About Us

“Learnabi” [lurn-a-bee]: noun

A personalized learning approach that enhances your innate abilities to help you achieve your full potential.

Learnabi, formerly known as Purpose Tutors, was founded by two graduate students in June, 2017 who believed that education should not be a “one size fits all” approach. Today, Learnabi works with partner schools across New York City.


Our Team

We are a dedicated team of learning specialists, psychologists, statisticians, and teachers who are committed to developing and utilizing personalized learning strategies to bridge the learning gap for students.

Rahel Tekola, Co-founder   Rahel co-founded Learnabi, an ed tech venture in June, 2017 when she saw a resource and study skills gap while teaching standardized testing classes in the Bronx. Rahel is no stranger to education methods that fail to meet students’ needs as she understands this from her own academic experience, which inevitably led her to develop personalized approaches to learning.  Prior to Learnabi, Rahel has worked as a consultant. In this role, she advised organizations, endowments, foundations and philanthropies all over the world on high-level organizational strategy, community economic development, on-the-ground special projects to racial and equity-based grantmaking and investments. Rahel has worked across many industries and sectors including local and federal government, non-profit, consultancy and philanthropy. Rahel’s most recent philanthropic work was with the John A. Reisenbach Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation where she focused on community economic development at the intersection of intentional philanthropy. At The Rockefeller Foundation, Rahel’s work focused on strategy and planning on how to unlock private capital gains in low-income area investments, known as the national Opportunity Zones project. During her time at The John A. Reisenbach Foundation, as a Program Officer, Rahel created the foundation’s first impact investing Accelerator project. She also managed the foundations’ grants and programs portfolio. Before moving to New York City, Rahel worked for The Family Place, the largest service providing domestic violence agency in Texas. In this role, she helped lead a $20M capital campaign, worked with the CEO to open the first men’s domestic violence shelter in Texas and worked on a $7M community reinvestment act project with JPMorgan Chase. In addition to her role at The Family Place, Rahel served on the Mayor’s Domestic Task Force, leading a city-wide lethality assessment program for family safety.  Rahel dedicated her early career to serving victims in gender-based violence and worked in pushing the Violence Against Women’s Act legislation during her time at the White House under President Obama’s Administration and during her time in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Rahel is an avid Texas fan and a native of the great state. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Urban and Social Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Texas Tech University.

Rahel Tekola, Co-founder

Rahel co-founded Learnabi, an ed tech venture in June, 2017 when she saw a resource and study skills gap while teaching standardized testing classes in the Bronx. Rahel is no stranger to education methods that fail to meet students’ needs as she understands this from her own academic experience, which inevitably led her to develop personalized approaches to learning.

Prior to Learnabi, Rahel has worked as a consultant. In this role, she advised organizations, endowments, foundations and philanthropies all over the world on high-level organizational strategy, community economic development, on-the-ground special projects to racial and equity-based grantmaking and investments. Rahel has worked across many industries and sectors including local and federal government, non-profit, consultancy and philanthropy. Rahel’s most recent philanthropic work was with the John A. Reisenbach Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation where she focused on community economic development at the intersection of intentional philanthropy. At The Rockefeller Foundation, Rahel’s work focused on strategy and planning on how to unlock private capital gains in low-income area investments, known as the national Opportunity Zones project. During her time at The John A. Reisenbach Foundation, as a Program Officer, Rahel created the foundation’s first impact investing Accelerator project. She also managed the foundations’ grants and programs portfolio. Before moving to New York City, Rahel worked for The Family Place, the largest service providing domestic violence agency in Texas. In this role, she helped lead a $20M capital campaign, worked with the CEO to open the first men’s domestic violence shelter in Texas and worked on a $7M community reinvestment act project with JPMorgan Chase. In addition to her role at The Family Place, Rahel served on the Mayor’s Domestic Task Force, leading a city-wide lethality assessment program for family safety.

