About the Blog
This blog is a combined journal of my life and work as a development professional in Kazakhstan (2009-2011) and Kyrgyzstan (2011-12), up to the present day as a graduate student (2012-15) in international development and non-profit management.
I served as Reporting Manager for the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme in the Kyrgyz Republic (MSDSP KG), part of the Aga Khan Development Network. I managed internal and external reporting and assisted with proposal writing and M&E for diverse programs in early childhood education, community health, natural resource management, market development, local governance, infrastructure, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation.
From 2009-2011, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan in the NGO Development Program, working concurrently at a women’s rights NGO and a youth leadership development NGO in Shymkent, South Kazakhstan Oblast. I spent my days doing peer-to-peer trainings in rural villages, soliciting funding from local and international donors, playing obsessive amounts of basketball, and contemplating my own life goals while attempting to inspire young people here to pursue theirs.
In 2012, I am beginning a three-year joint MPA/MBA program at the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Relations (specializing in Development Studies), and the Yale School of Management (specializing in NGO Management and Social Entrepreneurship). Before that, I graduated from Harvard College in 2008 and have previously worked at a law and policy NGO in Washington D.C., a refugee NGO in Moscow, and the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia.
I was born in Seattle, WA and grew up there til I was 14, before moving to Beijing, PRC for high school. My passions are gender equality, democracy building, youth & community development, travel, family, and living in a state of constant wonder.
The views expressed in this blog are my own.