As a teenager, I was interested in pursuing a career in the arts or working in education. In high school, I helped run a fundraising group called Schools for Kabul that raised money to support girls’ education programs in Afghanistan. After high school, I studied International Studies and Studio Art at Kenyon College. Throughout college, I worked at the Gund art gallery on campus and volunteered at the local elementary school. I sought out opportunities to work for arts or education organizations during the summers to gain exposure and experience in the nonprofit world. I interned for Groundswell Community Mural Project, a nonprofit that brings together artists, youth, and community organizations to beautify neighborhoods in New York. This experience piqued my interest in alternative education programs and youth development. During my senior year in college, I was inspired by two professors to apply to City Year, an Americorps program. I accepted a City Year position as English Language Interventionist at Samuel J. Green charter school in New Orleans, and my passion for working in education grew stronger. I also managed two afterschool programs: Youth Run NOLA and Girls On The Run, which created opportunities for my students to gain self-awareness and leadership skills outside of the classroom. When my year of service ended, I joined NAF. I am truly passionate about the work being done at NAF and am thrilled to be part of the team.