GPA Alumni

Our interns, co-ops and volunteers build their careers upon a foundation of connectivity to the world. The individuals who come through the Global Philadelphia Association leave their unique legacies and each person who has worked with us has helped GPA improve. We are proud of our Alumni and continue to support their global work.  

 


Hannah Abrams,  

Hannah Abrams was a senior at Drexel University studying Political Science and International Area Studies. She is interning at Global Philadelphia for three months and then going to work in Dublin for the following three months. Hannah loves traveling; she has been to 16 countries and even lived in Belgium for four months, while working with the European Parliament. Hannah is also very passionate about human rights, international relations, and politics. 

Hannah is currently working for a USAID-funded contract being housed under Dexis Consulting Group.

 

 


Emilia Allen,  

Emilia Allen was a Master of Public Administration candidate at Villanova University (Spring 2015). After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Oakland University, she worked as a non-profit development officer in Clarkston, MI. Her work with the Global  Philadelphia Association is as a research fellow for Project World Heritage - Philadelphia’s pursuit of UNESCO World Heritage City distinction. Emilia’s research interests include economic and community development, urban sustainability, and municipal financial management.

Languages: Spanish and English 


Helen Bae

I am a sales and project management professional with 9+ years experience working internationally, including in France and Korea. I joined GPA in 2013 as a volunteer to support event planing and operations. During my experience, I met lots of professional from interesting and various international backgrounds and cultures. Working with GPA was the exceptional and exciting experience for me and I was very grateful to be part of the team. 

Languages: Korean, French

 


Will Becker, University of St. Andrews

Will Becker is a graduate of University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland, majoring in International Relations. In the past he has interned with organizations such as the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia and World Policy Journal in New York. He has a passion for International Relations, Politics, Human Rights, and Social Justice. He joined the team to help launch GlobalPhilly 2017. As GlobalPhilly 17 Coordinator Will works to ensure that all of the diverse and international activity that occurs in Philadelphia gets his proper recognition.

Articles: Walking through Philadelphia's Magic Gardens; Global Conversation with Blanka Zizka; Philadelphia International Cricket Festival; World Heritage Day 2017 at Tilden Middle School; Member Spotlight: Studio Incamminati; Big Bling

 


MacKenzie Bonner,  

MacKenzie Bonner is an upcoming Junior at Temple University, studying International Business and Spanish. She is working as a marketing intern for GPA throughout the summer, and is excited to develop skills in membership development and communications. MacKenzie recently returned from a year studying abroad in Europe. She spent the summer in Spain, and the academic year in Rome, where she interned at a refugee center. MacKenzie is passionate about international relations and human rights, and hopes to one day work in international aid and foreign policy.

Languages: Italian, Spanish
Article: World Heritage City Movie Premiere: A Glimpse into Philadelphia’s Past, Present, & Future



Jackson Cruit, 
 

Jackson Cruit is a current senior at Temple University studying Tourism & Hospitality. Upon returning from his study abroad program in Rome, Italy last spring he joined the GPA team to help launch GlobalPhilly2013. This experience helped him to develop and strengthen skills in event planning, advertising, and communications. In the future, Jackson hopes to pursue a career in the global tourism industry utilizing the skills and experience gained during his time with the GPA.

Languages: Italian, French

Articles: “The Answer You’re Looking for is Keep Looking”: A Portrait of M. Night Shyamalan, a Global Philadelphian
"Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection" Explores the History and Fashion of The Supremes
Odunde Street Festival Celebrates African Culture



Jacob Colon,  

Jacob Colon grew up on Long Island, New York. He came to Philadelphia in 2010 to attend Temple University, and is now a senior Journalism student. Jacob is currently a photographer with the student-run Temple News as well as a contributing writer and photographer for the Global Philadelphia Association. For him, the Global Philadelphia Association is a great environment that combines his love of journalism and urban culture.

