Trish Tchume, National Director
After almost 8 years of engaging with the network as a volunteer, Trish Tchume is proud to be serving as the first-ever Director of YNPN National. Trish was introduced to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) in 2004 as a founding board member of an affiliate group called Philadelphia’s Young Nonprofit Leaders. Since then, Trish has gone on to support a broader network of emerging leaders across the country by serving as a YNPN National board member from 2007 through 2011. During this time she held a number of key positions on the board including the role of National Board Chair during her final term.
Prior to becoming Director of YNPN in 2011, Trish served as Director of Civic Engagement for the Building Movement Project where she provided technical assistance, training, and developed publications for the growing movement of social service providers who are integrating social change values and practices into their daily work. Prior to joining the Building Movement Project in 2008, Trish served as a Campus Organizer, a Community Outreach Manager, and the Director of Training forIdealist.org following years spent doing community development work via city government and academia. Over the years, Trish has received a number of awards and recognitions for her engagement of young nonprofit professionals including her selection for the inaugural class of Independent Sector NGen Fellows in 2009.
When not dreaming up various ways to harness the power of emerging nonprofit leaders, Trish likes to help her fellow New Yorkers find their inner voice as a volunteer story coach with the Moth and regularly takes her life into her own hands biking and jogging through the streets of NYC. She equally credits her rich Jesuit education, her strong Ghanaian roots, and a severe case of middle child syndrome for her commitment to engaging as many people as possible in the important work of building a just and equitable society.
You can contact Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter at @ttchume.
Jamie Smith, Communications & Network Engagement Director
Jamie Smith is YNPN’s second full-time employee. As YNPN’s Communications & Network Engagement Director, she manages communications, social media, and public relations for YNPN as well as resource development and programming for our chapter leaders and members.
Prior to coming on full-time with YNPN, Jamie was one of the 2013-2014 LaunchPad Fellows. In addition to her fellowship, she was a freelance writer and content strategist working with nonprofits, technology companies, and travel brands to amplify their impact with clear and compelling communications.
She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Public Policy and has a Masters degree in Communications from Northwestern University. Jamie is new to New York and when she’s not working, she’s reading, traveling, and riding her bike.
You can reach Jamie at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @shameonseamus.
Elana Needle, Data Systems Director
Elana will be managing YNPN’s data systems, providing support to chapter leaders around data and research, and cultivating a healthy data culture across the network.
Previously, Elana worked with the MEND Foundation/Healthy Weight Partnership since 2008. She helped pilot the first programs in the United States. Since then, Elana has managed programs throughout the country, building relationships across a portfolio of customers and partners and ensuring efficient launches and delivery of MEND programs. In previous employment she has worked for city governments, in a variety of nonprofits concentrating on women’s issues, conducted research in universities and taught masters students. Elana has published work on the predictive factors of high school drop outs, and the extent to which desegregation in four cities with strong ties to the Civil Rights Movement has resulted in improved socioeconomic status or in greater access to services and amenities for African Americans. Elana has a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from Tufts University, a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy from Tufts University, and a doctoral degree in social welfare with an emphasis on policy analysis from SUNY Stony Brook. Elana’s dissertation title was “You Are Not What You Eat: the Myth of School Food and Childhood Obesity.”
Elana’s year this year has been a big one: she finished her PhD, ran her first marathon and is enthralled to be joining the team at YNPN. When not icing various injuries, she also loves reading, travelling, and snowboarding. Elana is hoping to be a better volunteer for Planned Parenthood, where she is part of the Activist Council. She also enjoys interviewing applicants for admission to Tufts University each fall. Elana will also be instructing her first batch of undergraduates at New York University this spring. If you have any tips on teaching social justice advocacy through social media, send them her way!
You can reach Elana at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter at @elunky.
Caroline Bolas, YNPN National Administrative Consultant
Caroline Bolas has provided consultancy services to YNPN since 2009. Her role includes providing support to start up chapters,answering general queries, book keeping and generally doing a lot of the back end tasks that are so necessary to keep any organization
Caroline served for two years on the board of YNPNdc and is still a committed chapter member. During her time on the DC board she introduced a management development program that provides emerging leaders with the opportunity to learn the essential skills
of managing within a non profit.
Caroline is the president of LEVELheaded Inc. LEVELheaded provides management consultancy, program evaluation and training services to non-profit and governmental organizations, supporting them to fulfill their mission and vision more effectively. More information about Caroline and LEVELheaded can be found at www.levelheaded.org.
Caroline moved to the USA from the UK in 2007. Despite living here for over 4 years she is still learning the language and on a daily basis discovers how American English is not the same as English English! However, she does find that her unintentional Briticisms cause much amusement to others!
