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



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




Carla Medrano

Program & Outreach Intern Rockville

Carla Medrano was born and raised in Northern Virginia and has recently graduated from Old Dominion University with her Bachelor’s in Health Sciences. Her focus lies within Health Services Administration but she is a huge advocate for the uplift and empowerment of communities of color. Growing up in a Latino household she developed the need to help those who have shared her same struggle regardless of cultural differences.

While studying at ODU, Carla immersed herself in community outreach work and other leadership opportunities. She held multiple positions in many student organizations and volunteered regularly. She hopes that her interest in community empowerment will create wonderful learning opportunities with EWI.

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Akiliah Radford

Marketing and Communications Intern

meAkiliah Radford a native Baltimorean; recently obtained her Associates degree in General Studies from Baltimore City Community College, where she also spent a month studying abroad learning Spanish at Conversa in Costa Rica. She will be pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in English Composition and Literature from Morgan State University on a full scholarship starting in the fall.

At a very young age she was introduced to the problems that face the African American community and understand complex issues beyond her years. Gain the understanding she needed to make strides to get involved in alleviating the injustices she saw and encourages other to do the same. She became very involved with advocacy as she has presented to congress and delegates about the importance of education and reform in all communities. With these new opportunities she was able to meet knowledgeable, internationally minded people that helped encourage her to broaden her horizons in life and inspired her to become more aware of how her decisions affect those around her. She is excited to intern with EWI for the summer and hopes to learn how she can utilize her skills locally, nationwide, and internationally.

You can contact Akiliah through email at



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