My interest in foreign policy and human rights crystalized in a class I took as a student at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in which we examined mass atrocities holistically -- through the lens of international law and through the eyes of survivors, who painted, dramatized, and wove intro poetry their traumas and resilience. It taught me the importance of bearing witness and the potential of storytelling and art to drive change. Ever since, I have been telling stories -- whether as a UN correspondent, reporting from refugee camps, or leading programming and communications at nonprofits -- that seek to advance human rights, justice, and international peace and security.
Currently, I serve on the leadership team of Strategic Advocacy Human Rights (SAHR), an organization founded by a young lawyer that breaks barriers to justice for survivors of gender violence. In this capacity, I lead our global communications and play an active role in strategic and institutional development, including putting together a board of directors, fundraising, and contributing research to gender justice projects in India and Afghanistan.
Previously, I managed public relations for Independent Diplomat, an organization that creates opportunities for people with most at stake in international policies — including refugees, those most vulnerable to climate change, and victims of conflict — to be part of the decision-making processes that affect their lives.
A former accredited member of the UN press corps, I have also written about gender equality, sustainable development, and peace and security — as well as about contemporary art and culture — for a variety of publications including Women’s eNews and The New York Times. I still occasionally contribute to A Women’s Thing, a magazine dedicated to reshaping society’s notions of “women’s things”.
I studied Culture and Politics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service) and International Security at The Paris School of International Affairs at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France (Master of Arts in International Affairs).
"Begin with art, because art tries to take us outside ourselves. It is a matter of trying to create an atmosphere and context so conversation can flow back and forth and we can be influenced by each other.” -W.E.B. DuBois, American Civil Rights Activist