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Head of Finance

Alison Anderson is the Head of Finance for The Fuller Project, where she helps ensure the organization delivers on its mission of breaking new ground in journalism to   raise awareness and expose the injustices surrounding women and their communities. Alison works closely with members of The Fuller team around the world to efficiently manage the organization’s finances and budget, and to assist the COO in strategic efforts to boost the success and impact of reporting.

Alison is a highly-skilled finance professional with over fifteen years of experience.  Her speciality is helping nonprofit mission-driven organizations thrive. As a consultant, Alison’s financial expertise has assisted in growing numerous international, women-focused nonprofits, including Nadia’s Initiative, Komera, Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa, and Free to Run.  Previously, Alison was the General Manager of New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, MA and the Manager of Operations at Grantmakers for Organizations in Washington, D.C.  

Interim Global Editor

Amie Ferris-Rotman is the interim global editor at The Fuller Project. A seasoned foreign correspondent, Amie has spent much of her 15-year career exposing injustices and raising awareness of underreported stories surrounding women and their communities. 

She has dedicated years of coverage to Russia and the surrounding region, most recently as the Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post. Before, she led coverage on the country for Foreign Policy and was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.  

Journalist

Corinne Redfern is a multi-award winning foreign correspondent focused on investigative reporting that raises awareness of issues impacting women and their communities, exposes injustice and leads to accountability.

In 2019, Corinne won an Amnesty Media Award for her feature for ELLE magazine (UK), which followed the story of a 19 year-old whose husband had sold her to one of Bangladesh’s numerous ‘brothel villages’. The feature was also shortlisted for a One World Media Award.

Journalist

Jenna Krajeski is a journalist with The Fuller Project, where her groundbreaking reporting on women raises awareness and exposes injustice. Jenna’s work on female trafficking and exploitation has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy, and has been featured onThe Leonard Lopate Show, On The Media and the Slate podcast “What Next”. Other work has appeared in Slate magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the World Policy Journal, the Atlantic, and the Smithsonian Magazine, among other publications.

Jenna’s piece on trafficking and immigration under the Trump administration for The New Yorker Radio Hour was nominated for a Dart Award and a Gracie Award. She was a 2016 Knight-Wallace fellow in journalism at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and in 2019 became a visiting lecturer in the Global Affairs department of Yale University.

Journalist

Jessica Washington is a journalist with The Fuller Project focused on women and health, especially as it relates to the coronavirus. She raises awareness of issues impacting women and their communities to expose injustice.

Before joining The Fuller Project, Jessica covered reproductive health for Mother Jones, publishing over 50 articles with a focus on access to care, the judiciary and state policies. Prior to working at Mother Jones, she worked for “All in With Chris Hayes” as a production assistant and digital content producer.

Contributing Editor, Asia

Katerina Ang is a journalist and contributing editor for The Fuller Project, where she assigns and edits stories on women’s political, economic and civil rights in Asia and the Pacific. She has extensive experience reporting on LGBTQIA+ and labor issues in the U.S. and Southeast Asia and covered the 2016 and 2018 U.S. elections, as well as the 2020 parliamentary campaigns in New Zealand and Singapore. 

She was previously a founding editor at Vogue Business, a global fashion business publication run out of Condé Nast’s London headquarters, and helped create its Shanghai-based Mandarin-language edition. Between 2016 and 2019, she worked as an editor and reporter at The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones in New York, focusing on real estate, personal finance and women’s interest stories. She was among the first out-of-state reporters to cover the gubernatorial run of Stacey Abrams in Georgia and broke stories on the national response to North Carolina’s anti-transgender “bathroom bill.”

Journalist

Louise Donovan is an award-winning journalist based in East Africa, where she works closely with the editorial team of Kenya’s largest newspaper, The Daily Nation, raising awareness of issues impacting women and exposing injustices. Louise manages The Fuller Project’s strategic partnership with The Daily Nation and teams up with Kenyan journalists to cross-publish stories in both African and international outlets.

A European Journalism Centre grantee in 2017 and 2018, Louise was named a ‘30 Under 30’ rising star by the Professional Publishers Association in 2019. That year, she also won the One World Media award for her India reporting. In 2020, Louise’s work examining the deadly consequences of curbing reproductive rights in Kenya was shortlisted for the Anthony Shahid Award for Journalism Ethics.

