USC Price MNLM Ambassadors
Megan Ono is a second year MNLM and Social Innovation Certificate graduate student. Fueled by her philanthropreneurial (philanthropic + entrepreneurial) spirit, she aims to explore creative cross-sector solutions that “move the needle” towards a more socially responsible world. Megan chose the MNLM program at Price because of its focused curriculum and connected network of students, alumni, faculty, and staff who are all committed to improving the quality of life for people and their communities, locally and abroad. Upon graduating from CSU Long Beach with a B.A. in Communication Studies, Megan gained international experience living and working in Japan as an English teacher. She has also worked in fundraising/marketing positions in the nonprofit sector and community relations roles in the private sector. Currently, Megan works at the City Scholars Foundation, an LA-based philanthropic organization that sponsors a learning leadership community for nonprofit CEOs. She also works as part of a nonprofit consulting team with fellow Price graduate students. Outside of her professional and academic endeavors, Megan is a board member, volunteer and long-time advocate for several organizations in the Southern California Japanese American and greater Asian American Pacific Islander community. Megan enjoys playing basketball, surfing, hiking, traveling to new places and discovering the latest food spots wherever she goes.
Kalin G. Sims is a second year graduate student seeking to obtain her Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management as well as a Graduate Certificate of Social Justice. Simply put, Kalin is passionate about serving underserved communities because she believes everyone should have access to a quality life. 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. In 2015, as a graduate of Stony Brook University, she committed to two years of service with Americorps in Atlanta, Georgia at Hands on Atlanta where her interest in the Nonprofit sector blossomed. Serving at L.A. Works as a VISTA leader for her third and final Americorps term, she led professional and personal development meetings for over 15 VISTA members as well as implemented sustainable volunteer engagement practices for large days of service. 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 has but the Trojan network is unmatched in its reach beyond academics. Kalin believes through the unique curriculum of this program, once complete, she will possess a holistic understanding of Nonprofits, Foundations, and all that exist in-between, but most importantly how they operate. This summer, she had an opportunity to intern at the Green Foundation, in which she assisted with leading site visits for potential grantees, while learning how to master reading LOIs and proposals from the foundation perspective. In addition to academia, Kalin is the Black Graduate Student Network’s new Director of Event Operations, which she will use her role to connect graduate students through campus events and initiatives. Although she is a champion of youth empowerment, her interest in homelessness and philanthropy has grown tremendously. Upon graduating in May of 2019, Sims will continue to make strides toward accomplishing her goal of holding the position of CEO for a Nonprofit centered around overall youth development. Because of USC, and especially Price, she is well on her way toward that goal. So why choose Price? The better question is…why not?