Theoffany Joy Cabanda

Program and Outreach Fellow

Joy is a Community Solutions Program 2016 fellow from the Philippines and is focusing on women and gender issues. She is currently working on in earning her Master’s degree in Business Management from Mindanao State University majoring on Entrepreneurial and International Marketing. She currently works as a freelance enterprise development specialist and researcher and serves women organizations, farmers’ groups and micro-entrepreneurs in partnership with various government offices and non-profit organizations in her home province.

Joy’s desires to be immersed and share culturally-diverse entrepreneurial development and advocacy initiatives with women during her practicum work with EWI. Through their advocacy work, she intends to build and expand her network through sustainable partnerships. In her free time, Joy likes to write short stories, draw Japanese art, sing and travel.

Chau Le

Development and Communication Fellow

Chau graduated in Auditing and Accounting in National Economics University in Vietnam. Given a full scholarships from Italy and France, she completed her Masters in Economics and Management in Luiss Guido Carli in Rome, Italy and a second master in Applied Labour Economics for Development in SciencePo at the University of Turin in International Training Centre of International Labour Organization.

Chau has been working in research economics and strategic development for more than 6 years. She worked at the International Labour Organization and European Commission in Europe; a social enterprise LabourNet in India and now as a Community Solution Program fellow in the US. Her focus area is women and youth empowerment by the tools of training, counseling, researching studies. The ultimate purpose is to improve living quality, equality and spread happiness.

In many different interests, Chau chooses to teach yoga and meditation as a second career. She finds yoga and meditation are other ways of empowering people who are searching for equanimity and work life balance. Her favorite quote is Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile – Albert Einstein.

Aurora Martey

Development Associate Intern

aurora marteyAurora is originally from Ghana and recently moved to the United States to join her family. With a background in Engineering and a long held passion to help solve social problems, she worked with the Telecom industry back home for years whilst participating in several voluntary programs; some of which included teaching in rural schools and mentoring young girls to pursue Science and Technology. Seeking to channel her passion for volunteering in the United States, she decided to venture into the world of nonprofits and EWI provides the unique environment to assist her hone in on her skills. Her objective is to gain valuable experience that will be beneficial in supporting NGO’s in developing countries like Ghana.

Aurora is passionate about empowering people and actively engages in opportunities that positively impact society; especially the lives of women. She enjoys taking long walks, sightseeing and travelling. In her spare time, she can be found experimenting with her favorite African dishes.

Christane Njatcha

Marketing & Communications Intern

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Christane graduated from Bowie State University with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in International Relations. She has previously interned with the Prince Georges State’s Attorney Office, where  she assisted in the development of social media content and marketing strategies. With a zeal for digital marketing and women entrepreneurship, she joined the EWI Communications team to build and expand her knowledge on community outreach. Joining the EWI, Christane seeks to merge her digital marketing skills  with her passion for women empowerment through entrepreneurship. On her spare times she enjoys solo traveling, hiking and writing.


Lydia Coppedge

Events and Outreach Intern

lydia coppedgeLydia Coppedge is a current junior at Indiana University majoring in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and minoring in Spanish. Born in Baltimore, MD and raised in South Bend, IN, Lydia came to Empowered Women International while studying in Washington, DC as a participant in the Washington Leadership Program through her university. She has visited, lived, and studied in numerous countries, and hopes to bring a global perspective to her work. As a full time student and intern, Lydia enjoys helping women in need reach their goals while learning more about her future career field, applying skill sets she developed in previous positions at Habitat for Humanity, and at IU planning on-campus events.

Lydia speaks Spanish, plays guitar, and loves adventure. In her spare time, she can be found reading, cooking, hiking, and visiting farmer’s markets.

Sae Kobayashi

Development Associate Intern

Sae KobayashiSae is in her junior year at the University of Tsukuba located in Ibaraki, Japan, majoring in international studies concentrating in international development. Her research includes the impact of the globalization on gender development and empowerment around the world.

Sae was raised in Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. As a result, she is passionate about living in a multicultural environment and connecting with people from different parts of the world. She hopes to become a person who can help solve social problems in the global community, especially in the field of women’s empowerment. In the summer of 2014, she worked as an intern at an NGO called Maligaya House, in Quezon-city, Philippines. This organization assists to protect the human rights of the Japanese-Filipino Children (JFC) to provide support to them and their mothers. During her role, Sae organized a workshop for the children and their mothers, which helped JFCs gain their citizenships and rights, and provided Japanese language classes.

Zhen Liu

Rockville Programs & Outreach Intern

zhen liuAs a Development Associate intern at the Empowered Women International, Sae is excited to take part in and learn about the nonprofit management in the United States and women’s empowerment, and to grow skills to be able to make a positive impact to the society.

