Erin Collins, a Buffalo, NY native and Georgetown University graduate, joins the GHD program after working in Malawi at the UN World Food Programme (WFP) for close to two years. Erin’s time at WFP Malawi, which began as part of a yearlong Princeton in Africa fellowship, helped to foster her deep interest in food and nutrition security as she saw firsthand how intricately connected access to food is to all aspects of development. Throughout her time at WFP, Erin worked as part of the Government Partnerships, Reports and Communications unit where she supported two consecutive emergency humanitarian responses, a refugee program, as well as development initiatives that included a school meals program, resilience-building activities, nutrition support and a program increasing market access for smallholder farmers within Malawi. Prior to her work in Malawi, Erin developed her initial interest in international development through involvement in education initiatives within a South African township with the nonprofit organization, One Heart Source. Before working internationally, Erin worked on advocacy and U.S. federal policy strategy at The Sheridan Group, a government relations firm that specializes in working with nonprofit organizations. Before that she interned in the U.S. Senate. Erin plans to specialize her GHD degree in Food, Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods and in the future hopes to continue working with foreign governments, particularly in African countries, to achieve food security and agriculture sustainability. Erin loves to read, write, travel and play soccer, especially in countries she has lived in or visited!
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