Contributors

Aaron Faust's picture
Aaron Faust is an intern writing for Mercy Corps Global Envision. A Pennsylvania native, Aaron has been active in the nonprofit sector in New York, where he graduated with a Master of Science degree in Environmental Policy from Bard College. He has worked on various nonprofit campaigns in West Virginia, Washington state, Louisiana, and most recently Colorado. His experience ranges from environmental advocacy, to humanitarian efforts, and public health. An outdoor enthusiast, Aaron enjoys...
Abby's first career was as a newspaper reporter, most of it spent at The Oregonian, where she covered just about everything from the Olympic Games to the environment. She began coaching youth and adult rowers about six years ago, the same time that she started coaching kids in Nordic skiing. Abby hopes her new career will include all of her different passions - she's a freelance writer, is writing a novel and is studying for her personal athletic trainer certification.
Alexa Mehos's picture
Alexa is a junior at Lewis and Clark College from Boulder, Colorado. She is majoring in International Affairs, and has a passion for traveling and learning languages. She has spent 3 semesters abroad, in Italy, Ghana, and Morocco, and is looking forward to spending fall semester in Uganda studying international development and the local language, Luganda. In her free time, Alexa enjoys running and practicing yoga.
Ali Mondragon's picture
Ali Mondragon is a Masters in International Management graduate from Portland State University. She has a BS in Nursing from Oregon Health and Sciences University and has been working most recently at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford as a pediatric intensive care nurse and as a consultant to CARE Rural Health Mission in Hyderabad, India. Prior to LPCH Ali worked at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Ali hopes to combine her experience in health care with her...
Alok Amatya's picture
Alok is a former Global Envision intern who studied at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He grew up in Lalitpur, Nepal. He loves to play cricket, hike, and explore new places on foot. His favorite novel authors are Jhumpa Lahiri and Alice Munro.
Amalia Benke's picture
Amalia is a former Global Envision intern who attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, pursuing concentrations in International Studies, Spanish, and Urban Studies. She loved participating in Model United Nations at Trinity and enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and traveling the world.
Amelia Woodside's picture
Amelia Woodside is a Portland native and a rising senior at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She joined the team at Global Envision after spending a year abroad studying at Oxford University in England and traipsing around Kenya. Amelia is studying Photography, International Development and Ecology and harbors a great love of biking, sunshine, art and cholula hot sauce. In the future she plans to continue photographing, writing and traveling without maps.
Amy VanderZanden's picture
Amy is from the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and pretty sure it is the most beautiful place in the world. But these days she can't think too much about that - a senior at the University of Portland studying Political Science, Economics and French, she's pretty darn busy with the books. An internship with Global Envision here at Mercy Corps has proved to be a fun way to intertwine all these interests. If only a real job could do the same..
Andrew Pienovi's picture
Andrew is a Portland native and received a B.A. in International Studies: Latin American Studies from Portland State University. He is an amateur photographer and enjoys shooting everything from natural landscapes to abstract images. His goal is to positively and actively be involved in the improvement of the lives of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Andrew has traveled to every mainland country from Canada - Panama, a few Caribbean islands and parts of Europe. In 2008 he spent a short...
Andy Fraser's picture
Andy Fraser is a proud Oregon native and Global Envision intern. He has worked in Haiti and Ethiopia, but most recently in Washington DC with UN World Food Programme, where he learned how to "tweet". He's interested in land tenure/land reform, water politics, GIS and also surfing.
Anna Oseran's picture
Anna is a Global Envision intern. She is an English and Comparative Literature Studies Major at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California where she also works on the school newspaper.
April Sun's picture
April is a Global Envision intern. She received her B.A. in Philosophy/Law and Society and Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. She is currently applying to graduate schools and plans to pursue a career in international human rights. In her free time, April enjoys traveling, wine tasting, going to art galleries and music venues, and hiking.
Ari Phillips's picture
Ari is a contributing editor and writer for Global Envision. He also works for an independent book publisher. Ari occasionally considers things like attending journalism school in the future, but is currently busy with Pacific-Northwestern type activities such as gardening, bike riding, and most importantly, brunching.
Ariel Gruver's picture
Ariel Gruver is a current Global Envision intern in Portland, Oregon. She is a senior at Portland State University pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics with a minor in mathematics and statistics. She also works in Foreign Exchange at Wells Fargo Bank. After graduation, she plans to begin graduate studies in economics and pursue a career in international development.
Badar Salem's picture
Badar Salem is a contributor for Global Envision. She currently works as an editorial manager at a public relations agency in Dubai, UAE. Badar has a BA in journalism from BirZeit University in Palestine and a master degree in international journalism from Cardiff University in the UK. Some of her favorite things include books, traveling and debating.
