From kindergarten through 12th grade, I attended public schools in five American states (VA, WA, MA, CA, SC). I graduated with a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and then studied ecology and evolutionary biology for one year at the University of Naples (Italy) Federico II as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. Seeking practical research experience, I managed an aquatic ecology lab for one year at Florida International University, looking at how food webs respond to human impacts. Then, wanting to apply ecology to global health, I spent a year studying malaria mosquito ecology at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (Entebbe, Uganda) as a Fulbright Fellow. For my doctorate at the Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Global Health & Population, I wrote my dissertation on child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, during which time I lived for 6 months in The Gambia. I then lived in Bukavu, DRCongo for a year as a research fellow in development economics for Wageningen University (Netherlands). My non-academic jobs along the way were: community organizer, waiter, sandwich-maker, barista, landscaper, newspaper delivery, camp counselor, and tutor.