OUR TEAM

Paul
Capp

Vice-President

pcapp@umich.edu

Paul is a dual-degree MBA/MPP candidate at Ross and the Ford School of Public Policy interested in how the intersection of civic technology, business, and the public sector impact urban education, mobility, and economic development. Prior to Michigan, he spent four years working in education governance at the state and city level in Washington, DC and New Orleans, LA. Previously he worked as a management consultant in Boston after graduating from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with an BSFS in International Politics.

Tyrese
Jackson

tyreseja@umich.edu

Tyrese is a first-year MBA interested in capitalizing on emerging smart city ideas to tackle civic issues, specifically using urban design and tech to support marginalized communities. Before Michigan, he spent four years doing tech consulting for firms in the financial services space. In 2016 he graduated from University at Buffalo with a B.S. in Business Admin and is currently a Ross Consortium Fellow.

Vinicius Cesar
Perin Briganti

Officer

briganti@umich.edu

Vinicius is a first-year master’s student in the School for Environment and Sustainability, focusing on sustainable systems. Before graduate school, he worked for two Wind Turbine Manufacturers (General Electric & Vestas) in various Supply Chain roles. He graduated from FACAMP in Brazil with a degree in Business.

Meixin
Yuan

mayyuan@umich.edu

Eva
Zenilman

President

ezenilma@umich.edu

Eva is a dual-degree student, pursuing her MBA at Ross and her MS in Data Science at the School of Information. She is interested in clean energy financing and the application of big data techniques and data analytics to the energy and utility sector. She graduated from Emory University in 2014 with a degree in Economics.

Suman
Gidwani

Vice-President

gidwanis@umich.edu

Suman is a second year MBA student specializing in real estate. She's interested in urban and civic issues, specifically urban housing and sustainable cities. She's a Forte Fellow, Goldie Scholar, and a recipient of the CREW Detroit Student Impact award. She graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Neuroscience.

Elizabeth
Sofranek

President

sofranek@umich.edu

Elizabeth is a second year MBA student interested in clean technology and how business, technology and policy can be used to solve social and environmental issues. She spent the summer interning in product management at PagerDuty and is a Business Design Fellow for the +Impact Studio. Prior to Ross she spent four years at a fin-tech startup in San Francisco where she helped build an online investment management platform that looked to bring affordable, quality financial advice to everyday Americans. She earned a BS in Society & Environment from UC Berkeley.

Josh
Tooker

Advisor

Jtooker@umich.edu

Josh is a second-year MBA and focused on eliminating economic insecurity. He uses an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving for the future of cities and hopes the Smart Cities Club will become a vital resource for generating knowledge and talent across the non-profit, private, and public sectors. Previously, he helped multinational Fortune 100 companies develop and deploy innovative tools that continue to drive cost-savings and deliver revenue growth; all without forcing sacrifice and compromising compassion across an increasingly diverse global workforce.

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