We have been working for one-month already this summer, but we wanted to take the time to introduce you to our dynamic and hard working summer interns.
Adam Broidy originally hails from Brooklyn, New York and is currently pursuing MBA in Design Strategy at the California College of the Arts (CCA). As a strategist and entrepreneur, Adam is interested in leading meaningful positive change and solving complex problems. Prior to attending the CCA, Adam was the chief technology officer of America’s oldest performing arts institution,board president of a national non-profit organization, director of professional services for a global services startup, project manager of an enterprise website redesign, management consultant at a top-tier firm, senior instructor at a karateschool, and even a Kibbutz petting zoo keeper for half a year. Adam obtained bachelor of arts in computer science from New York University and is also Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO). Currently in his free time, Adam enjoys training in various martial-arts disciplines, immersing himself in the performing arts, researching wilderness survival training, or teaching his two-year old nephew “magic”.
April Schneider graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Civil Engineering. She worked for four years in the water and wastewater industry, on projects ranging from storm water quality to risk management of municipal sewer systems. Through this experience, April was drawn to the planning side of city infrastructure and wanted to incorporate the social aspects of urban living into the city landscape. In 2011, April started a Masters program in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is focusing her studies on international development as well as community development. She eventually hopes to incorporate her engineering background by planning for and implementing clean water and sanitation solutions in developing countries. In her free time, April enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and going for a run when time allows.
Brian Bell is a civil-environmental engineer (EIT) keen to use his technical know-how and entrepreneurial spirit to design and manage environmental solutions internationally. Brian has worked in engineering consulting and research in the US, led water supply and sanitation consulting projects with Engineers Without Borders in Uganda and Haiti, and evaluated rural infrastructure programs with UN-HABITAT Nepal and the Government of India. Brian has recently coordinated an environmental and social entrepreneurship program with Acara in India and provided cleantech consulting to a microfinance firm working in Latin America. While interning with KDI in Kibera, Brian is supporting community-based infrastructure design in productive public space projects. Brian holds a Bachelor’s of Civil Engineering and architecture minor from the University of Minnesota in the US and a Master’s in Sustainable Development from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. An amateur photographer and culinary enthusiast, Brian enjoys trekking, cycling year-round, and playing squash.
Jack Campbell Clause was born and brought up in Nairobi but has gained the majority of his education and work experience in the UK. Jack recently received a distinction in Landscape Architecture (PG Dip) from Leeds Metropolitan University (UK). The focus of his studies was on the role of Landscape Architecture within the slum upgrading process and he exhibited ‘Unslumming Kibera; Landscape Architectural Relief’ in Leeds in June 2012. The project won him an award from LDA Design, world leading landscape architects, and a travel grant from the UK’s Landscape Institute to join KDI in the latest of their KPPS (Kibera Productive Public Space) projects
Jamilla Harper is from South Carolina, who pursued a B. A. in Corporate Communication at the College of Charleston. Following studying in Spain for five months, she decided to also complete a second degree in Spanish. Upon her graduation from CofC, Jamilla worked with a community development corporation focused on youth leadership and entrepreneurship, housing development, and economic development in the southern half of North Charleston. In her 3 years with the organization, Jamilla began by managing and organizing volunteers for after-school and summer enrichment programs and for larger-scale projects with redeveloping local housing for working families. She also worked with marketing, fundraising, and grantwriting with the organization. This year, the Rotary Foundation sponsored Jamilla as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to support her full-time graduate studies at the University of Nairobi (Kenya) – Institute for Development Studies
Margaret Knight is a recent graduate from Cornell University’s school of Architecture, Art, and Planning. She is excited to be a part of KDI’s summer team, and grateful for the opportunity to combine her interests in design with her passion for environmental systems and sustainability. Outside of the architecture studio, she enjoys long distance running and modern dance.