Languages: German

Articles:  UPenn Professor Tells of Philadelphia's Importance to Museum Worldwide
Spotlight on: Krista Bard, Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Philadelphia
A 'Beirut Photographer' Credits Philadelphia Roots

 



 Alex deBerardinis, 

Alex deBerardinis was a junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in both History and Modern Middle East Studies with a minor in Political Science. His experience prior to joining the Global Philadelphia Association includes work experience at the National Constitution Center as well as various entrepreneurial endeavors. The Global Philadelphia Association is an amazing experience that provides valuable knowledge on how a non-profit organization operates and the expertise that goes into it.

Alex just graduated from the University of Pennsylvania last summer (2016) and I am now a first year Corps Member for Teach For America.

Follow him on Twitter: @alex_debar5

Articles: A World of Health: Philadelphia's Globally Renowned Medical Community; The DVRPC Helps Transportation in the Delaware Valley Move Forward; More Ways to Get Around; UNA-GP Members Discuss World Heritage at Annual Meeting

 

Stephanie DeMarco, 
 
She is pursuing her Masters in Public Administration at Villanova University and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Susquehanna University. Stephanie worked for GPA as a consultant through her Effective Nonprofit Management Course at Villanova and decided to stay on as a GPA intern throughout the summer. Global Philadelphia Association has provided me with valuable knowledge on how an effective and efficient nonprofit operates. Stephanie is passionate about Arts & Culture, International Relations, and Politics. 
 
Articles: Quebec Day Breakfast; Shofuso House and the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia to merge - JASP; Global Conversation with Paul Steinke; No More Fire Deaths Task Force on Mission to End Fire Fatalities
 

Aesha Desai,   

From the suburbs of Central Jersey, I came to the Philadelphia to study International Area Studies and International Business at Drexel University. My work with Global Philadelphia Association ranged from PR and networking, posting events on the web page, creating the 2014 FIFA World Cup page, managing social media, and writing for the Emerging International Journalist Program. Being apart of the GPA team was a a great experience and learning the treasures of Philadelphia was fascinating. By being apart of this organization, I have gathered more perspective on the world and the efforts it takes to make a difference.

Languages: English, Hindi, Spanish
 
 

Ritu Dixit

Ritu Dixit is a Journalist/Producer currently working at CCTV America in Washington DC. Right after relocating from Vancouver (Canada), she got involved with the Global Philadelphia Association in July of 2013. Ritu has lived and worked in multiple countries and has keen interest in cultural diversity and international politics. With her close friends and family in the area, she always looks for a reason to visit Philly and enjoy all the great restaurants and museums that the city has to offer.

Languages:  Hindi

Article: A New Global Philadelphian Discovers an International City


Aggie Ebrahimi Bazzaz,  

I came on board as the Media Director of Global Philadelphia Association in the organization’s first year. In my tenure, I had the great privilege of learning from the org’s talented leadership as we lay the foundation for a vital institution in Philadelphia.

GPA was very supportive of my work as an independent filmmaker and encouraged me to host a screening of my documentary, Inheritance, at the Penn Museum. Since that time, Inheritance was named the Best Social Issue Documentary at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (now known as CAAMFest); has been picked up for VOD distribution by the emerging platform Fandor; and is available for educational distribution via the Center for Asian American Media.

I was recently commissioned by the Iran Heritage Foundation to create a short film about the first-ever US tour of the Cyrus Cylinder, an historic artifact housed at the British Museum. That film will be a part of a collection of films made by emerging Iranian American filmmakers reflecting on the Cylinder’s significance to our diasporic community.

I served as the Program and Communications Director at the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, a national, membership-based organization that aims to fortify the independent media sector, a sector that provides alternatives to corporate media and highlights diverse perspectives. A thousand thanks to the entire Global Philadelphia community for setting such a strong example of positive, thinking-leadership.

I am now Assistant Professor of Media & Communication and Film Studies at Muhlenberg College.

Languages: Farsi, Spanish

 

Layla El Tannir,   

Layla El Tannir is a senior Hospitality Management student with a minor in Business Administration, from The Center for Hospitality & Sport Management at Drexel University. As an international student, born and raised in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Philadelphia has become her home away from home. This city is rich in art, food, history and music, making it the best place for Layla to explore her interests beyond the curriculum.

