IDEAS Staff & Partners

We're here to help you to connect with a wide variety of service, social entrepreneurship, and innovation opportunities across MIT, the country, and the globe. We also provide guidance, funding, and connections for your project.

Our mission is to get you out there, working side by side with like-minded collaborators, to make a better world. You contribute your skills and your knowledge, your energy and your spirit, your creativity and your ingenuity to improve the way the world works—one project at a time. We'll help you build on your ideas and connect you with the resources you need to get started.

Program Staff


Keely Swan

IDEAS Global Challenge Administrator,

As the Administrator of the IDEAS Global Challenge, Keely works closely with student teams throughout the competition cycle – assisting them with brainstorming, networking, and finessing their proposals. She also coordinates the competition’s major events, collaborating across departments and centers at MIT, working with a large team of volunteers, and assisting teams as they implement projects. Prior to joining the MIT Public Service Center, Keely spent several years managing an international campaign on human rights and gender-based violence at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University. Keely also worked at Brandeis University as the coordinator for the Brandeis-India Initiative and South Asian Studies Department. In 2007-08, she spent a year at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Keely holds an MA in Anthropology and Women’s & Gender Studies from Brandeis University and a BA in International Studies from Franklin & Marshall College.

Prerna Sekhri

IDEAS Graduate Assistant,

Prerna is an MS/MBA candidate at the new IDM program and at Sloan. After graduating from college, she worked as a management consultant with various departments of the Indian Government on projects ranging from drafting public policy, to strategic organizational design, to management and technology transformations. Before coming to Sloan, Prerna worked as a product and marketing manager at a communications software startup in San Francisco, with a focus on consumer data privacy. She is a proud recipient of PKG Center's Public Service Grants for two incredible projects: one over IAP with a new-immigrant serving nonprofit-food&ag social enterprise in Hawaii, and the other for interning with the UN World Food Programme in Rome over the summer. Prerna grew up in New Delhi, India, and hold a BA in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.

Jiwon Victoria Park

IDEAS Communications Assistant,

Victoria is currently pursuing a BS in Chemistry from MIT (Class of 2017). She was part of the 2014 IDEAS Winning team Du’Anyam – a project that seeks to provide a source of income to pregnant and expecting mothers in rural Indonesia through wicker weaving initiatives. Victoria has a deep interest in medicine and global health, and has served as a research intern at LV Prasad Eye Clinic in Hyderabad, India.