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Ambassadors at FSD

Begun by program alumni who sought to continue community advancement after they’d returned home, FSD
Ambassadors build and activate a global network of like-minded people who support sustainable international
development and enable FSD’s partner communities to thrive on their own terms. The Ambassador Program is for
individuals who wish to deepen their engagement with FSD through volunteer service in support of the organization’s
mission. Whether you’re an intern alumnus/a or new to the FSD family, we welcome you!

We’d be happy to tell you more...and welcome you as an Ambassador. Please contact Julia at for more information.

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Aamir Ali

Aamir Ali I’ve recently moved from India to San Francisco for Google, where I’ve worked for the last 10 years. I’ve held different roles and right now I’m a Product Manager at YouTube. I enjoy helping people and solving problems through technology. Growing up in a small town in India, I saw first hand the disparity between communities in a developing country and the need for empowering them with resources and education. I was involved with the social outreach programs in school and civic involvement continues to be an important aspect of my life. After coming to the bay area I’ve worked with several NGOs, related to homelessness, terminal patient care and animal welfare. With FSD I look forward to combining my passion for solving problems via technology and helping local communities.

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Ann Marie Aviles

Ann Marie Aviles began her international journeying when she was two months old, when she moved from snowy Montreal to New York. Since then, her appetite for travel (and solid foods) has only grown. Using her community outreach and development skills refined through AmeriCorps, Ann Marie left for France to teach in underprivileged communities. Nowadays you can find her working on global communication projects at an international translation firm while supporting local sustainability initiatives as a planning committee member for Zero Waste Youth USA. She looks forward to channeling her skills and international experience to help strengthen neighborhoods around the world with FSD International.

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Julian Borrey

Julian Borrey enjoys solving problems in engineering and working on humanitarian issues. His first contact with FSD was in the summer of 2013 when he interned for the Masaka, Uganda group and worked on solar energy with a small fishing village. Now days, Julian is trying to contribute to the operations of FSD and refine his understanding of how sustainable development is done most efficiently. Other interests held by Julian include physics, playing music, exploring the outdoors and traveling to places he has not been before. Julian originates from Sydney, Australia but now lives in San Francisco and graduated from Duke University, USA in 2015.

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Whitney Caruso

Whitney Caruso is the Director of Strategy at Third Plateau, a multi-disciplinary social impact strategy firm that partners with bold visionaries in the social sector to drive meaningful, substantial, and sustainable change.Whitney received her Master's in International Affairs at U.C. San Diego's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, where she studied International Development and Nonprofit Management in Latin America. After completion of her Bachelor of Arts degree at U.C. Santa Barbara in Global Studies, Whitney interned with FSD at The Rainbow Network, a Nicaraguan micro-finance organization that focuses on rural community banking. She was then invited to remain in Nicaragua as the International Program Coordinator in Tola, and also served as an intern for FSD in the San Francisco office where she developed a survey to measure project sustainability across FSD sites. Whitney is originally from Sebastopol, California and currently resides in San Francisco.

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Kelly Chang

Kelly Chang graduated from Scripps College, a member of the Claremont Colleges, where she majored in Biology. Realizing that she wanted to affect environmental and social change in ways beyond scientific research, she spent 4 months in Cochabamba, Bolivia gaining experience in environmental education, non-profit work, and outreach through the Foundation for Sustainable Development’s international internships program. Kelly is currently a Climate Corps Bay Area fellow and serves as the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Green Ninja Project, where she helps manage various projects such as the “Green Ninja at Schools” program, the Green Ninja Climate Ride team, and writes for the Huffington Post and Green Ninja blog. In her spare time, you’ll catch her rambling in Spanish, backpacking, kiteboarding, climbing, skiing, surfing or curled up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea.

