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Jon Halpern

When a stint as a studio musician proved fruitless, Halpern’s mother convinced him to go to college. Thirty-five years later, he is the lead infrastructure advisor for energy and water at the World Bank, where he works to assess impacts of energy and infrastructure policies and projects in developing regions worldwide. Halpern leads multidisciplinary teams to help local decision makers improve people’s lives. A professorship at Georgetown University, raising several teenagers and fly-fishing in the Appalachians take up much of his remaining time.