Sylvia received her Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy. After graduation, she served in the United States Army as a Chemical Defense and Readiness officer for almost eight years. During that time, she worked at West Point, New York, Okinawa, and Fort. Bragg, North Carolina.
After the military, Sylvia worked as a Business Systems Analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton and spent some time as a volunteer in Ghana with Cheerful Hearts Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on ending child labor and trafficking within fishing communities in central Ghana. This time spent in Ghana made Sylvia want to further her education and pivot into a new career in development.
Her desire to return to the continent has spurred her to take Africa-focused courses such as Democratization & Governance in Africa and Business & Politics in Africa. She interned at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal in the Consular section. She has also enjoyed courses in the International Development concentration such as Comparative Regional Economic Development and Impact Analysis. Additionally, she is pursuing a certificate from the African Studies Department.
I chose the MSFS program in order to be challenged and become a more effective practitioner in the international development community. I am most impressed by the caliber of staff and faculty, emphasis on diversity, and sense of community at Georgetown.”