Genevieve Nielsen ’10 returned to North Shore on May 6 as the 2019 Harold Hines Visiting Fellow. She spent the day on campus meeting with students from all three divisions and talking with them about her work.
Genevieve is a web developer who writes code for web and text messaging tools to modernize public assistance in America. She observed the breakdown of government support systems in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and saw a need for better mechanisms to enable accessibility to assistance programs for those who were previously unable to get them.
In 2014, at the age of 23, she was inspired to co-found mRelief with friend Rose Afriyie, whom she met at coding boot camp. The mission of mRelief is “to restore dignity by transforming access to social services.”
In 2016, mRelief was accepted into the Y Combinator program—a Silicon Valley tech incubator. The organization each year invests $150,000 in a number of startups, helping the founders for the life of their company. Airbnb and Dropbox are among other startups supported by Y Combinator.
North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919. With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.