Summer 2014 Team 


Inhwa Chi

Inhwa is currently an intern for Coalition for Queens. Having attended a public elementary school in the Bronx and a parochial middle school in Manhattan, Inhwa proudly calls New York City her hometown, where she currently resides in the Bronx. In the future, she hopes to be involved in helping the NYC community through education, social service, and economic development. Currently attending Harvard College as a rising sophomore, Inhwa plans to study statistics. She is an associate of the Harvard Financial Analyst Club and is an active member of Harvard’s premiere undergraduate step team — The Harvard Passus Step Team. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring different types of music on 8tracks and playing the piano and the drums. 


Ashley Chu

Ashley is a rising senior at Smith College, pursuing a B.A. in Engineering with minors in Architecture and Economics. She has an appreciation for all forms of design, with the built environment holding a special place in her heart. When she is not scrolling through architecture blogs or learning how to code, Ashley can be found exploring the city through food and photography. This summer, she is thrilled to contribute to Coalition for Queen’s mission to establish an inclusive and sustainable tech community here in Queens.


Indrani Das

Indrani’s interest in community stemmed from traversing the New York City transit system between her birthplace of Bellerose, Queens and the rest of the metropolis. While attending Hunter College High School, she built on that interest while serving as president of the Lighthouse Organization, mentoring students from local public schools. As a rising junior at Harvard College, Indrani is studying Stem Cell Biology and Medieval History, while continuing her public service work through the First Year Outdoor Program, Peer Health Exchange and CityStep. As an intern at Coalition for Queens, she hopes to both give back and empower the city she calls home. Indrani is the fun czar at C4Q.


Mackenzie Deary

Mackenzie is thrilled to join the Coalition for Queens team as a summer fundraising and development fellow. She recently earned a B.A. in English and Psychology with a minor in French from Georgetown University, where she also served as Creative Director of its premier co-ed hip hop team, Groove Theory. Her interest in social justice and philanthropic initiatives stems from coursework in women’s international human rights, as well as her former role as a research assistant in Georgetown University Hospital, where she worked to increase public health and awareness. Through her work at Coalition for Queens, Mackenzie is excited to contribute to the growth of the Queens community at large, as well as to support her particular interest in empowering women through economic mobility and access to opportunity. 


Richard May

Rich is a rising fifth-year Architecture major at Carnegie Mellon University. Upon graduation he seeks to become an Architect. He enjoys art, design science and architecture as well as the outdoors and travel. He is excited to join C4Q and be back in the City.



Tafarii McKenzie

Tafarii is a rising junior at Williams College, pursuing a B.A. in Computer Science. As a native New Yorker, adjusting to the quiet of Williamstown, MA is quite the challenge so she is excited to be back in New York City as an intern for Coalition for Queens. In the fall, she will be studying abroad in Budapest earning credits towards her degree, and attempting to learn a little Hungarian. When she's not learning to code, she's preparing for the upcoming Squash season as a member of the Varsity Women's Squash team. As one of this summer's interns, she hopes to give back as much as possible to help make Queens the tech hub it can be. 



Kai Song-Nichols

Kai is a rising Senior studying visual arts and applied computation at Princeton University. An aspiring software engineer himself, he is excited about Coalition for Queen’s mission to support a more vibrant, accessible and inclusive tech community in Queens. Exploring New York for the first time, he is excited to call Queens his home this summer. When he isn't coding, he divides his spare time between playing the accordion, baking bread, and reading haikus.


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Stephanie Truong

Stephanie has recently graduated from Stuyvesant High School and will be a rising freshman in Carnegie Mellon University this fall. She plans to study business and computer science in college. Being interested in the tech sector, Stephanie is currently learning how to code and hopes to create great things in the future. She also enjoys bowling, reading, and biking around New York City. Living in Queens her whole life, Stephanie is excited to intern at Coalition for Queens to be involved in and give back to the tech community at her hometown.



Lauren Wingenroth

Lauren is a rising Senior at Barnard College and is thrilled to be joining the C4Q team this summer. She is a double major in English and Dance, and is currently a Summer Fellow through Barnard's Athena Center for Leadership Studies. Lauren serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Barnard's academic journal On Our Terms, where she is dedicated to providing a forum for undergraduate scholarship on women's leadership. Additionally, Lauren is a dancer and choreographer, having created several original musicals during her time at Barnard and Columbia and performed in professional venues. In the future, Lauren hopes to improve public education and empower students by incorporating the arts into curriculums. This summer she is particularly excited about helping women gain the skills they need to become leaders in the tech community.