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  • Svanika Balasubramanian
    Svanika Balasubramanian
    Co-President & Editor-in-Chief
  • Naomi Pohl
    Naomi Pohl
    Co-President & Editor-in-Chief
  • Tamara Prabhakar
    Tamara Prabhakar
    Co-President & Editor-in-Chief
  • Kyra Schulman
    Kyra Schulman
    Managing Editor, Content Team
  • Tiffany Sim
    Tiffany Sim
    Managing Editor, Content Team
  • Sherry Tseng
    Sherry Tseng
    Events Director
  • Claudia Kassner
    Claudia Kassner
    Marketing Director
  • Natasha Wood
    Natasha Wood
    Video Content Editor
Svanika Balasubramanian
Co-President & Editor-in-Chief

Svanika is a junior in Wharton concentrating in Finance and Business Analytics while rather chaotically pursuing minors in Political Science and International Development. After writing for IMPACT her freshman year, she was won over by the enthusiasm of the people around her and decided to take on a larger role in furthering the IMPACT cause. Born in India and raised in the Middle-East, she strongly believes in the power of education in facilitating poverty alleviation and intercultural understanding. As a relentless optimist, she has confidence that sustained and combined effort can indeed change the world. Upon graduation, Svanika hopes to find a career in social entrepreneurship and take up amateur muggle Quidditch.

Naomi Pohl
Co-President & Editor-in-Chief

Naomi is a junior in the College who has bounced between every imaginable major, but is currently settled on a math major with a minor in engineering entrepreneurship. Upon arriving at Penn, IMPACT quickly became her creative outlet from science and math coursework. She first realized the importance of social impact while studying coastal rehabilitation in high school and noticing how climate change might affect the way people live. She has continued her involvement in social impact by teaching an environmental sustainability course to Philadelphia middle-schoolers and volunteering regularly. After writing for the magazine for two semesters then serving as managing editor of the magazine, she is now excited to take on a larger role in IMPACT as co-president.

Tamara Prabhakar
Co-President & Editor-in-Chief

Tamara Prabhakar is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying science, technology, and societies, who joined the IMPACT team at the beginning of her freshman year as a design associate. What drew her to the publication was its mixed global and local focus on social impact issues. In high school, she studied a range of global disparities, specifically education and child labor, and has fundraised and volunteered extensively at schools, food banks, and environmental institutions. While most of her efforts have been local, in her lifetime, Tamara has had the opportunity to visit dozens of countries around the world to witness the practices of different cultures, thus giving her a worldly perspective. She is currently the design editor for the magazine. 

Kyra Schulman
Managing Editor, Content Team

Kyra Schulman is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in history and French studies with a minor in music. She is our content team editor for longer, magazine-style pieces. Kyra initially joined IMPACT in order to write an article entitled “Revisionist History: A Project for the Maintenance of a Clean National Conscience.” The article discussed how the Hungarian government has been rewriting Hungary’s role in World War II as a part of a larger project to cultivate Hungary’s “innocent victim” status in the periods of occupation. Since then she has written articles on Holocaust education in Nazi collaborating countries and how the Holocaust memorials in many of these countries distance them from their World War II culpability. Kyra is also a classical guitarist and singer-songwriter.

Tiffany Sim
Managing Editor, Content Team

Tiffany is a Junior in the College studying Health and Societies with a concentration in Public Health. She is our content team editor for the blog. She originally joined IMPACT as a blogger and is passionate about social impact, particularly in women rights, health equality, and education. Her goal for this semester is to stimulate meaningful conversion through the IMPACT blog. During her free time she enjoys exploring new scenes, journaling, and drinking coffee.

Sherry Tseng
Events Director

Sherry is a freshman studying philosophy and economics. She joined IMPACT last semester as part of the Events team, and is currently the Events Director. What initially made her want to join IMPACT was its focus on social justice, which in the midst of all the activities every student juggles here at Penn, can be easily overlooked. She hopes that as events director she will be able to translate the verbalization of social justice to actions that create a tangible effect on our community. Aside from social justice, her other interests include exploring new places/traveling and binge watching “trash” TV.

Claudia Kassner
Marketing Director

Claudia is a junior in the College studying Classical Languages and Literature and Ancient History. She joined IMPACT’s Publicity, Outreach, and Analytics team at the beginning of her junior year and is currently IMPACT’s Marketing Director. Claudia’s increasing interest in social issues like feminism, mental health, transgender/LGBT+ matters, racial and religious prejudice, and gun violence drew her to the passionate and proactive IMPACT community. She hopes one day to meet Tom Hanks.

Natasha Wood
Video Content Editor
Natasha is a Junior in the College with a Major in Hispanic Studies and a minor in International Relations and Art History. This is her second semester involved with IMPACT; she currently serves as video content editor, and has previously served as assistant blog content editor. Within her major, her areas of interest are Cuban American foreign policy and the history of Colombian internal violence towards the end of the 20th century. Within IMPACT, her writing and producing interests include environmental awareness, political advocacy, and immigration. Her favorite ice cream flavor is cookie dough.