Caroline can be contacted at email@example.com
Dana Skallman, YNPN National Technology Consultant
Dana worked with YNPN National to setup and transition the website network to WordPress in 2010. She has since been providing ongoing support to chapters. Dana’s involvement in YNPN began in 2007 when she served as Treasurer for YNPN-NYC. She later became Co-Chair and served on the YNPN-NYC board for five years.
Dana works with open source technology to provide solutions to help meet organizational needs. She believes technology offers exciting opportunities for organizations to reach more people. She works with grassroots organizations to understand their goals and develop the information technology infrastructure to meet their needs. Dana coordinates between, designers, developers, organizations and end-users to ensure project goals are met. She enjoys providing individuals and organizations with the freedom to focus on their mission while leveraging what technology has to offer. You can read more about Dana’s work here: www.tadpole.cc
Dana can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
Lindsay Jensen, Board Chair
Lindsay is currently the Operations Manager for Earth Advantage Institute (EAI), a nonprofit focused on building sustainable communities in Portland, OR. Before joining the EAI team Lindsay spent over 8 years working in the nonprofit sector in Boston, two of those years serving as an AmeriCorps member. She also served for two years on the YNPN Boston Board of Directors. Lindsay received her BA in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University and her MBA from Boston University with a dual concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Finance. She brings expertise in financial management, strategic planning, and community mobilizing. In her down time, Lindsay can be found enjoying Oregon’s microbrew scene, getting rowdy about soccer, singing in a community chorus, or telling hilarious jokes. She joined the YNPN National board in January 2013.
Dan Blakemore, Vice Chair
A passionate advocate for the fundraising profession and the non-profit sector overall, Dan Blakemore is Assistant Director of Development for Individual Giving at International House, a dynamic cross-cultural residential community for international graduate students in New York City. At I-House, Dan primarily works on annual fund appeals, the major and planned gift portfolios and all donor stewardship efforts. He writes a blog focused on fundraising and non-profit management issues, The Good Steward. He is also an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Association of Donor Relations Professionals. When not fundraising, you can find Dan enjoying a good book, looking for a new recipe to try or continuing to trace his family history.
Ivan Canada, Secretary
Ivan Canada is currently serving as Senior Director of Development, Communications and Strategic Partnerships at the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of the Piedmont Triad. NCCJ is a human relations organization that promotes understanding and respect among all cultures, races, and religions through advocacy, education and dialogue. NCCJ also works to build compassionate and just communities free of bias, bigotry and racism.
Prior to joining the NCCJ staff, he worked with Guilford Green Foundation (a local LGBTQ Community Foundation headquartered in Greensboro, NC) as Interim Executive Director and Director of Special Projects.
Ivan is a leader in the Triad community, and has been awarded the Triad Business Journal’s “Forty Leaders Under 40 Award”, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s “Change Agent Award” and was recently recognized by Southerners On New Ground (SONG) and EmergingPractitioners of Philanthropy (EPIP). He currently is a community board member of the S.J. Edwards Foundation, a local family foundation, and a member of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Board of Visitors, and has served on numerous other boards and committees over the past ten years.
Canada is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Journalism and Mass Communication. In his free time, he enjoys reading, attending performing arts events, traveling, running, cooking (when he has enough time to do so), and spending time with friends trying out new restaurants. He splits his time between Greensboro and Charlotte, NC.
Kari Mirkin, Treasurer
Kari Mirkin, a native of Youngstown, Ohio and lifelong history buff and museum junkie, has a passion for discovering innovative solutions to the challenges facing organizations that provide public access to education, the arts, and other historical and cultural assets. She has a bachelor’s degree in History and German Studies from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and a Master’s of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University. Her most recent position was with the Foundation Center’s Cleveland field office, assisting nonprofits seeking to increase foundation support, leading classes on proposal writing and budgeting, and coordinating the office’s own fundraising efforts. Before that, Kari worked as an intern at several organizations, including the Western Reserve Historical Society and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. As co-founder and president of YNPN Cleveland, she helped launch a successful mentor program and helmed the release of the 2011 report, Building a Career in Nonprofit Cleveland: Focus on the Nonprofit Identity. In addition to various volunteer roles, Kari spends time honing her skills as an aspiring chef and amateur television critic.