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Leslie Chen

Leslie Chen is a Consultant in the Strategy & Operations group at Deloitte Consulting LLP where she works primarily in corporate strategy, customer experience, and digital transformation projects for Fortune 500 companies. She participated in the FSD Global Service Trip to Nicaragua in November 2013, where she advised a local microfinance organization on its market entry strategy. As an Ambassador, she supports FSD’s corporate partnership development to create similar opportunities for other young professionals. She is passionate about enabling skilled workers to apply their expertise to fill opportunities and needs in global development. Prior to joining Deloitte, she led an international strategy project for a leading microfinance non-profit and developed the online marketing strategy of a renewable energy start-up. She graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

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Kaylie Erikson

Kaylie Erikson is originally from the Pacific Northwest, and currently resides in San Francisco. She graduated from Regis University with a B.A. in Sociology and an emphasis on Peace and Justice Studies. Kaylie has been inspired to work with others because of various community projects abroad in places like Ensenada, Mexico and Bologna, Italy. Most of her traveling has been based in developing countries and she’s excited to learn more about sustainably supporting communities through asset-based development. Prior to her time with FSD, Kaylie worked in a marketing and web development position for a small business in San Jose and she is excited to bring those skills to FSD. Kaylie loves being active, biking around the city, backpacking, reading, and traveling.

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David Estrin

David Estrin is an aspiring social entrepreneur on a mission to use the power of business to solve complex, global challenges. David’s passion for social business stems from a series of international experiences during his time as a student at Duke University (2009-2013), where he majored in Public Policy Studies. After working with the Foundation for Sustainable Development to transform a struggling NGO’s microenterprise division in Kenya, David ventured to Argentina to study at the Institute for Social and Economic Development. The following year, he interned with the Unitus family of social finance organizations in Bangalore, India. Currently, David is a Senior Strategy Analyst with Accenture Strategy, developing a core set of business skills that he can apply throughout his career in the social impact space.

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Caitlin Fabian

Caitlin Fabian had her interest in Latin America sparked by a trip to Quito, Ecuador during her freshman year in college. She focused both her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and her graduate studies at UC San Diego on the economic, political, and cultural development of the region and jumps at any opportunity to travel to Latin America. Her professional career has spanned the non-profit and private sector, but has always focused on better understanding the root causes of inequality and working to promote economic development in some of the world’s most impoverished areas. She has worked at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA and for Teach for America in New Orleans, LA and is currently a Community Investments Analyst at PG&E, where she helps manage the company’s $23 million charitable budget and build strategic partnerships with non-profits across California. Caitlin is a native of Spring Lake, New Jersey but is currently enjoying life on the West coast.

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Rumana Hussain

Rumana Hussain has a passion for global health and spent a summer during her dual MBA and MPH program at UC Berkeley in Mexico City with an NGO focused on reproductive health. She also had the opportunity to shadow a partera in Chiapas, MX, and visit several health care organizations in Nairobi and rural Kenya while she was in school. While she is now a senior operational leader at Stanford Health Care, Rumana still dreams of supporting global health and all of its relatives (education, sanitation, microfinance, etc) and is excited to contribute through FSD. Rumana loves to travel, dabbles in the outdoorsy (cycling, camping), and keeps meaning to revitalize her salsa dancing and crossword puzzle skills.

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Hannah Katz

Hannah Katz previously worked for FSD's San Francisco team as International Program Coordinator, where she gained valuable program and relationship management skills and was able to call upon her development experience in Costa Rica and Mexico. She now works as a Program Consultant in the nonprofit sector and serves on the Committee of IDEX's Young Professionals' Group. In her role as FSD ambassador, Hannah co-manages the Bay Area International Development Meetup Group, organizing and reaching out to the community to spread awareness about FSD's annual fundraiser, Information Sessions, special events, and other monthly international development events. She is happy to provide informational interviews and act as cultural ambassador to FSD, and has challenged herself to create programmatic materials that will be used to engage with FSD alumni. In her free time, Hannah enjoys networking with people in the nonprofit sector, running, dancing, and exploring nature through hiking and camping trips.

