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Student Assistants

Kathryn Allred

Kathryn is a first year MPP student originally from Macon, GA. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in International Affairs. While she was at Tech she interned for two summers with a nonprofit organization in Haiti, and has also visited parts of Europe and Central America. After college, she taught high school special education and discovered an interest in international education policy. She's interested in learning more about international development and nonprofit leadership at UMD to impact women and girls education policy abroad. Kathryn enjoys reading, watching Kentucky basketball and playing with her two-year-old niece, Skylar.

Emily Bitgood

Emily comes to the School of Public Policy's Do Good Institute with three years of experience in the non-profit education sector. Most recently, she was the Data and Assessment Coordinator for Urban Teachers, a cutting edge teacher pipeline that supports and trains pre-service teachers in Baltimore. Prior to Urban Teachers, Emily began in education working for the nonprofit organization Project SEED. As a Mathematics Specialist for Project SEED, she taught algebra to elementary students throughout Baltimore County and coached teachers on student engagement techniques. She is specializing in Education Policy with a focus in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the School of Public Policy. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Political Science from the University at Buffalo. Originally from Rochester, New York, she has a love for Wegmans grocery stores, Finger Lakes wineries, and the New York Yankees.

Aaron Burr

Aaron is originally from Madison, WI. He attended Washington University in St. Louis and realized that his true passion lied in the field of international relations. From that point onward, he has been focused on his goal of working in the international and development field. Upon graduating from college, he traveled to Kenya and worked with Internally Displaced Persons in their health, environment and education programs. After his time in Kenya, Aaron joined the Peace Corps. While in the Peace Corps, he helped to found and build an employability center for Azeri youth in Georgia with his community organization and worked in their education and youth development programs. He is excited to be studying at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. He hopes to continue serving others and believes that his Public Policy degree from UMD will help him to achieve his long-term goals of service both nationally and internationally.

Jennifer Crino

Jen is a first year Master of Public Policy student focusing on environmental policy, who is also a graduate Teaching Assistant for the freshman iGive series course, Leading and Investing in Social Change: Redefining and Experimenting with Philanthropy. She graduated from Boston College with a major in International Relations and a minor in Environmental Studies, and has interned with the Environmental Protection Agency as well as the environmental non-profit Green Seal, based in DC. After graduation she hopes to work for an environmental think tank or non-profit in the area.

Rebecca Hiemstra

Rebecca Hiemstra is from Ann Arbor, Michigan and got her BA in International Relations at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mi.  Her interest in international affairs began when she lived in Germany for three years as a youth, and in college she focused her studies on Africa.  Rebecca spent two years in the Peace Corps in rural Rwanda as a community health volunteer managing clean water/sanitation, HIV prevention, and nutrition projects and spent the past six months in Goma, Congo coordinating youth programs with a local development NGO.  She is interested in nonprofit work and international development, and will be specializing in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at UMD and working as the Do Good Challenge Coordinator at the Do Good Institute.  She enjoys learning new languages and speaks fluent German, Kinyarwanda, and French.

Victoria Ryan

Victoria has six years’ experience in the realm of nonprofit management and evaluation of international development projects and community-based organizations in the U.S. and Africa. Most recently she worked with TechnoServe in Botswana to design and implement an impact assessment of a training program for small and medium enterprises and, prior to enrolling in her graduate program, Victoria managed community development projects funded by The Gates Foundation and UNICEF with Tostan in Guinea. Victoria also supported a youth program as an AmeriCorps*Vista volunteer and conducted research on malaria prevention practices with an international public health organization based in D.C. Victoria is a current MBA/MPP dual degree student concentrating in international development and consulting at the University of Maryland. She graduated from Nazareth College with a BA in Economics and minors in French and International Relations. She spent two years in France studying and teaching and likes to spend her spare time hiking, running, reading and traveling.

Sarah Simpkins

Sarah graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, ME in 2010 with a degree in English. During this time, she also studied French, post-colonial literature, international migration and human rights while studying abroad in Jamaica, Senegal and Morocco. After graduating, she moved to Washington DC where she worked for two years as an International Health Program Associate for Medical Care Development International, a non-profit focused on reducing the burden of malaria, HIV and other infectious and communicable diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa. Afterwards, she worked for ChildFund International for over three years where she supported in-country project design and proposal development in the areas of economic strengthening for vulnerable populations, alternative care for institutionalized children, the prevention of child labor and child trafficking, and community health in Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Senegal and Uganda. Sarah is currently pursuing her MPP with a specialization in international development at the University of Maryland.

Bingying Wu

Bingying has a background in international youth leadership and international volunteerism. She had worked in the international student organization AIESEC for over two years. Most recently, she worked as a translator with aviation companies in Wichita, Kansas. Prior to that, she was an exchange student in Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. She worked in a new, inspiring environmental-focused NGO Greenovation:Hub in Beijing, as well as in the New Oriental Technology and Education Group as an International English Lantuage Testing System (IELTS) teacher in Beijing. Bingying volunteered in West Sumatra, Indonesia as a teacher in a local middle school and fundraised for an HIV awareness seminar. Bingying has a B.A. in Translation and Interpretation from Beihang University. She is currently completing her Master’s of Public Policy program at the School of Public Policy, specializing in International Economic Policy. Bingying enjoys cooking, traveling, interior design, and Zumba in her free time.

Zhongsheng Wu

Zhongsheng Wu is a first year PhD student in the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland. He comes from a small rural village located in a mountainous area in the central part of China. He is specializing in nonprofit management and leadership, and is interested in  civic engagement, volunteering, giving, and nonprofit governance and accountability. In June 2015 he received a Masters degree from Beijing Normal University, majoring in nonprofit management. His undergraduate degree in social work was attained at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2012. He was also a visiting graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Policy and Practice from August 2014 to April 2015. In addition to taking courses, Zhongsheng is involved in a lot of research in the nonprofit sector of China. He has interned and volunteered in several nonprofit organizations, such as the China Foundation Center.