Yekta Karimi

Yekta Karimi is a current Masters of International Affairs candidate at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She is concentrating in international finance and economic policy with a specialization in management and is certified in Nonprofit Leadership and Management through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance as well as through GRI. Yekta's background is in nonprofit management, impact investing, and public/private partnership work.

Yekta Karimi obtained her B.A. from California State University, Fresno and is now a first year masters candidate at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Yekta is studying international affairs with a concentration in international finance and economic policy and specializing in management. 

During her educational career, Yekta remained at the top of her class and graduated with honors as a Smittcamp Presidential Scholar from Fresno State. During these years, she also completed a certification in nonprofit management and leadership through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly, American Humanics) via which she was able to gain significant experience in the community benefit sector in areas such as nonprofit governance, grant writing, philanthropy, and organizational development. Immediately prior to coming to Columbia, she served as an Americorps VISTA at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Fresno, CA. At the SBDC, she worked as a consultant to entrepreneurs and small business owners and also engaged in program evaluation and development. 

Yekta's research experience is multifaceted and continues to evolve. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Yekta wrote a thesis regarding the different lending institutions in Fresno, CA and is currently focusing her research on public private partnerships and impact investing platform development. At SIPA, Yekta is engaged with the Columbia Impact Investing Initiative for which she performs pro bono consulting for growing social ventures as part of a consulting team. 

Her background and interest in corporate social responsibility and sustainability reporting led her to a certification through GRI and paved a path for her to join G&A as a Global Reporting Initiative Analyst Intern.


Yekta Karimi

Yekta Karimi
Honor Roll 2014