Phelisha Midy

Johns Hopkins, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Masters in International Development

Phelisha Midy is originally from East Meadow, New York, and graduated from Howard University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a minor in Sociology. Phelisha developed a passion for international service and development when she organized twenty Howard University student volunteers to work on a community development project in Haiti. In this role, Phelisha created a series of projects focusing on microfinancing loans, health, and local capacity development for a Haitian NGO. With the support of her team of volunteers, the NGO improved their microfinancing program, which led to the start-up of seven women-owned businesses. Currently, Phelisha serves as a core team member on a USAID evaluation project and recommends ways to improve and better implement Feed the Future programs for the USAID Global Food Security Strategy. Phelisha will attend John Hopkins SAIS and obtain a Masters of Arts in International Development with a focus on Economics. During her free time, she enjoys dancing salsa, Afro-Cuban, Samba, tap, jazz, kampa, asa, zouk, kizomba, and other international styles of dance.