Jack Aiello ’21 MPA ’25, of Northport, New York, graduated from Princeton cum laude with a major in economics and certificates in political economicseconomy, South Asian studies and the history and practice of diplomacy. Aiello spent nine months prior to his first year at Princeton living in Varanasi, India as a Princeton University Novogratz Bridge Year Scholar, studying Hindi and working as the fundraising coordinator for a local school. The experience helped shape his interest in economic development and motivated his return to India in summer 2019 to study Hindi through the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship Program.
Aiello has interned at UNICEF’s Office of Civil Society Partnerships in New York and with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which affirmed his interest in public policy. On campus, he served as a residential college advisor in Rockefeller College, worked as a student fellow for the Princeton Writing Center, and was the co-president of Princeton Re-entry and Employment Preparation—a group that helps incarcerated students showcase their strengths to potential employers upon re-entry. Aiello also was an undergraduate associate at the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies and a fellow with the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination’s project on Gender in the Global Community.
Awards and Achievements:
Economics class day awards
Certificate in political economics