Zhen is from China and she has recently completed her Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Nonprofit Administration at the University of Georgia. While studying in UGA for the past two years, she has learned valuable knowledge of nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship.

She is extremely excited to apply her skill sets into women empowerment and program management in the nonprofit filed. She also studied intercultural communication during her undergraduate program at the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts in Beijing, China, which cultivated her great passion for living in a multicultural environment and working with people from different cultures and backgrounds. She believes this internship at the EWI is a great opportunity for her to explore more about future career field and grow skills.

During her time at UGA, Zhen worked as an intern for the American Red Cross and the Georgia Museum of Arts, where she assisted in researching, implementing and developing educational programs and events. Zhen loves photography, exploring coffee shops and farmers markets in her spare time.


Ghizlane Moustaid

Herndon Program & Outreach Intern

Ghizlane is graduating with a BA in Global Affairs and pursuing her Accelerated Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University. Prior to her work in EWI, Ghizlane enjoyed working and empowering the youth in the community through the MakeStrides Mentorship Program that she has created that aims to provide a learning atmosphere for the youth to develop as leaders and professionals in the community. Her passion for women’s empowerment has led her to create events in her community geared to bringing awareness of contributions and accomplishments of women in society. Ghizlane joined EWI in the beginning of 2016 seeking to contribute her passion and knowledge to empowering women entrepreneurs while learning more about her future career path.

Collin Dobbins

Events and Outreach Intern

collin dobbins head shot Collin currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. He attends Wake Forest University as an undergraduate and is in his final year of obtaining a Bachelors in Political Science and History. Through study, Collin has developed a passion for political activism, and hopes one day to create his own Thin-tank or NGO. Collin has joined EWI to learn first hand how to be successful in servicing the community, and wishes to add his own ideas to the organization in order to create lasting positive effects for the clients and their communities.


Cailin Dollins

Herndon Program & Outreach Intern

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 9.47.12 AMCailin was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia. She is currently working on earning her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University with concentrations in Energy and Environment. Through early immersion education and travel, Cailin developed a passion for Spanish language and culture and continues to study the language through a minor in Spanish at JMU. She hopes to apply her past experiences in environmental program development and management during her time with EWI. Through outreach programs she intends to create new, innovative partnerships and material to continue positive growth within EWI.



Amara Evering

Communications Intern

ammara everingAmara Evering is originally from Washington, D.C. Her greatest passions are writing and  social justice. She has constantly pursued these fervors in her involvement in literary magazines and social justice organizations, such as the Human Rights Association she founded at her former school. In this association, she led numerous projects that altered her school community, as well as her local community. 

She currently attends Emory University, studying creative writing and social development. She came to Empowered Women International to offer her abilities for the upliftment of women. Through her writing of blog posts and her involvement in EWI’s communications, she desires to support this honorable and noble organization.



Sheila Mulli

Community Solutions Program Leader

sheila mulliSheila is a young feminist analytical thinker with experience developing innovative approaches to women’s and girls’ economic empowerment from Kenya. She holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a member of the Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era Network (DAWN). Before becoming an entrepreneur, Sheila worked with various women’s rights organizations including Urgent Action Fund – Africa and African Women’s Development and Communication Network to promote women’s human rights across the African region.

Through her cultural sensitivity, gained through various global experiences, she has greatly contributed to promoting and defending the rights of women and girls across the African continent. She is an Echenberg Human Rights Fellow with McGill University and a Vital Voices GROW Fellow, opportunities that have nurtured and developed her into a young African woman entrepreneur with the belief that the empowerment of young African women will enable them to play a crucial and constructive role in the development of their communities and the world at large.

Sheila joins EWI as a 2015 Community Solutions Program Fellow for 4 months and seeking to contribute to the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs through knowledge sharing and gain skills that will nurture and develop her for local and global leadership.

Jamie Phlegar

Herndon Program and Outreach Intern

jamie phlegarJamie is from Roanoke, VA and is a recent graduate of James Madison University, where she studied Sociology and Spanish. Her studies in Sociology opened her eyes to the vast inequality that exists in the world and inspired her passion for human rights- specifically those of women and minorities. She aspires to have a lifelong career of working towards equality for everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, or ability and believes that EWI is the perfect place for her to learn and grow.

During her time at JMU, Jamie worked as a volunteer for the Career Development Academy assisting in teaching English to immigrants in the Harrisonburg, VA area. Her experience there exposed her to different cultures and further encouraged her passion for empowering others. Jamie is eager to gain valuable experience at EWI, and to work in an encouraging environment with like-minded people. She whole-heartedly believes in EWI’s vision and in our ability to make a huge impact, one woman at a time.