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Meagan Le

Meagan Le contracted not only typhoid fever during her first FSD trip abroad in 2013, but also an incurable curiosity for intercultural relations. While pursuing her B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco, Meagan interned in Udaipur and subsequently served as International Program Coordinator after graduating in 2014. She is beyond grateful for all her experiences with FSD (and good health!) and looks forward to her continued involvement as Alumni Ambassador.

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Chris LeGrant

Chris LeGrant is world traveler, driven by an awareness of the common good and an endless curiosity of other cultures. He worked to help start the outbound division of GeoVisions, a volunteer, teach and work abroad organization in 2006. Christopher's passion for the Global South started with traveling for GeoVisions, helping to create and sustain it's international service learning programs and culminated with three months of sociological/anthropological fieldwork in a rural Nicaraguan farming cooperative. He strives to bring his knowledge of international NGOs, economic development and research to help FSD employ a meaningful but streamlined monitoring and evaluation framework to assess the impact and sustainability of it's programs. In his downtime, Chris enjoys playing guitar, hiking, snowboarding and writing for his blog.

Chris holds a MA in International Studies with a focus on Latin America and Political Economy from the University of San Francisco and a BA in European History from Westfield State University.

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Danielle Litman

Danielle Litman holds her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Creative Writing from Northwestern University, where she focused on Playwriting, Devising, and Creative Nonfiction. She was an FSD Intern in 2011 in Udaipur, India through Northwestern's GESI program. While at Northwestern, she also completed the Civic Engagement Certificate Program in the School of Education and Social Policy. After graduating in 2013, she was a 2013-2014 Urban Prep Fellow, where she worked as an adviser and theatre director for young men at Urban Prep Academy in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Today, she holds a position as a Cultural Liaison for the Chicago Park District Department of Culture, Arts, and Nature. She also teaches writing and theatre workshops throughout Chicago. For the past 2 years, she has been working with Sojourn Theatre's production of How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes as a Partnership Coordinator in Chicago, Baton Rouge, Montana, Washington State, and Nashville.

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Ariel Maschke

Ariel Maschke graduated with a B.A. in International Studies, Communication Studies and Global Health from Northwestern University in 2013. Via FSD's partnership with Northwestern's Global Engagement Studies Institute, she spent the summer of 2011 in Udaipur, India working with Seva Mandir's Community Care Center to develop a drug adherence project for clinic patients. In 2012, she rejoined the GESI team as a student instructor and has co-developed and delivered an Open Letters curriculum with GESI since 2014. Having spent the last two years in domestic community development spaces, Ariel is excited to continue her learning this fall as an incoming Masters candidate at University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration where she will concentrate in global health program development and evaluation.

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Alex Moore

Alex Moore
is a finance and operations manager at Google, where his primary focus is on process improvement and automation. He has held a variety of roles throughout his career and has a broad base of experience within the areas of finance, accounting and operations. Alex is passionate about world travel. He began travelling with his high school’s exploration club, and he continued to travel during college while studying abroad in Spain. While working at Texas Instruments, Alex frequently assisted manufacturing operations throughout Southeast Asia. These experiences have fueled Alex’s desire to learn more about international development, as he continues to utilize his professional skills to serve the developing world.

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Drew Ratcliffe

Drew Ratcliffe started his career as a Middle School Science teacher, instructing Physical and Life Sciences. Next, he worked as a Strategy & Operations consultant for Deloitte. While in consulting, Drew helped advise clients in the healthcare, insurance, and technology industries. Through Deloitte, he participated in FSD’s 2013 Global Service Trip in Nicaragua. Most recently, Drew served as Volunteer Consultant for TechnoServe in Mumbai, India. Drew received a BA and MA in Economics from UC Santa Barbara.

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Mia Salvemini

Mia Salvemini’s involvement with FSD began in 2015 in San Francisco as a Marketing and Communications Intern. Having spent a year studying in Florence, Italy, Mia graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in History and a desire to explore the world. Her international travels have taken her across six continents, inspiring her to join FSD’s mission for a more sustainable future. In 2016, Mia completed the AISTS Master in Sport Administration in Lausanne, Switzerland. She currently works in the field of sport and social responsibility and is keen to promote better practices through sport and social initiatives.