Ben Osborn's picture
Ben Osborn is a contributor to Global Envision and a graduate of Lewis & Clark College.
Betsy Nolan's picture
Betsy is currently a contributor to Mercy Corps' Global Envision blog and a researcher for Portland State University studying the effectiveness of social programs and innovations in social work. She has her BA in Community Development and Spanish Language from PSU, and has been traveling abroad since she was 8 years old. More recently, she worked with the Instituto de Accion Comunitaria in the Dominican Republic, and last worked abroad in Nicaragua, where she did community development projects...
Bill Early's picture
Bill Early conceived the Global Envision partnership with Mercy Corps on a visit to Mercy Corps' micro-lending programs in China with Ells Culver, Co-Founder of the organization. He began his world travels on a Navy training cruise in 1955, and he has continued to be an engaged global citizen ever since. Bill was a '58 graduate of Stanford University in History, and received his law degree from Harvard University in '64. His career with Jeld-Wen, Inc., a manufacturer of windows and doors, has...
Brandon Gast's picture
Brandon Gast is a former Global Envision intern who majored in International Studies with a focus on African Studies at Portland State University. He has traveled to Kenya and Cameroon, and studied in West Africa for a year as a Rotary scholar. He is passionate about fly fishing, cycling and photography.
Bree Freeman's picture
Bree is a former Global Envision intern who studied finance, international economics, and French at Portland State University. Bree loves to read, cook, hike and above all — travel.
Bridgette Black's picture
Bridgette is a recent east coast transplant now residing in and enraptured with Portland,OR. In addition to scribing for GE, she moonlights as a part-time French translator for WorldPulse and pedal-pusher for PDX Pedicab, as well as an honest and constant appreciator of her roommates' good cooking. Bridgette called her educational concentration at Brown University environmental science and hopes to tackle this topic as well as the many others she enjoys in a pursuit of lifelong cogitation.
Brynn Opsahl's picture
Brynn is a Global Envision intern and a sophomore at New York University. She is working towards a Global Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Media Studies. Brynn spent her freshman year of college in Paris, France, traveled to Ethiopia twice with a medical team and to continue her study of world cultures, will spend her junior year in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Cami Martin's picture
Cami Martin has been with Mercy Corps since April of 2007. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in English and Education. During her time at the University she studied abroad in South East Asia which awakened her passion for international and development work. She can often be found running on the trails of Forest Park and is an avid reader, aspiring writer and looks forward to more travel experiences including a trip to Africa in the fall.
Carmina Rinker's picture
Carmina Rinker is currently finishing her Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University. She works as the Evaluation and Assessment Coordinator of the African Diaspora Dialogue Project, a grant-funded project through a partnership between PSU and the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization. She has studied abroad in France, traveled extensively through Europe, and has done conflict resolution research on the divided island of Cyprus. Most recently, she has traveled...
Casey Glick's picture
Casey is a Global Envision intern and a graduate student in Public Health at Oregon State University. When he is not reading and writing about international health programs and developments, you can find him storming mountains or floating rivers.
Cassandra Nelson's picture
Cassandra Nelson is Mercy Corps' Director of Multimedia Projects. Cassandra has been a humanitarian first-responder to every major disaster over the past decade and is frequently dispatched to report on crises, including the Indian Ocean tsunami, Iraq war, Haiti earthquake, Japan earthquake and tsunami and East Africa famine.
Catherine Quoyeser's picture
Catherine has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors in Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Denmark and the USA. The common thread? Communications. She's happy to have resettled in Portland -- a small and very livable city that can support an organization like Mercy Corps.
Cathy Bergman's picture
Cathy Bergman is Mercy Corps' Food Security Program Officer, based in Portland.
Cecilia Uddenfeldt Wort's picture
Cecilia Uddenfeldt Wort is pursuing her undergraduate degree in social Anthropology and International Relations at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland. Her interest for the global sphere has probably emerged from living in Africa and Asia an obsession with traveling and reading. This summer she will be an embassy intern in Zimbabwe. In addition to writing she enjoys dancing,long walks in the Scottish country side, newspapers, licorice, live music and the show The Wire. She also dreams of...
Chelsea Wieber's picture
Chelsea Wieber is the former Online Producer for Global Envision, based in Portland Oregon. She has worked for Mercy Corps for the past seven years, including on our Middle East team. She has an international relations degree from the University of Oregon. When she's not reading articles or editing posts, Chelsea likes to get out of town and explore new places.
