Program Assistant, National Albanian American Council, April 2014–July 2014 As a Program Assistant at the National Albanian American Council, I managed logistics for the Hope Fellowship, a USAID-funded international leadership program for women in the Balkans. This program is designed to strengthen the role of women in policy and decision-making in Kosovo through sponsoring small cohorts of promising leaders to spend a month in Washington, D.C. attending meetings, workshops, and professional development events. My roles included coordinating international travel for the Fellows to attend the Washington Leadership Program and arranging meetings at various think tanks, nonprofits, international organizations, and government agencies. I also secured and monitored individualized two-week internship experiences for Fellows at professional sites in their field and organized a congressional shadow day. Finally, I monitored program expenditures, drafted reports and press releases, and facilitated administrative work for additional programs.
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, The Fulbright Program, U.S. Department of State, September 2012–June 2013 In 2012, I was selected as one of three recipients of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Montenegro. My primary role as a Fulbright Fellow was to instruct six semester-long English language courses at the University of Donja Gorica in the capital city of Podgorica. My duties also entailed serving as a cultural ambassador and public diplomat to Montenegro through various means of community involvement. Over the course of my fellowship, I worked with the U.S. Embassy and nonprofit organizations to plan events and present publicly on U.S. culture, politics, and education. My colleague and I also worked with a talented group of local women to organize and direct the country's premier production of The Vagina Monologues. This work culminated in three sold-out performances which raised over €1,000 in donations for the local women's shelter and evolved into a sustainable project after our departure.
Community Director, March of Dimes Twin Cities Chapter, January 2012–September 2012 During my time with the March of Dimes, I was the point person for managing and executing the largest annual March of Dimes fundraising event in the Twin Cities to date. I developed professional working relationships with staff, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers and advocated for the mission of the March of Dimes to legislators and the greater community. Throughout this time, I also established and maintained accurate databases. In recognition of my work, I received a promotion from Event Coordinator to Community Director within four months of my initial start date.