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Vicens Sanmartin

Vicens Sanmartin originally from Barcelona, he studied Law, Human Rights and Democracy, worked as a lawyer, traveled around the world for a long period of time and did a Master on Graphic Design and Visual Identity. By doing this, he understood the way communications are changing so he could communicate certain situations while helping others and be able to give back to the community and contribute to its development and sustainable growth. He is an entrepreneur and volunteered for different associations. He has a passion for traveling, languages, culture, reading, writing, meting new people and exploring new places as well as enjoying outdoors climbing, snowboarding and canyoning.

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Ira Shaughnessy

Ira Shaughnessy is a fourth generation San Franciscan with extensive experience in international development and environmental sustainability. The travel bug (and many, many other bugs) bit Ira at the age of 15 when he lived and worked on a subsistence farm in Belize. Since then, he has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Ghana, studied business in Shanghai, China and spent six months traveling eastward around the globe. In 2013, Ira completed an MBA/MS dual degree in Global Sustainable Enterprise from the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan. He now works in business development, helping to improve waste, water and energy efficiency.

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Sim Sidhu

Sim Sidhu is a CPA, CA working in the Bay area as a consultant with the Siegfried Group, a leading provider of Accounting Resource Services to Fortune 1000 companies assisting clients experiencing surges in critical accounting and finance work. Previously she spent over 3 years in the Assurance and Advisory group at Grant Thornton LLP in Vancouver, Canada, working with a range of industries including manufacturing and distribution, retail, mining, and not-for-profit organizations.

Sim has always had an interest in international development, which peaked in University when she was selected to attend a trade mission to South America with Global Vision's Junior Team Canada to research and report on the sustainability of several community development projects initiated by Canadian mining companies. An avid traveler, she has had the opportunity to witness the strength and beauty of many developing countries, and looks forward to contributing to the world of international development through FSD’s initiatives.

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Will Smerdon

Will Smerdon is a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the world, working as a Senior Audit Associate. Originally from Australia, Will worked with Grant Thornton for 3 years before transferring to Vancouver, Canada and then relocating to San Francisco in July 2015. Will has experience working with clients in various industries including the manufacturing, consulting and financial services, technology and not-for-profit organizations.

Having previously volunteered for roles in community oriented not-for-profit organizations in Australia, Will believes in FSD's asset based approach to project deployment and is looking forward to contributing and creating further awareness of the initiatives.

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Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor recently graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She received a Masters of Science and Public Health, with a concentration in health education and a certificate in global health; she also holds a Master in Social Work. She is a recipient of FSD’s Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship. Her long-term goals are to contribute to an international development organization operating to empower women and improve their health globally through research, evaluation, and health communication. She enjoy creating pottery, meditating, reading, learning about new people and places, and traveling. She also enjoys volunteering at the Shambhala Buddhist Center and therapeutic horseback riding programs.

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Melissa Trinley

Melissa Trinley began her international travel as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin Madison where she obtained her B.A. in Communication Arts and History. Her love of exploring other cultures led her to positions teaching English to first generation college students in Santiago de Chile, volunteering with immigrant communities in La Boca, Argentina, and serving as a program manager in Cochabamba, Bolivia at a local NGO where she helped to increase awareness and funds for its solar stove distribution program. For several years she has worked in the field of cultural exchange helping facilitate exchange programs between international students traveling to the U.S. and Americans going abroad. Currently she is an Account Manager in global partner services for Intrax Cultural Exchange focusing on growing business relationships between partner offices abroad and the organization. She is currently a master’s candidate at DePaul University’s International Studies program where she focuses her research on the impact of the export of Bolivian quinoa on the farming community. Melissa is passionate about helping community-led development projects increase their sustainability and is excited to contribute her international relationship building skills to FSD.

