Team

Leadership

Hanson Gong
Co-Managing Director
Hanson is a second-year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to MIT, Hanson worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting. His work in both strategy and operations spanned private, public, and non-profit sectors. During his time, Hanson was also selected as one of two inaugural Social Impact Fellows to work with The Monitor Institute with the launch of Deloitte’s new Social Impact Service Line. Additionally, Hanson is an avid adventure (adrenaline) seeker spending his time snowboarding, CrossFitting, rock climbing, hiking, traveling… anything that will get the heart pumping.
Hanson Gong
Co-Managing Director
Hanson is a second-year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to MIT, Hanson worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting. His work in both strategy and operations spanned private, public, and non-profit sectors. During his time, Hanson was also selected as one of two inaugural Social Impact Fellows to work with The Monitor Institute with the launch of Deloitte’s new Social Impact Service Line. Additionally, Hanson is an avid adventure (adrenaline) seeker spending his time snowboarding, CrossFitting, rock climbing, hiking, traveling… anything that will get the heart pumping.


Nina Birger
Co-Managing Director
Nina is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan, and is pursuing Sloan’s Sustainability Certificate. Prior to MIT, she worked for Ceres, a non-profit mobilizing investor and business leadership to build a sustainable global economy. Over Summer 2016, Nina worked as a Business Development Manager for Sistine Solar — an MIT start up and a DOE SunShot award recipient.
Nina Birger
Co-Managing Director
Nina is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan, and is pursuing Sloan’s Sustainability Certificate. Prior to MIT, she worked for Ceres, a non-profit mobilizing investor and business leadership to build a sustainable global economy. Over Summer 2016, Nina worked as a Business Development Manager for Sistine Solar — an MIT start up and a DOE SunShot award recipient.


Mike Schember
Content Architect
Michael is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is pursuing a Sustainability and Finance Track Certificate. Michael most recently interned at Bain & Company as a Summer Associate; prior to MIT Sloan, Michael worked as an investment analyst at Hall Capital Partners, where he helped launch the Full Consequence Investing initiative. Michael has a BA in Philosophy from Bowdoin College.
Mike Schember
Content Architect
Michael is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is pursuing a Sustainability and Finance Track Certificate. Michael most recently interned at Bain & Company as a Summer Associate; prior to MIT Sloan, Michael worked as an investment analyst at Hall Capital Partners, where he helped launch the Full Consequence Investing initiative. Michael has a BA in Philosophy from Bowdoin College.


Leslie Martin
Content Director
Leslie is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she focuses on the intersection of investing, sustainability, and operations strategy. Leslie interned at Apple in World Wide Sales and Operations Support. Prior to MIT Sloan, Leslie worked primarily in energy finance, including roles in consulting, investment banking, and strategy in the US, UK, and South Africa. At Sloan, she served as a participant and then mentor in the MIT Impact Investing Initiative (MI3), was selected for DesignWorks! human-centered design project with Continuum design firm, and is a TA for the Mergers, Acquisitions, and Private Equity course. Outside of Sloan, Leslie volunteers for a number of organizations that promote environmental stewardship and childhood education.
Leslie Martin
Content Director
Leslie is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she focuses on the intersection of investing, sustainability, and operations strategy. Leslie interned at Apple in World Wide Sales and Operations Support. Prior to MIT Sloan, Leslie worked primarily in energy finance, including roles in consulting, investment banking, and strategy in the US, UK, and South Africa. At Sloan, she served as a participant and then mentor in the MIT Impact Investing Initiative (MI3), was selected for DesignWorks! human-centered design project with Continuum design firm, and is a TA for the Mergers, Acquisitions, and Private Equity course. Outside of Sloan, Leslie volunteers for a number of organizations that promote environmental stewardship and childhood education.


