Summer 2012 Intern Bios
Bethel is a recent graduate of Wellesley College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience. Along with
several scientific research experiences such as her research in cortical circuitry under Richard Born at Harvard Medical School,
Bethel participated in the Albright Institute for Global Affairs. After the program she was inspired to develop an educational
system that would bring Wellesley women to Ethiopia to teach in new schools. She worked at the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia
to launch the first National Mental Health Strategy for the country. Originally from Ethiopia, she loves travelling and meeting new
people from different cultural backgrounds. She also enjoys playing soccer and believes that UNF should start a soccer team one
of these days. Bethel plans to attend medical school and then pursue a career in global health policy.
Mahila Amjad joined the Foundation in June as an intern with the Finance team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mahila was the
Annual Fund Intern at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where she worked with the development department to write grants, handle
national and corporate sponsors, and research new funding opportunities. While there, she realized her love of the non-profit
sector. Mahila also volunteers her time assisting the blind and visually impaired, and wish granting for children with life
threatening medical conditions through Make-A-Wish. Mahila is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in
Mathematical Economics from American University in Washington, D.C. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, and exploring
D.C.‟s food markets.
Imali Bandara returns to UNF as an intern with the Public Affairs team. Having interned at the Foundation last summer, Imali is
back to continue supporting UNF‟s work. Among other duties, Imali will support the Web and Communications team with
updating and maintaining multiple websites and social media properties as well as support the team‟s efforts with online
fundraising. Prior to joining the Foundation, Imali worked as an Executive Intern with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington,
D.C. where she conducted research of U.S.-Sri Lanka relations, edited speeches and drafted press releases. Imali was also
previously an Organizing & Community Engagement Intern for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern
California. While with ACLU, she organized public education events as well as compiled research and wrote background pieces
on topics including immigration rights, equal education and reproductive rights. Imali earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in
Political Economy and Globalization from the University of California, Berkeley.
Energy & Climate
Mariana Barbosa is interning with the Energy & Climate team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mariana previously worked as a
Lead Associate at the Environmental Department of Machado Meyer Attorneys, one of the largest law firms in Brazil, providing
legal assistance on environmental matters to national and international clients, including large corporations, financial institutions
and government entities. While there, Mariana advised clients on administrative and judicial proceedings, negotiated adjustment
agreements, and implemented environmental and sustainability corporate policies. As a trainee, Mariana also worked for a
Brazilian advocacy company and for an institute advising governmental entities on the development of land use, urban and
environmental public policies. Mariana earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São
Paulo in Brazil, a Master of Science degree in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford in the U.K.
and a Master of Laws degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Thomas James (T.J.) Bickerton
T.J. Bickerton is an intern with Global Partnerships and is actually coming back to the United Nations Foundation for the second
time. In 2009, T.J. interned with the Nothing But Nets team prior to joining the Peace Corps in Honduras. His Peace Corps service
having finished, T.J. decided he just could not get enough of UNF and returned in his current capacity as intern for Global
Partnerships. He has a Master‟s degree in Business Administration from Marshall University and is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan.
Even the lowly Pirates.
Julie joined the Foundation in May and is observing the Global Health team. This year she attended to the American College of
Norway and has decided to transfer to American University to finish her Bachelors degree in Political Science. Julie feels UNF is
a perfect opportunity to get to know the landscape of politics and society related to business here in Washington. D.C. and an ideal
experience which is connected to her studies. Julie hopes to contribute all she can to the organization‟s success while establishing
Ian Cantor is a rising senior studying Government and International Studies at Franklin and Marshall College. He has been
learning Mandarin Chinese for the past four years and plans to further develop his understanding and skill with the language by
studying abroad in Beijing during the 2012 Fall Semester. He is actively engaged in Jewish Life on his campus, by chairing
Franklin and Marshall's Holocaust Remembrance Committee and serving Hillel as a Jewish Engagement Fellow. Ian is incredibly
interested in politics and international affairs and hopes that his experience at the United Nations Foundation will aid him in his
goal of making a positive difference in the world.
