Age: 26 Home Town: Washington Crossing, PA Education: BA in English (concentration: Creative Writing), University of Pennsylvania Specific Field Interests: Multimedia Storytelling, Women's Empowerment, Gender Equity, Education, Urban Infrastructure, Informal Settlements, Public Health; Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Healthcare Placement: AIF Media Project, Mumbai, Maharashtra Area of Focus: Media
Highlights: Ilana is a second-year Fellow with a passion for multimedia storytelling, a love of Indian literature, a longstanding interest in public health awareness, and a dedication to promoting the rights of women and girls. As an undergraduate, Ilana produced UPenn's 2010 production of The Vagina Monologues and co-founded The Penn Monologues, an annual show written and performed by students, staff, and faculty. Ilana's interest in public health is informed by her experience as a UPenn-Botswana Partnership Early Education Intern in Gaborone, Botswana, where she worked with children affected by HIV/AIDS. Additionally, her passion for education is rooted in her work as a 2010-2011 Fellow with The Modern Story in Hyderabad India, where she taught digital storytelling to 8th and 9th grade students in government schools. Prior to joining AIF, Ilana worked in Switzerland as a writer and editor for Urban-Think Tank and the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH ZÌ_rich.