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Max Mattern's picture

Max is currently a first year graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he specializes in development economics and human security. Prior to Fletcher, Max lived and worked for nearly 3 years in Cairo, Egypt, conducting research on food security and agricultural development, teaching high school history classes and covering the 2011 uprising.

Maya Luetke's picture

Maya recently graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a degree in International Affairs. She fell in love with East Africa last summer when she was working in Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC. She is passionate about poverty alleviation and health equity and wants to pursue a career in global health. She is obsessed with books written by Toni Morrison and loves being outside, hiking or riding her bicycle.

Meg Kowalik's picture

Meg Kowalik has been an intern with Global Envision since January 2008. She is currently a student at Lewis & Clark College, majoring in International Affairs. Originally from upstate New York, she has also lived in New Zealand and Switzerland. A rower and a cellist, she harbors a passion for photography and independent music.

Megan is a contributing writer to Global Envision. She is interested in foreign affairs, media and technology.

Megan Kelly's picture

Megan Kelly is a former Global Envision intern and current guest blogger who recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Journalism. She has studied Arabic for three years, spent a term studying in Tunisia, and hopes to travel to the Middle East in the near future. She's currently living in Palestine working to advance women small business owners.

Michael Andersen's picture

Michael Andersen is the former writing coach for Global Envision. He lives in Portland, where he's written for The Oregonian and other outlets, and publishes a newsmagazine and website about low-car life (portlandafoot.org). He's impersonated a panhandler, a metal thief and a dirty bomber and he's a pretty big fan of bread.

Monica Gerber's picture

Monica Gerber is an intern at Global Envision. She has a B.A. in anthropology from Reed College and is an aspiring public health worker. She's domestic violence survivor advocate at the YWCA, bicycle enthusiast, feminist, and skeptic. If you're thinking about working in international development, she thinks Encountering Development by Arturo Escobar is a very important book to read.

Nick Chapin's picture

Nick is a New Mexican and former Global Envision intern who recieved a B.A. in History from the rainy hilltop of Lewis and Clark College in 2007. Since graduation he has spent his time traveling in East Africa, working as an EMT in the high desert scrub of northern New Mexico, swimming in every body of water he comes across and looking forward to the next chance he can do more of the same. He currently works in the Emergency Department of Providence Portland Medical Center and has been...

Olivia Florio Roberts's picture

Olivia Florio Roberts is a recent college graduate from Johns Hopkins University where she studied International Relations with a concentration in the Middle East, Economics, and French. In addition to speaking French and Spanish, Olivia is learning Arabic and Italian. She hopes to combine her interests by building a career in international diplomacy. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys playing tennis, hiking, crafting and cooking.

Peter Chaille's picture

Peter Chaillé works as an educator, researcher and consultant on a range of issues related to sustainable use of marine and land resources. He has a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and has spent considerable time working in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Japan. After several years working on projects in SE Asia focused on conserving threatened environments and improving the livelihoods of those who depend on them through the integration of science,...

Phillip Hafner's picture

Phillip Hafner is an intern for Global Envision and has recently recieved his Bachelor’s degree in Human Studies from Marylhurst University. Planning to pursue his Master’s degree in Anthropology next, he eventually aims to work in the field of humanitarian aid. Beyond academic and professional interests, Phillip enjoys quality time with his family, music, and soccer.

Roger Burks's picture

Roger Burks is a former Senior Writer for Mercy Corps. Since 2004, he traveled to more than 20 countries — including Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China, Uganda, Mongolia and Kosovo — to explore and document Mercy Corps' work. He also took part in Mercy Corps' emergency responses to Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake. Burks served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the small West African nation of Togo.

Rosie Smith's picture

Rosie Smith has ten years experience designing communication solutions for both non-profit and corporate organisations. She holds an MA in Media and International Development from the University of East Anglia. Her research interests focus on representations of international development in the UK media, current trends in humanitarian campaigning and uses of visual media for social activism.

Sara Litke's picture

Sara Litke is a former Global Envision contributor who majored in International Affairs and French at Lewis & Clark College. She studied in France and Senegal, and went on to be a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa. She is now based out of San Francisco and working in the non-profit world. She is passionate about human rights, fair trade and local foods.

Sara Mitchell is a senior at Portland State University where she is working on a degree in Child and Family Studies. She is excited about graduating so she can start her next adventure. When she is not doing homework or working, she is at Mt. Hood, the coast, gardening or making art.

Sarah Patterson's picture

Sarah Patterson is a Global Envision intern and junior at Lewis & Clark College, where she is pursuing a major in International Affairs and a minor in English. She has been very active with the International Affairs Symposium steering committee at L&C over the last two years. After college she hopes to travel and go to law school.

Sarah Standish's picture

Sarah is a writer, Global Envision intern, Arabic teacher, and itinerant translator living in sunny Portland, which has more in common with her other favorite city of Damascus, Syria, than you might imagine. Neither shares much with New York, New York, where she lived for four years while studying at Barnard College, from which she graduated with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Human Rights. She enjoys travel, reading, and watching Syrian soap operas in her spare time.
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Shandana Durrani's picture

Shandana A. Durrani is a Global Envision contributor. Durrani was a magazine editor and writer in New York City for 20 years and continues to write about travel and lifestyle topics. Her work has appeared in publications and websites such as Condé Nast Traveler, Glamour, Cigar Aficionado, Wine Spectator, Silverkris, Haute Living, NYMag.com and Justluxe.com. She is the author of "Day Trips from New York City" and the co-author of "Insiders' Guide to New York City." Durrani is fluent in three...

Sophie Wilson's picture

Sophie is a Global Envision intern who graduated from Willamette University in Fall 2013 with a BA in Anthropology, her focus being on maritime cultures. In 2012 Sophie travelled to Malta as part of a research program to study the Bluefin Tuna illegal fishing industry, which later informed her senior thesis. Sophie played basketball all four years of college and enjoys being in the outdoors, reading, researching, riding bikes, and eating street food.

Stephen Forbush's picture

Stephen Forbush received his BA from Lewis & Clark College in 2008, with concentrations in Communications and Philosophy. A former Global Envision intern, Stephen is currently pursuing his MPA in Global Leadership and Management at Portland State University.

Stephen Oliver's picture

Stephen Oliver was a Global Envision intern and a recently returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Guatemala. He graduated with a degree in Latin American history from the University of Oregon and is an avid Portland Trail Blazers fan. He currently works on Mercy Corps' Latin America, Caucuses and Balkans desk.

Taimi Arvidson's picture

Taimi Arvidson is a former Global Envision intern who studied international development through communication and the media at the University of Oregon. She lived abroad in Finland in 2005 and has since traveled throughout Europe and Central America. In her free time she enjoys doing anything outside, from skiing Mount Hood to biking Eugene's pathways.

Terra Bliss's picture

Terra Bliss is a former intern for Global Envision who studied Communication, Philosophy, and Political Science at Portland State University. She has an affinity for news, politics, traveling, research, and the Middle East.

Tripp Ritter's picture

Tripp is an intern with Global Envision. He recently completed a Masters at the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. Tripp loves biking, hiking, reading and exploring new places with his kids.

Wendy Werling's picture

Wendy Werling is a Global Envision intern and is currently pursuing her master's degree in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University. She loves movies, biking, traveling, and cuddling orphans in Tanzania.

Xian Woram's picture

Xian is a global envision intern and a recent graduate from the University of Oregon with a degree in Political Science. She plans on studying Mandarin this coming fall, where she hopes to further her studies abroad. Xian's favorite subjects include astronomy, writing, and history, and her favorite activities include running, ping pong, and board games.

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