there for two weeks before moving abroad to the Philippines. Although he went to high school in England, he considers himself Australian because of the time he spent in Melbourne, growing up. Alex chose to come to Claremont McKenna to get back to the sun. He is currently undecided about his major, but intends to complete a dual-major in Economics and Philosophy or take part in the PPE program at CMC. Alex grew up loving sports, and played soccer, rugby and lacrosse in high school. At CMC, he  plays on the Claremont Cougars lacrosse team.

 

Michelle Sahai

Michelle Sahai

Community Impact Research Assistant

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Born and raised near San Francisco, California, Michelle is a freshman at CMC. If all goes according to plan, she hopes to graduate with a dual degree in neuroscience and international relations and pursue a career in global health.

Michelle joined Kravis Lab to pursue her passion for social change and to learn how to grow as an individual so she could contribute more to the communities that have given so much to her.

On campus, she is also involved with Kravis Leadership Institute and the CARE Center. In her spare time she can be found drinking boba, hanging out in the CARE Center, pestering her professors during office hours, or studying in the Reading Room.

 

Jennifer Zecena

Jennifer Zecena

Community Impact Research Assistant

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Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Jennifer is a freshman at Claremont McKenna College who grew up immersed in the city’s buzz of technological possibilities. She believes in the entrepreneurial world’s power to enact meaningful social change and plans to major in Economics through CMC and Computer Science through Harvey Mudd.

Jennifer was drawn to the Community Research Assistant role because of her desire to help nonprofits identify and maximize the impact they have in the communities they serve. She also hopes to better understand the way nonprofits are structured and how they help minimize inequities in our society.  

Outside of Kravis lab she is also involved with 1Gen, CMC’s club for first generation college students, and Claremont Women in Business. In her spare time she can be found looking for ways to get out in nature, drinking chai lattes at the Motley, walking up to Harvey Mudd for CS help, or spending time with friends.