Alexa (Ally) Schwartz received her B.S. in Labor Relations with a minor in International Relations from Cornell University. During her time at Cornell, she had the opportunity to pursue an internship with a non-profit called Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement in India, where she assisted in codifying operations procedures.
After graduating, she joined the Peace Corps, where she served for over two years as a community health outreach agent in Eswatini, where she managed a national female health and empowerment project that spanned the country.
She is currently pursuing the M.S. in Foreign Service, concentrating in Global Politics and Security with a focus on technology. She interned in the spring of 2019 with the Department of State in the African Affairs office of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor where she conducted research on elections, civil society, and human rights violations in sub-Saharan Africa.
She began interning with PeaceTech Lab as a Program Intern in the summer of 2019 to present, where she has conducted research on hate speech, data privacy and protection, and technology in peacebuilding. She has also conducted qualitative and quantitative analysis on survey data compiled from a radio peacebuilding project conducted in Kakuma refugee camp.
"I chose the MSFS program to learn from skilled practitioners and to gain experience interning with policy and civil society organizations in DC."