Ben White '14 worked with Robert S. Eckley Distinguished Professor of Economics Michael Seeborg through the Endowed Summer Research Fund in Economics established by Mark Israel ’91.

Recalling how important his undergraduate research experience was when he was a student, Mark Israel ’91 established an Endowed Summer Research Fund in Economics.

“One of the very best parts of my Wesleyan experience was the chance to get my first taste of real, topical economic research, working in close collaboration with multiple members of the economics faculty, including Mike Seeborg, Bob Leekley and Margaret Chapman,” Israel said.

“Through this gift, I’m giving one student per year a chance to realize a similar experience, which just seems like the right way to pay something back for all that those experiences did for me.”

Following graduation, Mark began a business career at State Farm, earned a doctorate at Stanford and taught at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management before restarting his business career.

Today, Mark, his wife Melissa Best ’94 and their children live in Washington D.C., where he is executive vice president with Compass Lexecon, one of the world’s leading economic consulting firms.