Rahel dedicated her early career to serving victims in gender-based violence and worked in pushing the Violence Against Women’s Act legislation during her time at the White House under President Obama’s Administration and during her time in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rahel is an avid Texas fan and a native of the great state. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Urban and Social Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Texas Tech University.

Niara Valério, Co-founder   Niara is originally from Queens, New York and is passionate about increasing the number of girls studying STEM at the college level. She co-founded Learnabi when she saw a study skills gap while teaching SAT classes in the South Bronx and she draws from her own academic experience to develop personalized approaches to learning.  Niara comes from a finance, economics and gender background. She worked as an Economic Affairs Advisor at the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations. While there, she served as a Second Committee liaison and attended high – level meetings and panel discussions on behalf of the Senior Economist of the African Union. Niara transitioned to a finance role at Women’s World Banking Capital Partners, where she assisted the Chief Investment Officer in managing a 50MM gender lens investment fund. Her work on empowering women through finance also extended to her work at ACCION East, where she worked with the Director of SBA Lending to provide loan opportunities to women and minority owned business.  During undergrad at Harvard University, she founded an enterprise that introduced a methodology for sustainable growth and revenue for smallholder cotton farmers in Mozambique and participated in Harvard University’s President’s Challenge. Niara also served as the youngest elected Fundraising Committee Chair to the oldest women’s center in the nation, The Cambridge Women’s Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While there, she developed an organizational wide initiative to transition donor records to a centralized database to facilitate fundraising strategies.  Niara holds a Masters in International Finance and Economic Policy with a Specialization in Gender and Public Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelors in Economics from Harvard University.

Niara Valério, Co-founder

Niara is originally from Queens, New York and is passionate about increasing the number of girls studying STEM at the college level. She co-founded Learnabi when she saw a study skills gap while teaching SAT classes in the South Bronx and she draws from her own academic experience to develop personalized approaches to learning.

Niara comes from a finance, economics and gender background. She worked as an Economic Affairs Advisor at the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations. While there, she served as a Second Committee liaison and attended high – level meetings and panel discussions on behalf of the Senior Economist of the African Union. Niara transitioned to a finance role at Women’s World Banking Capital Partners, where she assisted the Chief Investment Officer in managing a 50MM gender lens investment fund. Her work on empowering women through finance also extended to her work at ACCION East, where she worked with the Director of SBA Lending to provide loan opportunities to women and minority owned business.

During undergrad at Harvard University, she founded an enterprise that introduced a methodology for sustainable growth and revenue for smallholder cotton farmers in Mozambique and participated in Harvard University’s President’s Challenge. Niara also served as the youngest elected Fundraising Committee Chair to the oldest women’s center in the nation, The Cambridge Women’s Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While there, she developed an organizational wide initiative to transition donor records to a centralized database to facilitate fundraising strategies.

Niara holds a Masters in International Finance and Economic Policy with a Specialization in Gender and Public Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelors in Economics from Harvard University.

Christina M. Amendola, Personalized Learning Instructor - ELA   Christina is a certified English teacher in Connecticut and New York. She has been in the classroom for over ten years, five of which were as a full time English teacher for students in grades 6-12. Christina has taught in both charter and public schools. Christina has a B.A in Education from University of Hartford and an M.A. in Teaching of English from Columbia Teachers College. During her time at Columbia, Christina was awarded the prestigious Zankel fellowship which allowed her to support schools and departments through Columbia’s Center of Professional Education of Teachers (CPET). Christina worked with teachers as an instructional coach in schools, generating performance and publication projects in classrooms with the most troubling test scores in New York City. She enjoys partnering with teachers and mentoring them to ensure rigorous and creative work is at the center of their teaching

