Short Hills, NJ
My career and research experience has focused on food security and ecologically sustainable development in Latin America and Africa. I am trilingual in Spanish/ English/French, with a modest command of German. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University in three years, in May of 2013 at 20 years old. In the spring of 2012, I presented original research at the Petersheim Academic Exposition in Seton Hall, on the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. My findings motivated me to find sustainable ways of development, by putting indigenous rural peoples and their surrounding environment first.
At Rainforest Alliance, I assisted in drafting a combined total of thirty letters of inquiry, program proposals, and reports for donors, ranging in funding from several thousand to several million dollars. At the Caritas Internationalis Office at the United Nations, I represented Caritas at high level meetings focusing on integral human development and food security. As a result, I was invited to edit and comment on Caritas' official press release on sustainable development for the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil. In the Consulate General and Trade Office of Guatemala in Miami, I gained event planning and communications experience as a key organizer for the Consulate’s annual “Service Summit,” which highlights sustainable business opportunities for the country’s rural economies.