Malak Abdulhamied

Herndon Program & Outreach Intern


Since last year Malak has developed extensive knowledge and experience in managing effective outreach and communication strategies with external partners. Has worked as a program officer in a non profit organization increased her academic background as a strategy planner and public policy maker.

Malak has seven years of professional experience in diplomacy, protocols,   administrative and finance working with the Diplomatic Corp, Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Republic of Yemen, advocacy and lobbying as a passion towards human rights specifically women rights. In addition she is skilled in negotiations, diplomatic ceremonial and protocol. Malak has done her post graduation in Public Affairs from Institute d’Etudes Politiques  de Paris / Sciences Po, Paris, France, and this empowered her with techniques of research methods. She is originally form Yemen, where she received her Bachelors degree in Political Science from Sana’a University. She is a dedicated and passionate professional with good academic background and international experience working in government and non profit organizations.  She has knowledge of Arabic, English, Basic French & Basic Hindi.

Her passion as a woman is to always take the first step. Malak believes that inside each and every one of us is a champion and leader. Women can always be ahead of men or be besides men, but never behind them taking a back seat.

You can contact Malak through email at

Brenda Patterson

Herndon Program & Outreach Intern

IMG_9920Brenda is a student from South Africa currently pursuing Master’s degree in Project Management. Member of the Washington DC PMI charter soon to be PMP certified. She is also a certified Black Belt Lean Six Sigma Practitioner.

Brenda has more than ten years of experience working as a business-oriented systems consultant in manufacturing, distribution, and accounting systems. Known for organizational process improvement abilities and brings a level of personal motivation to projects that consistently produces superior results using performance evaluations and Improvements Six Sigma methodologies such as DMAIC and IDDOV. She possesses strong communication and leadership skills. A unique blend of financial and operational experience helps transform established business practices.

Brenda was born in Zimbabwe to parents from Jamaica and has traveled around Africa. Brenda’s journey has been empowered by strong women from different cultures and backgrounds. She feels it is her turn to empower other women.

“ Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it,  she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou

You can contact Brenda through email at

Eleanor Campbell

Marketing and Development Intern

Eleanor is locally from Alexandria, VA and recently graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a degree in Communication Studies and a double minor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, where she also spent a semester studying abroad at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.

From an early age, Eleanor was involved in a number of volunteer opportunities that explored global advocacy and community development. It was during college that she really got passionate about the empowerment of marginalized communities, especially women, all over the world. While honing her focus towards women around the DMV, she feels that she is giving back to her community by joining EWI as the Marketing and Development Intern. Eleanor hopes to learn more about nonprofits and EWI. She is also very eager to continue empowering women and strengthening our modern global network throughout this internship and on.

“Women are like teabags. You don’t know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

You can contact Eleanor through email at




Annika Holkeboer

Development Intern

Annika Holkeboer is originally from Chicago and is currently a student at The George Washington University studying International Affairs and concentrating in Global Public Health and African Regional Studies. While her interest lies mainly in global affairs, Annika loves DC, and has a passion for helping those in the city. For the past year, Annika has worked as a Development Coordinator for Camp Kesem, a student led organization at The George Washington University, where she first became interested in nonprofit fundraising. She is excited to intern for EWI this summer and help with development related endeavors.

You can contact Annika through email at


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