Our Do Good alums, whether they graduated from the School of Public Policy or competed in the Do Good Challenge, have continued to achieve great things since leaving University of Maryland. We caught up with past students to hear about the great nonprofit and social innovation jobs and internships they've landed, as well as awards they've won. And, we have updates about how Terps are continuing to create change for issues they care about with their social ventures and nonprofits.
Aluma Ashley Williams(MBA/MPP with a specialization in Nonprofit Management and Leadership) recently accepted a position as one of the first full-time staff at the new A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation. Ashley worked on the Do Good Challenge team Terps Against Hunger, served as a teaching assistant for the iGIVE Program and Do Good Now courses, and was also a Philanthropy Fellow at Capital One during her time at Maryland.
2017 graduate Emily Bitgood (MPP with a specialization in Nonprofit Management and Leadership) landed a job as Assistant Director of Development at Urban Teachers, where she will be doing fundraising and program management for their national team. It is a new position the organization created this summer. Emily will be managing UT's AmeriCorps grant and raising $1.5 million over the next year.
2014 Do Good Challenge winnersSagar Doshi and Anderson Sloan have teamed up outside of their day jobs to partner with Students Helping Honduras and create a new organization called "One Thousand Schools." This new organization brings together young professionals in a one-week service trip to Honduras to build a school for a community in need. One Thousand Schools made a small profit on their first, pilot trip and volunteers who went on the trip have raised thousands of dollars for the school in Honduras since they returned to the US. Sagar attributes his success and motivation in part to the advice and support he received from DGI during his tenure as a student.
Alumna Kirsten Craft (MPP/MBA ’17 and 2015 Do Good Challenge winner) was recently promoted to Assistant Director of the Center for Social Value Creation at UMD’s Smith School of Business to manage and expand experiential learning opportunities for students. Kirsten has been highly engaged with the Do Good Institute since graduating, including as a judge for the Do Good Challenge and as an advisor for our alumni engagement strategy.
Hungry Harvest, founded by alumnus Evan Lutz ‘14, now delivers in seven states. Along with its growth, Hungry Harvest continues to stay engaged in campus initiatives, including the UMD-community’s virtual food drive (a partnership between the Office of Community Engagement and Food Recovery Network) for alleviating food insecurity in Prince George’s County and providing food supplies to areas devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Alumnus Jiahuan Lu(PhD ‘14) was awarded the Editors' Prize for the best article of the year in Nonprofit Management & Leadership for “The Philanthropic Consequence of Government Grants to Nonprofit Organizations: A Meta-Analysis.” Nonprofit Management & Leadership is one of the top research journals in our field. DGI Affiliated Faculty member Don Kettl chaired his dissertation. Jiahuan was also a student in the first graduate course we ever taught in SPP in 2010. Jiahuan will receive the award at the ARNOVA Conference in November.
Alumnus Ben Simon, founder of the Food Recovery Network and 2012 Do Good Challenge winner, was recently featured on ABC’s show Funderdome with Steve Harvey. The show gives aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their products and ventures to a live studio audience for the chance to win funding. Ben secured $100,000 for Imperfect, his organization that fights food waste by finding a home for ‘ugly’ produce.