BOSTON – Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced the recipients of their Horace W. Goldsmith Scholarships for 2021. These scholarships were established in 1988 by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and Richard L. Menschel (MBA 1959), a former director of the foundation and limited partner at Goldman Sachs, to encourage nonprofit and public sector students to attend the HBS school to award $ 10,000 to a select number of MBA students.

Starting with the year 1990, 236 incoming scholarship holders received the scholarship. Recipients of the award have served in leadership positions in nonprofit and public organizations and show a strong commitment to further career paths in these areas. New recipients are invited to attend events with current and past recipients as well as local social enterprise executives to create a network of people who are committed to working in social enterprise.

The Goldsmith Fellows 2021 are:

Monami Chakraborty. Monami has spent the past four years with Dasra, India’s leading strategic philanthropy foundation that has improved development outcomes for over 30 million Indians. She focused on diligence and capacity building to help executives scale their operations, worked in the founder’s office developing Dasra’s strategy and scaling safe and inclusive sanitation solutions in urban India. Monami said, “By choosing a career in development after HBS, I hope to steer strategic, gender-focused investments that have real social impact.


Joe English. Joe is the founder of Hope in a Box, a national program that helps educators build diverse and LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms through literature. Since 2019, Hope in a Box has grown to support 500 schools in all 50 states and reach 70,000 students. Joe said, “I have found incredible meaning and joy in social entrepreneurship and I remain committed to building a more empathetic, inclusive public education system, especially for rural and low-income communities like mine.”

Kendall Ernst. Returning to his native Lesotho and growing up in the Smoky Mountains, Kendall pursued a career in the environment. He spent five years at the Rocky Mountain Institute, where he led projects that bring underserved people worldwide access to clean energy, and two years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he developed resilience and renewable energy projects for the U.S. Army. Kendall said, “At HBS, I will work with like-minded people to flesh out my business ideas about energy and the environment, and I am confident that the tests I face and the lessons I learn will improve them.”

Furman Haynes. It is very important to Furman to find innovative ways to tackle intergenerational poverty, especially within and between education and work systems. Furman’s early career included positions with the National Economic Council at the White House, CityBridge Education, and most recently as a co-founder of CityWorks DC, a nonprofit that helps young black people find good jobs in the Washington, DC area. He says the Goldsmith Fellowship will provide him with “the knowledge and relationships necessary to continue to make an impact from education to employment.”

Quintin Haynes. Quintin’s public sector career spanned federal and city government, serving as head of the White House finance department, special assistant and advisor to two secretaries of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and most recently acting commissioner and deputy commissioner for the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services for citywide wealth management and developing the city’s COVID-19 workplace strategy. Quintin said, “As a Goldsmith Fellow, I will focus on investing in the future of cities, modernizing public service delivery and promoting cross-sector partnerships.”

Vi May. As deputy director of data strategy and innovation for the Competitive Inner City Initiative, Vi oversaw the development of new initiatives, including a digital learning experience for small business owners and a capacity building program for BIPOC and female subcontractors. As a first-generation American raised in a low-income family, Vi is committed to closing the racial capital gap. She said, “I hope that I can use the experience and skills I have, as well as the foundation I will build at HBS, to make capital and ultimately entrepreneurship more accessible to BIPOCs.”


Colin McWatters. Colin has worked to identify and implement private-public partnerships in Rwanda to improve access to basic medical services and testing in hospitals, health centers and at the community level for the past two years with the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Colin said, “The Goldsmith community will help me capitalize on my background working with governments, health systems and corporations to ensure no one dies from a preventable disease.”

Nikita Ramanujam. Nikita spent four years as a fourth grade teacher in the Oakland Unified School District. In an effort to use public education as a vehicle for economic mobility, she built her school’s first data-driven framework for the assignment of academic and mental health services. During Covid, she led digital learning plans for 15,000 students and safety plans for students to receive study materials and groceries across the district. She said, “My career aspirations are based on a multifaceted approach across all social systems, and HBS will allow me to benefit from the skills, feedback and support of current students and alumni.”

Andrew Seo. As Associate Director of Operations and Strategy at NYC Kids RISE, Andrew served on the founding team that launched the Save for College program, a public-private partnership with the City of New York and the NYC Department of Education to provide college scholarships to NYC public school students; Following the completion of a successful pilot project in west Queens, the program has recently been rolled out across the city. He also oversaw relief efforts for program families during the pandemic. He said after HBS, “We have a chance to build the institutions that lead to a more inclusive economy.”

Amara Warren. Amara joins HBS after six years at KIPP Public Schools, where she worked in the National Policy and Public Affairs team. During her time at the organization, she built a robust alumni network and created a space for KIPP’s 30,000 alumni to support one another, find mentors, and gain access to job vacancies. She said, “I’m coming to HBS because I’m looking for more education, skills and experience to have a more scalable impact on the education sector as a whole.”

Ava Zhang. Ava’s focus on social enterprise in emerging markets began as an Entrepreneur Selection & Growth Fellow at Endeavor Chile. She then worked in the social and healthcare sectors at McKinsey before joining SunCulture in Kenya as Chief of Staff, where she led strategic initiatives to expand access to solar powered irrigation for smallholders in East and West Africa. As a candidate for a joint degree from HBS and HKS, Ava said, “As a Goldsmith Fellow, I am excited to learn from a community of people who are committed to aligning their HBS education with social change.”