Impact Ambassadors

Undergraduates at the Smith School now have the opportunity to work closely with Center for Social Value Creation, develop their leadership skills, and network with social value leaders. Through the new Impact Ambassadors program, students collaborate with the Center to design creative campaigns, conduct interviews and write web articles, serve as event co-hosts and facilitators, participate in monthly team briefings, and help us keep a pulse on what's important to our Smith community. Each Impact Ambassador receives a semester stipend, one-on-one coaching and mentorship from CSVC and special, discounted access to regional events and conferences.

CSVC will be accepting applications for the second cohort of Impact Ambassadors in early August 2018. For more information, contact csvc@rhsmith.umd.edu.

2017-2018 Impact Ambassadors

Huw Ball, Operations Management & Business Analytics | Sustainability Studies

Huw Ball

Huw is a Junior in the Smith School studying Operations Management & Business Analytics and Marketing. In his career, Huw hopes to utilize his business background to help bring sustainable and environmentally conscious solutions to businesses through sustainability consulting or working in the renewable energy field. In his free time, you will find Huw enjoying the outdoors or engaging in a little bit of amateur photography. Learn more about Huw in this featured web story!

Huw’s Fun Fact: “Last fall I ran a marathon! It was really, really hard but a cool accomplishment!”

Liza Curcio-Rudy, Finance | Global Poverty

Liza Curcio-Rudy

Liza Curcio-Rudy is a junior in the Smith school majoring in Finance and minoring in Global Poverty. Her interest in social enterprise was catalyzed by her experience as a Social Innovation Fellow in cohort 7. Since then, Liza has interned with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, a network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets, and Illumen Capital, an impact investing fund dedicated to reducing bias in financial markets. On campus, Liza is involved in organizations such as the Food Recovery Network and Maryland Images Campus Tour Guides. Learn more about Liza in this featured web story!

What Liza hopes to gain from being an Impact Ambassador: “As an impact ambassador in the Center for Social Value Creation, I'm looking forward to cultivating a strong network of impact-oriented Terps and working with my peers to help more students get involved in social enterprise. I'm currently working on building an impact investing platform in Smith, so I'm hopeful that this position will give me the experience of building something impactful from the ground up.”

Fasika Delessa, Business Management

Fasika Delessa

Fasika is a proud Marylander, by way of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from where her family resettled nearly 20 years ago. At Smith, she has been involved in the Center for Social Value Creation since her freshman year, a place she calls home because of its "intersection between social impact, public service, and business." Fasika is a Social Innovation Fellow alum, coffee-lover, reader, and loyal c-span viewer. Learn more about Fasika in this featured web story!

What Fasika hopes to gain from being an Impact Ambassador: “I want to Connect more with the Center for Social Value Creation, and help more students become involved and share all I've learned over the years. Show that all sectors need to be involved in the fight for social justice!”

Kara Gordon, Supply Chain Management & Marketing | Sustainability Studies

Kara Gordon

Kara Gordon is a junior majoring in Supply Chain Management and Marketing with a minor in Sustainability Studies. Kara worked as a Procurement Analyst over the summer with Siemens Building Technologies in Beltsville, Maryland. She also has experience in her field through involvement in the executive boards of both the Supply Chain Management Society and terpAMA. In addition, she is involvement with other organizations on campus such as the College Park Scholars Program Business, Society and the Economy as well as her sorority Delta Gamma. Outside of academics, Kara enjoys cooking and traveling with friends. Learn more about Kara in this featured web story!

Clubs and organizations with which Kara is involved: Supply Chain Management Society, terpAMA, Delta Gamma, College Park Scholars: Business, Society and the Economy.

Sarina Haryanto, Supply Chain Management | Sustainability Studies

Sarina Haryanto

Sarina Haryanto is a senior majoring in supply chain management and minoring in sustainability studies. During her freshman year, she attended the Social Enterprise Symposium where she was inspired to learn more about social change. Sarina loves exploring creativity and supporting students through her work with the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship as a Peer Innovation Coach. Her experiential learning experiences through Social Innovation Fellows, QUEST, and Innovo Scholars has cultivated her interest in "education supply chain." Learn more about Sarina in this featured web story!

What keeps Sarina’s attention outside of school: “I enjoy reading books (currently reading A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions by Muhammad Yunus) and I love dance fitness and attending Daybreaker events!