We are excited to welcome two new fabulous Emerginistas to our team in Sri Lanka!
Rachael Pool (Country Director)- Rachael Pool grew up in Mountain View, Arkansas. In 2007 she received a BA in Philosophy from Bates College. While at Bates, Rachael competed internationally with the Brooks Quimby Debate Council, served as a peer health educator, and worked as a Campus Campaign Manager for Teach for America. She spent her junior semester abroad in Madurai, India, where she conducted ethnographic research on women’s health issues in the community. Rachael’s senior thesis was on the capabilities approach to women’s reproductive justice in Tamil Nadu, India.
Most recently, Rachael has worked for Comprehensive Prospect Research, a firm specializing in research support to non-governmental and private-sector corporations. She currently resides in Washington, DC and will be heading to Sri Lanka as our new Country Director in early July.
Jennifer VanWinkle (Programs Director)- Jennifer, who grew up in the Midwest, loves to travel and live abroad. She received a BA in Anthropology and a certificate in Islamic Studies from Arizona State University. She got her first taste of life abroad as an undergraduate when she studied at Thammasat University in Bangkok as an exchange student. While in Thailand, she developed an interest in Southeast Asia and some of the social issues that she encountered.
Upon returning to the States she dove into non-profit work, volunteering for ALERT (the Arizona League to End Regional Trafficking) and then working with FAIR Fund, Inc., a non-profit that works in the fields of anti-human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault prevention.
As the International Programs Officer for FAIR Fund she managed two programs in Bosnia and Serbia targeted toward at-risk youth and trafficking survivors. The time spent in Serbia gave her a passion for at-risk youth and a desire to help them achieve secure livelihoods. She has studied multiple languages and is most fluent in Serbian (or BCS) and Spanish. Rachael and Jennifer, we are so excited to have you on the team!