SAM VAGHAR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sam Vaghar is the Executive Director and Co-founder of The Millennium Campus Network (MCN), cultivating the next generation of social impact leaders on university campuses. In this capacity, Sam engages with numerous partners from The Jenzabar Foundation and Elite Daily to the United Nations Foundation and HP. Under Sam’s leadership, the MCN educates over 1,000 campus leaders through annual conferences and trains emerging leaders through the Millennium Fellowship and global campaigns. In 2011, Sam was invited by the State Department as the featured speaker in a tour across Bosnia and Herzegovina. During that summer Sam met with President Barack Obama in the Roosevelt Room at the White House to share perspectives of US youth leaders. The following year, Sam was selected for the 2012 list of the “Top 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33″ by The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Sam has addressed audiences at over two dozen institutions including talks at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and at the United Nations. Sam serves as an Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women as one of the twelve members worldwide of her Advisory Group for the term 2017-2019. Sam also serves on the Steering Committee of the Opportunity Collaboration and serves as the Co-Chair of the Millennial Task Force of the Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Sam serves on the Board of Directors of FLIP National, a grassroots network supporting first-generation and low-income college students that was co-founded by MCN alumni. Sam is a 2008 graduate of Brandeis University. More on Sam's story with the MCN here.
ABIGAIL KELBLE, MPH, Managing DIRECTOR
Abigail Kelble, MPH, leads MCN's Operational, Strategic, and Programmatic Impact, bringing experience in leadership development, education, public-civic-private partnerships, and global health to the Millennium Campus Network. Abigail served with the Peace Corps [Moldova '06-'08] and worked with City Year, the Flour Fortification Initiative, and Broadreach. Her international work experience includes Poland, Belize, Moldova, and Jamaica. Abigail also serves on the Board of Advisors with the Boston Network for International Development. Abigail believes that university students will make the world a better and more equitable place for all of us. Abigail completed her Bachelors in Anthropology and Biology at the University of Colorado, completed her Master’s of Public Health at Emory University, and is also an MBA-Candidate at the University of Massachusetts.
RAINA FOX, MA, partnerships director
Raina Fox, MA, manages the Millennium Fellowship, Global Campaign Program, and Annual Conference, as well as Outreach and Marketing for MCN. Raina brings over 10 years of experience working with diverse communities to advance global social justice in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Washington DC, Kutch India, Providence, Chicago, Hong Kong, Boston, the Basque Country and more. Her past experiences range from managing college access programming for Somali, Hmong, and other refugee and immigrant youth in the Twin Cities to conducting and sharing oral histories of Haitian and Cuban refugees detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her studies focused on ways that humanities tools can support human rights, social justice, and civic engagement. Raina completed her Bachelors in Art History and Cultural Studies from Macalester College and her Masters in Public Humanities from Brown University.
She is on the Board of Advisers for Asylum Connect- a nonprofit connecting LGBTQIA+ Asylum seekers with life saving resources that began as an MCN Campaign launched at the 7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference at the United Nations. She is also on the Board of Directors of Boston Network for International Development, a dialogue facilitator for Essential Partners (Public Conversations Project), and is a part of the UN Women Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality.
AMANDA RIPPEL, DirectoR OF marketing intern
Amanda Rippel is a junior at Kansas State University majoring in Anthropology and International Studies. After receiving a B.A., she plans to get a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nursing. She is deeply passionate about health equity and and social justice issues. At her University, she is involved with the Red Cross club and International Buddies, an organization dedicated to making international students feel welcomed and supported on campus. She is also the Director of Hospital and Family Relations for Cats for Kids, KSU's Miracle Dance Marathon. She enjoys competing in three-event waterskiing, hiking, and traveling. She has been fortunate to visit many places around the world and stayed in South Africa for three months working with a local school.
WENDY CHEN, DIRECTOR OF STORYTELling Intern
Wendy Chen is a rising senior at Mount Holyoke College, a historically all-women's college, in Western Massachusetts. She plans to receive her bachelor's degree in Sociology as well as Film Studies in May of 2018. On campus she is involved in, and a board member of, MHC's Film Society and works as a Dining Services student manager. Her interests include creative writing, film analysis, and advocating social issues related to gender, sexuality, women, and children. She is very excited to be a part of Team MCN this summer and develop more leadership skills necessary for social impact work, on a local and/or global scale, in her professional future.
HANNAH COOK, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS INTERN
After spending two years at an international high school—the Eastern Mediterranean International School—in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a focus on peace and sustainability, Hannah was confident that she wanted to pursue a degree in International and Global Studies at Brandeis University. After obtaining her BA in IGS from Brandeis, she hopes to work in the global development sector or for the US State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. She makes a concerted effort to be involved in her community, and can be found advocating with ONE campus, working at Brandeis Precollege Programs, going for a run, or ice skating! She is incredibly excited to be working with MCN this summer, doing international work from her home city of Boston.
Yulia Lapina, Director of Programs Intern
Yulia is a second year Master’s student in International Relations at New York University. She was born in Moscow, Russia, and raised in Milan, Italy. She completed her BA in Politics at Milan’s Catholic University. Her international experiences include two internships in Brussels, Belgium, and a semester abroad in Melbourne, Australia. Her biggest passions are traveling, dancing, and scuba diving. After graduation she is planning to pursue a career in international relations working for an international organization dealing with human rights in Eastern Europe. She is extremely confident that students can and will change the world.
CHRISTINA B. GILMORE
MCN STUDENT AMBASSADOR
Christina B. Gilmore is currently a rising Junior at Shaw University and a part of the Shaw University chapter of the NAACP. She is a Political Science and International Relations major. Something unique about Christina is that she sings Opera. Currently an active community member within Raleigh North Carolina with RESULTS Raleigh Chapter, Athena International of the triangle and International Focus, Inc. She hopes to one day become a United States Ambassador and you can usually find her somewhere doing humanitarian relief work or giving a helping hand.