Communications Assistant

Mariyah is a communications assistant with The Fuller Project, providing administrative support to the communications team by handling multiple projects from managing content on the website to organizing and maintaining marketing materials. 

She conducts in-depth research to help measure and assess the impact of The Fuller Project’s work and and helps with external communication development. 

Contributing Editor

Rikha Sharma Rani is a journalist and contributing editor for The Fuller Project, where her   groundbreaking reporting raises awareness of  issues impacting women and their communities. She has reported extensively on immigration, human trafficking, and women’s health. She also edits The Fuller Project’s monthly column in Foreign Policy Magazine, which is dedicated to the impact of U.S. foreign policy on the world’s women. 

Rikha was awarded “Silver” in the Consumer Category by the Milwaukee Press Club for her co-reported investigation into the impact of Catholic hospital care on reproductive services in Wisconsin.

Digital Marketing Associate

Samantha Santhanam is a Digital Marketing Associate with The Fuller Project, where she works on developing and executing web, social, and digital marketing strategies. She specializes in digital advertising, data analytics, and SEO. Sam works closely with the CCO in strategic efforts to increase the impact and reach of The Fuller Project.

Sam is an experienced professional who started her digital marketing career with a media start-up, working with clients from a broad set of industries encompassing higher education, technology, healthcare, and hospitality. 

Senior Social Media Producer

Tiffany is an award-winning multiplatform journalist who joins The Fuller Project as a senior social media producer, helping shape the way people consume, share and engage with the stories of women around the globe.

She arrives at Fuller from Washington, D.C.-based WTOP News, where she earned multiple regional Murrow Awards as a social media and engagement specialist. Tiffany also was as a Books Marketing Fellow for Shout Mouse Press, a nonprofit indie book publisher that produces works for, by, and about youths from historically underrepresented communities.

Business and Development Fellow

Valeria Popolizio is a Business and Development Fellow with The Fuller Project, where she conducts research and analysis for the organization’s strategy, development, operations, and HR functions and boosts the impact of our reporting. 

Valeria graduated from the University of Connecticut where she received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Human Rights with a minor in Latinx Studies.

Alison Anderson
Head of Finance

Alison Anderson is the Head of Finance for The Fuller Project, where she helps ensure the organization delivers on its mission of breaking new ground in journalism to   raise awareness and expose the injustices surrounding women and their communities. Alison works closely with members of The Fuller team around the world to efficiently manage the organization’s finances and budget, and to assist the COO in strategic efforts to boost the success and impact of reporting.

Alison is a highly-skilled finance professional with over fifteen years of experience.  Her speciality is helping nonprofit mission-driven organizations thrive. As a consultant, Alison’s financial expertise has assisted in growing numerous international, women-focused nonprofits, including Nadia’s Initiative, Komera, Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa, and Free to Run.  Previously, Alison was the General Manager of New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, MA and the Manager of Operations at Grantmakers for Organizations in Washington, D.C.  

She is an alumna of Davidson College and Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management. She currently lives in Chattanooga, TN with her husband, three children, and two cats. She enjoys gardening, podcasts, and very rare moments of peace.

Amie Ferris-Rotman
Interim Global Editor

Amie Ferris-Rotman is the interim global editor at The Fuller Project. A seasoned foreign correspondent, Amie has spent much of her 15-year career exposing injustices and raising awareness of underreported stories surrounding women and their communities. 

She has dedicated years of coverage to Russia and the surrounding region, most recently as the Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post. Before, she led coverage on the country for Foreign Policy and was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.  

In 2020, she was honored by the Human Rights Press Awards for her investigation into the sexual violations of ethnic Kazakh women by Chinese authorities at the so-called “re-education camps” in Xinjiang. In a series of articles on the Russian women battling President Vladimir Putin’s macho populism, she trailed the lawyers and survivors of abuse fighting for a #MeToo reckoning in Russia. In 2019, after reporting on the covert activists campaigning for the conviction of policemen in a gang rape in central Russia, the Kremlin broke its silence on the case and the accused were later given jail sentences, setting a precedent. Her story on Russia’s decriminalization of domestic violence was part of a multi-award winning series in 2018 for ELLE UK

Between 2011-2013, Amie lived in Kabul, Afghanistan, as senior correspondent for Reuters during the U.S. troop surge. Her reporting focused on Afghan women, examining Western efforts to build a female police force and the disproportionate toll of drug addiction on women. Her story on a woman’s public execution near Kabul by the Taliban spurred the government and NATO to conduct independent investigations into the killing. 

