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

InnovateHealth Yale Fellows

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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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William Maher

Senior 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

Victoria Shirriff

Victoria Shirriff

Communications Fellow

Victoria is an M.P.H. candidate at the Yale School of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences. She is from Toronto, Canada but grew up in South Korea and Japan. Spending her formative years in urban centers has made her passionate about the intersection of urbanization, climate change, food access, and health status. She has previously worked for the Pan American Health Organization in their Health Emergencies Department focusing on climate change impacts in Latin America applying her background in global health and interest in Geographical Information Systems. Outside of academics, Victoria has worked in urban agriculture with various non-profits and aided the start-up of a New Haven based aquaponics company. Victoria is excited about innovations in the realms of health and sustainability and hopes to continue work in these fields. Email: victoria.shirriff@yale.edu