I wrote opinion columns for four years in Villanova University’s student newspaper, The Villanovan. I edited and designed The Culture, a student-run global newsmagazine.
I interned for two years in Villanova’s Office of University Communications, writing press releases and articles for a variety of university publications under the leadership of former Esteé Lauder International public relations guru Barbara Clement.
I majored in Economics and minored in Peace & Justice to better understand poverty and how people can rise up from it. I went on a two-week Winter Break Mission trip to Durban, South Africa, where I (very very briefly) encountered face-to-face (some of) the realities of poverty and injustice.
Now I help the fight against global poverty by supporting my colleagues to improve and expand how they communicate and share ideas across disciplines, between organizations, and between countries.
For three years I was at the Center for International Private Enterprise in Washington D.C., a nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where I launched their social media and strengthened their blog as a forum to pose important questions about the links between political democracy and economic freedom. I worked for a year at Results for Development Institute, a nonprofit founded in 2007 as a place to cultivate new knowledge and networks to unlock solutions to some of global poverty’s toughest challenges.
I am currently Marketing and Communications Associate at BRAC USA, the U.S. affiliate of BRAC, the world’s largest non-governmental organization, dedicated to creating large-scale opportunities for the world’s poor to realize their potential.
I have come to believe that communicating makes human beings tick. We may not all be crying out for attention, but I have yet to meet someone that wouldn’t get jazzed up to tell somebody else about doing something they cared about—and I have met plenty who self-admittedly have the life sucked out of them by never having the chance to do something worth sharing with someone else.
To be able to help those helping end global poverty to communicate better has been a tremendously fulfilling way to live up to all who have touched my life in some way and helped reveal to me who I can become someday.