At Global Philadelphia Association, Layla is working as part of the Marketing and Programming Team, a correspondent for the Emerging International Journalists Program and contributing to the social media growth of the organization. It is a perfect match for her experience and further interests in destination marketing and global tourism.

Languages: Arabic, English, French

Articles: Global Conversation With: Drew Becher, President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Expanding Our Scope: Drexel University President’s Report 2013
City Leaders Gather to Celebrate "Campus Philly Day" and Discuss Ten Years of Fostering Local Students
Philly Tech Week: PPRA Presents "City of Brotherly Bandwidth"
PGWI Discusses Philadelphia's Next Water Worthy Plan
The Free Library Adds Culinary Literacy Center for Chefs Young and Old
"Twitter Diplomacy" Provides Workshop on International Relations Through Social Media
Global Conversations With: Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly
Cooking Up A Global Education: The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Replica Creative and Young Involved Philadelphia Host First "Creative Café Coffee Chat"
Photo Essay: Reading Terminal Market, The International Food Mecca of Philadelphia
GPA's Testimonial Campaign Creates Buzz on Social Media
Usiloquy Dance Designs Presents "Ragas and Airs"
Wearable Power: Drexel University Blazes the Trail for Fabric Batteries

Newsletter "Global Philadelphia Insider 2.5 June 2014"

 


Amanda Finlaw, 

Amanda Finlaw studied English Literature & Communications at Chestnut Hill College. During the summer of 2013, Amanda played a crucial role in the development of the first ever GlobalPhilly exposition, lending her writing skills to improving the Global Philadelphia Association website and curating the Association's monthly e-newsletter. From her internship with GPA, she hoped to develop a better sense of understanding of what she wants to pursue in the future, and to learn more about what types of work she enjoys while making connections and building new relationships for the future.

Amanda is currently the Social Media & Communications Specialist at Pottstown School District and Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness (PEAK). She also does freelance social media.

Articles: Philadelphia Carnival Showcases Caribbean Culture; Chestnut Hill College Becoming Prominent Philadelphia Institution with Global Reach

 


Grace Gallagher, 

Grace Gallagher is currently a senior at Temple University majoring in Political Science and working towards receiving a certificate in Spanish. Growing up as a first generation English-
American, she has always had a passion for other cultures and anything international. While studying in Philadelphia, she has been able to dedicate her time to become actively involved in the UNICEF chapter at Temple University.

Volunteering her time and becoming engaged with members of the community has furthered Grace’s desire to participate in Philadelphia’s involvement with these international organizations. She is eager to be a part of the Global Philadelphia team and share her knowledge and experiences to help enhance the city's international ties and further its position as a major cosmopolitan.

 

Articles: Penn Global Centers Celebrates International Women's Day; Reed Smith Leads With WINRS

 


Monica Genuardi,
Monica was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, and currently pursuing a Master of the Arts in World Heritage Studies from Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany. The international program focuses on various aspects of management and conservation centered around UNESCO World Heritage Sites. She completed her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in History. Additionally, she has a focused interest in archaeology and have worked with the Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project in Israel since 2013.

Monica completed my M.A in World Heritage Studies from Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany, this past February. She is now working as an paid intern/researcher through the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) for the next few months.

 


Barry Josef Graves II,  

Barry is an International Area Studies major at Drexel University with a concentration in International Business, in his Junior year. A New Jersey native, his goal is to become involved in the international realm and ultimately work with the United Nations, or other international entites. Having already studied in Spain, he plans to return Fall 2015. His interests revolve around culture, business, and languages. His role at GPA is the Finance co-op

Languages: Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish

 


Hayley Hanafee, 

I used to work for RentinBA which is a real estate agency in Buenos Aires that specializes in luxury short-term temporary apartment rentals. My plan were to stay here 1-2 years and learn the ins and outs of the real estate market as well as meet people from all of the world, and practice my Spanish and Portuguese. My work was around the client relations, guests services and the marketing side so I help tourists and executives find temporary rentals for their stay in Buenos Aires. Our clients range from a variety of global destinations including Brazil, US, UK, Vietnam, Italy, Australia, China, the Netherlands, France and beyond! We worked a lot with the embassies and international corporate relocation housing companies. On a normal day I'll be making calls and confirming accommodations with guests half way across the world, as well as getting to know the vibrant neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. It's been a lot of fun. I worked with a small, close-knit team mixed of local Argentines, Americans, Israelis, and Italians. It reminded me a lot of my experiences with GPA - always busy with ambitious goals.  

