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MBA : Student Community Service Award

The College of Business recognizes and celebrates the efforts of exemplary MBA students who are working to improve social, economic, or environmental conditions in Bay Area communities.

Nominees for 2010

Khary Dvorak-Ewell, MBA 2010

Khary Dvorak-Ewell

Before joining the MBA program, Khary worked at UCSF, where he provided workforce development opportunities for people with disabilities.

While working toward his MBA, he has volunteered as a development director for Mama Hope, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works with communities in developing countries in Africa to complete micro-development projects.

Khary Dvorak-Ewell in East Africa visting with schoolchildrenKhary has applied skills developed in his MBA classes to help the organization grow. For his MGMT 863 Social Entrepreneurship class, he wrote a business plan for Mama Hope that articulated the group's business strategy and mission. In August 2010, Khary traveled to East Africa with Mama Hope and saw the fruits of his work firsthand, visiting a school (Tanzania) and drip-irrigation farm (Kenya), that the organization helped build. More than 600 local workers were employed to build the school which will serve 300 students, 100 which are vulnerable children. Khary plans to continue working with Mama Hope after his MBA.

Lessa Manotti, MBA 2010

Lessa Manotti

Lessa has been working with low-to-middle income, underserved communities in San Francisco since she moved to the city in 2006.

Her work has been mostly focused on youth development and education. While employed at the Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP), Lessa was instrumental in increasing the number and variety of employment opportunities available for 1,500 youth with barriers to employment.

Lessa Manotti with group of children from the Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program

She has helped numerous youth to gain a more complete understanding of business concepts, first as a mentor for the Salesforce Foundation’s BizAcademy program and later as an instructor for Asian American Communities for Education (AACE).
Since 2008, Lessa has volunteered with the Maisin Scholar Award, reviewing scholarship applications for low-income youth who are often the first in their families to pursue higher education. Most recently, she worked with the One Economy Corporation as an adviser to the administration on youth employment laws and best practices.

Mary Tam, EMBA 2009

Mary Tam

Before entering the SF State EMBA Program, Mary was the Events Manager for Edgewood Center for Children and Families.

In mid-program, she joined Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian and development organization. Mercy Corps exists to help people suffering from severe poverty, civil conflict and natural disasters. While enrolled in the Executive MBA Program, she developed a marketing proposal for Mercy Corps in the Bay Area as her capstone project.

Mary Tam standing in a ruined building, pausing for a moment from her summer internship in KyrgyzstanAfter graduating in 2009, Mary took a leave of absence from her fundraising position to do a summer internship in Kyrgyzstan at Kompanion, a Kyrgyz microfinance institution (MFI) founded by Mercy Corps. Mary has returned to San Francisco and resumed her role as Development Officer, raising funds and visibility for Mercy Corps.

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