Portfolio analyst at Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture fund that invests in companies that provide basic goods and services to the poor. Princeton major: Woodrow Wilson School.
What he does: Gawande researches companies in which Acumen invests, and tracks the companies’ financial performance and their social impact. Managers around the world collect information that Gawande, in New York, analyzes and compiles for his colleagues. He also has posted content on the organization’s Facebook page, managed its Twitter account, and edited its blog.
What he likes: “How Acumen is a mission-driven organization — everyone here is committed to changing the way the world tackles poverty,” he said.
Communicating with colleagues: Gawande works with people in offices in different countries. “It’s been a challenge learning how to get to know someone over the phone or on Skype and be able to work with them effectively, even though they’re thousands of miles away.”