In 2015, frustrated with the dearth of Afghan women in the international news corps in Kabul, Amie founded Sahar Speaks, a program providing training, mentoring and publishing opportunities for Afghan female reporters. This won her the 2016 Georgina Henry Award for Digital Innovation, a British Press Award. To date, 23 women have undergone training and been published in The Huffington Post and The Guardian. A year after its founding, The New York Times Kabul bureau hired a Sahar Speaks alumna, indelibly altering the Afghan media landscape. 

Amie is a 2014 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, a 2013 Kiplinger Fellow at Ohio State University and a grantee of the International Women’s Media Foundation and the International Reporting Project, for reporting on Russia’s anti-abortion campaign and women’s health in Nepal.   

She has reported from over 15 countries and written op-eds for The New York Times and Haaretz, and reported for The Atlantic, Politico, and The Guardian, amongst others. 

Amie holds a bachelor and Masters degree in Russian studies from University College London. 

She currently lives in London with her husband and their son. 

Recent reporting by Amie: 

Her husband Chopped Off Her Hands. Now, She’s on Russian TV and Speaking out about Domestic Violence. – The Washington Post

Abortions, IUDs and Sexual Humiliation: Muslim Women who Fled China for Kazakhstan Recount Ordeals – The Washington Post

Her Husband’s Government has been Excluded from Peace talks. But Afghanistan’s First Lady is Rallying the Women. – The Washington Post

Corinne Redfern
Journalist

Corinne Redfern is a multi-award winning foreign correspondent focused on investigative reporting that raises awareness of issues impacting women and their communities, exposes injustice and leads to accountability.

In 2019, Corinne won an Amnesty Media Award for her feature for ELLE magazine (UK), which followed the story of a 19 year-old whose husband had sold her to one of Bangladesh’s numerous ‘brothel villages’. The feature was also shortlisted for a One World Media Award.

Corinne has also won a BSME Award for her reporting on the Syrian refugee crisis for Marie Claire (UK) magazine, and a PPA Award for her role at Time Inc (UK), where she headed up a team of journalists reporting on international issues affecting women, including the Israel-Palestine conflict and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. She has been a finalist for a UNHCR Award, a Devex Award and a PPA Award for Writer of the Year.

Corinne is based in Southeast Asia, reporting for The Fuller Project on untold stories around exploitation, trafficking and gender inequality. She has reported from over 20 countries in four continents, including investigating the links between child marriage and sex trafficking in Bangladesh, maternal health and malnutrition across West Africa, and exploring the impact of conflict on women during the Mosul siege in Iraq.

In 2017, Corinne’s reporting on underage girls in a Bangladeshi brothel assisted in the rescue and release of 20 adolescent girls, while her ongoing investigation into trafficking in the region has led non-governmental organizations to update their programming and factor child marriage into their country-wide trafficking response. Corinne’s reporting has also led to impact on the official level. Following her coverage on the high rate of suicide amongst girls and women working in brothels in Bangladesh, and a ban on their public burials, one local government began allowing sex workers to arrange formal funerals. In the Philippines, less than one month after Corinne reported (with The Fuller Project’s Sophia Jones) on sham virginity testing for Marie Claire magazine, local medical professionals said they had ended the practice.

Corinne’s reporting on trafficking and sexual exploitation — including exclusively revealing a more than two-fold surge in links to child sexual abuse materials during COVID-19 — has been featured on PBS News and ABC Australia.

Corinne is currently investigating the U.S. role in the exploitation of women and girls across Asia.
Prior to joining The Fuller Project in 2019, Corinne was Acting Features Director at Marie Claire (UK). Her reporting has been published in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, BBC, The Daily Telegraph and many others.

