Africa, policy, conflict resolution, U.S. government, Sahel, elections, democracy and governance, terrorism, violent extremism
I proudly serve the American taxpayer as a Conflict Advisor for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the U.S. Department of State. Since December 2015, I have served at the headquarters in Washington D.C. and six-month tours at our Missions to the Vatican, Chad, and Cameroon. I also conducted short missions to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As a Presidential Management Fellow, I was detailed to the Department of the Treasury's Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes. Prior to working at the U.S. Department of State I worked as an auditor as the Government Accountability Office.
While attending the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University from 2013 to 2015, I worked in Residential Life and Housing at Tufts University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Fletcher, much of my research and coursework focused on the role that religion can play in conflict and conflict resolution. Before graduate school, I worked as an Admissions Counselor at my alma mater, Wake Forest University and enjoyed representing our country as a Fulbright Fellow to Andorra from 2010-2011. As someone who loves to communicate in others’ mother tongues, I have studied French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Arabic, and Kiswahili. Born and raised in Central and East Africa, I have significant passion and optimism for the African continent and the positive role that the United States can play overseas. On a personal level, I am fiercely loyal, I possess a high work ethic, and I value curiosity as one of my most important traits. I am grateful for the opportunities afforded to me and am proud to serve my country.