Christina M. Amendola, Personalized Learning Instructor - ELA

Christina is a certified English teacher in Connecticut and New York. She has been in the classroom for over ten years, five of which were as a full time English teacher for students in grades 6-12. Christina has taught in both charter and public schools. Christina has a B.A in Education from University of Hartford and an M.A. in Teaching of English from Columbia Teachers College. During her time at Columbia, Christina was awarded the prestigious Zankel fellowship which allowed her to support schools and departments through Columbia’s Center of Professional Education of Teachers (CPET). Christina worked with teachers as an instructional coach in schools, generating performance and publication projects in classrooms with the most troubling test scores in New York City. She enjoys partnering with teachers and mentoring them to ensure rigorous and creative work is at the center of their teaching

Nick Anderson, Mathematics Content Developer   Nick is working on his Ph.D. in Measurement and Evaluation at Teachers College (TC). At TC, his coursework has focused on statistics, research design, and measurement theory. Nick also works in the office of institutional studies at TC, where he has helped document the psychometric properties of the various survey instruments used by TC. His research interests include evaluation design, psychometrics, and multilevel modeling. He originally comes from a policy background, having worked for both the US State Department and the United Nations and received a MA in Political Science from NYU and BA degrees in economics, political science, international relations and Spanish from Boston University.

Nick Anderson, Mathematics Content Developer

Nick is working on his Ph.D. in Measurement and Evaluation at Teachers College (TC). At TC, his coursework has focused on statistics, research design, and measurement theory. Nick also works in the office of institutional studies at TC, where he has helped document the psychometric properties of the various survey instruments used by TC. His research interests include evaluation design, psychometrics, and multilevel modeling. He originally comes from a policy background, having worked for both the US State Department and the United Nations and received a MA in Political Science from NYU and BA degrees in economics, political science, international relations and Spanish from Boston University.

Emmanuel Blankson, Personalized Learning Instructor - Mathematics   Emmanuel was born in Obuasi, Ghana and raised in the Bronx, NY. He holds a B.A in Sociology and Mathematics from Dartmouth College and is currently getting his M.A in Math Education from Teacher's College at Columbia University. Emmanuel is interested in the educational outcomes of students of color (especially Black and Latinx students) and their math achievement. He hopes to cultivate an environment that encourage students to see how interesting and creative math learning can be in their lives

Emmanuel Blankson, Personalized Learning Instructor - Mathematics

Emmanuel was born in Obuasi, Ghana and raised in the Bronx, NY. He holds a B.A in Sociology and Mathematics from Dartmouth College and is currently getting his M.A in Math Education from Teacher's College at Columbia University. Emmanuel is interested in the educational outcomes of students of color (especially Black and Latinx students) and their math achievement. He hopes to cultivate an environment that encourage students to see how interesting and creative math learning can be in their lives

Chun-Fai “Colin” Chan, Personalized Learning Instructor - Science   Colin has over 10 years of professional experience as an educator, mentor, and advisor specializing in curriculum design, community organizing, and political advocacy. He has recently consulted on projects for the New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education for a educational management consultant firm in New York City as well as for a project with the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Colin graduated in 2017 from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) with a MPA in Urban/Social Policy. Prior to attending Columbia, he taught middle school and in adult education as well as serving as a board member and consultant to three nonprofit organizations to provide strategic planning, document editing services, and board development.

Chun-Fai “Colin” Chan, Personalized Learning Instructor - Science

Colin has over 10 years of professional experience as an educator, mentor, and advisor specializing in curriculum design, community organizing, and political advocacy. He has recently consulted on projects for the New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education for a educational management consultant firm in New York City as well as for a project with the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Colin graduated in 2017 from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) with a MPA in Urban/Social Policy. Prior to attending Columbia, he taught middle school and in adult education as well as serving as a board member and consultant to three nonprofit organizations to provide strategic planning, document editing services, and board development.

Melissa Mitchem, Social Studies Content Developer   Melissa Mitchem is a PhD student in Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Melissa taught middle school English/language arts and social studies at an international school in Morocco for several years and several humanities courses at a summer program in Virginia for gifted and talented middle school students. Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts in History and African Studies and Master of Teaching in Social Studies Education from the University of Virginia.

