Age: 25 Home Town: Miami, FL Education: MPH, Emory University, BA, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill Specific Field Interests: maternal and child nutrition, microfinance, youth empowerment Placement: Pudiyador (Chennai, Tamil Nadu) Area of Focus: Education
Highlights: Swathi was born in Tamil Nadu in India and is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work as a Clinton Fellow in her state of birth. She moved to the US at a very young age but has always had strong ties to India, through language, dance, music, and social justice initiatives. She has returned to her country of birth many times and has worked on projects at a rural hospital, an internationally reputed eye care facility with significant rural outreach, children's homes, and with self-help groups. Swathi is a recent graduate of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University where she focused her coursework around chronic disease and nutrition. Prior to that, while an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Swathi was involved in many extracurricular activities centered on social justice and access to services for the homeless community. She was also a part of a team that started the first student-led microfinance initiative in the United States. Currently, Swathi works at CARE, a global NGO focused on poverty alleviation through programs that empower women and children, on their Nutrition Plus team. Swathi has always been motivated by her peers and mentors to work harder, do more, and never forget that life is a constantly evolving learning process. She is excited to explore the world of youth education in India through this fellowship, hopes to integrate many of the skills she gained in her masters program into her work and most importantly, forge deeper and stronger ties to the people of Tamil Nadu, and India.