Career Night with Carleton Economics Alumni of Color
The Economics Department is hosting a career support opportunity for traditionally underrepresented economics majors and students. Economics alumni will meet with students to share their unique experiences and perspectives and provide career advice. This is a great opportunity for students of color interested in learning about economics-related careers.
The panelists are:
Gigi Moreno ‘92, Senior Economist, Southern California Association of Governments
Gigi is a Senior Economist with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). She has worked as an applied economist in various roles, including work in economic consulting, healthcare consulting, academia, and in the public sector. At SCAG, Gigi focuses on policy strategies for inclusive economic growth and is responsible for SCAG’s long-range employment forecast, integral to the agency’s regional land use plan. She teaches environmental economics at Cal State University, Long Beach. Gigi has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in health economics, agricultural and environmental economics, cannabis economics, and climate change policy. In addition to a B.A. in economics from Carleton College, Gigi has a Ph.D. in Agricultural & Natural Resource Economics from UC Berkeley and a certificate in Geospatial Science from UCLA.
Andrew Haynes ‘03, Head of Sales – North America - Prism Financial
Andrew has 18 years of sales experience within the financial services industry. Prior to joining Prism LP in 2018, Andrew was the US Head of Rates, Mortgage, and Futures Sales at RBC. Previously, he was Head of Institutional Real Money Rates Sales at Deutsche Bank, where his top ranked team focused on investment solutions for Asset Managers, Bank Portfolios, GSE’s, and Insurance companies – with a focus on hedging mortgage-related negative convexity. Andrew holds a BA in Economics from Carleton College.
Abhinab Basnyat ‘06, Senior Partner Strategy Manager - Zillow
Abhinab is a strategy and operations leader that excels at incubating new ideas and scaling programs with experience driving impact across start-up, hyper-growth and enterprise level companies. I bring expertise across product, strategy and finance that I have successfully leveraged to improve the financial and operational health of businesses where I've worked.
For example, at Convoy and Karkhana, I've identified opportunities, defined product strategy, and collaborated with design, engineering, operations to ship features that improve user adoption and retention. I also built my own business, Biruwa Ventures, and supported startups by keeping the user at the center, developed teams and partnerships to scale. I bring financial rigor and analytic skills refined as a consultant at The Brattle Group and as a finance business partner at Microsoft to define metrics and drive prioritization for long term planning and quarterly OKRs to reach goals.
Sarojini (Jini) Rao ‘09, Economist, Department of Planning & Budget - Commonweath of Virginia
Jini has been an economist in the Department of Planning and Budget for the Commonwealth of Virginia since June 2019. She analyzes the likely economic impact of changes to certain state regulations. Recent EIAs have addressed opioid prescriptions, upholstered furniture that uses recycled materials, online beer retail, certification of doulas, chemicals in vaping products, and changes to water quality standards. During the fall, she supports the budget development process by forecasting expenditures for Virginia’s safety net programs. This spring, she is teaching a class in the Public Policy PhD program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Jini graduated from Carleton in 2009, worked as a Research Assistant at the Boston Fed from ‘09-’11, and then went to graduate school at the University of Chicago, where she got her MA in 2012 and PhD in 2020. She lives in Richmond, VA with her two dogs, Copper and BB.
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