Meet The Baker Scholars

Class of 2024

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Noah Aire

Noah Aire was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is pursuing a major in French with a minor in business studies, hoping to bridge international linguistic barriers. On campus, Noah is a committed employee of Students of Georgetown, Inc. (The Corp), serving as the Director of Purchasing for the Hilltoss Café for the 2021-2022 term. He has also been involved with the Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society, Bossier Magazine, and a pre-orientation program. Passionate about business, Noah was the first anti-racism consultant employed to his high school. Serving virtually for the first two years of his time at Georgetown, Noah has become impassioned about the intersection of social impact and business. In addition to finding avenues to do business for the common good, Noah enjoys attending student performances, trying international teas, and learning about geography.

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William “Will” Barao

William “Will” Barao was born in Boston and raised in Hingham, Massachusetts. He is majoring in political economy and intends to minor in cognitive science. On the Hilltop, he is a swimmer on the NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving team, aiding the Hoyas in taking home their first conference title in program history in 2022. When he is not racing laps in the Albert G. McCarthy Pool, Will is a proud member of Georgetown Student Capital Partners (GSCP), the Georgetown Impact Investing Group (GIIG), and the GU Male Development Association (GUMDA). These pursuits are complementary to his interest in the international investment of capital for the purpose of positively impacting the global environment, society, and especially underprivileged communities, a topic he has pondered since representing the United States in swimming at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eager to continue generating positive outcomes for the communities around him, Will served two concurrent internships during the Summer of 2021. He was both a Legislative intern for Congressman William R. Keating (MA-09) and a Business Development Intern for Edstruments, an edtech company which aims to maximize K-12 students’ postgraduate successes. At his leisure, Will enjoys relaxing with his puppies, John Steinbeck novels, meditation, and collecting baseball memorabilia. Additionally, Will is in the process of bringing his website, Acumen4TheCollegeMogul, to fruition. The site’s aim will be to create a comprehensive resource for students to learn more about business topics.

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Ethan Fan

Ethan Fan grew up in Columbia, Maryland and is pursuing a double major in biology of global health and economics. He is interested in bridging the divide between scientific developments and society through biotech business. Ethan currently works for the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation as a student analyst under the State Chief Data Officers Network, conducting a nationwide open data state census. He is also a research assistant for the COVID Analysis and Mapping of Policies Project under Rebecca Katz at the Center for Global Health Science and Security (CGHSS), documenting domestic and international COVID policies. Outside of work, Ethan is part of Innovo Consulting where he regularly helps social entrepreneurs and nonprofits develop their business. This summer, he will be interning under the Translational Development and Diagnostics division at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) where he will learn more about personalized immunotherapy treatments and how they may improve patient care. Ethan will also study abroad this upcoming semester at Copenhagen, Denmark under the DIS program where he hopes to gain an international perspective on biotech, healthcare, and pharmaceutical companies. In his free time, he loves to follow World Cup soccer, go for hikes, swim, cook Chinese food, and watch movies.

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Jaida Forbes

Jaida Forbes was born in London, England, but spent most of her childhood in Orlando, Florida. She is currently pursuing a government major and is double minoring in justice and peace studies and business studies with a concentration in marketing. Jaida has a profound passion for the intersection of public policy, business, and activism for issues around immigration, race, and worker’s rights. Outside of the classroom, she leads efforts to create cohesion and community within various cultural groups as the Community Outreach Director and United We Dream Coordinator for Hoyas for Immigrants Rights (HFIR) and is the Vice President of the Caribbean Culture Circle (CCC). She is also a proud member of the Georgetown Scholars Program (GSP). In her free time, you will either find Jaida listening to music, watching video essays about popular tv shows, or daydreaming about spending the day out on the nearest beach.

