Malak Eajaz

Herndon Program & Outreach Intern

Malak has seven years of professional experience in diplomacy, protocols, administrative, finance work, diplomatic corp, foreign affairs, advocacy and lobbying for divorced women’s human rights.

Malak got her Masters in Public Affairs from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris/Sciences Po in  France. Malak has worked on project management, public policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation, grants proposals and analytical reporting. In Addition she is skilled in negotiations, diplomatic ceremonial protocol, qualitative and quantitative research methods, field research and development of compliances.  Malak is fluent in Arabic English, Basic French & basic Urdu.

She is originally form Yemen, where she received her Bachelors degree from Sana’a University in political Science. Her passion as a woman is to always take the first step. Malik believes inside each and every one of us is a champion and leader.  We can always be in the front or on the side with men, but never in the back.

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

Naik Alam

Development Intern

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Naik Alam is here from Pakistan studying Business Management as a Fellow at Northern Virginia Community College through the CCIP exchange program. He is planning to have his own business, and besides that is interested about empowering women in society because they can play a vital role in poverty alleviation in developing countries like Pakistan.

Professionally he has worked as Programme Assistant with a community organization in Pakistan that focused on community development through multiple levels. In addition to Naik’s professional work, he has served as a volunteer in several organizations. He is mainly interested in hiking and swimming, but most of all he enjoys cooking.

Through working with EWI, he seeks to enhance his own skills and new ideas, so he could utilize that experience when he goes back to Pakistan.

You may contact Naik 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


Grecia Hernandez 

Operations Intern

IMG_20161213_133147Grecia Marina Hernández Ojeda is from Hermosillo, Sonora, México. She arrived to Washington, D.C. in January 2017 to attend the Sonora 100 youth program in the Spring semester at The Washington Center for academic internships and seminars. Grecia has been sent through a scholarship by the government of Sonora to learn how non-profit organizations work in the Unites States and will be studying leadership, civic engagement, civil society, while also developing a project to take back to Sonora after her time here.

Grecia is currently studying at the Universidad del Valle de México the Bachelor’s Degree in Administration. She has always been passionate about women empowerment, business development and believes in educating women to gain a broader vision about the world and themselves.

You can get in contact with Grecia through

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