Julie Pham

University: Brown University
Major: Political Science & Urban Studies
Languages: Vietnamese
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Biography: I was raised in the inner city of Rochester, New York in a community struggling to graduate its students and give opportunities for the underprivileged. Through the help of organizations like Questbridge and Gates Millennium, I was able to obtain a full scholarship to Brown University. My background as a low-income first generation college student has made me interested in philanthropy, nonprofit work, education reform, and corporate social responsibility.

I believe in the power of utilizing a business mindset to make a sustainable impact on communities. First, I pushed to alleviate inequities in education by working with Horizons National as an Urban Fellow. In this capacity, I formed community partnerships, secured grants, and developed new marketing projects to attract more applicants. Recently, I finished an internship at HNA Group in China to strengthen my business strategy, marketing, and development skills. My experiences in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors have led me to be passionate about corporate social responsibility and the power of business on communities.

Back at Brown University, I am a Minority Recruitment Intern in the Office of Admissions. I support and mentor low-income high school students from around the country navigating the college application process. I am also a member of the board directors at America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth.

One day, I hope to implement policies to reform the education system as U.S Secretary of Education.