Nanshan (Nathan) Xu, born and raised in Shanghai, is an MBA/MPP in global affairs joint degree student at Yale. He received his BA in economics from Bard College, where he also investigated pressing social issues. As an undergraduate, he worked as a research assistant at Levy Economics Institute and assisted Professor James Andrew Felkerson in publishing a paper evaluating the Federal Reserve’s policy response to the financial crisis of 2007 – 2008. Upon graduation, Nathan joined Maxim Group, a boutique investment bank based in New York, and advised clients on cross-border financing and M&A transactions. He also participated in advisory and fundraising efforts for several early-stage biotech companies. In 2021, Nathan interned at the Business Development department at Johnson & Johnson to find co-development, licensing, and acquisition deal opportunities to bring cutting-edge therapeutic solutions across borders. He has also held multiple leadership roles at arts and cultural institutions, including the Acquisition Committee at the Guggenheim Museum and as manager for volunteers at the U.S.-China Music Institute which holds an annual China Now Music Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Additionally, he is a dedicated member of the Board of Governors of Bard College Alumni/ae Association and an integral member of the Diversity Committee. At Yale, Nathan aspires to explore global healthcare management, U.S.-China relations, and diplomacy through arts and cultural exchanges.