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 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.

Austin Barkhorn - Academic 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.

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.


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.

Program Staff

Sam Cordner - Operational Support Coordinator

Sam Cordner is currently an undergraduate at Columbia University and will be graduating in 2019. He is studying Political Science and French. Sam has been a part of the Project Rousseau team for the past three years. Sam provides administrative support, assists with coordinating international exchanges, and provides support for out of hours student needs.

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, from searching for a job, to building a resume, to finding housing, to college re-admission, to choosing alternative career paths.

Claire Watt - Teaching Fellow

Claire Watt has been working at Project Rousseau since October 2018. She studied English at Oxford University and just recently received her Masters in Creative Writing from Kent University in Paris. Claire teaches after school and helps with Saturday SAT Prep sessions. She also helps out with any ad hoc writing tasks, such as college essay drafts or applications.

Alice Williams - Broadening Horizons & Community Service Fellow

Alice Williams has been working for Project Rousseau since October 2018. Alice received a BA in Human Sciences from Magdalen College at the University of Oxford. After graduating from Oxford, Alice interned at a London based start-up, then taught and travelled around Asia. Alice’s duties include organizing and chaperoning 'Broadening Horizons' events, planning Pie Day, organizing community service projects, and tutoring students in AP US history.

Chapter Presidents

Chicago, IL - Tyson Miller

Gainesville, FL - Meghan Richards

Houston, TX - Angie Vertti

Prairie Island Indian Community - Charlotte Liu

Nashville, TN - Carissa Bell