PiAf Fellows

Mariah Wood 2015-2016 Fellow with Clinton Health Access Initiative, South Africa Northwestern University Class of 2014

Based in Chicagoland most of her life, Mariah graduated in 2014 with majors in Environmental Science and International Studies and a minor in Global Health Studies. At Northwestern, she was involved in GlobeMed, a student-run nonprofit dedicated to promoting health equity; was a board member of an organization that hosts an annual human rights conference for students; was a community health volunteer with a student group that mapped health assets in north Chicago; and was a tutor and mentor at a before-school program at an elementary school. She received a departmental award for her senior thesis on the microbial ecology of certain indoor environments and the interactions between microbes and humans in those spaces and is publishing her research through the Biosciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. She spent her junior spring near Cape Town, studying public health and development. She currently works at Chapin Hall in Chicago, a policy research organization dedicated to using data to benefit children, families, and their communities. Mariah is thrilled to be returning to South Africa and is looking forward to exploring the southern Africa region, living somewhere with mountains again, and working in the South African health sector.

Josh Wunderlich 2013-2014 Fellow with UN World Food Programme, Malawi Hope College Class of 2011 Check out Josh's Blog

Alumni Update:

Josh is currently working at Vera Solutions in Mumbai, India, as a consultant designing cloud-based monitoring and evaluation and other data management systems for a range of social impact organizations (from IPA and GAVI, to your small social enterprises). Sarah Evans (PiAf 2013-14) is also working at Vera!

Fellow Bio:

Josh is an International Studies major from Traverse City, MI. In undergraduate at Hope College (Holland, MI), he spent time abroad studying global health and development in Geneva, Switzerland and human rights in Kigali, Rwanda. Since graduation, Josh has spent time in India studying local governance systems, interned as a part of the Monitoring and Evaluation team at Search for Common Ground in Washington DC, and worked for Lutheran World Relief on the Constituent Engagement unit. In Malawi next year, Josh is looking forward to learning Chichewa and hopes to scuba dive in Lake Malawi.

Jane Yang 2011-2012 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Kenya Princeton University Class of 2011

Alumni Update:

After two years in DC working in public sector consulting, Jane finally gave in to the siren call of Nairobi again. She’s now working on the central strategy and research team in One Acre Fund. Outside of the office, it’s incredible to see Nairobi continue to grow as a metropolis, and she’s so glad to be able to enjoy all it has to offer from rock-climbing to picnics in Nairobi National Park to a casual evening of board games with friends. And, of course, the PiAf family — Nairobi is now 14 strong amongst the current Fellows and alumni!

Fellow Bio:

Jane (Princeton ‘11) is a Chemical and Biological Engineering major from Ypsilanti, MI. At Princeton, she was heavily involved with various Pace Center for Civic Engagement projects, Engineers Without Borders, and the Writing Center. Jane has been to Ghana before, where she learned of the wonders of groundnuts and plantains and the agbaja dance. She is looking forward to being in East Africa with the Nairobi, Kenya office of the International Rescue Committee, learning how to cook delicious local foods, picking up some Swahili, and adding more African dances to her repertoire.

Cameron Yi 2015-2016 Fellow with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, Lesotho Princeton University Class of 2015

Cameron graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Molecular Biology and a certificate in Neuroscience. Her senior thesis research involved conducting stereotaxic neurosurgery on rats to determine a pathway possibly involved in decision making. She volunteered as an EMT at Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad and has been a member of the squad since 2012. Her other primary activity on campus is the Student Global AIDS Campaign, a club that focuses on raising funds and awareness about HIV/AIDS in the student population and the surrounding community. She has also had the opportunity to take her interest in HIV/AIDS abroad through her internship at UNESCO’s Health Promotion Unit in Bangkok, Thailand where she analyzed national action plans and epidemiological data from countries in the Asia Pacific. In the summer of 2012, she interned as a clinical research assistant at UChicago Medical Center for CPR research where she aided in planning initial testing of an application measuring mental awareness in cardiac arrest patients. She has also had the opportunity to view the medical field from a biotechnology perspective through her internship in 2011 at Philips Medical Systems in their AED development unit.

