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Vanessa Faloye | Chief Trainer

Vanessa is a trainer-facilitator, curriculum developer, and project coordinator in social impact education. She works with AMP in designing and delivering the AMP Action Lab, Global Scholar, and AMPlifier virtual trainings for global youth. Her curricula span anti-oppression; systems thinking; and social action as ways to educate and inspire systems-level social change. In her non-existent spare time, she also does motivational speaking and blogging on social innovation. Vanessa has a double honors bachelors degree in International Relations and Spanish and a post-graduate certificate in Social Enterprise and Innovation. She is really passionate about traveling, reading, and speaking Spanish.

Karen Showalter | Chief Maker

Karen has led the Global Scholar program for the past 7 years, and has developed and delivered programming around social change, advocacy, strategic communications, and movement building for over 15 years. Karen was previously the Executive Director of AMP Global Youth, and is current Co-Chair of the Board of Directors. When not coaching AMP leaders, she’s a Senior Campaign Director for a national women’s organization. She has worked for Oxfam International, MomsRising, Netcentric Campaigns, and the Bank Information Center, and has worked in Mali, Niger, Nepal and the United States. Karen got her start as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa.  She has a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan. Karen is also a Penn State Master Gardener, avid skier and aspiring fiber artist.

Manleen Sandhu | Coordinator, Global Scholar Washington, D.C.

Manleen has worked as an educator and mentor for high school and college students since 2014. She received her undergraduate degree with a double major in Cultural Anthropology and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. Having spent several years working and traveling in South Asia, Manleen has cultivated a strong interest in understanding issues of environmental and social justice that young leaders must work to resolve equitably now, as well as in the immediate future. In the past, her work in the cultural research and education space has ranged from documenting oral history narratives to designing and teaching creative communications programs to leading study abroad programs in India with Davidson College and the American Councils for International Education. She is passionate about analyzing historical narratives, examining social inequities and developing ways of addressing deeply asymmetrical power relations.

Tabashshum Islam | Coordinator, Global Scholar NYC

Working to address human rights initiatives as an interpreter, counselor, researcher, teacher, and facilitator, Tabashshum actively engages in workshops and events to spread awareness about gender-based violence, human trafficking, and workers’ rights. Presently, she is an adjunct lecturer teaching Urban Poverty and Affluence at CUNY Queens College and a graduate intern at New York State’s Office of Temporary Disability Assistance for their Human Trafficking programs. Her most recent work experiences have been at Human Rights Watch as an Associate in the Women’s Rights Division and as a writer for Pen America in its Dreaming Out Loud program. She has also worked at Womankind (formerly New York Asian Women’s Center) as the Bengali-speaking One Again anti-sexual violence Advocate and Project Free anti-human trafficking Advocate. At Womankind, she worked directly with those who have witnessed and/or experienced domestic violence, forced marriage, sexual assault, and/or human trafficking, in order to address their needs and goals through comprehensive one-on-one counseling, wellness groups, immigration advocacy, accompaniment to court appointments, and more. Prior to her stint at Womankind, she worked in South Korea as a teacher and researcher. During that time she volunteered at the Cultural Center for Migrant Workers which inspired her to advocate for communities vulnerable to marginalization. She has completed internships at the Council on Foreign Relations, Chaya Community Development Corporation, Charles B. Wang Center, and International Journal for Body Psychotherapy. Tabashshum received her Master’s in Urban Affair/Studies at CUNY Queens College and her Bachelors at SUNY Stony Brook University with majors in Psychology and Asian and Asian-American Studies and minors in South Asian Studies and Korean Studies.

Brian White | Coordinator Global Scholar Washington, D.C.

Brian White is a native of the D.C. Metropolitan area, Founder and Executive Director of NEX^, Youth-Led Education Reform and Advocacy Organization in Washington DC. He is also a recent graduate from the University of San Diego where he majored in International Business and Ethnic Studies. Brian grew up in Maryland/ Washington D.C. and attended both St. John’s College High School and Friendship Collegiate Academy (from which he received his diploma). During his time as an undergrad, he was a member of the football team, served as the president of the schools International Business club, and also held the role of Strategus for the Delta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Through his coursework, Brian earned the opportunity to travel the world via Semester at Sea and this experience is what has shaped his vision and drive to serve others. Brian has served as a Business Development Manager for IT Services and software sales company C1P Solutions, and currently serves as the Executive Director for NEX^, and Executive Director for Positive Choices Inc. He formally held a key role in the back office development as an Ad Analyst for The Shade Room. Brian continues to serve as a leader among his peers and hopes to continue his mission of service to others through the work he will do in Education Reform.

Herrana Addisu | Coordinator, Global Scholar NYC

Herrana Addisu acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies and received her Master’s Degree in United Nations and Global Policy with a concentration in Human Rights, Gender Equality, and International Law from Rutgers University. She studied a semester abroad at the University of Kassel, Germany with the International Center for Development and Decent Work. As an Ethiopian native, she speaks fluent Amharic and English. She has a deep passion for youth global empowerment and development. Prior to joining our team, Herrana served as the Program Assistant for the Institute for Women’s Leadership, where she took an interest in feminist leadership and helped support different workshops and programs. She is also a grassroots organizer as the founder of BlueFoot Print Project, an organization that seeks to educate the African American and Latino youth community on human rights and global policy.

