Ezra Nelson ’21 is an intern at the Robin Hood Foundation this summer. He discusses the organization’s evolving mission promoting social mobility and his experience working on the learning and tech fund team focusing on school readiness. At SOM, Nelson is a member of the Design and Innovation Club and the Data Analytics Club, and served as the director of finance for the Education Leadership Conference. Before coming to Yale SOM, he joined Teach for America and taught high school math in Boston, where he also taught the robotics team and served as a school-based representative for a mentorship program for young men of color.
Ezra Nelson ’21
Internship: Robin Hood Foundation
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Clubs and affiliations: Education Leadership Conference, Data Analytics Club, Design + Innovation Club, Consulting Club, Admissions Guide Day Lead
Favorite Yale SOM class: Modeling Managerial Decision Making
Favorite New Haven eatery: Basil
Favorite Professor: Joyee Deb
Favorite Yale SOM community event: I love that there’s a Closing Bell each week. It prioritizes community building in a way that feels natural and fun. I loved the Closing Bell at the Peabody museum this year; I’m a sucker for dinosaurs.
Bonus facts: My favorite color is yellow, my favorite animal is the octopus, and my favorite movie is Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. (It was made in 1989, but feels remarkably of the moment. I highly recommend!)