USC Price MNLM Ambassadors
Nannearl LeKesia Brown is currently studying nonprofit leadership and management as a graduate student at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. She holds two engineering degrees from the University of Virginia, where she developed a love for public health awareness, service, education, and mentorship.
Brown’s passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects began at an early age. She previously served as an analyst for the Chief Information Officer/G-6 of the U.S. Army where she observed the increasing demand for computing and information technology skill sets. Upon witnessing the continuation of this disparity from academia into the workplace, the Virginia native has decided to take an active role in narrowing the gap. She is not only committed to enhancing interest in STEM, but confidence in performance and entrepreneurship within STEM fields as well. Outside of STEM diversity and equity, Brown is a major supporter of HIV/AIDS awareness, various mentorship programs, and is an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers.
Megan Ono is a first year MNLM student – passionate about bringing visibility and support to underserved communities through creative communications and meaningful relationship building. Her interests lie in the intersectionality of the business and nonprofit sectors. Megan earned her B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Marketing from California State University Long Beach. Her professional and volunteer experiences include leadership roles in: nonprofit fund and resource development, community relations, event planning, volunteer management, social/digital media and youth leadership. Currently, Megan works as the Graduate Intern at City Scholars® Foundation – a local nonprofit organization that empowers nonprofit CEOs to lead well with limited resources. Outside of her professional and academic ambitions, Megan is an active leader and long-time advocate for the So. California Japanese American and greater Asian American Pacific Islander communities. She serves as a board member for Kizuna-LA, a Little Tokyo based youth leadership non-profit whose mission is to build a future for the Japanese American community through the education, empowerment and engagement of the next generation. After living abroad in Japan for a year and visiting in multiple ambassador roles, Megan is also deeply interested in US-Japan international relations. Megan is proud to be a Price student because of the innovative curriculum – focused on the nonprofit sector, as well as the incomparable network of students, alumni, faculty and staff who are committed to improving the quality of life for people and their communities, locally and abroad.
Kalin Sims is a first year graduate student seeking to obtain her Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Kalin’s adventurous mindset has given her the opportunity to live in different places such as Atlanta, Japan and now, Los Angeles. Once graduating from Stony Brook University with a degree of Sociology in 2015, she committed to her first year of service with Americorps in Atlanta, Georgia. Serving two years with Hands on Atlanta, her interest in the Nonprofit sector blossomed. In the midst of graduate search, many may have the same question: why choose Price? She finds her answer stems not only from the prestige that the USC Price School of Public Policy has, but also from the supportive community of trailblazers that motivate one another to bring forth change. Kalin believes through the unique curriculum of this program, she will gain a holistic understanding of Nonprofits and how they operate. Passionate about the youth, after receiving her Master’s, Sims will continue to make strides toward accomplishing her goal of holding the position of CEO for a Nonprofit centered around youth development.