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Alice Chudnovsky

Alice Chudnovsky

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When the war in Ukraine broke out, Alice used her math and research skills, plus her ability to connect people, to create lifelines for people under fire.

She saved lives by working with Google to remove the pin feature in Ukraine to stop Russian forces from tracking civilians. She later managed a large group chat of people organizing donations of water and portable chargers for elderly residents without power. She also crowdfunded $30,000 in one week for her project, LifelineForKharkiv, to hire buses to evacuate people from Kharkiv. 

Closer to home, Alice has been involved with the Jewish community for years. She was on Hillel International's Student Cabinet as a delegate from UIUC; she also founded a Russian Speaking Jewish Club on campus. After graduating, she became the chair of the Young Professionals Committee on the Advisory Board of JUF's Russian-speaking Jewish Division, where she creates social and tikkun olam opportunities.

AGE:
23

PRIMARY GIG:
Strategy consultant

ON THE SIDE:
College admissions coach

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME:
I've had a lot of trouble staying social, maintaining friendships, and making new friends since COVID started. If you're in the same boat - you're not alone.

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE LAST 10 YEARS:
Walking away from something that I thought was my lifelong dream to pursue something I had no formal experience in.

YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE:
Making the most of opportunities doesn't always mean taking them - sometimes, it means turning the wrong ones down to leave space for the right ones.

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