Bianca N. Comer

Bianca Comer was born are raised in Phoenix, Arizona and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona in Care, Health and Society with a minor in both Public Health and Studio Art. Her interests lie in maternal and child health, specifically the issues that women face due to social and structural constraints. As a domestic focus, she hopes to improve maternal and child health outcomes for women of color in the U.S. Globally, her interests are similar.

Ida Nadia Djenontin

Nadia is from Benin Republic, a West African Country. She studied agriculture sciences and holds an engineering degree in Agricultural Science – Rural Economy and Sociology at the University of Rarakou. Nadia got connected with a former lecturer of the University of Arizona during her experience as a research officer, where she worked on a Gate’s Foundation Funded project to complete an impact evaluation. This connection helped her to learn about the UA, MDP Program and from there she realized the importance of building upon and strengthening her development skills.

Sophia Jones

Sophia Jones first became interested in a career in development after receiving a Rotary Youth Scholarship and pledging to the organization’s mission of “service over self.” Sophia has studied abroad in Antigua, Guatemala, where she volunteered at Casa Jackson, a center for malnourished infants and children.  During this time she studied the historical failures of development projects along with the environmental and social consequences of the country’s integration into the global economy.

Daniel Kebede

Daniel is a naturalized US national but he was born and raised in Ethiopia. After attending an undergraduate study in Sociology and Social Administration at Addis Ababa University, he spent almost seven years traveling to parts of Ethiopia, dealing with the problems of local communities, specifically issues such as internal displacement, child and women trafficking, HIV/AIDS and human rights working with both government agencies and international development organizations like the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Save the Children- Denmark.

Padriac Finan

Raised in a bi-cultural home and the son of an anthropologist, Padraic’s awareness of the global community began at an early age.  This awareness developed into interest during his studies in political science at ASU; where he was intrigued by the connection between governments and ideologies and its influences on development within their communities and society.  Padraic’s path towards Development Practice continued during his tenure in Brazil where he worked with a community outreach program (ProVoz) within the poorest areas of Fortaleza, Brazil.  Here he beg

Valon Osmani

Valon Osmani completed his Bachelor’s degree at the American University in Kosovo. His majors were Public Policy and Economics. During his studies, Mr. Osmani worked for several NGOs and interned at the Government of Kosovo, in the Ministry of Finance. Parallel to his work, Valon participated in numerous campaigns, showing commitment to social issues such as discrimination and delivery of assistive devices.

Ashley Erbe

An avid student, Ashley is a graduate from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. She also holds a certificate in International Public Health from the Institute of International Medicine. During her time as an undergraduate, Ashley worked as the Director of Public Health for the Flying Samaritans, a student-run organization dedicated to providing free healthcare in Agua Prieta, Mexico.

Emma Baker-Perez

Emma grew up on a small island in Washington State that instilled in her a deep appreciation for environment and community. Her travels around Europe as a teenager inspired her to seek a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington, with an emphasis on Environmental Studies. Through UW, she spent a summer in Iceland studying economy, culture, and environment. Her studies, combined with two years as a DJ with UW's Rainydawg Radio, led to a position as Director of Artist and Musician Relations with Seattle nonprofit One Day's Wages (ODW).

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