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Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson is from Manchester, Massachusetts and is pursuing a major in political economy with minors in religion, ethics, and world affairs (REWA) and French. She hopes to focus her studies in REWA on Chinese philosophy with a specific interest in political thought. She is also pursuing a certificate in sustainable business where she is a part of the Sustainable Business Fellowship Advisory Committee. When she is not studying, Whitney is an active member of GREEN’s education committee, Georgetown Ventures Launchpad, and the H*yas for Choice Advocacy Board. In the summer of 2021, Whitney was a GU Impacts Fellows in the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation where she interned with the Mann Deshi Foundation researching the impact of public private partnerships in healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic and creating promotional materials to advertise opportunities for women in entrepreneurship through the foundation’s Chambers of Commerce. Outside of Georgetown, Whitney loves exploring new places outdoors with her dog Toblerone (Toby for short), listening to podcasts, and baking. Her interests are in sustainable business practices, reproductive education and healthcare access, and land conservation.

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Valerie Mallon

Valerie Mallon was born and raised in Mineola on Long Island, New York, and is pursuing an English degree alongside two minors in environmental justice and justice and peace studies. Valerie is deeply interested in the future of sustainability in the corporate sphere in addition to the myriad possibilities that come with exploring the nexus of business and social justice. Outside of the classroom, Valerie is a consultant and project manager for Georgetown Eco-Consultants, working to sustainably uplift both local and national businesses as small as vegetable gardeners and as large as nonprofits like The Trust for Public Land. She uses this same passion for environmentalism as an athletics tutor for the Hoyas, specializing in biodiversity and conversation. She is also a founding board member of Georgetown: Survivor, inspired by the hit CBS show of the same name. As Communications Director, she is responsible for building the momentum through PR and outreach to foster a community that will eventually film, produce, and screen Georgetown’s very own student competition series. In her free time, you’ll find Valerie snowboarding in the winter and skateboarding in the summer – and either watching a classic film or playing with her rescued tabby Hillary in-between.

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Isabel McHenry

Isabel McHenry is from Lilburn, Georgia and is pursuing a Spanish major and history minor as well as business coursework in management at Georgetown University. On campus, she is a Marketing Chair for the Georgetown Program Board, the Outreach Chair for Catholic Women at Georgetown, and a Catholic Faith Community (CFC) mentor. She is also active in Georgetown’s comedy scene as a writer and performer with the Sketch Comedy Society. She works at the Writing Center and has spent two years as a Program Assistant at Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). In the summer of 2021, she worked as a Girl Scout Camp Counselor after growing up as a Scout for fourteen years. Isabel has a strong passion for education and youth development and, in the past, worked as a tutor and the Outreach Director for B’more Tutoring, a graduation-assistance program for underprivileged students in Baltimore. She is fascinated by the intersection of talent development and workplace equity and has a passion for helping people grow. Outside of the classroom and office, Isabel loves listening to her favorite podcasts, baking birthday cakes, and hiking whenever she gets the chance.

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Charlotte Messaris

Charlotte Messaris was born in Baltimore, Maryland and is double-majoring in French and linguistics. With these interests, Charlotte is passionate about examining the intersections between language, identity, and business and seeks to pursue a career abroad in branding or marketing. Beyond the classroom, Charlotte is deeply involved in Catholic ministry, leading an LGBTQ+ faith group and heading the committee for the 3rd annual Mass of Belonging, a celebration intended to emphasize inclusivity and LGBTQ+ acceptance. Likewise, Charlotte plays the bassoon in the GU Orchestra and is a committed member of the GU French Cultural Association (GUFCA) and the GU Linguistics Society (GULS). In her free time, Charlotte enjoys dancing to international music, getting bubble tea with the other bassoonists, swimming, and hosting movie nights with friends.

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Leah Smith

Leah Smith grew up in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is majoring in art history and minoring in business studies. Growing up around her family’s business, Leah saw how a business could create a basis for the economic growth of an entire community. She is passionate about learning how art can be used as a tool for social change. She is the president of the Georgetown University Eating Society (GUES), a club that explores culture through food. She is also a Member Service Representative at the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union (GUASFCU). In her free time, Leah enjoys reading, baking for her friends and family, playing tennis, and going to the beach.

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Maryellen “Ellie” Vogel

Maryellen “Ellie” Vogel grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She attended The Lawrenceville School prior to Georgetown. On the Hilltop, she is pursuing a theology and religious studies major with a concentration in religious studies as well as business studies and journalism minors. At Georgetown, she is a member of the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse team. When Ellie is not in the classroom or on the field, she works as a Program Assistant for Health Education Services addressing the mental health of students on campus and is a proud member of Jack Crew. During her free time, she enjoys quality time with friends and family, cooking, and the outdoors.

