Columbia University, MPA in Development Practice program at School of International and Public Affairs
Anna Ghnouly was born in Orange County, California, but spent the majority of her youth in St. Louis, Missouri. In high school, her interest in public service was sparked while working in Washington, D.C., as a Page in the U.S. Senate. During a gap year before college she participated in Semester at Sea, circumnavigating the globe visiting eleven different countries, and taught English to Arabic-speaking students in the Republic of Maldives. Anna graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with Phi Beta Kappa distinction earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography (International Development emphasis) and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (India and China concentrations). At Dartmouth, she completed foreign study programs in China, India, and the Czech Republic and was a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar Research Assistant, as well as a Great Issues Scholar and War & Peace Fellow at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. During her undergraduate career she held two internships with the U.S. Department of State working both in Rome as a Public Diplomacy Intern at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and in New York at the UN Management and Reform Section of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Anna also was a summer intern in the Civil Society, Markets and Democracy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. After graduation she was awarded a Lombard Public Service Fellowship and worked in Singapore at the World Toilet Organization, an NGO that focuses on improving toilet access and sanitary conditions in the developing world. Since returning to the U.S., Anna has served as the Director of Program Operations for Waking the Village, a non-profit organization providing transitional housing facilities and support to homeless youth in Sacramento, California. She will attend Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) to pursue her Master of Public Administration in Development Practice and is grateful for the opportunity to represent her country as a USAID Foreign Service Officer.