The Jain Family Institute

Staff

Bob Jain

Founder

Bob Jain founded JFI in 2014. He is the Co-Chief Investment Officer of Millennium Management in NY. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at Credit Suisse in a variety of roles.

He sits on the Board of Harvard Management Corporation,  Advisory Boards at the Kennedy School, Cornell University, and the NY Federal Reserve Bank, and is involved in various other activities across the arts and education.

Bob graduated with honors in Government from Cornell University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Michael Stynes

CEO

Michael Stynes has led the Jain Family Institute since its formation, directing research into an array of economic, cultural, social, and political areas. For JFI's flagship higher education financing project—researching how to structure and implement ISAs—Michael led student and capital design at Purdue University for the first ISA pilot at scale in the US. He also serves on the board of Better Future Forward, a non-profit social enterprise that services and originates ISAs for low-income students.

Previously, he taught at Harvard University.

Michael holds a master's degree in philosophy from New York University and a bachelor's degree from Harvard College.

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Molly Dektar

Editorial Director

Molly Dektar, a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard University and a Senior 48 member of Phi Beta Kappa, concentrated in English with a secondary field in Visual and Environmental Studies. She received a Henry Russell Shaw yearlong fellowship for purposeful travel, which she used to travel to Norway to interview farmers about their experiences with climate change. After college, she attended Brooklyn College's fiction MFA program, and her first novel, The Ash Family, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2019.

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Jerome Hodges

Managing Director

Jerome (Jay) Hodges oversees research at the Jain Family Institute.

He did his doctoral work as a Presidential Fellow at MIT under the supervision of Ford Professor of Philosophy Sally Haslanger, focusing on intersections of philosophy of science and social philosophy.  Before MIT, he graduated valedictorian and summa cum laude from North Carolina State University with honors degrees in mathematics and philosophy, with a concentration in logic, reasoning, and representation, and completed a master's degree in mathematics, with a thesis on mathematical physics and differential geometry.

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William Nelligan

Managing Director

Will leads JFI's flagship initiative: developing income share agreements as a new investment product that can accelerate economic mobility while generating financial returns. He also oversees JFI's communications, business development, and government relations. Will comes to JFI from the Robin Hood Foundation, where he served as Chief of Staff to the President, starting the foundation's first-ever Poverty Solutions Conference (now entering its third year), and helping launch a broad-based benefits enrollment campaign in partnership with the City of New York. He previously led marketing for Anthemis, the financial services venture capital firm behind Betterment, Simple Bank, and Currency Cloud. It is Will's highest honor to have started his professional life in the U.S. Senate, serving on the staff of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions under its chairman, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA).

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Lauren Burns-Coady

Director of Operations and Project Development

Lauren Burns-Coady oversees the end-to-end development and facilitation of new initiatives. She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a double major in Philosophy and Psychological Science. While at Columbia, she worked as a research assistant in the Metacognition and Memory Lab where she contributed to experiment design and implementation in metacognitive studies focused on agency, perception, learning (in partnership with the NY Department of Education), and memory (in partnership with Columbia Business School). In philosophy, she is focused on philosophy of mind—specifically the concepts of agency and emotion.

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Sidhya Balakrishnan

Lead Researcher

Sidhya leads the research initiatives in Income Share Agreements and Basic Income. 

Sidhya holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University, where she focused on Economic and Political Development and Econometrics. Her research interests lie in research design and causal inference, and how inequalities can be addressed in development policy design. She has previously worked in end-to end pilot design, implementation, and analysis for government and international development partners at Educational Initiatives, an educational assessment organization India. She has also worked with international development organizations like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank in different capacities. She also holds a degree in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, India.

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Jack Bahn

Operations Associate

Jack Bahn is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Carleton College and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He studied international economic migration and its effects on informal insurance mechanisms in small communities in Myanmar. He later did faith-based community organizing in Minnesota, where he worked closely with undocumented communities on a variety of issues related to economic and racial justice. He joins JFI from the Mon News Agency, a news journal based in Myanmar where he served as the English Editor.

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Alanna Olken

Project Manager (Digital Ethics)

Alanna comes to JFI from the the USVI Hurricane Recovery Task Force, where she served as Deputy CEO and Chief of Staff, helping to guide reconstruction and resiliency efforts in the Territory in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. She previously worked for the COO team at Bloomberg LP and was one of the first employees on the Turner Corporate Strategic Communications and Operations team (which includes brands such as CNN, TBS, and Cartoon Network).

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