I currently work for Key Travel which is a travel management company that specializes in the NGO/non-profit, education sectors.

Languages: French, Spanish, Filipino

Articles: Latino Community & Culture Thrive in Philadelphia
Philadelphia-based Companies Plan to Shine at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Sister Cities, Sister Museums: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens and Tianjin's Porcelain House
Global Conversations with: Meryl Levitz, CEO and President of GPTMC
The Preservation Alliance For Greater Philadelphia Hosts Citywide Conference Dedicated to Weaving the NeighborhoodFabric Back Together
A Taste of Chile's Signature Superstar Grape -- Carménère -- with the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
Global Conversations with: Jonathan C. Fornaci, CEO of Rita's Franchise Company


Conor Heinzen

I am a graduate of Widener university, with my main studies focusing on international relations. My duties with Global Philadelphia include updating the association's Facebook page, or organization of the offices, and collecting data for Microsoft word and xcel.

Languages: English, German, French

 

 


 

Kristen Hopf

Kristen is a graduate of Penn State University where she studied Journalism and English. After a summer trip to Italy and Greece for her high school Latin class opened her eyes to how big the world is, she knew that she wanted to spend the rest of her life exploring and celebrating all of the world’s cultures. She studied abroad at the University of Westminster in London in 2012, and travels domestically and internationally as often as possible. After three years living in Colorado and exploring the American West, Kristen is back home in Philadelphia where she hopes to connect with the international communities of this great city while interning at Global Philadelphia Association.

 


Stephanie Huang,  

Stephanie Huang is a rising Sophomore at Georgetown University studying International Health. She was the Project Intern for the biannual exposition, GlobalPhilly 2015, and worked with the team to contact and manage member organizations, organize events and develop media and sponsor partnerships. 

Her interest in Graphic and web design has benefitted the association in a number of ways, including the redesign of the GP15 Tool-Kit and the creation of GP15 blog
During her time with Global Philadelphia, Stephanie has also been successful in her outreach for development meetings with prospective members. 
Though this internship, Stephanie has learned the invaluable skills of communication, teamwork, advertising and event planning. She knows this will benefit her greatly as she moves forward in her career of International Health.

Articles:

 


Peak Johnson,   

I am a native of North Philadelphia, a graduate of The Community College of Philadelphia, and attended Temple University working towards my Bachelors in journalism. My writing career began in 2002 when myself and others assisted in developing a teen community newspaper known as, The North Philly Metropolis.

My goal within Global Philadelphia was to tell the many diverse stories of those who live in the city of Philadelphia.

I am currently a Knight Foundation Fellow at the news organization Billy Penn.

 

Mina Kim,  

 

Mina Kimis an exchange student from Korea at Temple University. She is a media and psychology major. She was a media intern for three months at GPA. Her role was composing short video clips for GPA, taking photos of all the events, and managing official social media. Working as GPA member was an exciting, unforgettable experience for her.

Language: Korean, Japanese

Video: Global Philadelphia. Meet The world Here!

 



Vesko Kostic,   

"I was an intern with Global Philadelphia in 2012, and it was a wonderful experience working with some really great and interesting people! It was also my first endeavor into the “international” domain, the first of many stepping stones in my goal to work in the U.N., Red Cross, or U.S. State Department, and maybe one day become a professor. I am currently a Drexel student in International Area Studies with minors in Russian and Environmental Studies. I also volunteer with other Philly NGO's from time to time and will soon be returning from studying abroad and teaching English in the lovely city of St. Petersburg in Russia. Upon my return I will be looking for an internship while working on completing my studies. After I graduate, I plan on volunteering with the U.S. Peace Corps and eventually getting a graduate degree. I love to travel and experience cultures of all flavors in the international city of Philadelphia and abroad, especially in Eastern Europe."

