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

Eliana Lanfranco - Student Needs Coordinator

Eliana Lanfranco joined Project Rousseau as a student in 2013 and joined our staff in 2019 as our inaugural alumni fellow. Eliana works with our highest need students to address needs including food insecurity, issues with the juvenile justice system, and housing solutions. Eliana is our staff liaison for our partnerships with HIAS and District 79. Eliana is a recent graduate of Georgetown University and majored in Anthropology.

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.

Sarah Young - Academics Coordinator

Sarah Young started working as Project Rousseau's Program Coordinator for Academics in 2019. In her role, Sarah teaches an elective course, works with students and tracks data regarding their academic needs, and supports the College Success Program. Sarah graduated from the University of Chicago in 2018, having studied Comparative Human Development and Spanish.

Faija Chowdhury - Academics Fellow

Faija Chowdhury is our 2019-20 Academics Fellow. Her internship with Project Rousseau is generously supported by the Work Exemption Program at Columbia University where Faija is a sophomore. Faija is majoring in Political Science and Economics and aspires to address social justice issues in her native Bangladesh in the future. Faija is also a Project Rousseau student, having joined Project Rousseau in 2013 as a middle schooler. Faija is currently part of our College Success program.

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

Houston, TX - Angie Vertti

Prairie Island Indian Community - Charlotte Liu

Nashville, TN - Kiara Molina and Miguel Reyna