Mandel School student named Gund Foundation Fellow

The George Gund Foundation has selected Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences student Fei Li as its 2012-2014 Gund Fellow.

Li, who worked as a project manager for Casa Ricci Social Service in China, will receive dual master’s degrees in social service administration and nonprofit organizations from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve in May. She was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants and will work at the foundation for two years.

“I applied for the fellowship because this is something I want to do as a profession, a profession that can help others and make a difference in people’s daily life,” she said.

Fei said her two-year fellowship will allow her to utilize her social work and nonprofit management training. She said it also allows her to stay in Cleveland where she has enjoyed living the past three years.

Li has volunteered with Humana People to People India and the Father Ray Foundation in Thailand. In Cleveland, she has worked as a social service intern for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Adoption Network Cleveland and Asian Services in Action, Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bei Hua University in Jilin, China. She begins her work with the foundation in June.

The George Gund Foundation Fellows program, started in 2004, provides an opportunity for promising young professionals to work inside the organization. It plays an active role in supporting the civic life of Greater Cleveland and in various national policy deliberations that impact our community.