2018 Praxis Academy // Ambassadors
Chin Ai Oh just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in PPE (Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics) from Taylor University, where she served as Student Body President for the 2017-2018 year. Chin Ai was an international student from Malaysia and will be returning home this summer where she will be interning with Teach For Malaysia (TFM) as a Partnership Development intern before starting her two-year fellowship with TFM in January. Chin Ai sees herself as a bridge builder for different peoples and desires to serve her people by empowering them through good education. She hopes to return to Oxford University after her fellowship to pursue a DPhil in educational policy.
Chin Yi is from Malaysia and currently studying Accounting and Finance at Taylor University. She has a passion to use business as a tool to share the gospel, especially to Muslims. Chin Yi has a lifelong dream of opening a nonprofit animal rescue and shelter. With Creative Writing as her minor, she believes writing is one of the most impactful way to share the gospel.
Chloe loves crafting cohesive brand identities to communicate redemptive information, which is why she is thrilled to be the contract designer for the Association for Moral Education and the social media intern for the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Gordon College. Hoping to pursue some of her many curiosities in the areas of human centered design and ethical consumerism, she created her own Integrated Marketing interdisciplinary major at Gordon, where she’ll graduate in 2019.
Izzy is a people-person. So much so, that her entire college and professional career has hinged on talking to and investigating people. She is a Fall 2016 graduate and employee of Georgetown University's award-winning alumni/donor engagement program called The Discovery Initiative. The Initiative has her traveling across the country and East Asia exploring emerging markets and identifying key stakeholders for the University's advancement.
Izzy is thrilled to be a part of the Praxis Ambassador cohort where she is eager to learn more ways to bring a redemptive edge to every endeavor she is engaged in.
Outside of work, she can be found brushing up on her Mandarin skills, oil painting, or buying everything in Trader Joe's.
Motivated to spur on sustainable economic growth in developing countries, Jack aims to use his career in real estate development to build smart communities that create opportunities for the impoverished and underprivileged. At age 20, Jack joined CreatEd Institute where he served as a startup coach and network director for three years, assisting in the development of a 2-year undergraduate program aimed to form innovative yet grounded leaders rooted in a foundation of critical thinking, the liberal arts, and Christian orthodoxy. At age 22, Jack launched a 6-month lecture series in Minneapolis, MN called the Clapham Meetings, hosting government, business, and thought leaders to explore how Christians could collaborate in the same strategic, longitudinal efforts that contributed to the success of Wilberforce and the Clapham Sect. Now studying real estate at NYU, Jack enjoys connecting with like-minded entrepreneurs using their resources for the advancement of the Kingdom.
Matthew always had an extreme empathy for those around him that came from broken homes and families. However, over time, it was revealed to him that God didn’t want him to simply feel, but to act. Matthew feels it is his mission to represent the marginalized, the overlooked, and the voiceless because His heart is for these people. There are over 65 million refugees in the world today, and he has been privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside some and to continue taking further steps to more permanently do so. Matthew is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University and currently a mobilizer for a nonprofit called Launch Global.
Stephen Cruz is an Academy 2017 alumnus and is beyond excited to be an Ambassador. He recently graduated from Purdue University where he earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental & Ecological Engineering. Stephen has experience working in the energy, chemicals, and CPG industries. He is interested in utilizing his background and experiences to promote and support environmentally sustainable products and practices. He enjoys reading, writing, and appreciating nature. He also finds immense joy in connecting with others. Stephen now resides in Houston, TX.
Originally from Valdosta, Georgia, Taylor is a transplant to St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Washington University where he studied history, psychology, and religion and politics. While attending WashU, he founded Kairos, an undergraduate journal of Christian thought. He currently interns with the Veritas Forum working with their Veritas Labs initiative as well as a coach for the Augustine Collective network. His aspirations include publishing his book and completing a PhD. In his free time, he writes poetry, drinks single-malt scotch, fishes, backpacks, reads novels, waxes philosophical, and generally is an amateur (in the best sense of the word) rebel rouser amidst the ivory towers of academia. He prefers dead languages to computer languages, existentialism to analytic philosophy, red to white wine, and people who disagree with him to people who agree with him.