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MPA-DP Career Paths

The MPA in Development Practice program accelerates the growth and success of students’ entrepreneurial companies through an array of professional and academic resources and multi-sectoral perspectives. As a cradle of innovation, the MPA-DP program provides students with the tools necessary to transform their ideas into realities. Below is a selection of organizations fostered and founded by Development Practice students over the years.

Crowd in the desert
Founded in September 2017

Youth Climate Leaders

Youth Climate Leaders is working to build the next generation of climate leaders through a unique around the world experience. Participants learn about climate change in theory, understand it in practice and work on hands-on projects with other young people, ultimately building a community of climate champions.

Cassia Moraes MPA-DP '15
CEO and Partnerships Lead

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Students conversing
Founded in October 2018

The Development Practice, LLC

The Development Practice, LLC was created with the idea of helping international clients put good ideas into practice for the benefit of partner communities. The Development Practice has a cross-cutting focus on program design, strategy, research and data insights and currently has sector-specific practices on agriculture and climate.

Alli Greenberg MPA-DP '11
Sahil Gulati MPA-DP '11

NYC (HQ) and global projects and clients

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Think.iT invests in North Africa’s most talented software engineers, thereby helping companies tap into new talent pools and build high-performing tech teams. We provide a solution to the global talent shortage while building a generation of tech change-makers.

Mehemed Bougsea MPA-DP '17

Tunis, Berlin, and New York

Employees working at table
Founded in 2015

Changemaker Chats

Changemaker Chats is a salon series for women in 16 cities now, serving nearly 10,000 early and mid-career professional women with a mission to equip these women with the networks and know-how to build careers with power and purpose. In help them advance needed change! 

Jessica Johnston MPA-DP '13
Briana Ferrigno MPH '13
(Public Health) Co-founders

NYC (HQ), and operations in the US, Europe and Latin America

Person standing in a corn field
Founded in August 2015


Pixza is a social empowerment platform, which seeks to obtain the socio-economically productive reinsertion of previously homeless young adults by offering employment at the pizzeria, independent housing opportunities, personal life-skills guidance, and ongoing professional training.

Alejandro Souza MPA-DP '13

Mexico City, Mexico

Mother and child
Founded in June 2015


We are a project implementation and impact advisory firm that builds climate resilient value chains at the intersection of renewable energy, agriculture and water sectors. Our mission is to activate the use of renewable energy technologies and enable income growth, job creation, and sustainable economic development.

Evgenia Sokolova MPA-DP '12
Co-Founder and CEO

East Africa, Nepal, Peru

Collage of Students in a classroom
Founded in May 2015

OpenWise Learning

OpenWise Learning is a youth development organization serving marginalized kids by providing them with STEM education with an emphasis on Technology, Social Justice and Ecological Justice.

Roger Nathanial Ashby MPA-DP '17
Co-founder and Executive Director

Washington, D.C, USA and Nairobi, Kenya

Company Workshop
Founded in March 2014


GreenPath is a specialty food company that produces and sources premium, organic food products through a network of smallholder Partner Farms in southern Ethiopia. GreenPath is Ethiopia's first and only organic certified fruit & vegetable company, under the EU Organic standard.

Eric Couper MPA-DP '11

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Founded in January 2014


Kidogo is a social enterprise that improves access to high-quality, affordable Early Childhood Care and Education in East Africa’s low-income communities. We seek to unlock the potential of young children and transform the trajectories of their families.

Sabrina Natasha Habib MPA-DP '16
Co-Founder & Chief Exploration Officer

Nairobi, Kenya

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Founded in October 2009

Table for Two USA

TABLE FOR TWO works to right the imbalance of undernutrition and obesity through a unique "calorie transfer" program. With more than 700 implementing partners, TABLE FOR TWO has served millions of healthy meals across the globe.

Fumitsugu Tosu MPA-DP '11

New York City