Our Team


Andrew Heinrich - Founder and President

Andrew Heinrich serves as Project Rousseau’s Founder and President. He founded Project Rousseau in 2011 with the desire to provide students in communities with the highest need a holistic set of services to help them reach their full potential. Andrew manages staff oversight, student emergencies, strategic planning and direction, and external relations. Andrew still leads Project Rousseau’s curriculum development in most subject areas. In addition to working at Project Rousseau, Andrew serves on the Junior Board at City Harvest, the Board of Columbia College’s Young Leader’s Council, and the Advisory Board at GCNSSC, a homelessness services agency in Manhattan. Andrew holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Oxford.

Beth Thorne - Chief of Staff

Beth Thorne started at Project Rousseau as a summer intern in 2015 and started working full time at the organization in 2016. As Chief of Staff, Beth oversees Project Rousseau’s day-to-day operations, our international exchange programs and provides direct support to the Founder. She graduated top of her class from Oxford University in 2016, and received a degree in Human Sciences. Beth is currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration program at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.

Program Staff

Eric Walker - Operations Manager

Eric Walker graduated from Columbia University in 2017. As Operations Manager, Eric oversees day-to-day operations in New York, and provides operational support to other sites. Eric previously served as a volunteer with Project Rousseau as a college student.

Austin Barkhorn - Academics Coordinator

Austin Barkhorn began working with Project Rousseau in 2018. Austin’s duties include supervising the College Success Cohort, the Pre-Ivy and Honors Cohorts, and the 1400 Club SAT Prep program. Austin is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he studied Philosophy.

Sophie Crystal - Student Needs Fellow

Sophie Crystal started working for Project Rousseau in 2018 after graduating from Queen Mary’s, University of London with a BA in International Relations. Sophie spent a year studying Political Science at UCLA. Sophie mainly focuses on student needs, helping young adults with a range of services, such as searching for a job, building a resume, finding housing, college re-admission, and choosing alternative career paths.

Volunteer leadership


Alejandro Zarate - NYC Regional Director

Alejandro Zarate has been working at Project Rousseau since 2013, and has served as New York City Regional Director since 2015. Alejandro is responsible for volunteer recruitment, specifically for college students who wish to donate their time to us whether as tutors, mentors, or chaperones. Alejandro graduated from the City College of New York with a degree in Biology and a minor in Theater.

Anoosha Moturu - Southern U.S. Regional Director

Anoosha Moturu has been serving as Project Rousseau’s Southern US Regional Director since 2015. In this capacity, Anoosha oversees the Mentoring Pillar, volunteer recruitment, and day-to-day needs in Florida, Tennessee, and Texas. Anoosha began her involvement with Project Rousseu as a volunteer while she was a student at Rice University.

Chapter Presidents

Chicago, IL - Tyson Miller

Gainesville, FL - Meghan Richards

Houston, TX - Angie Vertti

Prairie Island Indian Community - Charlotte Liu

Nashville, TN - Carissa Bell