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Meet our SvP MVPs

When our members do great work, we want to honor them! That's why we created this ever-growing gallery of our SvP MVPs. Get to know our dedicated members by reading about them below.

You might see yourself on the wall, if you become our next SvP MVP!


Kimmy is a second year master's student in the Immunology program at Harvard Medical School. She is a co-lead of the Harvard SvP public health team and has written and peer-edited countless blog posts for the SvP website. When Kimmy isn't in lab working on her thesis or writing blog posts for SvP you can probably find her cheering on the Denver Nuggets in the NBA playoffs!


Grant is currently in his final year of earning his BA in International Relations from Harvard DCE. Outside of class he is a serial entrepreneur, owning three business and consulting with many more. Grant was one of SvP's earliest members, and is now the Vice-President of our national leadership team. He leads our fundraising initiatives, and has been integral as we move towards pursuing nonprofit status.


Shivan is a second year Master's student in immunology at Harvard Medical School. He leads our policy team, & has written several blog posts that challenge people to think critically about the effects of the pandemic beyond public health. When he isn't working on policy for SvP or neuroimmunology for his thesis, Shivan is probably in the kitchen cooking or taking pictures for his food insta (@culinaryfool). Thanks, Shivan, for all you've done so far!


Likitha is a rising senior at the University of California, San Diego. She founded our UCSD chapter in May and has been leading their operations ever since. She and her team quickly put together a resources spreadsheet to help people around the San Diego area, and they now have a strong public health team putting out information and resources for people around California. Congrats, Likitha - we can’t wait to see what UCSD does this year!


Stefanie is a Junior majoring in Molecular & Cell Biology - Neurobiology at Cal Berkeley. She joined SvP's Berkeley chapter to help out with COVID-19 efforts & support the Berkeley campus & local community. Within hours of joining, Stefanie helped the chapter set up an Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter account. She is now in charge organizing & coordinating the SvP Berkeley's social media team.


Kathleen joined SvP several months ago & is co-founder of the UC Berkeley Chapter. She has been an invaluable member of #buildamovement and has introduced SvP to several other community organizations & initiatives. Kathleen is a rising senior pursuing a double major in Molecular & Cellular biology/Immunology & Data Science. She is completing her honors thesis at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & is working out an affiliation between UC Berkeley & MSK.


Muneeza leads SvP’s people & culture initiative. She works to build an even stronger community within SvP & revamp our orientation process. Muneeza is the founder of Reading to Leading,a literacy club for girls in Bangladesh, that fosters a deeper love for literature & raising self-esteem through poetry focused on empowerment. She is currently a research associate at UT Southwestern in emergency medicine. She's interested in increasing access to quality healthcare via public health education.

Alexis Derrigo

Alexis leads our efforts to expand SvP to high schools. She guides our interactions with minors and developed tools for students to create their own versions of SvP. She previously conducted research through the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo regarding the relationship between psychiatric and systemic illnesses. Alexis studies medicine at the Trinity School of Medicine and is interested in medical education and reversing the stigma of mental health in medicine.


Shristi has shaped SvP’s strategy & operations. She has worked closely with all SvP’s committees to track their growth, progress, & initiatives and used KPIs to ensure SvP is working toward our mission. Shristi graduated from Mt. Holyoke with a bachelor’s in Economics. She served as an associate at Barclays Investment Bank & a consultant at Kaiser Associates. She's a member of Fund for Dreams, which has a mission of helping kids in developing nations realize their dreams through education.


Bulelani is a dedicated, friendly & approachable SvP member. He has launched initiatives including the orientation handbook, the organizational governance docs & leads the Op-eds committee. Bulelani is a Harvard PhD student. His research interests include Africa-China relations, Cybersecurity, African Political Economy, Internet Policy & Privacy Law. He is conducting research with the China, Law, Development project at Oxford, which aims to understand China’s new globalism.


Alexandra is an SvP Summer Fellow. She moderated the "Grassroots Advocacy & Media Portrayals of Race, Gender, & Protests" event, developed committee engagement metrics, & designed & produces our weekly newsletters! Alexandra is an incoming Master student at HKS. Most recently, she worked at an elementary school in a low-income area of her hometown of Albuquerque. She has worked as a business journalist in NYC for 2 years, reporting for The Wall Street Journal & Bloomberg.


