Co-Chairs and Steering Committee
2015 Student Co-Chairs
Emily grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended McGill University for her undergraduate degree. She studied international development and was particularly interested in how development unevenly affected women. Beginning in 2011, she worked for a nonprofit in West Chester, PA, managing a federal grant to help 18-25 year olds in drug court find full-time employment or enter higher education. Emily also served as the organizer for Oxfam Action Corps Philadelphia from 2013-2014. One of the main campaigns she worked on for Oxfam involved pressuring cocoa purchasers to pay the same rates to women that they pay for men’s cocoa (it was successful!). Since coming to the Woodrow Wilson School, she has continued her work with gender issues through the Gender and Policy Network. Emily spent the summer of 2015 interning at the Mayor's Office of Grants in Philadelphia, and is excited for the great GPN events coming up this year!
Andrea was born in the U.S. to Colombian parents and grew up with both cultures. After attending an all-girls high school in Dallas, TX, she decided she had enough of “women’s isssues” and vowed to avoid them. An internship in Zambia for an organization that provided microfinance loans to rural widows made her realize the importance of gender and empowering women, particularly in developing countries. Even then, she resisted “women’s issues” until she began working at the International Rescue Committee in Dallas, where she helped refugee women start home childcare businesses and supported community women’s groups. At this point Andrea began making the connections between her chosen policy field of poverty alleviation and public policies and social norms around gender, and realized that her high school teachers had been right all along. She has since focused her policy interests in poverty alleviation around the topics of early childhood education and high quality child care, work-life balance and family leave, and the caregiving economy. She interned at the Mayor’s Office for Policy, Planning and Coordination in Philadelphia last summer, and plans to work in a non-profit or local government on these issues.