IHY Team

Martin Klein

Martin Klein

Martin Klein is the founder and director of InnovateHealth Yale, as well as Senior Advisor to the dean of the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH), and is the co-founder and executive director of the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative, based at YSPH. Martin believes that creativity and entrepreneurship are critical elements of public health, and is committed to supporting Yale students as they develop, launch, and grow their social enterprises and innovations and those who will work as change agents in existing enterprises. Martin provides the direction and strategic vision for IHY, while learning from his colleagues, the students they serve, and the communities in which they will work.  As an immigrant who grew up in the South Bronx, Martin is committed to using what limited abilities he has to make a difference in the world. Email: m.klein@yale.edu

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Shirin Jamshidian

Innovator in Residence

In her current role at Google, Shirin develops technology that improves product experiences for YouTube’s 1 billion users. She has spent the last 7+ years at Google’s US and APAC (Singapore) headquarters streamlining internal operations and developing global products. She is passionate about using technology to solve diverse problems at scale. During undergrad, Shirin worked on sustainable development initiatives for women in India and Brazil. Her interest in social innovation grew during her internship at UNESCO in Paris. While helping develop YouTube’s new social impact arm, YouTube Impact Lab, Shirin learned how to harness a for-profit company’s scale, technology, and talent to drive sustainable social change. Shirin, a California native, currently splits her time between San Francisco and New Haven. Email: sjamshidian1@gmail.com

InnovateHealth Yale Fellows

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Ana Barros

Education Innovation Fellow

Ana a Political Science major concentrating in Political Philosophy, and a Scholar in the Education Studies program. She is also in the midst of finishing all the requirements for the graphic design concentration in the Art Department. This past summer, Ana spent seven weeks traveling to various cities with Teach for America on a social innovation fellowship, and fell in love with social entrepreneurship and human-centered design. After graduation she will be teaching in Tulsa, OK with the TFA Corps, and hopes to work in social impact ventures once she completes her years of teaching. Ana is originally from Brazil, but has lived in Venezuela, Panama, and currently resides in Cincinnati, OH. Email: ana.barros@yale.edu

Alice Conant

Alice Conant

Senior Fellow

Alice Conant is the InnovateHealth Yale fellow as well as a 2018 MPH Candidate in Health Policy at YSPH. Before coming to Yale, Alice co-founded Energize the Chain (EtC), a global health NGO that seeks to eradicate vaccine preventable diseases world-wide by making effective vaccines as accessible as global cell phone coverage. As the InnovateHealth Yale fellow, Alice helps coordinate hackathons, student innovation prizes, and social entrepreneurship curriculums for high school students, as well as conducting research on health innovations. Email: alice.conant@yale.edu

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Emily Chu

Human Centered Design Fellow

Emily is an undergraduate junior in Pauli Murray College studying Mechanical Engineering. She loves to tinker, solve problems, and make processes more efficient and that's why Emily has been practicing Design Thinking for the last 4 years! She is a coach for a local high school robotics team and loves inspiring people of all backgrounds to get excited about STEM and creative thinking. This past summer Emily interned in the engineering department of a large fast food chain working on robotic kitchen equipment to assist employees in their day-to-day jobs - again, using Design Thinking. She has interned at the Georgia Aquarium's engineering department and can tell you almost anything you'd like to know about some of her favorite animals like whale sharks or sea otters. After Yale, Emily hopes to keep using her engineering education in a way that focuses on improving the experiences of the people on the other side of her designs, although she hasn’t quite decided in what field. Emily is from Atlanta, Georgia. Email: emily.chu @yale.edu

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Allison Rabkin Golden

Venture Funding Fellow

Allison is a JD candidate at Yale Law School. She grew up in San Francisco, California but came to also love the east coast, and New Haven specifically, as an undergraduate at Yale College. Her interest in global health began at an early age and developed through, among other experiences, her research at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute and her work in China as a Fulbright Scholar. Her professional experience thus far has spanned the public (e.g.,The White House National Economic Council), private (e.g., Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), and nonprofit (e.g., Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance) sectors. Email: allison.rabkingolden@yale.edu

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Nya Holder

Community Engagement Fellow

At Yale, Nya is pursuing a joint-degree— Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree of Public Health in Health Care Management. As a first generation American, she grew up in a Caribbean family who believes that with each opportunity comes great responsibility to improve the lives of those around you. From an early age, Nya has been passionate about using business strategy to make a difference in the world. Last year, she launched a project in her hometown to introduce mindfulness practices and creative self-expression to help young women better navigate the high pressure environment of high school Last summer she worked for a health reform consulting firm to develop strategic plans to support New York City's public hospital system. After Yale, Nya hopes to use her leadership opportunities, academic endeavors, and professional experiences to continue to improve her community. Nya is a proud native of the Bronx, NY. Email: nya.holder@yale.edu

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William Maher

Hackathon Fellow

William is an M.P.H. Candidate in Health Policy at Yale School of Public Health. Recently, he worked as a Health Care Policy intern a top public affairs firm in North America, analyzing policy for the largest insurers and pharmaceutical companies in the world. When not working at the intersection of health care and policy, William feels most comfortable in an entrepreneurial role. As Director of Student Services in college, he reestablished the first student homecoming week in decades, created a student event oversight committee to curtail over a million dollars in unchecked spending, and organized the first-ever collaborative event with CSU's 8 academic colleges celebrating scholarly pursuits. At Yale, he has continued to grow his expertise in entrepreneurship as the Organizational Clinic Coordinator at the Tsai Center for Innovative thinking, as an InnovateHealth Yale Fellow, and through involvement with the Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology. William grew up outside Denver, Colorado and is interested in innovation around telemedicine to serve the disparate rural communities of his home state. Email: william.maher@yale.edu.

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Cerilenne Menendez

Venture Creation Fellow

Ceri is pursuing an MBA at the Yale School of Management, as a Consortium and Forté Fellow. Ceri has always been passionate about fixing and building things; she now hopes to continue doing this while impacting society in a broader scale. As a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico, she launched a platform of impact investors, looking to invest in high impact for-profit projects. She spent over three years with Rocket Internet, launching, managing and restructuring companies in the ecommerce space across Latin America and Southeast Asia. Ceri spent the year prior to her MBA launching her third startup, while living between the US and Belarus. She was a US Youth Delegate at the 2012 G20 Summit and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Ceri an avid traveler, having lived in more than 8 countries in the past 5 years, and visited more than 40 countries. After Yale, she hopes to continue aiding high-impact entrepreneurs and companies across the world in their growth initiatives, be it through strategy or raising capital. Ceri is originally from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Email: cerilenne.menendezmendoza@yale.edu

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Mark Perelman

Venture Creation Fellow

Mark is an MBA degree candidate at the Yale School of Management. He has over a decade of experience in sustainability economics, investment, and strategy. Mark is passionate about helping organizations implement policies that balance across an array of missions. He has worked with entrepreneurs, NGOs, and global giants such as BASF.  Prior to Yale, Mark spent four years with the Clinton Foundation carrying out President Clinton’s mission to demonstrate that for-profit operations can turn profits while improving lives and environmental conservation. He was instrumental in growing commercial agribusinesses throughout Sub Saharan Africa. After earning a degree in Mathematical Economics Mark worked as a competition economist producing expert legal reports on monopolization, collusion, and fraud in cases involving Enron, Adelphia, and others. Later, during the Great Recession, he managed over $ 5 billion in assets at a quantitative hedge fund where he researched and launched ESG as well as targeted thematic equity funds. Mark was born in the USSR, but has been a New Yorker for most of his life. Email: mark.perelman@yale.edu