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Emily Youatt's picture
Emily is Kompanion Financial Group's Marketing & Development Specialist and is based out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She received her M.A. from the University of Chicago and her B.A. from Reed College in Portland, OR. Emily is a survey archaeologist-turned-development-professional and is passionate about non-profit work and connecting with people to spark change.
Erik Mandell's picture
Erik Mandell is an intern for Global Envision and a current graduate student at Portland State University. He graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont and has traveled extensively to numerous countries and six of the seven continents.
Erin Butler's picture
Erin is a southerner in the Pacific Northwest paradise. She grew up in suburban Atlanta, attended Wake Forest University and the University of Georgia, where she studied English, studio art and English education. Erin taught English in Charlotte, NC, before moving to Portland in 2008. For four years she helped found and teach at a new charter school in east Portland. As her career transitions from public education, she also volunteers, writes and works on behalf of the library and Oregon wine/...
Erin Connelly's picture
Erin Connelly is a volunteer for Global Envision. She currently works as a research coordinator at the Helfgott Research Institute at the National College of Natural Medicine. Erin has a BA in journalism from Penn State and an MA in sociology/policy studies from Lehigh University. Some of her favorite things include photography, kickball, bikes, books and exploring places near and far.
Erin Thomas's picture
From 2005-2007 Erin managed the overall operations of the Global Envision website for Mercy Corps. She has a BA in International Development from The George Washington University and an MA in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she was a member of the Rotary Peace Fellow inaugural class. Her diverse career includes education program management with Mercy Corps, experience in charitable giving for Federated Department Stores,...
Evan Fairmont's picture
Evan is a former intern with Global Envision who studied international affairs at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, where he was also a pitcher on the Lewis and Clark baseball team. During college, Evan traveled to Havana, Cuba, where he studied for three and a half months. Evan is originally from Boulder, CO and enjoys hiking, skiing, climbing and anything else that involves being outside and in the mountains.
Evan Weaver's picture
Evan works for a social service agency in Hillsboro, OR. He graduated from George Washington University with an MPA concentrating in international development. When not busy investigating development issues, he enjoys hiking, studying Spanish, and practicing Wing Chun.
Haley Blake's picture
Haley is a former Global Envision intern who studied international affairs at Lewis and Clark College. Besides debating politics, Haley enjoys whitewater kayaking, backpacking, and hiking in her free time.
Haley Dillan's picture
A graduate of University of Oregon in International Studies and French and a former Global Envision intern, Haley has spent two years living (and eating) in France. She spent a summer in Middlebury, VT learning Arabic, العربية, and plans on living in Damascus, Syria in the future.
Ian Goldsmith's picture
Ian is a former intern for Global Envision. He has a B.S. in Geography (2012) and Economics (2014) from Portland State University. He will begin his studies for a Masters in Economics this September. Ian enjoys traveling and has been to 46 U.S. states, The Netherlands, Belgium and Costa Rica. He is passionate about cooking, New York Times crossword puzzles and his beloved Kansas City Royals.
Isaac Otto's picture
Isaac is a true Pacific Northwesterner who enjoys an espresso in the city and a hike in the mountains. After a post-grad fellowship in Germany with the Fulbright program he returned to Oregon. He has been in Portland since and is currently completing his MBA at the University of Portland. He started as a contributor to Mercy Corps' Global Envision blog this spring.
Jean Payton's picture
Jean Payton is a freelance writer for Global Envision and former intern. She holds a degree in Community Development with a concentration in Housing and Economic Development from Portland State University's School of Urban Studies and Planning. Additional focus and research areas include African Studies, Middle Eastern History, and International Development. She has traveled extensively and recently participated in an International Sustainable Development Seminar in Uganda.
Jeremy Barnicle's picture
Jeremy Barnicle is Mercy Corps' Chief Development and Communications Officer.
Jess Reichard's picture
Jess Reichard is an International Politcal Economy and Religion major at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She spent the fall of her Junior year studying Muslim communities in Western Europe, where she traveled to France, Switzerland, Germany, England, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Turkey. She hopes, after much future traveling and completion of her undergraduate degree, to attend law school and become a human rights lawyer. Outside of her love for travel and advocacy, Jess is a...
Jessica Perkins's picture
Jessica Perkins is a native Oregonian who often finds herself immersed in a good political book as well as enjoying Oregon’s natural beauty. She appreciates the social sciences so much she once participated in an Oregon State University class whose setting took place inside the state prison. It was there that Jessica learned about community development alongside her classmates: maximum security inmates. Jessica will be pursuing a graduate degree in Scotland this fall. While there, she plans to...
Jill Scantlan's picture
Jill is pursuing an undergraduate degree in International Development Studies at Portland State University. She is focusing on public health in South Asian countries and is especially interested in India. She spent last summer in New Delhi, researching the barriers to community participation in maternal and child health projects in urban slums. Jill plans on pursuing a career in international development and traveling as much as possible.
Julie Pachico's picture
Julie Pachico graduated from Reed College in 2008 with a B.A. in Comparative Literature. She was born in Cambridge, England; grew up in Cali, Colombia; and has lived in Mexico and Ecuador. She currently lives in Portland, OR.
Kaitlin Bruno's picture
Kaitlin Bruno is a former intern for Global Envision who attended Mount Holyoke College, majoring in International Relations with a minor in French. She enjoys reading a good book, going to the beach, shopping in Boston, and watching the Boston Red Sox play at Fenway.
Kallie Kurtz's picture
Kallie is a Global Envision Intern. Born and raised in Alaska, Kallie traveled south to Lewis and Clark College where she is studying International Affairs with a focus in Latin America. Panama, Kenya, Tanzania, and Cuba have all been home for periods of time during her studies. International development, youth engagement, and human rights are just a few of Kallie's interests. Previously she worked with the Alaska World Affairs Council and the Alaska Center for the Environment. She loves...
Kara is pursuing her masters in International Studies at Indiana University an undergraduate degree in Political Science. In the future she hopes to do human rights work and is also interested in global poverty, child rights, and religious freedom. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading and going to the movies.
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Katie is a Lewis...
Krista Moore's picture
Krista is an intern for Global Envision. She attends Macalester College in the frozen tundra of St. Paul, MN, where she is majoring in International Studies, with a focus in Political Science. She spent her junior year abroad studying globalization in Tunisia and the Netherlands, researching the connections between language and identity. Krista likes to spend her free time planning her next global adventure.
Kyla Yeoman's picture
Kyla manages the direction of the blog, curates and edits content, writes, and manages the team of regular contributors and guests writers.

