I am the Program Manager for the World Savvy Challenge program. Based in Minneapolis, I oversee the Challenge nationally. I got my start with World Savvy as an intern in 2003. I went on to join the team full time in the fall of 2008 when I moved back to Minneapolis-St. Paul, my hometown, to open World Savvy's Twin Cities office. Before returning to World Savvy, I was the Program Associate for Innovations in Civic Participation in Washington DC, where I facilitated the generation of innovative youth civic engagement programs and policies internationally through technical assistance and capacity building. I have also worked as an educator with Creative Peace Initiatives and as a curriculum design consultant for Women Waging Peace. I received a BA in Political Science from Grinnell College in May 2003 and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University's School of International Service in May 2007. I have worked and traveled throughout West Africa and was the recipient of the West African Research Association's Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in 2006. I also recently co-authored the article "Conceptualizing and Evaluating the Complexities of Youth Civic Engagement" in the Handbook of Research on Civic Engagement in Youth.