I am so excited to be working with RDI. I have spent the past 12 years in the field of international development, first working for nonprofit organizations in West Africa and then based here in Oregon working for Mercy Corps, an international development organization based in Portland. Throughout this time, I have worked with communities and programs aimed at poverty alleviation in West Africa, Haiti, Guatemala, Kosovo, the Middle East, and East Asia. I am particularly passionate about working with communities to expand economic opportunities, and am delighted to bring this focus to Oregon. My family has decided to call this beautiful state home, and – with RDI – I intend to apply the skills and experiences from my international work to support Oregon communities.