Energy & Climate
Vincent Chen joined the Foundation in June as a MAP Summer Fellow for the Energy & Climate team. Prior to joining the
Foundation, Vincent worked as a Project Management Intern for OBRA Architects in New York where he completed two energy
efficient analyses and proposed multiple energy usage scenarios to clients. Vincent is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts and
Sciences degrees in Earth Systems and Economics from Stanford University.
Better World Campaign
Camille Danvers began interning for the BWC team at the end of May. She recently graduated from the University of Virginia
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with a focus on South Asia, and Studio Art, with a focus on photography. She studied
in Delhi for three weeks in her second year of college and has just received a grant to return to India to continue work on South
Asian studies. In past summers, she interned at the United Nations Information Center and at the Wilson Center as a Research
Assistant. She grew up in the D.C. area and is happy to be moving back to her favorite city.
Becky joined the Public Affairs team as the Media Intern in April. Prior to joining the Foundation, Becky interned at Weber
Shandwick‟s D.C. office, working with clients such as USAID, the Government of Mexico City and the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation. During her senior year of college, Becky interned at Amizade Global Service-Learning, an international NGO that
empowers individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning. While there, she organized an event that raised
$5,000 for the global water crisis in rural Africa. During the summer of 2011, she volunteered at a local radio station in rural
Tanzania where she taught practical skills to station workers on how to actively engage community members in local and national
news through radio segments. Graduating Cum Laude from West Virginia University, Becky earned her Bachelor of Science
degree in Journalism with a specialization in Public Relations and minor in Spanish. Originally from Gettysburg, PA, she enjoys
traveling, reading and being in the outdoors.
Morgan Dean joined the Foundation in June as an intern with UNA-USA. Prior to joining the Foundation, Morgan worked as an
Annual Giving Assistant for the Medical College of Wisconsin where she updated information in department databases and
performed preliminary donor research. Morgan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies & Political Science
from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and her Master‟s degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago.
Cristina Ellis-Montalban is interning for the Nothing But Nets team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Cristina took part in a
selective program with 15 other students working with the State Department. While in this program, Cristina traveled to Turkey as
a U.S. Ambassador. Fluent in Spanish and proficient in French, Cristina just finished her second year at the University of Virginia,
majoring in Politics (Foreign Affairs) with a minor in Global Culture and Commerce.
Dayna joined the Girl Up campaign in June. She graduated this spring from Lehigh University with a Bachelor‟s degree in
Journalism and minors in Business and Mass Communications. Dayna was an Eckardt Scholar and received departmental honors
with her thesis “„Social Media Is Our Megaphone:‟ An Analysis of Social Media Participation and Collective Action.” At Lehigh
she was a Technology, Research and Communications Fellow as well as a Communications Intern in the Office of International
Affairs. Dayna was also a passionate 4-year member of Break the Silence, Lehigh‟s group of gender violence peer educators. She
facilitated campus-wide discussions on issues such as rape culture, personal empowerment, and partner abuse, while challenging
the women and men in her community to stand up against a culture of violence. Previously, Dayna has held internships with
Rodale, Inc. and Korff Enterprises. Dayna loves to read, speak French, travel and meet new people!
Mary Hanley is interning with mHealth Alliance. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mary worked as a Community Assessment
Intern for Women of Means, a non-profit organization that provides free healthcare to women in city shelters. While there, Mary
assisted in designing and implementing an evaluation of the organization by attending focus group discussions and conducting
interviews. Mary earned her Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University and her Masters of Public Health degree
from Boston University.
