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Read about more interesting MMSS alumni in the Weinberg Magazine.

Charlie Ruehr

MMSS Graduation Year: 2008

Majors: MMSS, Economics and BIP

Charlie started his career in finance working in New York City for UBS in the real estate investment banking group. From UBS, he went to work for a private equity fund, GI Partners. After a few years, he discovered he had a passion for getting businesses off the ground, so instead of returning to school for an MBA he decided to strike out on his own.  His projects include: Blackjack Domination –a book on how to count cards and play Blackjack, now an iPad app.  Pure Mountain Olive Oil – a joint effort with his cousin Zak Cassady-Dorion.  They are currently selling their first franchise.   BeltCraft – Custom men’s belt business with fellow Northwestern graduate, Maureen Wilkie. SuperChips – snack with a super secret recipe, found at Whole Foods and other fine stores.

Gaurav Kikani

MMSS Graduation Year: 2014

Majors: MMSS and Economics

The versatility of an MMSS background is truly global – that is what recent graduate, Gaurav Kikani is finding in Cambodia. Based out of Phnom Penh, Gaurav has been temporarily brought on to the team of the Lucky Iron Fish Project, a social enterprise that was started about two years ago by researchers in Canada. The enterprise seeks to bring a simple and affordable innovation to rural villages in Cambodia where over 44% of the population is afflicted with iron deficiency. As this fledgling enterprise begins to scale-up, Gaurav is tasked with bolstering its supply chain, to ensure that the company’s operations can accommodate a ramp-up in production later this year. Using his quantitative background to measure and analyze the current supply chain in the context of future profitability and production constraints, Gaurav has realized how applicable the MMSS curriculum truly is, in a variety of contexts. Learning the challenges of running a business in a foreign country, while dealing with the cultural nuances that come with it, Gaurav has truly enjoyed his time in Cambodia. In the fall of 2014, Gaurav will be joining Bain & Company as an associate consultant.

Ben Woo

MMSS Graduation Year: 2006

Majors: MMSS and Economics

Ben began his career with 4 years of marketing strategy at Monitor Group before taking a more creative turn doing similar work at leading ad agency TBWA Chiat Day. He founded the consulting firm QC Strategy in 2012 to bridge the gap between the worlds of strategy consulting and advertising, focusing on fueling creative development and media strategies using both quantitative and qualitative primary research. QC has worked with end clients in industries including Personal Computing, Casual Dining, Tax Prep, Auto Sales, Pet Food, and Cancer Foundations. In his time at Monitor and Chiat, Ben worked in practically every industry in their client base.

Rae Shih

MMSS Graduation Year: 2010

Majors: MMSS and The School of Education and Social Policy

Rae Shih is a Master in Public Policy candidate and Zuckerman Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Juris Doctor candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She has most recently interned at the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center working on civil rights impact litigation strategy development in the areas of indigent defense, criminal justice reform, and reproductive rights. Additionally, she has interned at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office for Civil Rights and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia on civil rights issues in schools relating to race, gender, and disability. Prior to graduate school, she worked at StudentsFirst as a Policy Analyst drafting teacher preparation and charter school accountability legislation and taught math at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans via Teach For America. She has continued her work in education policy as a Fellow in the Office of the Superintendent at Boston Public Schools and consultant for the Louisiana Department of Education. Her current pro bono work is with the Camden City School District's Office of the General Counsel. She graduated from Northwestern in 2010 from MMSS and the School of Education and Social Policy.

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