BUILD Hartford


Meet the Teams | Team 3

Meet our final BUILD Hartford team, Team 3!

Team 3: Economic Development Zones- Municipal Stakeholders

Team Members: Adam Genera, Zoey England, Kashish Manchanda, Swetha Arayamparambil

First up on Team 3, we have Adam Genera. Adam worked at an immigration law firm this past summer where he realized he wanted to work in the immigration advocacy space. Adam is looking to start a non-profit organization to provide language interpretation assistance to US citizen seekers. 

Zoey England is an honors student completing an Individualized degree entitled Population Health, Policy, and Disease and concurrent FastTrack Masters in Public Health. Zoey spends a great deal of time volunteering with the U.S. Medical Reserve Corps in various capacities and the UConn American English Language Institute as a Conversation Partner. A published journalist, Zoey enjoys covering topics related to climate change, public health, and social networks.

Kashish Manchanda is an MBA Business Analytics candidate with experience in the social development space and a deep passion for ESG leveraging data and ESG skills to add value to Sustainable and Responsible Organizations. Kashish has worked as an Impact consultant in India for major NGOs, CSOs (Corporate Social Organizations), Foundations, and Governments. He provided advisory services to many corporates from setting up the CSRs to maximizing the impact on the ground through Grassroot organizations. His clientele included JPMorgan Chase, Pfizer India, Pernod Ricard India, and National Stock Exchange. Kashish’s passion for data-based decision-making and promoting business sustainability at multiple forums has been driving him to lead a value-adding life.

Swetha Arayamparambil, a graduate student at UConn, will also be joining Team 3.


Meet the Teams | Team 2

build hartford team two

Meet our second BUILD Hartford team!

Team 2: Peer Cities Review- Communities
Team Members: Helen Yang, JiaLiAn Stolfi, Natalie Roach, Mehak Sharma

Helen Yang is an honor undergraduate student and serves as the Media Chair of Honors for Diversity. Helen is a first-generation college student and is looking forward to opening her perspective to entrepreneurship through community-building.

Next on Team 2, we have JiaLiAn Stolfi. JiaLiAn is an undergraduate student pursuing a dual degree in finance and journalism. She is looking forward to working with local businesses this semester to ideate unique solutions regarding wealth disparities and homelessness in Hartford. Previously, JiaLiAn participated in a similar program, The Global Leadership Institute, where she hosted a cultural event to increase acceptance in the community.

Mehak Sharma is on the pre-med track and is fascinated by the way innovation and entrepreneurship can be used to provide solutions for addressing community health issues.

Natalie Roach, a graduate student at UConn, will also be joining the team.


Meet the Teams | Team One

Our BUILD teams are officially final, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Meet Team 1: Surveys and Pain Points- Small Business & Startup Stakeholders

Team Members: Logan Singerman, Becky Obro, Mariah Boria

Logan Singerman is in his last semester at UConn, obtaining a Master's in Public Administration (MPA). Logan is currently the Director of Community Partnerships and Communications at SINA, as well as the co-owner of the Hartford Bride. He organizes volunteer events and facilitates resident-led community projects such as playgrounds, murals, and community gardens. Logan previously served as a Director of Outreach at a homeless outreach center and also an AmeriCorps VISTA.

Becky Obro grew up in West Africa, where she realized the importance of empowering others with resources and skills to make them more independent. Becky was inspired to start her own business in 2017 as she saw that entrepreneurship is one of the keys to reducing poverty, unemployment, and many other societal issues. Becky’s business, CHOP GHANA (literally meaning “eat” or “taste”) delivered packed lunches and catering services to offices and other functions. Through this, Becky was able to employ 10 young people in Ghana. 

Mariah Boria, an undergraduate student at UConn, will also be joining Team 1.