Beneficial Banking Fellowship

2020 Fellows

We are thrilled to have 6 exceptional individuals join us for the summer — check out their bios below!

Impact Capital Research & Strategy Fellow

Donovan Ervin

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Education: Master of Environmental Management at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and an MBA at Yale University (May 2020)

Donovan Ervin is a graduate of Yale University, earning an MBA at the School of Management (SOM) and Master of Environmental Management at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). Originally from Garland, Texas, he earned his BA with honors in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University. Upon graduation, Donovan lived and worked in Santarém, Brazil for an academic year as a Fulbright ScholarHe’s passionate about leveraging the power of business, capital, and institutions to drive structural social and environmental progress.

Economic & Community Development Research Fellow

Jeanette Freiberg

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Education: Sociology and Latin American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis (2019)

Jeanette is a recent graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and a Washington University in St. Louis alum. Raised in the Bay Area, Jeanette is passionate about environmental justice, immigrant rights, and mental and reproductive health. Her love of travel and cross-cultural understanding have taken her to Peru, where she studied traditional medicine and social protest, and Santiago, Chile, where she facilitated workshops on job readiness to immigrant women. She is excited to deepen her appreciation of finance as a tool for equity while at Beneficial State. 

Banking Industry Research Fellow

Eric Hamilton

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Education: MBA at Portland State University (June 2020); Master of Science in Finance (June 2021) 

Eric Hamilton is from Knoxville, Tennessee, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in 2009. That year, he enlisted into the U.S. Army to be a full-time musician. After ten years of service, Eric left the military to pursue an MBA at Portland State University. As an MBA student, he traveled to Vietnam and Japan to study ethical and sustainable supply chain operations. Eric also volunteered to help a local company to obtain their B-Corp certification and consulted for a local company in forming a growth strategy. 

Equitable Banking Strategy & Stakeholder Engagement Fellow

Cole Harris

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Education: International Affairs and Political Economy at Lewis & Clark College (May 2020) 

Cole Harris studied International Affairs and Political Economy at Lewis & Clark College and graduated Cum Laude in May 2020. Cole studied abroad in Tanzania and focused his academics on social justice in the global economy, economic development, and religion in global politics. Cole was a recipient of the Oregon Consular Corps Award for International Relations and a Gilman International Scholarship. Finally, Cole is a Fulbright U.S. Scholar and will travel to Kampala, Uganda, in January 2021, to research the variation of community development programs that Pentecostal churches offer. 

CVA Program Research Fellow

Brooke Laird

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Education: Geography and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College 

Brooke is a rising junior at Middlebury College and is majoring in geography and environmental studies. She is passionate about sustainability and land conservation, and loves using GIS to explore spatial data. She is interested in studying population and migration trends in rural America and renewable energy policy. Brooke works with her university’s Environmental Affairs Committee to improve campus sustainability, with a focus on dining. In her spare time, she enjoys backpacking, environmental activism, trail running, and ultimate frisbee.  

Social Impact & Communications Fellow

Lucero Brambila Pelayo

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Education: Business Finance and Business Management & Leadership, Minoring in Economics with a Certificate in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Portland State University

Lucero is a senior at Portland State University, double majoring in Business Finance and Business Management & Leadership, and minoring in Economics with a certificate in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She has been part of HOLLA for the past 3 years, where she mentors a 6th grade studentComing from a family of entrepreneurs, Lucero decided to study business at Portland State. Her dream is to open a business that focuses on the creation of fine jewelry and giving back to the Latinx and immigrant community by providing workshops and scholarships.