Languages: Russian, Czech

Articles: Penn Museum Offers a New Look at an Ancient Prophecy in MAYA: 2012 Lords of Time
2012 Philadelphia International Cricket Festival Bowls Over the Competition
The "Global" Sport: Soccer's Emerging Role in Philadelphia
Mayor Young-gil Song, of the Global City of Incheon in South Korea, Visits Philadelphia and Councilman David Oh
Philadelphia Global Water Initiative 5th Annual Conference Brings Together Global Leaders to Explore Challenges and Solutions

 


Kait Lavinder, 

GPA is a superb organization to be a part of for anyone with an interest in international affairs, the city of Philadelphia, or journalism/marketing/public relations. I started volunteering with GPA as a student writer during my senior year of undergraduate school. Formally, I had studied journalism and television broadcasting for the past four years; informally, I had always been interested in international affairs. At GPA, I received the opportunity to combine those two passions. After graduating from Temple University, I began freelancing as a correspondent for GPA. The highlight of this time was writing the "Global Conversations" pieces, in which I interviewed prominent Philadelphians about their work in the global arena. In July 2013, I was offered and accepted a job at ABC's Washington, DC bureau, where I worked as a morning news producer for NewsChannel 8. GPA gave me the perfect platform to combine my interests in writing and foreign affairs, and to help launch my career in journalism.  

Kaitlin Lavinder is now a National Security Reporter at The Cipher Brief, where she covers Europe, Africa, Latin America, and breaking national security news.

Languages: Spanish and German

Articles: Global Conversations with: Mauro Guillén, Director, The Lauder Institute
PIFA Explores the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Effects of Unification
Global Conversations with: Carol Wong, Director, Chinatown Learning Center
Global Conversations with: Dr. Stephen S. Tang, President and CEO of the University City Science Center
Philadelphia Architectural Firm H2L2/NELSON Designs International Schools for World Thinkers
Philadelphia Encourages Global Mindset Through International Baccalaureate Program
Global Conversations with: Allison Vulgamore, President & CEO, the Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Aims to be USA's First World Heritage City
Philadelphia Chosen as 3rd City in America to House International Radisson Blu Brand
P
hiladelphia International Festival of the Arts Sends City into Another Time
State of the Region: Greater Philadelphia’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Supports Global Reach

 


Talia Lev

Talia Lev is working toward her Master of Arts in World Heritage Studies at Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany. After earning her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, so worked as the project coordinator for a non-profit in Philadelphia fighting food insecurity. She loves to travel and has lived abroad in several countries. Her academic interests include cultural and natural heritage conservation, as well as folklore and topics related to environmental and social change.

 

 

 


Christian Maines, 

Christian Maines graduated from Temple University, Fox School of Business in Summer 2016 with BBA degree in International Business and Finance Minor. Currently he is doing sales and marketing for three small businesses in PA and NYC. Christian's ultimate career goal is to become a consultant for consulting powerhouses like McKinsey, BCG and Bain and Co. With the experience from GPA, he believes he can achieve that dream one day. Christian is fluent in four languages, which are Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian, making him a Nordic person. Christian has traveled to many countries in Europe, Asia and has visited all the major cities on East and West Coast of USA. Christian wants to become a person who lives of of “his suitcase” one day. Christian likes to listen to club music in his free time, does travel and meet friends, attend social events and do many sports including golf, tennis and more.
Fun fact: Christian is a certified scuba diver, allowed to dive 25m below sea level.

 


Liliana Matos,  

My time with the Global Philadelphia Association helped me grow tremendously as a professional and as a person. Throughout my tenure at Global Philadelphia, I discovered the international community, which is very much alive and thriving in Philadelphia that I had not experienced during my academic years at the University of Pennsylvania. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the Association during a period of growth and development.
I saw the creation of GPA Web 2.0, the unveiling of GlobalPhilly™ 2013, the launch of our first newsletter, and I am certain that what the future holds for Global Philadelphia is very bright.
Working with Global Philadelphia was an invaluable experience. I truly feel my efforts were small strides towards marking Philadelphia as the global city that it is.