Aimee joined the Foundation in November as the intern for UNF‟s Shot@Life Campaign. A 2011 graduate of Cornell University,
Aimee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Society and minors in Global Health; Nutrition; Policy Analysis; and
Science and Technology Studies. Aimee previously interned at the USDA, conducted research on Cornell‟s connection to the
WWII biological weapons program, and spent nine weeks teaching HIV/AIDS prevention and sustainable agriculture techniques
in Arusha, Tanzania. In addition to interning at UNF, Aimee conducts research at George Washington University into
implementation of the International Health Regulations in Africa. She hopes to begin a Master of Public Health program next fall
and study the overlap between public health and national security. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Aimee spends her free time
playing soccer and cheering for the Cornell Big Red and Arizona Wildcats.
Saznin joined the mHealth Alliance team in February. Prior to joining the UN Foundation, she held internships at Ubuntu Africa, a
South African NGO based in Cape Town, serving HIV-positive children, and the Wajibika Project, a USAID health systems
strengthening initiative in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She is currently a senior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Public
Health Studies. She has previously lived in India, Tanzania, and South Africa.
Aidan Milliff is interning for UNA-USA. Aidan has been an active member of the Model UN for four years, first serving as
President and Secretary General of his high school Model UN in Boulder, CO, where he acted as liaison to the board of the
Boulder UNA, advocated the importance of the Model UN for the mission of UNA and coordinated his high schools‟ support for
UNA, including donations to two UNA projects in Haiti and Uganda. Aidan joined the Model UN at the University of Chicago
after high school, where he is involved as a moderator at the high school conference, MUNUC; an assistant crisis director at the
college conference, CHOMUN; and a delegate. Aidan is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and
Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.
A native of Southern California, Heather went to the University of Southern California (USC) for undergrad and studied
Communication and Business. Heather recently graduated from Georgetown University with a Master‟s degree in Health Systems.
Prior to school, she worked for Johnson & Johnson and as an intern for the White House Office of Political Affairs. Outside of
work, Heather loves running, politics, wine and exploring D.C.
Ronak Patel joined the Foundation in June as an intern with the Finance Department. Ronak is studying Business Administration
with a concentration in Finance at American University. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ronak worked as a Student Assistant for
American University‟s Office of Information Technology where she updated employee documents and tracked IT development
projects to create an informational web page for students, staff and faculty. She is also a new peer mentor for incoming students at
the Kogod School of Business at American University. After completing her undergraduate studies, Ronak plans to attend
graduate school and pursue a Master‟s degree in Finance. In her free time, Ronak enjoys cooking and traveling. She hopes to get
the chance to travel all over the world throughout her lifetime.
Energy & Climate
Sunil Rao is an intern with the Energy Future Coalition. Prior to joining the Foundation, Sunil worked as a Research Assistant for
the Desert Development Center in Cairo, Egypt. Sunil assisted with a project to assess the sustainability of the American
University in Cairo‟s New Campus. He helped produce a report for university administrators on how to improve campus
sustainability. Sunil is currently pursuing his Bachelor‟s degree from Stanford University.
Jonathan Rice joined the Foundation in May as a Global Health Communications Intern. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jonathan
worked as an intern for USA TODAY where he created content and social media strategies to increase web traffic for USA
TODAY College. In addition to his work with USA TODAY, Jonathan has also worked as a Field Intern for No Labels, a
bipartisan political advocacy group, in Washington, D.C. While there, he conveyed organizational goals and provided leadership
tools to community leaders across the United States. In the fall of 2011, he studied abroad at Peking University in Beijing, China,
where he conducted independent research on the lives of migrant workers. Originally from Bethesda, MD, Jonathan is pursuing
his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies with an emphasis in global politics at Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont
Colleges, in California. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, cooking and traveling.
Energy & Climate
Julia Senninger is interning with the Energy & Climate team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Julia interned at Amnesty
International in their Corporate Accountability department in Tel Aviv, Israel. Julia researched and prepared briefs on both the
World Bank and the International Finance Corporation regarding due diligence. In addition, she helped in the preparation of
public awareness campaigns. In the fall, Julia plans to attend Uppsala University in Sweden to obtain her Master‟s degree in
Sustainable Development. Julia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Conflict Resolution from the
Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.
