2015 Social Innovation Interns

Edith Allard

Edith Allard ‘18 worked at the New Hampshire Business Review, New Hampshire’s stateside business newspaper with a biweekly print edition with a readership of 50,000, as well as a website, nhbr.com. Majoring in journalism, international affairs, and environmental and resource economics, Edith wrote stories for both print and digital use about the various ways that New Hampshire for-profits and nonprofits are exploring the intersection of business and social mission.

Brendan Beale

Brendan Beale ‘17 worked at the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), a state-authorized nonprofit whose mission is to enable thriving, vibrant local economies in New Hampshire. Majoring in finance and minoring in economics, Brendan developed a new Clean Energy Fund to grow the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy market.

Iain Buchanan

Iain Buchanan16 worked at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, a nationally recognized community development financial institution that creates opportunities and changes lives. Iain identified and developed new sources of investment and philanthropy to support its ambitious five-year strategic plan. He also developed a college student-run microfinance program for local small businesses, anticipated to launch at UNH in 2015-2016. Majoring in economics and business administration, Iain was President of UNH’s chapter of Net Impact, the global nonprofit that helps young people pursue ‘impact careers’ for positive social and environmental change.

Bettina Caspersen

Bettina Caspersen16 worked at the Portsmouth Historical Society, which supports the cultural and economic ecosystem of Portsmouth. Drawing on her marketing major, communications minor, and previous internship with the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Bettina researched and recommended new models for telling local history and preserving Portsmouth stories. Bettina was a Division 1 swimmer and has international experience volunteering for non-profit organizations.


Cristina DiFabio

Cristina DiFabio16 worked at the Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF), a Boston-based community development financial institution that provides financing and development assistance to cooperatives and social purpose ventures that create and save jobs for low-income people. Cristina worked alongside LEAF throughout the application process of a Massachuetts Growth Capital Corporation Grant. She also aided the research necessary in identifying potential companies to finance with the funds provided from this grant. Cristina was an economics major and a former counselor leader for the recreation department of Revere, Massachusetts.

Sarah Harmon

Sarah Harmon16 worked for the University of New Hampshire Foundation, which manages UNH’s endowment. In close partnership with Pax World Management, Sarah researched policy and develop promotional strategies for the endowment’s $1.2-million ‘sustainable sleeve’ (social choice fund). Majoring in finance and economics, Sarah was a 2014 Carsey Social Innovation Intern at Pax World Management where she focused on gender equity trends. She was a teaching assistant for Financial and Managerial Accounting and was formerly the vice president of finance of her sorority.

Marion Harrington

Marion Harrington16 worked at Pax World Management, an investment advisor that integrates Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) sustainability factors into investment analysis and decision making. Marion was majoring in finance and management and was vice president of finance for UNH’s Panhellenic Council. She was a finalist in the 2014 Social Venture Innovation Challenge for her team’s idea for a chemical catalyst to remove mercury from the coal-fired energy process.




Cecilia Martins

Cecilia Martins16 worked at Dare Mighty Things, management consultants for large-scale programs that affect vulnerable populations. As part of the creative learning solutions department, she will conduct research and develop training curriculum. Cecilia was majoring in political science and women’s studies and minoring in race and ethnic studies. She was active in UNH’s Peace and Justice League, MOSAICO Latino/Latina cultural organization, and Best Buddies.

Jessicia McNeil

Jessica McNeill17 worked at Coca-Cola Northern New England to reduce environmental impact through solarization of facilities and through solid waste measurement and reduction plans for distribution centers. Majoring in environmental engineering, Jessica is active in the Society of Women Engineers and has experience in energy technology and campus sustainability leadership.


Gina Occhipinti

Gina Occhipinti ‘18 worked at Veris Wealth Partners and the Carsey School of Public Policy. Veris Wealth Partners is a national sustainable wealth management firm dedicated to aligning families’ and foundations’ financial objectives with their mission and values. At Veris, Gina helped document the company’s annual carbon footprint, conduct B Corporation evaluations, and support other sustainability initiatives. At the Carsey School, Gina served as the “intern’s intern” for the Carsey Social Innovation Internship, coordinating trainings and preparing for campus activities in 2015-2016. Gina is studying French, EcoGastronomy, and Italian and volunteers as an International Café conversation partner to a Brazilian exchange student.

Eric Petersson 

Eric Petersson ‘17 worked at the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), an award-winning nonprofit that is expanding UNH’s lauded Trash 2 Treasure program to campuses across the country. At PLAN, Eric developed and promoted an exciting new partnership to reduce waste at college campuses. Eric is a civil engineering major who is active in UNH’s Student Environmental Action Coalition and Environment and Water Resources Institute.


Carolyn Riley  

Carolyn Riley16 worked at College for Social Innovation, a start-up social enterprise designed to prepare leaders for the common good. Founded by Eric Schwarz (2014 Carsey Social Innovator of the Year), the College for Social Innovation will offer intensive, credit-bearing internships in social entrepreneurship and public service, with rigorous reflection and academic courses. Carolyn lead program design and outreach for UNH students to spend a "Semester in the City" in Boston starting in Fall 2016. Carolyn was majoring in communications and women's studies and was on the editorial board for Comm-entary, UNH’s annual student journal of Communication. She also served as the President of UNH’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society.

Keegan Smith 

Keegan Smith ‘17 worked at Coca-Cola Northern New England, where he supported the sustainability team in community and outreach programs. An officer in Net Impact UNH, Keegan is an environmental conservation and sustainability major and a staff member at UNH’s Organic Dairy Research Farm. He represented UNH at the Ashoka U Exchange, the premier global conference for social innovation education.



Anna Stinson 

Anna Stinson ‘16 worked at Harvest to Market, a web platform that connects local farmers with local buyers, winning second prize in the 2014 Social Venture Innovation Challenge. Anna supported its national expansion through marketing and business development. Anna iwas majoring in environmental conservation and sustainability and co-led the Organic Gardening Club farmers’ market

Paige Tuller 

Paige Tuller ‘17 worked at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a community development financial institution (CDFI) that develops job-creating natural resource industries and small business ventures in primarily rural regions of Maine. Paige analyzed CEI’s microlending portfolio to more thoroughly understand business survivability within its microloan borrowers after receiving a loan. Paige is majoring in finance and in business analytics and information systems. She is a member of the  Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity and works in UNH’s justice studies department.