Languages: Spanish and French

 


Ellyn Matta,    

Ellyn was in Edinburgh, Scotland for an internship at Edinburgh World Heritage. She is also working towards a Master’s Degree in World Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg in Germany. She received her Bachelor’s at The Pennsylvania State University with a Major in Media Studies and Minors in Art History, Italian, and International Studies. Ellyn will be helping GPA with research that will be used for the continuing efforts to designate Philadelphia as the United States’ first UNESCO World Heritage City. Over the years, Ellyn has gained experience abroad through various programs including a semester in Rome, Italy, a summer seminar in Assisi, Italy for Tourism Management in World Heritage Sites and she was also a participant in the Provenance Research Training Program in Germany, which focused on looted art and cultural property from WWII. Ellyn grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and has often visited Philadelphia, developing a love for the city’s diverse culture and history. She intends to use her experiences and knowledge from abroad to help build Philadelphia’s global image.

Ellyn is currently living in Berlin, Germany working as Marketing Communications Coordinator at Zizoo, a travel startup that is working to revolutionize the boat rental industry through making boat holidays easy and accessible for everyone.

 


Joseph McGee

Joseph is currently a senior English and Communication dual major at La Salle University with a focus in Journalism. He has lived in the Delaware County area al of his life, with easy access to the city of Philadelphia. A passion for the culture in the city led to his decision to go to La Salle University, where he has been able to report on campus and city-wide happenings as Senior Editor for the La Salle Collegian.

Writing positions and internships with online publications like Philadelphia Magazine have allowed Joseph to further grow and share his love for all things Philadelphia. He is excited to share his experiences with the GPA team and help spread the word of Philly’s international activity and enhance the regions global profile with his work in the Emerging International Journalists Program. 

 

Brendan Mills,   

Interning for GPA has played a crucial role in my development as a young professional. What I have gotten out of this experience so far is an expanded global perspective as well as a stronger sense of how to connect with others. These are two very important qualities that I hope will allow me to achieve my goal of one day documenting my travels across the world.

After his internship with Global Philadelphia, Brendan Mills went on to co-direct, produce, and edit a documentary about the Philadelphia chapter of the non-profit organization, Back on My Feet.

Languages: Spanish, French


Phuong Nguyen, 

Phuong Nguyen is Fulbright foreign student from Vietnam. She is pursuing MA. in Publishing at Rosemont College. At GPA, she is a member of Social Media Team and Emerging International Journalists Program.

“I believe that Philly is a global city and deserves to be a World Heritage City, and I believe in the mission of GPA. I am extremely excited to see my contribution, even small, to help GPA grow stronger and achieve its mission. I also feel grateful because GPA has brought into my life many great global-minded people around this wonderful historic city.”

Follow Phuong Nguyen @minhphuong9288

Language: Vietnamese
Articles: The Penn Museum Goes Beneath the Surface: Life, Death & Gold in Ancient Panama; Global Conversations With: George de Lama, President of Eisenhower Fellowship

 


Melody Nielsen,   

Melody Nielsen is an English major at Drexel University. She served as a co-op for Global Philadelphia during the fall and winter of 2012 and 2013. She is passionate about activism and the arts, and hopes to someday work professionally as a writer.

Languages: French, Spanish, Hebrew

 

Articles: GlobalPhilly™ 2013 Shows "The World is Happening in PHL"
City Council Committee Holds Final Hearing on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy
Junot Diaz Speaks About Identity, Race, and Being an Immigrant in America
City Council Committee Listens to Testimonies of Philadelphia's Economic Growth in Historic Hearings
Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law celebrates 10th Anniversary of International Criminal Court, 225th Anniversary of US Constitution
Global Conversations with: Alan Luxenberg, President of the Foreign Policy Research Institute

 


Simon Oh, San Jose State University

Languages: Spanish

 

 

 

Articles: Perry World House Coming Soon to UPenn; 200 Years of Latino History in Philadelphia: An Illuminating Profile of a Small Populace in the Delaware Valley 

 

Manisha Patel, Convent Of Jesus an Mary , Vadodara India

Manisha Patel is a Global Philadelphian who is heavily engaged in the non-profit world in Philadelphia and the five counties .She considered herself a Global Citizen having lived in India, London, Hong Kong, Malaysia, America. She is on Board of the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, she supports Peace Day Philly and also serves in a number of area East Indian associations. Manisha is also an award wining photographer with a fabulous portfolio of global images collected on her travels. Follow her @manishaayut on Twitter and Instagram. Manisha is fluent in Gujuratin, Hindi .

