“Everyday Ambassador” is a movement for critical thinking and reflective action on individual public service and global citizenship in a digital age, brought to you by our team of passionate, dedicated team members. If you are interested in joining the EA Team, please contact Kate for details.
Anya Elena Urcuyo : Outreach Manager
Anya oversees partnership outreach and foster opportunities for business development and community engagement.
Anya is an undergraduate student studying International Health and Policy in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Ultimately she intends to pursue an MPA. Anya aims to focus on how to better Latin American health care systems and the proper distribution of foreign aid. She is passionate about creating a mutual understanding of all cultures and not imposing others values.
Audrey del Rosario: Brand Strategist
Audrey leads new product development, operations, and the design of EA’s strategic communications across all of our platforms, on and offline. She is also the author of Saturday’s “Bucket List” weekly series and regularly writes on community and industry updates.
Audrey is a marketing specialist currently based in Washington, D.C. Drawing from her professional experiences in various parts of the United States, the Philippines, Guatemala, Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, she has sought opportunities to increase her understanding of international development and health care policy. Audrey graduated from Stonehill College with a BA in International Studies and has remained active in the international relations community through scholarship.
Kate Otto: Founder and Director
Kate directs the EA Team and authored the forthcoming book, Everyday Ambassador: Creating Connections that Last in a Digitally Distracted World. She feels perpetually blessed for the talent and passion each member brings to the mission and movement!
Kate Otto is a global health consultant who has worked in Indonesia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique and Haiti for several development institutions including The World Bank, USAID, and various grassroots organizations. She designs, deploys, and researches innovative mobile phone-based technologies to improve health service delivery in areas of HIV/AIDS care, maternal and child health and nutrition. Kate is the author of forthcoming book Everyday Ambassador: Creating Connections that Last in a Digitally Distracted World and writes for Huffington Post and Christian Science Monitor. Kate graduated from New York University with a BA in International Relations and an MPA in Health Policy and Management, and will begin pursuing her MD at the NYU School of Medicine this fall. She is a proud Reynolds Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship, Starting Bloc Fellow, Truman Scholar, Luce Scholar, and member of the Academy of Achievement. Check out Kate’s 2012 TEDx Talk and her 2009 NYU commencement speech.
Kimberly Li: Creative Director
Kimberly is a graphic designer who develops and implements visually engaging EA content. Her work gives the organization a cohesive image that is reflective of our mission of connectivity.
Kimberly is a recent graduate from the UNC-Chapel Hill. She double majored in Business Administration and Studio Art and hopes to utilize her background in business and art to create meaningful and effective designs. She maintains an online portfolio of her work, and is also deeply interested in international relations. While at UNC, she was involved in the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit and the Chinese Undergraduate Student Association.
Meg VanDeusen: Partnerships Director
Meg creates and fosters our Partnerships with organizations who “walk the talk” of Everyday Ambassador. She regularly features our Experiential Partners on her “Wednesday Wisdom” column in order to provide our readers stories from various service and travel opportunities.
Meg is a senior undergraduate studying Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is passionate about creating equality in food access and education systems to break down the barriers created by socioeconomic class and gender relations. She dedicates her time in Chapel Hill to maintaining HOPE Gardens, a hybrid community garden and urban farm serving the homeless/low-income residents and to leading a Girl Scout Troop for middle school girls. She is also the Senior Director of Administration for India’s Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project. In her spare time Meg loves to cook, especially for other people, and commits to the belief that anything can be accomplished over a shared meal.
Michael William Nebab: Writer and Editor
Michael curates articles on EA topics in the news on his “Weekly Passport” column. He keeps his sharp eye on editing site written content to keep our voice consistent (and grammatically correct!).
Michael is a writer and editor living in the New York Metropolitan Area. He was born in Brooklyn and has been a proud New Yorker ever since—he’ll likely always be one (even after Greenland melts and the Atlantic swallows it whole). He graduated from NYU in 2010 with a BA in Economics; and after a few book industry internships thereafter, he discovered his passion for book publishing and learning (that is, after college). Before Everyday Ambassador, he reviewed nonfiction and wrote essays on politics and culture for PolicyMic. His career as a freelance editor began as consulting editor for the upcoming book Everyday Ambassador. He’s recently procured his Certificate in Book Publishing from NYU’s SCPS, and hopes to Gosh it finally helps him land a, for whatever reason, frustratingly elusive book publishing job. Speaking of books, he’s (about) three-fourths of the way through a YA novel he’s been writing since 2011—a book that’s gonna get him ALL the ladies (provided he actually finishes it before he’s 35—because grown, grown men writing YA is pretty lame).
Wendy Lu: Writer and Curriculum Developer
Wendy curates weekly content for EA, and has also developed an EA curriculum, for use by individuals, organizations, classrooms, and businesses interested in “creating connections that last in a digitally distracted world.”
Wendy is a recent graduate from the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition to her work at Everyday Ambassador, Wendy is a books columnist at DIY MFA. Previously, she served as a reporting intern for China.org.cn, the managing editor for UNC’s Blue & White Magazine, and the print co-editor for The Durham VOICE. Wendy is deeply passionate about cultural awareness, disabilities advocacy and blogging. In the spring of 2014, she wrote her senior honors thesis on social media personas. Through her writing, she hopes to encourage people to not only accept but also embrace each other’s differences. In the summer of 2012, she developed China Perspectives on Mental Health, a journalism research project based in Shanghai that examines what daily hospital life for patients with chronic illnesses is like and what social support services are provided to their families. Visit her website at wendyluwrites.com.
Victoria Freyre: Writer
Victoria is a passionate writer who pens our “Digtal Detox” weekly series. With her talent and business development experience, she also aids EA’s various campaigns and upcoming initiatives.
Victoria’s deep seeded love of writing dates back to her first completed work, a five chapter story she penned at age 12, chronicling the unrequited love of a teen for her next door neighbor. Ever since then, writing has a been a constant devotion and necessity in her life. Whether she is jotting down bits of wacky conversation between her unsuspecting friends or writing what she thinks will be the quintessential great american novel, she can always be found armed with some kind of messy notebook and various multi-colored pens. Born and raised in the humid suburbs of Miami, Victoria currently resides in the delicious city of Chicago with her boyfriend and her slightly maladjusted pup. She is thrilled to bring her distinct observations to the Everyday Ambassador community.