Recent reporting by Corinne:

Bangladesh’s Child Marriage Problem Is the World’s Human Trafficking Crisis – Foreign Policy 

The living hell of young girls enslaved in Bangladesh’s brothels – The Guardian

‘I’m Too Tired To Cry’: The Laotian Girls Who Are Kidnapped To Become Child Brides – The Lily

Jenna Krajeski
Journalist

Jenna Krajeski is a journalist with The Fuller Project, where her groundbreaking reporting on women raises awareness and exposes injustice. Jenna’s work on female trafficking and exploitation has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy, and has been featured onThe Leonard Lopate Show, On The Media and the Slate podcast “What Next”. Other work has appeared in Slate magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the World Policy Journal, the Atlantic, and the Smithsonian Magazine, among other publications.

Jenna’s piece on trafficking and immigration under the Trump administration for The New Yorker Radio Hour was nominated for a Dart Award and a Gracie Award. She was a 2016 Knight-Wallace fellow in journalism at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and in 2019 became a visiting lecturer in the Global Affairs department of Yale University.

Jenna is the author, with Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad, of Ms. Murad’s memoir “The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State” and the co-author of a forthcoming book about Congo, Rwanda, and the refugee crisis.

Prior to joining The Fuller Project, Jenna was based in Cairo, Egypt where she was the Arts and Culture Editor of the English-language version of Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm,  where she reported on art, politics, and the Egyptian revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. In late 2011, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey where for four years with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, she focused on the Kurdish minority in southeastern Turkey, northern Iraq, and northeastern Syria, as well as the shifting politics and growing authoritarianism in Turkey.

 She is currently based in Queens, New York.

Recent reporting by Jenna:

What the World Loses if Turkey Destroys the Syrian Kurds – The New York Times

Trump’s Human Trafficking Record Is Fake News – Foreign Policy

The Hypocrisy of Trump’s Anti-Trafficking Argument for a Border Wall – The New Yorker

Jessica Washington
Journalist

Jessica Washington is a journalist with The Fuller Project focused on women and health, especially as it relates to the coronavirus. She raises awareness of issues impacting women and their communities to expose injustice.

Before joining The Fuller Project, Jessica covered reproductive health for Mother Jones, publishing over 50 articles with a focus on access to care, the judiciary and state policies. Prior to working at Mother Jones, she worked for “All in With Chris Hayes” as a production assistant and digital content producer.

Her work has appeared in Mother Jones, NBC News,MSNBC, NBC News.com, and in The Daily Pennsylvanian.

Jessica graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a staff writer for The Daily Pennsylvanian covering the diversity beat and focusing on race, religion, gender, and sexuality in relation to politics and campus dynamics. She is now based in Washington, D.C.

Recent reporting by Jessica:

What to Expect When You’re Expecting—During a Pandemic – Mother Jones 

House Republicans Tried to Capitalize on Coronavirus to Sneak Anti-Abortion Language Into Law – Mother Jones

Katerina Ang
Contributing Editor, Asia

Katerina Ang is a journalist and contributing editor for The Fuller Project, where she assigns and edits stories on women’s political, economic and civil rights in Asia and the Pacific. She has extensive experience reporting on LGBTQIA+ and labor issues in the U.S. and Southeast Asia and covered the 2016 and 2018 U.S. elections, as well as the 2020 parliamentary campaigns in New Zealand and Singapore. 

She was previously a founding editor at Vogue Business, a global fashion business publication run out of Condé Nast’s London headquarters, and helped create its Shanghai-based Mandarin-language edition. Between 2016 and 2019, she worked as an editor and reporter at The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones in New York, focusing on real estate, personal finance and women’s interest stories. She was among the first out-of-state reporters to cover the gubernatorial run of Stacey Abrams in Georgia and broke stories on the national response to North Carolina’s anti-transgender “bathroom bill.”

Katerina has written hundreds of articles on everything from French literature to Chinese dissident activism and migrant worker protests for publications including the Financial Times, the International New York Times, the Washington Post, Nikkei Asia, Monocle, American Esquire and Women’s Wear Daily. 

A native of Singapore, she also speaks Mandarin Chinese and French. She graduated with a degree in history from Columbia University in New York. 