Tyler co-leads the Design Committee, where she collaborates with other committees to visualize & design their published content. Tyler is a third-year architecture student at the Harvard GSD. She is particularly interested in issues around community-based design and sustainable buildings. Outside of SvP, Tyler is working on a summer research project with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Bangladesh, investigating ways that public markets in Dhaka can adapt to the COVID-19 crisis.


Jax is a member of SvP's WiCR committee. She played an integral role in launching the webinar, Elevating Black Voices: Racial Justice & Healing, which drew more than 300 RSVPs. Jax is a U.S. Air Force veteran & grad student at Harvard, focusing on International Relations, with a concentration on issues involving Social Justice. She currently works for the Department of Defense supporting a team of senior leaders who act as liaisons for the DoD's communication needs.


Daniel is a Navy/Marine Corps veteran & Harvard Government grad student. He was deployed to the Iraq war as a combat medic and to Haiti on a humanitarian relief mission. He is honored to again serve his country on SvP! Daniel leads the Policy team, which has impacted the 6.8 million Massachusetts residents with its work. Massachusetts state elected officials utilized the team’s research data to draft economic recovery legislation for COVID-19.


Darcy's passion is preventing physical & sexual abuse against women & children. She goes above & beyond to research & create such content for SvP & WiCR. Darcy is a grad student in International Relations & Security at Harvard. She previously served as U.S. policy & advocacy coordinator at the Center for Reproductive Rights, and researches issues, policy, & international healthcare norms for the SvP Policy team. She also writes for the London School of Econ.'s blog & Ramona Magazine for Girls.


Monica led SvP’s policy committee. She helped produce SvP’s first policy memos on economic recovery, which were sent to the Massachusetts State Senate. Monica is a freshman at Harvard College. She has previously founded a coding club, has experience in public relations campaign, and has fundraised thousands for disaster relief through the Red Cross. Monica interns at Breaktime, a nonprofit that launches the careers of young adults experiencing homelessness with transitional employment.


Jamie leads SvP’s engagement committee, where she elevates the work of SvP’s many chapters & partners. She also helped launch SvP’s 1st speaker series with Dr. Zoe Marks. The event was co-hosted by Harvard Kennedy School’s Women in Power Conference, which she also leads. Jamie attends HKS & holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She has long been committed to service through her career at Oath, at the World Wildlife Fund, & at the Asian Univ. for Women Support Foundation.


LisaMichelle serves as Webmaster for the entire SvP website & partner university sites! She completed her thesis on the link between Zika virus & microcephaly & is passionate about virology. LisaMichelle studied biology at Harvard & serves as an executive board member for the Harvard Club of New Jersey. There, she is co-lead of the internship committee, which provides paid internships to NJ Harvard students.


Michelle contributes to many SvP initiatives, including policy & public health. She helped launch our SvP website & the Policy Committee’s website! Michelle is a junior at Harvard College, majoring in Human Developmental & Regenerative Biology and minoring in Global Health and Health Policy. She participated in the PRISE program, working at Harvard Medical School in the lab of Dr. Joan Brugge on breast cancer research.


Felicia works across many SvP committees and is always willing to lend a hand. She led our service sprint on food security & spent weeks reaching out to community partners to feature their work. Felicia studies cell & molecular biology at Harvard College. She is co-founder/co-president of StoryWish, a nonprofit dedicated to helping chronically ill children nationwide write their own storybooks. She has interned at MSKCC & Boston Children's. She is also an editor for The Harvard Crimson.


Godha is an active member/lead of several SvP chapters. She is interested in complex systems strategy and architecture as well as Women and International & Human Security Affairs. She has previously worked with companies of all sizes in India, the US and the UK and worked for EMEA regions. She is a volunteer Citizen Diplomat for WorldBoston Inc., focusing on Women and Cybersecurity matters.


Jacob has coordinated our service sprint for blood donations and is an active member of the SvP Internal Affairs team. He is interested in public health education and awareness, vaccines, and diagnostics. Jacob is an infectious disease researcher at Harvard’s Wyss Institute and is doing his master’s thesis at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has previously worked as chief financial officer and chief operating officer of a non-profit organization.



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