Rafi Lehmann

Rafi Lehmann

Brooklyn, NY, US

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Researcher, writer, and designer. Passionate about racial equity, Indigenous sovereignty, and climate justice. 



Sprouts Farmers Market, Philadelphia, PA, US, Cashier

Manage check-outs and returns in fast-paced retail environment; greet and support customers; maintain COVID safety protocols.

Oct 2020 - current

Logische Phantasie Lab, New York, NY, US, Development Coordinator

Composed and edited grant proposals, connected personally with funders, and supported researchers in their individual projects; attended directors' administrative meetings and town halls.

Sep 2020 - Oct 2020

Ground Control, Philadelphia, PA, US, Design Intern

Interpreted principal architect’s landscape designs and concepts; produced illustrative renderings using Photoshop and CAD.

Aug 2020 - Oct 2020

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, Publications Assistant

Composed weekly reports for American Institute of Architects on University’s professional design/planning lectures.
Coordinated with staff to synthesize, review, and submit lecture data in accordance with AIA national guidelines.

Jan 2019 - May 2020

Princeton University Office of Undergraduate Research, Princeton, NJ, US, Humanities Correspondent

Wrote and edited weekly posts for University blog, featuring faculty/student profiles and campus research resources.
Interviewed faculty, staff, and students; recruited applicants at activities fairs; and represented organization on panels.

Aug 2017 - May 2020

Coalition of the Progressive University Community, Princeton, NJ, US, Co-founder

Pioneered major campus political coalition, formally unifying 5 prominent student organizations. Developed and implemented workshop series for coalition members; raised over $3500 from 9 distinct campus funders.

Sep 2019 - Mar 2020

Princeton University, Philadelphia, PA, US, Library Assistant

Managed front desk and library opening/closing; greeted and assisted patrons; supported staff in daily operations.

Aug 2018 - Mar 2020

Orange Key Tours, Princeton, NJ, US, Tour Guide

Led weekly tours at Princeton University for diverse groups of visitors, customizing content and route to each group. Managed tour logistics and accessibility requirements, while fielding wide range of questions.

Jan 2018 - Mar 2020

Alliance of Jewish Progressives, Princeton, NJ, US, President

Planned and led weekly all-group meetings and designed monthly public events, overseeing all scheduling and advertising. Managed leadership team, oversaw largest recruitment in group’s history, and coordinated all national press coverage.

Sep 2016 - Mar 2020

Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, USP, São Paulo, BR, Publications Intern

Coordinated with international group of researchers and designers to compile bilingual book on sustainable urban design. Served as liaison between researchers in U.S. and Brazil, representing book’s lead editor; edited and reviewed chapter submissions.

Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Association on American Indian Affairs, Providence, RI, US, Research Intern

Investigated legal history of public land protection, and authored organization’s public statement on National Monuments. Cultivated relationships with local tribal leaders and managed organization’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

The Southpoint School, Varanasi, IN, Upper School Teacher

Taught Math, Science, and English to students in grades 6-11 and served as Class Teacher for students in grade 6.

Oct 2015 - May 2016


Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, Bachelors, History

Bachelor of Arts in History, magna cum laude; Minors in Urban Studies, Environmental Studies; Phi Beta Kappa
Senior Thesis: “Urban Engravings: Space, Place, and Catastrophe in Twentieth-Century Jewish Vilna”

Aug 2016 - Jun 2020

Princeton University Bridge Year Program, Varanasi, IN, Cultural Immersion

Selected for 9-month intensive cultural immersion and service learning program in North India

Aug 2015 - Jun 2016


Stone/Davis Prize for Historical Research, Grant

To encourage sophisticated training and experience in historical research among history undergraduates, the Davis Center awards a limited number of Lawrence Stone and Shelby Cullom Davis prize fellowships to rising seniors for their senior thesis projects. To be considered, a student must have compiled an excellent record in departmental work, and must be nominated by a member of the department.


Urban Studies Thesis Prize, 1st Place

Each year, the Princeton Certificate Program in Urban Studies awards prize(s) to one or more senior theses that make an outstanding contribution to this interdisciplinary area of study and is based on each student's creative ability, persuasiveness and systematic way of doing research. Nominations for this prize are made by students’ home departments across the University.


Carolyn L. Drucker Prize in Jewish Studies, 2nd Place

The Princeton Program in Judaic Studies offers an annual prize for the best senior thesis related to Judaic Studies (broadly defined).


Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence, Award

Endowed by president Harold Shapiro GS ’64 in 2001, the awards are presented to 3 percent of underclass students for “outstanding academic achievement” in “intellectual pursuits that constitute the core of undergraduate education.”


John C. Bogle ‘51 Fellowship in Civic Service, Grant

The John C. Bogle ‘51 Fellows in Civic Service program (Bogle Fellowship) is a funded opportunity open to Princeton first-year students . The fellowship was developed to support student participation in service or civic engagement pursuits during the summer before sophomore year. Bogle Fellows design their own summer internship or project in collaboration with a host partner and support of Pace staff. Internships must be a minimum of eight weeks and take place in the contiguous United States.


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