Kamila Demkova, Small Business and Non-Profit Research & Financial Modeling Intern
Branch Location: Oakland, CA
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Education: Master’s in Development Practice at the University of California, Berkeley (2014)
Biography: Originally hailing from Slovakia, Kamila has lived in a variety of places including Vienna, Austria where she attended the Vienna International School. She went on to study at the University of Sussex in the U.K., receiving a BA (Hons) in Economics and International Relations. Finally, due to her interest in South America, she also attended Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile for a semester. Her career decisions were influenced by working at Kommunalkredit Public Consulting under the Kyoto Protocol, and her personal beliefs, she decided that what she really wants to do is to tackle environmental challenges, inequality and to work with technology. The first effective step in achieving this goal was to undertake a Master’s in Development Practice at UC Berkeley. In the past three years she worked at the United Nations, in South Africa working on an impact evaluation, and in the U.S. conducting computer human interaction research and working as a business developer for a renewable energy startup.
Project Description: Under the guidance of Salvador Menjivar, the Foundation’s Executive Director, Kamila will research best practices and successful innovative financing models launched by other Foundations. She will help build a conceptual model for a pool of funds that will be used to distribute resources to small business owners and non-profits who currently have mission-aligned loans.