Women & Population
Emily Smith is currently interning with the Women & Population team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Emily worked as a
Research and Teaching Assistant for the University of Georgia. Emily aided in the development of a grant for conducting research
on barriers to HPV vaccination and more specifically the attitudes of Peruvian women. In addition, Emily collaborated in
conducting literature reviews, writing, organizing and editing research papers on various women‟s health issues for national
publications. Emily earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Youth, Adult and Family Services from Purdue University and her
Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia.
Women & Population
Erika is an intern for the Women & Population team, working primarily on adolescent girl initiatives. Prior to joining the
Foundation, Erika served as a Business Advisor with the Peace Corps in Honduras where she taught entrepreneurship, created a
community-run sustainable recycling business and spearheaded a nationwide education program for teen pregnancy prevention.
Erika holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of
Colorado at Boulder. Erika has also lived and studied in Spain and Argentina and speaks fluent Spanish. She is from Chicago and
enjoys snowboarding, playing fantasy football and traveling.
Bo is an intern with UNF‟s Finance team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Bo worked as both a Graduate Assistant for American
University's Kogod School of Business and a Financial Data Assistant for American University's Financial Service and
Information Technology Lab. Among his many duties, Bo assisted with teaching students how to use financial databases and
helped to set up financial models for professors. Bo held an internship with Washington Retirement Planning Specialists in the
summer of 2011 and then worked as an investment analyst in American University's Student Managed Investment Fund during the
Fall of 2011. Bo received his Bachelor of Science degree in International Economy and Trade from Beihang University in Beijing,
China and is currently pursuing his Master of Science degree in Finance from American University in Washington, D.C.
William Marnix Warren
Better World Campaign
Marnix joined recently as an intern for the Better World Campaign. Prior to joining the Foundation, he worked in the D.C. office
of Congressman Ben Chandler, where he assisted with foreign affairs research, preparing the Congressman for his duties. He was
relied on for his knowledge of European affairs and developments in North Africa. In May 2011, Marnix graduated with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in International Law from the University College Utrecht in the Netherlands. When he is not in the office,
he‟s an avid reader, music lover and photography hobbyist. Marnix also enjoys cycling and has organized long distance trips to
Norway and the Czech Republic.
Sable Weldon joined the Foundation in May as the newest member of the IT team. Sable is presently pursuing her Master of
Science degree in Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Having received her Bachelor‟s degree
in Legal Communication from Howard University, the Texas native continues to seek new ways to integrate her desire to serve
others with technology. Her hobbies include travel, movies and debate. Sable‟s career experiences are varied and include such
areas as public relations, education and training, law firm experience, and property management. In each of these positions, she
has utilized her love of people, technology, and communication to resolve emerging issues and concerns.
Jamie is currently interning with the Girl Up team. Jamie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History
from the University of Florida. She also holds a minor in International Humanitarian Assistance and Development and a certificate
in International Relations. Before coming to UNF, Jamie worked as the Assistant Campaign Director with the Fund for the Public
Interest where she coordinated grassroots campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America.
Jamie first became involved with UN initiatives while interning in the development department at World Food Program USA.
While at the University of Florida, Jamie was very active in campus organizing. She was the Campus Awareness Director for the
ONE Campaign as well as the Founder and President of the Oxfam America Club. Jamie spends her free time reading, hiking and
watching the Gator football team!
Yanni is currently interning with the Finance Department. Yanni is a Master's Candidate at American University's Kogod School
of Business in Washington, D.C. Before she joined the Foundation, Yanni was a Finance Intern with the American Society of
International Law. She is originally from Jiangsu Province, China. She studied in Beijing for four years and obtained her
Bachelor‟s degree in Business Management from the University of International Business and Economics before she came to the
U.S. in 2010. She also went to Mexico in 2008 and joined the International Summer School Program initiated by Universidad
Panamericana. While in Beijing, Yanni also interned with the Center for International Business Ethics where she assisted a team
in localizing the digital ethics library for Globethics.net and translated the website into Chinese.