Louise Donovan
Journalist

Louise Donovan is an award-winning journalist based in East Africa, where she works closely with the editorial team of Kenya’s largest newspaper, The Daily Nation, raising awareness of issues impacting women and exposing injustices. Louise manages The Fuller Project’s strategic partnership with The Daily Nation and teams up with Kenyan journalists to cross-publish stories in both African and international outlets.

A European Journalism Centre grantee in 2017 and 2018, Louise was named a ‘30 Under 30’ rising star by the Professional Publishers Association in 2019. That year, she also won the One World Media award for her India reporting. In 2020, Louise’s work examining the deadly consequences of curbing reproductive rights in Kenya was shortlisted for the Anthony Shahid Award for Journalism Ethics.

Louise’s groundbreaking reporting has taken her across the globe. In Kenya, she investigated the issue of dumped foetuses and how restricted access to prenatal care, contraception and reproductive services is leaving women in increasingly desperate situations. Her reporting shone a light on an often overlooked but growing problem.

She embedded with an all-female biker squad who fight sexual violence in Jaipur, North India for a story with ELLE UK. One year after the story’s publication, the local government rolled out seven further women-only police units, created over 400 jobs for female officers and dedicated nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to buy extra equipment. More recently, she reported on a Ugandan woman’s experience of domestic violence during Covid-19 restrictions, which led to a women’s organisation reaching out to offer the single mother support.

Previously the Deputy Digital Editor of ELLE UK, Louise edited the multiple award-winning Warrior series published in partnership with The Fuller Project. Louise’s work appears in outlets such as CNN, Guardian, Foreign Policy and The Telegraph.

Recent reporting by Louise: 

A Transport Ban in Uganda Means Women are Trapped at Home With Their Abusers – CNN

Sex Workers’ Dilemma amid Covid-19 – The Daily Nation

‘You Are Beautiful’: the Kenyan Beauty Parlour Serving Female Heroin Users – The Guardian

Mariyah Espinoza
Communications Assistant

Mariyah is a communications assistant with The Fuller Project, providing administrative support to the communications team by handling multiple projects from managing content on the website to organizing and maintaining marketing materials. 

She conducts in-depth research to help measure and assess the impact of The Fuller Project’s work and and helps with external communication development. 

She also builds media contact lists to reach target markets and communicates with external partners to assist in helping  The Fuller Project reach new audiences.  

Mariyah recently graduated from American University where she received her master’s degree in journalism and public affairs. Prior to that, she received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Bethune-Cookman University.

Before joining The Fuller Project, Mariyah interned at WNDB, a local news station in Daytona Beach and was a 2018 Bloomberg journalism fellow in San Francisco. In 2019, Mariyah became a top undergraduate researcher in the state of Florida after investigating how college students use social media to consume the news. This past year, she’s worked as a communications assistant for the School of Communication’s Diversity and Inclusion Team at AU.

Mariyah specializes in multimedia projects, with some of her most recent work consisting of a documentary that focused on health care inequality and covering stories that dealt with social justice issues.

She’s originally from Las Vegas, Nevada; however, she prefers to live on the East Coast. In her free time, Mariyah loves to travel, read mystery novels and try new food. She is excited to be a part of The Fuller Project team.

Rikha Sharma Rani
Contributing Editor

Rikha Sharma Rani is a journalist and contributing editor for The Fuller Project, where her   groundbreaking reporting raises awareness of  issues impacting women and their communities. She has reported extensively on immigration, human trafficking, and women’s health. She also edits The Fuller Project’s monthly column in Foreign Policy Magazine, which is dedicated to the impact of U.S. foreign policy on the world’s women. 

Rikha was awarded “Silver” in the Consumer Category by the Milwaukee Press Club for her co-reported investigation into the impact of Catholic hospital care on reproductive services in Wisconsin.

Her reporting on the homeschooling challenges facing non-English speaking families during Covid-19 was widely read among educators and featured as a “Lesson of the Day” in The New York Times. Her profile of the first Latina head of America’s largest union of registered nurses helped raise awareness of the administration’s failure to secure personal protective equipment for hospital nurses.  

