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After graduating from Loyola University Chicago in 2004, I moved to Rome, Italy. There, I coordinated the Study Trips program and Service Learning program at the John Felice Rome Center. I also interned at the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office and McDermott Will & Emery Law Firm.
After Italy, I was off to India for a year of volunteering. I edited articles for an economics research organization called Vichara; taught Spoken English at schools, colleges and institutions; blogged; and explored my new hometown of Mavelikara, Kerala.
I returned to Chicago in 2007 and worked at The Cara Program, a workforce development agency. I rewrote the portfolio creation curriculum and expanded and organized a large base of volunteers while teaching coursework.
I completed my Master of Science at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in May 2010, concentrating in Interactive Publishing and Business Reporting.
As a Bankruptcy Court beat reporter for the Medill News Service, I wrote features, profiles, earnings reports and economic indicator articles all with accompanying multimedia. In my final quarter at Medill, I was chosen to be the Editor-in-Chief of the Medill Innovation Project. Along with a group of peers, I re-visioned StreetWise from top to bottom. We started by re-thinking the organization's mission and vision, and produced a refreshing magazine layout, an interactive website and a social media strategy.
After graduation, I took off for the West Bank, Palestine. I taught various journalism workshops in Nablus, Bethlehem and Hebron, assisted villages to tell their story digitally and assisted a local non-profit with their social media strategy. My articles have been published in Medill Reports, the Northwest Indiana Times, Mondoweiss, The Mennonite and various village websites in the Middle East. I created www.WithoutAMap.org for stories from the West Bank.
I am currently the Communications Associate at Kinship Foundation. In this multi-faceted position, I establish marketing and communication strategies, design the visual aesthetic of all Foundation-generated reports, and manage a global community of 210 Kinship Conservation Fellows. I developed and launched the first program blog, curate a quarterly community eNewsletter, manage the website, and curate the face of Kinship Conservation Fellows through social media feeds. I design all Foundation-generated reports, hard copy collateral, and web ads including the Annual Report and the Kinship Conservation Fellows recruitment campaign. I manage complex events, including the month-long conservation leadership training program and the Searle Scholars Program Annual Meeting and Dinner.