Carla Sung Ah Yoon 2016-2017 Fellow with Lutheran World Federation, Uganda Dartmouth College Class of 2015

Carla is originally from Korea and grew up in Bahrain and England. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2015 with a degree in Government, focusing on International Relations. At Dartmouth, Carla was an active member in the Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault and worked as student coordinator for the Center for Gender and Student Engagement, during which she helped organize two campaigns for women’s empowerment. During college, Carla also interned with the Future of Peace Operations program at the Stimson Center in D.C; as research intern, she conducted research on IDP camps in South Sudan and on best practices of monitoring and evaluating civilian protection interventions. She also briefly volunteered at the non-profit Refuge PNan in Korea, assisting refugees with legal and livelihood aid. Upon graduation, Carla worked in the Refugee Legal Aid Program at the non-profit St. Andrews Refugee Services in Cairo. As legal fellow, she helped resettle refugees from Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, and Syria in safer countries. Carla speaks English and Korean fluently and is learning French and Arabic. She looks forward to working with refugees in Adjumani, learning about Ugandan people and their culture, and traveling to new places.

Jasmin Yu 2015-2016 Fellow with UN World Food Programme, Malawi University of California, Los Angeles Class of 2010

Jasmin recently graduated in May 2015 from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a Master’s degree in International Development and International Economics, and a specialization in Management for Development. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Sociology and Art History. Upon graduating from UCLA, Jasmin worked for a relief and development NGO as a Program Development Officer, designing, implementing and evaluating global multi-sectoral development programs. Most recently, Jasmin spent a summer interning with the UN in Myanmar, completed a Practicum consulting for the World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Finance Department, and interned with a USAID contractor to conduct impact evaluations of various USAID E3 projects. Jasmin speaks French, Italian and Japanese and is looking forward to learning Chichewa and spending time in the “Warm Heart of Africa.”

Sandy Zaeh 2005-2006 Fellow with BOTUSA Project, Botswana Princeton University Class of 2007
Nahal Zebarjadi 2007-2008 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Democratic Republic of Congo Princeton University Class of 2007

Alumni Update:

After Nahal’s year at IRC in DRC, and the great opportunity of a second mission with IRC (this time briefly in Chad), Nahal moved back home to Australia where Nahal completed a JD at Melbourne Law School. Nahal then spent about three years advising and representing the state in constitutional and administrative law matters, before moving from being a civil servant to an international civil servant at the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva this year.

Eva Zenilman 2014-2015 Fellow with The BOMA Project, Kenya Emory University Class of 2014

Eva is from Baltimore, Maryland. After high school, she spent a year in New York City as an AmeriCorps member with the program City Year, and then went on to major in Economics and graduate from Emory University in 2014. During her junior year, she started working on an RCT that is measuring the cost-effectiveness and health impacts of water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutritional interventions on child health and cognitive development in rural Western Kenya. She travelled to Bungoma, Kenya for 10 weeks over the summer to continue working on the study as an intern for Innovations for Poverty Action. Eva was also a research assistant for the social enterprise program at Emory’s business school, and is excited to continue using business concepts and solutions to create meaningful impact with The BOMA Project. She is also looking forward to meeting new people, learning Swahili, and seeing the sights she didn’t get to see last time!

Jenny Zhang 2008-2009 Fellow with Feedback Madagascar, Madagascar Princeton University Class of 2009

Fellow Bio:

Jenny is a politics major from Pewaukee, WI. At Princeton, she has guided Orange Key tours, acted as community service chair for Mathey College, and traveled to Mobile, AL, with a Hurricane Katrina relief trip. Jenny studied political science at the University of Cape Town during her Junior Spring and looks forward to spending the summer working in and exploring Madagascar.