Catherine graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 with double majors in Public Policy and Journalism and Mass Communication: Reporting. For the past two years, she worked at VIF International Education, an organization focused on empowering teachers and students to learn about and engage with the world as global citizens. During her time at VIF, Catherine took on various roles within the organization to support: curriculum and instructional development, platform management, content creation, and research and analysis. In her most recent position, as head of project management, she supported, managed and oversaw ongoing projects across the organization. Catherine served as a 2014-15 fellow for the North Carolina Education Policy Fellowship program, a 10-month program that exposes fellows to policymakers and state and federal education policy-making processes.
Catherine is thrilled to be a part of the VIA community and hopes that her time during the program will allow her to foster a better understanding of the world and expand her own perspectives and understanding. Catherine decided to pursue a fellowship with VIA to gain first-hand experience in international development, and to truly practice what she preaches – explore a new part of the world and learn from the unique and inspiring people and places throughout it. She can’t wait to see how this fellowship opportunity will allow her to grow and learn, both professionally and personally, and expose her to a place she has longed to immerse herself in and explore: Southeast Asia.