As a dedicated Board Governance professional, Qyana M. Stewart worked in the nonprofit sector, almost exclusively for years for ten years. She previously served as the Board Administrator for Howard University, where she worked to further advance the role of boards through the adoption of technology, specifically through the use of collaborative platforms. These experiences led her to Higher Logic, where she currently works as an Implementation Project Manager. In this role, she manages a client portfolio of small businesses, nonprofits and associations in the implementation of Connected Community – the private cloud-based social networking software. Additionally, she works as a tutor with Wyzant, Inc. where she tutors students studying the English and German language. Qyana holds a Master’s of Science degree in Information Technology, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of Maryland University College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Howard University. She is a professional member of the YNPNdc chapter, an Alumni AmeriCorp National Service member and a member of BoardSource.
Kate Capossela, Board Development Committee Chair
Kate Capossela is a passionate advocate for strengthening nonprofit sector management, particularly talent development and business models. She has over 12 years of experience motivating and leading social sector teams, including fundraising, marketing, organizational development and executive management roles, at both national and international nonprofits (Playworks, The Asia Foundation, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network/YNPN) and grassroots organizations (College Bound, Community Arts Partnership, Women In International Security). She has also honed her technical skills and people management in roles at a Fortune 500 (Johnson & Johnson) and in her current role as Chief Strategist for multiple start-up ventures (MK Ellison Advisors), and she is leading YNPN’s national recruiting efforts for the third year in a row. Kate attended Stanford and Cornell, where she was a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow. A California native, she enjoys hiking, supporting the performing arts, and learning new languages.
Jessie Bustamante is the Executive Director, American Lung Association in California – San Diego. Jessie has served on both the YNPN Phoenix and YNPN San Diego Boards so she brings a local and national perspective to the Board.
Jessie graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson (Go Wildcats!) with a degree in Spanish Literature and also earned her MBA shortly after that. Jessie’s most proud moment is being the inspiration of the “Singer Award” that is annually passed on recognizing someone’s outstanding leadership abilities at the University of Arizona. She is originally from the suburbs of Chicago before moving to Arizona to attend college and experience life on her own and now resides in San Diego, California. You can take a girl out of Chicago, but you can never take Chicago out of the girl!
Jessie’s previous role was Executive Director at a Community Center just outside of Phoenix, AZ. She successfully took the Center from a place of nearly closing its doors to becoming a successful operation in just two years.
When she is not working, Jessie loves hanging with her best furry buddy Cujo, traveling to catch up with friends and family around the globe, and ensuring that her social media outlets are always updated with her life adventures. Jessie enjoys serving on the YNPN National board because she believes that this network is the platform to propel young professionals to reach for the stars and not let age be a roadblock to our success.
Afi Tengue, Theory of Change Working Group Chair
As of early 2013, Afi has been working as an Associate with FSG Social Impact Advisors providing Strategic Planning, Evaluation, Shared Value and Collective Impact consulting services to nonprofit organizations. Prior to FSG, Afi worked with multiple philanthropic, nonprofit and government agencies including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The American Red Cross and Teach For America among others. She received her MPA in Health Policy & Management with an International concentration in 2007 and her BA in Sociology in 2003.
Karl Shaddock, a native of McCook, Nebraska, supports the development of community-based foundation funds in southwest Nebraska for the Nebraska Community Foundation. NCF uses philanthropy as a tool for community capacity building and economic development. By empowering local leaders through real time assistance in goal setting, strategic planning, leadership development, donor cultivation, fundraising, planned giving and endowment building, Karl works daily to move people and communities away from a culture of dependency towards self-reliance based on utilization of local assets to meet local community development priorities.
Karl draws inspiration from NCF’s vision of a state where communities of engaged individuals create opportunities for all people to reach their highest potential, ensuring our rural communities are prosperous places where people want to live, raise families, work and enjoy the good life.
Karl has extensive experience in establishing community development programs, growing organizations and working with volunteer groups. Prior to joining NCF in 2012, Karl served as a community coordinator and program manager with the Telluride Foundation where he administered federal grants, provided training and technical assistance programs, and spurred community convening activities. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and he has earned a certificate in development studies from Tata Institute of Social Service, Mumbai, India.
In his free time Karl enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, reading, brewing beer, running, hiking and anything else that gets him outdoors.
Amber Cruz Mohring
Amber Cruz Mohring is the Strategy Officer for Convening at the Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education. She works to design, implement and lead convenings in support of Lumina’s eight strategies and mobilization efforts to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates or other credentials to 60% by 2025.
Prior to joining the Lumina Foundation, Cruz Mohring was the Director of Programs for Mobilize.org where she developed and managed their national Millennial civic engagement and social entrepreneurship work, including summits, funded fellowships and leadership development programs. During her tenure at Mobilize.org, she launched their Target 2020 Summit Series, working with community colleges to design and pilot student-led college completion initiatives on their campuses.