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Class of 2025

Jaden Cobb

Jaden Cobb is from Douglasville, GA. He is currently pursuing a major in Government, complemented by a minor in Computer Science. On campus, Jaden serves as the Vice-President of the Black Student Alliance. He is also GUSA’s Director of Inclusion and Equity, Hoya Saxa Weekend Events Co-Coordinator, and a member of the chess club. Jaden is a triple-trained employee of the MSB tech center, demonstrating his technical abilities. He is passionate about advocacy and community building. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, participating in sports, trying new restaurants, and watching films.

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Alexis Emery

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Blanca Fainé San Agapito

Blanca Fainé San Agapito was born in Barcelona, Spain, and is double-majoring in Economics and Computer Science with a minor in Business Studies. On campus, she serves as Director of Finance for TEDx Georgetown and is a programmer for the Google Developer Student Club, where she contributed to the development of an application that aimed to solve one of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Goals. She is also active in Georgetown Eco-Consultants, as a consultant, working to formulate sustainable solutions for businesses, both at a local and national scale. Blanca is passionate about environmental management and seeks to enable organizations to reduce their environmental impacts while increasing their operational efficiency. She has a broad perspective on the importance of intercultural connections, having also lived in Beijing, China, where she first developed an interest in other cultures and languages and their ability to create or break down barriers between people. In her free time, Blanca enjoys spending time with her family and friends over dinner, hosting movie nights, and traveling whenever she gets the chance.

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Zeenat Gardezi

Zeenat Gardezi was born and raised in the Bay Area and is pursuing a degree in American Studies alongside two minors in Business Studies and Psychology. Zeenat is the co-leader of GS(cor)P, an affinity group committed to the recruitment, support, and professional development of first-generation, low-income (FGLI) employees in Students of Georgetown, Inc. Additionally, she provides peer mentorship for the broader Georgetown Scholars Program (GSP) community, and helps students navigate the university’s disciplinary system through her position at Georgetown’s Student Advocacy Office. Zeenat served as Director of Purchasing for The Midnight MUG during the 2022-2023 term and General Manager of Seasonal Operations during the same period. While she can often be found behind the counter of The Midnight MUG, you can find her in other parts of Lauinger Library, where she has participated in events such as judging for the “Edible Book Festival” and is an active organizer of the “Lattes and Literature” book club.

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Robert “Bo” Hopkins

Bo Hopkins was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, and is currently pursuing a major in Art History. With a particular interest in the intersection between art and literature, he is dedicated to exploring the various ways in which these disciplines continue to complement and enhance one another. On campus, he is a member of Georgetown Collegiate Investors and Alpha Kappa Psi. He has a longstanding interest in finance. Inspired by his grandfather, a neurosurgeon and entrepreneur in medical technology, Bo is passionate about examining the ethical issues arising from the fee-for-service incentive model within the American healthcare system, and hopes to enter a career path by which he can be involved in enacting change. In his spare time, Bo writes and plays his own music on the guitar. He also enjoys skiing, backpacking, and setting up hammocks in unorthodox places. He can often be found relaxing on the LXR rooftop with his friends or staying active through various forms of exercise.

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Max Hutter

Max Hutter was born and raised in Weston, Massachusetts. He is currently pursuing a major in Economics with minors in Environmental Studies and Business Studies. Outside of the classroom, Max is a member of Georgetown’s NCAA Division I Men’s Golf team. On the Hilltop, he serves as the Director of Outreach & Strategy as well as a Member Service Representative for the Georgetown University Alumni & Student Federal Credit Union (GUASFCU). In these roles, he promotes the growth of GUASFCU’s relationships with local businesses and helps to serve the needs of past and present Hoyas. Additionally, Max volunteers as an education mentor for Grassroots Health which strives to bring nutritional, sexual, and mental health resources to local middle-school students. Max hopes to enter the finance industry to expand his knowledge of the business world and gain professional skills to decide how best to pursue his ambitions of promoting environmental sustainability. In his free time, Max enjoys skiing, pickleball, and spending time with his dog, Bear.