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Anagha Vaidhyanathan

Anagha Vaidhyanathan is an institutional equity analyst at Morgan Stanley. She advises hedge funds and asset managers on investments in emerging markets and technology, media, and internet companies. Anagha serves on the Environment and Social Finance Forum at Morgan Stanley and helps spearhead the firm’s sustainability efforts. She has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and is on the board of the Wellesley Alumni of Silicon Valley. In her free time, Anagha frequents farmers markets, paints, and plays flag football in the great parks of San Francisco.

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James Waters

James Waters is an attorney with the law firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. who advises clients on a variety of international and foreign law issues relating to international business transactions, and he regularly represents public and private companies in mergers, acquisitions and joint venture transactions. He has advised corporations, limited liability companies and nonprofit organizations on a breadth of commercial and corporate matters, including organizational and governance matters, operating agreements and significant commercial contracts. He enjoyed his experience as an FSD intern in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua in 2007 and as the International Program Coordinator there from 2010–2011. James earned a J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University in 2014 and currently practices law in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Bryce Watson

Bryce Watson is currently an undergraduate student at Texas A&M University, studying international relations and economics. This course of study has allowed him to spend six months in China, learning Mandarin and conducting research on migrant students in Beijing. This experience solidified his passion for international development and led him realize that to “help” others you must empower them to develop their own communities. After returning from China, he began working with Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) in their San Francisco office as a Marketing and Communications Intern. His work focused his passion and gave him the knowledge and the tools he needed to found his own organization, the Student Initiative for International Development (SIID), a year long training program for undergraduate students to learn the complexities of international development by researching, developing, and implementing a development project with FSD in the field. Last year Bryce worked with the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) in Washington D.C. on their international development program, connecting rural farmers in emerging markets with the global economy in order to increase their economic development. Bryce is currently an implementation intern with KA Lite (an offline version of Khan Academy) an international education organization using technology to improve the quality of education in developing communities.

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Kyle Webb

Kyle Webb is a Strategy Consultant at Accenture, where he’s led clients through various phases of transformation projects in the Life Sciences, Higher Education, and Consumer Goods industries. His passion is the protection of human rights, specifically fighting human trafficking. In 2014, Kyle volunteered for a European anti-trafficking NGO, where he wrote articles, performed research, and assisted in the development of a major campaign to engage corporations to address human trafficking in their supply chains. Kyle holds a BSBA in Accounting and International Business from Ohio Northern University and an International MBA with a concentration in Global Supply Chain and Operations Management from the University of South Carolina.

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Dharshani Weerasekera

Dharshani Weerasekera is an independent communications professional with a background in earth science and a masters in science communication. Her experience in writing and editing was gained in the science, radio, travel and public relations fields in the UK and in Sri Lanka, with deep connections to both countries. Her work is now focused on raising awareness of sustainable development issues concerning social and environmental justice. Dharshani supports FSD’s Marketing and Communications team in developing its communications strategy remotely from the UK, where she is currently a research and communications volunteer for the Green Economy Coalition in London.

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Kate Williams

Kate Williams manages global corporate client relationships for Good World Solutions, a Bay area nonprofit that uses data insights and mobile technology to give labor workers a voice, while enforcing ethical supply chain transparency. She brings a wealth of relationship and project management experience from Vanguard Asset Management where she launched her career. From there, Kate took her business skills to Nicaragua where she implemented business economic development projects for Peace Corps Nicaragua. She holds her BS in Finance and recently completed her International MBA from the Darla Moore School of Business where she focused on corporate social responsibility and worked for an ethical shoe company at their production facilities in Peru. Kate is passionate about alleviating poverty through business solutions and proficient in Spanish.

Penny C Zhou

Penny C Zhou is a Consultant at PwC Advisory focused on helping Financial Services Institutions go through large scale transformations in their business strategies, operations and regulatory compliance capabilities. Penny lived in China and Canada for a number of years before attending undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and eventually residing in San Francisco. Her international background has made her passionate about social impact and global development issues. As an Ambassador, Penny will be focused on fundraising and building out a methodology for FSD to measure and monitor the impact from its projects. She is excited to be a part of FSD and help drive its mission forward.