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(Global Politics and Societies, Latin American Studies)
While completing my degree in International Studies, I interned at San Francisco based non-profits and a social marketing agency, in roles that focused on marketing, community engagement and cultural competency (O’Rorke Inc, SF Connect and Global Exchange). After graduation, I traveled to South America, where I worked on organic farms in the sustainable agriculture movement in Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. In 2009, I came back to the Bay Area to work for the Agricultural Institute of Marin. The Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit that runs farmers markets throughout the Bay Area, and educates the public on the importance of supporting local food systems and the local economy, through purchasing from small and medium sized family farms and food businesses. It was there that I solidified my passion for community building and community outreach work, as a farmers market manager and marketing director. In February 2012, I was elated to return to my alma mater, to join the university’s Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach. (07/06/12)
(Global Politics and Societies, European Studies)
After graduation, I lived for a semester in Spain, refreshing my Spanish and learning a bit more about Hispanic culture and history at the University of Granada. I then interned at the German Marshall Fund in Berlin, in the migration fellowship program. This led me to a brief experience at the American Academy in Berlin, organizing conferences and talks of prominent academics, authors and artists and taking care of the fellows there. A short trip to South Africa opened my eyes to development cooperation and I began looking into master programs in development. While applying for different schools in Europe, I was hired in the partnership team of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society based in Paris. My job was to identify potential delegates and future partners for the annual Forum. I eventually enrolled in the Master of Culture and Development Studies program (CADES) of the University of Leuven in Belgium. As part of the Master Program I am now in Ecuador, working for a local foundation called Yanapuma in project development. (10/10/10)
(International Economics, Latin American Studies)
During my junior year at USF, I studied about through the School of International Training in Ghana. I conducted a research project on the textile industry. I fell in love with the vibrant west African prints and and saw the oversaturated number of skilled seamstresses and tailors. I saw how by fusing the prints with American styles I could connect their workforce to our market... and AFIA began, a women's ready to wear line sourced and sewn in Ghana. Since launching in 2011, the collection has received the Innovation USA Award from the Ethical Fashion Forum, and garnered attention from The Today Show, USA Today, Refinery29 and many others. In addition to design apparel for my own line, I also do product development and creative direction for other brands, and am working to move production for major brands to Ghana. (8/16/13)