Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Fatma Gdoura graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Economics and Minor in Data Analysis from George Mason University. As a student, Fatma conducted various research internships including with the Social Security Advisory Board and the Family and Youth Institute. As a Joseph Schumpeter Fellow for the Mercatus Center, Fatma conducted research on political economy and macroeconomic policy.
Fatma has a strong passion for educational development. She has served as a Peer Student Success Coach for George Mason University’s life department where she mentored freshman and students-at-risk of leaving the institution.
Shortly after graduating, Fatma continued in educational development for two years at the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)where she worked on projects that serve educational and workforce capacity in the Middle East and North African region.
Fatma speaks fluent French and Arabic, and is currently learning Turkish. In her free time, she enjoys trying new food, watching international films, and reading autobiographies.