About Me

I’ll post on this page for now a summary of my resume, which cannot hope to truly capture “About Me” but is a good place to start if you’re interested in knowing more about my background.

Cornell University
Master of Professional Studies, International Development
Focusing on gender equality in education and nutrition
Graduation December 2014 (planned)

Recent Experience:
Tata-Cornell Initiative, ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India: Summer 2014
Intern- Minimum Nutrition Dataset for Agriculture (MNDA)

  • Working on pilot of MNDA, collecting essential health history questions, dietary diversity scores, and household food availability indices.
  • Information collected will be used to create an addendum of most essential nutrition metrics to be included in current and future longitudinal agricultural surveys.

 Centre d’éducation Inclusive (CEI) Petit Goâve, Haiti: Spring 2014
Consultant- Budget and Phase Team

  • Developed background materials for client regarding feasibility and planning of a new school for the disabled in Petit Goâve, Haiti.
  • Conducted literature review, stakeholder analysis, phase planning, and budget preparation with team.
  • Compiled information into recommendation report, presented to client and other student teams involved.

The Ota Initiative: May 2013- present
Cofounder/ Co-Director- Creative Learning program, Kayanga, Tanzania

  • Identified children’s educational needs in the region with broad stakeholder analysis
  • Sought funding and institutional support to design and implement program to meet these needs.
  • Collaborated with education specialists to design a two-week curriculum emphasizing self-worth, confidence, and creative and critical thinking
  • Pilot session run successfully in December 2013, received positive assessment by Amizade evaluation staff, future sessions are being planned.

 Bread for the World Institute: Summer 2013
Foreign Policy Intern, Washington D.C.

  • Acquired data and prepared reference tables for the annual Hunger Report.
    • Gathered relevant figures from World Bank, FAO, and UN sources.
  • Regularly wrote blog posts for the Institute on recently released reports, analyzing impacts on the field of international development.
  • Focused research on new developments in maternal and child nutrition and gender sensitivity.
  • Attended seminars and symposiums on topics relevant to hunger and poverty alleviation.

National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholar: 2012-2013
Tanzania – Swahili

  • Fall 2012:  Studied Swahili language and East African culture in Zanzibar, Tanzania
    • Demonstrated ability to adapt quickly to difficult social and cultural environments; proven capacity to gain language competency in a short period of time.
    • Worked on community development and small-scale agriculture diversification projects.
  • Spring 2013: Volunteer at agricultural co-operative NGO (MAVUNO, Karagwe, Kagara, Tanzania) for 4 months, planned and developed seminar on basic nutrition, presented to over 100 farmers.
    • Responsible for developing entire study program, and for independently developing and managing associated budgets ($10,000).
    • Worked directly with MAVUNO staff and small-holder farmers in the language of Swahili.

Undergraduate Education:
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Bachelor of Science, Food Science and Technology
Graduation with Honors May 2013, GPA 3.72
Senior Seminar: “Solutions for Micronutrient Malnutrition in Developing Regions.”
Honors Thesis: “Food Security Policy in Tanzania.”

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