Shanelle is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Brown University. Her research examines international development interventions designed to mitigate socioeconomic inequality and the role of international organizations in addressing these challenges. Prior to her career in academia, Shanelle managed the operation of assistance projects in sub-Saharan Africa as a Country Development Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She advised USAID teams in Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe on their implementation of programs and initiatives. In 2016, she led the design of a diaspora-engagement strategy within USAID’s Africa Bureau, focusing on innovative ways to engage the African diaspora in development practices. Shanelle has also worked on grant management, monitoring, and evaluation teams at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Charities Aid Foundation. In addition to her professional work, Shanelle’s experience includes volunteering for various community organizations, including five years of combined service on the boards of Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA), Operation Understanding DC (OUDC), and the Global Institute for Poverty Reduction (GIPR). Shanelle earned a Master of Arts in Community Development from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College. She expects to complete her Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology by 2021.