Recent Graduates Launch JRCPPF Alumni Forum

Friday, Dec 4, 2020

This summer four Class of 2019 graduates, Hamza Chaudhry, Marina Finley, Abhiram Karuppur, and Julia Zielczynska, launched the JRCPPF Alumni Forum. Stemming from the JRCPPF Student Associates program, this forum will allow former associates to stay connected to each other and engage with the Julis Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance even after graduation.

The JRCPPF Student Associates program, which started in 2015 with just 15 students, now has close to 140 members. The program supports students interested in policy and finance through a speaker series, career development workshops, and funding opportunities for research and summer internships.

Hamza Chaudhry '19 initially came up with the idea for the Alumni Forum as a way to foster discussion about current economic issues, host speakers virtually or in-person after Covid-19, and provide a space for past student associates to network. Hamza shared the idea with the Center’s administration and a few classmates, Marina Finley ’19, Abhiram Karuppur ’19, and Julia Zielczynska ’19, who joined forces with Hamza to develop the initiative.

After gathering input from other JRCPPF alumni, the team has established a TigerNet discussion group and is planning a virtual kick-off event for 2021.

JRCPPF alumni: Where are they now?

Just a year out of Princeton, what are these young alumni doing now and how has their experience with the JRCPPF shaped their career trajectory? Read the profiles of our JRCPPF Alumni leaders below.

Hamza Chaudhry '19
Hamza Chaudhry '19
Associate Consultant, Bain & Company
School of Public and International Affairs major with a Certificate in Finance

What did you love about JRCPPF as an undergrad?
As an undergrad, I was immediately attracted to the JRCPPF since it married my interests in public policy and financial markets. My fondest memories are attending a diverse array of lectures by some of the leaders in the world of global finance, from author Adam Tooze to FRB Governor Lael Brainard.

Why you are excited about the JRCPPF Alumni Forum?
I am excited to be a part of a vibrant community of Princeton alumni who can share their unique views on public policy and finance. With the global economy suffering from unprecedented levels of income inequality, a raging viral pandemic, and a climate crisis, I am eager to discover innovative solutions to such pressing problems.  

How have you been managing life during Covid-19?
To be honest, it has certainly been difficult not seeing friends as frequently as during pre-Covid times. I have however enjoyed spending more time with close family and exploring new hobbies such as hiking around the Greater Boston area.

Marina Finley '19

Marina Finley '19
BNP Paribas
School of Public and International Affairs major

What did you love about JRCPPF as an undergrad?
When I was an undergrad, JRCPPF served as a unique community on campus, where experts and practitioners across the fields of public policy and finance came together to discuss how ideas and concepts students learn about in the classroom manifest and play out from the courtroom to the boardroom. This is hugely helpful for so many students in informing their own pursuits of career path possibilities after Princeton.

Why you are excited about the JRCPPF Alumni Forum?
I am excited about the Alumni Forum as an extension of JRCPPF's on-campus presence. The Forum will create dialogue and foster community as a gathering place for people interested in the intersections of public policy and finance to discuss issues, develop their networks, and always keep learning.

How have you been managing life during Covid-19?
Taking lots of walks and jogs, reading, and learning how to make cocktails!

Abihiram Karuppur 19
Abhiram Karuppur '19
JP Morgan, Investment Banking Analyst
Chemical & Biological Engineering major with Certificates in Finance and Materials Science & Engineering

What did you love about JRCPPF as an undergrad?
I loved being able to meet thought leaders in the finance/policy space and have the opportunity to ask them questions and discuss topical issues. The access and quality of speakers are unique even within Princeton, and the ability of undergrad students to be front and center during these events set the center apart. I also loved the student/faculty discussion sessions, where we were able to debate current events and hear the latest economic thinking and personal views from an engaged group of people.

Why you are excited about the JRCPPF Alumni Forum?
I'm excited about the alumni forum because it's an extension of all the great aspects of the JRCPPF student associate experience. As alums living and working in the fields we studied about, we've been able to gain unique perspectives on some of the topics we were exposed to at JRCPPF events. The alumni forum provides an avenue for continued learning and engagement with our peers, Princeton faculty, and professional experts. Personally, the alumni forum provides yet another connection to Princeton and the opportunity to think critically about finance policy issues with a growing group of people.

How have you been managing life during Covid-19?
I've been managing the COVID work-life environment fairly well. Banking is a field that is relatively easy to do remotely, so I've been able to transition to a remote workplace with few issues other than unreliable internet. Of course, one of the aspects of work that has gone away is the ability to socialize in the office, not only with my peers but also with senior members of my company, which is where most of the learning takes place. It's much harder now to hear about what others are working on or to hear about a senior's perspective on a specific company or industry trend. Having been at this for more than 8 months, I'm looking forward to returning to the office in the near future!

Julia M. Zielczynska '19
Julia M. Zielczynska '19
Cornerstone Research
Economics major

What did you love about JRCPPF as an undergrad?
I greatly enjoyed hearing from world-class speakers about a range of topics within economics, finance, and public policy. Every speaker shared a new economic theory or perspective that broadened my understanding of the field and the world surrounding us. I also appreciated the sense of community at the center, especially at the yearly conferences that brought together students, faculty, and speakers.

Why you are excited about the JRCPPF Alumni Forum?
I am looking forward to starting and engaging in interesting conversations about the global changes that have resulted from Covid-19. I hope that through the alumni forum we can spark lively conversation and learn from various resources on how the economic and financial landscape is changing and how public policy can alleviate the impact of Covid-19.

How have you been managing life during Covid-19?
I am thankful that I can work remotely at my company. I have been spending time outdoors and catching up on my reading list.