Melissa Mitchem, Social Studies Content Developer

Melissa Mitchem is a PhD student in Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Melissa taught middle school English/language arts and social studies at an international school in Morocco for several years and several humanities courses at a summer program in Virginia for gifted and talented middle school students. Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts in History and African Studies and Master of Teaching in Social Studies Education from the University of Virginia.

Karen Zhou, Data & Product Support Intern   Zhuqian (Karen) Zhou is currently working on her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and also received her M.S. degree in Learning Analytics from Teachers College. Her coursework includes data mining in education, psychological measurements, cognition and learning, and motivation. Karen co-founded an ed-tech startup in Beijing which helps high school students to explore their career potentials.

Karen Zhou, Data & Product Support Intern

Zhuqian (Karen) Zhou is currently working on her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and also received her M.S. degree in Learning Analytics from Teachers College. Her coursework includes data mining in education, psychological measurements, cognition and learning, and motivation. Karen co-founded an ed-tech startup in Beijing which helps high school students to explore their career potentials.


Andrés Rodriguez-Aponte, Personalized Learning Instructor - Mathematics   Andrés was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and is currently completing an MA in Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is deeply interested in the social aspects of education, particularly in a city as diverse as NYC. As a Hispanic himself, Andrés is interested in working with Hispanic students and help them overcome any linguistic or cultural barriers. He also advocates for prison education programs and currently volunteers with the Petey Greene Program, tutoring incarcerated students at Rikers Island who are working on their high school equivalency exams.

Andrés Rodriguez-Aponte, Personalized Learning Instructor - Mathematics

Andrés was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and is currently completing an MA in Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is deeply interested in the social aspects of education, particularly in a city as diverse as NYC. As a Hispanic himself, Andrés is interested in working with Hispanic students and help them overcome any linguistic or cultural barriers. He also advocates for prison education programs and currently volunteers with the Petey Greene Program, tutoring incarcerated students at Rikers Island who are working on their high school equivalency exams.

Daisy Magnusson, Social Media & Communications     Daisy is a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she will be graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Social Justice Education and a minor in History. Prior to joining the Learnabi team, Daisy spent the summer in Washington, DC serving as a corps member with the Americorps program, Jumpstart. Over the course of her academic career, Daisy has focused on the intersections of history and contemporary social issues; using historical moments and a social justice framework to provide added context to these issues.

Daisy Magnusson, Social Media & Communications

Daisy is a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she will be graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Social Justice Education and a minor in History. Prior to joining the Learnabi team, Daisy spent the summer in Washington, DC serving as a corps member with the Americorps program, Jumpstart. Over the course of her academic career, Daisy has focused on the intersections of history and contemporary social issues; using historical moments and a social justice framework to provide added context to these issues.


Lena Zhitong Lei, Summer 2019 Data & Product Support Intern   Lena is pursuing a Master of Science in Learning Analytics at Teachers College, Columbia University. Before moving to New York, she taught English composition and AP courses at an international school in China for several years. That is when she realized the necessity of being self-motivated learners in modern society and the importance of study skills development for every student. Lena also holds a Bachelor of Arts with double major in Philosophy and German from the University of Hong Kong, specializing in social philosophy and morality.

Lena Zhitong Lei, Summer 2019 Data & Product Support Intern

Lena is pursuing a Master of Science in Learning Analytics at Teachers College, Columbia University. Before moving to New York, she taught English composition and AP courses at an international school in China for several years. That is when she realized the necessity of being self-motivated learners in modern society and the importance of study skills development for every student. Lena also holds a Bachelor of Arts with double major in Philosophy and German from the University of Hong Kong, specializing in social philosophy and morality.

Mandy Jiaying Li, Summer 2019 Data & Product Support Intern   Mandy Jiaying Li is pursuing a Learning Analytics Masters at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is originally from Beijing, China, and moved to the United States for her college education at the Ohio State University, majoring in Business with a dual concentration on Operation Management and Information Systems. She has held internships across companies and consulting agencies, helping with the development of educational platforms and online applications.