Ching Li Chan's picture
Ching Li Chan is a former intern with Global Envision. She has lived in 10 different countries, including India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Indonesia. She has witnessed first-hand the struggle of those living in Third World countries and hopes to work in the field of International Development. Ching loves animals and as an alternate career path could see herself as a beluga whale trainer.
Chris Sharp's picture
Chris grew up in Portland and received a B.A. in Communication Studies and History from the University of Montana. He loves to backpack, bike-ride, fly-fish, and snowboard. When not engaging in one of the aforementioned activities he's most likely reading, listening to music, or playing his guitar. Chris is looking forward to traveling the world one day and learning all that he can about anything and everything.
Christian Danielsen's picture
After graduating from UC Davis with a BA in International Relations, Christian has made Portland, OR his home since 2006. He loves following news and information about journalism, economics and social policy, and has worked most recently as a reporter and high school teacher. When he's not scanning the news, you might find him riding his bike around town or out in the woods with his dog, Walter. Find him @CKDanielsen
Claire Adamsick's picture
Claire Adamsick is a former Global Envision intern pursuing her master's degree in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University. She's a self-proclaimed Europhile but has attempted to break the habit via language immersion programs in Oaxaca, Mexico and Ecuador. Claire is passionate about bike-commuting, baking and perfecting her Minnesota accent.
Clare Margason's picture
Clare Margason is an intern for Global Citizen Corps and is currently studying International Sustainable Development and Music Performance at Portland State University. Clare has traveled to Latin America, Europe and Africa and dreams of visiting India before pursuing a master's degree in Conflict Resolution. Aside from traveling and school she loves to run, hike, cycle, and do anything outdoors.
Dan Sadowsky's picture
Dan Sadowsky is a senior web writer for Mercy Corps in Portland. In his job he's traveled to Africa, Latin America and Central Asia, but for fun he'd rather go to India. He's a devoted reader of The Wall Street Journal, manages the company softball team and frequents the Rose Garden when the Blazers are in town.
Daniel Jensen's picture
Daniel Jensen began his masters in Public Administration at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in Fall 2013. He most recently worked as a Global Envision intern and is currently involved with social enterprise at NYU. Past work experience includes advocacy with Amnesty International in Mexico, where he also taught English and met his wife. Daniel is an authentic Portland native who still remembers when Voodoo Doughnuts wasn't cool.
David McNamee's picture
David McNamee is an Associate Faculty and Chair of the BS in Business...
Derar Mohamed's picture
Derar Mohamed is a Global Envision intern who currently is a Mass Communications student at the University of Bahrain and hopes to become a public relations specialist in the near future. Before moving to Bahrain in 2010, Derar has worked in Gaza-Palestine as a digital media unite leader at Global Citizen Corps, Mercy Corps International and as a video producer for Iwan Center for Architectural Heritage. Derar has also studied journalism/ Public Relations and Advertising at the University...
Dharma Khalsa's picture
Dharma is a Global Envision intern and currently a senior International Affairs major at Lewis & Clark College. She has studied abroad in Egypt, Vietnam, and Spain, igniting a love for learning about the world and its many cultures. When not trying to find new ways to travel the world, she loves to explore photography, eat caramelized onions, and play as much ultimate frisbee as possible.
Eliza Slater's picture
Eliza grew up in Portland and graduated last June from Bennington College with a B.A. in International Studies and Mandarin Chinese. Eliza is interested in pursuing international humanitarian work, and is looking into medicine as a possible channel through which to do so. She spent spent the better part of 2009 studying and traveling in China, and plans to add Spanish and Tibetan to her language repertoire within the next few years. She enjoys biking, rock climbing, hiking, and exploring other...
Elizabeth Van Brocklin's picture
Elizabeth is a former Global Envision intern and Portland native who majored in English at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She speaks French with a Senegalese twist and knows a little bit of Wolof. In the future she hopes to work on HIV/AIDS prevention and continue writing.
Embry Owen's picture
Embry Owen is studying economics at Columbia University in New York City. This summer she is interning at Mercy Corps' Action Center to End World Hunger. In the future, she hopes to combine her interest in economic development, photography and food studies into a career in international development.
Emily Ostrowski's picture
Emily Ostrowski is a Global Envision intern, and a recent college graduate with degrees from Washington State University and Western Washington University, respectively. She enjoys reading, writing, watching predictable crime dramas, making (and eating) grilled cheese sandwiches, and strumming the three chords she's mastered on the guitar. She hopes to travel extensively someday, and will accept donations to help her do so.
Emily Wanderer's picture
Emily is interested in nonprofit sustainability and for profit social impact initiatives. She spent the last year working in the Dominican Republic where she coordinated business resources and vocational training for marginalized communities in association with international nonprofit organizations.

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