Jade Richards | Facilitator, Active Citizens

Richards is a senior at American University studying Psychology and Education Policy. In his time in college, he interned for organizations such as the Aspen Institute, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the New York City Council. On his campus, Richards served as American University’s NAACP Education Committee Director, during which time he worked with DCPS and local nonprofits to further efforts to improve post-secondary education access and success. In addition to this, Richards launched a campus organization to address institutional transparency and administrative use of student data. Richards plans to work on education policy following his graduation.


Fall 2018

Diana Bender-Bier | Intern Summer, Fall 2018

Diana is a recent graduate of Emory University with degrees in Biology and Comparative Literature. She grew up in Rockville, MD and began her advocacy work in her middle school years lobbying for safe international road travel (ASIRT), continued in high school as she served as one of the three Maryland delegates at the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, and in college she served as a philanthropy chair and legislator in her student government. After her first year of college, Diana interned for So What Else?, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping children from inner city D.C. healthy, happy, and safe. After that, she was inspired to work with Atlanta’s homeless population through sandwich drives with Atlanta Community Food Bank, discussions with Gateway Center residents and volunteers, trips with nonprofits that grew produce for homeless shelters in Atlanta and that provided outdoor activities for children in inner city Atlanta. She also has a passion for teaching, and has taught children ages 2 to 12. She is interested in international development, poverty (access to water, food, and shelter), nutrition, and youth education. She also has an interest in cancer biology research and treatment accessibility. She values inclusivity and accessibility!

Rebecca P. | Intern Summer, Fall 2018

Rebecca is currently rising Junior at a high school in the Bay Area, California and is passionate about international service, politics, development, and youth advocacy. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in international relations as well as government and politics. Throughout high school, she has founded a nonprofit organization called “CourageGifts,” as a means to raise awareness for global issues through encouraging the public to sent gifts and letters to people who are affected by them. Through her weekly reading and writing tutoring classes with middle school students, Rebecca dedicates a time during each lesson to initiate a discussion about global news and concerns. As a board member on both division and school leadership teams in Key Club, Interact, and DECA, she encourages students to participate in efforts towards supporting international projects by serving for and raising money for the Pediatric Trauma Program, UNICEF, March of Dimes, and many more. Additionally, she founded an Asian Student Union at her school in order to celebrate its diversity as well as inform students about relevant issues that occur within the continent. She also values and supports efforts towards environmental and substantial development and serves as a representative on the National Youth Council for Project Green Schools. In 2018, she attended the Global Scholars program and learned about AMP’s global impact and dedication to youth. As a result, she was motivated to be more involved within the organization. This year, as an intern, she hopes to help spread and expand AMP’s message and outreach to students around the global community! She is excited, ready to meet and serve as a great communicator and mentor to students! She believes that because youth are one hundred percent of the future, the leaders of tomorrow, it is important for them to seek global interest and change.

Liah | Intern, Fall 2018

Liah is a junior at an inter-city school in Atlanta, Ga. She has a strong passion for justice and political empowerment, inspired by the consistent injustice and hatred going on in our world today. She has seen the first hand effects of racism, sexism, and classism that persist to be an issue. Her personal experiences and the experiences of those closest to her have urged her to partake in more of a leadership position concerning global issues. She is a part of the racial healing organization ARROW and is one of their teen advisors and because of AMPs global connections and influence she is excited to contribute to their organization as well.

Charlotte | Intern, Fall 2018

Charlotte is a junior at Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is dually enrolled at the University of Alabama through their Early College program. She attended AMP’s Global Scholar program this summer and is interested in international relations and humanitarian aid; she is especially fascinated by how education or the lack thereof intersects with issues such as socioeconomic status and health. For the past three years, Charlotte has worked with the organization TASSEL Cambodia as a fundraiser and a virtual English teacher for children and adults in rural Cambodia. Charlotte also volunteers as an ESL tutor for non-native English speakers in the Tuscaloosa area and is a member of the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce Forerunners, a small group of juniors that partake in community service projects around the county. Having grown up in Los Angeles, California and later moved to Alabama, Charlotte recognizes the misunderstanding and polarity that plagues today’s political dialogue and international community and therefore hopes to foster more understanding and compassion between people of different backgrounds, on both a small and large scale. In her limited free time, Charlotte enjoys doing ballet, playing the piano, and studying Russian. Charlotte is excited and honored to be an AMP intern this year!

Arly | Intern, Fall 2018

Arly is from the South Bronx, New York. She loves to speak out about different issues that happen around the world because she feels that it is essential for everyone to be aware of the global issues happening around us. She went to the AMP Global Scholar Program this summer 2018 and it was an amazing experience. She had so many opportunities to learn about different ethical dilemmas and controversial issues that are happening around us. During her free time, she loves to make music especially focusing in the Hip-Hop and rap genre and playing the piano, electric bass and expressing herself in many different ways. She grew up knowing that she has a voice and she feels that it is important for everyone to express themselves in a way that will help make a change in the world that we wish to see. She also loves to read and run during her free time. At my school, she helped found the Hispanic Heritage Culture club because she felt that it was necessary for her school to represent the Hispanic culture and for everyone to aware and learn about their culture and just embrace it. She believes that everyone in the world needs to have equal opportunities to a basic education for everyone to not to live in poverty or in hunger. All of us must use our voices and strive for change the world, so that we can live in a world that we wish to see.

Kavon | Intern, Fall 2018

Kavon is a junior political science major at James Madison University, from Falls Church, VA. Outside of school, he is a huge soccer fan, and also plays. He also love keeping up with politics and international news. After college, he aspires to have a career that combines my interests in political communication and marketing.