Languages:  Hindi, Gujarati

 


 

Matthew Pertzsch, 

I am a second year MBA student at Villanova University and a CFA Level II candidate. I have been with GPA since last October and hope to continue to work with the Association until I graduate in May. While at GPA, I have been able to use my business skills to perform statistical evaluations that have helped raise awareness about GPA total reach as an organization.

Languages: French, Polish

Articles: Dubai Provides Model for Global Branding & Development;  Complex World of Accounting Standards


Eric Petersen

Eric is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying European History and Economics. At Penn, Eric is involved with organizing the Ivy League Model United Nations conference and a non-profit consulting club that operates in developing countries. Interested in international affairs and global engagement, Eric is interning at the Global Philadelphia Association for the summer before returning to campus.

Languages: English, Spanish

Articles: Member Spotlight: Curtis Institute of Music; Eastern State Penitentiary: The Most Influential Prison Ever Built; Member Spotlight: the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden



Giang Pham, 
 

As an international student at Drexel University, I feel strongly the need to reach out to the world, to experience and try to do jobs that would be suitable to me. I joined the Global Philadelphia team in September of 2012 and realized this is a great opportunity. After living here in Philadelphia for more than one year, I already like it enough that I want to contribute something to this area. Through GPA, I can say that I really was involved in connecting Philadelphia to the world.

Languages: Vietnamese, Japanese and French

 

Kathleen Quigley,  

I came to the Global Philadelphia Association in July of 2012 and it took me very little time to realize that the position I was in was for me an ideal one. Previous experiences working at National Geographic and the Royal Film Commission - Jordan solidified my fascination for internationally produced media, and I had the opportunity to nourish my passions during my tenure at GPA. It was with great pride that I helped the Association in its mission for over a year and a half. Watching the organizing grow and grow and grow was immensely rewarding, and I will continue to promote GPA and Philadelphia, the international city, as I progress in my career.

Follow me onTwitter: @khquig

Languages: Arabic

 



Victoria Ravin

I have always had a passion for all things international, and volunteering with GPA has brought that international connection to me at home in Philadelphia. GPA has given me exposure to the many global organizations and professionals in the area and has allowed me to contribute to raising the city's global profile. I can't imagine a more visionary, passionate, or interesting group of people to collaborate with and look forward to many more events in the future.

Languages: Spanish and Russian

 


Bianca Robinson,  

Bianca Robinson is an International Area Studies (IAS) major at Drexel University who worked with the Global Philadelphia Association as part of the Drexel Co-op program. She has a passionate interest in global society and aspired to gain valuable insight about the international scene here in Philadelphia while working at the Global Philadelphia Association. As a native Philadelphian with a lot of hometown pride she wants to help the city become more globally focused in order to help the city to prosper. During the fall 2013 semester, Bianca lived in Costa Rica through Drexel Study Abroad.

Bianca is currently Marketing Coordinator for GPA.

Languages: Spanish, French

 
 

 

Devika Shah 

"Being a part of the GP13 Team was truly inspirational for me. I learned more than I could have imagined about Philadelphia, GPA & it's members, and most importantly, my self. Going forward I've decided to explore the marketing realm since I worked with it so much in my role with the Expo, and I hope I can find another experience as rewarding as the the one I had here. Also, though I'm technically an "alum" of GPA, I definitely see myself being involved with their projects in the future, so I'll still be around!"

Languages: Gujarati, Hindi, Spanish

 

 


 

Mikaila Skaroff,

Mikaila is an upcoming Senior at Lehigh University, studying International Relations and Anthropology. She is working as an intern for GPA throughout the summer and is excited to develop skills in research and communications. Mikaila recently returned from a semester studying abroad in Nepal, Jordan, and Chile on a program focused on human rights. Mikaila is passionate about social justice and human rights and hopes to work in these fields one day.

