After graduating from JMU, I accepted a job with an international conservation organization called RARE. At RARE, I worked as an administrative assistant and was afforded several opportunities to travel internationally, work with donors, and contribute to the development and rollout of several projects and programs. After working in the conservation sector for two years, I decided I wanted to pursue a career with a more humanistic base. In January 2008, I left RARE and began coursework towards a Masters of Public Health (MPH) at the George Washington University. My shift back into academics was smooth and enjoyable. I took full advantage of living and working in Washington D.C. – attending every workshop, conference, meeting, and lecture I could. In the fall of 2008, I interned at the International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI) with the Agricultural and Health Research Platform (AHRP). A semester later I accepted a job at AED, working with the USAID funded Hygiene Improvement Project (HIP). I am currently a program associate at AED, providing backstop and technical support to several other projects besides HIP, including: NetMark, T-MARC, Together for Health Ukraine, and three small projects on injection safety.