Mandy Jiaying Li, Summer 2019 Data & Product Support Intern

Mandy Jiaying Li is pursuing a Learning Analytics Masters at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is originally from Beijing, China, and moved to the United States for her college education at the Ohio State University, majoring in Business with a dual concentration on Operation Management and Information Systems. She has held internships across companies and consulting agencies, helping with the development of educational platforms and online applications.


Sri Kozhissery, Data & Product Support Intern   Sri is an engineer, originally from India, and holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. With deep interest in working towards an equitable society through access to quality education for all, she transitioned to the education space from Technology Consulting through the Teach for India Fellowship. With previous experience leading STEM education initiatives in Corporate Social Responsibility for Tata Consultancy Services in India, she is an Education Pioneers Fellow and have worked in building an adaptive framework for schools using Personalized Learning for a project at the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), a consulting clinic at Columbia Law School. Also, she has worked in international development, previously, through an internship with United Nations Population Fund and by consulting for Peru’s Ministry of Education on a research study for a pilot implementation.

Sri Kozhissery, Data & Product Support Intern

Sri is an engineer, originally from India, and holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. With deep interest in working towards an equitable society through access to quality education for all, she transitioned to the education space from Technology Consulting through the Teach for India Fellowship. With previous experience leading STEM education initiatives in Corporate Social Responsibility for Tata Consultancy Services in India, she is an Education Pioneers Fellow and have worked in building an adaptive framework for schools using Personalized Learning for a project at the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), a consulting clinic at Columbia Law School. Also, she has worked in international development, previously, through an internship with United Nations Population Fund and by consulting for Peru’s Ministry of Education on a research study for a pilot implementation.

 

Advisory Board

Meheret Woldeyoannes, Advisory Board Member   Mimi Woldeyohannes is a Special Projects & Community Manager at The 74, a nonpartisan, nonprofit education media group, where she works on priorities from live events to partnerships to expanding their portfolio of initiatives that connect with different communities across the country. In addition to supporting some existing special projects, she oversees a dynamic partnership between The 74 and award-winning journalist and education advocate Roland Martin and works closely with Roland and his team on event production, coalition building, and audience engagement initiatives connected to his "School Choice is the Black Choice" media tour. Prior to The 74, Mimi served as a Policy & Research Associate at 50CAN, where she worked on strategic evidence-based education policy and advocacy priorities across the nation.  Mimi’s passion for education policy and advocacy emerged when she joined Teach For America as a 2013 corps member teaching fourth and fifth-grade math and science in San Antonio, Texas. After spending two years in the traditional public school system, she moved back to her hometown of Dallas to teach fifth-grade science at KIPP DFW, a college preparatory charter school. Inside the classroom, she quickly learned of the inequities and discrepancies in the education system and has since dedicated her life to ensuring that every child has access to excellent and equitable educational opportunities.  Mimi is a recent graduate of American University where she earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration in May 2018. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science from Texas Christian University. Mimi, a member of Delta Sigma Sorority, Inc., serves on multiple boards including Learnabi and is the co-chair of the TFA DC region alumni organization, The Bridge.

Meheret Woldeyoannes, Advisory Board Member

Mimi Woldeyohannes is a Special Projects & Community Manager at The 74, a nonpartisan, nonprofit education media group, where she works on priorities from live events to partnerships to expanding their portfolio of initiatives that connect with different communities across the country. In addition to supporting some existing special projects, she oversees a dynamic partnership between The 74 and award-winning journalist and education advocate Roland Martin and works closely with Roland and his team on event production, coalition building, and audience engagement initiatives connected to his "School Choice is the Black Choice" media tour. Prior to The 74, Mimi served as a Policy & Research Associate at 50CAN, where she worked on strategic evidence-based education policy and advocacy priorities across the nation.

