How did I get here?
I completed my graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh in public health and international development before beginning work with Amizade Global Service Learning in 2009. I was Amizade’s site director in Brazil for a few years before becoming a Project Director responsible for designing health science programs, overseeing Brazil site development, and leading a variety of Pittsburgh-based initiatives. In 2014 I helped launch The Global Switchboard as a project of Amizade and in 2016 accepted the role of Executive director of The Switchboard following our transition to an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Why am I at the Switchboard?
I grew up in a home with a tradition of hospitality that brought many people, immigrants, and refugees through our doors. My experiences at home and during my travels abroad have helped me discover both the opportunities for immigrants in the United States, and the intellectual, social and financial benefits that immigrants can bring. I want to help current residents of Pittsburgh discover this too.
- a former member of the Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Council through the Office of the Mayor for the City of Pittsburgh
- the host and organizer of CreativeMornings Pittsburgh, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community
- a permanent resident of NavusHouse, a residence in Northside neighborhood of Pittsburgh