Students + Alumni : Khary Dvorak-Ewell
Prior to beginning his MBA at SF State and during his first few semesters, Khary coordinated employment services for at risk populations with Goodwill Industries, and UCSF; ultimately assisting clients in obtaining and maintaining employment in the community instead of incarceration.
Social sustainability has been the focus of the work that Khary has done as a professional and a volunteer, which prompted him to attend SF State’s MBA program. He has taken many of the Sustainability focused courses offered at SF State and was able to create two socially- focused independent study courses. Much of the subject matter that Khary studied focused specifically on developing strategies for developing economies, which he has leveraged in his current position as Development Director for Mama Hope, a San Francisco based non-profit.
As Development Director, Khary is able to direct resources which enable African communities to become more self-sufficient and to develop themselves out of poverty. In August of 2010, Khary and the Mama Hope team traveled to Kenya and Tanzania to experience firsthand the impact of the organization’s efforts. In Moshi, Tanzania, they celebrated the opening of St Timothy’s School, which Mama Hope’s donors funded and the local community managed, constructed and will ultimately utilize. Since the local community owned the development of the school, the project used 100 percent local labor and materials. Six hundred local people from the community where hired to build the school, which circulated the money spent on construction around the community and stimulated the local economy. Once at capacity, St Timothy’s will provide free education to 100 vulnerable children and orphanages from the community.
Khary was also able to use the knowledge he gained in the MBA program as a volunteer with the California Clean Tech Open in 2009. By incorporating concepts and strategies that he learned at SF State, he was able to assist the company he worked with to win the Sustainability Award and the California Competition.
Upon graduation, Khary looks forward to continuing to serve communities at home and around the world by helping them to lift themselves out of poverty. He would like to continue working in developing economies through community-base development.