McKenna Parker

Age: 23
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri
Education: B.Sc. in Nutritional Sciences with minors in Leadership Studies and South Asian Studies (Kansas State University)
Specific Field Interests: International Development and Global Health
Placement: Medha Learning Foundation in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Area of Focus: Education

Fellowship Project: Expand partnerships with educational institutions to scale up an existing 21st-century career skills training center designed to improve employment outcomes for youth.

Highlights: McKenna is serving as an American India Foundation (AIF) Clinton Fellow with Medha in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. For her Fellowship project, she is expanding partnerships with educational institutions to scale up an existing 21st-century career skills training center designed to improve employment outcomes for youth. McKenna graduated with a degree in nutritional sciences. During her undergraduate years, she participated in research on the iron fortificants and protein quality of different fortified blended food products used by the U.S. Agency for International Development to address malnutrition and iron-deficient anemia in developing countries. After several years of nutrition research, she began questioning the underlying causes of malnutrition and poverty in the developing world. She diversified her work to investigate the social and economic factors that impact health outcomes, such as a community advocacy group for affordable housing in Manhattan, Kansas, and eventually to Split, Croatia, in 2017 to learn more about socialized healthcare systems. A childhood exposure to Indian culture left McKenna with a lifelong passion for the country, which led her to spend four months studying abroad in Bangalore at Christ University. She is excited to return to India in a professional capacity as an AIF Clinton Fellow. During her year of service, McKenna is looking forward to evolving professionally, engaging with the cohort, and gaining new perspectives on the development sector.

Posts by McKenna Parker

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Fevikwik: Stories of Breaking (Let’s Chaat, episode 1 transcript)

This podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and the AIF YouTube Channel. […]

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Relationships are Complicated: India and I

A mish-mash of Karan Johar movies.  Separating coriander leaves from stems in front of the […]

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Q&A with Ismael Byers, AIF Clinton Fellow 2019-20

Hands down, the best part of the AIF Clinton Fellowship for me has been the […]

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Systemic Change or Baby (Puppy) Steps

A few weeks ago, a small puppy curled up on the steps in front of […]

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Fellowship in the Time of Coronavirus

Despite the Worth Health Organization declaring a “public health emergency of international concern” over the […]

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