 


Tyler Sprague,  

Tyler Sprague is with Global Philadelphia in a Spring/Summer Co-op position. Tyler is in his senior year at Drexel University; where he is studying Political Science. Tyler is passionate about international diplomacy and intercultural exchange. In his free time, Tyler could be seen relaxing in Rittenhouse Park, riding his bicycle on the Schuykill River Trail, or just enjoying the scenery of the Old City neighborhood. Once his time with Global Philadelphia commences, Tyler will study abroad in Hong Kong.

Language: Italian

 


Maryam Teka, 

A native of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Maryam has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Business Administration from Bluffton University & a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Cleveland State University. After recently moving to Philadelphia, GPA has been the perfect exposure she wanted to experience all the global things that the great city has to offer and to be a part of a network that "enhanced the Region's global profile". While at GPA, Maryam has utilized her statistical & analytical skills to analyze data from various social media avenues & managed parts of GPA's social media platforms to increase its audience reach. Maryam is passionate about international politics, economic development and diplomacy.

Languages- Amharic, Spanish

 


 Kate Tocci,  

Kate was a French and Government double major in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University (Class of 2016). She will study abroad at l’Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris during her Fall 2014 semester. While growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia provided her with a general knowledge of the area, her internship with the Association has revealed the vast opportunities for global development the region has to offer. 

As a member of the Global Gateways Team, Kate’s work with GPA involved contributing to membership development by contacting and scheduling meetings with organizations and international individuals in the Greater Philadelphia Area in addition to attending GPA and GPA member sponsored events. Kate was also in charge of the GPA Facebook page, posting event details and promotional content every day. She formatted the July newsletter, developed press releases and created quarterly reports on events for which GPA acted as a media partner. A member of the Emerging International Journalists Program, Kate learned much about the journalism process, writing several articles on everything from Philadelphia events to cultural excursions to member profiles. She hopes to continue to write for the Association in the future as an EIJP correspondent. 

Kate is currently working at Jet.com.

Languages: English, French 

 
 

Andrea Van Grinsven,

A native of Greater Philadelphia, she was studying International Relations and Journalism at Boston University. Within her IR degree, her concentrations are on International Systems & World Order and Africa & the Middle East. She hoped to advocate for human rights through her writing and experience as much of the world as she can.

At the Global Philadelphia Association, Andrea was a correspondent for the Emerging International Journalists Program. GPA has been the perfect place for her to experience the passion driving a successful non-profit organization, gain exposure to the different types of international work, and grow as a global citizen.

 
 

 
Danielle Woelpper,  
 
Danielle worked with Global Philadelphia for her sophomore year Co-op at Drexel. She is a Marketing and International Business Major. She has a passion for international connections and this drives her to be more Global Minded. “I have been blessed to be at the right time at the right place. This time at Global Philadelphia Association has been particularly busy with Global Philly 2015 and Philadelphia’s World Heritage City Designation. It has really kept me in the know about all things Global in Philadelphia and I am very grateful for this experience.”
 
Languages: Spanish and Japanese

Qingqing(Tina) Xing

Tina is currently the graduate student at the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University. Previously, she worked at Sofitel hotels in China for 4+ years in various capacities. As a graduate student who works in the hospitality industry before, she understands how crucial the destination marketing is to the whole city’s tourism industry and its international profile. The GPA took great efforts in making the Philadelphia the first World Heritage City in the US and come with it are tremendous business opportunities. She is very interested in how Philadelphia leverages its culture tourism to enhance the city's economy and stature. As an international student who now lives in Philly and totally fell in love with this city, she is willing to make her contributions in helping the GPA to attract more international tourists/companies to see the beauty of Philadelphia and the opportunities it has to offer.

Languages: English and Chinese


Sunita Yadavalli, 

Sunita Yadavalli is currently a Specialist for Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America. She works in Camden, NJ and is a fellow of Data Analysis in Education Pioneers. She graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2012, majoring in Political Science and International Studies. She then graduated from The University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a Master’s of Science in Urban Education upon the completion of her Corps commitment with Teach For America. She currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.