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Nurah Kutty

Nurah Kutty was born and raised in New Jersey, and spent her first year of college at Rutgers University. She transferred to Georgetown as a sophomore and is currently pursuing a double major in Economics and Philosophy with a minor in Theology and Religious Studies. Nurah is fascinated by the intersection between finance and social impact. She is actively involved on campus as Project Manager for Hilltop Consultants, where she enjoys helping nonprofit organizations strategize and problem-solve. She also loves ideating creative investments as Junior Desk Head of the Tactical Opportunities Desk in Zeeba Investment Group. Last summer, Nurah interned at Accolade Partners, a DC-based venture capital/growth equity fund of funds, where she specifically enjoyed working with fund managers from underrepresented backgrounds as part of the Empowerment Fund. In her free time, you will find Nurah exploring the DC food scene with friends, reading romance novels, and planning spontaneous trips.

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Ritika Mandavilli

Ritika Mandavilli was born and raised in Hockessin, Delaware. She is currently pursuing a double major in Biology of Global Health and Economics. Outside of the classroom, Ritika is actively involved with Innovo Consulting as a Project Manager, currently working with a client based in Jamaica that aims to mitigate climate change through sustainable ocean farming practices. She is also an employee at The Hilltoss Cafe and is looking forward to being the Director of Personnel at Hilltoss this upcoming fall. In addition, passionate about the healthcare space and helping ameliorate health-related challenges, Ritika is involved with global health policy research at Georgetown. In her free time, Ritika enjoys trying out new restaurants, spending time with friends and family, and playing basketball (recreationally and as a part of the women’s club team!).

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Olivia Noreke

Olivia Noreke is from Norwell, Massachusetts. She is pursuing a major in English with minors in Business Studies and Journalism. On the Hilltop, Olivia is actively involved with the Georgetown Marketing Association as a strategy consultant and The Hoya as a copy editor. She dances with the Georgetown University Dance Company, and her role as social media coordinator has helped increase the Georgetown community’s interest and engagement with the company. She has contributed to Professor Julia Watts Belser’s research on the intersection of disability studies and climate change through drafting the stories of people with disabilities to ensure their voices are heard. Olivia’s interest in marketing began when she interned as a content strategist for the Boston marketing agency Hill Holliday, where she continues to work part-time. She is passionate about education equality, particularly ensuring that all girls can receive a quality education. She volunteers with Jumpstart in D.C.’s pre-kindergarten classrooms, and she has worked with the nonprofit organization Jou Nouvo to improve education inequality in Haiti. In her free time, Olivia enjoys reading, skiing, trying new coffee shops, and baking for her friends.

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Ava President

Ava President was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a major in Sociology with minors in Medical Humanities and French on the pre-medical track. On campus, Ava serves as the Director of Alumni Relations for the Black Student Alliance. She is involved as a member of the Georgetown Women of Color Association and served on its speaker board to help organize the organization’s flagship annual “B.R.A.V.E” Summit in 2021. She also serves as a Black Interfaith Fellow with Campus Ministries. She is passionate about social justice initiatives, understanding social inequities, and specifically the pursuit of healthcare equity— she is also a member of Georgetown Students for Health and Medical Equity. She looks forward to beginning her position as a research assistant this summer at Medstar Georgetown Hospital’s oncology department to examine racial disparities in genetic testing for cancer. In her free time, Ava enjoys weightlifting and hot yoga, reading, and binge-watching Netflix.

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William “Will” Schmitz

Will Schmitz was born and raised in Simsbury, Connecticut. At Georgetown, he is pursuing majors in Economics and Computer Science with a special interest in the ethics behind innovation and decision making. Through his classes and extracurriculars, he enjoys being able to responsibly create for the benefit of others. He is on the board of TAMID Group, a club that does pro-bono consulting to support the needs of partner startup companies. He is also the Vice President of the Georgetown Men’s Club Soccer team which competes regionally. He helped the team qualify and raise funds to compete at the national championships for the first time in school history this past fall. In his free time, Will enjoys playing soccer, hammocking on the front lawn, and sharing new music with others.

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