Rikha’s reporting for The Fuller Project from the US-Mexico border in the fall of 2017 about the devastating toll of family separation, provided some of the earliest first-hand accounts from parents whose children had been taken by U.S. immigration authorities. 

Prior to joining The Fuller Project, Rikha profiled five formerly incarcerated people who were casting their ballots in the 2016 presidential election for the first time, in Politico Magazine. Rikha has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Montgomery Advertiser, The Cap Times, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

From 2014 to 2017, Rikha was Intelligence Director at the Solutions Journalism Network. She has worked extensively in the global health space, including as part of a team in New Delhi, India that negotiated drug prices for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in low-income settings. 

Rikha hails from Toronto, Canada and holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she studied economic and political development. She is a former editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Affairs. Rikha is now based in Oakland, California. 

Recent reporting by Rikha:

This Nurse is Leading the Fight for Safer Hospitals – The New York Times

Imagine Online School in a Language You Don’t Understand – The New York Times

Worried About Abortion Laws? Catholic Hospital Mergers Also Seen as Threat to Women’s Health Care – USA TODAY

Samantha Santhanam
Digital Marketing Associate

Samantha Santhanam is a Digital Marketing Associate with The Fuller Project, where she works on developing and executing web, social, and digital marketing strategies. She specializes in digital advertising, data analytics, and SEO. Sam works closely with the CCO in strategic efforts to increase the impact and reach of The Fuller Project.

Sam is an experienced professional who started her digital marketing career with a media start-up, working with clients from a broad set of industries encompassing higher education, technology, healthcare, and hospitality. 

Prior to joining The Fuller Project, Sam worked as a Digital Marketing Manager at World Learning, a non-profit focused on education and international development. There, she developed strategies and executed campaigns that bolstered the company’s digital and online presence, increasing enrollment, and providing data-driven solutions. 

Sam has a Bachelor’s degree in Science from India and received her Master’s degree in Digital Media Technology from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. When not working, Sam loves to tackle DIY projects at home or attempts to learn a new language. 

Tiffany Arnold
Senior Social Media Producer

Tiffany is an award-winning multiplatform journalist who joins The Fuller Project as a senior social media producer, helping shape the way people consume, share and engage with the stories of women around the globe.

She arrives at Fuller from Washington, D.C.-based WTOP News, where she earned multiple regional Murrow Awards as a social media and engagement specialist. Tiffany also was as a Books Marketing Fellow for Shout Mouse Press, a nonprofit indie book publisher that produces works for, by, and about youths from historically underrepresented communities.

Tiffany earned a master’s degree in publishing from The George Washington University and has an undergraduate degree in journalism from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Her career began with an internship at The News Journal in Delaware, as Chips Quinn Scholar. She has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers and digital media startups throughout the D.C. region, leading to a prestigious Multimedia Editing Fellowship from the Maynard Institute and multiple awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association for her digital projects.

In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys reading, sewing dresses, dancing, and eating other people’s food.

Valeria Popolizio
Business and Development Fellow

Valeria Popolizio is a Business and Development Fellow with The Fuller Project, where she conducts research and analysis for the organization’s strategy, development, operations, and HR functions and boosts the impact of our reporting. 

Valeria graduated from the University of Connecticut where she received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Human Rights with a minor in Latinx Studies.

She is a part of the university’s inaugural BOLD Women’s Leadership Network cohort. As a scholar, she conducted a needs-assessment in her hometown to better understand how Latinx students were supported during the college application process.

Valeria has worked as a coordinator at the Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center for the last three years. With the help of her co-coordinator, she led one of the largest peer-mentoring programs on campus. Additionally, in 2018, her proposal for the University of Connecticut to host the New England Latinx Student Leadership Conference was accepted. As Conference Coordinator, Valeria led the planning committee and headed fundraising efforts.

She has also interned with Media Voices for Children, a non-profit organization that focuses on advocating for child rights. She has written for their quarterly magazines and is currently working on developing a national high school curriculum about child labor and child rights.

She enjoys working closely with her community to create equitable and empowering spaces – especially in education. Next fall she will attend Georgetown University, where she will start her master’s degree in Educational Transformation, with a concentration in Advocacy and Policy.


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