Serena is an international development professional with more than 17 years of experience in program technical design and management, strategy development and leadership. She currently serves as the Senior Technical Advisor for Strategic Behavior Change and Communication at the University Research Company, LLC. In this role, Serena provides strategic and technical support to programs that integrate nutrition into health through behavior change approaches.
Prior to returning to the US in 2011, Serena worked in Rwanda, coordinating all technical aspects of a US government-funded program that supports communities and orphans affected by genocide and AIDS. Serena also had the privilege of working with members of both the US and British armed forces in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2009, where she led two separate regional program teams (based in Helmand and in Nangarhar provinces) to support women’s involvement in regional economic development; and to support NATO’s counterinsurgency efforts through community development, respectively.
Serena holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and African Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She served as a high-school teacher in Cameroon through the U.S. Peace Corps in the late 90’s, and has also worked in Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Sri Lanka and South Africa.