Mimi’s passion for education policy and advocacy emerged when she joined Teach For America as a 2013 corps member teaching fourth and fifth-grade math and science in San Antonio, Texas. After spending two years in the traditional public school system, she moved back to her hometown of Dallas to teach fifth-grade science at KIPP DFW, a college preparatory charter school. Inside the classroom, she quickly learned of the inequities and discrepancies in the education system and has since dedicated her life to ensuring that every child has access to excellent and equitable educational opportunities.

Mimi is a recent graduate of American University where she earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration in May 2018. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science from Texas Christian University. Mimi, a member of Delta Sigma Sorority, Inc., serves on multiple boards including Learnabi and is the co-chair of the TFA DC region alumni organization, The Bridge.


Jesús Salas, Advisory Board Member   Jesús is from the northside of Fort Worth, Texas and is the son of Mexican immigrants. Jesús graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Science, Technology & Society, and a minor in Latin American studies (2013). At Stanford Jesús explored the public and private sector through internships and even his own startup. Upon graduation he joined Deloitte Consulting as a Business Analyst in Dallas, Texas. After Deloitte, Jesús worked in Nicaragua and Kenya for a nonprofit impact investor. These experiences led him to Columbia Business School (CBS) where he graduated from with his MBA. While at CBS Jesús was Co-President of Microlumbia, the student-run impact investing fund, and held internships with Credit Suisse and Rethink Education. Jesús is currently working for Omidyar Network on their investment team.

Jesús Salas, Advisory Board Member

Jesús is from the northside of Fort Worth, Texas and is the son of Mexican immigrants. Jesús graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Science, Technology & Society, and a minor in Latin American studies (2013). At Stanford Jesús explored the public and private sector through internships and even his own startup. Upon graduation he joined Deloitte Consulting as a Business Analyst in Dallas, Texas. After Deloitte, Jesús worked in Nicaragua and Kenya for a nonprofit impact investor. These experiences led him to Columbia Business School (CBS) where he graduated from with his MBA. While at CBS Jesús was Co-President of Microlumbia, the student-run impact investing fund, and held internships with Credit Suisse and Rethink Education. Jesús is currently working for Omidyar Network on their investment team.


JC Stiassni, Advisory Board Member   JC is a TFA Alum who taught fourth grade in Cleveland, Ohio. JC completed his commitment with Teach for America in June 2016. Since then, he has transitioned into urban real estate development. Just as education is an equalizer in society, he sees the opportunity to bring value to property as a strong long-term investment, which will enrich individuals, communities and cities.

JC Stiassni, Advisory Board Member

JC is a TFA Alum who taught fourth grade in Cleveland, Ohio. JC completed his commitment with Teach for America in June 2016. Since then, he has transitioned into urban real estate development. Just as education is an equalizer in society, he sees the opportunity to bring value to property as a strong long-term investment, which will enrich individuals, communities and cities.

Celi Khanyile-Lynch, Advisory Board Member   Celi is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan, an alum of Brown University and worked in the Office of Govenor Devaul L. Patrick. She is now serving the City of New York as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff & Briefing Director in the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Celi Khanyile-Lynch, Advisory Board Member

Celi is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan, an alum of Brown University and worked in the Office of Govenor Devaul L. Patrick. She is now serving the City of New York as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff & Briefing Director in the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Jocelyn Chu, Advisory Board Member   Jocelyn Chu is an economic development professional with nearly 10 years in the complementary fields of women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and private sector strategy. she became passionate about empowerment through education. Jocelyn Chu holds a dual MA in International Affairs from Sciences Po and Columbia University and an Honors B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University.

Jocelyn Chu, Advisory Board Member

Jocelyn Chu is an economic development professional with nearly 10 years in the complementary fields of women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and private sector strategy. she became passionate about empowerment through education. Jocelyn Chu holds a dual MA in International Affairs from Sciences Po and Columbia University and an Honors B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University.