LEAF Welcomes Three MIT Interns

In collaboration with the MIT Community Service and Work-Study program, LEAF has taken on three new student interns. Their technical expertise, problem-solving skills, and creativity will help us turn over a new LEAF! In return, they will learn about social responsibility and the cooperative movement, explore Boston communities’ needs, and connect with experienced individuals in the nonprofit lending space.

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Kasite Ugo-Beke

Kasi is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Economics. She is the vice president of MIT’s Global Poverty Initiative and does research for the Sloan School of Management. She hails from Lagos, Nigeria.


David Tisel

David is a graduate student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He has experience in cooperative development and community outreach, specifically in the area of housing co-ops as a Program Associate for City First Homes. He graduated from Oberlin College with a double major in Politics & Economics.


David Merchan

David is a junior majoring in Materials Science and minoring in Physics. Though he is relatively new to involvement in community development, he will be managing LEAF’s social media and communications. On campus he plays soccer, chamber music, and does alpine ski racing. He comes from Bogotá, Colombia.

This partnership will create amazing opportunities for both LEAF and MIT students, hopefully for years to come. Roll Tech!