Chelsea Yarbro

Marketing and Communications Intern

Chelsea’s passion and creativity is rooted in her commitment to social justice through action and empowerment. With over eight years of business development experience, she specializes in SEO copywriting and editing for online platforms as well as social media campaigns. Chelsea also brings a collection of professional experiences in fundraising, sales, and design. Upon graduating in 2014 with her Bachelor of Arts in Apparel Design, Chelsea spent a year working in Marketing and Communications for a fashion ecommerce startup in Seattle, WA. Wishing to explore the East Coast and the non-profit sector, she moved to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2015. Having discovered EWI, Chelsea is excited to be a part of making real change happen in the lives of local women and their communities.

Chelsea hopes to experience life from an inclusive and multicultural perspective. With an extensive international background, she actively seeks opportunities to explore and challenge life’s norms. Avid reader, tea enthusiast, and world explorer. In her spare time, Chelsea can usually be found planning, or executing, her next life adventure.

Rini Sarmaroy

Programs & Operations Associate

rini sarmaroyRini Sarmaroy is currently completing her Masters degree in International Affairs with a focus on security, political science and sociology in Latin America, at George Washington University. She began studying international affairs during her undergraduate program at the University at Albany in New York and developed a deep passion for human rights, security policy and social advocacy.

In 2013, she completed extensive research regarding the penitentiary system in Latin America and judicial reform, primarily in Mexico. In 2014 she was able to implement her findings into her thesis and had the opportunity to travel to Mexico City to provide data and research analysis for Transparencia Mexicana through qualitative analysis of the Mexican judicial system and recent reform as well as citizens perspective towards security. This experience and her findings furthered her desire to pursue advocacy work.

Rini began with EWI as a spring intern working with the programs team and returned post-internship as a programs and operations consultant. She hopes to continue to fulfill her passions and leave a lasting impact through both grassroots movements and policy work.

Robin Brazier

Program and Outreach Intern

Robin BrazierRobin is extremely passionate about the empowerment of marginalized people, particularly women, all around the world. She is a recent graduate from the University of Mary Washington, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography, specializing in Human Geography. Robin’s studies focused on human rights, gender issues, and international and community development in Latin America. Some of her research includes investigating space representation at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and its effects on cultivating interest in and support for community development projects in the area, as well as research on adolescent marriage in Guatemala and its consequences. As a student at Mary Washington, she gained valuable experiences studying abroad in both Spain and Guatemala. Last summer she worked as an intern for Pueblo a Pueblo, a non-governmental organization in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, where she supported various community development projects, including maternal/child health and family planning education, academic scholarships for young women, and literacy education in Spanish and English.

As a Reston/Herndon native, Robin is excited to give back to the community where she grew up. She hopes to make a lasting impression and is eager to continue work that positively impacts women.

Clare McGowan

Marketing & Events Intern

Clare McGowanClare is excited to work toward advancing the empowerment of women and making a positive impact as the Marketing and Events Intern at Empowered Women International. Clare will be returning this fall to James Madison University for her senior year, where she is working towards completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Advocacy, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. Clare was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia and recently returned from a semester abroad studying at the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. This is where she really grew her passion for learning and experiencing other cultures, languages, and traveling. Clare began her love for Spanish and languages as part of an immersion program in her elementary school, and she has continued with Spanish ever since. She also has a strong interest in communication, marketing, and media relations, and is thrilled for the opportunity to learn more and explore those fields with EWI. She hopes to be able to continue and grow in those skills while helping to make a difference in the lives of others and enact positive change. In her spare time, Clare loves to spend time outdoors, and at the beach with family and friends.

Amy Wu

Development and Research Intern

Amy WuAmy Wu is a rising sophomore at Claremont McKenna College, a liberal arts college in Southern California, double majoring in Mathematics and Economics. She is a native of Montgomery County, Maryland and wanted to return to the D.C. area for the summer to make a local impact. Amy is passionate about social entrepreneurship and advocacy, and she’s interested in exploring the economic development and micro-finance spheres for a future career to combine quantitative analysis with socially impactful work. Amy started a social venture called Project Cultural Crossroads through the LearnServe Fellows Program in high school that addressed the lack of support for local immigrant communities, facilitating cross-cultural dialogue and tackling the mental health stigma. Although her endeavors in social entrepreneurship have taught her the practical lesson of starting small, the awareness of local and global social issues she’s gained has taught her to dream big.

Empowered Women International was the perfect place to take her commitment to social impact to the next level. Through her internship with EWI, Amy is hoping to gain insight into the nonprofit work environment, become more globally minded, and work with experienced and influential like-minded people who value a meaningful impact in their careers!

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