During this time, I worked as a research assistant for a childhood obesity prevention project in Baltimore, to improve access to and consumption of healthier foods among low-income urban families. Later I had the opportunity to spend three months in Addis Ababa for an internship with Jhpiego, where I supported a project promoting nutrition-sensitive agriculture. My experience in Ethiopia, and interest to understand the causal pathways that link agriculture to nutrition in food insecure populations, brought me to pursue a research fellowship with the U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security program. I partnered with Bioversity International and conducted qualitative research to explore the role of agricultural biodiversity in promoting healthy diets and strengthening livelihoods. After receiving my master’s degree, I moved back to Ethiopia and worked for over a year at a monitoring and evaluation consulting firm involved in projects across the development sector.
My passions extend beyond work to extracurricular life as well. A novice but avid gardener, I can be found weeding, digging, and harvesting at a local urban garden on the weekends. I love cooking (always up to try a new Ottolenghi recipe), spending time in nature, knitting, traveling, and exploring the Netherlands by bike with my husband.