Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Imani Murdock is a first-generation American born to two Jamaican parents. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Illustrious HBCU (Historically Black College and University), Clark Atlanta University with a degree in History, a concentration in African American History, and a minor in Political Science. During her undergraduate studies, she was recognized as a Thurgood Marshall College Fund: McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Scholar, Andrew Young Emerging Leader, and held internships with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Berlin Rosen, and J.P. Morgan & Chase. Imani is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and sits on both the International Awareness & Involvement and Social Action Committees. Upon graduating, Imani became a Political & Legislative Advocate for the American Federation of State, County, & Municipal Employees International Union. She has spent her early career seeking to promote democratic participation and civic engagement of underrepresented minorities to improve conditions in communities of color. She continues to use her voice to advocate for racial justice and equity in the states and abroad. Imani s passion for international service was ignited when she served as President of Breaking the Cycle and led international service trips to Dubai, South Africa, Ghana, and Kenya. Most recently, she joined The Black Policy Institutes Young Advisory Board in hopes of gaining exposure abroad to comprehend best and communicate the needs of Black communities internationally. Imani is honored to be selected as a 2023 Payne Fellow. She plans to pursue her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Race, Policy, and Administration. She is excited to join the U.S.AID as a Foreign Service Officer following the completion of her degree.