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Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits Alumni Profiles

Social Entrepreneurship and Non-profits alumni have gone on to serve in the Peace Corps, to work in international development, public service, non-profit organizations, business, and in a range of other roles. They have also enrolled in a variety of graduate and professional school programs, including programs in business and engineering. If you are a Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits alum, we would love to hear what you’re doing and share your news with other alumni. Please contact us at bdp@austin.utexas.edu any time!

Read on to learn about what Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits alumni have been doing since they graduated.

Aimy Steadman
Advertising, Graduated Summer 2008
Aimy interned with ACTLab and created a web-based peer-to-peer learning site. She also developed marketing plans and fundraising programs for the non-profit organization, Our Forgotten Heroes. The projects she completed for the Social Entrepreneurship and Non-profits BDP helped her learn more about web development and marketing strategy. Directly after graduation, Aimy worked in advertising for an interactive marketing company in Austin, and then went on to work in online fundraising for the Capital Area Food Bank. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the McCombs School of Business with a concentration in entrepreneurship. In her entrepreneurial pursuits, Aimy runs her own online marketing agency, and has started a new beverage brand with fellow business students.

Megan Peyton
Photojournalism, Graduated Fall 2009
Megan joined the BDPs to discover how to bridge her interests in the nonprofit world with her journalism major. As her first Connecting Experience, Megan served as the volunteer coordinator intern at the Capital Area Food Bank. Her second Connecting Experience took her to the rural farmlands of Paraguay, where she worked with a team of UT media students to document the work of student farmers and their innovative approach to solving educational and agricultural issues. Upon graduation, Megan was the operations manager for two charity bike rides in Austin, for which she managed websites, created promotional materials, coordinated volunteers, and managed events. A year later, Megan joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Guatemala as a School Health Volunteer. She loved Guatemala so much that she decided to stay after her term in the Peace Corps and is now the Development Director at Primeros Pasos, a small medical clinic in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.

Michelle Miro
Humanities-Health Policy in the Developing World, Graduated Spring 2010
Michelle joined the BDPs to study international development through an interdisciplinary lens. For both of her Connecting Experiences, she chose to focus on issues in southern India. Michelle spent a summer interning as a rural development intern for a local non-profit organization, and devoted another semester to studying the socio-political implications of water distribution in Tamil Nadu, India. After graduating from UT, Michelle attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Civil Engineering at the University of California-Irvine. Michelle’s research interests revolve around characterizing the interactions between society, the government and natural systems in a way that will allow for the formulation of more effective water management strategies in the developing world.

Felicia Pena
Sociology & Communication-Human Relations, Graduated Spring 2012
Throughout her BDP experience, Felicia focused on international development. She completed two Connecting Experiences abroad in Hohoe, Ghana, and Seville, Spain. In Ghana, Felicia interned with a children’s orphanage and gained a deeper understanding of the roles non-profits and NGO’s play in countering health epidemics and social problems such as access to clean water, food, and education. In Spain, Felicia conducted research on non-profit organizations and the services they provide to immigrants. After graduation, Felicia worked as campaign associate for the United Way for Greater Austin before moving into her current position as a community events coordinator for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, where she serves at the primary point of contact for community events, such as food drives, concerts, festivals, and other third party events. Felicia credits her BDP experience for allowing her to experience diverse cultures and adapt quickly to new situations and challenges that she faces in her daily work.