Pilar Carvajo Lucena
Content Director
Pilar is a second year MBA student at Sloan passionate about impact investing and economic development. Prior to Sloan, Pilar worked first as an auditor and then as a financial advisor at Deloitte, designing risk management strategies for infrastructure and renewable energy companies in Spain. During her first year at Sloan, Pilar was a member of the Financial Inclusion team that represented MIT at the MIINT Competition at Wharton. At Sloan, she currently serves as VP of Communications at MIT Impact Investing Initiative (MI3) and is Content Director for the MIT Sustainability Summit. She loves outdoor activities and running; accomplished flamenco dancer.
Pilar Carvajo Lucena
Content Director
Pilar is a second year MBA student at Sloan passionate about impact investing and economic development. Prior to Sloan, Pilar worked first as an auditor and then as a financial advisor at Deloitte, designing risk management strategies for infrastructure and renewable energy companies in Spain. During her first year at Sloan, Pilar was a member of the Financial Inclusion team that represented MIT at the MIINT Competition at Wharton. At Sloan, she currently serves as VP of Communications at MIT Impact Investing Initiative (MI3) and is Content Director for the MIT Sustainability Summit. She loves outdoor activities and running; accomplished flamenco dancer.


Hilary Gram
Content Director
Hilary is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management. Prior to MIT, Hilary worked for Rare, a Washington, DC based NGO, where she focused on employing sustainable markets and innovative financial mechanisms to improve environmental and economic outcomes for small-scale fishers and farmers in the developing world. A graduate of Wellesley College where she was a member of the varsity swim team, Hilary spends her free time running, attempting to become a cyclist, and taking her adopted pit bull on long walks.
Hilary Gram
Content Director
Hilary is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management. Prior to MIT, Hilary worked for Rare, a Washington, DC based NGO, where she focused on employing sustainable markets and innovative financial mechanisms to improve environmental and economic outcomes for small-scale fishers and farmers in the developing world. A graduate of Wellesley College where she was a member of the varsity swim team, Hilary spends her free time running, attempting to become a cyclist, and taking her adopted pit bull on long walks.


Sally Lambert
Content Director
Sally is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management with a focus on clean energy, innovation, and sustainability. She is passionate about using business as a lever for social and environmental change. Prior to Sloan, Sally implemented energy efficiency programs for communities and utilities in Colorado, and before entering the clean energy space, Sally was a teacher and outdoor educator. At Sloan, Sally is an officer of the Net Impact Club and was the Managing Director for the 2016 MIT Clean Energy Prize.
Sally Lambert
Content Director
Sally is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management with a focus on clean energy, innovation, and sustainability. She is passionate about using business as a lever for social and environmental change. Prior to Sloan, Sally implemented energy efficiency programs for communities and utilities in Colorado, and before entering the clean energy space, Sally was a teacher and outdoor educator. At Sloan, Sally is an officer of the Net Impact Club and was the Managing Director for the 2016 MIT Clean Energy Prize.


Jennifer Ballen
Sponsorship Director
Jennifer is a 2017 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Her interests include impact investing, the greening of sports, renewable energy, and corporate implementation of sustainability. Prior to Sloan, Jennifer worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management in New York City. Jennifer is the Founder/Writer of www.thesustainableinvestor.net, an editorial website composed of narrative and economic analysis which demonstrate that profitability and environmental/social impact need not be mutually exclusive. In 2014, Jennifer became trained as a Climate Leader with Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Corps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Last summer, Jennifer interned at the National Hockey League, working on the League's environmental platform and helping to implement sustainability. Jennifer is a Level III CFA Candidate and holds a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Lehigh University.
Jennifer Ballen
Sponsorship Director
Jennifer is a 2017 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Her interests include impact investing, the greening of sports, renewable energy, and corporate implementation of sustainability. Prior to Sloan, Jennifer worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management in New York City. Jennifer is the Founder/Writer of www.thesustainableinvestor.net, an editorial website composed of narrative and economic analysis which demonstrate that profitability and environmental/social impact need not be mutually exclusive. In 2014, Jennifer became trained as a Climate Leader with Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Corps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Last summer, Jennifer interned at the National Hockey League, working on the League's environmental platform and helping to implement sustainability. Jennifer is a Level III CFA Candidate and holds a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Lehigh University.


Michael Donnelly
Sponsorship Director
Michael is Master of Finance class of 2017 candidate. Prior to MIT, Michael spent three years as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC covering international banking and systemic risk. Besides finance and sustainability, his interests include art, ancient history, and cooking (although not that well).
Michael Donnelly
Sponsorship Director
Michael is Master of Finance class of 2017 candidate. Prior to MIT, Michael spent three years as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC covering international banking and systemic risk. Besides finance and sustainability, his interests include art, ancient history, and cooking (although not that well).