Cruz Mohring was based in Washington, D.C. for four years where she also worked and volunteered for several non-profit organizations including Council for a Livable World, Women’s Information Network and Break the Cycle, managing their events and political programs. Prior to that, she grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she worked with numerous political campaigns and state representatives in both Ore. and Wash. While in Oregon, Cruz Mohring also gained three years of event coordination experience at a private event planning company. Amber brings to the Lumina Foundation her belief that education can transform students’ lives, strengthen communities and revitalize the economy.
Cruz Mohring holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Willamette University in Oregon. In her spare time she enjoys lending her convening expertise to women’s and next generation leadership causes. Amber currently serves on the National Board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, the leadership team of Levo League Indianapolis and as Chair of the Independent Sector 2015 NGen Advisory Group. She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Megan Walker is Director of Digital Programs at United Way Worldwide. Previously, she held the role of Director of Planning and Alignment, where she oversaw strategic and operational planning for the UWW network as well as assessed performance through scorecard metrics. She also is managing a large scale building renovation at UWW’s headquarters. Prior to UWW, Megan was the Chief of Staff at Civic Enterprises, a nonprofit consulting/ social policy firm in DC. She managed all strategic planning and operational aspects of the organization, planned and led a project portfolio of over 20 projects in the areas of education, social mobility, and civic engagement, and oversaw finances, fundraising efforts and new business development, communications, and all staff. Prior to that, she was Assistant Director of Programs in the Executive Office and Strategy Department at Independent Sector, a coalition of corporations, foundations, and private voluntary organizations that works to strengthen, lead and mobilize America’s nonprofit sector. In that position, Megan coordinated strategic planning and board development efforts and co-led the NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now program for emerging nonprofit leaders. She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of The Corps Network, and previously served in a vice presidential role on the national alumni boards of both the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and The Fund for American Studies. Megan obtained her MPA in nonprofit management at Indiana University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, in her home state. She is married and resides in the greater Washington DC area.
Robert Nelson has worked in Albuquerque’s nonprofit sector for the last six years. He is currently the Program Manager for Rio Grande Food Project, helping serve hungry New Mexicans. Previously, he worked for Heading Home, helping house Albuquerque’s most vulnerable homeless people. He is a long-time volunteer, having served on the boards of New Mexico Solar Energy Association and New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness. He has been involved with Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New Mexico (YNPN) for the last 5 years and has served as the chapter’s Board President for the last year and a half. In his spare time, Robert is an avid reader and enjoys cooking and playing guitar.
Born and raised in the Las Vegas valley, Tim graduated from Green Valley High School before earning his Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. In August 2014, Tim joined the USO as the Center Director for USO Las Vegas, a world-wide non-profit organization dedicated to lifting the spirits of America’s Troops and their families. USO Las Vegas provides a home away from away for the nearly 75,000 active-duty troops and their families in the Southern Nevada community by providing morale-boosting and family-strengthening programs. In December 2011, Tim obtained his Nevada State Real Estate license and began specializing in buyer and seller representation in residential property sales throughout the Las Vegas valley.
Before joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties, Tim spent three years as the Executive Director of the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, a $1.5 million, 24-hour nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless youth transition from life on the streets to self-sufficiency. In that role, he managed the day-to-day operations, raised more than $1 million in new money, increased the budget by more than $250,000 annually, expanded services to youth by 25% and increased the number of youth served by more than 200%.
Tim began his business career while studying at UNR where he helped expand operations at The Sagebrush, UNR’s campus newspaper through various roles from Assistant Sports Editor to Managing Editor. In May 2008 Tim relocated to Fort Smith, Arkansas to join the staff of the Fort Smith Times Record as a sports reporter covering the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith athletic department and six area high schools for the award winning daily newspaper.
Furthermore, Tim is a strong believer in giving back to his local community. He is the Co-Founder and Immediate Past Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Southern Nevada. He also serves as a member of the Las Vegas Rotary Club, the City of Henderson’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Advisory Committee, a Class 3-2013 graduate of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy, and is a proud Class of 2010 graduate of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Las Vegas program.
Brandi Tuck is the Executive Director of Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS), a nonprofit social service agency that helps homeless families with children by providing emergency shelter and helping families get back into permanent housing. Before coming to PHFS, Brandi attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and has degrees in Political Science & Philosophy as well as a minor in Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits. In 2005, Brandi moved to Portland and worked at the Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force until 2007, doing anti-hunger public policy and did outreach for federal nutrition programs. Brandi was the founding Executive Director of PHFS in 2007 and has worked there for the last 7.5 years. Some of Brandi’s favorite parts of her job include leading a staff of 14 amazing people, fund raising, strategic planning, and building community partnerships. For the last 3 years, PHFS has been recognized as one of Oregon’s “Top 100 Nonprofits to Work For,” and Brandi has received the 2010 Bank of America Local Hero Award for her leadership in social services and the 2013 WVDO Crystal Award for Executive Fund Raising.
