To call oneself an explorer is cliche, but I would definitely say that I am always curious and looking to learn.
I was born and bred in California, a fact that has shaped my values, world view and perspective. After graduating high school I was selected to be a Rotary Youth Exchange Scholar, moving to San Bernardo Argentina to live with a host family for a year.
Wanting to pursue a global education I studied International Relations at the University of the Pacific. There I began my journey with social enterprise at the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific (now Center for Social Impact Learning at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies) led by Jerry Hildebrand. There I led the Council for University Social Entrepreneurs and was awarded Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Student Organization of the Year (2011).
I went from starting programs to kick start social enterprises at the university level, to working with an orphanage in Guatemala focusing on financial sustainability. After a year living abroad in Jordan and Syria, I was selected as an Ambassador Corps Fellow and worked to build out a network of training farms and distribution centers in Nairobi, Kenya.
Looking to increase by business acumen, I pursued a Masters in Management at the Vlerick Business School in Leuven, Belgium. After graduating I went on to spend 2+ years working for Ashoka Fellow Arnoud Raskin of StreetwiZe-Mobile School. I began as the Business Development Manager and was offered the position of Managing Partner before deciding to return California.