Catherine Wright
Marketing Director
Catherine is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to school she worked for the leading peer to peer lending company, Lending Club. Catherine developed training and data infrastructure to support the Operations Department in growing from 70 to 500+ people in three years. She also has extensive non-profit experience at Teach For America, City Year, and Dui Hua, which advocates for criminal justice in China. Going forward, Catherine plans to combine her passion for fintech and social impact by working on technological innovations to increase financial inclusion. In her free time, Catherine loves biking, yoga, and attending music festivals.
Catherine Wright
Marketing Director
Catherine is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to school she worked for the leading peer to peer lending company, Lending Club. Catherine developed training and data infrastructure to support the Operations Department in growing from 70 to 500+ people in three years. She also has extensive non-profit experience at Teach For America, City Year, and Dui Hua, which advocates for criminal justice in China. Going forward, Catherine plans to combine her passion for fintech and social impact by working on technological innovations to increase financial inclusion. In her free time, Catherine loves biking, yoga, and attending music festivals.


Prema Shrikrishna
Marketing Director
As a Systems thinker and a Sustainability strategist, Prema has created Sustainable business operations across Media and Entertainment (B2C), Engineering (B2B) and Telecom companies (B2C) in the Asia-Pacific region. Many of these initiatives have been 'sectoral-firsts' -- she has negotiated with leadership to create policies on sustainability disclosure, carbon footprinting and closed-loop recycling. Prema has tweaked existing processes with middle management to improve chemical safety, consume energy responsibly, and create sustainable supply chains. She has also driven social innovation projects that focused on delivering Education and Health through Mobile platforms; technology and sustainability fascinate Prema. At MIT, she is pursuing research to evaluate use of blockchains for developing efficient supply chains. She is also working on projects to create a closed loop economy framework for a leading apparel business.
Prema Shrikrishna
Marketing Director
As a Systems thinker and a Sustainability strategist, Prema has created Sustainable business operations across Media and Entertainment (B2C), Engineering (B2B) and Telecom companies (B2C) in the Asia-Pacific region. Many of these initiatives have been 'sectoral-firsts' -- she has negotiated with leadership to create policies on sustainability disclosure, carbon footprinting and closed-loop recycling. Prema has tweaked existing processes with middle management to improve chemical safety, consume energy responsibly, and create sustainable supply chains. She has also driven social innovation projects that focused on delivering Education and Health through Mobile platforms; technology and sustainability fascinate Prema. At MIT, she is pursuing research to evaluate use of blockchains for developing efficient supply chains. She is also working on projects to create a closed loop economy framework for a leading apparel business.


Lisa Khanna
Operations Director
Lisa is a first-year student at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing her Masters in Business Administration and the Sustainability Certificate. She received her undergraduate degree in Applied Math and Economics from Brown University. Prior to attending Sloan, Lisa worked at Citigroup most recently in the High Yield Energy Research group where her work analyzing traditional upstream and midstream energy producers got her interested in the transition to renewable energy and the intersection of finance and sustainability. She also enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, and live music.
Lisa Khanna
Operations Director
Lisa is a first-year student at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing her Masters in Business Administration and the Sustainability Certificate. She received her undergraduate degree in Applied Math and Economics from Brown University. Prior to attending Sloan, Lisa worked at Citigroup most recently in the High Yield Energy Research group where her work analyzing traditional upstream and midstream energy producers got her interested in the transition to renewable energy and the intersection of finance and sustainability. She also enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, and live music.


Kendra Kuppin
Operations Director
Kendra is a 2018 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Kendra founded an NYC-based cocktail services startup built upon a passion for interactive experiences, using the universal medium of food and drink to bring people together. Kendra is passionate about food and beverage, sustainability, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University and a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition.
Kendra Kuppin
Operations Director
Kendra is a 2018 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Kendra founded an NYC-based cocktail services startup built upon a passion for interactive experiences, using the universal medium of food and drink to bring people together. Kendra is passionate about food and beverage, sustainability, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University and a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition.