Get to know your MCAN board members!
Margarita Herrera '08, Chair
Margarita graduated as a Posse Scholar from Carleton College in 2008 with a BA in Psychology.
Margarita's passion lies in education equity and reform. As the Executive Assistant at KIPP Chicago, one of the nation's leading charter organization, she has been able to serve her team and the children of Chicago since 2010. Prior to working at KIPP, she was the Program Coordinator at Posse Chicago. Margarita loves to stay connected to her community, where she volunteers during her spare time as a mentor and tutor.
Luke Lightning '93, Vice-Chair
Luke Lightning is a 1993 graduate of Carleton who majored in chemistry and lives in San Francisco. Currently, he works in Business Development and Sales at LAUNCH.co which produces the online TV show "This Week in Startups" and the 2014 LAUNCH Festival where companies will debut on stage in front of 8000+ attendees. Prior to his role at LAUNCH.co, he was involved in biotech companies with programs that progressed to human clinical trials in the areas of cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and neuronal diseases and cancer. He was an Assistant Professor at Purdue University, worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSF, and obtained his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Washington. He is the Founder of the Bay Area LifeTech (BALT) Meetup group and lead organizer of Native American Heritage Night with the SF Giants.
Eryn is a global business executive for a professional association of financial advisers (MDRT). Finding and developing business opportunities around the world, particularly in Asia, and helping other association executives to 'go global' is where her professional interests lie. Personally, Eryn supports educational and public policy programs in Chicago. She graduated from Carleton in 1994 and majored in Sociology/Anthropology. After graduating from Carleton, Eryn taught at an Afro-centric school in North Minneapolis and then moved back home to Chicago. Eryn is a second generation Carl whose mother and aunt both graduated from Carleton in the late 60s.
Mark is an independent law professional (NY state and federal courts) with interdisciplinary competencies and interests. His practice includes commercial litigation, small corp./LLC/partnership advisement, transactional matters, and business and arts immigration petitions. He is a business owner (architectural concrete design and fabrication) and provides medico-legal training to emergency medicine residents and attendings. Mark is also a master humanities teacher, from Walpole Prison (Mass.) to PENN, and scholar (literature and law via a full ride National Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities). His philanthropy includes pro bono representation in an asylum and removal proceedings and extending educational opportunities to deserving and qualified students.
Asim graduated in 2013 with a degree in mathematics and economics. Originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, his interests span across public policy, economics, and national security. At Carleton, he served as a Resident Assistant and participated in Model United Nations, International Relations Council, and Mortar Board.
Halah Mohammed was born and raised in Brooklyn, NYC. At Carleton she studies English literature, co-founded/co-leads the Carleton Slam Poetry Collective, and teaches Hip Hop PE 126. In 2013 she gave a TEDx Carleton College talk on effective and creative communication. After Carleton she will travel around the world exploring narratives expressed in Spoken Word as a Watson Fellow '14 -'15.
Kifaya Mohamed Taha from St. Paul, MN. I am a sophomore, potential Political Science and Economic double major. My family immigrated from Ethiopia, I am a first generation college student. Some of my passions include traveling, education, development, and helping others. One of my passions is combatting social justice issues through providing adequate resources for underrepresented communities. I say with the utmost conviction that I’m prepared to use the power of education to become an agent for positive change in educational issues, and in the development of underserved communities. I believe education is vital in restoring hope and dignity to people. I believe in the power of educators and that teaching is activism. I have a desire to learn about education inequalities and issues in the USA and beyond my North American borders so that educators can better serve our students. At Carleton, I work as a student career advisor in the Career Center. Some other responsibilities I hold: Vice President of Black Student Alliance, President of the Quest Scholars Network.
Shao Zhu graduated from Carleton College in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics. A former MCAN scholar during undergrad, Shao gained his first internship experience at a non-profit organization that promotes Chinese restaurant workers’ rights in San Francisco through the sponsorship of MCAN. While at Carleton, Shao was actively involved with a variety of student organizations, including Carleton Investment Group, Multi-cultural Mentoring Program, and Carleton Chinese Association. Shao is currently working as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting in Minneapolis. He provides business advice to Fortune 500 companies on strategy and performance improvement. He hopes to pursue a master’s degree in business administration in the near future.