Class of 2021
Samera Yousuf joins the GHD program after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador. There, she lived in the Amazonian town of Puyo where she worked as a secondary teacher trainer, working alongside Ecuadorian teachers to enhance their English-teaching methodologies. Prior to her Peace Corps service, Samera co-founded the Afghan-American Conference, which has now become the nation's largest and most active nonprofit for Afghan-Americans. As the daughter of parents who came to America as refugees from Afghanistan, Samera has always been passionate about working in international development, particularly in service to women, children, and displaced people. Samera is a San Diego native and graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies in Economics and Political Science. During her time at UCSD, she served as President of the Afghan Student Association, was selected as a fellow for the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship program at Carnegie Mellon University, and was twice selected as a candidate for the Clinton Global Initiative. She speaks Spanish and Dari. As a GHD student, Samera is eager to gain the quantitative skill-set and specialized development knowledge needed to become an effective practitioner and policymaker.