Alexandra Muñoz joins the GHD program after 6 years of sustainable community development work in Ecuador. She served in the Peace Corps as the regional and programmatic leader for the Natural Resource Conservation Program and as a community development volunteer focused on women’s empowerment and environmental economics.
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Olawunmi Ola-Busari joins the GHD program after working as a Policy Associate at J-PAL Africa, where she worked with development economists, government officials and practitioners to integrate evidence from randomized evaluations into the design of programs and policies.
Devin Olmack joins GHD after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Leader in Ecuador for three years. In Ecuador, Devin was a youth development specialist in a small costal town where she led literacy programs for children and teenage pregnancy prevention programs in local high schools with youth.
Camille Parker joins the GHD program after working in rural Uttarakhand, India for one year as a William J. Clinton Fellow with the American India Foundation.
Ally Ryder graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in International Business and Finance, minoring in Anthropology, from Loyola University Chicago. Her interest in development stems from her work with refugees, research experience abroad and undergraduate training in international finance, small businesses and microcredit.
Katie Sullivan joins the GHD program after five years working in technology, community development, and education. She spent the past three years at Vera Solutions, a social enterprise that builds cloud and mobile technology solutions to support the missions of development organizations worldwide.
Varsha Thebo comes from a rural area in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Since there were no proper schools in her area, she taught herself English and Mathematics and eventually became the one and only recipient of Global Leadership Scholarship from Pakistan.
Ashley van Waes joins the GHD program with over four years of development experience. She began her career as a research assistant for the International Association for Feminist Economics. She then moved on to work as a disaster relief caseworker for the American Red Cross in New Orleans, where she assisted clients that had undergone tragedy to offer guidance on next steps and community resources available to them. This formative experience led her to pursue a dream of building resilient communities abroad. She moved to eastern Uganda, where she worked with Women’s Microfinance Initiative to provide reliable financial services to thousands of rural businesswomen.
Diana Winter is a native Washingtonian who is returning to D.C. after two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia where she worked in a rural community implementing projects focused on English language acquisition and gender equality.
Zaki Zakaria joins GHD after 3 years of experience in immigration law in Boston, MA. Zaki worked with attorneys to assist foreign nationals coming into the US obtain green cards either through specialized knowledge visas or through asylum/refugee status, there, he obtained extensive knowledge of the US immigration process.