Class of 2021
Raised in Kansas, Ronnie cultivated his predilection for leadership and service through the 4-H and FFA organizations. At Kansas State University, he studied International Agribusiness with minors in Non-Profit Leadership and Spanish. There, he promoted intercultural learning through leading the International Buddies club, starting Wildcats for International Development, coordinating international service learning experiences and serving on the board of directors of the States’ 4-H International Exchange Program. He represented his university nationally as a Truman, Fulbright and Marshall scholarship finalist, and globally at the International Leadership Association. After graduating Suma Cum Laude, he began Peace Corps service in Paraguay. He learned Guarani, led the establishment of the district’s first public library with free IT classes, enhanced the leadership ability of the Boy and Girl Scouts, created an annual community literacy program, taught personal finance and engaged fellow volunteers to redesign a national youth development program. While in Paraguay, Ronnie witnessed the impact of governance, corruption, civic participation and effective institutions on a community’s wellbeing. At Georgetown, he hopes to better understand how he can leverage these factors to reduce poverty. Ronnie looks forward to gaining experience with organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations Development Program and Transparency International.