“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.
Audrey del Rosario: Brand Strategist
Audrey leads the development and implementation of EA’s brand and strategic communications across all of our platforms, on and offline.
Audrey is a recent graduate from Stonehill College with a BA in International Relations. While in school, she completed field research and a Senior Honors Thesis from her findings in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. She is currently expanding and refining her Thesis with her former academic advisor in hopes of a future publication. Beyond the classroom, Audrey has translated this passion for development, conflict resolution, and corporate social responsibility into volunteer work with the Oxfam Action Corps and into positions at a number of internationally-related companies.
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.
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 senior studying journalism and psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She serves as the managing editor for UNC’s Blue & White Magazine and print co-editor for The Durham VOICE. Wendy is deeply passionate about cultural and disabilities awareness. Through her writing, she hopes to encourage people to not only accept but also embrace each other’s differences. In addition to her journalism endeavors, Wendy is also the vice president of UNC’s Chinese Undergraduate Student Association, which fosters an educational, cultural-learning community by organizing events that celebrate Chinese culture. 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.
Michael Nebab: Writer and Editor
Michael curates weekly content for EA readership and contributes articles on EA topics in the news. He also 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 remained a New Yorker ever since. He graduated in 2010 from NYU with a BA in Economics; and after having interned all over the book industry thereafter, he discovered his passion for books and book publishing. 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. Currently, he’s completing classes at NYU for his Professional Certificate in Book Publishing; but most importantly, he’s (about) three-fourths of the way through a novel he’s been writing since 2011 (now at 820 pages).
Meg VanDeusen: Partnerships Director
Meg creates and fosters our Partnerships with organizations who “walk the talk” of Everyday Ambassador. We feature regular posts from our Partners, and they provide readers with volunteer, service, travel, and learning 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.
Chex Yu: Social Media Manager
Chex is our voice on Twitter and Facebook, engaging followers and friends and sparking meaningful conversations in the virtual world.
Chex is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill double majoring in Mathematics and Economics with a minor in Scientific Entrepreneurship. She is a true tarheel deeply passionate about global health and developmental economics, and aims to enact change in these fields with quality scholarship and an entrepreneurial spirit. The craziest thing she has ever done was backpack across India all by herself, and she is waiting for something else to beat that!
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.