Brandi sits on the Board of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, a statewide association that works to raise the voice and collective impact of all nonprofits in Oregon. She is also a member of City Club of Portland, a civic engagement organization whose mission is dedicated to community service, public affairs, and leadership development. In her spare time, Brandi enjoys hiking and backpacking with her dog Wookie Bear, doing yoga, reading, and going to music festivals and concerts.
Caitie Deranek Stewart
Caitie Deranek Stewart is the Assistant Director of Development at the IU School of Medicine, the second largest medical school in the United States and one of the most highly respected teaching and research facilities working to fight debilitating diseases while building the next generation of outstanding medical professionals. Prior to joining the IU School of Medicine, Caitie was the Donor Relations Specialist at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the first school of its kind that examines the cultural, financial, and historical implications of philanthropy and the third sector around the world. Caitie is passionate about improving philanthropy and the fundraising profession to enable the voluntary sector to achieve new heights in making positive change globally.
Caitie is an active volunteer and is involved with Indiana University-Purdue University’s Staff Council, chairs the Staff Development Committee, and created and administers a program to award professional development grants to staff. She is also a member of Giving Sum, a giving circle for 20-30 year-olds committed to making a difference in the Indianapolis community. In 2015, she will assume the chairmanship of the Fundraising and Special Events committee for Giving Sum. Caitie also serves on the Executive Committee for the IUPUI United Way of Central Indiana campaign which raises over $300,000 annually to support important causes around the greater Indianapolis area.
Caitie is working on her Masters of Arts in Philanthropic Studies and Masters of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University and received her Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Fund Raising School in 2014. She received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Indianapolis in 2011. She is still an active musician and holds the position of Soprano Section Leader at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis and maintaining a small studio of voice students. In her spare time, Caitie loves to read everything under the sun, create delicacies in the kitchen, and spend time with her husband competing to see who will win at cards or Words with Friends.
A passionate advocate for building nonprofit capacity, Jalisa Whitley is a Community Impact Manager for the United Way of the National Capital Area, an organization that improves the lives of individuals and families by uniting the people and organizations that have the will, expertise and resources to create measurable results and a lasting impact. At the United Way, Jalisa is primarily responsible for grantmaking, program management, advocacy, and identification of best practices in education, income and health. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor’s of Arts from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Jalisa proudly serves as a mentor with Public Allies and an active member of Black Benefactors. When not nerding out on philanthropy and nonprofit capacity-building, you can find Jalisa enjoying a good book, looking for a new brunch spot or enjoying live music.
Kim Walker is a devoted non-profiteer currently living in Ann Arbor, MI. In her professional life, she serves as a Senior Program Manager at CSH, a national non-profit organization devoted to housing society’s most vulnerable individuals, including people experiencing homelessness. Kim’s expertise lies in providing training and technical assistance on best practices related to ending homelessness and developing excellent supportive housing to communities across the country. Prior to her work at CSH, she served in a similar role at the National Alliance to End Homelessness for four years. She also served as an AmeriCorps member in Philadelphia. She received her Master’s of Urban Planning from UCLA in 2009 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Organization Development at Bowling Green State University. She’s a proud alum of the College of William & Mary and a native of the amazing Cleveland, OH.
Kim was drawn to work with YNPN because its focus on strengthening the sector fit in perfectly with her own interest and passion for supporting, developing, and collaborating with other young leaders and creating a sector that is more collaborative and capable of transformative change. When not working or YNPN-ing, Kim loves to spend time with her husband (Markus), Golden Retriever (Jones), and her friends, travel as much as she can, read, and run – in 2014 she finished her her 20th half marathon and 14th full marathon.
Russ Finkelstein is the Managing Director of Clearly Next, a start-up web service that helps people navigate their careers. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Talent Philanthropy Project and the New Organizing Institute on talent development issues. He currently serves or has served in similar roles at the Schusterman Foundation, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and the Point Foundation.
Russ served as Associate Director of Idealist.org for 14 years where he was on the founding team of the organization. There he led a staff of nine to develop revenue-generating programs that addressed information gaps related to working in the nonprofit sector, domestic and global volunteering, graduate education and year-of-service programs.
Russ holds an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a BA in Literature and Government from Connecticut College.