Before joining Mercy Corps, Kyla was a senior account executive at Jascula/Terman and Associates, a Chicago-based public affairs firm. She handled media relations, stakeholder engagement and special events for a variety of nonprofit and private sector clients.

Prior to working in public relations, Kyla was a...

Laura Miller's picture
Laura Miller is the desk officer for Mercy Corps' Central Africa programs.
Laura Mortara's picture
Laura has just returned from working with the Mercy Corps Jordan team and is currently earning her Master's degree in International Environmental Policy and Business Administration at the Monterey Institute for International Studies.
Leah Hazard's picture
Leah Hazard is a former Marketing Officer for Mercy Corps in Portland. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in International Affairs and Economics minor, studying abroad in Botswana and Ecuador and traveling throughout Southern Africa and South America.
Lila Wade's picture
Lila Wade works as a Global Envision intern. She enjoys researching and writing about international development and political economy as well as traveling and learning languages. Lila is a recent graduate from Lewis...
Lisa Hasko's picture
Director of Education and Online Development at The Global Film Initiative, a nonprofit that promotes cross-cultural understanding through the medium of film.
Lisa Robbins's picture
Lisa Robbins has recently become Lisa Robbins Garland! She is a Global Envision intern, and just finished her Masters in International Development in Geneva. She has a background in research on issues ranging from microfinance to human rights and development, and has worked within organizations such as CARE International and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She has enjoyed learning a whole new style of writing with this blog, and is excited to see what the future holds!
Liv Thompson's picture
Liv just recently graduated from Linfield College with a BA in Intercultural Communication and is now a intern for Global Envision. During her time in college she studied abroad for a semester in both Florence, Italy and Galway, Ireland. Besides traveling, she loves to dance.
Lois Parshley's picture
Lois Parshley is an intern for Global Envision. She currently attends Middlebury College and is majoring in Political Science and Anthropology with a minor in Economics. In her free time, she loves to hike, sail, and play water polo.
Lucy Wang's picture
Lucy Wang is a summer intern for Global Envision. She currently attends Georgetown University and majors in international relations. She hopes to travel in Southeast Asia this fall. Later this summer, Lucy will be traveling to Taiwan to teach English. She enjoys photography, traveling and Indian food.
Lyndsey Romick's picture
Lyndsey is a Global Envision Intern and a junior International Affairs major at Lewis & Clark College. She was a member of the Steering Committee for the Lewis & Clark International Affairs Symposium on Global Disorder and is excited to be doing work relevant to both her major and English minor. She loves to travel and plans to study abroad in Senegal next spring.
Manasi Sharma's picture
Manasi Sharma is a recent graduate of the MPH program in Global Health at New York Medical College. She is currently an intern at Mercy Corps for Global Envision. Her future career hopes are to work in International Health and Human Rights Development, especially in women’s rights. Other than humanitarian issues and causes, Manasi enjoys travelling, working with children, cooking, and reading.
Margo Conner's picture
Margo Conner is currently a senior at Lewis & Clark College, where she is an International Affairs major. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she's come to love the Pacific Northwest. In addition to writing for Global Envision, Margo enjoys biking, hiking, photography, and bread baking. She's studied abroad in the Philippines and Chile and hopes to return to both, in addition to exploring the rest of the world.
Maria Hasan's picture
Maria Hasan is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she is studying International Security Studies and Public International Law. She is currently interested in issues of counter terrorism, entrepreneurship, development and international law. Prior to moving to the US in 2009, Maria lived in beautiful London for a year where she received a graduate degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics. She is from Lahore in Pakistan, where she...
Marie von Hafften's picture
Marie graduated with honors from Whitman College and studied journalism at the School for International Training in Rabat, Morocco. Her writing and photography have been published by GlobalPost, The Christian Science Monitor, NextBillion, Business Fights Poverty and UWire.

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